Beating the Heat When Little Ones Are Involved

Between the extreme heat and all the rain we’ve gotten here in NJ this summer, I am always looking for fun things to do with the boys when the weather isn’t cooperating.  Doesn’t mother nature know how hard it is to keep a 2 ½ year-old boy occupied???

If it’s not raining and it is really just too hot to function, but my big guy is insisting that we play outside, I have come up with a few activities to keep him happy; they all involve water!  First, I am lucky to have a pool.  That being said, it can be tough to swim around and play the way my 2 year old would like me to when the baby is with us, so I always try to play in the pool when my little man is napping.  If he’s awake, I put him in the old pack and play we set up in the shade near the pool with a bunch of toys. I also put a dampened hat on his head to keep him cool.

We also got annual passes to Six Flags Great Adventure where they gave us a great deal to join last Fall for pretty cheap. It’s got a great water park with a kiddie area that is great for my baby and 2 year old. If we get there right when it opens, we can usually find a few chairs to set up camp under the huge canopy.  Also, a lot of parks have spray grounds that are completely free and open to the public.  We have one not too far from us that is always a big hit with my big guy.  I pack a lunch and some plastic dixie cups to play with in the water, and my son can stay busy for hours. And, when we get home my baby will pass out in his crib, but it’s hit or miss if my older one will nap. I love those days that he does!

If water isn’t really your thing, or it’s raining out, I am a big fan of the library.  Our local library has daily story times and even a craft for the little ones several times a week.  Barnes and Noble is also a great place to check out.  Go to their website or call your local store for story times and craft activity days.  We also frequent local museums or even the movies, now that my older son can sit through one.

And finally, when all else fails, we bake.  I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t love cookies and brownies, or licking the bowl when you’re done.  A bit messy, but a real hit in my house.  We also love making pizza.  It’s fun for a good 30 minutes, and the best part is, you have lunch when you’re done.  A win, win in my book!

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