Melissa shared her experiences with her toddler at children’s museums last week, and she’s here again today, sharing tips for how she made her museum trips tantrum-free. Welcome, Melissa!
Our week of visiting children’s museums with our toddler allowed me to have a kind of crash course in taking a toddler to a museum. Here’s what I learned to help other moms out there who are thinking of visiting children’s (or other) museums with a small kid.
Tips for Museum Trips with a Small Child:
- Be your child’s advocate. Museums are exciting places and the big kids are high-energy and move fast. They aren’t being rude, but its easy for them to miss the smaller-than-average 1 year old waiting for the slide. I found that just talking about taking turns loud enough for the big kids to hear was enough for them to slow down and let Sofi get her turn.
- Scope out the quiet areas of the museum early and know where they are when you need them. Sofi got overwhelmed in certain exhibits with so many big kids and noises so we had to take breaks or stick to the areas designed especially for toddlers. Each museum had a “no big-kid” zone for toddlers and crawlers that were perfect for letting Sofi chill and re-group while still having fun.
- Take a friend/spouse/grandparent or make it a play date with a friend so that you can tag team when needed. With a small kid, it was nice to have someone at the top of the slide and at the bottom so that they don’t get lost or afraid. It was a lot of work chasing Sofi around the museum, so share the load!