1. Kid Cafes
3. Toddler Parks
I didn’t realize until I had little kids that there are actually parks built specifically with them in mind. These little plots of paradise typically have smaller toys, bigger sand boxes, tables for eating, and (best of all) are fully fenced. They’re actually a lot like dog parks except the kids don’t enter on leashes (hopefully). A small, enclosed park where young toddlers can roam free while you lounge on a bench with a latte is a beautiful thing.
In Seattle’s Eastside, there’s Tot Lot Park and Phyllis A. Needy Park (pictured above), which was a total life-saver for me last spring/summer when I was pregnant. Check out your local parks and rec website to find a toddler park near you.
Do you guys use these types of resources for hitting the town with young kids? Did I leave anything out? If so, please share with me in the comments.