It’s getting cold outside and soon, we hope, the snow will fly. Parks around the city will be covered in the white stuff making playground equipment unusable and opportunities for socialization limited. There are, however, several creative and fun indoor places where moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas can take the kids to play

Tim Sims, Gloria Cooper, and Courtney Laverty lead kids in a structured setting with stories, singing and up on your feet activities weaving in numbers, letters, colors and learning about the world.

The fourth Wednesday of the month features a puppet show by Ellie Mauro and Thera Afflect.

Hours: Every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: 515 East Alma Street, Mount Shasta

Cost: Free

Phone: 530-926-2031

Website: mtshastalibrary.org/events/upcoming/songs-and-stories-every-wednesday

The Resource Center offers creative toys, art projects and socialization. The free flowing play group sees kids trying out a variety of activities while interacting with each other and their significant adult. Kid-friendly staff roam the large room explaining, encouraging and facilitating.

Hours: Every Monday 10:30 a.m to noon

Location: 109 East Lake Street, Mount Shasta

Cost: Free

Phone: 530-926-1400

Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Mount-Shasta-Community-Resource-Center/157762744254069

The Science Discovery Museum says its mission is “To inspire wonder and stimulate creative exploration through fun interactive science and the arts.”

Located in Ashland, Ore., the huge facility offers dozens of hands-on, interactive activities for all ages.

Three age-appropriate play areas offer interaction for ages toddler through early elementary school.

The facility makes for a great all day outing or as long as the adults can hold up. Many special presentations and activities are offered throughout the year. Check the website calendar.

Hours Winter Fall: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: 1500 East Main Street Ashland, Oregon

Cost: $8 for kids 2-12, $10 for teens and adults, $8 for seniors 65+. Family memberships offer significant savings for multiple yearly visits.

Phone: 541-482-6767

website:www.scienceworksmuseum.org

For ages 0 to 5. Facilitator Julie Eckert brings years of early childhood education experience and believes in creativity and teaching a love of learning through exploration, discover and play.

Free children’s books are always available.

Hours: Every Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Family and Community Resource Center of Weed, 260 Main Street in Weed.

Phone: 530-938-9914.

Website: www.facebook.com/FCRCWeed