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Old 10-26-2009, 09:52 PM
 
Location: SAn ANtonio
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Looking for ideas on what to do with my son during the day... we have visited the "gyms" and i feel they are expensive (i know equipment is not cheap but still)
He is almost 22 months old and is an only child... he NEEDS to learn he is not the only kid around, how to follow directions and how to play with others...
we do go to the library for story time (and man is it exhausting keeping him focused)
anyone have suggestions???
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Old 10-26-2009, 11:49 PM
 
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MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups can be found at many churches and yearly membership is usually on the cheap.

MOMS groups in or near your neighborhood can be found online. Some can be resistant to new members, others are really welcoming. Membership is also inexpensive.

Indoor play places at the mall or what not were a great way to interact with other kids. During the school day, it's all preschoolers which was great.

Playgrounds, playgrounds, playgrounds!! Pick one you like and go regularly. You start to see the same moms over and over and it becomes easier to strike up a conversation...from there you can set up outings with other mommies and their kids. I'd also (and don't mention this to certain HOA members) drive around and stop at different community playgrounds to spice things up, check out new equipment.

Know you mentioned the gyms, my oldest was a big fan of gymboree and despite the price, it was a godsend when the two of us were stuck home alone every day.

Also a huge fan of Mothers Day Out programs, again can be found at many churches and preschools. Most start accepting kids at 2 years of age and I found it to be a wonderful way to socialize my kids and prepare them for school. And give me a break!!!

Oh, the zoo also has tot classes that we've done as well and really enjoyed. Info is on their web site. Not expensive at all and then you can stay after class -- which is maybe an hour (?) -- and just hang out at the zoo, make a whole day of it. The train at the zoo was also a regular activity. Tickets are around $2.

We also did story hour A lot...at Borders, the library, toy stores. Oldest was terrific. Youngest looses all interest even before the first page is turned so I understand your pain.

When really desperate -- particularly during the heat of summer -- we would go to chuck e. cheese. Two bucks in tokens could get us at least an hour or two of entertainment.
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:52 AM
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Join meetup.com.....it's free and there are several playgroups on there.
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