Things to Do

Kids and parents both need to have fun sometimes, whether its enjoying a family movie night or catching a podcast while driving to school.

This is the place to talk about your favorite forms of family entertainment including sports, games, books, and fun activities with your child.

Golden birthday

Hi! My daughter is turning two and I was wondering if you guys have any cute golden birthday ideas or traditions. I already know I’m going to get her a gold two birthday balloon and taking her to the zoo but other than that I’m lost

  • anonymous mom
    Wednesday

    I didn’t know that 2 was a golden birthday 🤦‍♀️. My daughter likes fire trucks so I ordered a cake that looked like a fire truck. Red. Not gold. Happy birthday to your little one, I hope you all have an awesome day!!! ❤️❤️

  • anonymous mom
    Wednesday

    Oh ohhhhhh but school busses are kind of golden right!? If she’s school bus obsessed like most kids are maybe something to do with a school bus!! 😍

Anonymous posted in Grade Schoolers Oct 03

Best age for 1st Sleepover

What age did your child attend/host 1st sleepover? Daughter is turning 8 years old and she would really like one. I'm wracking my brain and nerves trying to plan/prepare/make definitive decision on yes or no. I don't feel our house is big enough. Her room is upstairs. Mine is downstairs...do I sleep upstairs???? Go up and down15 times checking on girls? Does my hubby and 2 year old st... More

  • Cathy
    Oct 05

    Yes. I would rather have the sleepover at my own house then send my kid to someone else’s. There’s so many things to worry about and you never know if people have guns, drugs, etc.

  • Serrina F.
    Wednesday

    I have a 9 year old son and he has had several sleepovers and gone to a couple. We haven't had more than 3 boys at a time though but they were fine in his room, if we past 3 I would make them set up in the livingroom. All they did was snack, play video games and be on the laptop. I had to force them to watch a movie and eat dinner. They were up pretty late playing them dang video games but... More

What’s the best way to help prepare your toddler for the arrival of baby No. 2?

We have a 20 month old toddler and we are due with baby No. 2 in December. My toddler seems really interested in baby and will tell us she wants to go for walks with her, and asks to see my belly all the time to give it hugs and kisses. She even tries to share her food with my belly... 😂 I’m wondering if you can recommend any books or tips that helped prepare your toddlers for being an old... More

  • Johanna
    Oct 03

    I kind of rolled my eyes when a friend first showed me this, but my son loved it. His little sister just arrived—he’s 26 months. It is super cheesy, but I think it really helped. My son especially loved to see the baby at the end. https://youtu.be/6xxp5dQe5sU

  • Myrtle
    Oct 06

    We also brought our older one to doctors appointments and give her books about being a big sister. No matter how much you prepare her there will be a period of adjustment for everyone in the house. One thing I did not expect/prepare for was how much I missed Time with my older one once the second one came along. I was exclusively nursing so I had to spend more time with the baby feeding and we ... More

3 YO Birthday Party

Hi All, looking for ideas in planning an indoor fall birthday party that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg?! Anyone else out there feel like some posts on Instagram for kids birthday parties gives them anxiety?

  • Vonda
    Sep 29

    We ordered pizza and I made a cake from scratch. Super cheap. Only had close family and friends. Used the same decorations we used last year. Easy.

  • winter
    Oct 02

    Family & Friends ! If it were up to me it would just be the 3 of us! Ha!

Extended Pretend Play

Anyone else struggling w/extended pretend play? My 4, soon to be 5 y/o is obsessed! We have some “Inception” play going down; MLP Mane 6 pretending to be Disney Princesses. If she had her way - and she tries - she would have us play from the moment she wakes up and she passes out from exhaustion. I’m so tired.

  • Beth
    Oct 03

    Sounds like she's having fun! Maybe change up the routine and go to the park, library, play date, and the like. Your busy, you got other things to do. Like have some quiet time. We have "quiet time" from 1pm to 3pm where my kiddo plays in her room. It used to be nap time. I play with her after I've had my morning coffee, for about 30 minutes and then again after dinner or ... More

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Sep 17

My babe will be one soon!

How should we be spending our days? I love the Montessori and Reggio approach. So I try to include lessons such as those in our days. And I’ll take moments to speak to her in Spanish. But I find when I’m cleaning the house or even just sitting and watching a show - guilty with phone in the hand at times. I’ll have the tv on and she will just play by herself. Or we will cuddle on the couch toge... More

  • Anonymous
    Sep 17

    Sounds like you’re doing great to me :) her playing alone is an amaaaazing thing, defintely not something you should be upset about- but proud! Independent play isn’t always easy for one year olds. I’d say if you’re doing little lessons and plenty of reading you’re doing great, my son likes to “help” cook as well! Really he sits on the counter and I talk about what I’m doing and he stirs thing... More

  • Anonymous
    Sep 18

    I really appreciate this! The mom guilt was overtaking my sensibleness. Outdoor walk and talks are such a good idea as well!

HELP!!!!!

