Activities & Enrichment

Discover and share the best things to do with kids, including free and cheap ways to have fun, crafts for kids, and games that promote intellectual, social, and emotional development.

How old were your babies when you felt comfortable taking them to the beach and going in calm water?

Also any tips for keeping them cool and comfy!

  • Kerry
    2m ago

    I took my little one when he was almost 3 months (he was also 5 weeks early) we loved it. We live in Florida so have stayed away while its been really hot but will go again soon. Ive got a portable play pen with a shade on it so he can stay in there for some shade. Its hard carrying all the stuff and a baby on my own so prob skip the umbrella for a litte bit until hes walking. Take plenty of fl... More

5 month old daily activities?

What are some fun things I can do for my 5 month old? He gets so fussy and I think it's from not enough stimulation ( too hot for walks right now).

  • Claudia

    My baby had a lot fun with balloons! He used to move his legs and loved to see how the balloons were moving too.

  • Katrina

    My 5m loved table spoons and kitchen utensils, plus riding around on me in a carrier chewing on said spoons just watching all the stuff I did. Lots of songs and narrating our day.

How do parents do full day activities with toddlers? Mine is mess if he just has a stroller nap.

  • Lindsay

    He is down to 1 nap. Sleeps around noon for an hour and a half & goes to bed about 6:30pm. Seems like I'm on the same page with what everyone is saying. Just need to figure out how to swing next weekend out of town. A bit anxiety provoking. Where do toddlers even sleep when out of town. I'd be surprised if he used a pack n play.

  • Christina

    My 3 yo still uses pack n play when we travel. We got the peapod and she screamed when we put her into it. Also have tried intex inflatable toddler bed and she won’t sleep in it either. Side note-she outgrew pnp at 18 months due to height.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Sunday

Swim lessons at a later age?

I wanted to get my son into swim lessons when he was at least 6 months but we never got to it (we were traveling a lot). Now that our lives have slowed down a little and we have the time to sign up for lessons he is now 1.5 years old. I tried taking him to the pool (he was fine in water he could walk in after an adjustment period) but he freaked out when I tried holding him in water that he kne... More

  • Jenn

    Exposure therapy is the most effective at eradicating fear. Take him now and be patient. He may be freaking out because he wants to do things himself but can't. It may also be because it's cold so maybe try a long sleeve rash guard to help a bit.

  • Camila

    I would try to respect his fears or apprehensions, i mean not pushing him to go to the deep for example. If the pool has steps let him play there just as he plays in the bath. Let him get confortable with the water and everything about it. The beach is a little scary because older kids scream a lot!

Any tips of how you to move from one activity to another with a 3 year old?

My boy absolutely refuses to leave the playground, library or any other fun place. He falls on the floor like there is no tomorrow and nothing works. I tried talking to him, promising more fun things, threatening him that I will leave him (he says bye bye..), nothing. We always end up picking him up and talking him screaming him like someone is ripping his head off. Then of course hours and hou... More

  • Yopolos
    Aug 10

    Ok another thing to try, ask if he wants to go in five minutes or two minutes...or something like that! Give him a choice of when he leaves.

  • Soledad
    Aug 11

    I have always found it to be an ice cream when I want to go. or something tasty to eat or drink. Now I simply call him, I say "let's go" and he already knows that some prize awaits him for listening and obeying.

How to get my kids to listen in church??

Any suggestions???. My boy 2 yr old, and boy 4 yr old will not sit still. They have been in church since new born and still cannot sit still. I have tried everything. We get new quiet things to do to keep them busy, we have snacks, we take them out. Any suggestions??!! Thank you!

  • Andy
    Aug 09

    We used to take our oldest out when it was clear he needed a break but one day I noticed our son was intentionally being bad to get taken out. After going on a long plane ride to Orlando we realized that our kid is very capable of sitting for long periods of time without having to run around. So now we treat church kinda like an airplane ride. You are stuck in this spot for the next hour or so ... More

  • Becky
    Aug 09

    Thank you soo much for your feedback!!! And yes we do try to rotate. And not really let the kids play with the “church toys” outside of church just so they don’t get bored!! We will definitely try this!! Thank you!!

