For the last couple of years my kids and I have had a ritual of spending our mornings at the park. It’s the best. The slides have yet to heat up to the point of burning little tushies, hardly anyone is there, and the ducks are still hungry. Nothing is worse than going to feed the ducks, only to find them stuffed :). For some reason I had yet to make it this summer until this morning. Probably due to the fact that I don’t have a park within walking distance as we have had in the past. But then I realized I have around 10 different parks within a 15 minute drive, so really I have no excuse. It’s really the best way for us to start our day. We take an easy breakfast, a blanket, a book (for mom), and we’re set for at least an hour or more. So if you long for picnics in the park but find the summer afternoons too hot, try breakfast in the park. I forgot how much fun it was, and how much better ours days went when we did.
Here are a couple easy breakfast ideas you can bring:
- Cereal or granola in little baggies
- Fruit – bananas and grapes seem to be the least messy
- Freeze yogurt or Gogurts to take along
- Something to drink
A few ideas for things to take along to make it more fun:
- Books for the kids
- Sand toys
- Wipes to clean dirty hands
- A ball, Frisbee, or favorite dump truck
- A little bag to gather “treasures” on a walk
Last year I wrote about our tradition, and it shares some tips with starting the day off right, and balancing the day a little better. I needed to read it again. I have a little bit of a different routine now, but it was a great reminder to prioritize my day.
Oh, and I wrote about fun ideas for field trips and I wanted to mention that Lowes has a kids workshop too and tomorrow they are building a tow truck, thanks Michelle! Also I forgot to mention another great post on the subject Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids had her top 3 resources to get out and about with her kids, great ideas I had not thought of!
So how about you, do you have any routines you can’t live without, or that you forgot about from last summer? Please share, I would love some new ideas!