Ideas for Entertaining the Nieces
Entertaining guests can be a lot of fun, but what if you're guests are used to the good life? One of our readers would like some advice on entertaining her nieces. She writes:
My brother and his family live in the midwest. My two nieces are seven and nine and to be honest, I've never established much of a relationship with them. Of course a big reason for this is distance but it's also due to the nature of my sister-in-laws parenting style. Both she and my brother are extremely overprotective (read neurotic) and when the girls were little, their parents would never really allow us do things with them alone or get to know them in a meaningful way. As long as the parents were around...well, you get the idea.
So my brother's family will be here for a two week vacation this summer. I really want to make the effort to get to know the girls and establish my own relationship with them. I want to plan a day to take them out just the three of us. Here's my question: these are girls who live very very privileged lives in terms of the kinds of toys/gifts they get and the places they go.
I'd like to come up with a fun idea of what to do without spending a lot of money. They love, love love animals and arts/crafts.
BTW, I'm not the most "creative" when it comes to kids activities (including activities with my own child).