Two words: Ball pit. The kids LOVE them, and you don't have to pick up endless plastic balls in your own home. It has provided tons of fun for both of my boys.
It's summertime, so what better way to cool off than in the pool? My children are natural water kids, neither was afraid and both loved it. I do suggest that this activity has to be closely supervised. Do not take your eyes off the children at any point.
Have a picnic
Another great way to enjoy the warmer weather? A fun picnic. If your toddler is old enough to help in the kitchen, enlist them to help pack sandwiches, snack bars, juice boxes, and water into a picnic basket. You don't have to go far – you can picnic right in your backyard! It's a great way to mix your day up a little by lunching outside.
Head to a petting zoo
Children are so uninhibited around animals. It's a fun way to introduce different types of animals to the kids in a safe, controlled environment. Do pack wet wipes though, you don't want them to touch the animals and then touch food or their faces.
I like to break routine occasionally, by taking the children out for a meal. And mom needs a break too – who can say no to a hot meal cooked by someone else?
What are your favorite mom-toddler dates?
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