Last night after work, I packed up a picnic dinner and Mac and I headed to the Missouri Botanical Gardens for their free concert Wednesday nights (part of the Whitaker Music Festival). The park is free to the public and has a different band/performer every Wednesday evening in the summer. Unfortunately, I misread the website and thought the music was going to be from 5 -7 (actually, it starts at 7:30 - doh!), so we were a little early, but still had fun.
We dined on PB&J sandwiches, fruit and animal crackers on a picnic blanket in the grass. I had a Schlafly Summer Lager and Mac had a sippy cup of water. He was less than thrilled about this. Ryan met us there after work and the three of us explored the park. The Children's Garden was open until 7, so after dinner Mac got some sliding/splashing/playing in.
Mac loved pushing the stroller and playing in the sprinklers and dirt. It was hard keeping him out of the fountains, though. They're like giant kiddie pools! Ryan and I loved sipping our beers, listening to the (not live) music playing, catching up on our days and letting Mac explore. Every now and then Mac would just stop in mid-step and break out into a dance. It was the greatest thing ever.
Like I said, unfortunately (stupid me), we had to leave before the real music started to take little man home for bed, but it was a fun night. The place was packed! And completely overrun with kids and babies, which was great. I would have loved to stay for the the music and I know Mac wanted to dance!
Maybe I'm a wimp when it comes to Mac's sleep schedule, but how to parents do it - keeping their kids up past their bedtimes for these types of things? Do the kids just fall asleep there in the stroller or on a blanket? Do they sleep in the car and not take a bath? Mac will have an absolute fucking meltdown if he gets overtired, which I will do anything possible to avoid. Do any of you mamas do this kind of thing successfully with little ones? Tips? I've got so much to learn about being a "flexible" parent, I guess.