I have a budget of $500! What can I do for my boy/girl twins birthday????? They’re turning TWO. Please help. Their birthday is a month away.😩

  • Jasmin
    Sep 18

    Cake and ice cream... Maybe a bounce house. Keep it simple, they won't remember it anyways lol

  • JT
    Sep 25

    Agree. They don’t need much and won’t remember it. Lunch or dinner get together with cake. DONE.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Sep 11

Teaching colours

I've tries board books with color themes. He picks up everything else (surprising amounts of details and even remembers the order in which the animals and birds etc come in the book) but is having hard time getting his colors. What can i do to help. He is 2 and knows his numbers and the letter song (for reference). Im not worried but just wanted to see if there is something i could do.

  • Anonymous Mom
    Sep 12

    My daughter is same she turned two today and knows abc song and colors and she can even count and can count down from ten too. Lol I do it a lot. But her colors she knows but then doesn’t. Idk what’s going on. Some days I ask and she knows most but others she only knows a few. In time I guess

  • Tris
    Sep 15

    My son was slow with learning colors but advanced in everything else. I started making up the color of the day kinda like Sesame Street number of the day. For example “Today’s color of the day is red.” And then all day I ask him questions about the color. “Can you wear a red shirt? Red shoes? Can we eat some red food? Can we find red toys?” Etc, etc. focusing on them one at a time was mor... More

Anonymous posted in Parties Sep 10

What are some eco-friendly party favors for toddlers?

My little one turns 3 soon and I would love to send home party favors that are useful and eco-friendly. Thank you!

  • Emily
    Sep 12

    On the topic of seeds... you could do mini plant pots and station to paint/decorate them. Then soil and some different seed choices to plant. And a thank you sign saying something like: Watch me grow! Thanks for celebrating!

  • Chapin
    Sep 13

    Wooden train whistles - they're not super loud, which is also nice. Tiny succulents in tiny pots. Books.

2nd birthday

My son turns two next month and i dont know what to do for him. I dont want a party but would like to take him out. Do you guys have any suggestions?

  • anonymous mom
    Sep 10

    When I used to live in your neighborhood, I loved heading up to croton on Hudson and going to the Blaze pumpkin display!!! Maybe something cool like that!? Happy birthday to your little guy:)

  • Diana
    Sep 10

    At 2, I thought my child would love the aquarium... it was a flop. What she did love was being outside and walking through brightly colored botanical gardens. IMAX movie about her favorite (butterflies) - flop. But she loved the dinner and a show at the local medieval times and watching the horses. In retrospect, I think she would have been ecstatic if I had found a local farm where she could ... More

Mini posted in Flying Sep 08

Pls suggest some websites from where can I download cartoon videos n rhymes??

Heyy mommies.. can anyone pls suggest some websites from where i can download free cartoon videos and rhymes/baby songs.. i need some of those to show my little one as we r going to travel in a long flight journey which will keep her happy

  • PK
    Sep 09

    If you have amazon prime, I think you can download the cartoons that they have available to prime members. Just be careful about making sure that the video is free for prime members. There’s an app that you can download on your phone or tablet and I think the videos just save on that app.. idk. Never tried it. When we flew with our son, we just spent the money on the amazon tablet for kids ... More

Advise on helping baby speak.

Baby is almost 18 months old and he only speaks mama and papa. How do I help him improve his vocabulary?

  • Abigail
    Sep 15

    Thank you all for sharing . If I may ask ? What are some of the titles of the books you read to your toddlers and where can we get some to buy. Thanks

  • PK
    Sep 15

    The best books for toddlers are the books about stuff they are interested in. My son loves dinosaurs, animals, trucks, trains and Halloween. So we have a lot of books about or related to those topics. What is your toddler interested in? Another way to discover new books to love is to go to your public library, get a library card and make it a point to go at least twice a month to check out som... More

Anonymous posted in Parties Sep 06

1st birthday

I’m looking for a face painter for my sons first birthday or do you have any other ideas for his birthday I wanted something fun that he could also do with the other kids is face painting a good idea I was going to get a bounce house but then decided not to because he wouldn’t get to play on it anyways I would love some insight he is my fist baby lol so I want it to be special but also somethi... More

  • Kieli
    Sep 06

    First birthday parties are fun to celebrate, it’s a huge milestone for sure! But when my daughter turned one, we kept it simple... she didn’t like her cake at all, she liked opening presents and getting snuggles from family, but after about an hour she was ready for a nap. There were no other kids there either so we didn’t plan any activities

  • Jackie
    Sep 07

    Like the others said. It might be a little much and he might not even be into it. My LO would definitely not have sat still long enough for someone to try to paint her face! It’s a cute idea but I think that’s more appropriate for 3+ as for the bouncy house if your LO isn’t a great walker it’s not gonna be much fun in my opinion. Also, if there are older or more aggressive kids they might tackl... More

Almost 3 Year Old says she does not want to go to swim, dance, school, etc.

My daughter used to love going to swim and dance and for the most part school. Lately, before these events she says she does not want to go to them. It is a struggle to get dressed and in the car to go to them. For the most part, once she gets there she is fine and participates, but not as well as she used to. She doesn't always want to listen to her teachers or instructors. We obvi... More

  • Fred
    Sep 05

    we had the same experience at the same age. It did seem to be a phase. In the interim, I actually showed up to her place 15 minutes ahead of pick up and video-taped her having the greatest time. i showed it to her but i presented it not as court room evidence but in such a way that we both had a great laugh. it worked like magic. good luck!

