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So . . . what is a "playdate", anyway?

What is a playdate, anyway? Is it a social occasion where parents hang out together while their kids play together in close proximity? And how did this pattern emerge? do people in other countries do this or is it mainly an American thing? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Aug 31, 2014 - 28 answers

Orient me to Montclair / Bloomfield, NJ

We are moving to New Jersey on the Bloomfield / Montclair border. I know nothing about the neighborhoods except their reputations. Help me hit the ground running with things I should know, especially best coffee, food, shopping, parks, health services, business services and other things that wikipedia has left out. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by safetyfork on Jul 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Looking for Badminton Set Recommendations

I am in the market for a badminton set to play in the park on nice days. I do not have a yard, so it's important that the set is portable and the net is easy to set up and take down. None of the sporting goods stores in DC seem to carry badminton sets, so definitely looking for something that can be ordered online. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Jul 12, 2014 - 2 answers

great places for dogs around Nashville?

I am looking for places that are fun, interesting, and accessible to take my 3 dogs (2 seniors, hound and std.schnauzer, and 3-year-old sheltie) off leash, or on a long nylon lead. I know the three official dog parks here in town, which are fine up to a point but a bit boring after a while. We were all spoiled when we lived on the west coast, when the seniors were young: park areas like the beach at Kelly Point, near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette, or one federal reserve area outside of town, seem like a dream now (even Shelby Park in Memphis was great). Even after they started to regulate that beach, you could still have dogs off-leash within range of the water, and enforcement was relaxed. I understand that dogs can't be allowed to roam free in park settings, but have heard that there are locations, for instance along the Harpeth, where people and dogs go for this purpose. Any ideas? (no lectures, please - I agree that people and wildlife are more important.)
posted by mmiddle on Mar 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Place to read and talk all afternoon in London

Where can my girlfriend and I sit down, relax, read, and talk for a long while during our visit to London? When weather is good, we love parks. When it's raining, we're at a loss. Are there any especially good libraries or other places for this kind of thing? Thanks!
posted by honest knave on Oct 14, 2013 - 14 answers

Making life more bearable in a province/lifestyle we hate?

My husband and I are dying to move to another province where we have tons of family. People are much more laid back there; they know how to have fun without spending a lot of money. They enjoy each other's company, chat with strangers, tell great stories and place a lot less value on money. It's a beautiful province with lakes and tons of beach access. Houses have decks and fireplaces. To me, it's paradise. The family component is wonderful for my daughter. The problem is that in our home province, we make crap-tons of money. Moving to the other province could mean as much as a $50,000 pay cut. We've decided to stay here another 2 years to build up some super-savings. My question is: What can we do to make our lives here more bearable until we are ready to move? If worthwhile, I could spend up to $500 a month on any changes. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Aug 19, 2013 - 40 answers

Looking for some kind of California/Nevada resort that has baby care

So I'm dating this single mom with a 6 month old. It's been going well but all our dates end with her rushing to take care of her baby - as a mom should. But she clearly needs a rest and I'm trying to figure out if I can take her on a vacation anywhere. Is there somewhere in the Northern California/Nevada area that is some kind of resort with stuff to do AND offers babysitting for a six month old as part of the package? Is there a name for resorts or vacations or recreation options like this? As a single guy with no kids I have no idea what the options are here. So please...educate me.
posted by rileyray3000 on Jul 16, 2013 - 14 answers

How can I prep for a solo canoe trip

I am thinking about taking a canoe trip down a local river, the Willamette, in Oregon. The river is a national water trail, and has some excellent documentation on camp sites and conditions between the starting and ending points we want to travel. How can I best prepare for this trip given I've mostly done water trips in supervised groups. [more inside]
posted by diode on May 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Tell me about Minneapolis' Parks

Do you live in Minneapolis? Have you lived there in the past? What can you tell me about the Parks system there? [more inside]
posted by Shohn on May 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Things to do at home when incapacitated.

I need recommendations for activities for someone with medical conditions that preclude reading, writing, watching much video, or walking for any significant amount of time. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Mar 18, 2013 - 37 answers

Why is ice skating torture on our feet?

