Summer is officially over and I’m sad and anxious about the coming winter months. Now don’t get me wrong, I love fall. The cooler weather and no air conditioning is awesome. But I have a 16 month old daughter and she’s very rambunctious. Our summer ritual has fit her personality very well. After dinner, my husband, daughter and I (along with our dog) would head outside for the rest of the evening. We’d play in the yard, on the swingset and go for walks. Now it’s getting colder and darker each night. The evenings in the backyard are quickly coming to an end. Which leaves me with a quandary: What to do with a very busy toddler? How do I let her get some much needed energy release inside? It’s got me searching the web religiously looking for ideas and I thought it would be great to share some of the resources I’ve come across with you. First, Gymboree! I thought they just sold clothes until I checked out their website at http://www.gymboreeclasses.com/index.jsp. They offer a wide variety of play and learn classes for children up to 5 years old. What a great way for toddlers to interact with other children their age and also expend some energy in a learning environment. Most locations offer a free class to try it out. I know we’ll be doing that very soon. Also, the YMCA has some great options for kids http://www.ymca.net/. Plus at most Y’s, parents can work out and their kids can play in the playroom. Nothing better than multi-tasking! If you’re looking for some cheaper fun activities for the winter, many websites offer a wide range of ideas. One of my favorites is Toddler Toddler (http://www.toddlertoddler.com/). I really like their holiday craft ideas. Fun!
So, goodbye Summer! We enjoyed the warm evenings in the yard. Now we will get ready to welcome Winter and hope that we can keep our toddler entertained through the long winter nights. Good luck to all of you as well. Being stuck inside with an energized toddler can be taxing on anyone. Be creative. There are a lot of great alternatives for our kids this winter.