Tired of the same old play dates with your playgroup? It might be time to switch it up a little with some new summer play date options. Slather on the sunscreen and get ready for some summer playgroup fun with these ideas.
Backyard Water Extravaganza
No need to meet up at the public pool. Host a water play date in your backyard. It’s much easier to keep track of kids at home than it is at a public pool. Set up kiddie pools for splashing around. Put an assortment of cups and containers in the pool as play toys. You can also make some simple toys made from strips of sponges. Zip tie the strips together to make a sponge ball. When dipped in the water, the sponges soak up the water. The kids can toss the balls back and forth.
Turn on a sprinkler once the kids are suited up — just don’t let it run too long. Water balloons are another option. Just be careful if you have older kids mixed with younger kids. The older kids can throw the balloons a lot harder and some of the little kids might get hurt.
If you want to get away from home, head to a local berry patch. Kids love to pick the fruit themselves. It’s a great lesson on where produce comes from and you know you’re getting fruit as fresh as possible. Check with the berry patch before you schedule the play date so they know you’re bringing a large group of young kids. You might be able to have a picnic lunch on the grounds near the berry patches. Don’t forget to bring lots of sunscreen.
Ice Cream Shop
What better way to cool off in the summer than with ice cream? Meet up at a local ice cream or yogurt shop for a sweet treat. Before you go, call the shop to see if they would consider a tour of the back area of the shop. We have a local shop that does ice cream tours that include helping make the ice cream.
Nature Scavenger Hunt
Take advantage of the warm temps this summer. Head out into nature as a playgroup. Find a local nature area or arboretum close to your city. Make up a list of nature items you might see while at the location. If the kids in the playgroup are young, include pictures so they can “read” the list without help. Finish up with a picnic under a shade tree.
Sometimes you just need a break from the heat in the summer. You can find a variety of indoor activities depending on the local offerings. One option is a paint-your-own pottery store. See if you can get a party room so your group can sit together. Other indoor ideas include library story times, children’s museums, indoor play areas and craft play dates at home.