Wife and I would really like to enjoy skating. But damn, it hurts! [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Feb 18, 2013 - 14 answers

What can I do that would result in a good story

Can you help me think of activities I can engage in that will give me lots of good material for interesting stories? I want 2013 to be the year of the interesting story in which I do things that have a good chance or resulting in an interesting story. I want to come up with at least 12 things I can do -- 1 per month. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Dec 5, 2012 - 38 answers

Help Identify this Climbing Gear Please!

Can anyone help me identify the use of these climbing ropes are? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Dec 2, 2012 - 8 answers

What do you do in the evenings?

What do you do in the evenings? [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Nov 29, 2012 - 66 answers

What to see and do in Indian Rocks Beach, FL over Christmas?

What is there to see and do in Indian Rocks Beach, FL over Christmas? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 on Oct 20, 2012 - 4 answers

Please help me book a killer company outing

Where to take a company group of 18 people for a 3-hour activity in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan on Aug 22, 2012 - 17 answers

Are there any great, multi-day, non-wilderness walks in the U.S.?

Are there any great mixed rural/small-town/semi-urban long walks in the U.S.? I'm searching for multi-day, maybe even multi-week routes that are not strict backpacking and would not require the carrying of a tent. More inside. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 31, 2012 - 20 answers

Wanted: Bike Routes in New England that meet specific criteria.

Please suggest bike routes in New England that meet some specific criteria. We took our son on a section of the East Bay Bike Path near Providence for his first bike ride last week and he loved it. He sits in an iBert on Mom's bike. We are looking for similar routes. In looking for similar I articulate what specifically I think is good about this path for us in the extended explanation. We can ride weekdays in addition to weekends. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by safetyfork on Jun 25, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for some ideas of cool things to do at home with a partner.

Looking for some ideas of cool things to do at home with a partner. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 25, 2012 - 33 answers

We're Going To Need A Bigger... Kite

What is the best large parafoil stunt kite for big time family fun at the beach? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle on Apr 21, 2012 - 2 answers

Things to do near Crescent City, CA?

Later this week I'm taking my kid and her friend to the Crescent City/ Jedediah Smith National Park area. The plan is to do some hiking in the redwoods and hanging out near the beach, but I'm looking for other suggestions or recommendations for things to do in the region, assuming it's going to stay cool and rainy.
posted by pernoctalian on Mar 23, 2012 - 6 answers

El Pasotiempo

Visiting El Paso for a (work)week, seeking interesting and worthwhile activities for the off-hours. [more inside]
posted by MimeticHaHa on Feb 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Finding things to do with myself on evenings and weekends

What are some things I can do during evenings and weekends? [more inside]
posted by allseeingabstract on Jan 10, 2012 - 24 answers

Chicago Recreation

Is it totally nuts for an outdoor loving backpacking tree hugger to move to Chicago for work? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Dec 6, 2011 - 17 answers

Afforable day trips around chicago, Metra/public transit accessible

Afforable day trips outside of chicago, Metra/public transit accessible [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Oct 23, 2011 - 5 answers

The loudest sound in this and every world you can think of.

As a teenager, I had some exposure to tap dance. Now I'm a working drudge in my late twenties. How can I bring tap back into my life? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Aug 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for unique activities in Southern California

Looking for unique/unusual/off the beaten path things in the Orange County, CA area. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by bodgy on Jul 6, 2011 - 9 answers

how to turn a battleground into a park?

I'm looking for information on parks or playgrounds in areas of conflict, especially urban areas. [more inside]
posted by sepviva on Jul 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Themes for activities for kids day camp

I've been asked to brainstorm for themes in which I can run a weekly or twice-weekly activity for an urban day camp for kids. Please help me come up with ideas! [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jun 16, 2011 - 8 answers

Not Looking for a Natural High

As the antithesis of this post, can you recommend a special something that will help me relax & enjoy myself on special occasions? [more inside]
posted by PepperMax on May 9, 2011 - 12 answers

Get me off my butt.

