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What are some go to activities you plan on engaging the children in? Any ideas for field trips?

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Micah in Tyler, TX
Oct. 5, 2018

As I can't drive on my own until March of 2019, the majority of the things I could do would be in the house or outside.

Good evening Micah, that is superb to know you are that much closer to the open road, congratulations! Might I suggest some board games or UNO, a popular one at our house is talent show night. It's also been one I've used working with most families, lightly decorating the house as such or moving sofa and dressing up for stage acts. In regards to outdoors if you ever get tired of the park perhaps bike riding. Or using the weather to your advantage. If it's raining maybe splash in puddles, ask the children what they identify the weather as (cold, windy, wet, warm) then go inside and make a craft cotton balls for clouds and beans for rocks. I'm excited for the many possibilities you will come up with!

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I do the indoor pool, rock climbing (in door, at facility,) hiking, biking (if the kids are old enough), the library, any free art classes or little programs I can get my hands on. Get em' out of the house! I also have parents reimburse me for the occasional groupon- my most popular trip of last summer was when the kids and I spent the whole day playing laser tag at a local facility- the pics are on all four of the kids' walls. We tried an escape room too, but that's really for older kids 8+. All four of them said it was the best summer ever!

Good evening Madison! What joy I had reading your comment. Thank you also for sharing. I love art myself so this was a real treat reading. I also worked at a lazer tag facility before and it was spectacular fun every weekend! I pride myself on using only one hand to hold the lazertag weaponry while covering the sensor activating it's lazer. Not to mention I'd walk backwards and got pretty familiar with the maze overtime to do so haha. I'd never thought of Groupon but I love the idea. Thanks for sharing such treasures. Keep being awesome at what you do!

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Could be just a walk through the neighborhood for the little ones with a bucket. Finding things. If they see a 'neat rock' or a colorful leaf that's shaped like a star or ? Or as elaborate as a trip to Balboa Park, or anywhere really.

Hood evening Shawn! I am glad to hear you are keeping the kiddos minds stimulated with fun hands on educational activities! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing :)

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museums,piknic ...

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The Zoo is always a given....and a good teaching tool for them as well about being kind to animals and animal conversation. Check out local indoor play places and maybe you can join p with other care givers and have a play date.

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Go to kid friendly Museums, botanical gardens fort worth and the zoo.

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Edna in Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 24, 2018

The libraries and museums constantly have free programs that are hard to keep up with. Parks are always great socialization and learning places where children can get all of their endorphins going.

Hello Edna! I agree I've just recently began to notice the programs offered at the library. You can never collect enough flyers! I love getting lost in a good book myself. Cool Idea, Thank you!

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Riley in Buford, GA
Oct. 24, 2018

Corn maze, fall festivals, hot air balloon festival, church events, and fall activities.

Hello Riley! What a pleasure to meet you, I like and can both appreciate the fact of the distinction of your answers. One I was most delighted to see was church events. As a youth/ young adult I enjoy the possibility of fellowship and diversity, I am sure the kids would as well. Thank you and keep doing great! :)

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Go the park, a children's museum, any educational facility around.

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Check with parents to see what activities they will allow you to do with the children, especially if activity is outside of home.

Hello Margaret! I agree, lately I find myself checking in with the parent on what is ok and reasonable factoring in costs for activities as well. Sometimes the kids make the requests, so it is easier on myself to figure out what is on the agenda that week/weekend.

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Trips to the zoo or somewhere kids can run around and be kids is a great idea for a field trip. Trampoline parks, roller skating rinks, and playgrounds are a few examples.

Hello Brianna! Thank you for the vast choice of options. One I hadn't yet considered are the roller rink, and the zoo. I may just have to add them on my list. Keep making a difference, and have a joyous week ahead.

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My favorite free time activity is a nice, long trip to a museum. There are lots of them that are not only kid-friendly but made for kids. The Kaleideum in Winston-Salem, for example, has jungle gyms, science exhibits, hoola-hoops, toys, and an interactive studio on lights and sounds. Great way to get kids learning and playing.

Good evening Sydney! That sounds awesome! I will definitely have to plan a vacation to NC soon that is very enriching to know they offer so much! :) keep up the good work you're doing awesome.

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Tonya in Buffalo, NY
Oct. 9, 2018

Depending on the weather you could take them to a park or the pumpkin farm.

I wish there was a pumpkin farm around here or corn maze, perhaps the apple orchard could also be a good start. Thank you Tonya, I appreciate your brainstorming abilities to help me on my journey as a caregiver as well :).

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With the holidays coming up, Six Flags is a great idea! I also personally love arcade places like Putt Putt, Itz, Chuck E cheese!!

