A dilemna that I ran into this year was with baseball games were keeping the little kids busy during our oldest son’s baseball games. My sons are 16,6,3 and 8 months.
This problem has not really existed until my second oldest son started baseball games this year. We had games 3 x’s a week and double headers on Saturday’s. It was definitely a challenge.
How do we entertain 2 younger children ages 4 and 2 during these longer baseball game? After the first game I decided that I needed a plan.
I wanted our children next to us and not running off a far distance, yet allow them playtime with other children.
As I glanced around the park I noticed some of the other parents brought a ball, or small toy for their kids that were not playing a sport.
So that is when I realized….don’t bring crayons when other kids have the better toys.
Here is my plan that I came up with:
Get a designated toy bag for the day.
Bring good snacks that will compare to what the concession stand has, or else you will get to know the volunteers
Check your weekly menu plan and add in the days to eat out or create a picnic.
In the past My husband and I have stayed away from professional baseball games with all of us because we did not think the little kids’ would sit still.
But, since our baseball games were going more smoothly with my new plan I accepted some free tickets to a professional baseball game on Mother’s day.
I packed a toy bag, and a snack bag. In the toy bag was our leap pad and kindle amongst small toys.
My husband was on the end, so he took the baby for periodic walks at the concession area. I thought I was prepared with the and the Kindle. Not. You can’t see the kindle in sunlight. Then we tried the leap pad. It doesn’t work in the sun. So no electronics on the toy bag list they are useless.
As far as eating goes, we brought our lunch and ate it on the lawn. But they make you check your cooler at the gate. Then we had no kid snacks or drinks. The prices at these professional games are outrageous. As far as I am concerned I was happy on the lawn, but since we had the free “great” seats my husband wanted to use them. Next time if we have seats we will just stay with the same idea and eat first on the lawn.
Our day ended up with us watching the 8th inning as we were walking out the door.
Sometimes in the best of situations you can plan and prepare. Flexibility works best. Instead of leaving the stadium grumpy because we did not see the end I had each person say what they liked best about the day.
I let the baby go through his diaper bag and play with my keys when I had to assist my at my 4 year old at his baseball game.