Go-to activities

I wrote a list of activities for Wednesdays, now that B is keen to join in on stuff. Many of our regular places were easy when B was in the buggy but are suddenly much too hard now that he wants to run everywhere, with no sense of self-preservation. The central library, for example, surprisingly hazardous, as I found when they sprinted in different directions and I couldn’t see either of them among the book stacks.

You don’t need many go-to activities though. Kids like the same places over and over.

Sunny day go-to list for Wednesdays

  • The park around the corner
  • Island Bay playground
  • The zoo (D has a zoo pass)

Rainy day go-to list for Wednesdays

  • Chipmunks
  • Te Papa
  • Tiny Town
  • Active Fun Play at ASB stadium (mornings during school holidays)
  • Local library

(the rainy day list is longer because it’s June)

Figured it’d be good to do this for weekends too, add in a few favourites that are difficult during the week for some reason:

Rainy day weekend activities 

  • Tot Shabbat (monthly, Saturdays)
  • Capital E (Saturdays)
  • Active Fun Play at ASB stadium (Sunday mornings every week)
  • Southern Cross – a good one for after Tot Shabbat
  • The swimming pool (though less so in deepest winter, because the kids always seem to get sick afterwards)

Sunny day weekend activities

  • Vege markets
  • Mt Victoria – they have an amazing outdoor nature play area which is IDEAL if you have one adult per child but VERY STRESSFUL if you have one adult per two children
  • Oriental Bay, Lyall Bay, Island Bay
  • “Fying Fotz Park” (Central Park, in Brooklyn)

There are so many areas of parenting where things make complete sense now I’ve got kids myself, like going to the same places over and over again, and preferring places that are very close by. More than a 10 minute drive feels far away. Walking distance means something very different to what it used to. Maximum outing length is only a couple of hours. “We went dere a yong time ago” means last month.

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