Baby and toddler activities in Myrtle Beach, SC

Activities for babies and toddlers in Myrtle Beach, SC

Stacie from the site formerly known as NewMommyHelp.net offered to share with us a week’s worth of favorite baby and toddler activities in her hometown of Myrtle Beach, SC. Thank you Stacie! As a mom of four little ones, she knows the local hotspots and places to avoid.

She tells us: Myrtle Beach is often referred to as family vacation land. There is way too much to do here.

This guide is designed to give you the best of the tourist attractions, while also pointing you in the direction of some lesser known local favorites. Enjoy the best of the East coast and low country charm of South Carolina!

Monday: Beach Day!
Try going at the beginning of the week, and maybe you’ll like it so much you will come back another day. If you’re looking for a less crowded area, try one of the public beach access points–head North on Ocean Blvd starting at 48th Ave N. Even your littlest one can enjoy the sound of the waves and the constant breeze you’ll find at the beach. Not to mention hours of fun for a toddler digging in the sand and jumping waves as they wash in. We have to drag our children away when it’s time to go home. Have lunch at Ultimate California Pizza (2500 N Kings Hwy).

Tuesday: Library
Baby Storytime at Chapin Memorial Library (10:00 AM). For details call Sue Ellen or Jen at 843 918-1275. They have a large outdoor playground too. Have lunch at Magnolia’s, a much-loved favorite among locals and tourists (2605 N Ocean Blvd.)

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Fun baby and toddler activities in Des Moines

Superfun activities in Des Moines with babies and toddlers: up close to a goat

Hey small town folks — this one’s for you! Christi from the site formerly known as small.town.fun wrote up a bunch of excellent suggestions to get you through the good days and the rotten-weather days with your small child in Iowa. Here are two-weeks worth of suggestions, whatever the whether.

She writes:

Des Moines is a small, but fairly cosmopolitan town. We’re surrounded on all sides by larger cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis and Kansas City, so we have a little bit of a complex. Being surrounded has its good points – we have lots of opportunities to see how the other half lives and welcome anyone who brings a new flavor to our small town. We were one of the first cities to take in refugees from The Sudan and Bosnian genocides, and are lucky to have exposure to their cultures, as well. The weather here is super unpredictable, so there’s as much to do indoors as out. I’ve left Sunday up to your imagination, since there’s good and bad weather listings.

MONDAY — Play around or stroll around
Bad Weather: The Playground For Kids in Ankeny (open 10am – 8pm Mondays, hours vary other days) is an indoor romper room that kindly features a toddler area for kids 6mos – 3yrs. They have foam blocks and such that small children can climb/lean/lay on. Check the site for rates and hours.

Backyard Adventures is a playground showroom that also offers open play times (9:30am – 7:30pm, Mondays) during the week (closed weekends). It’s not ideal for little, little ones, but it is kid-friendly, has the hugest collection of Melissa & Doug paraphernalia I’ve ever seen and is populated by other moms. Check the site for hours and rates for open play (nothing on weekends, sorry!). You can bring lunch to eat in their lunchroom, use their refrigerator, and they even have paper plates/utensils if you need them.

Both offer private party times.

Good Weather: Take a stroller around Gray’s Lake or Raccoon River Park’s paved trails. This is a great way to meet other moms and get some exercise in. It’s perfect for those of you who have early risers, and you can hit one early and the other later in the day. Both have playgrounds, but Raccoon River has separate facilities for smaller kids, is newer and is semi-covered. It also features sprinklers in the summer and a very nice sand pit.

TUESDAY — Hit the mall or the fairgrounds
Bad Weather: Jordan Creek Mall and play area. After a baby, you learn pretty quickly to only care what other people think when you’re actually doing something wrong. That is why spending an entire morning or afternoon at the mall is okay. Let your little one play with the offerings at Pottery Barn, show them the computer games and music at the Apple store, check out minnows at Scheels Sporting Goods, nurse in the Nursing Rooms (I think there are at least three), eat at the food court Subway and “fake” shop while they nap in their stroller. (I say “fake” shop because I managed to run my credit card up into the millions by engaging in this very behavior at Target during my son’s early days. That said, Target is a great place to entertain very young children.) They also have a Mommy Movie on Tuesdays. PS. Do not under any lack of sleep bad decision-making, take your precious gift to the play area on a Friday night. To quote my husband on our one ill-fated attempt, “It’s like Lord of the Flies in there.”

