Family Matters: Picnic Ideas, Bees & Local Adventures

[ 1 ] May 27, 2011 |

Here comes the warm weather – we plan to spend time outside with the kidos!

Kido Tip 1. Pack a picnic.

Clean out the cooler and the picnic basket! Seems the weather this weekend will finally be good enough for dining out doors. Along with your favorite foods (read some food suggestions on Kidoinfo), pack water bottles, cloth napkins, blanket, trash bag (since some parks and beaches require you to dispose of your trash) and game equipment (balls, Frisbees, and buckets).

Favorite Picnic Spots: Goddard State Park, Beavertail Park, and our backyard!

Kido Tip 2. Watch the bees.

Photo Credit: Robbing the Bees

Neighbors recently moved in behind us and installed a bee house on the edge of our yard.  I never thought much of beekeeping before and I must admit I am a bit scared of bees, having been stung before. I know this fear comes from lack of knowledge and as a parent my job is to dispel myths, do away with unnecessary fears and take advantage of teachable moments such as this one. Our neighbors’ beekeeping provides a great opportunity for my family to learn about the life of bees. We have already been amazed to learn that bees “vote” for their residence (unless they get a fancy condo like the one out back) by dancing. We plan to research bee habits and find recipes that include honey. Seems like a good time to revisit some Winnie the Pooh books as well.

Recommended reading: Robbing the Bees by Holley Bishop

Kido Tip 3. Plan a mystery trip.

Read more on GoLocalProv. Every week I share tips on how families can make the most of their family time – including helpful hints that make parenting easier and connecting you to great local happenings.

Category: family matters

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Elyse Major elyse says:

    i like the idea of a mystery trip! rhode island is so full of great places. the other night we took a walk along the bristol waterfront: beautiful and so close! happy long weekend.

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