Although, it doesn’t feel like it yet, summer’s quickly approaching. Spring shows up some days, and I find it to be the perfect time to get my son out to ‘Explore, Play, and Learn!’ I’ve learned that little people don’t do well in the house for too long. If you have little ones, please take them outside, especially when there’s good weather! Before I was a mother, I was always out and about. Now that I’m a mother, I’m still frequently out and about… just with a 2 year old!
I frequently get calls, inboxes, and texts about my outings with Kristopher. I’ve had moms tell me that they can never find anything for their kids to do. So, today I decided this would be a good topic on which I’d provide a little insight. I’m no professional at outings, but I do have a method to my own madness. When brainstorming things for Kristopher to do, I use a number of resources:
1. Magazines: One of the first places that I look for interesting children activities is the Baltimore Child. They offer information about many new and upcoming attractions, along with some places that already exist, but aren’t published in many other places.
2. Internet: I’m a search-a-holic! I search everything!! So when I’m looking for new ideas, I’ll punch in a word and search. You will be amazed at what comes up. Groupon is also another great Internet source! It provides a list of places that are reasonably priced.
3. Mommy Friends: I’ve built a great network of “mommy friends.” The best way to go to the coolest places is to associate with a group of mommy friends from all areas. You can’t just use your closest friends!!!! Why? Well, 9 times out of 10, you all have like ideas, because you are always together. I talk to coworkers, friends of friends, strangers in Target, Facebook friends, and any mothers who have insight. Firsthand accounts are great for finding new gems!
4. Social Media: People always say how they hate social media, but I love it! You get to see what everyone’s doing, because people can’t resist posting. If I see something interesting, I’ll contact the person with a little message, and ask if they and their child enjoyed it. People are typically responsive, helpful, and really nice. A great by-product of contacting them this way is making a new mommy friend. Many entertainment venues also advertise on social media.
5. Going to New Places: To discover new places, you have to go to new places! So many people seem to think that they will find everything from the comfort of their own homes, but there will be times that you don’t. You need to get up and out to visit new places! Crazy, right?! LOL! You will find that you end up talking to other moms and family members, often while out with your little ones. During the course of conversation, you will normally learn of some new ideas of where to go. Moms love to share, and have no problem with being open about their last great find. However, if you don’t get out, you will never know.
“Life must not be spent always hoping, always waiting. Life is for the living.”
– Michael Morpurgo
Kristopher’s Mommy – Kristina