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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:21 AM
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need advice from parents, guardians, etc.

hi guys.

my niece is visiting for christmas and i am soliciting ideas for what kids her age would likely want to do. she's 8 and is not interested in playgrounds anymore. i used to take her to playgrounds and parks all the time and she loved it when she was younger - but not anymore. she shows more interest in what her parents and my wife and i do (library for instance) but doesn't know exactly what she wants to do herself. i'd like to take her to do fun things for her rather than copying us too much.

first off, she's not in to flying - unfortunately. i got her to fly my micro albatros a long time ago and she did fine but she didn't care about it too much. either way,
looking for other ideas.

i had her ask her classmates in school what they do and apparently its mostly chuck e cheese or boomers and i'm not too hot on those. i would prefer places like the zoo, library, etc.; activities (like crafting, etc.); or even athletic stuff (mild hiking, etc.); etc.

would appreciate any input you guys have. thanks.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:26 AM
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Teach her how to ride a dirt bike.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:28 AM
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Science museum with lots of interactive stuff.

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:32 AM
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Thats what I was thinking, nature preserve hike, natural history museum, and/or a planetarium. My daughter and i used to do that kind of stuff all the time, she loved it at that age.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:38 AM
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It's a bit of a drive, but there's a Discovery Zone in Santa Ana off of the 5. Plenty of hands-on stuff.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 11:40 AM
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There is always the mall.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 12:56 PM
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Teach her how to browse this forum and post brilliant witticisms.

Never too young to start !!
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 01:47 PM
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 01:47 PM
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Children's Museum. Typically hands-on places for toddlers on up.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 01:49 PM
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Children's Museum. Typically hands-on places for toddlers on up.
That's good advice - kids and grownups both enjoy Children's museums.

The one in Houston has an excellent exhibition at the moment. I think me and the missus will pay a visit during the holidays.

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsde...ldrens-museum/
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 02:02 PM
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That's good advice - kids and grownups both enjoy Children's museums.

The one in Houston has an excellent exhibition at the moment. I think me and the missus will pay a visit during the holidays.

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsde...ldrens-museum/
9 bucks admission. Not bad. I'd love to see those pedal cars.
In NYC admission to the Guggenheim is $22. To the Metrolitan Museum of Art or MoMA it's $25 (kids free).
THAT can get real expensive, real quick if you've got a group.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 02:09 PM
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First, ask her and her parents what she likes.

Second, you get to be the cool uncle.

Now ideas, if she is crafty, go to one of those paint your pottery places. Or buy her a huge felt poster with markers. Do an art class together.

If she is athletic, take her to a high school basketball game or some college/pro sport. Do the hike thing.

If she is a book worm, take her to a cool book store and get that hot chocolate.

No matter who she is... Take her shopping at Justice (in the mall).
Do a build a bear (mall)
Get a bucket of rocks and throw them in a body of water.
Go to a pet store (no buying) that has snakes and exotic critters.
Movies (both in theater and rented).
Watch Disney (or Nick) shows with her. They are the modern equivalent to Gilligan's Island or the Brady Bunch. Some are not half bad. Watch them with her (maybe sneak a few in so you know the characters) and act interested.
Take her to a concert or a play. Maybe even dress up and go to a decent restaurant.
Get a milk shake. The real kind in a silver mixing cup and glass serving cup.
Go Roller skating.
Borrow a kitten or puppy. Pretend you are babysitting it for a friend.

Again, ask her what she likes but be prepared for anything else.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 02:11 PM
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9 bucks admission. Not bad. I'd love to see those pedal cars.
In NYC admission to the Guggenheim is $22. To the Metrolitan Museum of Art or MoMA it's $25 (kids free).
THAT can get real expensive, real quick if you've got a group.
Yeah, the price is pretty good, and that exhibition looks great. We'll definitely be going, if I take any pics, I'll post them.

With places like the MoMA in NY it can be cheaper to buy a membership, only a couple of visits are required before you break even, wether or not it pays off depends how often you go of course.

We have membership for the MoFA here in Houston, as we usually go about 4 or 5 times a year depending on what's on. It works out a lot cheaper that way.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Yeah, the price is pretty good, and that exhibition looks great. We'll definitely be going, if I take any pics, I'll post them.

With places like the MoMA in NY it can be cheaper to buy a membership, only a couple of visits are required before you break even, wether or not it pays off depends how often you go of course.

We have membership for the MoFA here in Houston, as we usually go about 4 or 5 times a year depending on what's on. It works out a lot cheaper that way.
Your right. We do belong to the Bronx Zoo and that includes the Central Park Zoo and the Aquarium on Coney Island. Well worth the membership.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 02:16 PM
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First, ask her and her parents what she likes.

Second, you get to be the cool uncle.

Now ideas, if she is crafty, go to one of those paint your pottery places. Or buy her a huge felt poster with markers. Do an art class together.

If she is athletic, take her to a high school basketball game or some college/pro sport. Do the hike thing.

If she is a book worm, take her to a cool book store and get that hot chocolate.

No matter who she is... Take her shopping at Justice (in the mall).
Do a build a bear (mall)
Get a bucket of rocks and throw them in a body of water.
Go to a pet store (no buying) that has snakes and exotic critters.
Movies (both in theater and rented).
Watch Disney (or Nick) shows with her. They are the modern equivalent to Gilligan's Island or the Brady Bunch. Some are not half bad. Watch them with her (maybe sneak a few in so you know the characters) and act interested.
Take her to a concert or a play. Maybe even dress up and go to a decent restaurant.
Get a milk shake. The real kind in a silver mixing cup and glass serving cup.
Go Roller skating.
Borrow a kitten or puppy. Pretend you are babysitting it for a friend.

Again, ask her what she likes but be prepared for anything else.

Good stuff this!
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