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.

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  • Lisa
    2h ago

    Yaaaaaas!!! Just tap the food to the machine and it automatically cooks itself ammmmmaze

  • Anne
    1h ago

    I have one of these and I love it! My kids go bonkers for the shells & cheese and miso chicken breast.

Travelling with 1.3 months old please share cruise experience

Hi, We are thinking to go on cruise with my 15 months old toddler boy on memorial day long weekend. Please suggest me where to go and which cruise is having baby sitting facility and kids friendly. Any websites where i can get good deals? We are from Virginia.

Santa Photos

Does anyone know where i can get good santa PHOTOS (plural) for a good proce? The parks mall has them priced at $37 for one 5x7 76018

  • Jeni
    Friday

    Oh, also our local fire stations do photos with Santa and stuff. Usually they ask for an unwrapped toy or some kind of small donation. We did that last weekend and I got some photo card print outs via the Walgreens app right from my phone. they came out nice.

  • Samantha
    Saturday

    Cabela's gives free 4x7 and they have cheaper pacts you can buy. The nice thing is you get a ticket with what time your photo is so you don't have to wait in line and can enjoy the free crafts and activities in Santa's wonderland

Kimberly posted in Parties Friday

First birthday party tomorrow!

Trying to find activities and games for us adults but all I can find are baby shower related ones. Any ideas? Looking for stuff like this..

  • Andy
    Friday

    For the 2nd or 3rd birthday with just the adults we had a Daniel Tiger song contest with rules similar to Hollywood Squares. The lyrics to a Daniel tiger jingle were given to one of the teams and they had to sing the song with the right tune or confidently the wrong tune. The other team had to decide if they sang it right. It was ridiculous and very entertaining.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Wednesday

Working from home with 14 month old

I just started a new job working online from home. I love that I get to still be a stay at home parent while also being able to provide for us (single parent). However, I’m finding it difficult to keep my 14 month old entertained while I’m working. She is very attached and likes playing with me or checking in with me very often (not complaining, I love this! But I need to find a balance in orde... More

  • Elle
    Sunday

    Let her mimick you! If youre at a laptop, make her an toy one out of cardboard boxes and have her decorate it. Maybe she can place tbe letter keys herself. At thia age, children love to feel included, useful, successful, and helpful. Any chores you need done? Make them a challenge - or a bet - that she can't do them in X number of minutes / without spilling / etc. Two birds one stone - ha... More

  • Marcy
    Sunday

    I work from home. When I need my son occupied I let him paint with water colors. I give him his hot wheels type cars or legos or whatever to paint that he wants. It’s keeps him occupied. He makes a mess but it’s so worth the time I need to work. We also have kinetic sand that he loves “digging” in. Play doh is a winner. Even pouring rice in a Tupperware and letting him bury his toys in it. I se... More

Is it ok that my 4 month old is so interested in the TV?

It doesn’t seem to matter what we are watching, he will sit there enraptured by it for 20-30 minutes. At first it was cute, but now I’m a little concerned... should I be?

  • Lynda
    Friday

    We had TV on until about 6 months, then only Sesame Street. Our doctor said the no TV thing, but also said that she didn’t do that either, but to avoid fast images. So, we are REALLY invested in Sesame Street.

  • Ashley
    Saturday

    My 6 month almost 7is in love with super why

Anonymous posted in Holidays Dec 05

Gifts under the Christmas tree

How do you handle that? If Santa only delivers the gifts on Christmas Eve, then do you leave the tree bare until then? I have friends and family buying gifts and wondering if I should let them put the gifts under the tree now. And if so, how do we explain that to kids?

  • Austin
    Friday

    growing up, i had three siblings so we put our gifts to each other and our parents under the tree as soon as they were ready to go, which made for a decent amount of gifts. we were one of those families that opened one each on christmas eve. then christmas morning all the gifts from our parents and santa were set out, which made for a big exciting moment. as a father now, i still don't know... More

  • Jessica
    Friday

    I make a big emphasis of wrapping gifts we buy for others and setting them under our tree. Then, as I have time, I’ll wrap gifts for my kid and sneak them under the tree. Sometimes she notices and sometimes she doesn’t (she’s 6). By Christmas Eve, all but Santa’s gifts are under the tree. It’s fun to look at a tree full of gifts, but I know my daughter isn’t going too rip them open.

