This week we hosted a cool play date with Capri Sun as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. Check out our great water play date ideas! #CapriSunMomFactor
Water Play Date Ideas
It’s June in Texas so it’s hot. But W has a love affair with the great outdoors that doesn’t take a vacation in the summer. And since school is out, things like the splash pads in our area start to get really busy.
The solution for this busy mom on the go (who loves to have a break from time to time) is to host our own water play date!
Play dates don’t have to be expensive or stressful. They’re actually one of my favorite ways to get a bit of a break as a mom. The kids have a blast together and the moms get to relax a little bit and socialize.
Plus, you can make them as elaborate or as simple as you like.
Start with a pool
A water play date is simple to plan and doesn’t have to cost much at all. The kids had a blast this week and it all started with an inflatable pool I picked up last summer. It didn’t cost much and is easy to store away in the garage. We got a ton of use out of it last summer and hope to do the same again this year!
The kids had a blast in the pool (even baby C) and with the pool and the water table, I probably didn’t need to plan much more for them. But I wanted to give them a few more fun ways to cool off!
Water Friendly Toys
It was easy to round up some cups, boats, and other toys that float from around our house. I picked up a few affordable water toys from the summer aisles at our local stores as well. Add them to the pool and the water table for extra instant fun! I did learn that if you’re going to give kids something that shoots water, they are bound to stay cool but the moms better be ready to get wet too!
A bag of water balloons was the key to one thing that was popular with all of the kids — giant balls of ice! All I had to do was fill the water balloons with water and put them in the freezer overnight! Then I cut open the balloon and peeled it off the ice. If I had know the kids would love these as much as they did, I would have made a lot more. They were so easy and it was great that it took them awhile to melt.
Fun Ice Cubes
Although I only had a limited number of big ice balls, I did make a variety of other fun ice cubes for the kids to explore.
- Colored ice cubes – using a few drops of food coloring, I turned boring clear ice cubes into rainbow ice cubes. The kids had fun sorting them by color and chasing them around the water table and the pool.
- Cubes with a surprise – I froze fruit snacks in some water using silicone baking cups. The kids were intrigued by the fact that something was inside the ice! Once they melted the cubes enough they were surprised to find a fruit snack.
- Flavored ice cubes – opening a few of our Capri Sun Roaring Waters Flavored Water Beverage pouches and poured them into the ice cube trays. The kids loved the tasty flavored cubes!
Capri Sun Slush
We ended the play date with a nice frozen treat. No, we didn’t go out to get ice cream. We had a Capri Sun slushie! So easy to make and the kids enjoyed having their Capri Sun Roaring Waters Flavored Water Beverage in a more unusual way!
The night before, I put some of the pouches in the freezer then got them out and let them thaw a bit while the kids played. Once they were feeling slushy, I simply snipped of the top of the pouch and handed out spoons. The kids loved the slush and it was a great way to cool them down as the play time wound down.
And with those easy ideas, I discovered just how simple it’s going to be to cool off this summer while still keeping up with our usual play dates. Trust me, I need a break from running around town with the kids all day! Sitting in the backyard relaxing just a bit while they play is a great solution!
What would you include at a water play date?
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