Hi All! I'm interested in finding unique extracurricular activities for kids (approximately toddler through grade school.) I know that a lot of programs offer sports like soccer, basketball, swimming. And then there are language courses for kids, usually Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and French. But I'm wondering if there are parents/caregivers out there who have found really unique activi... More
Hi All! I am scheduled to babysit for a family tonight, and one of the parents just let me know that they will pay my base rate plus a tip at the end of the night. I've had other families give a tip, but most of the families for whom I babysit don't offer tips in addition to my hourly rate. I'm curious to know if tipping the babysitter is a relatively common practice? I'm also c... More
Hi All! Post-holidays, I know that there is a lot of talk about eating nutritiously. I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for "stealthily healthy" and creative snacks? Ways to encourage kids to eat greens and other nutritious items? Previously, I've baked avocado and spinach/kale into brownies, and "hidden" greens in fruit smoothies. Then there's always the cl... More
I love United Skates of America! The vibe is very reminiscent of the skating rinks I used to go to as a kid in the 90's. I've taken kids (ages 6 & 9) to United Skates of America and they've loved it! There's always a game of limbo, as well as neon lights and glow sticks to make the experience extra fun! They have applications/tools to help kids learn to skate and plenty of r... More
Love this neighborhood playground! It has basketball courts (and a neighborhood league for adult players), safe playground equipment, shaded picnic tables, and a dog park. I often took 1-yr-old LO and we had fun watching the dogs, playing on the slide, and drawing with chalk on the pavement surrounding the picnic tables. I highly recommend this playground/park!
A lot of fun for both kids and adults! The obstacle course is fun with varying obstacles for respective skill levels. I took kids (ages 6 & 9) here and purchased 60 minutes of jumping, but we ended up extending to 3 hours! Additionally, there are often Groupons and other deals that can make it affordable to take numerous kids/group.
As a nanny, I have taken kids here (ages 6 & 9) and they LOVED it!! I also had fun taking my turn on some of the larger slides. There are plenty of chairs for parents, which have allowed me to bring a book or school/work materials to complete while the kids play. It's a single open room, so very easy to keep an eye on the kiddos! There are also tables where you can bring & eat snack... More
Hi All! With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, I’m wondering if it’s appropriate to encourage kids (any/all ages) to create New Year’s Resolutions? And if so, what are some ideas for New Year’s Resolutions for kids? How can you encourage them to commit to them/create positive habits?