Im looking for fun activities to do with my kid over weekends.

Melany - posted on 08/16/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I honestly feel guilty that I never make time for my childs recreational needs. Lately I have really thought about this and have come to the conclusion that i dont have a clue where to start. Does anybody know of fun places to take her? We would also like to start attending something like a reading book club but for moms with toddlers. Any suggestions????

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Maria - posted on 08/20/2010

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The local library, parks or exploring the neighborhood can be fun. Bring a small gift bag so your child can collect treasurers along the way. My daughter will pick up leaves, flowers, sticks, and rocks. (Be careful your child knows not to put these objects in her mouth) Then you can take them home and spread them out on a newspaper or cookie sheet and study them. A small magnifing glass can help him feel like a scientist and you can talk about colors shapes textures, the different plants in your neighborhood, or whatever seems appropriate. If you journal or scrapbook you can record the observations and take pictures of that days collection. You can go to zoos aquariums, or museums, but don't underestimate the free trip to the grocery store or pet store. There is so much to see and learn at this age every place you go can be new and exciting.

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Tanya - posted on 09/04/2010

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I'm not sure where your from but i found with my little guy, anything will do as long as its with you. Around my area (niagara) theres 'stars and strollers' -wed matines that are for young children, 'little goobers' or 'cheeky monkey' which are indoor playgrounds and tons of fun. Theres a beach and splash pad not far - free admit and bring your own food makes it a cheap and fun outing. Libraries and YMCA's has scheduled activies for kids of all ages too.

Chelsey - posted on 08/29/2010

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the librarys have reading with kids check with you local library. And Also you could take her to the library yourself and sit and read books their I am not sure how old she is but there is also computers for young ones to play on I hope this helped....

Nikki - posted on 08/29/2010

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oops-I forgot to mention-we read a ton-He LOVES to listen to stories throughout the day.

Nikki - posted on 08/29/2010

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I have never thought about the magnifying glasses-my 21 month old would love that-thanks for the idea!!
We do love outdoor parks in the fall and spring. We like to feed the ducks at the duck pond. We love to just go for walks and collect rocks. He enjoys toddler story time at the library. I try to set up play dates at least 1 or 2 times a month with other kids his age-it gives me a chance to visit other moms, and he gets to practice sharing and interacting with other toddlers. He has an older brother and lots of big boy friends come around, but not too many little ones, so that is nice.
At home, he LOVES play-doh; he will play it with me for an hour straight. He enjoys cooking. He helped make brownies yesterday and had so much fun. Afterward, he ran over to his dad "I cook bownies, daddy" We color pictures and paint. We enjoy drawing with chalk outside as well. I also make it a point to sit in his play room at least once a day and just let him bring toys over to me. This way, he directs the play and he gets "special" time with mommy. usually he brings over cars and little people :). Oh, and we sing little finger play songs constantly!

Kathy - posted on 08/29/2010

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I have a 7 1/2 yr old and a 6 yr old as well as my 22 month old daughter. I never had this idea when the others were smaller but my 2 older ones have recently fallen in love with magnifying glasses! They go out in the yard and find little bug or look at the insides of flowers and my 22 month old LOVES following them around. She has a little kid friendly glass and loves to find things and see how they get bigger under her glass. The only thing you need to be very attentive with is that your little one doesnt look up at the sun! but if you want endless adventures outside start looking around with a magnifying glass :) If you have older kids you can give them a little notebook to jot down their findings or have them draw the bugs that they find or snap photos if you have kid friendly camera...have fun!

Alexandra - posted on 08/27/2010

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You can go to meetup.com and check mom's groups. There are always plenty of activities.

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Hi local librarys are great with kids with storytime and such, as for arts and crafts i have just brought a crafts book that was aged for children as old as my daughter best $2 i ever spent we now have paints crayons feathers and so many more things in our craft draw and we pull them out whenever we can

Nelly - posted on 08/25/2010

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Check in your local library for toddler programs.
If you can find a carousel nearby, it's a great add.
Any park with a playground keeps my LO entertained for one hour or more.
The mall around here has a free play area where kids can just go and play. Check in your area for a closed play area, too.
The key in all those places is that you engage her in the activities - cheering, asking, pointing things she can do and doing them with her. Have fun!

Jolene - posted on 08/25/2010

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I don't know how it works in you area. If you guys have a YMCA look into things there, I know where we live there is the city recreation centers. They usually have a lot of activities. You can also ask your pediatrician if they know of any mommy and me groups.

Maria - posted on 08/23/2010

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We baked this weekend too. We made some delicious oatmeal apricot bars. She loved mixing all the ingredients so much she didn't want to put them in the pan to cook. It was a good idea and I'm sure we'll bake again soon.

Melany - posted on 08/22/2010

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Hi Guys,

Thanks to all who replied. I tried out some of your suggestions and what a blast we had. Moni thanks so much i never thought about baking with my daughter. I thought she is a bit toooo little. On Sunday morning we decided to make cupcakes and my little helper was fantactic in the kitchen. She passed the ingredients, threw them together and enjoyed whisking them all together. It took about an hour and a half whilst it takes me 20 min altogether. At the end of it all we landed up flat on our backs covered in flour just laughing at the awesome experience.

Adrienne - posted on 08/19/2010

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My toddler loves going to the zoo, the pool, parks, our mall has an indoor park. We set up a sprinkler in our yard, and play with him in the sand box. When their little anything can be made into a game!

Moni - posted on 08/18/2010

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I'm not sure what you have available to you, but check out your library for story time, local recreation centers for toddler activities (we're in gymnastics - basically running around with other kiddos in a safe, soft, environment), and local parks. Check online for some local mom groups as well. We met our play group through an online mom group and the kids have a blast getting together at parks and play dates at each others houses. I've also started "baking" with my toddler, very messy but so much fun :)

Melany - posted on 08/18/2010

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Hi Kristina,
Thanks for your response. I live in Johannesburg(SA). I would like to do more outdoor activities and meet moms with kids the same age or close to my daughter (22 months old)

Kristina - posted on 08/18/2010

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I dont know where you live and what it\s around you but I take my son to the park and where i live we have a little water park. I take him there and he loves it. but as far as the reading book club your local library might have something like that because i know ours does. i think our library has some like once a week if not that i know once a month.

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