TIPP CITY — Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a babysitter looking for an activity to do with your toddler outside the house, there is a program in Miami County that may be just what you are looking for.
The Trailing Moms & Tots program is sponsored by the Miami County Park District and is designed for any mom or caregiver with a toddler aged 0-5 years old to partake in a hike with other moms and children at the Charleston Falls Preserve in Tipp City.
“This hike is laid-back and more of a social time for caregivers,” said “Sassafras” Susan Condy, coordinator of the program. “Any caregiver is welcome.”
The program was developed by a former park district staff member who left the district to be a stay-at-home mom. It was brought to her attention that there was a need for a program that offers activities for children before preschool age.
“Everyone seems to be enjoying (the program),” Condy said. “You can kind of see the relationships beginning to form being out here on the trail.”
Condy has co-lead Trailing Mom & Tots for seven years and has been leading the program for a couple of years. She can be seen hand-in-hand with her son Prescot, 3, on the trail. When she expects large groups, Condy will have “focuser” activities for the families while on the trail, such as a “find something” activity, which has a list of items for children to find while on the hike.
“ … I want to give them something to focus on while on the trail,” she said.
Amy Brittingham, mother of three, of Covington, expressed her satisfaction of Trailing Moms & Tots.
“We love it, it’s fun,” Brittingham said. “It’s fun because it’s not led, you just kind of go and do your own thing … it’s nothing structured, that’s why we like it. (The kids) like it, because it’s somewhere new to go and they like meeting new friends, too.”
It was Brittingham’s third time attending the program on Monday with her children Kinley, 4, Bear, 2, and Fiona, five months old. She said she heard of the program through Facebook.
“We try to do all of the park district things because they’re fun, they’re easy, and they’re free,” she said. “They’re kid-related and they’re easy to do.”
Condy said for the past four to five months, Trailing Moms & Tots averages 30 kids a visit. The meetings take place year-round on Mondays once a month, but can vary. Watch for a postcard from the program or check online at www.MiamiCountyParks.com for the schedule. Pre-registering is done online.
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