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Published April 23rd 2012
Finding things to do for an over-exuberant 3-year-old is often a hit and miss. To save you the pain, here are three activities I'd suggest you avoid, unless you'd like to put your parenting skills to the test.
The crème de la crème grandstand seats of Flemington Racecourse will most likely turn into a nightmare for any parent with an active child in tow. While the waiters and staff are cordial enough (providing specially made kiddy fish and chips with really delicious fish) the patrons may not be so approving of a child who cannot sit longer than fifteen minutes or who throws his breadsticks on the floor.
If you do have an insatiable craving for the races, I suggest you stick to the open gardens next to the track where thoroughbred boys can run free with no fear of breaking the glassware.
Story Time at the local library is a great idea because someone else can do the reading, plus you get to learn new songs. If your child does not appear to be in the mood, however, you might want to get yourself out of there fast. You probably won't miss much anyway because the sessions can get crowded and it's not much fun jostling with other restless kids.
3. Kids gymnastics
The thought of channelling an overactive child's energy into jumping, balancing and climbing may sound like a good idea but a structured gym class may not be the best activity. Can your child take instruction? Can your child control the urge of jumping onto a trampoline and other equipment in a room that looks awesomely fun when he's not supposed to? Can your child do circle time?
If you have answered No to any of the above, please do yourself a favour and take your child to a park instead. I assure you, it will be far more pleasant.
I disagree - bring your kids to the library any-time including Toddler Time. If you don’t expose them to these environments, allow them how see how other kids enjoy books and are able to behave, it will take longer for them tone-down. Definitely stay toward the back if you need to, other parents should have a degree of understanding. Same goes with supermarkets. Talk to your child – help them work through it.