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Old 10-20-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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On Tuesday I have to be out of my apartment for 4 hours. I will have with me, my almost 5 yr old (his b-day is next month), my 2 1/2 yr old and the baby. DS1 will be at school and I'm pretty sure we'll be able to be back in by the time I get him from school. I'll have a little money, but can't do anything expensive. Weather will probably be in the low to mid 80's. Thoughts?

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Library, park, picinic, zoo, walk the mall and play on their playground. Or a combo, go to the library for an hour, then go to a park for a picinic, then let them play on a playground to run off steam. With drive time that should be 4 hours no problem, or at the end of your fun outing use the last hour to go do your grocery shopping.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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Library, park, picinic, zoo, walk the mall and play on their playground. Or a combo, go to the library for an hour, then go to a park for a picinic, then let them play on a playground to run off steam. With drive time that should be 4 hours no problem, or at the end of your fun outing use the last hour to go do your grocery shopping.
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Re: Have to be out of apartment for 4 hours.. what to do?

Well, if you need to go rock bottom and are worried about gas. I would choose a fast food place with a dollar menu and a playground and also near some shopping. You all can eat super cheat. They can work out their wiggles on the playground and then you can shop the clearance rack or window shop. Our zoo is pretty expensive so unless yours is cheaper that might be a bit of $ barrier. If you have a library near a park and a cheap place to eat that would also be good. I'm betting you are going to have to be choosy and make sure they have somewhere to let out their energy or it will turn into the longest 4 hours of your life. A picnic at the park would be fun too but 4 hours is a long time to be outside so you may have to think of something indoors to compliment your outing.
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Re: Have to be out of apartment for 4 hours.. what to do?

I would probably visit my parents or a good friend.

If those weren't options:
Park
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Target (we can easily kill well over and hour in here)


I would do a combination of things. Like the playground and then library once they were tired. My kids seem to get less whiny and cranky when they have a change of scenery as opposed to just an afternoon in the park.
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So here is the plan. I have a friend who I haven't gotten to really chat with in a while. I thought we could do a play date, but her older boys will be in pre-school, and she has a morning appointment.

So... When the pest guy shows up, I'm going to take the kids to McDonalds. Let the play for a bit while I read. Then get cheap lunch. When my friend gets out of her appointment, she's going to call me, and we'll head over to her house. My boys can play in her play room, and she and I will visit and gush over each others baby girls (hers is around 4 months old and mine just turned a month old), until it's time for me to go get my older son from school.

Problem solved.

This week the pest guy showed up around 11am. So if he shows up at the same time, then that'll be perfect timing for some play and some lunch before heading over to my friend's place.

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