I’ve been a stay-at-home dad (SAHD) for 13 months now. While I don’t feel that deserves any sort of special recognition or honor, I do think that being a SAHD here in Lansing, MI, should earn me something, largely due to the long winters. Yet despite this clear disadvantage, Tessa and I made it through largely unscathed. This is in large part due to two fantastic places to take your young infant and toddler:Â Babies and Books at the Foster Library andÂ Impression 5 Science Center.
Babies and Books is a free program put on for babies (6 months to 18 months) and their parents. The program goes for an hour. (Yes, an hour. I wouldn’t have believed it either). The group leader, a very energetic and enthusiastic Ms. Linda, is one of the jewels of the city. She’s amazing. I was so impressed and excited to find this program, I wrote the Capital Area District Library and gave them props for having such an awesome program:
As a stay at home dad with an infant daughter, there are not many places in the community holding organized activities specifically forÂ babies/toddlers and their parents. I signed us up for theÂ BabiesÂ andÂ BooksÂ program at the Foster Library, and love it! I recommend it to all my friends who haveÂ babies. Linda does an amazing job each week of engaging the kids for almost an hour! As the only dad in the group at the time, Linda made me feel really welcome and I appreciated that very much as well. Great job, CADL! (CADL put it on their website).
The Impression 5 Science Center is another incredible place to take your infant and/or toddler. Although much of the center is geared towards preschool and elementary aged children, they also have what they call theirÂ First Impressions Room. This room is meant for children ages 0 – 4 and their parents. There are lots of great toys to play with and even a padded area for the really little babies. The room also has a full play kitchen, a giant water table, a slide and tunnel and a really nice story area. We bought a membership here (I can’t remember and it’s not on their site, but I believe it was $50 or $60 – well worth it). Tessa really enjoys coming here, and now she’s enrolled inÂ I5’s Little Learners Kitchen Science Program. It’s a five-week program geared towards 1 and 2 year olds to introduce them to science. My wife (huge science nerd) takes her on Saturdays. It’s a great chance for Mommy and Tessa to have fun.
These activities got us through the winter here in Lansing. Now with spring and summer upon us, we can hitÂ Potter Park Zoo,Â Hawk Island Park and theÂ Tin Can. Oops, that last one is for me only. Sorry, little one.
You can read more about Chris’ life as a stay at home dad by visiting his blog: Stay At Home Dad in Lansing