Playgroups

Anytime Playgroups

Mini Polaroid Magnets

Make these adorable photo magnets!

Visit your local museums. San Diego’s Balboa Park museums are free the first Tuesday of the month.

Take a ride on the bus, train, trolley, or if you are in San Diego, try a ferry ride to Coronado.  We also love the miniature train rides at UTC and Balboa Park.

Have a Pajama Party!  Snuggle up, drink hot cocoa and watch a movie. Each mama can contribute to a hot cocoa and snack bar.

Garden

Test your little explorers’ green thumbs at a garden or a place like the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Visit your local zoo and theme parks.  Rhett loves Sea World, Get Air and the Children’s Museum.

Transportation Day:  Bring along your favorite wheels and ride for hours.

Bust out the baby pool and bubbles to beat Summer heat.  Invite the kids over for some sunshine and lemonade.

Explore all of your local parks.  Check out my top San Diego beach and park for toddlers.

Mom and Dad

Host a Busy Bag Exchange. Busy Bags are simple activities stored in a bag for toddlers so they are always ready to go!  Check out these Ziploc Books I made for my playgroup’s Busy Bag Exchange.

Visit your local library and book stores for free storytime and music.

Host the Toddler Olympics.  Coach your little athletes through some running, crawling, throwing, lifting and jumping. Don’t forget opening ceremonies and medals!

Take your kids to an indoor playground on rainy days, like Kid Ventures.

Race Set Up

Go on an Amazing Stroller Race. Divide into 2 teams, visit local landmarks and race to the finish.

Explore the Wonderful World of Eric Carle:  Read stories, make a puppet show, learn about colors and have fun with friends! 

Visit parks with water playgrounds like the New Downtown Waterfront Park and Santee Lakes.

Plan a picnic dinner at your favorite park.

 

 

Seasonal Playgroups

Superbowl Pre-Party:  Bring your favorite game day appetizer and wear your team jerseys!

Make a friendship book as a Valentine’s Day Craft.

For St. Patrick’s Day, make a rainbow musical shaker instrument, share green food and search for the pot of gold!Bunny Bag

Celebrate Easter with bunny bookmarks, an egg hunt and a potluck breakfast.  Check out my easy DIY Easter bags that are sure to be a hit.

Celebrate Earth Day by bike riding with your babes.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration: Make quesadillas and guacamole and dance to La Raspa in the streets of Old Town!

Jar

Make mom something special with this Mother’s Day Craft or Sunshine in a Jar.

Make dad this unique Picture Frame or a Dad Doodle Pad for Father’s Day!

pumpkin patch

Dress up and visit your local pumpkin patch.  We like going to our local farms like Oma’s Pumpkin Patch.

Host a pumpkin foods potluck and make glittery pumpkins or trick-or-treat bags.

Make this adorable Thanksgiving Craft that will keep you smiling for years to come.

Instead of cooking your favorite Thanksgiving dish (who has time for that!), exchange recipes and make a special recipe book.

ornaments
Dress your kids up as snow people, create a photo scene with pretend snow (if you live in a snowless place like we do) and make these ornaments for the Grandparents.  If you are feeling ambitious, set up photo shoots like I did for all the months of the year and make the perfect calendar gift.
Visit mall Santa and then head over to the mall playground afterward.
Get in the holiday spirit by visiting your city’s most festive spot.  If you live in San Diego, The Hotel Del in Coronado is a must.
What are you playgroup favorites?  I would love to add them to our list!

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