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A parent and child enjoy ABC Cayuga's Play Space in downtown Auburn.

It’s time to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer, but don’t despair: The Play Space has a great lineup of activities to engage babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their families throughout the fall!

Our fall and winter hours at the Play Space will begin on Friday, Sept. 21. We are making some schedule changes in response to feedback from our participants. Families with toddlers have enjoyed our change this summer to an earlier 9 a.m. opening, and families with 4-to-6-year-olds have appreciated our late afternoon hours. We’re happy to be able to continue with both of these options in our schedule for fall and winter. We’ll also add Sunday afternoons back into the fall and winter schedule to give more options for working families to enjoy time with their little ones at the Play Space.

Beginning Sept. 21, the Play Space will be open for the fall and winter:

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

• 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays

• Noon to 4 p.m. Sundays

Families with children ages birth to 6 years are welcome to drop in for play whenever we are open and/or join one of our scheduled activities. All activities are included with the daily visitor fee of $5, which is waived for those with Play Space membership.

Here is a sample of some of our special offerings this fall:

10:30 a.m. Wednesdays: Baby Play. Enjoy our expanded baby area, meet new friends and learn some songs, games and finger plays. (Especially for non-walking babies.)

10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Music and Movement. Join us in our community room for some active play, songs and circle games. (Especially for toddlers, preschoolers and their parents/caregivers.)

4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Thursdays: Artful Thursdays. With a focus on creativity, we will alternate four-week sessions of creative art-making in partnership with the Schweinfurth Art Center and Family Yoga Fun. These special activities are designed for ages 3 and older with a parent/caregiver. Check our Facebook page or website calendar for details of which activity is being offered!

10 to 10:30 a.m. Fridays: Fun Food Fridays. Enjoy and help your child prepare a special, simple and nutritious snack! Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension and Wegmans.

11 a.m. Saturdays: Songs and Stories. This storytime will have a preschool focus, but all ages are welcome! Enjoy stories, songs, movement and some silly fun!

Although it might be a bit hard to pack away your flip-flops and bathing suits, just think of all the fun and learning that awaits you and your little ones in the months to come. Goodbye summer, hello fall at the Play Space!

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Elizabeth Stilwell is the director of operations at ABC Cayuga's Play Space. For more information, visit abccayuga.org or playspaceabc.com, or visit the Play Space at 63 Genesee St., Auburn.

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