Planning the Best Beach Day in Kenosha

Planning the Best Beach Day in Kenosha

One of the most underrated parts about growing up in Kenosha has to be the access to so many great beaches like Simmons Island Beach, Eichelman Park, and Wolfenbuttal Park.

With the temps starting to rise and the sun starting to shine, you and your child are probably gearing up for a little fun in the sun, but a day at the beach isn’t going to be a walk in the park.

Many parents stay away from the beach because they know what is coming next. Lost items, wet children, and sand…. So much sand. So how can you make beach day the best experience for both you and your child?  Here are some of our favorite tips and hacks on:


Planning the Best Beach Day in Kenosha

Use a fitted sheet as a “play area”.

This viral hack is an ABSOLUTE must especially with young children. Sick of your towels getting all full of sand and blowing away? Bring a fitted sheet and create a “playpen”. You can use your bag, toys, cooler, and whatever you brought with you for your trip to hold up the corners. This will keep all your things contained and make a nice spot for kids to play when they have had enough sand.


You can even bring your own kiddy pool!

Another way to take this up a notch is to bring your own inflatable pool! You can pick them up from Walmart and other stores for under $10 and give your child a place to splash around without the risk of playing in the waves. You can simply use some lake water and fill it up! Just make sure you pay attention in case there are any accidents and change the water out if it happens!

Freeze your drinks the night before.

It is always a bummer when you haven’t been out for long and all the ice in your cooler has melted and your drinks are warm. The night before, make sure to freeze all you bottles of water, juice boxes, and other beverages so they are nice and cold all day! You will be able to drink whenever you are thirsty…

And you can use them to keep some washcloths cold!

As you are grabbing all the food and drinks for the day, throw in a few washcloths as well. These will come in SUPER handy for when your child is starting to look a little warm and needs to cool off a bit. A few wipes on the forehead and back of the neck can go a long way in keeping your little one cool and comfortable. And if your little one has allergies, here are some tips for preparing for that!

While you’re at it, put the sunscreen in the cooler too!

We all know the importance of sunscreen, but have you ever thought to put yours in the cooler? That’s right! Keep that sunscreen nice and cold. Not only will you be helping protect your child’s skin from the sun, but you will also be keeping their body temperature down.

Keep it simple when it comes to toys!

The beach is full of new things to touch, see, hear, and, let’s be honest, taste. You are going to be tempted to load up on the toys and bring all the favorites, but really just the simple shovel and bucket and a few balls should be more than enough! The simpler, the better for you!

So what do you think? Are you going to go out and enjoy all the Kenosha beaches this summer? What are your favorite places to go? We hope these tips make those trips much less stressful and a whole lot more FUN!

BONUS CONTENT

Now that you have all of your tips to plan your trip to your favorite Kenosha beach the best yet, here are some of the events going on this summer (2019) at our local Kenosha beaches:

Simmons Island Beach:

Tribute Island Music Festival
July 19 – July 21, 2019

The Tribute Island Music Festival features the most celebrated tribute acts from around the Midwest. Over 50 bands across five stages. There will be food vendors and other fun activities. You won’t want to miss this one!

Pike River Rendezvous
August 3 – August 4, 2019

At this “Colonial through Western Fur Trade era of the 1650s – 1850s, there will be over 300 reenactors, craft and trade demonstrations, musical entertainment, and much more with plenty of activities for you and the young ones.

Downtown Kenosha Pop-Up Beer Garden
August 8 – August 11, 2019
August 15 – August 18, 2019

What else do we need to say?? This will be a fun one featuring local beers, live music, family activities, food, and much more!

17th Annual Car Show To Benefit Our Wounded Veterans
September 1, 2019

The show is open to all cars, trucks, motorcycles, and military vehicles for a $10 show entry. Spectators are free. There will be food, drinks, family fun activities, 50-50 raffles, music, door prizes, and most importantly, a ceremony at noon to honor our troops. 100% of all funds raised go to our wounded warriors.

Fun Things to Do in Racine & Kenosha this Spring!

Fun things to do in racine & kenosha this spring

Hooray spring!

We think it is safe to say that everyone is excited to see some warmer weather in the forecast.

