I have a most energetic child, so I’m always seeking out ways to tire him out for bedtime. Here is my top 5 list. We did THREE of the below just yesterday, and my darling son slept like a rock last night. Feel free to add on to the list – I’m always open to new ideas!
1. Bounce out that energy. Warehouses stuffed with bounce houses like Pump it Up offer open Pop-In Playtime, usually a two-hour period where you can let your child loose on all the bouncies. It’s a sure way to sweat out some energy!
2. Swimming and splashing! Is there really anything more exhausting than jumping in a pool for hours on end in the hot sun? If you don’t have your own pool or access to a community pool, then friend someone who has one. Perfect for these 100-degree days!
3. Slipping and sliding. I’ll admit it costs a fortune, but if you live close enough to a water park, then make plans to go. Some places have weekday discounts and/or offer coupons. Unless you’re loaded and enjoy really crappy food, I’d suggest bringing your own lunch.
4 . Skating and falling down and getting back up again. Ice or roller, this is great exercise for adults, too! And I used to be quite a roller skater in my day. Trying not to fall down constantly uses a lot of muscles and can wear out little bodies quickly, I’ve found!
5. Running and tumbling around like crazy. Some gyms – especially those that cater to the young ones – offer open tumbling hours during the week to jump and tumble and roll around.