So Winter is definitely here. I’ve had my electric blanket on full blast the past few nights (before getting into bed of course!) and getting out of PJ’s in the morning is painful – even with the blessing of a heat pump!
This is my first Winter with a toddler. Last winter our days were spent snuggled inside and needing to keep a mobile madam entertained for many hours a day was not on my agenda. Roll on 2010 – what do we do to keep ourselves happy in a little house in the ‘burbs?
Here’s Miss T’s brand new coat for the cold days –
We’ve been busy the past couple of weeks – hence the neglect of said blog – getting out and about and finding new things to do. I’d love your suggestions of fun & original (preferably free) ways of keeping your little ones out of trouble and amused for a few hours at a time! Feel free to leave comments with ideas!
Little Miss T and I met with some friends at the Auckland Museum last week. It’s been years since I visited the Museum and wasn’t sure if my wee one was too little to appreciate what a museum has to offer – I implore you to take your kids if you live near a museum. It’s an absolute treasure chest of fascination: amazing displays, variety galore and a real feast for little eyes everywhere you look! We spent most of our time in the Weird & Wonderful Discovery Centre which was perfectly laid out for children and included both live and dead beings/bugs/creatures. My princess decided she’d like to make this conch shell her relax station – I had to capture it because she doesn’t relax for long!
There were books, big cushy seats and plenty of ramps for little legs to run up and down – I spent most of the time chasing my Miss Independent to ensure she didn’t come to harm on the stairs that she was determined to take on. My only suggestion to the Museum would be to put a little gate on the seated area to keep the little ones in, and allow parents to relax for a moment! If you live in Auckland, check out the Museum – it’s free to visit for Auckland Residents too which is pretty impressive. A donation is always appreciated.
Another place I’m looking forward to visiting (although we’ll be doing this one with Daddy in tow) is the Howick Historical Village. The Howick Historical Village has around 8000 items on display and in storage all relating to early Auckland life and many gifted by the local community. But what’s really appealing to me is that every third Sunday of the month they have a “live day” where costumed actors roam the village and put on an all day display of authentic life in times past. Coming up on the 20th June they have a Fireside Stories session which sounds pretty interesting! Check out their website for more details.
We’ve also been spending a lot of time at our local library. Perfect as a free outing and a way to get out of the house and find new books always captures our attention for a while. I like to intersperse Miss T’s own books with a few from the library to keep things interesting since she simply can’t get enough of reading – and Mr S & I are getting sick of reading the same stories over, and over, and over, and over…. you fellow parents can sympathise I’m sure!
I also discovered the educational DVD section which has been a huge hit. My daughter has never been interested in TV so the fact that she’s now enthusiastically standing by the television at any given moment of the day making noises indicating she’d like me to put on the Brainy Baby Animals DVD is somewhat exciting. I have to be careful not to let her watch it all day every day, because it is her new obsession!
A fantastic little tool which may come in handy for you is located here at Kidspot and gives a myriad of suggestions for activities for kids aged 0-8+. You can select your criteria and it spits out some ideas for how to keep them entertained. Don’t you love the internet?
Well, I do look forward to your suggestions of good ways to spend our days over the coming months. And until then…