Recently, I took my 11-month-old to explore the Ipswich Children’s Library. I had heard good things about the stimulating activities run there and was eager to get my little one active. I’m glad we finally visited because it has LOADS going on.
I was pleasantly surprised by the extensive collection of kid-friendly reads upon entry. There was something for every age group. Rows of fiction and non-fiction books were surrounded by engaging displays. To the right was the ‘Wind Tunnels’ exhibition. A small toddler watched her mum place the provided scarves into the tunnels. To the toddler’s amazement, the scarves zoomed around the transparent tubes and tumbled down from the ceiling. Safe to say the kids loved this one.
Things to do for kids at Ipswich Children’s Library
The staff had painting and craft activities set up along the front window. Towards the back were computer monitors to help older kiddies explore reading. The rear wall featured cosy nooks cocooned between more rows of books. Nearby an interactive whiteboard played real-time footage of its observers covered in virtual butterflies. My 11-month-old didn’t quite understand what was so interesting about the cartoon critters. Luckily, there was also a baby play area. It had plenty of stackable wooden toys and baby books for him to enjoy.
If that wasn’t enough to keep the little one entertained, there was also a giant, lit-up tree to one side of the space. My bub happily enjoyed playing with large LEGO blocks underneath. He also loved climbing through a short tunnel in the middle.
A great place to meet Brisbane mums
This space is perfect for meeting up with parent groups. I even started chatting with another mum trying to wrangle her toddler, and we exchanged numbers. The best part is that this library is just for littlies, so visiting means you’re almost guaranteed to meet other parents. Plus, it’s a great way to keep the kids engaged and social.
Overall, the Ipswich Children’s Library is one of a kind. It’s a perfect social hub for mums, bubs, and dads alike. The kids can get creative, play with unique displays, enjoy oversized Lego blocks, and learn how to use a library system through interactive screens. Meanwhile, the space has plenty of pram parking and seating to host a range of meet-ups and events.
I highly recommend any families in the area check it out!