Weeknights With The Kids - Summer Picnics
Picnics are one of summer’s great traditions. They work equally well for singles as for a crowd, the food is easy to make and there’s minimal clean-up. Plus you get to be outside enjoying a park or, better yet, a concert in the park.
Regularly scheduled picnics are also a fantastic way to make lasting memories with your kids on weeknights, especially for single-parents faced with a three hour sliver of time between work/daycare and the young one’s bedtime.
For the record, it is perfectly acceptable to have an impromptu picnic after a stop at the local deli for sandwiches, chips, and soda.
However, regularly scheduled picnics are also a fantastic way to make lasting memories with your kids on weeknights, especially for single-parents faced with a three hour sliver of time between work/daycare and the young one’s bedtime. They’ll remember regular meals at the dock, picnics eaten by the field before their soccer matches and lazy evenings listening to concerts in the park….the dinners at the diner, maybe not so much.
Any good picnic starts with a bit of prep work.
Come with a bit of preparation, and the ability to repeat the evening on a consistent basis.
Any well stocked picnic basket should include:
- hefty paper or plastic plates
- cups that won’t blow away in the wind when they are half full
- silverware that’s strong enough to stand up to a grilled steak
- a big supply of paper napkins
- Wet Ones to clean the kids hands after they’ve been digging for worms
- a hand operated can opener
- a paring knife and
- serving utensils.
If you plan to cook your meals at the park, include a portable gas grill and tongs for turning hot steaks and shiskabobs.
Pack a washable tablecloth for parks with tables and a big blanket for the times you attend concerts and sit on the grass, then all you’ll need is food.
- Picnic basket and/or ice chest
- Ice packs (x4)
- Plates, cups, silverware
- Serving utensils
- Hand operated can opener
- Cork screw