Thursday, August 26, 2010

Vacationing With A 1 Year Old

Things we learned while vacationing with our 1 year old in Philadelphia...
  1. Get your directions right. Missing an exit on the New Jersey Turnpike and going 100 miles out of your way is likely to coincide with the kid waking up and being quite unhappy about still being stuck in the car.
  2. Get a Junior Suite at the hotel. The room splits in half, so you can let the kid sleep in one half while Mommy and Daddy play cards in the other.
  3. Visit the Philadelphia Zoo. It's awesome.
  4. The Camden Aquarium is loads of fun. The children's garden next to it is less worthwhile. About the only thing there worth visiting is the kid sized dinosaur egg, in our case it happened to contain an Eleanor-a-saurus.
  5. The Franklin Institute Science Museum is kind of sub par. The giant heart you can walk through is all right, but honestly we expected better. The windows and stairs turned out to be more interesting than any of the exhibits.
  6. The Philadelphia Art Museum is nice, but every employee in the place will glare at your kid the entire time. On the other hand, they do have a lot of really cool stairs. Eleanor enjoyed them.
  7. It's possible to get Really Good Seats to a Phillies game at the last minute. Notice that we're two rows back from the field on the first base line. Bought those the day before the game.
  8. The Please Touch Museum was awesome, like the Boston Children's Museum but twice as big and with way more stuff for kids under 3 years old. Highly recommended. If we lived closer we'd totally have a membership.
Anyway, it was an awesome vacation, and we'd totally do it again.