Finding Kid-Friendly Activities in Wausau
by Cheryl Mathis on September 19th, 2011
The last time I was a stay-at-home mom I had an infant and a 2yo. For whatever reason (sloth), I didn’t get out much. I stayed at home and blogged. That’s pretty much it.
Now I have a 3.5 and 5.5yo, and so much has changed. I made a vow to myself when the summer began that I would be out of the house for at least half of the day. Now that summer is done, I’m proud to say I succeeded. So what does a SAHM do with two tagalongs every single dang day in Wausau? Plenty. Thank you, Wausau.
Our week would pivot around the gorgeous people at the Family Resource Center. Their drop-in playtimes or Play-n-Learns were a constant for us. We attended both at the FRC behind Applebees and at AC Kiefer. I’m not the most social of creatures (surprise surprise), but I did manage to make a couple friends and meet some gorgeous kids. We’ll be keeping up with the playgroups until Ben rebels against playing with the little kids.
Splashpad, anyone? Perfect for hot days. My favorite spot to roost was in the shade of the pool cabin. They really need tables and chairs in there. The shade and the cold concrete keep the temperature about 10 degrees cooler, and the mist from the sprinklers makes it dreamy.
Guilty Secret: my kids really hated books. I guess they watch too much TV, but it was like pulling teeth to get them to pick out books at the library. I had to make them pick out 3 books for every 1 movie. Eventually I just banned the movies. We loved the library for the play area (and the free Wi-Fi). Now that the school year has begun and classwork is in our daily dialogue, the kids love going there for all the interest non-fiction books. Each week we pick an animal and a country to learn about, and they love seeing what books are there to teach us about them. Yay library!
But I think the most important activity commitment we did was our Y membership. Ben had gymnastics camp, which sparked a desire to take regular boys gymnastics classes this fall. Oh the swimming! My children are little fishes. It’s kind of crazy how much they love that small pool. We are at the Y nearly every day, either to swim or for classes or to drop the kids in Mini-Care so Mommy can kick ass in the exercise pool. The investment in the membership fee is so worth it.
The bottom line is this: Wausau is what you make of it. My kids are not couch potatoes anymore, and I’m not either. We feel connected to the community in a big way. We’re still not social butterflies, we’re friendly faces that show up all over town.