In Raleigh, the weather is pretty beautiful during the majority of the year. While Northerner’s suffer through a painfully cold winter, the oppressive heat and humidity in the summertime is our “worst” season. Our winters are brief and usually sunny.
Since it’s January, we are doing more things inside, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things to do with a 1 and 2 year old.
- Go to Marbles Kids Museum. My in-laws gifted us a year long membership and that was perhaps the best gift you could give the boys. It’s more geared for David’s age, but Luke loves it too in his own way. I’m sure once Luke is mobile he’ll be following David around like a little shadow, exploring every corner of the place.
- Go to Storytime at Barnes and Noble or the local library. Neither boy has lasted the entire duration of storytime, but it’s nice to get out and have them interact with other kids. It’s also a great way to meet other moms!
- Play at the mall. The most worthless mall in our area is in Cary. The good stores are dropping like flies (See ya LOFT, bye bye GAP.) but it has the best little kids play area. It’s in a big circle so it’s easy to keep an eye on David the entire time. Luke isn’t quite mobile so he stays by me, but he can reach a few things to play with too so it’s mutually entertaining. I can’t tell you how many times I meet other moms there in the winter. The kids get to play in a safe, small-ish area, and there is even a carousel and a train if you need another activity.
- Invite another mom + her kids over for a play date. I realize this isn’t profound, but I usually have 1-3 play dates with friends every week. Either they’ll come to my place, or we’ll go to theirs. It’s fun for everyone! The kids get to play with different toys, and I get to catch up with a friend.
- Get creative in the house. We build tunnels out of couch cushions, and play chase on the first floor. David has a train table that he’s still obsessed with, so we spend a good amount of time playing with that. If I’m making something in the kitchen that David could safely help with, I ask him to help and he loves doing that. Meanwhile I’ll give Luke a basket of measuring spoons and he’ll be occupied for a long time with those. I try to make the mundane things a little bit fun, and get David involved in anything he can be involved in. He helps me push the laundry into the dryer, and will even push the Swiffer sweeper around if he sees me doing it too!
Do you have favorite activities you do in seasons where you don’t spend much time outside?
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