Tips for Enjoying a Christmas Parade with Kids
Mari from Inspired by Family Magazine said “Make sure the kids have on them some form of ID with contact information for them, or someone, to call just in case they get lost. Whether it’s an ID necklace, on their shoes or a bracelet.“
Tammy at Housing a Forest said “I love seeing the world through kids eyes. Bring along a disposable camera or older camera that you don’t mind the kids playing with. Hand the camera to them when you get out of the car and explain that they are in charge of capturing the parade. Encourage them to take pictures of things they love and want to remember. You will get snapshots of everything from floats, silly faces of siblings, bugs, maybe a bird flying by…it is so fun to see what they thought was interesting.“
Going to a parade requires a lot of patience. It takes a long time for the parade to get going so it’s important to have things for the kids to do while they wait. Sidewalk chalk, colouring books and simple bean bags are great activities to help pass the time.
The secret to any successful outing with children is always snacks. I’ve already baked up a batch of Christmas cookies to bring along. Every year we grab a hot dog from a local street vendor…somehow hot dogs have become part of our family tradition.
If you are meeting with other families it is critical that you have a familiar meeting place and cell phones. Let’s face it we now live in a time when finding people in a big crowd is pretty easy…if you have a phone.