Good Weather: The Iowa State Fairgrounds are an under-utilized, but ideal place to take little ones. Paved sidewalks for strollers, lots of grassy area and there’s usually some animal show or another going on. It’s free in the off-season and opens at 8am. During the Fair, go during the early morning hours to get a close-to-the-farm experience and to avoid crowds. Discount tickets available. Evenings feature free entertainment, so grab some other parents and head out for a babysitter-free night on the town. PS. We love to hit the area county fairs. Most are free, have a ton of kiddie rides and sell good food at half or less the price of the big state fair. Try the Warren County Fair in Indianola for starters.

Superfun activities in Des Moines with babies and toddlers: up close to a huge boar
WEDNESDAY — Visit the library or splash at the pool
Bad Weather: The Des Moines Public Library system has a storytime nearly every day of the week. The Franklin Avenue Toddler Storytime is one of the more popular locations, and they tend to go all out. It’s nothing to walk in and see Clifford the Big Red Dog, zoo animals or a dancing dog. Monthly schedules are posted on the library’s kid pages. Online books are available as well as kids activities. For moms who can’t really go out to a book club, the DMPL offers online book clubs, as well.

Good Weather: Stick your toes in the water at one of the area wading pools – Ashby Park and Union Park being the two faves. It’s a terrific place to meet and meet up with other moms. Many have shady areas, but you have to claim a spot early. I’ve found that Legion Park wading pool gets a lot of shade in the afternoon and is ideal for moms trying to kill those last few hours before Dad gets home. Ashby and Union stay open until 7pm, but most every other closes at 4pm. By the way, one of the oldest pools in Des Moines, Ashworth, features a big pool and a pretty decent wading pool. It’s not as fancy as the new Aquatic Centers, but it’s a great pool and a great time – children under 3 are free. Seasonal passes are usually a great deal.

THURSDAY — Get busy at the science center or a ball game
Bad Weather: The Toddler Town at The Science Center opens at 9am in the summer, with a storytime in the morning. Check the rates and hours before you visit. This is a great area for small children – it’s open, there’s seating for parents with a few books and toys (bring your favorites along). SCI offers daily programs for kids of all ages, camps, sleepovers and even a full-time preschool. Members and children under two get in free. A family membership prices are reasonable if you’ll come a few times.

Good Weather: Des Moines is home to the Chicago Cubs’ farm team – the Iowa Cubs. The park is one of the best in the US, is no smoking and features picnic-table seating for families. Babies are just as comfortable in the stands, but small kids LOVE the picnic area because they can get up and move around. Purchase a Bonus Book for discounted adult general admission and sign kids up for the Knothole Gang – includes tickets to seven special home games for $9. Children under 3 do not need a ticket if they don’t need a seat.

Superfun activities in Des Moines with babies and toddlers: up close to a baseball farm team

Bonus evening activity: Infant Swim classes for kids 6mos – 5yrs are available year-round through Des Moines Public Schools. The instructor spends time with each parent-child pair to assist each child in becoming oriented to water. This is a very popular class and they fill up fast – best to keep checking back to the website or sign up for email notification.

FRIDAY — Wander around a bookstore or the zoo
Bad Weather: When my son was very little we took him to the local bookstore. All the time. We got our fill of the board books, good magazines and coffee. The kids crawled around the carpeted children’s area while we flipped through the latest mags and drank much-needed coffee. Now that he’s older, we do the same exact thing at Barnes & Noble. They have a Thomas the Train set to die for and he’ll play forever without a peep. He’s learned so much about sharing the toys and when he gets bored, we read or visit the snack area. Check for storytimes and book clubs for moms who need some “me” time.

Good Weather:
Blank Park Zoo isn’t the largest zoo, which makes it ideal for little kids. It’s also hilly which makes it ideal for new moms looking to get exercise. They’re always adding new exhibits, but at this age, it’s more about being outside – shady areas and indoor exhibits, too. Under three are free, adults are $11, big kids are $6 and a family membership starts at $89/yr (which works at other zoos, too) and can be bundled for savings with the Science Center.

Bonus evening activity: Winter Fridays are always hard – we often see the glazed-over eyes of other new parents caught off guard by the vortex that is Target Friday shopping. Do what you can to get your in-laws to babysit. If you get a sitter, do what you can to remain as sober as possible. Hangover Saturdays are a horrid, horrid thing.

