4 Fun Ways to Beat a Boring Afternoon

The title of this post should really be “4 Fun Ways to Beat a Boring Afternoon When You Have Very Small Children.” But that seemed a little long for a blog post header. You know what kind of afternoons I’m talking about? The ones where naps ended way too early and dinnertime is still MUCH too far away and you’ve got hours and hours of the day left.


  1. Get a coffee and go to the park. This is one of my favorite options because I get coffee (win!) and there’s nothing like being outdoors to calm the mommy and the kiddos. Plus, you never know who you might run into. Abrielle is always super disappointed if we go the park and there are no other children. She asks, “Where are all the friends?”
  2. Window shop at the mall. This is especially nice for a day when the weather is uncooperative. Strap the kids in the stroller and walk around. I like to use this time for brainstorming upcoming holiday gifts and get ideas for projects or house decorations.
  3. Go to the library. This is an easy one, but it’s free and our library has a super fun “discovery room” that actually has toys and education activities. Great way to kill time.
  4. Drive to a local shopping area and bribe children with trip to the pet store. Yeah, I’m guilty of this one a lot. I really just want an excuse to browse at Michael’s and look at craft supplies, but I bribe Abrielle by saying we’ll stop at the pet store afterwards and look at the animals.

What do you like to do with a boring afternoon?


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