“Are there any activities for the kids to do?”
No bouncy castles. No face painting. No balloon twisting.
I prefer it that way, less distractions and more appreciation on what the Farmer’s Market has to offer. Take it as an opportunity to teach your kids where the food came from.
Here’s how you can make it fun:
- First, eat something. Baker and Spice has a wide range of breads and healthy breakfast options for you to choose. Any hungry person is no fun to be with, so make sure you grab something to eat.
- Make a list. You can do this before going or work on the list as you stroll around the market. Fruits and vegetable vary every week. Early readers can practice reading from the list or ask school age kids to help you spell out the words.
- Once you’ve completed your list, decide on what you need and work on menu for the week. Ask suggestion from your LittleOnes. Watch the cooking demo and get some ideas.
- Introduce them to the community. Let them have a big kid conversation with farmers, chefs and fellow shoppers. It’s also a way for them to meet amazing people in the market. I told V that we met a lady farmer, he was so amazed (hey, girls can be farmers too).
- Try a new vegetable/fruit. Grab a fruit or vegetable you haven’t had before and ask your farmer suggestions on how best to prepare them.
- Let your kids smell and touch each vegetable they see. Describe the color, texture and smell.
- Practice counting. Ask you toddler’s help put fruits in the bag and count as you go. LitlleMiss Chloe is happy doing this task and counts 1, 3, 3, 10. Tell them that how many and what size to get.
- Big brother V who is in grade 2 gets to practice his math skills by comparing prices and practice addition & subtraction. Right down each cost and check on your next visit if they have increased cost.
- Relax and enjoy the scene. The Farmer’s Market is held at the Ballroom Gardens at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The location is lovely, a lot of trees and grass, you can just sit and watch your kids run around.
Getting our kids involved make them feel important and because they are busy helping us, less complains and more fun!
Read more stories about the Farmer’s Market on the Terrace from FoodKissed, AB and Me, Cinnamon Weekends, Naked Plate, Orange Kitchens, Memoirs of a Taste Bud, Kitchen in the Sand, Dima Sharif, IshitaUnblogged, My Custard Pie, Noni’s Place, Coffee Cakes and Running and Ritu’s Fuss Free Cooking.
The Farmer’s Market on the Terrace, held every Friday (till May) from 8 am till 1 pm at Bay Avenue Park, Al A’amal St., Bay Avenue Business Bay. Get updates on their facebook page.
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