My Mum always used to say “Boredom is a state of mind,” and I never really actually understood what she meant, but we learnt pretty early on to make our own fun and never admit to “being bored”.
But now that I am a stay at home mum and work from home part time, I find myself feeling “bored” more often than I have in YEARS! And I definitely notice it with my 2 and a half year old. He is constantly craving my attention and wanting me to play with him, because he has the same toys, the same stimulation, the same surroundings constantly, and while he is definitely learning to play independently and use his imagination, I am his best entertainment! That, or You Tube. So you know… Mum Guilt!
I also notice in myself, that a lot of those days when we have no plans to go anywhere, or the weather is crappy, that I tend to find myself getting a case of cabin fever, feeling “trapped” in never ending housework and the same things to look at and do all day. I now know what my mum meant about being bored, and I think of it myself as, really just wishing you were somewhere else, doing something else. So we tend to spend a lot of time doing just that! Being somewhere else, doing something else!
I find it easier to enjoy my time with my son when we are out of the house. When I am stuck at home, I get frustrated and distracted by all the “things” that need doing, and it’s all well and good for people to say, just let it go and enjoy the moment. But I really can’t do that. I have never been able to do that, even before being a Mum, I never relaxed at home. I was always busy doing something. I relax on holidays or when I am away from my home. That’s just how I am wired!
So you will often find us on my non working days just randomly hanging out at Parent Place or a playground nearby our home that we can walk to. But with the wonderful Ballarat Winter days, we are increasingly seeking out indoor options!
The only problem with the majority of indoor options, is that they are usually attached to some sort of venue that requires payment! Be it a play centre or a dining venue with a playground. So, last year we put together two lists with the help of our readers, and this year, we are giving them a refresh and need your help!
The free activities list is a fun list of suggestions from mums and dads like you, with ways to entertain the kids on a no cost or low cost budget, specific to Ballarat. Like obviously, playing a game of Scrabble is a free way to entertain the older kids, but it’s something that anyone anywhere can do, not just a Ballarat thing. So we’ve tried to keep it local and relevant!
And the indoor play spaces, is pretty much just what says. A big list of indoor play spaces at local spots like dining venues, shopping centres and the like.
So for the sake of your own sanity, you might like to bookmark these 2 pages on your phone for future reference. And if you’ve got something to add for 2018, I would LOVE you to pop it in the comments or feel free to email them through to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
With the school holidays fast approaching, the other mums and dads reading this will thank you for your ideas!