21 Park Day ideas

JMJ107  *One super fun idea is to host a marketplace- Instead of a clothes or toy swap, switch it up a bit.  Set up a few tables or blankets with the wares, give each child a handful of nickels, and sell everything for 5-10 cents.  Kids can even make things to sell.

Park days are great for just hanging out with your pals, but occasionally it is fun to change it up for a little variation and excitement.

No park day or can’t find a group which is a good fit?  Start one.  It is super easy.  Park day attract moms who are looking for a bit of socialization for themselves and for their kids.  All is needed, at first, is one other mom committing to the idea, so that you are not the only one at the park.  Before you know it, you will have a group meeting you at the park for some fun and laughs every Friday.  I know this from experience. My friend and I started our own park day, many years ago and it is still going strong, although my own kids have outgrown the park day and are attending college.

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21 fun park day ideas:

  1. Organize a class or classes.  Each mom has a bank of individual talents and skills inside of her. Take turns every semester teaching a class, or switch off every time.
  2. Take a nature walk together and scout for items.  Make a list of things to look for and turn it into a scavenger hunt.
  3. Set up an obstacle course race and do team relays to get through the course.
  4. Share some laughs with old-fashioned sack races.  Buy the sacks or make them.  You are sure to use them over and over as this is a hands-down favorite among kids.
  5. Host a bubbles day, where everyone brings their own bubbles to have fun with.
  6. Organize a class or classes.  Each mom has a bank of individual talents and skills inside of her. Take turns every semester teaching a class, or switch off every time.
  7. If the park has a recreation center, see if they can set up classes or activities for homeschoolers.  Often these classes are offered at a very minimal cost.
  8. Set up a station for scouting badge activities.
  9. Take a hike. Go to a park that offers this.
  10. Take a city walk around the neighborhood.
  11. Fly kites at park day.
  12. Change the park venue for variety.  Each park offers something unique.  A benefit of going to the park during the week is they are not as crowded.
  13. Throw seasonal parties like Valentine’s Day at the park.  Parks are great for potlucks.  While you still need to tidy up after the party, you don’t need to sweep and mop!
  14. Play a game of kickball with the kids.
  15. Play softball.
  16. Set up art stations.  This might be something to delegate to a different mom each time.
  17. Take frisbees or beach balls and play games with them.
  18. Take bikes to the park.  A group can take off and explore, while the others can stay and climb the jungle gym.
  19. Read storybooks.  Divide up the group and volunteers can read the stories to the kiddos.
  20. Take some sidewalk chalk, and see what kind of street art the kids can come up with.
  21. Host a marketplace- Instead of a clothes or toy swap, switch it up a bit.  Set up a few tables or blankets with the wares, give each child a handful of nickels, and sell everything for 5-10 cents.  Kids can even make things to sell.

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Ring the School Bell 107/180 Days

The scavenger hunt park day was so much fun yesterday, and gave us renewed energy.  We took that energy to prepare for my dad’s arrival.  He will be visiting us from Indiana.

And we are not done with Valentines!

John and I, as well as our friends Scott and Mary, had one more activity planned for the evening.  We attended a Valentine Italian dinner night at our parish. We got there a bit late, and were forced to sit next to the loudspeakers, so it was unfortunately not very romantic, or conducive to conversation, but still nice to get out.  The church volunteers were awesome.  I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty leaving them with the thousands of dishes piled up in the kitchen, as we slipped away when it was over.

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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