Get Out!

In all this cold weather, we don’t always manage to get outside. And on days when I go out alone, Aleksander usually ends up inside for the day. Not a good idea!

Apparently, Aleksander doesn’t think so either. Lately he’s been pointing at the front door, as if to say, “I want to go outside!” It surprised me at first, since he fights me every time I try to put on his shoes and jacket. But then again, he always settles down as soon as he gets into the car or the stroller. So I’m making a new effort to go out with him every day. Maybe even twice a day.

Now that he’s settled into his new nap routine (down to one a day around 1pm), I’m finding it really helpful to go out around 4, after he’s had a snack. Granted, the beginning of rush hour is not the ideal time to be driving somewhere. But it sure breaks up the afternoon.

Last week, we discovered the train table at Barnes & Noble. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of that train table! Now I need to think of other places where we can go and Aleksander can get out and move around a little, preferably at little or no cost to me. (I take him to music class and am considering a gym class, but those get expensive pretty fast!)

Question: Where do you go when you and your little one need to get out of the house and it’s too cold for a walk?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gretchen
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 11:11:17

    Hey Kate!
    Ah yes, the dreaded 4pm -bedtime time. When you look at them and think…omg what are we going to DO for the next 3-4 hours!

    Some indoor stuff that we’ve done are kid’s educational stores. Some of the ones around here have free story times or activities. Even if not, they are fun to look at and they usually have a play area. Some coffee shops have a play area/train lego area too.

    Love the library as well, depending on the library some can be pretty child friendly.

    The mall is always one place to go too. Our Pottery Barn kids has a free story time (it is the AM I think though). Other kids stores have play area Depending on the time of day,some of the play areas at the mall can be okay. If it is a busy time though, I would stay away b/c they can be CRA-ZEE!

    We’ve also gone to PetSmart – it is fun to look at the birds and fish. Target in a pinch to get out of the house…

    One of the best things we have enjoyed though is a memership to a kids museum. I am not sure if there is one around (I don’t remember there being one but if was many moons ago that I lived there so who knows? ) We go to ours atleast once a week. It is a scienc museum, they have animals and a bunch of inside and outside area for the kids. It is really fun. The membership is around $150 a year and so so worth it!

    okay…hope these help:)

    have a super day!

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    • KateR
      Feb 17, 2011 @ 12:11:09

      Wow, Gretchen! Thanks for all these fantastic ideas!! I’ll have to look into them and let you know how things go.

      It looks like the closest museums are in Philadelphia or Lancaster. A bit of a hike, but worth checking out at some point.

      Pottery Barn Kids has story hour every Tuesday at 11. Barnes & Noble also offers a story hour. We tried this once, but Aleksander was more interested in exploring. We’ll keep trying, though….

      You’re right about the mall. It can be crazy! And I think it’ll be better once Aleksander is really walking.

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