Last month was Escapes month on AT:The Nursery, and we still have some great photos and tips for traveling with children from our readers!
Catch of the Day. 22 month old Lilah joined her parents, cousins and aunt and uncle for a trip North to Halifax, Nova Scotia and the environs. Read on for their travel tips.
The best baby/child friendly activity there is, of course, the beach. Yeah, it's a little cold for swimming, but the beaches are clean and uncrowded, and any kid with a pail and a shovel can have a great time while parents relax and contemplate the waves.
The best tourist place to visit is Lunenberg, a little less than an hour west of Halifax. There, go to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Guaranteed, any kid of any age, and their parents, will find something here to enjoy, whether it's the rocking dory (for little ones), the sandbox (little ones), the kid-friendly exhibit challenges, the fish themselves, or, for parents, stuff like the exhibit on fishermen lost at sea, or chatting with the modern-day Lunenberg ladies as they knit heavy wool socks.
Best tip: Bring several of those plastic cups, spoons, etc., and be OK with chucking them later. We saved a lot of money by not having to constantly order separate glasses of milk for our toddler.
Second best tip: Canadians go out of their way to make your child feel at home. From the corner convenience store to the historic B & B, we found everybody smiling at, making allowance for, and even -- gasp -- engaging our small toddler in conversation. You don't find THAT everywhere!
Favorite way to make it feel like home: Bring a favored night-time book or two and stick to the usual bedtime ritual!!!
A must-take item: For Mama, knitting. Travelling does have a lot of downtime. For toddlers, some swim diapers, no matter where you are going. We got stuck one night at the airport, but the airport hotel pool saved our LIVES!