Here is the situation: we have a bunch of family coming in for the weekend. All total, our family included, we will have eleven children ages 11 and under, and six adults in the house this weekend.
The problem? It looks like we will all be in the house this weekend. The plan was a weekend for the kiddos to swim and play on the
swing set play set park McH built. But now???
A weekend of thunderstorms in the forecast.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to call off the weekend and tell everyone to stay home. Not. At. All. But???? Have I mentioned my noise tolerance problems? I really, really, really, want everyone to be able to enjoy each other’s company outside where noise tends to dissipate.
It’s not going to happen.
And that’s okay. I’ll survive. I won’t be kicking my diet Dr. Pepper habit this weekend, but I’ll survive.
Here is the other problem, though: what do we do with all of the kids? I mean, aside from duct tape and a velcro wall, which we don’t have and I only advocate in my little fantasy land where life is that simple and kids wouldn’t be traumatized by it all, what are some good indoor activities that would keep eleven children entertained?
Here is what I have so far:
*Set up a table in the garage and pull out the gallons of paint I won in an art store drawing back before we moved
*Make peanut butter play dough (umm . . . I don’t think any of them are allergic . . .)
*Watch a movie and pop popcorn
And . . . I’m out.
If it just rains, they can swim anyway (as long as Mother Nature has some kind of hot flash), but if there is lightening then swimming is out (because I’m all about water safety, no matter how inconvenient it is for me) (okay, that was a joke – you all got that, right? I would never even consider putting kids in the pond during a thunderstorm).
So, to sum up: we are looking forward to seeing family that we don’t get to see that often, but I need your ideas for indoor activities to keep eleven children ages 2-11 happy. Or at least busy.
And, yeah, I would take them all to the local children’s museum if we had one. The best I’ve found is an art museum about an hour away. I’m sure there must be indoor kid things somewhere in this quadrant of my state, but so far the only one I’ve found is the butterfly house. And I just don’t see that flying. Har dee har har.
And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt says HELP!