When you think about the library, the first thing that might come to mind is that dark, musty place you used to go to take cat naps between classes back in college. But if you haven't been inside a library since you were a student, you might want to think about getting reacquainted. Your local library can be a great place to take your children, especially when it's too cold for the playground. And the best part of all — it's totally free. But before you make the trip, there are some useful library hacks all moms need to know.
Believe it or not, the library is more than just books. Most branches have story time for babies and toddlers, arts and crafts, homework help and other kid-friendly activities on an ongoing basis. Get familiar with your local branch's schedule so you know the best days and times to visit.
But even if there aren't any structured activities going on, most libraries have a kid-friendly section full of books, toys, and games for the little ones. And in case you were wondering, it's probably one of the only places in the library where it's perfectly ok to speak above a whisper.
The next time your kids have cabin fever, take a trip to your local library. It can be a great way to have fun and cultivate a life-long love of reading.