Raising a child in a city such as Arlington presents its own set of challenges. While cities do offer ample opportunity to explore museums, learn about history and participate in cultural events, finding kid-friendly activities for families to enjoy in the city can sometimes be difficult. Fortunately, there are many great activities that you can create and pursue on your own! In this first of a three-part series, we will begin exploring some great city-based activities that you can do with your children.
Create a Toy Library
One innovative idea that has been gaining in popularity in many cities around the country is the creation of a toy library. With a toy library, free toys are distributed to families on a regular basis. Kids can check out a specified number of items for a specified number of weeks in order to play with them, with the intention of returning the toy to the library later. Currently, there are over 400 toy libraries in the United States, maybe Arlington and other Boston-area cities can be added to this growing list!
Open A Little Free Library
If toys aren’t your thing, perhaps you might want to consider creating a Little Free Library at your home or elsewhere in the city. The Little Free Library movement is based on the idea of creating small libraries throughout the city where people can “take a book, return a book” without needing a card. Currently, there are over 80,000 tiny outdoor libraries registered as being a part of the movement. Perhaps it is time to start one outside of your home!
Take Advantage of Library Activities
Of course, as a resident of Arlington, you also have access to many great libraries throughout the Boston area. In addition to offering books for you to check out with your children, these libraries also host a number of special events throughout the year. Events frequently ramp up during the summer months when parents are anxiously looking for ways to keep their kids busy. While some activities may require paying a small fee, most are available for free. Look into the activities being offered at your library to see if any are a good fit for your family.
Plant a Garden
If space allows, you might also want to consider planting a garden. If you don’t have the space at your home, consider seeking out space for a community garden. Consider making the garden a sensory garden, which is one that combines scents, colors, textures and activities designed to stimulate and educate children, in order to create additional family-friendly fun.
Set Up a Lemonade Stand
Setting up a lemonade stand is still a great way to create childhood memories for your children while also teaching them valuable concepts. Not only does it encourage entrepreneurship, but it also teaches your children how to properly interact with others while getting to know other people in your neighborhood. If lemonade doesn’t seem like a good fit for your child, brainstorm other entrepreneurial ideas and help your child get that business off the ground.