Finding fun, kid friendly activities and outings can be a challenge, but it is important to spend that quality time together. By frequently going on new outings, you get to share exciting new experiences and immerse your children into new environments and social situations. It can be daunting to take your temperamental toddler or stubborn three year old out somewhere new, but every time you do can be an excellent learning experience! Take the time to plan out fun “dates” with you and your child, especially now since you have many options for adventure in the summer!
It’s also important to facilitate one-on-one time with mom and dad separately to build those special bonds with both parents. It makes your child feel special and you’ll even find that they are more open with you because they are just so excited to spend that quality time with mom or dad. These date nights remind parents how important it is to simply listen to your child and make special memories together. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
- Explore a nearby river, lake, or local beach
- Take a picnic lunch to the park
- Choose a new plant at a local nursery and plant it at home
- Have a star gazing night with lots of pillows and blankets outside (and snacks of course)
- Bake something together
- Make dinner together – Homemade pizza is always easy and fun!
- Go roller skating
- Go see a play
- Go to the Milwaukee Public Museum
- Go to the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum – A new “Science City” Exhibit will be opening on July 3rd! Check out their website for other fun events happening this summer! https://www.bbcmkids.org/events/
- Make a huge fort with blankets and pillows
- Go to a Milwaukee Brewer’s Game – Tailgating is always fun, but so is hopping on one of the local shuttles for a bus ride that drops you right at the front of the stadium!
- Play a sport of your choice in the backyard
- Go out for frozen yogurt where your child can choose all of the crazy toppings they want
- Go for a bike ride or walk somewhere you haven’t been before. There are so many different park
- Go strawberry or blueberry picking
- Go to a farmer’s market
- Go to a yoga class – there is FREE yoga every Saturday at Cathedral Square Park in Milwaukee with a Farmer’s Market to follow!
- Have a game night with fun appetizers for dinner
- Go to an indoor rock climbing wall – Adventure Rock now has two locations with one in Brookfield and a new facility in Milwaukee. Their auto-belays are perfect for children and parents who don’t know how to manually belay! If you do want to learn more about climbing, they also have great classes!
- Go fishing
- Do an art project together! Go to a local craft store to pick out the materials and get creative!
- Take a painting class or pottery class together! Uptown Art in Sussex has many kid friendly classes and The Potter’s Shop in Waukesha also has classes.
- Get dressed up and go to a fancy restaurant. A great opportunity to practice proper restaurant etiquette and table manners!
- Go to the movies! $5 Tuesdays are at the Marcus Theatres. Also, June 24th– August 29th is the Kids Dream Film Series at Marcus Theatres, where select movies are just $3 on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesdays at 10 am.
- Go to a book store and choose a new book
- Go to the public library and pick out new books. There are also many fun programs that the libraries provide in the summer, and it’s free!
- Go bowling
- Go miniature golfing
- Go for a nature walk and take photos
- Cool down on a hot day and go ice skating. Local ice rinks like Nagawaukee Ice Arena and Eble Ice Arena have open skate to the public from 1-3pm. It’s always good to call ahead to make sure there aren’t any special events going on!
- Go to the Milwaukee County Zoo – Have you seen their new Otter Exhibit?!
Pinterest is a great resource for parents looking for child friendly outings. Your local community also might have a website with a calendar of family friendly events. We hope some of these ideas will inspire you to get out and try something new with your child! Remember, they are only little once and those early bonding moments are so important for every child’s social emotional development.
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