  • Beth
    Sep 12

    She could just want to rest and hang out at home instead? Might be wanting to test if she gets a choice in these matters. When my three year old and I are out everyday doing something she starts to ask to stay home when we get ready to go. If it's something like the library or museum then I'll let it be a stay at home day and she plays with her toys and we snuggle on the couch and read.

Outside

How often do you take your two year old out? I work and go to school and I’m so tired . I usually take him out once a week but I feel it’s not good enough. So other mom and dads, how often you take your children out and about ? I’m just curious

  • Lil Ma
    Sep 24

    Oh and I am also a sufferer of chronic joint pain ( Lupus & fibromyalgia) so the littlest I can do goes along way for me with my kids who are all special needs ( Autism) so I wouldn’t worry mom your doing your best!!!

  • Oscar Tang
    Friday

    I think it is really hard work to take care kids, family, work and school. You are amazing. Though it is good to know how others doing, I recommend not to compare too much. You have enough stress on life already, you don't need additional unnecessary comparison. (since this is kind of like a nationwide discussion group) Take care of yourselves and plan your time wisely. Running errand or... More

Anonymous posted in Parties Sep 02

Birthday party invites

Hi! We are planning a 3rd birthday party for our son. It’s the first REAL party for him with friends. The venue we have chosen allows for 10 kids - so 9 friends. The problem is that we will not be able to allow siblings. Are there digital invitation websites that allow for you to put one child’s name on the invite OR do I have to send a paper invitation to the only child that is invited? I ... More

  • B
    Sep 04

    In the text of the digital invite, just say that space and limited and you won’t have room for siblings. Even if you just put the kids name you still need to say it very clearly as well

  • Leelee
    Sep 05

    And since it's so few kids, I say calling or speaking to the parent/s personally and again saying, sadly we won't have room for sibs.

2nd birthday party??

So my boyfriend and I are in the midst of house hunting and our little ones 2nd birthday party is coming up in two months. I'm not sure if it's the stress of life or maybe because I'm a crappy mom :/ but I have ZERO motivation to throw him a birthday party :/ Last year for his 1st birthday party, around this time I had the theme and decorations picked out! I was super excited proba... More

  • Kate
    Sep 12

    We did the party for the 1st bday and this year for 2nd we just invited family to join us at a theme park with rides. It was a no pressure thing, just something we wanted to do over the summer anyway so we made it the birthday thing. I felt like next year at 3 our daughter might be more aware of birthday parties so we thought we’d have fun but save money this year.

  • Natasha
    Sep 29

    I went all out for my daughters first birthday party. We rented a bounce house and everything! The next year for her 2nd birthday we were going to do Chuck E. Cheese but eventually went with monkey joes! They had great birthday party packs, better food, games, and fun for my little one, who (let’s face it) unfortunately will only remember from the pictures and video’s. However, my daughter, and... More

cocomac posted in Parties Sep 01

would you be offended?

Maybe I’m being extra sensitive about this, but we just went to a wedding. My husband and the groom know each other through a mutual friend. And we all tend to get together every few months, 4 couples all together. My husband and the mutual friend are close friends/work together. And we kind of entered this “group of friends” within the last couple of years. Soooo what I’m saying is that we we... More

  • cocomac
    Sep 02

    Thanks all!!!

  • Anonymous
    Sep 04

    I wouldn't be offended. You were invited through the groom. Did she even know who you guys were? If she didnt recognize you it was probably more awkward for her being whisked away by people she didnt know

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Aug 28

What are some STEM activity ideas to do at home with toddlers? Thank you!

  • Rachelle
    Aug 29

    Honestly I’ve just been looking up Montessori at home on the web and YouTube especially the dollar store stem ideas so then if my son doesn’t like it I’m not heartbroken. Montessori pretty well focuses on stem and life skills through practice play (cooking cleaning etc.) my son at twenty months loves getting his own juice and snacks and picking what ever he wants to explore off of the shelf and... More

  • Shekhar
    Aug 29

    these are some fun learning options https://www.playshifu.com/ https://www.playosmo.com/en/

How do I tell my fiance that he needs to spend more time with family than on his games?

4 years ago, I met an amazing guy.. almost too good to be true.. he was sweet, caring, thoughtful, and we spent every minute together.. neither of us had our own place so we couldn't have each other over so we both decided to move in with a mutual friend so we could be together until we found our own place.. it was the best 5-6 months I've ever spent with anyone, wasn't the best pla... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 20

    You've made the ultimatum three times, so what are you waiting for? Leave. Let him figure out what to do with his son. Let him see how hard it is taking care of a child. But how do you expect him to take you seriously when you've made the ultimatum three times? At some point you have to follow through with it. And you shouldn't have ever needed to give him an ultimatum in the first ... More

  • Morgan
    Aug 20

    U 2 should go to counseling

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