Ideas of things to do!

Hi everyone! I'm running out of activities to do during this hot summer heat. My daughter is 2 1/2. Any ideas are welcome! I'm stumped!

  • Laura
    Aug 08

    Look @ OC parenting, Kidsguide magazine, tiny oranges, sandy toes and popscicles blog... we live in vacation land! Also, go check out the airplanes take off at John Wayne

  • Rachel

    I got a pack of colored pipe cleaners and let my 2 1/2 yr old thread them through a colander. 😂 So simple while I’m cooking.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Aug 06

Summer camp overload?

I am not originally from this area, but I feel like the only parent who doesn’t send their kid to multiple day camps throughout the summer. It was not a “thing” where I’m from nor when I grew up. I’m hoping my kids won’t feel left out, but I can’t afford or even want to send them for several weeks out of the summer. It seems a little crazy to me. Every time I speak to someone their kid has camp... More

  • Kathie
    Aug 10

    Im 28 now, but when I was a child my parents sent me to overnight summer camps. Only one every year. Those were some of the best years of my life, and I think my parents were able to send me on some sort of scholarship, because you’re right, they are super expensive, and i highly doubt someone in their field of work could’ve afforded it. I plan to send my son when he gets older. He will no doub... More

  • Maryna
    Aug 10

    I’m just finishing to read “Simplicity Parenting” book and it makes me feel no worries, I love its idea of not adding many scheduled activities to kids’ life (whenever possible).

Thoughts on this?

I’m thinking of making one but I overthink everything and I’m afraid my LO will think it’s okay to play with these outside of home.

  • a
    Aug 06

    The board is awesome. I don’t have enough time to make one. We actually just stop by to latch, lock, and handle section at Home Depot to get our input. It is about 50 items at toddler height for her to practice. We do language too with open/closed, in/out, on/off. She loves it, it is free, it doesn’t clutter our house, and the employees haven’t minded one bit.

  • Torie
    Aug 06

    A family made one for our little lady and she loved it. I think every kid is different, but our daughter never messed with real locks and what not. We have some thing she can take off too via Velcro (like a small calculator and flashlight)

How long do you let your kids play in the bath tub?

He usually wants to get out right away but for several weeks he’s been wanting to play. We don’t have a long night time routine so I kinda let him play until he’s done but now night is getting longer and longer... curious to how long others let their kids play!

  • Lisa
    Jul 31

    30 min or longer. They tell me when they are ready to come out

  • Kevin
    Aug 05

    I set a 5, 10, or 15 minute timer at the beginning of the bath and make sure that he knows ahead of time. He'll sometimes throw a fit, but will still comply with putting away the toys. So, he has until the timer goes off, then we clean up the toys, then get out. I use the green timer cube off Amazon (has 1, 5, 10, and 15 minute timers). We use that cube for a lot of things.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Jul 20

How much did you play (talk, sing, read, etc) to your newborn?

I’m worried that I’m not interacting with my newborn enough if I’m not constantly talking or singing to him. How much did you interact with your newborn vs just quietly holding the baby.

  • Laurel
    Jul 28

    I found the games on baby centre really helpful 2 new games each week based on my baby's age. Helped me with fresh ideas.

  • Mackenzie
    Aug 04

    So glad you asked this question! I, too, feel neglectful if I don’t narrate EVERYTHING that I’m doing or dance or sing for him. It’s tiring, especially for someone that is not a talker. I’m learning that sometimes I can be quiet and just let him absorb the world around him. I watch for his cues as well. He’s good at letting me know when he’s overstimulated or bored.

How can I entertain my 4 month old outside of the house?

At 4 months old there’s really nothing I can do with my baby besides at home activities, walks, and errands. Anyone have any good ideas on where I could take my lo or things I can do with her outside of the house?

