Denial

I knew it would come to this, eventually. I don’t know why I was pretending not to know. I mean, it always happens. It’s a cycle. Never ending.

I just didn’t thinking it would happen so soon. I’m not prepared. Life is already complicated enough.

Winter.

Okay, enough with the poetic melodrama. It is really beautiful though, isn’t it?

But seriously, what the heck am I going to do with this toddler all winter? We tried to go outside today, in the snow, and it was a total failure. We went for a quick walk and then Audrey looked up at me and said “up”. We thrive on trips to the park. Right now the part is under 2 feet of snow.

Sure, yeah, sometimes we will take her to the swimming pool or one of those coffee places where you can pay for her to play. We don’t do the library yet, because, as many of your know, destroying books is one of Audreys favourite hobbies…. going to the library would just feed this bad habit. And we have 2500 books at home. But what else is there to do with a toddler. Free, preferably.

Ideas for us? What is your favourite winter activity with toddler aged kids?

 

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9 responses to “Denial

  1. Ironic Mom November 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Yes, the problems of winter. I take my kids to Indigo, get a tea, and supervise them in the play/book area — but that involves books, which could involve eating.

    Another thing we used to do was drive to Market Mall and sign up for the kids’ free play zone, though my twins are now far too big for this.

    Third, the pet store…just to browse.

    Fourth, a transit ride, but this can be hard in winter.

    I hate the gear of winter…though I am now more than happy my kids can pull the sled up to the top of the hill themselves!

    • Susan November 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      We took our toddler out in the snow yesterday. And she screamed like she was on fire. She hated it. It took 14 minutes to get her sausaged into her snow suite and various gear. She lasted outside for about 35 seconds.

      I’m surprised we haven’t run into each other yet, Ironic Mom. Market Mall, Chapters, the Pet Store. Those are the place we go when we’re bored and the weather is crappy. We will be at those places all winter.

      Science Centre is also great; but costs $$. But if you decide you like it, a family pass pays for itself easily.

      • amoment2think November 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

        Yep, sounds like our toddlers reacted about the same way.

        We are market mall frequenters too…. and I am so going to try the pet store idea. We probably will run into each other there… all be it without knowing it. Perhaps we should plan to meet one day?

        Is Science Centre really good for the toddler age? I always thought it was more for 5 years and up?

  2. Cheryl November 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I wish I knew! We’re in the same boat, with the added benefit of having to keep quiet because C has been out clearing snow all night. As much as I’d like to get out of the house, on days like today and yesterday, it hardy seems worth it. Crappy roads and cold temperatures make me want to stay home. I was not ready for these winter troubles.

  3. clara November 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    We didn’t have snow last year thank god but we did the 2 years before. Apparently lots on the way this year as well. All that to say I don’t have much experience w/snow except to be mad, still, that no one shovels their walks in my neighbourhood.

    The nice thing about cold weather (take that with a grain of West Coast salt, where “cold” is -10, tops) is you can go out for 20 minutes instead of 2 hrs and the kids get tired. If you take her out every day for a few minutes and then, ooh let’s go home and get warmed up with some nice warm milk and cinnamon sprinkled on top! it might become a little winter ritual?

    Lately I’ve been taking my guys out for a walk after dark (now that dark is 5 pm and daddy isn’t home from work till 6) to look for Christmas lights/the moon/whatever. It really calms them down.

    But for inside…here we have Strong Start, which you know about, and the Family Place, which is a drop-in, free resource. I guess there’s nothing like that in your area?

    Anyway, I hear you. These days, we go to the mall and sit on the rides and run around a bit, and then home. But as the xmas shoppers start to turn up, even that won’t be doable.

    • amoment2think November 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions. This is our first blast of winter and a particularly nasty one with about 2 1/2 feet of snow in some places right now. The temp is about -18 today… so even 5 minutes outside… not an option. BUT we are blessed to live somewhere where we will (knock on wood) get Chinooks (warm winds that blow over the mountains from the west coast) so there will be -5 and even +3 days throughout the winter. We will go outside then.

      Oooooh Christmas light walks.. that’s a great idea for a nice night.

      Yeah, we have a bunch of free programs at the library’s here.. but they are all set up for stay at home parents and there isn’t much that happens on the weekends.

  4. Lisa Sunbury November 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    When we lived in Boston and had to endure long cold winters, we took outings to the pet store, and library. Indoors we baked together, made play dough, “washed” dishes, read books, danced to music, made forts with all the coach pillows, did shaving cream art, made goop ( cornstarch and water), raced cars and balls down a simple homemade ramp, played dress up, did rubber stamping, and sticker books, and I made this big indoor”sandbox”, which was really a large plastic bin- the kind that fits under a bed- filled with rice. S. spent hours playing in it, and when she was done, we could just pop the cover on, and spills were easy to sweep or vacuum up. She used it for two years. The other popular “toy” was a large empty water bottle (5 or 10 gallon size.) She loved moving it around, and we added wooden pegs of various sizes. S. spent a long time experimenting to see which pegs would fit into the top, and a long time figuring out how to get them back out. Somehow, we got through most days pretty happily, but we were the first ones at the park at the first sign of a thaw!

  5. Susan November 20, 2010 at 8:49 am

    There is one area of the Science Centre (Wow Town) that is not bad for toddlers – water play, soft blocks, climbing area, little store — LOTS to look at and touch and absorb. But – the place as a whole – you’re right – more suited for older kids. But it might be worth a try.

    Would be fun to try and meet up sometime!

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