With the colder weather coming, it's great to see Fall River introducing a new, indoor play space. Here's the best part--it is FREE!

When our kids were smaller, I clearly remember the struggle of needing to get them OUT of the house during the winter. We'd sorely miss the access to our neighborhood playground. Not only was it tough because the kids needed an open area to run around and be physically active, but I remember the kids missing the social interaction, too.  Heck, even the parents would miss the social interaction at the playground.

That's why it's so great to report that Fall River now has a brand new play space, just in time for winter! People Incorporated’s Community Playroom is a place to play for children ages five months through five years, along with their parents and caregivers. The best part is that use of the space is absolutely free for community members of Greater Fall River. It is located at 4 South Main Street in Fall River.

Along with having a variety of toys and options for play, the Community Playroom holds events each Saturday to help with literacy development. At these events, the Playroom provides families with storytelling, an enrichment activity incorporating literacy, positive interaction, age-appropriate play activities and a book to take home.

Upcoming storytelling and related activities in November include "Thankful" on November 17. In December, the events will feature Hanukah Lights on December 1, Merry Xmas and Very Hungry Caterpillar on December 8, and The Thankful Book on December 15.

The Playroom is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., subject to weather. The space will be closed on November 24, December 22 and December 29. For more information, call (508) 679-5233.

People Incorporated is a human services agency serving Southeastern Massachusetts. For more information on our programs and services, visit http://peopleinc-fr.org/.