A few weeks ago I took our kids to Mitchell Park. My older kids were running around and playing in the water spray area while baby and I watched. During our outing I had a flashback to when my oldest was a baby and I was trying to meet other parents that lived close by. Many of the parents in one group had older toddlers so we sometimes met up at a water spray park or playground. As a baby, our son enjoyed these outings where he could just sit and watch the older kids run around and play.
I think the next time someone asks me for baby entertainment ideas, I'll suggest a toddler or two. As a new parent it's easy to get stuck in baby-only classes and activities. Older kids can be loud, chaotic, energetic, clumsy and spread germs. However, sometimes at these mixed-aged play dates, everything works out. The babies are entertained by the older kids, the older kids love having the babies' attention and the parents get a chance to relax, talk and enjoy each other's company.