Summer Fridays are awesome. There is always something going on – outdoor festivals, fairs and movies. Many are free. Go to as many of these as possible.

SATURDAY — Wander around the art center or the farmer’s market
Bad Weather: Saturday Morning Art at the Des Moines Art Center – take your family for a light breakfast and enjoy this beautiful facility and collection, 10am – Noon. Sign up for family activities every second Saturday. FREE.

Good Weather: Downtown Des Moines Farmer’s Market is so wonderful when you’re up at 5am every day. They don’t get started until 7am, but being there early is one of the greatest gifts – it gets absolutely packed and irritating later. Get first dibs on a breakfast burrito, coffee, veggies, cookies, free-range eggs and meat. And be home by 8am. There’s always festivals, etc. in conjunction with the market, but they require you to attend a little later.

SUNDAY — Explore the rest of the state
Good Weather: Try this quick list as a jumping-off place to find area attractions and day trips. Be aware, many towns in Iowa are virtually shut down on Sundays. Try Walnut for Sunday antiquing; Boone for beautiful parks, trains and family eats; or Iowa City for college campus art, bookstores, shopping and eats. There are also so many recreational areas and parks nearby.

Superfun activities in Des Moines with toddlers and preschoolers: ride the merry go round

It looks to me like there are at least three weeks of fun outings here. Thanks again Christi!

Spend a week in Vancouver

Traveling to the Olympics with kids? Have fun!
Shana from Wee Travel tells us the best way to spend a week in Vancouver with little ones. Wee Travel (started by two moms who are sisters living on opposite sides of the country) rents baby gear and toys delivered to your door. All equipment is like-new and safety checked and sanitized prior to every rental. They also service Victoria, BC and Toronto.

Vancouver is a gorgeous city summer and winter (even when it rains!).

MONDAY — Le Petit Spa
Start the day off right with Mondays for Mums at Le Petit Spa. You’re always running for everyone so fight the exhaustion. Try out Le Petit Spa’s amazing Mummy and Me Spa Package. They offer a Reflexology Treatment for Mum – 30 minutes, an express pedicure – 30 minutes and reflexology for baby – 10 minutes. All for $80.

TUESDAY — Granville Island
First tourist stop is definitely Granville Island. Babies will enjoy the busy sounds and sights of the market and older kids won’t want to leave the Kids Only Market. (You do this first as it’s probably a place the kids will want to go back to so you can use it as a bribe if necessary!)

There are many things to do in the market: The Adventure Zone is a great climbing activity and Camelot Kids is a wonderful toy store. They are very selective with their picks so you can select from top-notch toys.

After an exhilarating couple of hours playing, walk over to the Granville Island Market for some great eats. Lots of different foods to choose from for everyone in your family. Lee’s Donuts is a great treat, as is Terra Breads. Fresh fish, meat and poultry are in abundant supply and always fresh. There are too many great spots to name them all here. Admission is free.

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Spend another week in Chicago

Lisa Hazen is one of our very best online friends that we had never met (until we went ahead and met her a few weeks ago when visiting Chicago). She’s friend-of-friends with each of us many times over and she wrote one of the first ever guest posts of RookieMoms when our site was a baby of less than six months.

She shares her favorite baby and toddler activities in Chicago with us.

Her boys are Finn and Cormac. Don’t you just love them?!

Finn and Cormac

Monday: Millennium Park
Millennium Park is pretty much my favorite city attraction, and best of all, it’s free. With nearly 25 acres smack dab in the middle of the city, you can spend an entire afternoon wandering the park’s wonders. The interactive Crown Fountain will delight, two fifty-foot glass block upon which hundreds of city residents’ faces are projected. When you least expected, one of these giant city residents will spit water at you, gargoyle-style. The Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion is a great place to picnic, and the “bean” (otherwise known as the Cloud Gate) is an ideal location for a playful family portrait. Extra fun for train lovers: you can take the Red Line directly here.

Tuesday: Nature Retreat
Chicago isn’t all concrete and skyscrapers. Just outside the city, the Chicago Botanic Gardens boasts 26 gardens on 365 lush acres. Open daily until 9pm, this destination is a great retreat all year long—the different exhibits are designed to show off the abundance of each season. Before your visit, be sure to check the Web site to see what family-friendly activities are available. And definitely make a point to see the exquisite waterfall gardens during your visit.
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Spend a week in Birmingham, AL

Jamie and her friends Angie and Trish from BirminghamMommy sent us a week’s worth of fun Birmingham, Al activities to do with a baby or toddler in tow. Wondering what to do in the heat with your baby or toddler? Wonder no more.