Rebekah posted in Holidays Dec 04

What do I get my husband for Christmas?

  • Jen
    Dec 05

    My husband is handy and my son tries to help. I’m getting him a personalized hammer

  • Jen
    Dec 05
Kristen posted in Holidays Dec 04

Christmas present

I told my husband I wanted storage totes and a day to clean the house for Christmas. He just looked at me like it was a trick. We have a 2 yr old and I just want a clean house!!!! Instead of piles. Am I the only one?

  • Heather
    Thursday

    No your not! I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with the shear amount of cleaning/weeding out of stuff no longer needed or wanted/sorting through items my lo no longer needs,wears,and toys!!! But I’ve gone off the deep end, and am looking to do something other than cleaning...like what else am I going to do with the time??? 🤭😆🤗

  • Nathan
    Friday

    It’s taken me too long to understand how much a clean house means to my wife. I’ve also sometimes been slow to implement her wishes. If she was asking me for time to clean the house, then for me it would be helpful to get a couple of suggestions on how I might give her a day by herself (Take our child to the zoo for the morning, stop by a fast food restaurant with a play area for an extended lu... More

Mandy posted in DIY Dec 04

Looking for ideas for a crafty gift my 3 year old can make for our newborn for Christmas.

  • RaeJean
    Dec 04

    Some type of colorful mobile to hang above the crib. Maybe butterflies or birds from the craft store? Maybe let your little take a trip with you to pick out supplies. Or maybe one of those knotted fleece blankets. No sewing just basically tying two pieces of fleece together.

Cake smash substitution ideas??

My boy is 1 in a few days 🤯 Any ideas on cake substitutions for a cake smash photo session? He’s not allergic to anything, just don’t want to introduce artificial sugars yet.

  • Cassandra
    Thursday

    I’ve seen a spaghetti smash and a pizza smash!

  • Michelle
    Friday

    We made a small cake using banana as the sweetener and used blueberries with Yogurt as frosting. None of it had added sugars. She loved it!

Anonymous posted in Family Life Dec 04

Nervous about vacationing away from baby

I'm considering surprising my partner with a cruise for Christmas since he's never been on one and we desperately need a quick vacation. However, my LO will only be 7 months by cruise date and I am terrified of being away from him. Is there any way to feel comfortable about being away? Or should I consider a different gift?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 04

    You hit the nail on the head, Caroline. The point is for us to have a getaway because I have been total focused on my LO.

  • Caroline
    Dec 04

    Yes!!! I recently am a stay at home mom for a little and as much as I love her.. I needed some time away and I love my husband to and your relationship with your husband has to be healthy.(not saying yours isn’t) lol just you have to take care of yourself and your relationship with your SO. It’s healthy for everyone! :)

Lindsey posted in Holidays Dec 03

Has anyone ever ordered a photo canvas from Walmart?

Getting some canvases done for Xmas gifts and I usually get from Shutterfly or Mpix but Walmart is so much cheaper, has anyone ever gotten one from them? If so how is the picture quality? Is it worth it or do I go with one of the better websites? Thanks!

  • Raychelle
    Dec 03

    👀

  • Stacy
    Dec 05

    Idk about Walmart but I bought some metal art prints from Shutterfly and they are Amazing!! I will definitely buy them again! Plus Shutterfly always has sales and coupons so it’s not to bad!!

Katie posted in Holidays Dec 02

Christmas gifts!

Looking for some fun “experience “ Christmas gifts for 6 and 8 year old girl- a cooking class or art class perhaps !? Any ideas?

  • Jennifer
    Dec 04

    Check out Thrown Elements Pottery in ARlington Heights - fun, approachable place to paint, work with clay, etc. Dave, owner of Dave’s Specialty Foods in Mount Prospect is amazing and he does private cooking classes. He is super energetic and funny. Kids would love him!!

  • Michelle
    Dec 04

    Theater performance of Christmas carol. I always loved going growing up

Anonymous posted in Blended Families Dec 01

Pictures with Santa

My mother in law told me she wanted to go take a picture with her Santa my daughter and step son. Is that weird? Should I?

  • Anonymous
    Dec 03

    They are included in a lot of stuff. They have sleepovers every week if not twice some weeks. She’s over almost every other morning and we do Sunday dinners quiet often

  • Tyerra
    Dec 04

    Well if y’all do all that then it sounds like y’all are close so why not especially if she is paying lol

Free things to do

What are some free things to do with an 18month old? :) it doesn’t have to be in phoenix

  • Crystal
    Dec 01

    Put them in a diaper only and let them have a paint party on a big paper

  • Anonymous Mom
    Dec 01

    If your looking for socially you can look into your local library for toddler time things and your local gymnastics place sometimes has toddler open gym usually free or like $5 for like 2 hours and if you contact your local early intervention or head start and ask them and ask them for their monthly magazine or flyer that offers things to do too that are free. Sometimes low income offices have ... More

Anonymous posted in Holidays Nov 30

Please help with choosing Christmas gifts for friends and their kids!

We are celebrating our first Christmas in the US, so please help me with choosing Christmas gifts for our new friends here. Most of them are families with toddler kids. Do I need to give presents to each family member separately or just gifts for kids? What is usually given - store gift cards, toys, or what? What value should they be? Thanks!

  • Amanda
    Dec 01

    How close are you to these friends? When I had a lot of friends nearby before we moved, I would get my super really good girlfriends a few small gifts totaling around $30 each (this year, some French chocolate and pretty travel makeup bags for 1 friend). For less close girlfriends, a cute pair of earrings, something small $5 or so. Nothing for the men. But if the really close girlfriends had ki... More

  • Anonymous
    Dec 01

    Are you actually have a party and celebrating with them? Otherwise I’m not sure you need to give gifts...of it were me, I’d talk to the friends and ask if you are giving gifts for kids or not. In the past we’ve done a secret Santa with the kids, or a book exchange

Jade posted in DIY Nov 30

Eco-friendly gift wrap ideas?

I recently learned that any gift wrap that is shiny or has decorative foil on it isn’t recyclable! So I’m looking for some creative materials I can use to wrap gifts and reduce waste this year. Newspaper is always a classic, but can be a little dirty. Any ideas? 💡

  • Angel
    Dec 01

    I like to wrap in fat quarter chunks of fabric. Many of my friends sew, so I wrap their gifts this way... We also use kraft paper, or recycle newspaper and add bags we make.

  • Carla
    Dec 02

    We have actually used newspaper/ comics to gift wrap. We topped it off with a red bow and it looked pretty cool.

Ali posted in Family Life Nov 30

Holidays got me down

My husband always works on the holidays as does his sister and her husband. His family lives about an hour and a half away from us. We always try to see his side of the family for Christmas. My in-laws won’t plan something if his sister can’t be there, but his sister has the attitude of "if I work, I work, if I don’t I don’t." Do other people have this issue? To make matters w... More

  • Jennifer
    Dec 04

    I am in a very similar situation. I have 2 children, my biological brother has 2 children, my two step-siblings have three children between them. My parents (biological father and step-mother) do not go 48 hours without seeing or speaking with the three boys and they all spend the night multiple times a month. However, my biological brother’s children only see them on occasions such as birth... More

  • Ali
    Dec 04

    Luckily my mom loves all her grandkids equally and puts family as #1. Not saying she is perfect but she is great in this regard. Unfortunately my in laws remind me of my grandma who definitely had favorites and uneven treatment was common. Maybe this is why my mom is so great with this issue and I am sensitive about it. I don’t want my kids to feel how my siblings and I did growing up. I... More

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