Last month I had planned a trip down to Williamsburg for my family, but for some reason didn’t think about the weather. So as a heat wave rolled through with 110 degree days, I had to scramble quickly to find something with air conditioning, or at least more shade….bonus points if you could entertain my 3-year old and let me roll through with a double stroller.
What a blessing in disguise that heat was! We happened upon the Virginia Living Museum and it ended up being one of the best children’s museums we’d ever been to.
Not only did it have my prerequisite air conditioning and ample stroller space, but the interaction it provided for my 3-year old was out of this world! With both indoor and outdoor exhibits, we were occupied for the whole morning.
Whether you’re visiting Philadelphia for a weekend or live here year round, there’s a ton to do and see, especially with your toddler and preschooler. But if you’re looking for something to fill your whole day with, then these Philadelphia day trips will do the trick.
I’ve got some definite tech lovers in my family, so this list was really easy to put together. Some are past successes that I wish I could just give again, others will be making their appearance at the next holiday season. Thankfully, my husband and Dad have both agreed not to read this post (it will be really hard for them, I’m sure), so I can be totally honest with you. 🙂 They also both weighed in on these ideas, so I can tell you exactly what they were thinking.
Here we go! The best gifts for the tech loving man in your life:
It’s been quite some time since my husband and I traveled to Disney World for our Babymoon, but I still remember it well and feel warm and fuzzy every time I come across something Disney related. Not only did we have an amazing time, but it was a fabulous way to start what will most likely be decades of Disney trips ahead of us. As far as Babymoons go, it was the perfect choice for a last hoorah and one that I will always recommend to parents-to-be.
So before you settle on yet another Caribbean getaway, consider these reasons for choosing Disney World to celebrate your new life ahead:
The ABC’s are one of the funnest things to start teaching your toddler – assuming they’re interested in learning. Luckily, there are so many different ways to incorporate the ABCs into their day – and more importantly, a billion ways to start exposing them to their letters so that they start to pick it up on their own.
Having a late talker, we were obsessed with learning the ABCs, so I’ve tested out more than you can imagine. Here are some of the coolest ideas I’ve come across, as well as some new fun things to try:
I’m not the world’s best DIYer, so when I find a project that I can actually pull off, I get really excited! And if I can get my toddler involved, it’s even better. That’s what happened with these DIY bookmarks and they ended up being a huge hit (both for my toddler and everyone that got the bookmarks).
When we were invited by friends to join them at The Crayola Experience, I was so excited for a new Philadelphia day trip to enjoy with our little guy. I had memories of The Crayola Experience (though at that time we called it The Crayola Factory), but none of my memories compared to what it is now. What an amazing trip! I’m not exaggerating a bit when I tell you this was just as amazing for a 2 ½ year old as Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum – it was that cool!
The Crayola Experience is located in Easton, so it’s a bit of a drive for some of the Philly suburbs (it took us 1 ½ hrs.), but there’s so much to do there that it’s well worth the drive. We were also pleasantly surprised by how nice Easton was, so there’s lots of restaurants and shops to keep you busy if you want to hang around after The Crayola Experience. We were there on a Saturday and a huge farmer’s market was set up right in the center of town, so check to see if that will be there! It was a lot of fun.
Last year for Christmas, I wrapped all of our gifts in shipping paper and did my best to spruce them up with some fun embellishments. My son had been with me every step of the way (whether he liked it or not), so I finally figured out a way to get him even more involved in the process.
So how exactly does one get a toddler involved in gift wrapping??
Drum roll please….finger paint!
I got lucky with a son who absolutely loves to read and look at books, but that love of reading doesn’t seem to translate into an appreciation for keeping the books in good condition. So, for the time being, we’re only using board books so that he can use them however he likes (and for the most part, they have proven to be indestructible). Luckily, it has turned out that board books aren’t that expensive either, so I’ve been able to get most of them in the $3 range on Amazon.
So if you’re looking for a good gift idea for your toddler or just need some new inspiration to get them using new words, try out these board books that have been big winners in our house:
I knew about The Please Touch Museum long before I was even pregnant with my son (my husband and I had our wedding there!), but I was pretty sure it was best for 4, 5, or 6 year olds, so I had pushed off taking my toddler. Holy moly, was I ever wrong. This place is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT for toddlers. If I was closer, I would be there every single week. Since heading there for the first time with him, I’ve been on a hunt for other children’s museums that compare and haven’t found anything even remotely close.
So if you’re in the area or live in the suburbs like I do, you need to make sure you take your toddler to the Please Touch Museum the second they’re comfortable walking. There are so many things to do with little guys (and older too) that I guarantee you’ll want to come back again and again.
Related post: 15 Philadelphia Day Trips for Your Toddler & Preschooler
Here are some of the highlights: