Are you parent to a toddler? Whether you live in Carlow or are just visiting, finding things to do with small children before they start school can be difficult. So we have put together some suggestions of fun Things To Do With Preschoolers in Carlow.
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The nice thing about when you have a toddler and are not tied to school times is you have a bit more flexibility to visit places during the day and at less busy times. If you’re looking for ideas for things to do with preschoolers in Carlow, we’ve got a few suggestions for you:
Things To Do With Preschoolers In Carlow
Soft Play Centres in Carlow
Stop by a play centre, many of them have dedicated soft play areas for preschoolers, this is a great way to spend a couple of hours and burn off some energy!
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Visit Carlow Libraries
Visit one of the libraries in Carlow. Carlow Central Library hosts a storytelling session for children under the age of 6 years every Saturday at 11am. You can also find out other upcoming events and news here for other Carlow libraries.
The junior section of the Library is also a fun way to spend an hour or two reading and choosing books. Your preschooler can join the library and choose their own books to borrow.
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Parent Toddler Swimming in Carlow
Go swimming! Some swimming pools have dedicated times for Parent and Toddler swims and/or specific swimming areas for smaller children.
Waterbabies run baby swim classes at the Talbot Hotel in Carlow.
Music and Other Fun Classes
Sign up for a class. Music, movement, dance, drama, play labs, swimming or football! Check out preschool classes, it’s a great way to meet people and make friends too.
Gymboree run music and play classes for toddlers at the New Oak Community Centre in Carlow.
Playgrounds in Carlow
Playgrounds are always a big hit with toddlers and most playgrounds around Carlow have swings and slides as well as play frames for toddlers. It’s also a perfect way for you to get our for some fresh air and hopefully meet other parents with young kids. All the running usually tires them out so they’ll be ready for a nap when you get home.
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Parent and Toddler Groups
If you’d like to meet other parents in your area, then Parent and Toddler/Baby groups are the way to go. They meet weekly in most towns around Carlow.
Attractions in Carlow
If you have a free day mid week a big advantage with getting out and about with preschoolers is that you can visit places at “off peak” times when older children are at school and popular places aren’t as busy!
Some places to visit in Carlow with preschoolers:
- Visit the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art in Graigue, Carlow. They are very child friendly and there are always lots of seasonal activities for families, so keep an eye out for their family workshops, for example Parent and Toddler art classes every Tuesday. They also have a drop-in Make and Do table where children can draw and make to their heart’s content.
- Oak Park Forest Park has colour-coded walkways of varying lengths for relaxing walks around the park. You can go and see the swans and ducks in the lake. The park also has an outdoor picnic area and toilets.
- Located on the outskirts of Carlow Town, the Delta Sensory Gardens has 16 beautiful, interconnecting gardens. Small kids will be sure to love the Games Garden, which has a giant chess board on the ground, massive jenga and some picnic benches.
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Events for Preschoolers in Carlow
Keep an eye on our events pages as there are regular workshops and events for younger children.
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Go For A Walk (or A Toddle!)
In Carlow there are nice places for walks in woodland or parks, it’s fun for your preschooler to run, collect leaves, stones and play hide and seek.
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If you have other suggestions for fun things to do with preschoolers in Carlow, please let us know in the comments box below.