Is planning a fun family outing a chore in your household? Today Liz, from the iFamily Mom Squad, shares some tips on how you can eliminate the chaos and put the FUN back into planning those FUN family outings! Take a look…
Planning An Outing With Your Kids In 7 Easy Steps:
The splash pads of Kansas City are some of the easiest and fun places to take your kiddos this summer! Here are 7 tips I have found that help make this summer outing a success.
1- Avoid morning chaos by packing the night before. That seems so easy but that one extra step saves much time and frustration in the morning when everything is ready to go out the door.
2- Beat the heat! A great time To head out is around 9 am before the mid- summer sun hits its peak. Also, it’s not as crowded giving you the option to choose your bench or table in the shade. The same goes for the later in the afternoon when the sun starts to fade.
3- Timing is everything! Allow enough time to play & splash before you head home for lunch and the littles need their naps.
4- The best news, splash pads are free! Just in case things don’t go as planned you will not feel guilty spending any money.
5- Give a good pep talk. I have found with my toddler, getting her to jump up out of bed in the morning is easy when I tell her we are headed to the splash pad! She is so much more cooperative In the process of heading out the door. She also enjoys knowing what’s going on ahead of time. I let her know where we are going, how long we will stay, what I’m bringing for snacks and what else she can expect from the morning there. In turn I let her know what I expect from her.
6- What to pack. Snacks and more snacks. I swear my daughter is only hungry when she sees other little people around her eating. In our bag is her swimsuit, water shoes, swim diapers, hat, towel, sunscreen, water, snacks or lunch in a small cooler & an extra change of clothes for the ride home. If you don’t want to carry an exhausted child to the car after the fun than make sure you bring the stroller.
7- What does mom wear? Be comfy, it’s hot out! You can find me in a tank, shorts and flip flops and often taking my turn to cool off in the water. If you want to wear a suit and jump in with your kiddos, go for it mama!
There are a few great splash pads around the Kansas City area! Find one that’s convenient for your family, cool off and have fun!
From iFamily to Yours,