We’ve had a few amazing play dates in the past year. Some of my favorites are the ones at the park. Super easy and everyone brings snacks and drinks, then we let the kids wear themselves out digging in the dirt and climbing on the jungle gym. Right now it’s just too hot for the park, even when we get their early. So we’ve started to invite friends to our house to play. We had our friends over for an artist party, the kids got craft and painted custom canvas. We had a simple play date with some new toys. Anytime you are in a new place with your child it’s good to have some information about your surroundings. Here are some of the questions to ask before a play date at someones home. I’ll admit that it’s information I may not think to volunteer, however if asked would be happy to give.
- Are there any guns, knives, weapons in the house? (This one may seem tough but it’ll get the conversation rolling)
- If they say yes, asking how and where they are stored would be a great follow up question. This way you may tell your older kids if a certain area of the house is off limits for playing.
- Are there any pets are in the house?
- We don’t have any pets, but some children may be allergic or even frightened of some animals. Good information to have up front.
- Who lives in the home?
- There are many different kinds of home environments aside from the traditional family. It’s nice to know if a friend or extended family member also lives in the house.
- Who will be watching/supervising the kids?
- This one really only matters if you are dropping your child off somewhere.
- Will the mom be home supervising the kids the entire time.
- Does the parent need to go somewhere and a sibling will be left in charge?
- What is the time frame for the play date?
- This way you can be timely and also not over stay your welcome.
- What are the activities planned?
- For older kids this could be related to what kind of video games are they allowed to play.
- For younger children making sure that safety is addressed such as swimming.
While these questions can help put your mind at ease when taking your child to someone else’s house, there are other questions you need to know if a child is coming to your house.
- Does your child have any health issues I should know about?
Such as diabetes, seizures or other issues
- Any food restrictions or allergies?
I like to play for snacks that are free of nuts and most food allergies. We love fresh fruit and veggies, raisins and Gerber’s Lil’ Beanies. Lil’ Beanies are Non-GMO: Not made with genetically engineered ingredients! They contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Plus toddlers love the taste!
- Would they like to come in and see where the kids will be playing?
This gives them a chance to see your home and address any safety concerns they may have.
- Contact info on how to reach them. Is always good to get a secondary contact and know their pediatrician as well.
Make sure this is in an easy to find place in case of an emergency.
Add Lil’ Beanies to your grocery list for your next trip to Target!