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2017 May

Don't Forget the Kazoos

When you’re a kid, everything is an adventure. You don’t have to even leave the house to seek, explore, and discover new things. All it takes is a little imagination. So turn off the TV, put away your cell phone, and let’s get started.

Rainy days are perfect for planning an at-home adventure. Think about the possibilities. You can build a fort to hide in with upside-down chairs and sheets on top to make it secret and cozy. Bring some pillows inside and a flashlight, and imagine you are in the forest or on the moon! Tell stories or grab a joke book and tell corny jokes. It’s all about having fun, remember?

Another adventurous destination on a rainy day at home is the kitchen. If you have a toddler, grab some pots and pans and wooden spoons and make your own drum set. Let your child drum loudly for a bit and then teach him to beat softly. Switch out the pans for plastic bowls if you live in an apartment and don’t want to disturb the neighbors. Think of ways to make other musical instruments. Maybe put some dried beans in a cardboard paper towel tube and tape up the ends. Clang some spoons together. Make a marching band and don’t forget the kazoos!

When my kids were little, bubble baths were always an adventure. Besides the wonderfully warm, fuzzy feeling of being in a tub full of sudsy bubbles, you can bring waterproof toys into the tub and play for an hour, adding more warm water as needed. Fill the air with more bubbles, using a cool machine or a wand to blow bubbles the old-fashioned way. Then try to pop them in midair. If your children are close in age, let them bathe together. Somehow kids seem to get along better in the bathtub. At least mine always did. 

Another rainy-day idea is to plan a tea party. You don’t have to have a fancy tea set. Just use what you have, but make it special by including some yummy cookies or cupcakes that you bake together. Then decorate the cookies or cakes with colorful sprinkles or use coconut or healthy chopped nuts. Don’t like tea? No problem. Make hot chocolate, warm cider, or just serve juice. Using fancy tea or coffee cups is what makes it special. Don’t forget to hold your pinky finger up!

Of course rainy-day adventures indoors can be a blast, but getting outside and enjoying nature during the warmer months is one of the reasons we live in Tidewater, right? This issue of Tidewater Family is all about the great outdoors, so you’ll find plenty of ideas for enjoying nature-themed adventures this month. Plus we are continuing our Summer Fun Guide featuring a wide assortment of local camps.

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Have a merry month of May and be adventurous!

Love, Peggy

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and co-publisher of Tidewater Family and Tidewater Women magazines. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.