1-hour-long early childhood sensory play activities for ages 18 months to 6 years. There is a session specific for families that allows children up to 12 years. The activities are different each week, and are not things that I would have an easy time doing at home. This is one of the more expensive rec classes, at over 8 dollars per class.
4 classes for 25 (cost varies based on session length)
plus 8 for supplies
Silver Springs Recreation Center
1951 Silver Springs Pkwy.
(also offered at other rec centers on different days)
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Messy Thursday (or any day of the week) is an early childhood sensory play activity. Each week the instructor sets up tables with playdough, water beads, painting, shaving cream, or something else fun and messy. There were about 10 kids in our session. Caregivers are responsible for interacting with the children, the instructor is mainly only there to set up. The class is 1 hour long and you move from station to station as you please, there is no structure.
WHAT TO TAKE
The class listing instructs you to “dress for a mess,” however, we never actually got too messy. There are a few craft ponchos available for the kids, but you have to be one of the first ones there to get one. We wore normal clothes and just changed after, there wasn’t anything messy enough to warrant a throw-away t shirt or special clothes.
You will want to be able to use your hands, so if you have a baby bring the stroller or carrier.
The $8 for supplies is due the first class, in cash. The front desk of the rec center will not make change, but the instructor did for me.
Kyler (2) liked the activities, but not for an hour. On the day when it was only one activity, painting, he lost interest very quickly. The better days were the days when there were several different things to do. Sharing in these situations is always a little bit of an issue, but there are enough toys and tables that I could redirect.
WHAT WE LIKED
I liked that there wasn’t something we were “supposed” to do. It was really just free play. The variety of toys was great, I’ve never seen so many playdough accessories in my life. While the activities were things that we could technically have done at home, the magnitude made it better. For example, we could do water beads at home, but I wouldn’t do three huge tubs of water beads, so that was fun for us.
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
An hour is a long class for us at this stage, and by the end we’re barely holding it together, so the cleanup portion of the class is a little rough. And I feel guilty if we leave 10 minutes before it’s over and don’t help clean up.
WILL WE GO AGAIN
Not soon, not for now. I think I would rather spend the money on crafts and activities we can do at home and keep them to do them several times, not just the once.