Do you ever want to go on vacation and wonder if your toddler will enjoy it? I always do. If you have not seen part 1 to How To Travel With A Toddler, click here to see it. My son is a 4-year-old, hyper, and extremely curious toddler is growing up to be a very in tune with what he does and does not like. When I take my son on vacation with me, I have to constantly think about what he can handle as a kid. I say this because, he does take naps and he also eats like a racehorse. Where ever I go, my son travels with me. Let me just say, he is like most toddlers that throw tantrums, need to go to the bathroom at the worst times, etc. But that does not have to ruin our fun because, as you know, we are on vacation. At times, you may just need to step aside and take a break to talk to your toddler. It seems like communicating with my son really seems to help him gather himself and focus again. Here is part one of our Chicago vacation!
The Good Times Together
So I have said it, and I will say it again, we go EVERYWHERE together. A lot of times it is just that we just do not have the support circle available to others and baby sitters, that an entire different topic. Either way, my schedule always revolves around activities and places we can go to together. We took a trip recently to Chicago, where we spent a lot of time doing things that I know he would like but that I could also enjoy. When you are traveling with a child, I think it is important to not only thing about yourself and how you will enjoy your vacation but how they
will enjoy it too. The planning of that trip took a bit more effort since we would not have car and transportation is a must. He was big enough to ride the Uber or Lyft with me and at times we took the train or bus. We always used this as learning experiences. For example, we would make things fun by asking him “What are we riding on?” Or “Do you see a red car?” It was always something to look at and that kept him entertained while traveling around the city. Chicago, is a vibrant place! So there is so much to engage with. It was so much fun exploring the city with him
There are times when we go on vacation and think that we absolutely need to have a schedule but let me tell you, just enjoy yourself. I had so much planned We were walking to designated standing area when we were asked if we would like to get on the last boat of the evening, which was also heading out to see the fireworks. That was totally not in our plan but my son had never been on a boat, so I figured, ‘what a wonderful opportunity!” So we jumped on the boat that took us out onto Lake Michigan and we watched the amazing firework show. It was an adventure that I know we will cherish forever, especially because it happened on the fly!
The Children’s Museum
We finally reached The Children’s Museum and I can not tell you that it has been one of the best children’s museum I have ever been to. I’m sure my son will second that because he did not want to leave, even after 3 hours! If we did not have a flight to catch, I’m sure we would have stayed longer. There is so much to do here that I know you, as the adult, will also enjoy it yourself! Even just watching my son have so much fun and interact with other toddlers was great. They can learn so much from each other that they forget they are even learning. When we were finished, they had so many places to eat on the main floor. Mind you we are Navy Pier, where we had spent the evening before riding the boat, so my son immediately recognized the boats. We sat outside to eat our lunch and watched the boats go by. Navy Pier itself, has some great things to just walk around and look at. Before we left, we had gotten some souvenirs at the local shops that were around. There was something for everyone.
With That Being Said
Regardless of where you go, a vacation should be fun for you and your family. It is a time to enjoy and not worry about things. That has really helped me to enjoy our vacations together considering not everything will go as planned. There are some things that are out of your control and those things you should not worry about. It is good to have some ideas of what you would like to do and you can figure out how to execute it as you see fit. With that being said, I hope you have all happy and safe travels on your next vacation! I would love to know how you travel and if you try to do kid-friendly activities too. Don’t forget to tag me @ViVacation #FunTravelStuff