Indoor Play Option for Little Ones

Ask the Experts by Kristen Young

Q: The weather is turning cooler and I'm a bit anxious about the upcoming long winter days and trying to keep my little ones entertained and socialized. I also would like to meet some other parents with children the same age as mine - are there any options around here?

A: You are not alone! Those infant and toddler years can feel a little isolating for parents during the cold months. But the energy level of the kids doesn't wane - so finding activities and options is very beneficial for all. One great local choice many people don't know about is Play Central.

Play Central is a drop-in open play group run by The Family Center, a local non-profit organization. The program begins October 4 and runs every Wednesday and Thursday through May 31 from 9am-11am - for $5.00 per visit for the whole family.

Parents/caregivers meet in the gym at Barnes Early Childhood Center. Play Central follows the Grosse Pointe Public School District calendar so holidays and snow days will be observed.

Children of all ages are welcome and as are all caregivers - moms, dads, grandparents, nannies, etc. The format is open, so you can let your child's interests direct you. You will both enjoy having a large selection of toys that are new to you. We have bikes, a slide, a kitchen and grocery store for dramatic play, balls, big blocks, dolls, musical instruments, and so much more.

It's a great opportunity for young children to run around and practice their burgeoning skills, and, of course, run off, or crawl off, some of that energy! Your child may even make a great new friend. Children will practice their social skills, and you can chat with other adults while playing with your child.

Play Central is a fun, flexible, and affordable program designed for young children and their caregivers. Visit for a free visit coupon.

Enriching Our Community Through Stronger Families
The Family Center serves as the community's hub for information, resources and referral for both families and professionals. The Family Center is a non-profit organization founded with a mission to serve our community through programs and resources vital to today's families.

All gifts are tax-deductible.
To volunteer or contribute, visit the 'Get Involved' page, call 313-447-1374.
Email: or write to: The Family Center
32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236.