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My kids are happy this coming holiday season because they get a week and a half off from school here in NYC. Me? Not so much. Keeping them home is not an option as they’ll get cabin fever, but I’m also not going to let incontinence prevent me from having a blast with them and making memories. While I make sure to scope out the bathroom no matter where I go, I’m always protected with Depend® FIT-FLEX® Underwear. It’s ultra-soft, and I feel comfortable and more confident when I know I have all-day protection.
My game plan? I’m putting together a list of fun holiday activities I’m hoping to do with them this winter vacation. I’ve made sure they’re all bathroom friendly, so I can stay confident. I’m sure you can find a few of them that appeal to you too!
Skiing is so much fun! If you’re lucky enough to live close to a mountain, skiing can be a great activity for even young kids and something that families can spend time together doing. My husband grew up in the Poconos, which is a couple of hours drive from us now. Before you put on your snowsuit, scope out where the restrooms are located beforehand. And if the rest of your family enjoys skiing but you don’t, just curl up with a good book by the fireplace in the nearby lodge and enjoy the warm, cozy atmosphere. We’ve been a couple of times and I love it, even if I have to stick to the bunny trail. Hint: Go before you get on the slopes and take a lesson or two.
No matter your level – whether you can pirouette on the ice or barely move without holding onto the railing – ice skating is a fun activity. If you can find a place to go ice skating outdoors, you’ll get the bonus of a beautiful scenery. Restrooms will typically be located near the rink, or close enough. My kids have a blast and I love getting some exercise in the rink, too (though I’m not as graceful).
Visiting a local museum in the winter is a great activity since you can probably kill a few hours, depending on the size of the museum. Not all kids will be able to spend hours upon hours in a large museum, so consider a smallish museum, or a museum that can cater to kids – whether it’s a museum made specifically for kids or a museum that has cool artifacts, such as a natural history museum. You can also find specialty museums that showcase unique items, such as antique cars or watches. Be sure to grab a map for restroom info.
Visiting Historic Mansions
Historic mansions are always a cool place to visit – it’s the closest you’ll ever get to stepping back in time. This time of year is perfect because many mansions and historic homes are decorated for the holidays and have a festive atmosphere. It’s interesting to learn about the history of the place and about the historical context of the time when people lived there, plus you’ll likely find out about some juicy family stories. The only tricky part is taking kids – an infant in a baby carrier will be relatively easy to take, especially if you can time the visit around nap time. However, if you have school-aged children, you’ll have to make sure they are old enough to pay attention and listen, or at least can behave and not touch anything. Many historic homes do not have a usable restroom on premises but there should be one nearby – just ask the tour guide.
One great reason to visit your local zoo in the winter? There are virtually no lines – you avoid the crowds and the humid, sticky days of summer. Many exhibits are indoor and have animals that live in tropical climates. There are animals, such as pandas, polar bears and Siberian tigers who thrive in cold weather and other animals that have adapted to the colder weather. Be sure to grab a map of the zoo to see where the nearest restroom is located.
Indoor water park
Winter vacation is the perfect time to visit a water park. It’s always perfectly warm and gives you a feeling of summer even if outside there’s a blizzard or torrential rain. Luckily, indoor water parks always have convenient restrooms everywhere.
Going to shows or concerts is fun and there’s a variety of different shows and music events for any taste and budget. Restrooms are always available but there are usually long lines, so that can be tricky. It may be helpful to find a seat that’s close enough to the door and on the isle so that you can get quicker access to the restroom, if you need to. I usually ask right when I get inside to make sure I know where I am going.
Playing Tourist in Your City
You may know your city like the back of your hand, but there’s always an area you’re never explored before. Put together a mini walk and explore streets you haven’t yet discovered. Or try a new restaurant you’re never been to. Always check for local public restrooms if you’re in an area of the city you’re not familiar with. Most coffee shops and restaurants will let you use the restroom.
If your kids are familiar with your local library, consider venturing out to a library they’ve never visited before. Older kids will enjoy a selection of books and younger kids will love playing with new toys and discovering picture books that interest them. Restrooms should be easy to find and are super clean. Some libraries even have small cafes or places you can bring a packed lunch.
As I’ve shared, I, along with nearly 65 million Americans, experience bladder leakage. But I definitely don’t let it get in the way of how I want to live my life and how I spend time with my family. In fact, I’m more confident with Depend. Don’t let bladder leakage stop you from living your best life. If you or someone you know is looking for advice and resource on bladder leaks, join The Incontinence Community, a private Facebook Group: http://bit.ly/InconCommunity.