Whole Foods has really gotten smart. Instead of just catering to adults, the popular grocery store is striving to be as family friendly as possible, hosting events and making changes to be as kid friendly as possible. Whole Foods has truly become a healthy kid’s playground…read more to find out why! Spoiler alert: Whole Foods means Healthy Kids.
Story time at Whole Foods
Monday mornings mean one thing in our house. No, not tears that Daddy has to go back to work and that the weekend is over (ok, I admit, that happens sometimes), or planning a meatless meal like many families all over the country….it means storytime at Whole Foods!
As a Reading Specialist, I absolutely love introducing my kids to different experiences with reading in order to foster a love of reading in them. Thankfully, all of my hard work has paid off and my kiddos LOVE looking at books, having us read them stories, and now my boys love to read to one another. It turns my heart to mush every single time.
Here is Great Nana taking a trip to storytime with us…isn’t she cute?!
During this free hour, Whole Foods provides delicious and organic snacks for the kiddos (and coffee for parents) and has a qualified reader come and engage with the group of children to truly make the stories they are reading come alive. Most places typically just have an employee read a story or two, but Whole Foods really dedicates themselves to finding quality performers who keep wiggly kiddos entertained.
Whole Kids Foundation
Whole Foods even has a Whole Kids Foundation that hosts many free and fun activities that you and your family can sign up for, such as decorating pumpkins, creating rock gardens, etc. Many Whole Foods locations have started to host cooking classes for the entire family, which is a great way to teach your kids about healthy food.
Whole Foods Market is currently partnering up with WTTW to create a new TV show that features local museums. I hope they showcase our favorites, such as the Shedd, MSI, Chicago History Museum, and Nature Museum!
Whole Foods Family Fun
Although we can find doing all of our shopping at Whole Foods to be super expensive, we always grab a few groceries after story time, so it is incredibly convenient and a great way to get your kiddos excited about grocery shopping. My boys love oohing and aahing over the gorgeous displays, from the gelato to the fresh flowers.
We also like to eat dinner at Whole Foods every once in a while when we are on the go from one class to another. It is great that we can get a quick, healthy, and hot meal for the entire family so I feel less stressed and guilty about not making a home made dinner. There are also play spaces sprouting up in many of the eating areas, so it really is a treat for all of us to dine at Whole Foods.
Oh, and don’t forget that some Whole Foods locations are parent friendly, too!
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