There’s Wednesday. Sitting there, right smack dab in the middle of the week. Staring you down like a stubborn toddler, refusing to move and make way for the easy coast into the weekend. Nope, you can’t get past me. Leap over that hurdle with one of these awesome hump day happenings. And show Wednesday who’s boss!
Get a little messy with your toddler at a Mommy (or daddy or granny or nanny) and Me painting class at the Mind Unwind Studio in West Seattle. This instructor-led class engages tall and small pairs in a collaborative painting process, working to recreate an original instructor-designed painting. Hummingbirds, African Elephants and Crocodiles with Candy (because, well, candy) are some of the inspirational pieces you’ll find in the collection. All you bring is your artistic flair, and of course, clothes that won’t mind getting a few paint splatters on them. And if sharing is not your thing, or more likely not cool with your mini, an additional canvas can be purchased for just $15. Side by side or on the same canvas, you’re sure to end up with a memorable masterpiece.
2206A California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98116
Time: 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Curl Up With a Good Book
Story time is happy time in the land of toddlers and their parents. After all, who doesn’t love being read to? So if books are on your brain, head on over to the Bravern and join the Little Bookworms on Wednesdays. This free, hour-long activity makes for a great lunch time/nap time combo precursor. Not only do you get to hear great and timely stories read by Miss Rachel (of Nanny for U), but you also get cupcakes. For free. From Trophy. ‘Nuff said. The bookworms meet in the common lobby of Microsoft Building Two (closest to 110th St.). There’s reading, cupcakes and then more reading. It’ll definitely get you through your Wednesday and then some!
11111 NE 8th St.
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Get Your Play On
For a different kind of indoor gym experience, try the OmTots Play Gym at the OmCulture studio in Freemont. This dreamy, whimsical play space, complete with ceiling scarves and twinkling lights, will keep the wee ones bouncing, swinging and drumming all morning long. Plus, with oversized bean bags, mini trampolines, a balance beam, and more, it’s hard to resist playing alongside your kiddo. Awesome fun! Half way through the morning, the class breaks for song circle and drum time. And although the kids don’t stay focused for the whole drum session, the scene is pretty cool, morphing into a rhythmic playtime, instructors banging out beats and kidlets jumping around. Ready, set, play!
Good to know: If you can’t make it on a Wednesday, head over any other weekday morning to play. Same bat time and place!
2210 N. Pacific St.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost: $8 for drop in; $5 for siblings
Do A Little Dance
Babes in arms (and their parents) sometimes get the shaft when it comes to activities. But Vina Barham’s Mommy & Me Nia is one place you both can hang. Nia is an exercise class that combines elements of yoga, dance and martial arts to create a whole new kind of movement, encouraging creativity of mind and body. And the best part of this class is that babies get to groove right along with you. Hello, quality bonding! Bjorn ‘em, Moby ‘em, Ergo ‘em, anyway you wear them to this blissful movement class, they’re almost sure to be rocked to sleep (think lots of swaying and bouncing). It’ll have you dancing through the rest of your week!
Good to know: If you can’t make the Wednesday class, try Vina’s Friday Mommy & Me Nia class in Greenwood.
Center for Movement & Healing
7901 35th Ave. S.W., 2nd Floor
Seattle, Wa 98126
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $60 for a 6-week series
Ages: Under 12 months
Get Your Groove Back
Recent toddler polls indicate that music and dancing top toddler appeal charts, with asking questions running a close third. Combine these top-rated toddler activities at the Little Movers Music & Movement class held weekly at the Illumination Learning Studio in Greenwood. Instructor Mr. Mike brings his many years of experience and education to this 45-minute program. It’s high energy with a solid structure aimed at teaching music theory to the little lot. They’ll learn concepts like high and low sounds and different rhythms without missing a beat. Because, let’s face it, the balance beam, colorful parachutes and piano playing that’ll take place in class are just way too engaging to notice much else. Reserve a spot with a quick call to the studio. The perfect mid-week musical interlude!
Good to know: Little Movers also meets on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. And make-up classes are available if you miss your Wednesday spot.
Illumination Learning Studio
7720 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 101
Seattle, Wa 98103
Time: 9 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Ages: 15 mos.–3
Go on a Bold Trek
Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a number of hikes through the Tot Treks and Nature Play program that happen on Wednesdays (and other days, too!), leaving from the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center. Each program lasts just over an hour and has a different focus, like Winter Homes or Holes & Hiding Places. It’s a great way to get out of the house and explore the great outdoors. Just pack a snack, bundle up and pre-register for one of these awesome classes. Then boldly get through the rest of your week!
Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
Seattle, Wa 98199
Dates: Jan. 22 (Winter Homes); Feb. 5 (Holes and Hiding Places); March 19 (Hop Into Spring)
Time: 10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Cost: $8/adult and child pair; $4/additional person
Register your little drama queen or king for the Treasure Trunk Theater class that meets at the Seattle Children’s Theater. This drop-off class for preschoolers and kindergartners is one awesome exploration of the dramatic arts. Not to mention a great way to burn off extra energy after a long day of seat time at school. Each class starts with a pre-role session where students learn a skill that becomes the focus of the class. Enter the treasure trunk (yep, it’s a real trunk) wherein hides a special trinket that links this skill with a problem to be solved. And the rest, as they say, is history. Or at least a super fun, 10-week long class aimed at telling a story through dramatic means. Family and friends are invited to attend the final class, where the final story is revealed. Bravo for Wednesdays!
Seattle Children’s Theater
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Time: 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Make a Splash
If you want to guarantee a knock out naptime, take the kiddos to Pool Playland at the newly remodeled Rainier Beach Pool. Their energy will be spent running (safely of course) in the toddler spray area, lounging on the lazy river or just splish-splahing around during this awesome hour of playtime. No more ya-ya’s after that routine. And it’s not so bad for parents either. After all, the oh-so-tempting slide is off-limits during this playtime, so no arguments or safety concerns to contend with when it comes to daredevil toddlers. Plus, the water in this pool is about 10 degrees warmer than other community pools. Not a bad way to spend the afternoon. A quick shower, change of clean clothes, and it’s a sure bet they’ll be zonked before you’re even out of the parking lot. Bring on the rest of the week!
Rainier Beach Community Center & Pool
8825 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Cost: $5.25/adult; $3.75/child, seniors and special populations
Ages: 6 and under (with adult)
Take in a Show
Mommy Matinees at the North Bend Theatre are a great way to take in a show without all the pressure that sometimes goes hand in hand with taking the kids to a flick. No need to keep the tot lot super quiet or in their seats at this laid back, weekly matinee. After all, it’s specially designed for families with munchkins in tow. Plus, you don’t have to draw on your kiddo’s college account to afford a trip to the theater for this one. Just $5 for anyone over the age of 3 gets you prime seats to see a current show (they’re playing Frozen right now!) with other families who understand that sometimes kids have pressing questions that can’t wait just because they’re at the movies. Say yes to mid-week down time!
North Bend Theatre
125 Bendigo Blvd. N.
North Bend, Wa 98045
Time: 1 p.m.
Cost: $5/person (ages 3 and up)
How do you get over the mid-week hump? Share an activity we may have missed in the comments below.
Photos thanks to: Krystal Kelley, Chris Bennion, Illumination Learning Studio, Vina Barham and Seattle Parks and Rec