summer boredom

Heather - posted on 06/30/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old son is constantly asking for playdates. He has a few friends but they have busy schedules. When his friends are not around he constantly picks on his 4 year brother. Now that school is over there is more time to fill and not enough friends. Most days are too hot for parks and after a while, looking for new place to go can can be costly. any suggestions, he would pick new friends over playing with me, any day.

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Wendy - posted on 06/30/2013

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Have you tried any local recreation centers, libraries, art museums, or local playhouse theaters? They often run short, half-day programs for affordable prices. My advice: pick one that has a bunch of kids already registered (they can tell you how full it is). Sign him up for only that one. He will make friends, and thus you will have new playmates for your boy :)

Heather - posted on 06/30/2013

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Thank you, Kelly, much appreciated! We have a pool, but that's just the thing...no kids to put in it. :( most of my friends don't have children and my son only made a few throughout the school year. (Most moms were not interested). Lol, I guess we are looking for friends....

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How about hosting water fun playdates at your house about twice a month. Ask the other moms to host twice a month as well. If there are 4 of you, you should get at least one playdate a week. I know it's hot, but you want them playing outside. Set up a sprinkler and let them run around. Buy some splash balls (4 for $4 at Target) for them to play catch or dodgeball with. Get some cheap water guns, or have them bring their own for a water gun fight (Tip, fill a big bucket with water so you don't have to spend all your time refilling the guns at the tap for them or worry about them wasting the water or attacking with the hose).

There are also free storytime and craft events at most libraries at least once a week. Ours has one almost every day, but even though they are free, we do have to register for some of them because of capacity. Some Starbucks and book stores have them as well.

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