3 Tips to Make Your Activities Fun for Kids
3 tips to make a museum/exhibit/park visit fun for kids ( and adults, too!)
Happy official FALL! My favorite season! I love autumn for so many reasons, but with rains, and shorter days, and cooler evenings there is inevitably more time spent inside.
I’ll post a lot of things in the next couple of weeks on inside activities for kids of all ages, so stay tuned!
Kicking off with 3 basic, but efficient, tips on keeping kids interested and happy ( translated: appropriately behaved) in parks, museums, etc, so that they can have fun, and and we, as parents, enjoy our time, too.
Make sure everyone is well-fed.
Basic? Yes. But So helpful! I found it that kids “work best” when well-fed before we go somewhere. There is a scientific explanation to that too, so it’s not just my estimation.
Plus, nothing worse then to hear “mommy, I am hungry again” 30 min after you got in and dealt with all the lines of cost drop offs, etc.
Make a map of a place with hidden special spots.
Takes 5 minutes to print a map of the place you are going to and mark fun spots. I spike kids interests with a story, too. For example, when we went to the Met, the night before I told Yeva a life story of one of the artists ( in age-appropriate language) and a highlight of the trip was to find his work. She was ecstatic when she found one of his paintings.
This is a GREAT way to keep kids happy and to learn yourself too: I cannot tell you how much my personal knowledge broadened because I am kind of forced to ensure I know things so that I can keep kids happy.
Make a treasure-hunt “map” for little ones.
I circle the areas on the map and have a few small things that I would hide somewhere on that area. Kids are supposed to find it. Can be anything: from a pen on a chair, to a little toy, whatever you want it to be. The point is, kids are occupied searching for the treasure, and I usually sneak it to whatever place while they are looking in the opposite direction.
Hours of happy time for toddlers and adults too!
What do you do to keep kids happy in museums? Your favorite tips?!
Share below, I’m sure many moms will appreciate it ( myself including!)