Well, hello there.
Since we last spoke, our family has traveled to two different countries, celebrated a long awaited pregnancy (not mine!), and was sick for three weeks. It’s been quite an adventure.
In February, we escaped the freezing cold to one of our favorite destinations: Mexico! Then, just last week, we came back from Milan, Italy. The two trips were very different for Baby Taco. The flight to Mexico was rough but Milan was easy peasy. I have tons of pictures to share and moments to relive with you. But for now, I want to share what I’ve learned about traveling with a toddler.
Baby Taco is a tricky toddler in that she’s currently in this phase where she doesn’t want to play with toys. Crayons, stuffed animals, and books will only keep her occupied for a few minutes. If its a new toy, maybe 15-20 minutes. On the other hand, she loves wheels, zippers, buttons, remotes, and anything else that’s dirty or inappropriate for her to play with. Of course.
So you can imagine our despair on the trip to Mexico. It didn’t help that we flew on United Airlines, the crappiest airline known to man. I created a Twitter account just to call them out on their piss poor customer service. But that’s a story for another day. The only thing that kept Baby Taco entertained and happy while we were waiting on that damn tarmac for an hour was Bubble Guppies and her new bobcat toy that she conned her father into buying her.
1. Make Silly Faces with a Magnetic Playset
When Baby Taco is older and we can go on road trips to Sesame Place and Hershey Park in nearby Pennsylvania, Bingo is fun and educational. According to Free Bingo Hunter, a website that catalogues the many bingo portals online, bingo has been adapted into many different themes. MiniTime has created some free printable Roadtrip Bingo cards that you can use to banish backseat boredom.
3. Use Magnetic Picture Makers to Bring Out Their Inner Artists
When you’re visiting a museum, what could be more fun than helping kids appreciate the art around you by having them try to imitate the art hanging on the walls? ST and I visit at least one museum whenever we travel. A magnetic picture maker would be a great way to recreate art you’ve seen once you get back to your hotel.
There are many ways to keep your kids entertained, and some might work better than others. What do you usually do to make sure that your kids have a good time while you’re out on the road? Any tips would be appreciated!