. . . for Lauren and Lauren: Our favorite things to do

June 15, 2015

Our favorite things to do

I am not a fan of days with no plans and struggle when we are stuck at home.  Sometimes I wonder if this attributes to Addilyn's inability to be entertained for long when we're at home or her lack of ability to independently play for more than five minutes.  I hope that this gets better the older she gets, and maybe I should work harder to not always rush from one thing to the next.  But as long as the weather is nice and there's things to do, we're going to keep staying busy!  Most days we get out of the house in the morning around 9, come home by 11:30 for lunch and nap at 12.  Then usually we get out of the house again around 3.  

Here are some of our favorite things to do: 

Parks.  By far the thing we do the most is go to parks.  There are tons around us, but probably two that we frequent a lot.  One of the parks by us has this bridge with a rocky path next to it and Addilyn easily spends 30 minutes picking up rocks, running to toss them over the bridge and back and forth. It is wonderful.

The library.  The town next to us has the best library.  They recently redid their children's section and it is so nice.  There's a huge slide and pretend plane/flying structure, a lego table, craft station, pretend grocery store and this awesome huge Lite Bright thing.  Addilyn loves it, it's closet to us and it's free! 

Dunkin donuts.  We've officially started making friends with the worker at Dunkin Donuts, as she recognizes us and even knows which donut Addi likes the best.  I get a coffee, Addi gets a donut and we can easily kill 45 minutes sitting inside.  She'll say hi to people as they walk in, jump around on the seat next to me, and make lots of strangers smile. 

Beach.  We braved the beach last week with my sister and three kids, and while it was tiring and so sandy, it was a lot of fun.  Addi loved being in the water, and as long as the weather is nice I think we'll be going at least once a week.  

Our deck.  We spent tons of time outside and lots on our deck.  We usually eat lunch out there, and spend time watering the flowers, playing in the water table, and Addilyn climbs all over our chairs and is so much happier outside! 

Bakeries.  There are two bakeries that we've been to quite often.  One has the best cake pops and another these fun smiley face cookies.  (And coffee for me!)  The little bakery in our town has couches and a few kids games which on good days Addilyn can run around, and be content for close to an hour.  We usually go to these on days when it's rainy or crappy weather.  

Storytime.  Barnes and Nobles has storytime every Wednesday at 10:00 and we've gone a few times.  I figured it'd be great when it's a rainy day this summer.  They read a story then do a little craft, which means I do a little craft but I know some day Addilyn will like that part.  Right now she just likes collecting the crayons and running on the little stage.  

Forest Preserve.  We have a forest preserve a few miles away and Chris and Addilyn usually go there once on the weekend, and I've started taking Addi there during the week.  She loves throwing rocks in the water, and I think she could spend hours just wondering around.  

Children's Museum.  We haven't been for awhile but there is this little museum about 15 minutes from us.  It's $5 and one big space that is perfect for young kids.  There's a little store and grocery carts, fire truck, stage and costumes, fishing pond, library, gas station and cars, legos, and a little slide/jungle gym.  Addilyn loves it and we need to go back!

Pet Store.  When we're really bored we've ventured to the pet store and Addi loves looking at the animals. I'm tempted to just tell her we're going to the zoo and keep our standards for entertainment nice and low.  

What are you favorite things to do with your toddler to get you out of the house? 

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Kelly said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Oh my goodness, you two are so so active and that library sounds amazing!

Bria said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Yeah that library is legit- who has libraries like that around them! Lol. Jealous. I also have struggled with the need to get out all the time but we are doing better at home (especially since brother needs to sleep). Truly independent play started happening at around between 21-24 months for us and Addy loves being in the other room with her toys now. I still try to play as much as possible but it is nice. I think you have to allow them to get bored and maybe a little frustrated to spark that initiative on their end to make up games. If they are constantly entertained they may not ever feel the need to truly create play.
We don't have much to add to the list but things like farmers market or we have a huge local farm that has food trucks and such on the weekend. Also our local grocery store is doing a healthy snack program for kids this summer - although we haven't been yet...

shelleystursma said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

We have a splash pad a mile away that my kids like. It's in a park, so we bounce between the playground and the water. It works great! If we want to venture further out, we go to my sister's pool or my parents' cottage.

The Lady Okie said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

I just love her little ponytail! So cute. Glad you can find a few fun things to do. I can't imagine I would like being stuck inside the house all day either.

Bailey@coffeeandcrayons.net said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Making sure we get out of the house at least once a day is my main priority. I have no idea how to maintain the energy to entertain a 10 month old at our house alone for more than an hour. We do the park as often as possible, and I try to set up as many playdates as possible. We moved a few months ago so i'm trying to find new friends, lol. it's work!! We run lots and lots of errands. Trader Joes and Target are our favs. Actually, any place with food. Haha, it gets me in trouble because our pantry is exploding! I've tried baking with him but he isn't interested and painting holds his attention for about 3.5 seconds. plus, he still likes to put everything in his mouth :/ I'm hoping to get him signed up for a gym class soon!

Sarah said... Best Blogger TipsBest Blogger Templates

Your days sound so much like mine!! We also LOVE to stay busy! I can't NOT go anywhere in the mornings! My girls (I have a 3 yr old and a 21 month old) are up bright and early, around 5:45 or 6:00 most mornings, so by 8:00 we are itching to leave! We do a lot of what you two do - parks, the library, our neighborhood pool, grocery stores, Target, coffee shops, etc.

We try to be home no later than noon for lunch and naps. If I'm lucky, they'll sleep from 12:45 til 3:30! On those days, we stay home until my husband is home. If they're up early we'll venture to another store, Chick fil A for ice cream and play, the bookstore, etc.

Little ones sure keep you busy!!

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