What to do when it’s raining outside? There are only so many books we can read, muffins we can make, and puzzles and art projects we can do before, well, it’s a good idea for both of us to get out of the house and do something else. Rain is forecasted for the next week, so we thought we’d share a few places to go and drop-in programs that don’t require a lot of advance planning. Enjoy!
Morning Buddies (ages 0-4)
Yountville Community Center
Wednesdays | 10:15-11:15 am
This playgroup is designed to encourage little ones to play and explore in a fun (and safe) environment. Afterwards, head to the library next door for Family Storytime at 11:15 am. Parent participation required.
Wiggle Room (ages 0-5)
Las Flores Community Center, Napa
Mondays and Fridays | 10 am-12:30 pm
This is a fun, unstructured program where you and your little one can come get the wiggles out. The gym is set up with a variety of equipment designed to contribute to the physical, intellectual, and social development of your child. Parent participation required.
Toy Library and Early Learning Center
3299 Claremont Way, Napa
Mondays,8:30 am-12:30 pm; Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 pm
All of the toys and learning materials are shelved by age group in four categories to support children’s development: language and pre-literacy, thinking skills, movement and physical development, and social/emotional development. This arrangement allows parents, caregivers and child care providers to match their children’s interests and developmental needs with toys that promote learning and fun!
Me and My Shadow (1 and 2-year-olds)
Gymnastics Zone, Napa
Monday-Saturday | 10-10:45 am (1-year-olds), 11-11:45 am (2-year-olds)
These classes are designed to encourage development of self-confidence, strength, coordination, motor skills and personal awareness with your child. The class includes free play, circle time, follow the leader, parachute time, songs, bubbles and stamps! On the first Saturday of every month from 8:30-9:45 am, there is a drop-in program for ages 3 to 5 with special needs. Parent participation required.
Ro Sham Bo: Toddler Drop-in Studio (ages 2-6)
Nimbus Arts, St. Helena
1st and 3rd Saturdays | 9:30-11:30 am
Mini artists are encouraged to play and explore, exposing them to a variety of media and styles in order to set their young minds free. Kids will do free-form, heavyweight, mixed-media creations in 2D and 3D, using paint, ceramics, collage, construction, found objects, and of course, glitter. Best part is you don’t have to clean up afterwards! Ages 3 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Dive Into Color (ages 3 and up) (expected to from the November fire in March)
1757 Tanen Street, Napa
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday | 11am – 6pm
Thursday until 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday until 5 pm
Dive into Color is a drop-in art studio where you can paint your own pottery, make your own pottery, do mosaic art, and fused glass. Be creative, have fun, gather together, learn something new! Anyone can do it, and we have the staff to show you how.
Rockzilla (ages 3 and up)
849 Jackson Street #5A, Napa
Monday-Saturday |10 am-9 pm; Sunday until 6 pm
Napa’s one and only climbing gym offers day passes (harness and shoes available for rent) as well as monthly memberships. No matter what your rope-climbing fix is, Rockzilla has it covered. From steep slabs to multiple arches there are different levels of difficultly everywhere to fit your niche. They offer over 64 top rope walls, an amphitheater for experienced lead climbers only and several chimneys.
The Culinary Institute of America at Copia
500 First Street, Napa
Sundays, 12:30-1:45 pm
Every Sunday is Family Funday, so bring the whole family for these hour-long cooking demonstrations, which are always followed by delicious samplings of that day’s topic. At our Family Fundays, adults and children will walk away with new kitchen skills and cooking tricks. This Sunday, February 5 is Mac & Cheese!
Carolyn Parr Nature Center
3107 Browns Valley Road, Napa
Wednesdays, 10 am-4 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 pm
The Nature Center and its affiliated museum are dedicated to helping people of all ages learn more about their local natural environment. It also regularly hosts special events.
5200 Sonoma (Carneros) Highway, Napa
Wednesday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
While taking a child to an art gallery may not be for everyone, we’re big believers that it’s never too early to introduce children to art and di Rosa is a fun place to do it. The Gatehouse Gallery is currently featuring Based on a True Story: Highlights from the di Rosa Collection.
Napa Valley Museum
55 Presidents Circle, Yountville
Second Saturdays, 2-4 pm
The Napa Valley Museum invites you to Pay What You Wish Day + Free Family Fun Activity. The next one, Be Mine – Valentine Card Making, is Saturday, February 11. The museum itself is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 am-4 pm and there’s always an exhibit to check out.
1311 Washington Street, Calistoga
Daily 11 am-4 pm
Exhibits, which focus on the history of the community of Calistoga and the upper Napa Valley, change every six months reflect the varied interests of the people of the Valley, and have ranged from antique silverware; to model ships; to historical musical instruments.
Wine Country Crossfit Kids (ages 8-11)
Wine Country Crossfit, Napa
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:40-4:20 pm
CrossFit Kids is a strength and conditioning program specifically designed for kids to help them develop a lifelong love of fitness. In a group setting, children participate in fun and engaging workouts that deliver measurable results and prepare them to be well-rounded athletes.
Napa has two bowling alleys, Napa Bowl, on Soscol and Crush Ultra Lounge located at the Heritage Resort & Spa in Napa. Their bowling alley is open to families until 7 pm (must be 21 after 7 pm)
Storytelling (Note, the children’s staff (and a portion of the collection) at the Napa Main library will move into the Community Room this month and will be closed February 6-8. They will reopen in the temporary space on February 9.)
We love going to the library and can spend several hours exploring and reading books. The libraries in Napa County also offer free storytime for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and families at all their branches. Additionally, many of them regularly offer free movie screenings. Check our calendar and/or the individual library for a schedule.
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
(for ages 18 mos.- 3 yrs)
Tuesdays at 10:15 AM
SPANISH / ENGLISH
(for ages 2 – 5 yrs)
Tuesdays at 11:15 am
(for ages 6 – 18 mos.)
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Jump ‘n Jive Family Storytime
(for ages 4 and up)
Wednesdays at 6:30 am
(for ages 3 – 5 yrs)
Thursdays at 10:30 am
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Wednesdays at 11:15 AM
If you don’t mind leaving Napa, and taking a drive, there’s the Jelly Belly Factory and Jump Highway, and Scandia Family Fun Center in Fairfield; Brickspace in Benicia; and the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa. Share your ideas..where do you take your #napavalleykid on a rainy day?