Play dates are an important part of a toddler’s life , and they can be equally important for their parents’ lives. To gain the full benefit of a play date, here is a brief guide to planning play dates and the kids’ party entertainment.
Keep the Group Small
Younger children will do best in smaller play groups with just a few kids. A two to three-year-old toddler should only meet with one or two toddlers during play dates. As the child ages, the groups can expand to include other children of the same age. Many younger children cannot handle the overstimulation that can come with large groups. Also, toddlers are at the age where they are learning to share and deal with social cues. If the play date group is too large, then children can become overwhelmed, and parents may become stressed.
Schedule According to Age
As previously mentioned, a child’s age can have a direct effect on the success of a play date . Many children have naptimes during the morning and afternoon, so parents should work around each child’s schedule. Also, younger children may not be able to handle an extended play date, especially if a group is large or there is a lot of energy. Ensure that young children do not become overwhelmed by scheduling play dates for only an hour or two at a time.
Rotate Play date Locations
So one parent does not do most of the hosting, rotate the locations of each play date. Each parent can host a play date, but parents can also consider leaving the house for a toddler-friendly, party place for kids. These party places often have areas for younger children to safely enjoy themselves. Parents can also enjoy socializing with each other, because their children are safe and occupied.
Enjoy a play date at Bounce U with our many bounce houses and kids’ party entertainment near Farmingdale. Every Friday, we host a morning “Preschool Play date” event for children six years old and under. This weekly event requires advanced reservations, so please call us at (516) 986-4518 to secure a spot.