Aloha and welcome to another great Family Activity!
For those of you just joining us, this is a little series we started to help share the best activities to do with your kids on Oahu. (And occasionally other parts of the country as well!)
In case you missed some of our other adventures, please check them out here:
Because let’s face it! Whether you are on vacation, or just stuck at home, sometimes finding things to do with your kids can be tough… and NECESSARY!!
I’ve also found, many times you can find adult only activities, and there are often kid-friendly activities that are a bore for mom and dad.
But then, somewhere in a Magical-World-of-Harry Potter-esque middle ground, there are a group of activities that both you AND your little ones will love to do. And I’m here to help you find them!! So I will be continuously sharing fun activities to do with the whole family here in Hawaii! (And since we often travel to Michigan and Connecticut, we will have special features for both of those locations as well
THE FARMERS MARKET
Ever since my days as a nanny, I have always looked for ways to get the little ones out of the house and keep them occupied. Farmers Markets have always been high up on that list. So last week Reef, our wonderful houseguest Brad (whom, along with his wife Victoria, we would be lost without) and I ventured out of the house (a seemingly rare occurrence for me during the week) and walked the mile and a half to a really fun little evening farmers market. This is a weekly market that takes place in the parking lot right next to our Whole Foods. I know some of you may be thinking, that sounds like taking the kids to the supermarket and that is basically a nightmare… well I disagree and here’s why:
- FOOD– Let’s face it. Farmers Markets are a great place to go and try delicious, fresh, different, AMAZING food. (So if you are trying to diet, or watch your weight… this may not be the place for you.) There are fantastic little easy-up tents that dot the pavement for literally as far as the eye can see. This particular market happens to be focused mainly on these street vendor-esque “pop-ups” and have everything from Thai Food, to Italian Bisto, and even round it out with French Crepes. Then, of course, there is the produce aspect of it where you can easily walk away with all of your fruits and veggies for the week! And we might as well call a spade a spade here, a sure fire way to get a kid to chill out, is to give them something yummy to munch on! 🙂
- There are plenty of them! One thing I know for sure, is there are Farmers Markets absolutely EVERYWHERE, especially as of late. In our town alone there are at least 3 throughout the week. And one of the great things about that, is it allows for some variety. As I mentioned, the market we went to last week focused mainly on vendor foods, while another market held in the mornings focuses mainly on produce and has an incredibly large selection. If you have multiple markets in your town as well, it might be a nice little exploration activity option with the kids. Maybe even make it into a scavenger hunt and help to decide which market suits which need best for the week. And if you aren’t entirely sure where you can find one near you, please just take a look here.
- They can be educational. Might as well sneak that in there too! There is such a serious need to teach our children about sustainable living, supporting local business and the importance of agriculture. They are the next generation, and we need them to help protect this earth and learn that not everything can, or needs to be, processed. If they start life with an early appreciation for obtaining their food somewhere other than McDonald’s or a large chain supermarket, it is something that may be instilled in them for life. (Because one thing I can guarantee is that my son is unfortunately never going to learn how to grow food from me, my thumb is black as the day is long.) I have also found that many of the produce vendors at these markets offer afternoon tours at the farms themselves which could possibly tie into another summer activity… but let’s not get ahead of our selves 😉
- And finally, it is LITERALLY fun for all ages. Teeny tiny babies like my bub, all the way up to “adults” like me enjoy the Farmers Market. It is a nice way to get outside, they generally have someone playing live music and you get to enjoy a plethora of good food. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take that over sitting in the house watching TV any day!!
Now I will leave you with some pictures from our INCREDIBLE evening at the Farmers Market. (Seriously, I had beet risotto AND a strawberry banana Nutella crepe… and they were PERFECTION.)
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