Now that the spring has arrived the days a brighter, warmer and there's a great stretch in the evenings - as we say here in Ireland! My son is usually tucked up in bed by 7 or 7.30 but now this is getting drawn out as the weather has been so good and the sun just makes him want to stay up later. It can be hard trying to find ways to entertain us both in the evenings, generally we don't leave the house after 6 as it was always 'getting ready for bed time' but I can see this is now changing and I've been in search of some boredom busters, not just for him but for me too - hey, mammy needs some entertainment too!
The weather is fantastic right now but it it rains of course, there’s always the fall-back position of seeing what’s on TV, but there’s definitely a limit to how entertaining watching hours of TV can be... I usually just put it on to have some sound in the house. So here are some boredom busters for parents and little ones, because everyone should make the most of these long evenings!
Go for a walk with the little ones. Going for a walk in the evenings, especially when the sun is shining, can be a great way to wind little ones down for bedtime and is a great way of fitting some light exercise into your day. I've begun taking Tyler Lee out for little adventures in the evening, bringing my camera with me and taking some snaps in the gorgeous evening sunlight. You can now read about our latest adventure - a little boy and his island.
Relax in the garden. Somedays the little ones are actually bound to fall asleep on time, especially if they days are hot and they've been running around a lot or have had a day at the seaside, so why not relax in the garden after they've gone to bed? I love being out in my garden but I want to make it even nicer and somewhere peaceful for us all to relax. I like to go out there when my boy is asleep and just sit at the picnic table enjoying a drink, reading some blogs or playing some games online such as bingo - how fab is it to have wifi access in the garden?! Now all I need is a sun lounger to relax on whilst I sit out there!
Have a picnic. Why not mix things up and have a picnic for dinner? Imagine the fun everyone would have just relaxing with each other outside and enjoying some nice food together. I love going for picnics with Tyler Lee and Jacek and one of these evenings we're going to have a picnic for dinner - expect pictures! We recently had a teddy bears picnic and it was so much fun!
Grab some ice-creams and head to the seaside. This is such a great idea for an after dinner treat for the little ones and one my boy would enjoy for sure! You can pick up some ice-creams cheaply in your local supermarket, tell the kids it's dessert and then take them to the seaside to enjoy them. There's benches at our local beach and I like to sit there with Tyler Lee whilst having a treat before having a stroll along the beach with him. It's such a simple thing but something he really enjoys. There's nothing like a before bed paddle to help you drift off to sleep!
Have a tea party in the garden. This is something I really want to do with the girls at some stage, as I've already stated on the blog, there's nothing better than tea and chats!Why not make your outdoor table all pretty, serve some tea and cocktails, cakes and finger food and have some giggles and gossip with your besties.
Have a family BBQ. This is something I'd love to do at some stage during the summer. I want to get the BBQ out and invite my family around to enjoy some delicious food and just have a laugh with them out in the garden. It's so lovely to get everyone together and what better way to enjoy each others company then out in the sun with some tasty food?
Go for a bike ride. Another great way to get some exercise into the day and it's quite a leisurely activity when the evening is long and the sun is shining. I really want to get a new bike and a seat on the back for Tyler Lee. It'd be lovely to go for a cycle with him in the evenings down the back of the island by the sea.
These are just some ways to have fun in these beautiful spring and summer evenings and as you can see there are some things in there for us adults to enjoy on our own and with friends too - so important to have some 'me time' of course. As you can see, all of these fun activities are based outside because it'd be a shame to waste these beautiful evenings sitting indoors - unless it's raining, which in Ireland it most probably will be so I'll be making the most of the sun while I can!
Which of these things would you find most fun?