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Question: What do you do to keep your kids cool and entertained when it’s hot enough outside to melt skin off the human body? We may be exaggerating with the last bit, but we don’t think it’s by a lot…
I feel like I should be an expert at this, since it has been hot enough here to melt the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (which could easily be me in a week or so if I am trapped inside any longer with my children and the multiple jars of Nutella a friend gave me for my birthday). Sadly, however, I am still at a loss for how to pass the time when trapped blessed with my kids indoors.
It has been so dreadful, in fact, that I actually went back to the very first article I wrote for this site (something I try never to do – eeee gads!) for ideas. And yes, I was desperate enough to give some of these activities a go. First up was hairdresser – my boys love to brush my hair, and in an effort to pass an extra thirty minutes, I let them have at it. It did help pass a sizable chunk of time. Sadly, the cost was a sizable chunk of my hair that I gave up for the cause. In the end, I took comfort in knowing that we were thirty minutes closer to bedtime. Next up was the glue art game. I smeared a bunch of glue on a piece of paper and then let them sprinkle spices on it. The level of fun (for them) was extremely high. The level of cleanup effort by me was horrifying. All in all, it was worth it though (unless I decide to make curry chicken for dinner, then it will require a quick trip – out in the blazing heat – to the store). And finally, we made Goopy Goop. This by far was the most successful of the three activities. They loved it – and I’ll confess – I played with it a bit, too. So if you have cornstarch and water on hand, and you are okay with a bit of a mess, that is high on my list of recommendations.
And, of course, there are the go-to activities like the bookstore. On the downside, you will likely spend money on a book. On the upside, many have coffee stores in them…I’m just saying…oh right, and a lot of them have play areas for kids as well….where you can sit with your kids and sip your iced coffee…again, I’m just saying…
The good news is that we are in for cooler weather this week. Because there were definitely moments during this heat wave when I was sitting at the computer and thinking of typing, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Unless that sounds really creepy as you read it…in which case…I am totally kidding…no really…
*Shannon Hembree is the co-founder of Mamas Against Drama. She is the mom of a kindergartner and twin toddlers. You can follow her on twitter @Shannon1Hembree.
On the days when you feel like you are turning into a Salvador Dalí painting and the usual activities have lost their luster – where do you go to keep your kids from standing in front of an open freezer all day?
First, I try to maximize our time at home in the air conditioning with puzzles, crafts and games. An indoor picnic can be a lot of fun as well as making forts with blankets and baby gates in the hallway. Mad scientists enjoy creating experiments with different fruits, juices and yogurts for popsicles or smoothies. With some planning, you can freeze small toys and trinkets in a baggie full of water for them to chip away as mini-archaeologists. However, most days my girls can handle being inside for about 37 seconds before the house starts to look apocalyptic and the living room turns into a UFC octagon. So, it’s off to Plan B: Operation Go Trash Someone Else’s Air Conditioned Home.
But, sometimes Plan B does not always come to fruition. Plan C (moving to Alaska) starts to look like a viable option but Plan D incorporates air conditioning and shopping – the mall! The girls love to play with the trains and read books at Barnes and Noble. We shop for fun crafts in the dollar bins of Target and Michael’s to use for tomorrow’s heat wave. Go on scavenger hunts to see who can find the first Sponge Bob or a “Wed Twiangle”. Best Buy has a fabulous area for an impromptu dance party and you can be an attentive audience member while trying out a recliner and clapping with reckless abandon. Bath and Body Works has all kinds of demo lotions and you can smell like you’ve been to the beach and then dipped in chocolate and rolled in birthday cake. Finish your tour de mall with a “tweat” of something delicious (or a new pair of flip flops…).
When all else fails go for a ride in the air conditioned car for frozen yogurt while belting out music of your choice!
*Tracy Winslow is a mother of two young girls who should be lawyers or criminal masterminds. When she’s not crying in her coffee about her stretch marks she can be found pretending she knows how to do yoga. Live vicariously through her craziness at www.momaical.com, and please follow her on FB and Twitter @Momaical.
We are currently holed up in our prison (living room).
It’s hot in South Carolina (like oven, oppressive, impossible to function hot) from usually May until September- so I have to mentally prepare for the season. This summer I knew that it would be difficult, because the twins are 21 months and my oldest is 3. Tough ages to keep kids entertained in the house (or even in front of the TV). My only other option is to attempt the subdivision pool – which is not as glorious as it may sound. Taking them there myself is kind of like the worst part of my day, but we have got to get out and have a change of scenery. I am gladly taking suggestions.
*Farrah finds sporadic moments to jot down her adventures at The Three Under. Her 3 year old and 15 month old twins are all boys. Someday she will own nice furniture again. Catch up with what she’s dealing with on Twitter as @momofthreeunder and Facebook.
I literally keep the kids in the air conditioning all day. I cannot stand the heat or sun so I refuse to sit at the sprinklers. There have been a few days we have only gone outside after 6:00 pm. When the heat starts to get a little less intense in the evening, after baths, we take dinner outside and “picnic” in their pajamas.
*Wendy writes truthfully about life in New York City with twins plus one at Mama One to Three. She includes many references to wine and coffee. Find her using bad judgment and even worse language on Twitter, @mamaonetothree, and Facebook.
Laura Bedingfield Herakovich
For some odd reason, the heat doesn’t bother my children nearly as much as it does me. When I can’t stand the idea of being outside because it’s hotter than the surface of the sun, we treat ourselves to an adventure. We’ll go to a museum (we are suckers for the Fernbank Museum of Natural History here in Atlanta) or a movie — a real movie at a real movie theatre. If the boys aren’t up for a field trip, we’ll build combo-tracks, my oldest son’s term for contraptions built with train tracks and marble tracks; we’re crazy like that. When all else fails, a good game of Quaker Meeting is always a nice option. Never played Quaker Meeting? Greatest game ever; some folks call it the Silence Game. Calling it Quaker Meeting is just funnier, and you need you some funny when it’s 105 degrees outside.
*Laura Bedingfield Herakovich is the mother of three rambunctious, yet adorable boys. You can read her personal blog at http://www.jtandtheob.com/
Everything and anything related to water. If you don’t have access to a pool, running through sprinklers is fun for any age. Or draw a cool bath, and let them play for as long as they like.
*Jennifer Griffin is the mother of two very active and very adorable little boys.
That’s all the mamas have to say this week. Check back next Monday for another wacky (and yet profound and insightful…) round of answers from the mamas!