Shopping at the Whole Foods in Annapolis qualifies as a family outing in my book, but combined with their monthly Half Pint Kids Club classes you can spend a whole morning enjoying this new space.
Held on Thursdays from 11am to 11:45am this class is aimed at kids ages 3 to 5 and combines crafts, music, story time, a free, all natural snack, samples and a store tour.
The best target age for the activities was definitely 3 to 5 on the day of our visit.
The 2 year olds were a little young for the craft and my 6 year felt a little awkward during some of the music portion. I guess she has officially outgrown the “If You’re Happy and You Know It” phase.
The class is held in the cafe and is supposed to be by registration only.
The program follows a theme each month. The themes vary from seasonal themes, food themes like fish, english muffins, breakfast on a stick or even one time…bugs.
Miss Celia, our teacher for the morning, did a good job of keeping the kids moving along through the activities and had a fun fish craft planned for our session.
Craft time is followed by a music session where Miss Celia plays the guitar and the hour ends with story time.
At the conclusion of the book we got an unexpected surprise…free snack.
The class carries no fee and the snack given was quite substantial (my kids called it lunch!) Each child received a bag with a juice box, a banana, a bag of baby carrots and a cereal bar.
Whole Foods for Lunch
Before or after the Kids Club though, you should not miss out on checking out this Whole Foods.
My kids love the grind your own peanut butter station (with chocolate peanut butter as an option) as well as the pop chip machine, the trail mix bar and all of the bulk food bins.
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There are also a lot of samples in the produce and cheese departments to keep little shoppers happy throughout your trip.
After the class we stayed for a kid-friendly lunch as they have so many options including:
- A huge salad bar
- Hot food bar
- Olive bar
There’s also so many fun things to do in Annapolis so we often find a little something extra to do in the area.
Prices & Registration
Half Pint Kids Club costs $5 per child (there is also a $2.27 convenience fee when booked online through EventBrite).
Some stores may allow you to call ahead to reserve a spot for the next Half Pint Kids Club at the Annapolis Whole Foods and spend a morning with crafts, songs, stories and plenty of shopping!
Not all locations offer this class. Many I called didn’t even seem to know what I was referring to. Check the Whole Foods event calendar on their website to see what events your nearest location offers.
As of right now, the Half Pint Kids Club isn’t even listed on their calendar but registration is available on EventBrite.