Living in or visiting a small, rural town like Social Circle can present a challenge when looking for activities for you and your tot. It may be beautiful in the spring, but the little guy just wants to jump over the couch and swing from the bunk bed. Social Circle may itself be limited in toddler activities, but it is just 45 miles away from Atlanta, and even closer are a few other surrounding towns providing options.
Sometimes all you need to do is let the little tyke loose on a playground or open field and let the imagination and energy take over. South Walton Park (no website; 550 Fairplay Rd, Social Circle; 770-464-3374) provides your community park needs with 45 acres of open green space, playgrounds and picnic areas. Just six miles up the road in Jersey, McGarity Park (no website; Alcovy Station Rd, Jersey; 770-464-3374) features a playground and field in a more natural setting.
Often one of the most enjoyable things to do with your young child is sign her up for sports leagues. The Walton County Parks and Recreation (waltoncountyga.gov/Parks) offers a T-Ball program for 4- to 5-year-olds. The league is usually looking for volunteers to help coach -- just an idea! The County also has a soccer league in the fall for 4- to 5-year-old. For those of you who have a little gymnast tumbling around, the 21-mile drive to Conyers might be worth it. Rockdale Gymnastics (rockdalegymnastics.com) provides classes for 2- to 5-year-olds teaching the basics of gymnastics in a fun environment.
Taking your preschooler or toddler to a scheduled story time is a great time for him and a needed break for you. The Stanton Memorial Library (morgan.public.lib.ga.us/stanton) in Social Circle features a story time for children 3- to 5-years-old. The program includes music, creative movement, costumes, puppets and other props to make an exciting experience for your young one. Barnes and Noble (barnesandnoble.com) in Athens, 35 miles east of Social Circle, also provides a weekly story time for toddlers and preschoolers.
Wildlife and Nature
Toddlers and preschoolers are always up for an adventure into the great outdoors. About eight miles to the east of Social Circle is Hard Labor Creek State Park (gastateparks.org/HardLaborCreek). There are a number of things to see and do here, especially for the little people. Playgrounds, fishing, hiking trails and wading on the beach are all available at Hard Labor Creek. The park also offers guided butterfly hikes and wildlife walks that are sure to excite young eyes.
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