Rainy Day Play

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I don’t know about you, but my littles are growing up way too fast. This past year, Brooks went from a toddler to a little boy. He’s becoming more independent, he’s curious, he explores and he just LOVES to play. He’s got the most amazing imagination and I so very much enjoy watching him entertain himself.

Making a mental note to do more of that before I blink and he’s grown.

Just sit and watch him play.

It’s so wonderful to be able to be in the background and just take the time to watch your kids. See how they see the world and how they interact with others and the things around them. It’s truly a beautiful thing.

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BUT aside from watching Brooks be the awesome little kid he is – it’s a rainy, dreary day in Philly today. So I thought it would be fun to share with you some ideas of how we keep busy and entertained when the weather isn’t looking so fabulous! Sometimes I also find that it is difficult to fit playtime in around all the other activities back-to-school + getting back in to the swing of a routine brings. By getting creative and establishing a routine, I’ve found that my kids are healthy and thriving all year long.

We rarely go a day without getting out of the house for some activity or adventure. I can’t sit inside all day and I know the kids enjoy playing, exploring and getting tired – you have to work for that nap break sometimes! Balanced and active play lays the foundation for a skilled, healthy, resilient, and successful society. And I can’t help but noticing that play is disappearing at home, in school, and in communities – back in the day 70% of moms played outside when they were kids, 31% of their kids play outside today – how crazy is that?!

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Living in the city with two little kids is such a blessing because it’s so easy to get outside and do something fun every. single. day. Which we totally do! We are a stones throw away from so many fabulous museums, the zoo, the aquarium – all of which we hit up weekly. We totally get our memberships worth and we’ve found that these are our go-to places, especially on rainy days when the park isn’t an option!

Check out a list of our favorite Philly Memberships {with Kids}

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I also think a fun rainy day activity could be something as simple as going out to lunch! I think changing the scenery and making a fun afternoon out of a lunch out together is a good rainy day recipe for anyone!

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And after all that play, Brooks’ all time, favorite snack is a CLIF Kid Bar.

He goes NUTS for these things.

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CLIF Kid® makes nutritious snacks from organic ingredients that are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives. Whether we are on the run from preschool, or in between soccer practice, CLIF Kid Zbars are perfect for growing kids (and busy parents!) I also love that they are made with organic ingredients, are Non-GMO, have no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors (or synthetic preservatives) and are appropriate portion size for kids in flavors they love. flavors

I had so much fun partnering with CLIF Kid for this post because CLIF Kid is dedicated to reclaiming play all year long.  And they’re encouraging boys and girls everywhere to get back outside, push their boundaries and feed their adventures.

Be sure to check out the CLIF Kid Facebook page AND the CLIF Kid  video for more fun inspiration on incorporating more playtime into busy schedules .

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Patty O October 27, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    I know that Brooks absolutely loves his bars – a really good snack option for busy kids on the go. You are right about your mom’s generation, we played outside all day long, and with no supervision – our world has really changed.

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