Saturday, June 21, 2014

Toddler Summer Bucket List

Happy Summer!!

With the heat back in town it's really easy to have more lazy days than productive days, and we all know how easy it is for a toddler... or any kid for that matter, to get bored. Keep yourselves occupied and enjoy your summer making lasting memories. I've put together a list of things we plan on doing with Julian this summer, they include things that can be done out of the house as well as at home. Hopefully these are things you can enjoy with your little one too! Feel free to print out the checklist below so you can have it on hand, I've also left some spaces empty so that you can add some of your own ideas :).  Links will be provided below to show you local Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley places. 

  • Visit your local Splash Pad- These Splash Pads are in the San Fernando Valley area: Oak Park Splash PadMason Park Splash Pad. To find your local Splash Pad, using Google would be the easiest way.
  • Go Camping- We loved beachside camping at Jalama Beach in Lompoc, CA. If you can't go camping at a campsite, pitch a tent in your backyard or patio and it can be just as fun!
  • Visit a Museum- This summer we plan on taking Julian to Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, CA, it even has a splash pad so thats a score :). If your in the LA area you can also visit the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art or the California Science Center
  • Take a trip to the Zoo/Visit a Aquarium- The Los Angeles Zoo, The San Diego Zoo, and The Aquarium of the Pacific are all pretty local and are always offering discount coupons. If you can't make it out to the Zoo or Aquarium you can also visit your local Pet Store or PetSmart/PetCo... Julian loves to look at all the fishes and small animals so it's a great and cheap alternative.
  • Have a Picnic- Whether it be at the park, at the beach, or even in your backyard or patio... You really can't beat a summertime picnic no matter where it is :).
  • Water Play- Now aside from the Splash Pad, Water Play can mean anything. You can go outside and play with the hose, play with your water table on your porch or patio... You can even set up a small pool outside. A lot of communities have public pools with a little spot for kids as well. If you don't want to head outside, lay some towels on the floor or on the table and play with some water in pots and pretend to make "soup". 
  • Watch a movie under the stars- For a variety of choices in your area Yelp! always helps, that link will take you to some choices in the LA area. This post on the Red Tricycle Blog also provides a list of Kid-Friendly outdoor movies in the LA area. If you can't head out to a outdoor cinema, lay a blanket out in the backyard or on your patio and watch a movie from your laptop or iPad with a bowl of popcorn and snacks.
  • Roam your local Famers Market- Many local farmers markets have yummy food and produce, but some also have really fun activities for kids like a small petting zoo, pony rides, and bounce houses.
  • Have a Talent Show/Sing Karaoke- These are super fun activities to do at home with your little one. If your kids are anything like my son, they will love it. My son loves to sing & dance!
  • Go to the Beach- Find a beach thats close by so you can unwind next to the breezy water. Make sure you bring some fun toys to play with in the sand, building sand castles will be fun... and your toddler will have even more fun stomping through them.
  • Take a trip to the mall- This is a quick and easy thing to do to take advantage of free air conditioning lol. Most malls have a play area, and some even have little trains you can ride along. You don't always have to shop, you can always just walk around and have lunch or ice cream.
  • Play at the Park- Find your local Park and either play on the playground or play catch in the grass area. Some Parks have a Ice Cream Truck nearby so you can enjoy some ice cream after some play time, but you can also head to a nearby froyo joint to make the day even sweeter.
  • Finger-Paint- This activity can be done inside, or outside... depending on if you want to clean up the least amount of mess... Well you can't really avoid a mess with this lol... But your little one is sure to have fun. 
  • Play Dress-Up- Expand your little ones imagination by playing pretend. You don't have to have costumes, you can bring out some of daddy's hats, or shoes, or even some of mommy's stuff. The possibilities are endless!
  • Take a walk outside- Sometimes entertaining your little one can be so simple. Taking a walk outside will be great to let your little one explore the different plants, bugs, and birds. If your on a busy street you can point at the different cars and name the colors together. 

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Have Fun!

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