In Florida, we have months that stretch on end where we can't really do much outside if it doesn't involve water. So, we're stuck with inside activities, and the library and mall can get old fast.
If you've got enough cash for some cheap desserts or meals, may I recommend a restaurant hunt?
Well, to the kids it's a restaurant hunt. For you, it's going out for ice cream or lunch. Giving it a title makes it much more adventurous. At least that's what we've found.
It started the other week when the girls saw someone taking a carry out container of yogurt from an Indian restaurant. Not wanting to purchase one myself, and not feeling like arguing in the restaurant, I told them off-handedly that we'd go on a restaurant hunt to find the item the next week. I thought the urge would pass. It didn't. They hounded me day after day about when we were going to go on the restaurant hunt, which became rather like a scavenger hunt and the girls tacked on items they wanted to "find."
An ice cream sandwich, a milkshake, an ice cream sundae...seeing a theme?
So, the other day, I took them on the now infamous restaurant hunt. We went to a strip where I knew a cafe to be a few doors down from an ice cream shop.
The girls accosted the hostess. "Do you have ice cream sandwich? Or ice cream sundae? Or the white thing?"
The woman was like, "um, no, but we have cake."
So we ate a nice lunch there, and shared a piece of cake. Not satisfied, we moved on.
"No sundaes here," I proclaimed, as we passed the first door.
"None here!" the girls said at the next door.
But the third door held gold and we walked into the ice cream parlor and ordered a sundae to share.
A successful restaurant hunt, and another lunch gotten through for me. (Each meal is a challenge.) We'll probably do a few more of these throughout the summer. It's a pleasant way to spend a few hours.