Welcome to Week 3 of our Summer Activities List!!!
In case you missed our first two adventures, please check them out here:
And for those of you just joining us… Summer is upon us! And as a former nanny and new mommy I know what an exciting, special and sometimes terrifying time this can be.
How in the world are you going to occupy your little ones for an entire summer??
And better yet, how are you going to do it without wanting to throw yourself on the ground and let out a cry that would rival only the most evil of children, Caillou. (I’m sorry but I know I’m not alone here, that kid is kind of the devil.)
Let’s face it, there are adult-summer-activities, and there are children’s-summer-activities.
But then, somewhere in a Magical-World-of-Harry Potter-esque middle ground, there are a group of activities that both you AND your little ones will love to do. And I’m here to help you find them!! So I will post 1 activity per week in this little segment, to run through-out the summer.
Now on week 3 of our journey, we have an activity that I am going to say might not be for everyone. It may be a little controversial for some, pending your belief system… maybe? But for those that would like to give it a go, it is seriously a beautiful experience.
A BUDDHIST TEMPLE
This past weekend Brad, Victoria, Reef and myself visited a BEAUTIFUL Korean Buddhist Temple in Honolulu. Brad and Victoria often go to take part in the meditation that they offer on Saturday Evenings. They invited me to come and partake with Brad offering to hang out with Reef outside, but I decided not to participate in the meditation portion this time. This was mainly because I was SO excited to visually take in everything on the property and get pictures!
,Now the main reason that this may not be the activity for some is definitely a differing opinion in Religious beliefs and that I completely understand. However, for me at least, this was more like a trip to a museum than going to a place of worship. I also don’t really have any aversion to Reef experiencing different religions. And even if I did, he’s 4 months old sooo… I don’t think he is ready to convert just yet.
The second reason that this might be a bit more difficult for some kids.. it is quiet. And by quiet, I mean QUIET. Like, hesitant to go to the bathroom for fear that everyone on the grounds will hear you quiet (and worse, pretty sure that they did…)
So, if you have a rambunctious little one, or a screamer… this may not be the place for you.
But if you have a child who is pretty calm, a Buddhist Temple is where it’s at and here’s why:
- Visually Stunning– These places are oozing with visual appeal!! Temples, statues, lion heads, towers, bridges, murals,, golden shrines, colorful paint everywhere… It is virtually something out of a whimsical fantasy movie. For me, this was a big selling point on why I wanted to go. It is incredibly interesting, and in a sea of seemingly endless McMansions it is a breath of architectural fresh air!! And it is so full of color and life and all of it is HAND PAINTED. From the standpoint of an artist, it will simply take your breath away. And Reef literally would not look away from all of the beautiful colors to take a picture with me!! Lol.
- There are plenty of them! Now I can’t be 100 percent sure that they are all as beautiful as the one I went to, but it’s definitely worth looking into! There is a directory here and if you just do a little research I’m sure you can find out if one near you has all of the neat architecture I am speaking about.
- They are educational. Might as well sneak that in there too! There is such a serious need to teach our children about the world and all of the different people in it. I truly believe that if we as parents teach our children all about love and acceptance of people no matter what their race, religion, sexual preferences etc. and show them FROM THE GET GO that there are people everywhere that are different from us and that IT IS OK we can help to stop all of the hatred and intolerance that is absolutely plaguing this world. It starts with us and hopefully our babies will make this world a better place.
- And finally it is LITERALLY fun for all ages! Teeny tiny babies like my bub, all the way up to “adults” like me can take something away from this. It is a nice way to get outside, it is incredibly serene and peacefull, and truly one of the most beautiful places I have seen in a very long time. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take that over sitting in the house watching Caillou any day!!
(As a side note, I definitely recommend a hat and sunscreen because a lot of this is outside!)
Now I will leave you with an obscene amount of pictures from our INCREDIBLE afternoon at the Korean Buddhist Temple in Honolulu Hawaii.
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