Monday: gardens and cookie factory!
Mondays are tough, even if you are on a staycation, so let’s start off easy, shall we? Grab your coffee and head on out to Aldridge Gardens. Explore the varieties of hydrangeas with your baby as you scope out a spot on the lawn to stretch out and enjoy a picnic– the shade here is priceless in the Alabama heat. Admission is free.

After your leisurely visit to the gardens, head over for a train-ride tour of the Bud’s Best Cookie Factory. That’s right – A cookie factory. You must call ahead to set this up but it’s so worth it. Admission is also free, plus you get to take home samples – Yum.

Tuesday: splash pad
Grab baby, your swimsuit, a towel and some sunscreen and make your way over to Gardendale to enjoy the Splash Pad at Celebration Park. This free park is a delightful change of scenery when temperatures get close to 100! Baby will love it as you help her through the sprinklers and fountains. Don’t forget to pack a lunch and plenty to drink! Celebration Park’s splash pad is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. It is closed Mondays for maintenance. The park is located at 2191 Fieldstown Road.

splash pad birmingham

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Spend a week in Chicago

Hey Chicago moms! Is our week in Chicago too touristy for you? Let us hear from you and we’ll feature your ideas next!

Milo at Lake Michigan

Jeff Pfaller is the rookie dad and blogger behind 365parents.com. He published all 365 posts into this this eBook, 365 First Time Parenting Tips: Infant Edition, for other first-time parents.

Jeff is also a recent transplant to Chicago, one of my favorite (pre-kids) cities of all time. He was kind enough to share his version of “A Week of Windy City Fun” with us — Enjoy!

Looking for stuff to do in the city by the lake, Chicago? There’s something for everybody, no matter who you are or what you like.

Animal Lover Monday
Head up to the North Side (be sure to deck the little guys out in Cubbies> gear) for some wild fun at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The best part? You get to see tons of animals. The second best part? It’s all free!

Beach Bum Tuesday
It got Chicago the World’s Fair way back in 1893. It got us a bid for the Olympics in 2018. The best part about this town is Lake Michigan in the summer. You can walk along the beach and through parks from Bryn Mawr and Sheridan all the way to Navy Pier. Grab a stroller, some sunblock and your best people watching specs.

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Spend a week in Orlando

Warming up from the cold weather, we jet down to Orlando to spend a week doing fun family activities. Ok, we’re not really going anywhere, but if you already live in Orlando (or plan to visit), you can thank SuZ and her daughter (who’s almost the same age as Milo!) from NotYourTypicalMommy Blog for the great ideas.

Wondering what to do with a baby in Florida? She tells us:
A week in Orlando may have you thinking of a giant mouse and theme parks, but there’s more to Central Florida than over-priced recreational areas of animated rodents, over-salted food and animatronics rides.

Discover museums rich with culture, historical parks with towering trees and farms with friendly horses to take your young family.

Springdale Farms

Monday: Garden stroll

What parent doesn’t love a free and fun activity? And what babies and toddlers do not love butterflies and flowers? Orlando’s Leu Gardens is free on Monday mornings between the hours of 9am-12pm.

Leu Gardens offers visitors 50 acres of manicured gardens, including an active butterfly garden. The whole gardens are gorgeous and if you don’t bring your camera to snap shots of your kids playing in the rose garden or frolicking by the giant clock, you’ll regret it.

Afterward, you will find the best darn hot dog place in Florida: Hot Dog Heaven. Making the best hot dogs in Orlando since 1987, Hot Dog Heaven will ruin you for all other hot dog stands. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Tuesday — Wekiva Springs State Park

For older children and preschoolers, visit the Wekiva Springs State Park to be amazed and refreshed by over 7000 acres of Florida’s natural beauty surrounds you and a winding river, which pumps out over 42 million gallons of fresh water a day.

The Wekiva Springs State Park offers families tons of activities to do. There are picnic pavilions to dine at, canoes and kayaks to navigate the river, horseback riding and trails to hike to scout out native animals like raccoons, opossums and black bears. The main event at the Wekiva Springs State park is swimming. Hundred of people descend upon the springs to cool off in the hot Florida sun. Crisp water temperature of 72 degrees dominates the area which ranges from a few inches to over 5 feet.

