Every summer, my friend Kiva takes off two weeks from work to spend with her 4-year-old son, Nathan. I call it "Camp Mommy."
In preparation for Camp Mommy 2012, Kiva recently picked my brain for inexpensive things to do. I steered her straight to her local library and a few days later received the following email:
I took Nate to 2 library events yesterday and today. I was very impressed! Wasn't bootleg at all, very professional :).
Kiva now knows what thousands of Florida families are discovering: that public libraries offer much more than just books. Particularly in the summer, the library is a repository of activities for babies, kids and teens. Typical offerings include:
- Story time.
- Family game time.
- Cooking classes and contests.
- Magic shows.
- Arts and crafts.
Most of the programs are free, and usually a library card is not required. So whether you're a Florida resident or just visiting, check out the offerings at these local library systems:
Leon County (Tallahassee)
Monroe County (Florida Keys)
Orange County (Orlando)
Volusia County (Daytona Beach)
West Florida (Pensacola)
If you do have a library card, it never hurts to check out a stack of books, DVDs and audiobooks for a rainy day or summer road trip.