The park is one of the best places to take the kiddos. They burn energy, there is a bench when you need a water break, and it's free. After going to the park for the last five play dates, you might be looking for something a little different but that doesn't require any additional planning. Call all your friends, and line up the play dates because I have some ideas for you.
My two boys will sit and watch a movie, and the only time they get up is for a snack. If your child has a friend that loves movies as much as he does, then plan a movie play date. You might even be able to talk to the other mom during the movie.
All the work is done for you with this play date. You don't have to clean the house, and story time keeps the kids engaged.
Some days the kids need to burn that extra energy, but it's raining. Try going to an indoor trampoline or bounce house arena. Check your area for locations. Some even offer discounted time slots during the week.
Do you have a craft room over run with craft supplies. Offer to host a craft play date. Pull out the craft supplies and see what the kids come up with. There is no need to have a preset craft. Let the kiddos use their endless imagination, but not the hot glue gun.
If you have tents for camping or play tents for the kids, set them up in the back yard or play room. Let the kids pretend they are in the woods exploring, and give them some pots and spoons so they can cook a hot meal over the pretend fire.
Have the children cut out cookies with cookie cutters. When you finish baking them, call the kiddos in to decorate their cookies. Use sprinkles, icing, food coloring (if you are brave), and little candies. The kids will love you! This will need to be a short play date or send them outside to burn the sugar off.
Go for a Drive
Load up your kids, your friend, and her children and set out for a drive. Pop in a DVD for a little quiet, and head to the snow cone stand or ice cream shop across town. After your little treat, hop back in the car and select another DVD. You get to talk to your friend, and the kids are strapped in the car for at least half an hour. This may be more of a play date for the moms.
Pull out your old prom dress, aprons, bow ties, costumes, and old high heels. Boys and girls both like to play dress up. Have a fashion show or a let the kiddos put on a Broadway show for you.
Let your imagination go crazy, and come up with unique ways to get together with friends. What is your child's favorite play date?
Have a great play date!