As summer is coming to a close, I wanted to share some of the fun activities my girls and I did (in the Kansas City Metro Area) to keep ourselves entertained all summer. If you are a stay-at-home parent, chances are that you are more well-versed than I am (as a working mom 9 months of the year and aSummer Fun SAHM 3 months of the year) and probably know more about my "hot spots" than I do; BUT who knows, maybe you will find something new to try. Here was our tentative schedule of FUN for the summer:
Chillax. I mean seriously, Mondays suck for EVERYONE. However, if we did get stir crazy, my ladies and I would load up in to the stroller and head to our local library. Ours for the summer was the Mid-Continent Public Library: Red Bridge Branch. At this library there is an early literacy corner with puzzles, toys, games, computers, etc. that my ladies LOVED as it consisted of totally different toys than what they played with the majority of the time (their own). We also signed up for their summer reading program (*FREE); it is now over, but the info is here:
This program allowed one to complete reading/ activity logs to earn FREE books! The max you could earn was 3 books (25 books read and logged = 1 FREE book) and you better believe that my ladies and I earned all THREE books! That's 6 new books total for our home!
On Tuesdays, after the baby's morning nap, my ladies and I would head to our local Barnes & Noble for some fun in their children's area (*FREE). Ours has a train table and we would either bring our own train or use theirs and have a blast with the other kiddos who, also, had gotten cabin fever. We would also swing by the in-store Starbucks and pick up a coffee for me, chocolate milk for the little lady and, sometimes, a sweet treat to tide us over until lunch. After about 30-45 minutes of fun at the bookstore, we would head to a nearby Pottery Barn Kids for their Tuesday Book Club (*FREE). Tuesday Book Club is awesome as it is short and sweet, awesome books are read to the kiddos AND every 5 sessions you earn a FREE $10 to use at PBK. This is NOT something at our PBK either, all stores have a book club Tuesdays per PBK's website.
Wednesdays we would do more hanging out and/ or head to the grocery store or run any errands we might have. We didn't get too crazy on Wednesdays as my older child has gymnastics in the evenings.
On Thursday we would do the standard zoo or farmstead visit as, despite being overdone, they are favorites and were frequently requested. If it was too hot we would venture down to the aquarium. If we were unable to venture out in the AM, I would try to get the girls down for naps slightly early to ensure that there was time left in the afternoon for our nearby public pool.
If we ventured out on Fridays, my ladies and I would usually do a run to one of our favorite OR try out a new local park. Sometimes I would go out of the way to grab a refreshing caffeinated beverage first just to make the outing extra special (for me).
The weekend was awesome as my husband is off work and we could hit any other hot spots that we had not made it to during the week and both of us could get in some 1:1 time with each child. I love taking my oldest princess to the store or to run any errands I might have as she is such an awesome big sister but I know that she misses just having her mom to herself sometimes.
Something I did NOT include were our play-dates. At LEAST once a week I tried to arrange a play-date where my oldest daughter could interact with one of her friends I could interact with their mom (one of MY mom friends usually, haha). We would just invite our friends to come with us to one of our weekly activities and it worked out a lot! It's awesome to have so many friends available that have kiddos the same age as yours. Win-win!
In the end, we had an overall fun summer. I kept it busy as my older child likes to be active (she is her father's child... never a dull moment with those two) AND I only get 3 months to squeeze in as many life experiences as I can...and, as any speech-language pathologist (SLP) will tell you, life experiences = language development (FYI I am an SLP).
Any other moms out there home for the summer? How do you spend your weeks? SAHM's, what does your schedule look like? I know that no matter what all moms have the same goal and that is to keep our little lovebugs happy.