As the weather gets colder, opportunities to get out of the apartment become more and more precious. Don't forget about the reading programs at the library. They are a lot of fun for the kids, and the RIF programs even offer books to take home - permanently!
The Sunset Park library (51st and 4th) has Babies and Books (RIF) every other Tuesday at 10:30 AM. This is for children under 18 months. It is the first and third Tuesday of the month. Sing a couple of songs, have a little reading time, and then watch the kids go nuts with the baby toys.
Read and Play is a program for children from birth to five years. It meets EVERY Tuesday at 1 PM. Its focus is on inclusion of all children's abilities and learning levels. Learning activities, some storytelling, and some playtime make up the hour or so of fun.
Another program is the Toddlers and Books (RIF) program that meets every other Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Don't be late for this one or you'll miss all the songs! There are two groups (puppies, kittens) due to the large number of families that participate. Children from 18 months to three years old are welcome to register for one of the groups. Again, songs (hokey-pokey, anyone?), stories, playtime and fun make up the program.