Having the kids home for a week sounds like a dream if you work outside of the home, but when you do a lot from home you end up feeling a bit overwhelmed. Just ask the BBC guy about his recent frustration as he chatted about shifting temperatures live on TV.
It’s total madness trying to stay indoors with kids when they’re already used to a certain routine. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that if you tire them out, then they are less likely to throw tantrums. That, and if you meet other basic needs, such as snack time. I wonder where my kids get their love for snack time from 🙂
Whether you’ve already made plans to get away or are taking the week as it comes, here are a list of ideas to keep your little ones busy for the next few days:
1. Head to a local park.
The weather has been quite breezy here in South Florida. Most mornings are chilly and require sweats and a sweater to get through the morning walks with our pups. Since the afternoons are a lot warmer on most days, I recommend filling up those bellies and heading out to a local park. Choose one they already love. This will get them excited about the day.
2. Make plans with their friends’ parents.
You’re not the only one who doesn’t know what to do with their kids, so ring up one of your favorite parents from the morning drop-off and come up with plans for one of the days. It can be a pool day at your local YMCA or community pool, or head over to an arcade center. Whatever you do, make sure you tie in some time for yourself.
3. Try something new.
One of our favorite things to do when we’re all home is to pack the car with snacks and head out on the road. Most of the time we think of a place we’ve been wanting to try but have yet to see. Always go for the inexpensive ones in case you don’t like the place.
4. Take a long walk with friends.
I don’t know what it is about a long walk, but it’s always been one of my favorite things to do. Thankfully, our kids enjoy it as well. No matter where we go — a local park, our community or an outdoor mall — the boys are always excited to just be outdoors with us. It’s really a blessing to see their smiles when we head out to explore.
5. Plan a Game Night.
Grab a couple of snacks from your favorite grocery store and dust off those board games. We recently purchased a Monopoly set and have only used it two or three times. I think it’s time we make it a weekly habit for us.
What ways do you keep your little ones busy during Spring Break?