After getting married, and starting a new (temporarily lower paying) job, money is tight. During the wedding planning, I thought, "Man, when I have the money again, I'd love to get back to rock climbing or take a French class". Well, the money is still tight, and looks to be for a while. What are some hobbies I can pick up that would cost very little to no money per month? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Apr 19, 2011 - 43 answers

Pasttimes for sad children

I have three weeks off and I've forgotten how to amuse and improve myself. [more inside]
posted by Xianny on Apr 18, 2011 - 17 answers

Looking for stuff to read about revolutionary approaches to sports

Strange new personal interest... Help me find more things to read about non-traditional approaches to coaching/playing/thinking about sports. [more inside]
posted by healthykindofsick on Dec 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Spendy.

How do you temper or tone down your entertainment/recreation spending? [more inside]
posted by Small Pockets on Nov 9, 2010 - 21 answers

I want to ride my bicycle: What kind should I get? ~200-300 budget.

I moved from WV to relatively flat Richmond, VA. What kind of bike should I get to take advantage of the newfound flatness? ~$200-300 budget. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Oct 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Free things to do in or near North County Coastal San Diego

Free things to do in or near North County Coastal San Diego? [more inside]
posted by moira on Sep 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Take the Jump or Not?

Twelve year old daughter wants a trampoline. My gut tells me no. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Sep 9, 2010 - 70 answers

Feet in the water.

Feet in the water in Philadelphia or New York? Someone I care about and I have been through a rough time, and we're looking for a non-creepy, non-scummy body of water or river where we can take off our shoes and socks, dangle our feet in, and just sit for a while.
posted by zeek321 on Sep 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Urban scavenger hunt - can skill win over speed?

My boyfriend and I signed up to do an urban scavenger hunt next weekend - tips/advice for the middle aged and/or out of shape? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Aug 23, 2010 - 5 answers

Article search - again

I'm looking for an article I read online within the past two years about a group of friends in their late 20s/early 30s who spend the weekend smoking/snorting some drug at a friend's house. I mostly remember the bizarre activities they got involved in and an impromptu trip to Las Vegas in the middle of the weekend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on Aug 14, 2010 - 3 answers

The Right Stuff?

The Right Stuff? For MLB pitchers, that is... [more inside]
posted by word_virus on Jul 13, 2010 - 5 answers

Happy Happy Fun Outdoors Toy

I want to buy something fun for the family to play with, either in the backyard or at the park. I have about $100. Water balloon cannon? Bocce? What have you played outdoors that is tons of fun and holds up to repeated playing? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Jul 1, 2010 - 31 answers

What do do on a rainy day in Tokyo?

Help me find something fun to do on a rainy day in Tokyo. [more inside]
posted by farce majeure on May 27, 2010 - 19 answers

The art of not sounding boring

How best to answer informal but sincere questions along the lines of 'What's been going on in your life?' [more inside]
posted by kid A on Mar 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Need to get away at home

I want to stay at a hotel in my own town. Where in Los Angeles is the best place to do this? As befits an impulse, I want to find someplace near me (within a half-hour's driving time of downtown) which has an opening today, at a reasonable price, which I figure is about 200 bucks a night. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Feb 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Online store manager compensation

I've been offered a position managing the online store component of a small business manufacturer in the recreation space. I am unsure about the value of the incentive compensation and could use some insights into this. [more inside]
posted by diode on Jan 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for some fun things to do in Kansas City tomorrow evening (Wednesday Nov 25th).

I'm from out of town (Chicago), but I met a girl here in KC the other day and we've decided to go out tomorrow evening. We're both artsy types with a fondness for adventure and off-the-beaten-path entertainment. I know I could easily defer to her for suggestions, but I'd like to have a few ideas to throw out. I'm up for anything really. It doesn't have to be a proper event or anything- someplace cool to wander around or explore is fine too. Just toss it all out there!! Food suggestions are good too (she's vegetarian). Thanks!!
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Nov 24, 2009 - 5 answers

Immersive Xbox environments

Gamers: I am an Xbox newbie. Please recommend first-person games with excellently-achieved immersive environments. [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron on Nov 1, 2009 - 31 answers

Ballin’ on a budget:

Taking care of some things so money’s tight. What are some kickass, cool, mellow things I can do for free or dirt cheap! Preferably in Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
posted by Hydrofiend on Oct 27, 2009 - 10 answers

Bikeriding Baby!

Help me teach a 1 year old how to ride a bike! [more inside]
posted by lester's sock puppet on May 15, 2009 - 10 answers

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