Baltimore’s favorite destination for toddlers and preschoolers opens back-up to the public on Monday, July 19th! Time to start planning your Storyville adventure!
Storyville is an imaginative, early learning center for children ages birth through 5 with their caregiver. There are two child-sized villages: one located at the Rosedale Branch of Baltimore County Public Library and you’ll find the other at the Woodlawn Branch. The sensory-filled spaces are designed to promote early literacy and school readiness skills, and feature developmentally appropriate books, toys and activities for young children. You’ll find a baby garden, “Toddler Woods” or “Toddler Bay,” grocery store, mailroom, puppet stage and theatre, home living and dress-up area, construction zone and library — all pint-sized and perfect for exploring!
If you’re a Storyville regular, you’ll want to note that there are some changes with the reopening; spaces will open with new hours, capacity limits and cleaning and safety procedures to ensure the safest environment for little ones:
- New Storyville hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Both play-and-learn centers will operate at 50% capacity, allowing a total of 30 children and adults at one time (the facilities will offer wait lists for those who visit when capacity has been reached).
- New cleaning and safety procedures have been put in place in these high-touch spaces to ensure the safest environment, including:
- Reduced number of toys in the space
- Toys that are easy to sanitize after use only
- Rotated toys throughout the week to ensure time for deeper cleaning
- Spot cleaning by staff throughout open hours
- Visitors will receive a bag to use during their visit to place toys their child has placed in their mouth for staff to sanitize
Please note that children over the age of 5 are not permitted into the Storyville space.
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