Good evening Lexie! Wow that's pretty amazing, field trips are always exciting and I think the parents enjoy that the kids are being engaged in activities as well. So far I've been to AirTime which was a first for me, however I didn't jump on the trampolines. Due to the seasonal changes I am considering a trip to the apple orchard. Don't you just love fall! Don't forget to bundle up, and thank you for the awesome ideas. Also might I add your Zeal and courageous attitude are contagious, keep being awesome; this world thrives on caregivers such as yourself.

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User in Vancouver, WA
April 18, 2019

Hikes, public library story-times, talk with the parents about age appropriate camp opportunities, community recreation centers, farmers markets, outdoor scavenger hunts, bird watching, visit animal shelters and talk with the animals, swimming lessons/swimming in general, etc. Lots to do.

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Nicole in Sanford, NC
April 17, 2019

Trips to the zoo are the best! I love taking my nanny kids to the zoo, kid museums, library, park, and just anywhere they can explore and learn more about the world.

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Look into your local library. They often have read alouds, puppet shows, reptile shows for free!

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Lily in Biloxi, MS
April 14, 2019

i would like to make some art lessons, or music lessons perhaps. a museum trip or perhaps a day trip to a nice beach would be great to plan for children. personally, i own goats along with the rest of the farm and in my experience i have seen that young children rly enjoy the goats

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User in Landisburg, PA
April 14, 2019

Park, Pool, Zoo, Roller Skating Rink, Indoor Bounce House, Etc.

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Hi Helen, I care newborns up to 6 years, I m very tidy, punctual, honest, and I dedicate 100% to the care and protection of the babies, I have never had n accident in these 18 years with the children. My last job ended March I m looking full-time position. Thank you.

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I look taking kids to the park, zoo, and swimming pool. Also, I bring over arts and crafts activities for rainy days or make scavenger hunts to get them outdoors. Pinterest often has great ideas for children of all ages- so certainly check that out! With the parents' permission, going to the movies is also a special trip for yucky days.

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Katie in Taylors, SC
April 4, 2019

Parks, swimming (for older children), or to a science center/museum are always great.

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Kelly in Milford, MA
March 25, 2019

I stock up on $1-$3 easy crafts that have tons to make at Michaels for at least one day. Then I usually ask for a budget for outings but always google free kids activities in your area!!!

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Amy in Zuni, VA
March 24, 2019

First of all, I would depend on input from the parents and the child as to what previous activities have been fun. Also, any new suggestions for interest. If you have something that has been a fun activity for other families, suggest it and see what response you get. Amy Carr

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Jazmine in Sanford, NC
March 23, 2019

Museums, botanical gardens, parks, use the break so the children can get out of the house. If the children do not want to leave home, a movie day is always perfect, or even a game day.

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Carina in Oviedo, FL
March 21, 2019

practice sports, PE classes, swimming clases, reading, play date with friends

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Jennifer in Gardena, CA
March 19, 2019

THE BEACH THE POOL MOVIES PICNICS ALL KINDS OF FUN

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Andrea in Cleveland, OH
March 16, 2019

Morning organizing around first, what the have to do for homework on the break, and then, what the'd like to do. Daydream with them .Think about when the"ll need lunch, time wise. Throw out some things you like to do. A park at this time of year is always a good suggestion in the good weather only. I ask them to plan with their parents about having a friend over, well before the actual "break" time, because you won't have the information nor the authority to set it up

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Tiffany in Bush, LA
March 12, 2019

With Spring Break and Summer approaching, participating in outdoor activities are always my first choice. A nice trip to the park or the zoo, even playing kickball in the backyard is a great way to gets kids out of the house during these long breaks. I love swimming so if a pool is available, I always suggest that. In the past, I set up a picnic area for the little girl I babysat and we stayed outside pretty much all day. We were tucked under a tree, for shade, and played board games and read books.

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User in Clearwater, FL
March 10, 2019

Outdoor activities include: park, bike riding, gardening, fishing, swimming playing frisbee...Inside activities: cooking, playing board games and cards, reading stories/plays, story starter writing (If you could..If you were able to...Once my family went to....)

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library, farms, movies, discovery place, museum. places where there are activities for children.

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User in Tulsa, OK
Feb. 21, 2019

movies, walks, art and crafts,dramatic play, science

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If weather permits, a fun day at the park is always a lot of fun with a picnic to follow or a fun day at the zoo. There's free things to do around town that no one else might be doing such as visit the historical sites around town.

