Many Ways to Play in March

March is full of fun play events for your family! Take a look at all the family activities Lend & Learn has planned this month!

Outdoor Pop-Up Lend & Learn events are back this Spring!

Lend & Learn is hosting free and fun outdoor events for children ages 0-5 and their families this spring! Your child will be able to participate in fun learning activities, play with other children, eat yummy snacks, and take home activities. Check out our calendar and follow us on Facebook for updates on pop-up Lend & Learn events this Spring!

Love Your Neighbor: Connecting Young Children to the Community

How can you connect your child to diverse people in your neighborhood, community, and the world? Join us for a conversation about why and how to get your family involved in volunteering, acts of kindness, charitable giving, and teaching your baby to be a helper and changemaker. This event is free & open to all parents & caregivers . Participants will receive a children’s book, resources, and a chance to win a $20 Walmart gift card!

Virtual Group on Zoom
Thursday, March 24 — 6-7pm
Sign up to join:

Play time at Lend & Learn

Schedule a play time with your little ones ages 0-5 at Lend & Learn (1002 Fay St, Columbia). New sign up times are added weekly for Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am-11am, and Thursdays 1-3pm.

Now that the weather is warming up, we should mention that Lend & Learn also has an outdoor fenced-in playground area behind our building that is open to families – no appointment necessary!

New! Play Groups

We are offering three different age-based play groups in March as a way for you to meet other families with a child close in age to your little one. We will have activities, snacks, and resources for your child. Space is limited – save your spot!

Pandemic Babies born in 2019 & 2020
Friday March 11 — 9am-11am
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Pre-Ks (born 2016-2018)
Monday, March 21 — 9am-11am
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2021-2022 Babies (expectant parents welcome!)
Friday, March 25 — 9am-11am
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Expanded Hours for Lend & Learn Toy Library Checkout

Toy checkout hours are now expanded to Monday-Friday 9am-3pm. Baby & toddler toys are available for families to borrow and play at home! You may shop in the L&L toy closet for individual items or view our catalog of toy sets online:

Play-At-Home Kits

First Chance is now offering eligible families free Developmental ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) Screening Kits for children ages 0-5 years. Learn more about the ASQ kits and the qualifications to receive a kit.

El Último Malvavisco Kit

Matemáticas de malvavisco! Tenemos un nuevo kit de actividades para jugar en casa para presentar a tus pequeños las primeras habilidades matemáticas. El kit incluye el libro El Último Malvavisco, instrucciones de la actividad y hojas de conteo laminadas (en inglés o en español), un paquete de chocolate caliente, malvaviscos, marcador de pizarra, pompones, papel de construcción de gran tamaño y cereales. Este kit es ideal para niños de 2 a 5 años. Puedes recoger un kit para tu hijo en Lend & Learn (1002 Fay St, Columbia) de lunes a viernes de 9 a.m. a 3 p.m. 

Marshmallow math! We have a new play-at-home activity kit to introduce your littles to early math skills. The kit includes The Last Marshmallow/ El Último Malvavisco book, activity instructions & laminated counting sheets (English or Spanish), hot cocoa packet, marshmallows, dry erase marker, pom poms, oversized construction paper, and cereal.This kit is great for children ages 2-5. You can pick up a kit for your child at Lend & Learn (1002 Fay St, Columbia) on weekdays 9am-3pm.