What are some fun activities for toddlers outside the house?

I watch a 2 year old and have a 16 month old and want to do something during the day with them. We play outside and go to the park but what are other place or things we can do that don't cost a fortune?


Asked by jflowers at 4:08 PM on Mar. 25, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • We're lucky, there are a lot of things to do with kids in the town where we live... the public library has a huge toddler playroom, there's a children's museum... But wherever you live, there should be a library with a toddler section of books at the very least. Then there's always the mall... We go there when we're sick of the usual places and visit the pet store, Old Navy (my 21 month-old loves to look at the kids mannequins and describe what they're wearing), and I let them play on the coin-operated cars/rides (we do not turn them on, they just climb on them). And there are some open spaces there where they can run free, or walk up and down ramps, whatever... It doesn't feel like much of an activity to me, but for kids that age it's as good as anything! Sometimes we even go to Starbucks and I get a coffee and they get an ice water. Maybe my kids are strange, but they find this super entertaining.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 4:18 PM on Mar. 25, 2009

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  • i'm wondering the same thing.....I can think of the public museum is free on mondays.. theres the childerns museum that cheap and free every 3rd thursday of every month.... there the mall.... the zoo if it ever gets nice out.... chuck e' chesse..... fun world (never been there but want to.).....And if anyone thinks of something different I sure want to known please!!!

    Answer by crystal_aguilar at 4:32 PM on Mar. 25, 2009

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  • Do you live near a mall? alot of malls have a play place in them that you can let them play in for free. The library is a great place. They are really not to young. We go every week and it is a great time. We go, read a few books, pick out a weeks worth of books, and then go get a few videos on amimals or trains or... whatever they find intrest in. Alot of libraries do reading times... its a good oportunity to meet other kids and moms. You could call around to the nursing homes and see if any of them would allow you and your kids to go visit the elderly. This helps foster compasation and empathy in your kids, and they LOOOOVE the undivided attention... this also boosts the residences moods and can actually help them heal. Also, our home depot does a free craft day the first satruday of every month... you should call and see if yours does this too. and with spring comming, check the news paper for petting zoos.

    Answer by daughteroftruth at 4:53 PM on Mar. 25, 2009

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  • we do the library (ours has a books and babies program every week, plus programs for toddlers, preschoolers etc.), the zoo, the discovery center (hands-on childrens museum--at ours, kids under two are free and everyone else is only five dollars), soft-play area at the mall.

    Answer by tstep972 at 11:10 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

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  • My dd is 15 months old and loves books. What I like to do is sit her down with some crayons and draw her own little pictures. When she's done I put them all together in the form of a book and write a story for her based off her pictures. She thinks it's really neat when I read her her own stories at bedtime.

    Answer by piercedbeauty21 at 10:42 AM on Jul. 10, 2010

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