“The Kids Are Coming…!”

Entertaining Kids When They Come to VisitMy sister and her husband along with my four year-old niece and one year-old nephew are coming down to stay with my wife and I next month for an entire week and I’m super excited. Once the excitement subsides I have to try and figure out what activities I’m going to do with the kids. I don’t get a lot of time to spend with them so I have to make it special but consideration has to be given to the different ages of the kids, baby supplies that I may need during their stay, their “hours of operation,” and of course what amenities my neighborhood and the surrounding areas offer.

My neighborhood is pretty walk-able and ‘kid-friendly’, we have a large park one block north of my house and smaller parks to the south and the east so we’ll definitely have to take them there but considering temperatures are known to hit well over 100-degrees in Atlanta during August it may have to be for short periods of time. We also have a few pool options in close proximity, which I know the kids will love. Having no children myself I have no toys available so I’ll have to remind my sister to bring all of their favorite toys and help supplement her baby gear with a playard and a stroller for getting around (lucky for me I work at Graco) :) .

The biggest adjustment will likely be between the hours of 7pm and 12am when my wife and I arrive at home, usually very tired and ready to start our “second workday” after a small dinner. Since my sister and brother-in-law will be watching them during the daytime while we’re at work she’ll probably be ready to pass them on to us during this prime time, which will undoubtedly be the hours that the kids will want to play and be entertained.

Has anyone had visiting relatives with small kids for similar periods of time – what other things should I consider and what activities did you do to make the time enjoyable?

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One Response to ““The Kids Are Coming…!””

  1. Crunchy Con Mommy July 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    If I were visiting my siblings, the biggest thing I’d appreciate them doing is simply remove hazards. Put the breakables out of reach, cover the outlets, don’t leave the candy dish on a tablecloth the toddler could pull over, etc. It’s easy for parents to bring some favorite toys and books, but if the house isn’t babysafe, mom is still going to have a super-stressful time chasing the toddler to prevent injuries and destruction of your valuables (although I have heard some toddlers aren’t quite as rambunctious in new places as my son!). And gate off stairs or any other hazardous areas, or gate all the entrances to one room like the living room so that the toddler can’t get out but everyone can play and enjoy each other’s company!

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