Traveling activities

Traveling activities

After a little travel-hiatus until our new baby arrives, I find myself thinking about where we can go for our next trip and what we can do while we’re there! I never realized how much fun it would be to plan activities that are kid-friendly. There is something so wonderful about seeing your child having a fun time, and it’s never one-sided, we always have fun too! Here is a list of my top seven kid-friendly activities when my family is visiting a new place!

  1. Local museums. The last time we visited Detroit, we went to the Henry Ford Museum. We went for a few reasons: we had the time, my husband really wanted to go, and we had the time. I hadn’t looked up how kid-friendly it would be, but who can go wrong with cars and little boys? It was such a fun experience, and my son had a great time. He got to run around, which tired him out before the flight. My husband and I got to stretch our legs and get some good exercise in before having to sit down for hours on a plane. And we all learned a lot!
  2. Bookstores. I personally love a good book store. They smell great, the look great, and they are full of books. The visual aspect of a library or bookstore is great for kids: lots of different bindings of all different colors with different words of different fonts all coming together to make a pleasing aesthetic. Kids (and adults) are filled with awe and wonder marveling at shelves upon shelves of books. And I’ve never been to a bookstore that gets mad at you for browsing and taking your time walking around. It is a great way to spend time for those interim moments while you travel.
  3. Malls. Who doesn’t love to bring back some souvenirs from traveling? Malls have all that plus food, plus maybe an indoor play place. Malls are a bit commercial and not always my first choice, but they are free and if the weather is bad, they get you out of the rain!
  4. Parks. If the weather isn’t bad though, parks are always a fun place. My son would love any park, anytime, anywhere, but visiting a new one is extra exciting.
  5. Toy stores. I have vivid memories of visiting toy stores as a kid. I know that taking my children to toy stores, especially in an age where everything is ordered online instead of in a store, that he will remember these times too.
  6. Nature trails. Similar to parks, nature trails are fun for kids who can walk longer distances, or love being outside.
  7. Zoos or aquariums. Nothing beats a giant wall of ocean creatures swimming right in front of your face! The last aquarium we visited also had a play area that was a submarine simulator. Whoever designed it was a genius because they put hundreds of fake buttons and switches that could occupy a toddler for hours on end.
Happy travels!
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