Good afternoon readers!
Now that the weather is warming up, you are likely going to be hearing a lot of requests from your kids to not only go outside, but also to cool down with some fun water activities. This week's Nanny Tip of the Week is going to talk about some fun ideas specific for the Chicago area, but that can also be use if you happen to leave the city! As a disclaimer, don't forget to always keep water safety in mind (i.e. be sure your CPR/First Aid certification is current, come prepared with sunscreen, have enough swim diapers, etc.) so that you are prepared at all times. Check out these tips below and give a few of them a try next time you've got great weather!
1. Check out your local parks with splash pads - As most Chicago natives know, Chicago has always been known for its many parks around the city. In terms of water based activities, be sure to check out the following parks as they come complete with splash pads for the kids! Be reminded that a lot of these parks reopen for the season in June, but if you need more information, you can check out the link here: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/facilities/water-playgrounds/
- Adams Playground Park - Lincoln Park
- Mary Bartleme Park - West Loop
- Fellger Park - Roscoe Village
- Foscoe Park - Little Italy
- River Park - Lincoln Square
2. Take the kids to the beach - This is a bit of an obvious one, but can truly kill several hours in a day! Come prepared with lunch picnic-style, have some beach games in your beach bag, build sandcastles or go swimming. Below are some great beaches you can check out that are popular and family friendly:
- Oak Street Beach - Near North Side
- Montrose Beach - Uptown (local dog park and boat harbor near here!)
- North Avenue Beach - Old Town/Gold Coast
- Foster Beach - Edgewater (very kid friendly!)
3. Get out on the water! - If your employers can swing it, take the kids out on a boat ride! There are so many options in Chicago including sightseeing boat tours, speed boats, sail boating, kayaking and more. For older kids that would rather enjoy hearing about Chicago history, or little kids that you want to take on a mellow boat ride, find out what options will work best for your kiddos and make a day of it!
4. Make your own water activities at home - Unable to leave the house for the day? Have no fear! Use this time to get creative by playing water hose tag, create a makeshift slip and slide in the backyard, set up the sprinkler in the front yard, fill up the family's kiddie pool and maybe even invite some neighborhood kids over to join in. Take this time to make some lasting memories all at home and you won't be disappointed!
Please be sure to give any or all of these a try as the summer kicks in and the weather warms up. Not only is incorporating water activities really fun, but it can fill up your day a great deal! That's going to be all from us this week, but we would like to hear from you on what other fun activities you like to do in the summertime with your kids. Please share those ideas in the comment section with us! Thanks for reading and we will be back next week with another great nanny tip!
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