Wednesday, 7/10/13 - Our city Parks Department does a summer concert series with kiddie bands and attractions each week for roughly 6 weeks. We were only able to make it to a few this summer, due to timing issues with summer camps, but I made sure to pack us picnic lunches when we did get to go!
We were watching a band called Tickle Tune Typhoon. They have some great music, but are a little more hippie-feel good-Earth child than I usually go for. But they have dancers and lots of fun costumes, and lots of audience participation. Very fun for the kids. If you have "normal" kids, like everyone else. Mine just kind of sit there like zombies (kind of like when other kids watch TV!) and yell at me to stop singing or swaying to the music.
Lunch for the Toddler
|GF PBJ, Annie's gummy bunnies, yogurt tube; organic sugar snap peas, strawberries, and cherries|
Little E's sandwich was cut into thinner "fingers" because she is more likely to eat the bread if her sandwiches are too small to just lick off. And at this time, she was the only one willing to eat the pea pods, so I gave her the freaky big ones with tiny peas inside.
Lunch for the Kindergartener
|GF PBJ, Annie's gummy bunnies, yogurt tube; organic sugar snap peas and cherries|
Sitting right next to us was a mom and her two boys. They had brought their own picnic - Lunchables. I couldn't resist snapping a pic to show that even these "Mamamamamamama pleeeeeeeease?" products aren't all that appealing once you open them up!
While none of the kids completely finished off their lunches, mine ate most of their fresh fruits and veggies, and some of their real-actual-dairy-product (and they shared one packet of fruit snacks, and I stashed the second one away for another day.)
The boys left some meat and cheese and a few crackers. These things only come with, like, 6 crackers/meat circles/"cheese" slices, which really isn't all that much. So leaving a few behind is a large portion of the "meal." Plus these ones came with some cookies. Which, somehow, both boys managed to make room for...
My girls were able to work on the rest of their lunch some more later, on the way home and as an afternoon snack. It's hard to salvage the leftovers in the disposable lunches, since you can't seal them back up. And you probably wouldn't have an ice pack handy, to keep them fresh if needed.
And even with the fruit snack and yogurt tube wrappers, we still had less waste than 90% of the people who'd brought a lunch there!
E finally did get up and dance near the end, which was stinkin' adorable! She's a crappy dancer, just like her Mama!
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