Enjoy fun and educational activities with your toddler or preschooler in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Check in on the animals at the zoo, tumble into dance, music and art, or pack your imaginations for the adventures of story time. From parks that have it all to hayrides and apple picking in the fall, Montgomery County is rich with history, heritage, culture and plenty of opportunities for fun with your little one.
Explore Music, Movement and Art
Your preschooler will discover the joys of art and create his own masterpiece at the Michener Art Museum (michenermuseum.org) in Doylestown, with pre-kindergarten classes in art enrichment and multicultural exploration. Encourage your toddler’s love of music through movement education, songs and dance as she learns all about rhythm and melody in a class designed for the two of you at Gymboree (gymboreeclasses.com) in North Wales, or watch your preschooler tumble into a gymnastics class that’s loaded with fun and games at The Little Gym (thelittlegym.com) in Abington.
Zoos and Farms
Discover the world of nature through the eyes of a child at Pennypack Farm and Education Center (pennypackfarm.org) in Horsham, where your 3- to 5-year-old will get hands-on experience learning about gardens, hens, bugs and worms. Toddlers and preschoolers will love meeting the cows and learning all about how they get the milk for the ice cream they can enjoy first hand before heading out for a hay ride at Merrymead Farm and Country Market (merrymead.com) in Lansdale. Elmwood Park Zoo (elmwoodparkzoo.org) promotes fostering an appreciation for wildlife and their habitats, and offers many hands-on learning opportunities for you and your little ones.
Parks and Playgrounds
You can enjoy the great outdoors with your toddler or preschooler in one of the many Montgomery County parks (montcopa.org/parks/site/default.asp). From butterfly gardens to turtle ponds, each park is special, with wildlife, creeks and paths to explore. Your little one can learn to fish in the stocked stream at Norristown Farm Park, or see rabbits, foxes and deer along with an assortment of farm animals at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park Wildlife Center.
You'll have no trouble finding story times in Montgomery County for your toddler or preschooler. Visit the Barnes and Noble (barnesandnoble.com) in Willow Grove on a Friday night for family fun and stories with The Storybook Fairy or other special guest storyteller. Check out the daytime, bedtime and weekend story times at the Upper Dublin Public Library (upperdublinlibrary.org), or drop in for stories, coloring and crafts at the Upper Moreland Free Public Library (uppermorelandlibrary.org), with separate specially programmed times for both toddlers and preschoolers.