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Spend a week in Quebec City

Another week of fun activities for moms and babies courtesy of Kristi at Ciao Bambino. If you’re a local mum, why not be a tourist in your own town for a week?!

Just visiting? Stay at the posh Hotel Manoir Victoria, which has a special entrance for strollers and an indoor pool.

What’s not to love about a city that makes you feel like a femme français? Your bébé and you can live like Europeans (visiting Americans will enjoy that their dollar will actually have value!) in this charming little city in Eastern Canada.

Monday: Sip & Shop
Get your caffeine buzz while your petit chou (this means “little cabbage” but never mind that—it’s an adorable term of endearment nonetheless) listens to French conversation. It’s tough to choose from the city’s 100 cafés, restaurants and bistros, by my fave is L’Omelette (66 rue Saint-Louis). Not so much for the ambiance (although there’s nothing better than an open-air window seat overlooking the street) but for The. Greatest. Café au Lait. In. The. Universe. Whittle away an hour or two then pop in and out of local shops on rue St. Louis.

Bring your sturdiest stroller—these cobblestone streets can be killers. Need a bathroom break or diaper change? Every bistro and hotel along the way has clean, accessible bathrooms, with the exception of the Chateau Frontenac, where you need a room key to open up the door to its swanky washrooms.

Tuesday: Gourmet Eats & Fresh Air
Head to J.A. Moisan Epicerie Fine, North America’s oldest grocery store. Stock up on two or three varieties of cheese, strawberry jam and a loaf on fresh bread. Uneasy because your French is weak at best? Worry not. Even in local stores where English is but an afterthought, employees are friendly and gracious and will find a way to help you figure out what you’re trying to say. Stroll your spoils along the city’s fortification walls and find a lay down a blanket on the massive grassy knolls of Artillery Park.

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Spend a week in Austin

Alissa and the readers of BabyScoopAustin compiled this great week of fun (more like 2 weeks!) for parents in Austin, TX. Whether you’re new to Austin or consider yourself an Austinite, babyscoopaustin.com has the SCOOP on everything baby! If we ever make it to Texas, I know who I want to hang out with. Thanks to Alissa for sharing all these great spots!

Alissa and Olivia in Austin

Monday
A favorite Monday morning activities is to take baby to Baby Bloomers at the Austin Children’s Museum. This open-play session from 9am to noon is exclusively reserved for children 3 years and under. It gives caregivers and their babies a chance to explore and play in a relaxed atmosphere. Baby Bloomers also has a sing-along and story time. Stroller parking is provided inside the museum.

Tuesday
If you have a newborn or infant and you are really itching to get out of the house or out of the summer heat, go enjoy a Baby Day Movie at Alamo Draft House Cinema (Tuesday and Friday only). Parents are allowed to bring infants into the movie for shows starting before 2:05 pm. (check website for movie times and location). They turn the lights up a bit, turn down the sound, and best of all…crying is allowed.

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Spend a week in Washington DC

All my in-laws live in Washington DC now. They went from being spread out in NYC and Boston to congregating in one city. If I can survive the travel, I’ll test drive this fun sounding week of activities in our nation’s capitol.

Local DC Mamas, do these sound like fun to you? Let us know what’s missing!

This week of action came to us courtesy of Ciao Bambino, a global guide to family-friendly vacation properties (editorial and community reviews for awesome destinations worldwide with cute symbols to indicate baby- and toddler-friendliness).

Monday: It’s monumental
You can’t possibly be in Washington D.C. and not visit the national monuments. But instead of fooling yourself into thinking you’ll pop in and out of all the major landmarks along the National Mall without breaking a sweat, be forewarned that they’re spread so far apart that you’d be better off blending the monuments in as part of a day of fitness. Pack your baby up in a jogging stroller and go for a nice run/walk from the Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial.

Take a break in the center at the Washington Monument, where the flags will mesmerize your bambino and he can get in plenty of tummy/crawling/wandering-around time while you lick a strawberry shortcake bar from the corner ice cream man. (That’s about the only food you’ll find at the National Mall.)


