Make it a regularly scheduled part of your week to get out.
The same goes for the mom & tot gym jam where you can also meet plenty of other area parents and children. There are many things to do in the area and once you've started at these first two, you will find more and more! Don't just stay at home, get out.
I have seen so many long lasting friendships form by attending these local activities. As you meet new people, have your contact information ready just as you would in the corporate world.
Read this article on bnet about mommy calling cards. Consider going to VistaPrint to get FREE cards. Of course there are any number of business card printing stationary sites you can use and get your contact information together now so you are ready to start making your connections. It can hold your name, name of child or children, address, home phone#, cell#, e-mail address, blog or web site address.
Goochland Branch Library of the Pamunkey RegionalToddler Storytime - Wednesdays at 11am
Wednesdays September 10, 17, and 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Age: 2 years old w/adult
Preschool Storytime - Thursdays at 10am
Thursdays September 11, 18, and 25 at 10:00 a.m.
Ages 3-5 years old
Mother Goose Storytime - Thursdays at 11am
Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.
Ages 6-24 months w/adult
Goochland Book Group
meets the second Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. (Sept.-June)
Please call or visit the library for more program information.
Goochland County Parks and Recreation holds a FREE Mom & Tot Gym Jam program year round on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10-12. They set up equipment in the gymnasium for the kids to play with and get their energy out. It's also a great way to meet other local parents and children.
Your best bet to find out what programs Parks and Rec is offering at any time is to stop at the Old High School Gymnasium and they have all the flyers available to take on the wall in the foyer. The website is not always as up to date. There are so many programs available for all ages.
Hidden Rock Park
Centrally located in Goochland County, Hidden Rock Park is a multi-use facility with a basketball court, sand volleyball area, playground, soccer area, baseball/softball fields, public restrooms, concession area, dog park and walking trail.
1920 Hidden Rock Lane, Maidens, VA 23102
Hours: November thru March 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM April thru October 7:00 AM - dusk
Also keep an eye on offerings by the Virginia Cooperative Extension 4-H.
Henrico also has a great parks system. I would recommend checking out some of them for their great playgrounds and other amenities for a change of scenery:
Deep Run Park
Three Lakes Park
Powhatan County Courthouse has a great park as well. It is Fighting Creek Park, about 12 miles from Goochland Courthouse.
Short Pump Mall
Regency Square Mall, Chesterfield Towne Center - Club Mom, Virginia Center Commons, Willow Lawn - Mommy & Me and of course Short Pump Town Center all have children's play areas as well as scheduled events for kids. Make sure you sign up for Short Pump Pals for your kids (it's free and on-line) and they will send you worthwhile coupons event listings.
Activities that cost some money
Art a la Carte in Crozier offers art classes. The schedule is online at their website.
River City Youth and Fitness now in Goochland County Manakin-Sabot offers Gymnastics, Dance, Karate for boys and girls of all ages. (If that link doesn't work, try this one: here.)
offers many classes & activities for branch and community members and sometimes offers activities outside open to anyone.
Goochland United Soccer Association GUSA has a Fall and Spring season. Fall registration closed back in July. Games will run September through beginning of November. Spring season registration deadline is mid February.
Group Trip Ideas - Fun for the kids and the parents
Richmond Metro Zoo
Children's Museum of Richmond c-mor
Virginia Discovery Museum - Charlottesville
If you want to get out of the country and into the "Big City" every once in awhile, maybe you should check out:
About Town Moms - Historic neighborhood walks, private museum tours, and other cultural adventures with your child. Their website doesn't seem to have very frequent events but the ones they do have listed may be worth marking the calendar and signing up for in advance.
I also just added http://completelykidsrichmond.com/ to my list as a place to check for new things to do.
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