I'm a SAHM mom of a 12-year old girl that is homeschooled and a newborn little girl. :D I have my hands full, that's for sure, but I wouldn't change it for anything.
My husband and I are both born and raised in Monterey and have no intention of moving. We love it here. The weather is mild (55-65 is the usual temp year round), with a few heat waves and cold snaps every now and then. If you dress in layers, you'll be fine.
I'll try to answer your questions as best as I can.
1. For 2+ year olds, we have Dennis the Menace Park which is open from 10am to sunset, 7 days per week.
-My Museum in downtown Monterey that is a $7 entry fee. http://www.mymuseum.org/
-Black light mini golf on Cannery Row. Haven't been here myself but I've heard that it's a lot of fun for kids and adults. http://www.oceans18minigolf.net/
-Monterey Bay Aquarium. I recommend getting a year family pass for $195. http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/
It's tax deductible and really does pay for itself after a few times going. It's normally $35 for adults to enter and my daughter finds something new and awesome every time we go. For a tween, that's really saying a lot.
2. My sister in law sends her 4 year old to preschool for a few hours a day to get the social interaction that's so important at this age. But if you're a SAHM, there are so many playdate groups that you can get in touch with. I don't participate myself since I have so many friends with kids that are close to my daughter's age. I can do a little research if you want some help in that department.
3. Being a SAHM with a newborn (5 weeks), I'm not very active right now. But we love going to Farmer's Market in downtown Monterey every Tuesday, going to the park, going for walks on the rec trail/bike path, fishing off of the municipal wharf, haven't been to SF in a long time, but Santa Cruz is awesome too.
If you decide to make the move to Monterey, I'll be happy to help you find some more things to do.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "adelerocyte" <adelerocyte@...> wrote:
> Hi ladies,
> I hope you don't mind my off topic question. I'm currently an NYC mom to a 26 month old boy, follow attachment parenting practices and am a busy SAHM. My husband was offered a very interesting job in Monterey and we are strongly considering leaving NYC after 10 years to move to CA. What's making the decision hard for me is I'm concerned about being isolated/bored because I'm used to city living and going to many mommy and me classes here and have made a group of SAHM friends that we see frequently just by walking a few blocks to the park or each others apartments.
> 1. I'm wondering if any of you would be willing to share what classes/activities are available in the Monterey/Carmel area for 2+ year olds.
> 2. Do parents choose to send kids to preschool (not daycare) a few hours a week at that age and if so could you give me some suggestions of good ones to check and cost. I couldn't find any websites with cost. It would be a big pay cut for us so were also trying to estimate our costs. If we stayed my son is sighed up to start preschool in the fall 7 hrs a week. I think it's a little early to start but the NYC peer pressure got to us and we got scared that if we didn't enroll him he might fall behind. Plus he LOVES socializing so I think he would really like it if it was just a few hours. And here you have to apply a year in advance so how was I suppose to predict a year in advance if he would be ready. But that's a whole other point. I hope that's not the case there. :)
> 3. Finally if you're a SAHM could you share how you spend your weeks? More outdoor outings? Time at home? Play dates with other SAHM? Do you ever take day trips to San Francisco? Anything at all would be really helpful.
> Thank you and I'm sorry this is so off topic. But the API group here has been so amazingly helpful on so many topics I thought I would reach out to your group as well.
> Adele (mom to 26 month old Jack)