  • Anonymous
    Jul 23

    Story time at a library! If you sit near the front, they'll be able to see the pictures and hear the stories. We started taking our kiddo to story time at the age of about 3 months and he always loved it.

  • Sarah
    Aug 09

    Libraries are great and have many more activities beside books. Early music education also starts with newborns. I take my son and there are many little babies in his class...they also offer a Babies class. ( Also, My Gym has a great program for little ones. Saved my from going crazy when my son was little :)

Any parents home for the summer? What keeps you and young children (1 year old) entertained?

I usually keep busy, but had a down day. I was bored! I feel guilty watching a show or movie with baby there.

  • Ashley
    Jul 17

    Are they walking? If so, a splash pad could be a good option. Library story time or just reading books together at home. Walking somewhere indoors--around a mall or museum. You could do a sensory bath, where you run a bath and fill it with different fun objects--rubber ducks and toys, blocks, a slotted spoon, squirters, anything they can use to play with the water--and just let baby play in i... More

  • Athena
    Jul 17

    Hi Jenna - don’t feel guilty! We’ve all done it. I remember one day I was feeling very depressed and I watched Netflix almost all day when my first son was 9 months old. We do what we need to do to survive sometimes.

Tips to keep a one year old entertained on a 12 hour road trip?

  • jnctalent
    Jul 15

    When I took my LO on her first long plane ride I made what I like to call a Mary Poppins bag. The day before I went to the dollar store alone and purchased maybe 10-15 things that fit in a kids backpack (not including the snacks I bought). Every time my LO got fussy I’d pull something new out the bag. She loved it. Mainly because it was new to her and her examining it kept her cool for a little... More

  • jing
    Aug 07

    We drove down to Anaheim which was about 7.5 hours per direction. My daughter who was just turned one did way better than I expected. She took two naps and read books, ate snacks and I was sitting beside her singing to her. I had my phone loaded with lullabies and children songs. And we stopped at the rest areas every 3 hours for stretching or food. She barely cried for a bit.

Fun things to do with a 10 year old girl during summer vacation?

  • Moi
    Jul 14

    Summer camps, local parks kids and teens activities baseball softball tennis soccer football volleyball etc. check your local parks ...

  • Sophia
    Aug 04

    Learn a language?

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Jul 12

How to play with newborns!

My newborn is a week old! Any suggestions on how to play with her? I’ve seen baby massage, reading to baby, bicycle, etc.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Jul 10

Great Wolf Lodge

Has anyone been to Great Wolf Lodge? My oldest is 3 and my youngest will be 2 in a few months. Is this a good place for kids their age?

  • Norma
    Jul 10

    I have a friend living there for 2months because they are having a house built. She has a 4 yr old and 2 yr old and they are always having fun there. She is in Minnesota.

  • Molly
    Jul 11

    Yes great wolf would be fun for 2 and 3 year olds. There are story times, art activities, and water fun. There is specific pool areas for toddlers.

Free activities/ideas

Hi everyone! Does anyone have ideas of free or low cost activities or fun suggestions for a 6 and 10 year old? Looking to tighten the budget and any suggestions would be great. Thanks!!

  • Mia
    Jul 10

    @Luci - that is so cool, I wish our library had something like that!

  • Nicole
    Jul 12

    Pinterest is a great tool for cheap activities to do in this age group.

Any moms like hiking with their baby?

  • Naturecreature
    Jul 10

    It's really not as scary as it sounds

  • Maria
    Jul 11

    Love hiking with them! I top him off with the boob right before we hike ...when he starts becoming fussy in the carrier I turn around but if he really starts wailing I pull over and find a place to rest and feed him a little...I would say all in all it’s pretty easy!

What are good “games” to play with my 7-week-old?

  • Anonymous
    Jul 08

    My son liked those little play mats with toys dangling! He loved to kick them and I’d take the toys off and have him follow them with his eyes and reach for them with his hands. He also loves when I sing to him and read him books! Not sure if that’s “playing” lol

  • Jenn
    Jul 17

    I agree with Julie

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