5 summer must-do adventures for toddlers


Andrea Updyke

posted in Tips & Tricks

This post is sponsored by Mott’s

Parenting a toddler is serious business. My three year old is the most active he has ever been and hardly ever sits still. I am constantly looking for ideas to keep him occupied and learning new skills.

During the summer weeks, where he is too young for most camps and preschool is out, we have to be particularly creative so we both don’t go crazy. I have a few go-to ideas that are fun for toddlers and get us all out of the house. From checking out new parks to enjoying old favorites, there is something for everyone. Read on for some of our favorite summer adventures.

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Must-do summer adventures for toddlers

Planes – Head out to the local airport to watch the planes take off and land. Ours even has an observation park with a play area for kids and tables for snack time! We bring along our Mott’s for Tots juice boxes, grapes, cheese crackers and of course lots of sand toys.

Trains – Head to a park with a kid’s train or if you have one, a real train station to watch the train or go for a ride. I don’t know what it is about trains, but my kids love them. If I am honest, I do too. I don’t think I ever grew out of this phase.

Bus rides –  That’s right, forget the automobile this time and ride the bus! In our city, we have a nicely air-conditioned bus downtown that makes a loop all day long. Rides are free and I’ve found my kids enjoy the experience.

Fountains – Really it’s all about the simple pleasures when it comes to keeping toddlers entertained. Any location with a good fountain works for us. We aren’t picky. Just make sure to bring lots of pennies and have fun making wishes.

Splash yards – My youngest is still timid around water, but he loves to splash. This makes the local splash yard high on the list for many summer visits. Bonus points for getting outside.

However you decide to enjoy summer together with your toddler, don’t forget the snacks. Mott’s Natural Applesauce cups are a staple in our house and easy to take on the go. When it’s time to head out, we load up with snacks, water, and a couple Mott’s for Tots juice boxes for the road. My kids love fruit punch, but the idea of a super sweet food colored cocktail isn’t really at the top of my list for healthy options. Mott’s for Tots has 40% less sugar than 100% apple juice and I think that is great for my toddler who can finish off a juice box in about 45 seconds.

For more portable snack ideas, check out some of our favorites below.

Grab and go snack ideas

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