Kids’ programs starting up again: Library, RAP and Wake Up & Work Out

Above: Starting Monday, preschoolers can snuggle up in the moose’s lap again to hear stories at the library (Photo by Susan Fitzgerald)

As families get back into their fall routines, some regular school year programs are kicking up again.

The Southborough Library will resume its story times for tots and preschoolers. These programs are drop-in, with no registration required. Which makes them great for families looking to keep their schedules flexible.:

  • Preschool Storytimes: For children age 2-5 years and their parents or caregivers. Each week will feature several stories and a craft based on a theme. They take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:15 am. The first session begins September 8th, and is scheduled through October 15th. 
  • Baby and Toddler Story Time: This story time is for children age 0-2 years and their parents or caregivers. Each session will include puppets, stories, and music. They take place Thursday mornings, 11:00 – 11:30 am. The first session is scheduled for September 11 – October 16.
  • You can expect both of these free programs to run most of the year. But there are some gaps, so check their schedule later this fall for more dates.

Southborough Recreation’s RAP (Recreation After-School Programs) registration opens this Monday.

As I previously posted, the actual programs start later in the month. If you aren’t familiar, there are a variety of active, educational and creative offerings. They generally take place (or leave from) the schools, with parents only responsible for pickup at the end. (But don’t forget to pack an after school snack, or you’ll never hear the end of it. Trust me!)

Woodward School’s Wake Up and Work Out program is back this fall on Tuesday and Friday mornings, beginning next Friday, September 12.

To participate, children must be dropped off at 8:00 am. (Don’t be late, because anyone arriving after 8:10 am can’t join in. Between 8 and 8:10, directions are given, teams are formed, etc.)

The free program is run by School Nurse Mary Ellen Duggan and Phys Ed teacher Tiffany Goode. Fun games get students’ blood pumping for a great day at school.

In the back to school newsletter, Principal Randall explained,

Research suggests that children who exercise before school have more energy, improved attention, increased self-esteem, better behavior and are more involved and engaged during school. The goals of this program are to maximize and increase student fitness levels and healthy attitudes toward exercise and fitness and at the same time help the students be better prepared to focus and learn.

No registration is required.

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