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Kindergarten age and above, you can offer bowling nearby has places, or park, movies,hiking,biking, maybe swimming ?some churches has timed children club fun time ? going to library they also has programs, go to farmers market just look and walk aroud,basketball game in some area? in the park? (socializing with other kiddo around)

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User in Golden, CO
Feb. 7, 2019

SLIME. SLIME. SLIME. 1 bottle white glue 1 (empty glue) bottle water 1 table spoon baking soda food coloring contact solution- until it no longer sticks to the bowl and hands 3+ YEAR OLDS ONLY!!!! have kids stamp plastic toys to make animal prints. Practice numbers, shapes, and letters...endless possibilities, hours of fun

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Nelly in Brooklyn, NY
June 12, 2019

Museums are always a great place to take the children. There are also places like Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of the many zoos or the aquarium is a fun place for the kiddies!!!

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User in Westwood, MA
Feb. 2, 2019

In summer, bike riding, playing in parks, swimming, In winter, library trips, baking, crafts, stories

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swimming and recreational activities

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beach,zoo,park

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museums art shows library activities

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As school breaks approach and the weather becoming better and better as the days pass I always recommend outside activities. I am a huge fan of the outdoors, so I would suggest numerous trips to the pack. Picnics in the local pack/recreational area. A trip to the beach or local springs. Arts and crafts and many of them. Created with all medium from paint to sculptures. Anything to get the kids away from electronics and get their creative side showing. Show them there is more to do than look at a screen.

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Museum, zoo, playing at parks, bike rides, swimming, educational activities such as arts & crafts

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Brooke in Petal, MS
Jan. 2, 2019

Take them swimming in the summer. In the winter, do Christmas crafts.

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Lots of hands-on activities. The messier the better :)

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Riding their bicycles, playing ball, sea saw, bean bags, piano, patty coloring, cutting and pasting pictures and more.

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Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, the beach, pool, go-kart racing, trampoline parks, etc

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I usually search for a town calendar and familiarize myself with what's going on in the area and when. I like to get a calendar and plan what my week with the child(ren) will look like. For younger children parks and playgrounds are a must! When I've Nanny-ed in the Summer the girls I cared for would get so used to going to playgrounds that they would ask for colors, "can we go to the red playground? can we go to the blue playground?" It might seem simple but bringing children to the playground teaches a lot of social skills to the children plus it's a simple way to have fun! One of the children that I cared for spent so much time socializing for the Summer that she went from being shy and reserved to being boldly open and friendly!

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Lydia in Odessa, FL
June 10, 2019

If the parents are okay with this, bounce houses,water pad parks,children museums , etc

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Swimming, bowling, lazer tag, trampoline park, movies, out to lunch.

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Visiting playgrounds, shopping centers, malls, and even parks in the neighborhood will be of great past time activities.

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Hi, I recently moved to Vallejo, my information says San Francisco because I have always worked in the Marin area and also I have a room in San Francisco. I have 18 years of experience with newborn up to 6 years. I have excellent references. If you would like to know more about me, please contact me. Thank you for your attention.

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Community pool! Museum! Park! Movies!

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play vally ball in the backyard. reading, drawing, there is a lot to do with the children.

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We have plenty of parks and hiking trails. If money is not an issue, then the zoo and children museum and other places like Clackmas Aquatic water park!

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Juliet in Fincastle, VA
April 30, 2019

In the summer, I enjoy taking advantage of beautiful weather and all the kid-oriented activities granted by warmer weather! I love to take the children I babysit to local parks, pools, and to the library. There are so many activities to do even at the home of the children as well. I love playing outdoors blowing bubbles and tossing beach balls. All ages enjoy quality time outside!

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Madelyn in Lowell, AR
April 30, 2019

Some activities I want engage children in are swimming, anything outside, bowling, movie theater adventures, or anything they suggest.

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Damaris in Rockford, IL
April 29, 2019

I would look to the city for discounted parks or zoo memberships. In New Orleans, LA I bought my Audubon Parks family membership for $260 a year. It granted me unlimited access to the zoo, the aquarium, the butterfly garden and the insectarium for the whole year for up to 2 adults and 6 children at once. Family outings were covered, the kids always had a blast and it was always educational!

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Kayla in Sandown, NH
April 28, 2019

the park the zoo.

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Hi, my name is Lucrecia my friends call me Mily. I recently moved to Vallejo, my information says San Francisco because I have always worked in the Marin area, and also I have a room in San Francisco. I care newborns up to 6 years, I m very tidy, punctual, honest, and I dedicate 100% to the care and protection of the child. I have never had an accident in these 18 years with the children. If you would like to know more about me, please contact me. Thank you.

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