Blogger Sarah Wade has a list of weekly activities for moms who have children of a variety of ages. The purpose of her list is to encourage social interaction for children that stay home and moms that might feel home bound or are discouraged for various reasons to venture out on their own.
Activity of the Week: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Age Range: All ages
Hours: Daily from 9am-5pm
Price: Adults: $13; Seniors $11; Military: $10; Children (3-12): $8; Children (under 3): Free; Members: Free
Location highlights: International Village Adventure Pathway & Leafy Overlook (Super cool tree house that is stroller friendly); Water Play; Weird and Contrasting Plants; A Farm Garden; Activity Center; The Garden Keeper's Cottage; The Garden Cart, Investigation Station, and Kids Quest; A Large Kid Friendly Library
What I love about this location: It's perfect for all age groups and for parents with multiple children. It is nursing friendly.
Moms groups for beginners: The thought of adventuring out with your kids can be scary. Whether you are a new parent or new to the Richmond parenting scene, the best place to start is a location where you can feel comfortable. It has large open areas outdoors, with activities to keep kids engaged for a long period of time.
The most common fear associated with leaving the home for kid's activities: My child might cry, act up, throw a fit etc. Whether you have an infant or you are the proud parent of a "threenager" (myself included), placing yourself in settings like Lewis Ginter is ideal. You are in an open area that makes it easy to excuse yourself and have a moment with your child; this is what will make getting used to being out and about easier. I think that you will be surprised to find that you are surrounded by other parents like yourself who will not judge you, but will likely let you know they have been there before or their child is doing the same thing.
You've got this mom! Get out and go, you deserve it!
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