Spring unlocks a whole sea of fun adventures that you and your kids can enjoy together. NO matter what your family is interested in, Racine & Kenosha can deliver! We don’t often think of our little communities as packed with fun, but if you do a little searching, you can uncover some real hidden gems!

Here are some of our recommendations for fun things to do in Racine & Kenosha this spring, that your child will be so excited to tell us about when they come to daycare!

1) The Racine Zoo

The perfect adventure for your animal loving little one! The Racine Zoo is a perfect weekend trip to explore many species of animals that you would normally have to travel all the way to Milwaukee to see. With an incredible amount of activities and programs for kids, it makes it the perfect place for your child to learn and have fun. Children under 2 years old are completely free and tickets only cost between $6 – $8.

2) The Kenosha Public Museum

I think we can all agree that kids ask A LOT of questions. The Kenosha Public Museum is perfect for that little inquiring mind. With their Field Station, which gives kids the opportunity to get an up-close look at fossils, insects, and shells, your child will have the opportunity to use their noggin in new ways and learn all sorts of new and exciting things! It is always an amazing thing to see a child learn something new!

3) Explore Petrifying Springs

If you really want to get out and stretch your legs, Petrifying Springs Park in Kenosha can be a full day of fun! The park is over 360 acres large and has miles and miles of trails for your child to experience everything nature has to offer. You might have to deal with a little mud during the spring, but that just adds to the fun. And parents, once summer comes, The Petrifying Springs Biergarten is the perfect combination of fun for parents and kids!

 

So which one of these activities is first on your list of fun things to do in Racine & Kenosha this spring?

These are only 3 of the many exciting things that Racine & Kenosha have to offer for families and kids. Whether you realize it or not, our little area is packed full of things to do and ways to enjoy the spring. What are your favorite activities? We would love to hear them!

Tips for Seasonal Allergies for Your Children

seasonal allergies for your children

 

While everyone gets excited for this time of year as the temperatures start to rise and the sun starts shining longer, something we don’t look forward to is those brutal seasonal allergies, especially for your children.

Allergies can be tricky for children and can make the process of taking them to daycare a little more difficult. In Racine and Kenosha, we get hit hard with the pollen from trees, grass, and flowers that can leave you and your little one feeling just gross.

So, what do you do? If your child is suffering from allergies you can’t just keep them from daycare every single day, but at the same time, you want their experience at daycare to be enjoyable, not miserable.

 

Here are some tips for seasonal allergies for your children

 

1)     Talk to your doctor 

This is an obvious place to start but it is by far the most important! We aren’t doctors here, so speaking to your doctor will allow you to get the most accurate information possible and help you identify exactly what your child is allergic to. They will be able to give you recommendations about medications and maybe even give prescriptions in extreme circumstances.  This will make treatment a lot more effective and have them feeling back to playing form in no time!

2)     Teach them the importance of washing their hands

Especially if we get outside to play. Teaching your child the importance of washing their hands can make a huge difference in their symptoms. You know as well as anyone that child hands touch everything, including surfaces and plants that they might be allergic too. By having them wash their hands right away, you can prevent pollen from entering sensitive areas like the eyes. This should help greatly reduce symptoms and make them feel much better.

3)     Make sure to let us know 

We can try our best to make some accommodations, especially for those children that suffer from the most severe of allergies. By letting us know in advance, we can help make smart decisions about outside time and be prepared to help in any way possible!

*Remember that allergies and colds have very similar symptoms. If you feel that your child might be sick and not suffering from allergies, it might be smart to keep them at home 😊*

Allergies are just a tough reality of springtime here in Kenosha and Racine. Hopefully, with these tips, you can have your little ball of energy feeling back to their normal selves and ready to have fun at daycare – which is much more fun for us as childcare providers as well!

