By guest Lara Brandon
Fall and winter are great seasons to learn more about indoor activities for young children. The Roseville Utility Exploration Center has a free preschool program for kids once a month from 10am-12noon on Thursday mornings. They’re located next to the Martha Riley Library at 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville. A large majority of parents/caregivers participate in the Mother Goose on the Loose Program and then drop by the preschool program at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center.
Preschool program activities vary depending upon the month. They consistently have a Playdoh station with lots of cutters and tools. The Playdoh is typically homemade rather than store-bought. Kids can play with blocks and trucks or do some coloring. They often have a painting and stamping station. Sometimes they’ll have a water play station or a game. They have a large, homemade version of Kerplunk that the kids love. Staff members will occasionally pass out handouts on recipe ideas, energy conservation or kids’ eating tips.
The Roseville Utility Exploration Center has lots of other programs for school-aged children and adults. If they don’t have a scheduled program for that day, you can come in and wander around. They have a fun tunnel for the kids to climb through, lots of things to touch and explore, more handouts and friendly staff.
Mother Goose on the Loose is another free preschool program through the City of Roseville, at all 3 of the Roseville libraries. It’s a 30 minute weekly program, which is great for preschool and kindergarten preparation. Martha Riley Library is in the same building as the Roseville Utility Exploration Center. They have Mother Goose on the Loose on Thursday mornings at 9:30am, 10:30am, and 11:30am. “Miss Lisa” does an excellent job facilitating the program at Martha Riley Library. She incorporates songs, story time, puppets, stuffed animals, bells and scarves. Parent participation is required! The kids love Mother Goose on the Loose and “Miss Lisa.”