I love picnics. I love sitting outside under the canopy of a beautiful tree and eating my meal. It is truly one of my favorite things. I also love that with 4 kids it’s basically free fun for all.
Everyone can eat a meal. Everyone can sit on the picnic blanket. Everyone loves being outside, running around, coming back for a sip of water and all you need is stuff you already have on hand at home. Win, win.
I might go a little overboard. I have three picnic blankets of various sizes and I love to bring all three and spread them all out. It makes a great huge space for meals AND afternoon naps for the kids (and maybe dad too!).
I pack a cooler for drinks, a picnic basket for our meal, and I grab our always full “lemon bag” aka the snack bag. Snacks after a good time on the playground are always needed for little kids. And, of course, I can’t forget the diaper bag with some extra wipes thrown in for easy clean up (for real though why do people stop buying baby wipes?).
The cooler is filled with foods that need to be cool like cheese sticks, squeezable yogurts, sippy cups, extra water, and sometimes I throw in some chocolate milk as a treat for the girls. The picnic basket is filled with our meal. I like to make picnic meals really simple. PB&J would be my go-to if Llewyn hadn’t had several reactions to peanut butter so now I pack homemade lunchables. All of my kids will eat turkey deli meat, cheese, and some sort of chips or crackers. The snack bag is always full of apple sauce, veggie straws, raisins, granola bars, and random treats like rice krispies.
I’ve been to several parks in Cobb county and a few surrounding counties too. Currently, my favorite park is East Cobb Park. It has perfectly shaded areas for a picnic. A great (almost entirely fenced) playground for the kids. Walking trails and even a creek to dip your toes in. It’s wonderful!
It gets us out of the house for a day of fun and sometimes that’s all that’s needed to break up the same ole, same ole of being at home 24/7 with little people. It’s definitely more for me than for anyone else. Total bonus they love it as much as I do! It probably helps that we’ve doing this since Nova was itty bitty. And the boys went on their first picnic at five weeks old to my favorite picnic spot in Nashville.
In Nashville Centennial Park is by far my favorite. It can get a little crowded but you can’t beat the trees lining the middle of the park for a picnic and the playground is perfect for kids. It also has walking trails, ducks to feed at the pond, and of course, live music on the weekends during the summer. Although, if you are looking for a quieter place for picnic in Nashville the Target shopping center on Charlotte Ave has a playground and a walking trail with a large grassy area that works for picnics too.