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September means more activities for the pre-school-age set, too.

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If you’ve got kids who aren’t even old enough for pre-school, you, too, can take part in the back-to-school whir of activity that starts this month. Several opportunities to get the kids out of the house and meet other families with young children will return to the calendar this month. They include:

  • The Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s Mother Goose program. Mother Goose is a 15-minute storytime for children 2 and under and their caregiver. At each of the library’s branches, it has become a well-loved gathering where many playgroups have been born. I was actually unaware that the program took the month of August off, and showed up at the Headquarters branch only to find a group of parents and kids lamenting the fact that they would miss their weekly storytime fix (It was hard to tell who was more upset–the moms or the kids.). Not to worry, though–Mother Goose returns to the Headquarters branch downtown today at 10:30 a.m. Find times at other branches by using the library’s online calendar tool here.
  • Alphabet Soup at the library – When your child graduates from Mother Goose, the library is there with Alphabet Soup, a half hour of playful stories and songs for children ages 2 to 5 with their caregiver. Again, check out the library’s online calendar here for more information.
  • Picnic in the Park – This popular outdoor lunchtime concert series run by Fredericksburg’s parks and recreation department took a break during the sweltering months of July and August, but it returns next Tuesday, Sept. 6 with music by Laurie Rose Griffith and Pete Mealy. It’s part of the foundation of many playgroups’ weekly schedules. The new location at the Riverfront Park is a little low on shade, so if you have any kind of portable shade for your infant or child, I’d suggest you bring it, along with a picnic lunch, a blanket and a good group of friends. The event runs 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the park on Sophia Street, between Charlotte and Hanover streets.

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