For those of us with little ones who don’t quite make the camp cut-off, summer can feel a bit daunting. While I was able to find a summer camp program for my littlest one, Emmeline (almost 2), it’s only 3 half days.
While the very thought of “mommy camp” once made me cringe, I must admit that I’m looking forward to having some consistently designated one-on-one time with my neglected third child.
The first thing I would recommend to any parent looking down the barrel of a long, hot New Orleans summer with little ones, is to join The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital. It has supported the New Orleans parent community for over 30 years. The Parenting Center has been a life-saver for me personally. Not only is it a wonderful indoor (and outdoor) play space for children 3yrs and under, but it’s a very comfortable place to sit, relax, interact with your kids and make new friends.
I just renewed my membership yesterday and made three new mom friends! Also, I learned a great snack trick (mix frozen peas with blueberries… she ate the peas!) and had an informative, adult conversation about schools and New Orleans real estate. Emmeline, on the other hand, played in a sandbox for the first time in her life, dunked a basketball, played on the slide, built a castle with enormous foam blocks, played “vacuum” and “mommy” with another little girl and chatted up a few adults. Two and a half hours of good old fashion fun. Lunch came next followed by a solid three hour nap.
The Parenting Center also offers Art & Fun Programs for members:
- Mondays – Music
- Wednesdays – Art
- Fridays – Water Play
Voila! Three days of built-in Mommy Camp.
And for brand new parents with brand new babies, I highly recommend the weekly Snuggles & Struggles New Parent Group every Tuesday from10:30-Noon. It’s free and open to the public.
What kind of Mommy Camp activities do you have planned this summer?