Grab your calendars & tag your friends, mommas! Here’s this year’s list of fun, free, kid-friendly activities going on this Summer in Toledo & surrounding area!
One of our local Metroparks held its annual Ice Cream Social yesterday. The kiddos were so excited all day, eagerly waiting for 6pm to roll around. I on the other hand was trying my best to come up with a backup plan. See, the weather was definitely not cooperating. It either rained or threatened rain for most of the day. Thankfully when 6pm rolled around it wasn’t raining. So we grabbed our bat & ball, trucks, blanket, and bubbles, and headed to the park!
Once there we found out that the park had a backup plan in case it started to pour down rain. The ice cream, cupcakes, and refreshments were all indoors along with the band.
We laid our claim to a piece of land out in front of the Manor House with our blanket and then headed inside for ice cream. Our two older kiddos, our soon-to-be first grader & preschooler counted out their $ .50 for their tickets and made their exchange. $.50, you can’t beat that, talk about a deal!
Then it was decision-making time: chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry……dish or cone…..chocolate chips on top? Decisions….. decisions? Thankfully we by-passed the cupcake room all together because those adorable little cupcakes were way to tempting!
We then sat inside for a minute to listen to the band but the kiddos got a little restless and wanted to play with their friends outside. So we went back to that piece of land we had claimed and the kiddos got a chance to play with their playgroup friends.
After chasing bubbles, playing with trucks, and running around having a grand old-time the girls wanted to take a walk in the garden. The boys wanted nothing to do with the garden until they heard that there might be snakes. So we all took a short stroll over to the garden and toured down the winding brick and grass laid paths. It was gorgeous but being with toddlers makes you view everything in warp speed. So while I couldn’t describe the precise flowers or plants we viewed I do know the height, colors, blooms, pruning, etc. all provided a gorgeous foliage composition.
As we left the garden we came across a tree that had many initials and sayings carved into it, like a tall piece of history that could tell many stories of loves past, present, and future. Our daughter dubbed it the learning tree because it had so many letters, numbers, and shapes (mostly hearts) carved into it. It was so beautiful. Then, as luck would have it, we did indeed see a snake. The boys about lost their minds!
We had such a wonderful time and yes: You scream, I scream, we all screamed for ice cream!! Until next year, thank you Wildwood Volunteers for putting on another fabulous Ice Cream Social!
What started off as an unsure morning thanks to the weather forecast which called for a 60% chance of rain actually ended up being quite enjoyable! The moms from our local playgroup met up with us at Wildwood Metro Park for what would be a fun-filled morning.
The kiddos had so much fun seeing each other; a lot of the PRESCHOOL CHILDREN in our group had preschool on opposite days so they really didn’t get a chance to see each other that much during the school year. We also have a few moms that had BABIES within the past few months and due to their little immune systems haven’t attended a play date in a while so it was so nice to see them and their little ones. We also had our small group of TODDLERS who I like to call our “regulars” in attendance. Any mother who has had a toddler know that getting out in the morning and playing is the key to burning up that energy so that they nap in the afternoon, and play they did…
The best part about having Stonyfield sponsor this playdate was the fact that they have something for every age group in our playgroup.
(These are great for school lunches. Place them in the freezer and then in the morning put them in your child’s lunch bag and it helps keep food cold and is perfect to eat by lunch time.)
And Stonyfield didn’t forget the woman who brought them to the playdate and who care so much about their children’s health as well as their own, the one, and the only amazing person who manages to do it all, MOMS!! They provided us with a 32oz of the French Vanilla Yogurt as well as 2 samples of their Greek Oikois yogurt.
I also brought along Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Crunch and fresh red ripe strawberries for moms (and some kiddos) to enjoy a parfait. It tasted amazing; it was just what the moms needed in order to continue chasing after toddlers, pushing preschoolers on the swing, and kibitzing with the other moms (that can get exhausting).
Speaking of kibitzing, ALL the moms agreed that they like the fact that Stonyfield is organic and contains no pesticide, which is definitely a plus considering there has been a link to exposure to pesticides and behavioral problems like ADHD. We all liked the fact that our children actually liked it and ate it!! Far too often moms purchase healthy food and the kiddos don’t eat it but not when it comes to Stonyfield yogurt. The babies, toddlers, preschooler, and moms all liked the superior taste. But, we have decided that it might be best if we keep the fact that it is good for a you a little secret from the kiddos since they, as they put it, just like how much fun it is to grab a tube and squeeze!
Thank you Stonyfield for sponsoring this fun play date through the variety of your products you provided and the coupons!!
Have you ever tried Stonyfield? What is your favorite flavor? Have a fun way of eating your yogurt? Please share