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Fun Day Trips Ideas for Babies & Toddlers

by Alison Wood | June 20, 2013 12:00 AM
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Summers were created for fun, leisure and lots of sun. Can a parent with small children or a baby still get out and have loads of adventure during the months of sunshine? Absolutely!

Here are some exciting day trip ideas for you and your pint-sized travelers to enjoy! Don't think since your little one is a baby that he or she doesn't enjoy seeing the sights. Get ready for some coos, smiles and giggles!

The local zoo.
It's best to hit this outing as early in the morning as possible. Pack some sunscreen, bottled water, snacks and your camera. Take a long some spending money for souvenirs to remember your special trip. Kids love seeing animals up close and learning about them. Take time to read your kiddos the information that is available about each animal. Many local zoos also offer a farm-life area that is hands-on where kids can feed lots of baby animals as well as try to milk a pretend cow. While not so entertaining to adults, kids are excited about trying out new things.

Water Park.
This is prime time for swimming. Pick your favorite water park and scope out the kiddie pool and less populated areas where you and your child can have a more peaceful swim. Kids, toddlers and babies have to be monitored closely during swim time so don't plan on getting your laps in this time around. Keep the sunscreen and shades on to protect kid's sensitive skin and eyes.

The library.
Libraries today offer more than just books. There are DVDS, books on CD and other fun things to check out. Many libraries also offer special shows and activities during the summer. Some have special activity rooms where kids can knit, crochet, paint, make bead necklaces and other hands-on educational activities. The library also offers a cool place to relax on the hottest summer days when it doesn't seem worth it to fight the heat. You can relax while your child plays some computer games, board games or checks out the newest books for his or her age group. Libraries also offer summer reading programs that offer such perks as free meals, free treats, free toys and free passes to favorite play areas. See what's happening at your local library today!

The park.
Recreational parks are adding more and more cool stuff everyday. Some add long bike trails, fish ponds, amazingly tall slides and of course the classic favorite -- swings. The park is best enjoyed early in the morning or in the late afternoon to avoid the bees, hot sun and crowd.

Indoor playgrounds.
This option is fun for parents and kids. Most indoor playgrounds offer a cozy nook for the parents to enjoy some Joe and read some books while the kids jump, run and jump some more in a supervised, air-conditioned facility. Once you locate your favorite spot, keep an ear out for upcoming deals and promotions. Some of these playgrounds offer seasonal discounts that can save you some big bucks if it is a place your kids want to visit frequently.

Children's Museum.
These museums are full of sensory learning experiences for all ages. Many have pretend grocery stores, IMAX theaters, craft areas and fish petting areas. These tend to be a little bit more expensive than other day outings, but well worth a planned visit. You could also include the grandparents to make this a more memorable trip.

Special shows.
Check out your city's popular entertainment coliseum to see when special kid-friendly shows are available. Winnie the Pooh, Sesame Street and other favorites often have fun kid performances country-wide during the summer to provide top-notch entertainment for small children.

Build-a-bear.
Spend the day making stuffed animals! Kids love to create things, and making a teddy bear or other stuffed animal is no exception. Watch out as in the end you could easily spend on a stuffed animal, however cheaper ones are available. Your child will be able to pick out their own stuffed animal, help stuff it and place a heart inside. Your child will also name the stuffed animal and be given a certificate and other special keepsakes for his or her creation. There are many options and accessories available for this activity. Some people choose to record a special voice message in the animal as well. The build-a-bear stuffed animals are also high quality and can last for quite a while. Definitely worth the experience and memories!

Prepare for some memory-making activities this summer and may you and your little one enjoy this well-deserved break!

Alison Wood is a stay-at-home mom of six and freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys raising her six children and desires to share her experiences to help other mothers.

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