It sounds so easy, but even local adventures can be a daunting task to plan. After all, toting around your toddlers and ALL THE THINGS you need when you go to your usual places gets tiring. How do you on a local adventure with kids?
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This month was all about staying local
We did a lot of new things this month. We visited a small airport, three new parks, our cousins, and a farm! The kids road ponies for the first time, went fishing, and on a hayride.
Everyone should explore their hometown and surrounding areas and that’s exactly what we did.
Here’s how to prepare for your own local adventures!
First, if you have toddlers like I do, you already know to bring extra diapers, clothes, and snacks. If you’re planning on exploring over an hour away from home, it wouldn’t hurt to bring rain or snow boots additionally. Rain boots can be used to help keep feet dry if you come upon a creek in your travels.
Second, pack a lunch or plan for a stop during your journey. Snacks will not be enough. My kids won’t always eat their lunch, but if I don’t pack one, they are suddenly starving. Always bring extra food.
Third, find that place or activity that you’ve always wanted to try with your kids. This month, we went to Marmon Valley Farm, around an hour away. We got to see different kinds of animals, go on a hayride, and ride ponies!
I love the antici-pation!
A day-trip to somewhere new that’s only a few hours away fills me with almost as much anticipation as a big trip does. Okay, maybe only half as much, but it is still satisfying, fun, and we all learn interesting things. My newly turned 3 year old found her climbing legs. My newly turned 4 year old can heat up his own pizza using the microwave.
“He’s ready for college,” I said to my husband.
Take the kids
Go forth and travel, friends! How do you get the excitement of traveling into daily life? Even if they are “only” local adventures. Baby steps toward a goal are still propelling you forward!
Here’s a video I made during one of our excursions!