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Tuesday: Get to know George
Georgetown’s vibe is a bit more college than mama, but that’s why you’ll like it. It’s always hoppin’ and there’s plenty of shoppin’ to do with a baby in tow. Clothing shops rule the roost, so come on a day when your body confidence is at a peak. Stop off for lunch at Clyde’s of Georgetown, where they make a mean crab cake and give out cute plastic cars to little ones. Save room for an ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s.

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Spend a week in Milan

Sending out a huge Grazie to Michela in Milan for rounding out our wonderful set of activities by the moms from BabyccinoBlog. Michela kept telling us how UN-kid friendly Milan is, but she managed to come up with a fun array of activities for moms, babies, and young children.

We’re all in favor of mama getting a cappuccino break…I hope if I ever make it out to Italy with bambinos, she’ll show me the best spots in person.

Monday:
Tommaso and Beatrice with their babyccinosTake it easy on Monday morning, as so many things are closed! Go to a nice bar and have the typical Italian breakfast: cappuccino and cornetto (the italian croissant) and get a babyccino for your kids. To get the full experience you should have it quickly and while standing up, but that may not be ideal with children in tow.

Wherever you are you should not be too far from a stop of the 29/30 tram line: it’s a line that does a complete loop around Milan following the (now inexistent) Spanish walls. The trams in service on this line are very old, similar to San Francisco’s cable cars, and children love them! Wait until rush hour is over and board one, tickets are 1 euro and kids below 10 go free.

Get off in Corso Vercelli, one of the nicest shopping streets in Milan. Corso Vercelli, together with its continuation Via Belfiore and Via Marghera is probably one of the best places for shoes, kid’s shops and jewelery (together with everything else). Take a break and have a gelato at Grom, undoubtedly the best ice cream in the world! Reboard the tram and complete your tour.

Tuesday:
Head to Leonardo da Vinci Science Museum, where the highlights are the models of the machines designed by Leonardo and a real submarine. The Toti is a war submarine, built in Italy in 1967 and is over 46 meters long. Its transportation to the Museum took place in the middle of august and during the night to minimise disruption. It was very spectacular! Tickets can be booked in advance or bought at the Museum entry.

Unfortunately the cafeteria is closed until further notice, so you can walk down Via San Vittore and have a sandwich in one of the many cafés or have a slice of pizza or focaccia from one of the bakeries.

After lunch have a stroll around the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio. It’s the quintessential Milanese church, very austere and elegant. Kids can run around in the porch if they still have some energy to burn off after the Museum visit.

Take Corso Genova, a nice shopping street, and walk towards the Navigli. These canals are what is left of the whole canal system that existed in Milan in the middle ages. The neighbourhood is very characteristic, a bit bohemian maybe. If it’s summer the streets along the canals will be pedestrianised and all the bars will have tables outside. You should have an aperitive, this is the ultimate Milanese habit. You get a drink and the bar provides so many snacks that you may as well skip dinner. Try to go early in the evening, so that it’s not too crowded.
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Spend a week in Paris

coco au parcWhen we started the “week in” section of our site, it was an attempt to not be so Berkeley-focused. If you’re not our neighbors, there are still a ton of great options that are better than wiping someone’s tushy, right?

We’re so happy to share another one in Europe — where neither of us has (yet) been with our children — Emilie from BabyCCINO shares with us her favorite activities in Paris! Emilie has one young daughter, Coco, and is expecting a second baby this month.

As soon as I can get my passport together, I’ve got to get on a plane and meet these fun women.

Monday
Take a walk in the Tuileries Gardens. They have trampolines (for kids over 2), and a merry-go-round situated in the middle of the gardens. Try to go before 4pm as this is the time school finishes and the parks get packed. Go for a hot chocolate at Angelina’s (226 rue de Rivoli). Rumour has it, that this is the best hot chocolate in the Northern Hemisphere….

Tuesday
Treat yourself to a spot of shopping on one of the shopping hotspots of Paris, rue des Franc Bourgeois and rue Veille du Temple in the Marais. Around these streets are numerous little parks (place des Vosges and parc Royale) so you can let the kids have a quick play in-between shops! Go for lunch at Le loir dans la Théière also in the Marais (3 rue des rosiers 75004 Paris Tél. : 01.42.72.90.61).

Ironically all the antique highchairs there are purely for decoration, but it is a really kid-friendly place with big leather sofas. Nobody rushes you, even if there is a huge queue in front of the door (and the lemon tarte is something to behold– its meringue topping must be at least 15 cm high)!
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