Tag Archives: toddler fun

Free Seattle: Ballard Splash Park

15 Aug

BallardSplashLet’s face it. Seattle has a very limited number of hot, summer days. Take advantage of them while you can with a trip to one of the city’s many splash parks. My favorite, location-wise, is the Ballard Splash Park. Here’s why …

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DIY Dollhouse

8 Jul

DIY DollhouseParents with young kids know: There will be stir-crazy days. And on those days, your child’s least favorite thing to play with will be all of their toys.

That’s exactly what led to this DIY dollhouse.

So, if your kid is clamoring for a dollhouse, but you don’t want to spend a lot of dough on something they’ll destroy or lose interest in next week, this idea is for you!

Already have a dollhouse? Perhaps you could use it for your dolls’ in-laws or extra rental income from your LEGO people…

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T-Shirt Smock

11 Sep

Make your own kids’ art smock, in five minutes or less!

It’s (a) easy, (b) takes two minutes—no sewing—and (c) lets your kid go all Jackson Pollock on that paint and paper, worry free.

All you need is an adult-size t-shirt. Then you can create this:

Kids Craft Shirt

Well, yours probably won’t be a Myth videogame smock like Szaba’s (unless you’re the most awesome mom in the world, ahem), but it will be a t-shirt turned creativity suit.

Here’s what you do:

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Free Seattle: Bayview-Kinnear Park

31 Jul

Bored at home? Try out a new park.

Bring a picnic lunch. Better yet, take a friend’s kid, so she can go get a  pedicure (and swap the favor next week).

We recently tried Bayview-Kinnear Park (below Kerry Park) on Queen Anne hill in Seattle. The play gear was completely different from anything Szaba (or I) had seen before, and we had a ton of fun exploring. Plus, there are fantastic views and arguably one of the city’s best slides.

If you’re visiting Seattle, it’s just a short jaunt north of downtown. Hop a cab or a bus, and you’ll be there in about 10 minutes.

Have exploring!

For more free Seattle fun, try one of these adventures:

Have your own tips for free things to do in and around Seattle … or your city? Please share!

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Grocery Adventure

17 Jul

I had a bored toddler, a rainy day, and an empty fridge. To the grocery store!

5 Ideas:

1. Let your toddler bring along a fellow adventurer: a favorite toy or stuffed animal.

2. Make it a game: Can you find something brown? Do you see an apple? Let’s look for something cold …

3. Point out and feel different textures. Szaba particularly liked the asparagus and kiwi.

4. Let your child pick something new to try. I was amazed by all the kid-themed items at her eye level that I’d never even noticed before.

5. Grab a store flyer and use the food pictures to create an “art” piece when you get home, commemorating your adventure.

How do you make the grocery store (or other errand spots) fun for your kids?

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Dish Duty

10 Jul

In the constant need for something to amuse my 2 year old, I’ve considered everything but the kitchen sink.

Wait, why NOT the kitchen sink?

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Cookie Decorating

26 Jun

Somewhat by accident, I recently re-discovered the pleasures of cookie decorating.

Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

I was going to visit my sister and her family and came up with the idea for a host gift. (Yes, I still do those. Here are some ideas.)

I thought this would be something my 7-year-old niece would enjoy, but I was surprised when even my husband and brother-in-law were right in the mix, hogging the colored icing.

The dads kicked the creativity up a notch. And the competition of said creativity.

Cookie decorating is cheap, fun, easy, and something everyone can enjoy together. Not much else meet all that criteria. (Sledding? Play dough? Squirt gun fights?) Plus, you’re left with yummy pieces of art when you’re done.

My niece makes a delicious SpongeBob.

Still not convinced? File these ideas away. You’ll thank me one day.

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