Taking a day trip with preschoolers can be a great way to entertain them and stimulate their minds and bodies simultaneously. Exposing preschoolers to places where they can learn and express themselves will help them grow and develop.

Libraries

Even a destination as ordinary as the library can be extraordinary for preschoolers. Libraries are much more interactive than they used to be. Browsing audiobooks and DVDs can be stimulating for preschoolers. But many libraries also offer summertime activities geared towards young children, including reading programs. Others designate a room or rooms for arts and crafts activities like making bead necklaces, painting, knitting, and crocheting. Most libraries have computers for public use, giving parents a break while their children use them.

Neighborhood & Outdoor Parks

To get children outside for some exercise and play, neighborhood parks are often an excellent choice. Aside from swings, slides, and other equipment, it is not unusual for parks to include attractions like fish ponds and trails to ride a bike on. Preschoolers will get the most out of a visit to the park if it’s during the early hours of the morning or the late afternoon. These times of day tend to be cooler and less crowded.

Indoor Playgrounds

On days where the weather isn’t conducive to being outside, most preschoolers enjoy indoor playgrounds. These are climate-controlled locations where they can play safely while their parents relax with a cup of coffee and a good book or observe how their preschooler interacts with the other children. This can be great for those who may otherwise be shy around their peers.

Zoos

Local zoos are also a place where preschoolers can spend the day learning and having fun at the same time. This is especially true of petting zoos, where children can get up close and personal with the animals in residence and sometimes even feed them. Even regular zoos give preschoolers a chance to observe how certain animals live in captivity.

Museums

Children’s museums are also a great place to spend the day with a toddler. Many are interactive and encourage children to use all five of their senses. There are often play spaces and hands-on exhibits. This kind of day trip is one the whole family can take together, including cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.