Dilworth Park

 

The city of Philadelphia is killing it at creating interactive parks for the public.

Get the most out of your Dilworth Park Experience:

  1. Water shoes: The fountain at Dilworth park has a lot of space t romp around in the water.  Bring along your water shoes for safety and play.
  2. Water Play is essential engagement for children under 3 and provides a plethora of sensory understanding and knowledge.  Water play is wonderful for people of all ages as it also provide therapeutic and positive impact on our senses, mood and feelings.
  3. Language Development: Share what you see, tough, hear, feel, etc. (“The water is clear,cool and wet.”)
  4. Say Hello and make friends with new people. Dilworth Park a mecca center any day of the week.
  5. Bring a picnic and enjoy one of the grass areas.
  6. People watch.  Dilworth park is in the heart of Philadelphia with all the hustle and bustle, street performers and more around.
  7. Pack all you regular essentials in your diaper bag and don’t forgot a change of clothes.  You are going to get wet with all the splashing and splashing!

Check out more about Dilworth Park here. Dilworth Park

Fountain at Logan Square

 

Logan square is home to to one of my favorite fountains in Philadelphia. Take  visit to Logan and Square and discover the Swann Memorial Fountain.

The grounds are beautiful landscaped.  There are park benches, grass areas, a dirt gravel path around fountain and flowers.  It is a beautiful place to walk, read,picnic,play and more!

Toddler around at a fountain:

  1. Observe and interact with art.
  2. Water play and wade in the fountain. Be warned Fairmount Park Rangers may ask you to leave in the fountain.  Enjoy until you can’t!
  3. Meet new people and make friends.
  4. Sit on a park bench and people watch.
  5. Language development: describe what you see, hear, feel, touch etc. (For example, the water is cool, wet, clear.)
  6. Run jump, play, laugh, eat.
  7. Have a picnic.

Click on the link for more information about Logan Square Fountain  .

EXPLORE AROUND THE FOUNTAIN. 

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Go get your fountain on! 

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Palmer Street Park

 

Palmer Park is located in the neighborhood of Fishtown in Philadelphia.

Things to do at Palmer Park:

  1. Have a picnic.
  2. Hula Hoop and other flow arts.
  3. Observe beautiful flower.
  4. Concrete path great for bike riding.
  5. Play games, sings songs, dance, play ball, etc.
  6. Be friendly and make friends with new people.
  7. See and say hello to lots of dogs. Many locals walk dogs through this park.  BE WARE THE DOG POOP IN THE GRASS.

Click on the link to find more information about Palmer Park  .

Race Street Pier

The Race Street Pier located on the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia, PA. This is a more newly renovated pier.

It is an exceptional set to bring a toddler.  From early walkers to running rascals this Pier is safe, beautiful, and engaging.

Link to the website for more information on Race Street Pier

Toddler Around Race Street Pier:

  1. Collect, observe and enjoy all the acorns.  (In the fall)
  2. Climb, run, jump, skip, eat.  The space is deigned for movement and gross motor engagement.
  3. Observe beautiful scenery as the Race Street Pier is located next to the Ben Franklin Bridge and on the Delaware River there is so much wonder to see.
  4. Meet new people.  The pier is utilized for a variety of purpose.  Say hello and make new friends.
  5. Bring snacks and hydration and stay awhile.
  6. Take a nap in the grass and let the sunshine wash over you.
  7. Play games, sing songs, draw, ride a bike, have a picnic, etc.  There is so much to do at Race Street Pier there is grass, tress, benches for seating, stadium bench seating, pavement, and decking.
  8. Language Acquisition: There is so much to do and explore at Race Street Pier so be mindful to enhance your child’s experience by providing language that describes the environment. Speak about what you see, hear, smell, touch, taste and feel (as in feelings).

I hope you will get you there and enjoy Race Street as much a we do!

Toddlering Around at Race Street Pier:

ACORN EXPLORATION

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Toddler Hiking

Get out there in nature and go for a walk with your toddler.

Walk around your neighborhood, a trail, a park, beach, ect.   The photos you see here are during a summer time hike in Maine on one of the trails near my family home.

Your toddler needs to see, hear, touch, smell, and taste nature.  Especially during the first 3 years of life when brain development is more rapid.  You will provide your child with priceless experiences that will promote positive cognitive and emotional development.

Toddler Hiking Sucess:

  1. Bring snacks and hydration
  2. Backpack with essentials: SUN SCREEN, diaper supplies, hats, change of clothes, etc.
  3. Wear your toddler.  See my post about baby wearing for more information.
  4. Let your toddler walk.
  5. Let you toddler take the lead and follow.
  6. Touch, smell and observe everything. (Keeping safe of course)
  7. Describe your observations in Toddler friendly language for effective language acquisition. (For example when observing a stone say things that describe its color, texture, moisture, weight, etc)
  8. Have fun!  Smile!  Sing Songs! Meditate! Do yoga! Hold hands! Lay in the grass!  Walk through a stream! Explore and engage in nature.

Extra Bonus:  If you are working on toilet training, the forest is a great place to learn to pee.

Now get out there!

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Adventure Aquarium

I love the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ!

I am passionate about nature and living things. I hope for a sustainable and healthy future for all living creatures.  How better to ensure this future but by teaching the next generation how to love, understanding and care for living creatures and habitats of our world. I take my daughter to Adventure Aquarium routinely.

When it’s best to go:

On a snow day.  When public schools are closed the aquarium is amazing!  You will have access to everything. It’s quiet, calmer and amazing!

I highly recommend becoming a member. It will save you money and expedite you entry to the aquarium. Check out more about Adventure Aquarium at:

http://www.adventureaquarium.com

BEST PARTS OF THE AQUARIUM FOR TODDLERS:

ACTIVE PLAY: The top floor of the aquarium is wonderful!  There wonderful nature inspired play space, live animals and lots to explore.  Check out the top floor when your little one needs  a break to run around and play with others. Here are some images of a small maze that my daughter loves.

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Hands On Experiences: You will find exhibits where you can touch and observe, stingrays, sharks, jellyfish, and a varsity of tide pool creatures.  Theses areas are a must visit and don’t fort to utilize the hand washing stations afterwards to keep clean and healthy.  I also recommend washing your hand before touching any animals.

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And of course…the shark tunnel!!!  Walk through the shark tank because it’s the best!

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I hope you and your family will have unforgettable experiences and gain much knowledge while on your list to the Adventure Aquarium! Every time you visit you will discover something new an amazing!

Please leave any comments or questions about Adventure Aquarium.