Baby/toddler activities NOT at 10 or 11


I'd like to take my 11 month old son to library story times or other free or low-cost classes/activities, but they all conflict with his morning nap! Any suggestions for a 10:30am napper? It seems like everything I find starts at either 10 or 11. Or costs $20+ per session, which is more than I want to spend. We're in North Oakland so looking in Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville.


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I feel like I had the same issue for such a long time, and now that my kid naps at noon it seems like everything is at noon. Ugh. 
But there are a couple of evening storytimes: 

Berkeley Central library at 6:30 on Tuesdays (Ann plays like 17 instruments and is super sweet)

OPL’s Dimond Branch has Pajama Storytime at 7, also on Tuesdays. I haven’t been to this one bc Berkeley is more convenient for us, but I’ve heard good things about it. 

And this weekend there are some kid-friendly symphony performances at OPL’s main library, Saturday at 1:30 and 2:15

When it’s warm again I also recommend the ECCL pool, which is very nice and has cheap ($5?) drop-in family swim times in the afternoons. Not exactly an organized activity, but very exciting for kids who like water.

This happened to me too when my son young. I realized that the 11am activities are for older babies who nap around 1 or 2. Just wait a few months and the naps will readjust. Your baby will drop from 2 naps to 1, and that one nap will move a little later. This will free up your morning for activities. 

There’s “baby rave” and other things at the Berkeley children’s theatre 

We have taken our son to the Berkeley Public Library storytimes that take place in the afternoon at the Claremont branch on Thursdays 4-5pm!