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5 BEST OUTDOOR PLACES TO TAKE KIDS IN LEBANON

Summer is officially upon us and as parents we’re constantly looking for things to do with the kids. Beirut is not the easiest place to just get out of the house and unleash those little energy balls into green spaces, so we’re all working (quite) hard to find a place where our kids can run wild and free. Increasingly, and to parents’ greatest joy, little parks have been opening their doors in Beirut for us to feel a bit better about our kids’ play time. Also, there are lots of places to visit across the country which offer a great deal of outdoor satisfaction. Here are 5 we’ve tested for you:

In Beirut

1- Riverlane Park

Sin el fil, Beirut, Lebanon

At riverlane, you will find a small pond with a few ducks for your kids to feed, a few slides and climbing spots, and sand for little ones to build sand castles. A few tables are set for parents to relax, drink something cold and watch their kids spend a bit of energy before heading home for bath time.

2- Cottonwood

Dbayeh, Beirut, Lebanon

Cottonwood’s playground is quite vast with fun for all ages, from toddlerhood to teenage years. It also serves as a great venue for events such as birthdays and large family gatherings. There’s also a football court and a large grass area where families can picnic and relax.

In the Beqaa and in the North

3- Tawlet – Ammiq and Biomass

Bekaa, Lebanon

A few hours drive from Beirut, The two ‘Tawlet’ locations offer a nice green space where the whole family can enjoy the day. These eco-restaurants have a space for kids to play and for parents to have a good time. For lunch, they offer a buffet of Lebanese food – a healthy option for the whole family.

In Jezzine

4- La Maison de la forêt

Jezzine, Lebanon

If you book a cabana for the weekend at Maison de la Foret, you’ll get to spend the most amazing time with your kids, far from the pollution of the city. Apart from the peaceful sounds of nature, there are all sorts of outdoor activities to engage in! Fun!

In Metn

5- Mar Chaaya Farm

Broummana, Lebanon

Only 30 minutes from Beirut (by car), the Mar Chaaya Farm is ideal if you’re looking to kill a few hours in the afternoon to entertain your kids. There are lots of well cared-for animals they can watch and feed, and they get to run around a bit before heading home.

We would love to hear about your favorite locations in Lebanon!

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6 EASY SNACK IDEAS FOR TODDLERS 

Every mom knows how hard it is to vary those snacks you give your toddlers when it’s tempting to hand them a banana or biscuits every day. To make life a tiny bit easier, we’ve decided to compile a list of basic snack ideas for your toddlers – nutritionist-approved! Here goes:

1- Starting with the most basic and natural ones: fruits. It’s all about how you present the fruit that is essential. When your baby finally learns to eat unmashed food, you must still be careful to cut everything into small pieces or thin slices. Grapes, peaches, bananas, strawberries, pears, cherries, melon, watermelon, and oranges, are all fruits a toddler will learn to love.

The key here is not to worry about the mess they’ll make. This is actually one way for them to enjoy it.

If it’s summertime and your kids really want that ice cream, blend your own fruit mix (say strawberries and bananas) and freeze them in popsicle molds. You’ll be sure to look like a fun parent and they’ll have eaten their daily fruit portion.

2- Another basic one: yogurt. Now if your toddler likes to eat alone (and most of them do), here’s a little trick. See, what they really enjoy is the yogurt box. Just empty the box, leaving just a bit of yogurt in it and hand it over with a spoon. Every now and then, slip in a teaspoon of yogurt from the rest. Also, you can add yogurt to that homemade fruity ice cream!

3- For on-the-go snacks, here are 3 top choices:

  • Fruity rice cakes
  • Plain animal-shaped biscuits
  • Sugarless corn flakes

4- If you’re at home and want to have fun cooking with your toddler, pancakes can be a great snack idea! Choose a healthy, sugar-free recipe and make as many pancakes as you can. You can even include fruits like blueberries, raspberries or bananas to the mix. When they’re done, cut them into slices – they will look like fun finger food – and hand them to your little one. They’ll absolutely love it!

5- For something a little bit more savory, you can boil carrots and hand them over as finger food. It sometimes works, and sometimes they just crush them and play with the paste (which is also great for sensory development!)

Mamas, please do share your healthy snack ideas – there are never enough!