As a parent, it can be heartwarming to watch your child navigate friendships at a young age. Seeing your child connect with others can be some of the BEST moments we get to experience as parents. These days, we are all experiencing the pandemic and suddenly those precious (and so valuable) moments are few and far between. Whether your child has a solid friendship group or needs a little help with organized playdates, friendships are a foundational support system (outside of our families!) that help our little ones build strong social and emotional skills and feel a sense of belonging.
We’ve rounded up a list from our community of safe ways to help your child maintain friendships and to remember we’re all in this together!
- Get festive with friends
With Halloween on the horizon, head to a pumpkin patch and spend the day carving with your kiddos. Be sure to check for updated hours and safety procedures at local farms.
- Joe’s Ice Cream & Beverage Co
Plan an ice cream social and relax outside on the patio while feeling great about supporting local. Side note: parents they have WINE ICE CREAM!
- Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
Get some fresh air and reconnect with nature at the Wildlife Refuge. The perfect opportunity to go on an adventure with the little ones.
- Coastal Discovery Museum
Explore trails, gardens, butterfly enclosures, and more at the Coastal Discovery Museum while learning natural history and cultural heritage. Let the kiddos connect through an educationally enriching activity!
- Crabby’s Corner Icery
Stop by for a tasty treat at Crabby’s Corner and explore their quirky gift shop for some fun gifts and games.
- A dance class at BLUFFTON SCHOOL OF DANCE!
Of course, we saved the best for last! Dance is a GREAT way to make friends and build in connection for your kids this school year! We offer recreational dance classes for kids ages 2-6th grade. We are currently accepting enrollment to join our Lime Green Dance Family for the 2020/2021 school year. Dance class is a creative outlet, confidence booster, and most importantly a place for fun and friendships. Register online today!
Whether you join BSOD for a dance class or support another local business in our community, it’s important for parents to continue to encourage their kiddos to maintain their friendships and feel connected to their community. Bluffton is a special place full of generous and supportive people. Let’s connect our kids while supporting our community!
P.S. New to our studio? Register for our Mini Session from October 19-December 5! The perfect opportunity for you to sampler different classes and get to know our dance family. Tuition is $99 with a $50 enrollment fee that is refundable if you don’t enroll in a class for January. Connect with us for more information!