A little ingenuity, plenty of Pop Secret flavors to choose from and a little help from my parents, and we managed to surprise the kids with the perfect Pajama Ride! The first pajama ride we’ve had in a few years!
What in the world is a Pajama Ride?
A pajama ride is a quick ticket to Best Mom Ever. It is when you put your kids to bed, wait about five minutes, and then run into their room, flick on their light and yell, “PAJAMA RIDE!” The kids then get out of bed (pajamas and all) and load up in the car (or in our case, 15 passenger van). The off you go on an unknown adventure (or just for cheap ice cream cones). This a fun tradition we started years ago, that has become much more complicated over the years. To begin with, when we first did it…we simply put the kids to bed early, and they had no idea. We were back home and they were back in bed by 8 pm! Brilliant, right?
Now that our kids are older, can tell time, have staggered bedtimes, and in the case of my teens, often stay up later than I do, its become complicated. Despite all of this, our younger kids have heard tales (and have vague memories) of Pajama Rides in the past. I have finally come up with a way to do pajama rides now that our kids are older.
A few weeks ago, we had dinner, tidied up and then I sent my kids outside to clean up the yard. They were a bit…sad…having to clean up the yard after dinner, but hey, that’s part of life, right? I waited until all the kids were working (some are slower than others) then yelled, “Pajama Ride!” This time there was no hesitation. The kids raced in the house, donned cozy pajamas, grabbed their favorite doll or stuffed animal and headed out to the van.
Instead of ice cream, I had a different surprise waiting for them.
The day before I had gone to Walmart and bought snacks and headed to my parents house. I set up the table with a few snacks and decorations. On the night of the Pajama Ride, we drove straight to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. My mom had cooked up a couple of frozen pizzas and popped a ton of Pop Secret popcorn for us to snack on. My favorite out of the Pop Secret flavors was the Kettle Corn, but the kids also enjoyed Sweet ‘n Crunchy and Movie Theater Butter.
The big event of the night was to watch a couple episodes of Big Crazy Family Adventure. Have you heard of this show? The Kirkby family take their two sons (ages 6 and 3) from British Columbia to India…without taking a single plane! Kayak, bus, train, ship, you name it, they take anything and everything except an airplane! The kids loved it.
We had such a great time. Its been a few weeks and the kids are still talking about it. I am so happy to have figured out a way to still keep up this tradition and to include my big kids. You might notice Tilly isn’t in her pajamas…That’s because she went straight from our pajama ride to babysitting!
Have you ever had a pajama ride? What is your favorite way to surprise your kids?