Tips to Raise a Happy Child

happy child

One of the things that all parents wish for their child is happiness. Research shows that it is easier for happy people to be successful compared to unhappy people. The happier an individual is, the higher the possibility that he or she will pursue his or her passion, try out new things, make more friends and achieve success. Here are some

Tips To Raise A Happy Child

BE HAPPY YOURSELF

This may sound strange, and you may say that you are concerned about your child’s happiness and not your own, but this is important. Your child learns most things from you because you are their first role model. Therefore, if you are happy, you will teach your child to be happy too. It is time to get selfish and find your happiness. Go out with friends, dance, listen to music, go on an adventure and do things that make you happy and let your child see you laughing because you are happy.

SHOW YOUR CHILD HOW TO FOSTER CONNECTIONS

We find ourselves developing relationships throughout our lives, and these relationships are happy. The unfortunate thing is that parents do not teach their children how they should relate to other people.

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health took time to research on this topic, and they studied approximately 90,000 teenagers. Results of the study showed that the individuals who feel loved and feel a connection to others have significantly low chances of becoming emotionally stressed. Life can be hard, and when that happens, your child can get through and continue to be happy if he or she has strong relationships to rely on.

ALLOW BOTH SUCCESS & FAILURE

This may sound absurd because every child wants his child to be successful. However, the reality is that there are ups and downs in life and so your child will succeed in some things and fail at others. Allow your child to try new things, and their self-esteem will improve when they finally master it. Don’t come in to help them when they fail as much as you will want to. Let them figure it out, and they will be happy when they succeed.

For example, if your child is learning to walk or to feed themselves, they will fail a couple of times. Give them room to master it and you will see how happy they will be and that’s the approach they’ll take in life even when they grow up.

ENCOURAGE CREATIVE PLAY

One thing that is common with all children is that they love to play. Play helps their brain to develop. Through play, children learn creativity, communication and how to solve problems. Kids express their emotions during play, and this is vital in relieving stress. Also, playtime is a fun time, and fun is essential for one’s happiness.

You no longer have to stress about your child’s happiness. Apply these tips, and you’ll be on your way to raising a child with higher chances of being happy both in the present and in the future.

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How to Teach a Toddler to Share

toddler sharing

We were taught from an early age that ‘sharing is caring.’ We know that we are supposed to share what we have with other people, and every person would like to share easily.

However, the reality is that sharing is hard, even for adults. Therefore, you can imagine how harder it must be for children who do not understand why they have to give their toys to other children to play with or why they need to share their delicious snacks and cookies. We see this all the time at our Kenosha daycare.

However, hope is not lost. These are some tips that can help

How to Teach a Toddler to Share

Start as Soon as Possible

It is never too soon to teach your child adaptive skills or about sharing. Start as soon as you can. Start now because there is nothing to wait for. Provided your child is old enough to grasp something, use it as a learning moment. Let him or her hold the object then ask him to pass it to you then give it back to him and ask him for it again, and the cycle continues. Your child will understand that it’s important to take turns to have something.

Act as an Example

What you do will stick in a child’s mind better than what you tell them. Therefore, if you want to find out how to teach a toddle to share, you need to lead by example share yourself.

An example of how you can go about this is by telling your child to share your couch with you, and then you can have fun cuddling.

You can buy an ice-cream and then give them some.

Better still, you can share with other people who are not your family members. Your child will also spire to do what you do. While doing these things, it is vital to slip in the word ‘sharing’ so he can know what you are doing.

Don’t Punish a Toddler for not Sharing

It may be frustrating when you see that your child doesn’t want to share with others. However, this doesn’t mean that he’ll grow up to be a selfish human being. It just means that he’s a child at that moment.

It can sometimes take multiple years to truly understand what sharing is so let them act their age. This does not mean that you should encourage them. The best thing is to tell them you are disappointed with their decision of not sharing and that it makes you sad to know that they don’t want to share.

Don’t make a fuss out of it. Part of being a parent is learning to ignore some struggles. No child wants to make his parents feel sad and disappointed. Therefore, your child will find a way of correcting their behavior. The next time you might be surprised to see them sharing without you asking him to.

Praise Your Child After Sharing

When your child shares something with someone else, make it a learning moment. Praise him or her for it and not just general praises like telling him that he is a good boy but the kind of praise that shows him what he did great.

For example, you can ask them if they noticed the big smile their friend had when they gave them a particular toy. You can then tell your child that sharing his toy with his friend, made his friend happy.