Parents Talk: What to Do with a 1-Year-Old?

We'd like to get out of the house and do a little exploring.

As I write this, my daughter, who recently turned 1 year old, is playing with the lid of a pot on my kitchen floor. Sometimes it's an ovenmitt. Other times it's the rolling pin.

Lucy's always been a curious girl—I assume most babies are—and each day she gets a little more adventurous. This week, she took her first unassisted steps.

Given that we're in the throes of winters, my wife and I haven't found much to do with Lucy that didn't involve stretches of carpet that she's all too familiar with. We've braved a few winter visits to the Minnesota Zoo, but Lucy was confined to her stroller.

We'd like to get out of the house and do a little more exploring.

What are some good winter options in the Twin Cities area to take a 1-year-old to? Or how about the spring and summer when she gets a little bit older?

Jeanine Woods February 01, 2013 at 01:38 PM
And by the way, the Maple Maze has a toddler area that is fun.
stjevet February 01, 2013 at 05:32 PM
If you are looking for activities for toddlers there are: MOA, Toddler Tuesdays, Tuesday mornings at 10am, there is a different theme every week and kids eat free at some of the restaurants. Eagan Blast: They have a room with slides and tunnels and a small area for toddlers. They also have a gym to run around in with balls, mats, and other toys. Inver Grove Heights Veterans Memorial has toddler swim mornings Tues and Thurs mornings from 9-11 (they turn off the water works and have toys for young kids to play with) Edinborough park is always a great place to go in Edina. They have a huge play structure with a nice toddler area, plus a gym. They also have concerts on Thurs. at noon with entertainers like Bob the Beachcomber. As for germs, yeah they are everywhere, but most places have sanitizer dispensers now and really it is important for toddlers and young children to build up their immunity system, and they can't do that if you always avoid germs.
Lindsay Cook February 01, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Williston Fitness Center in Minnetonka - indoor splash pad and indoor treehouse play area with lunch tables!
jackie Kuehn February 01, 2013 at 08:29 PM
, Get a sled, find a small hill, take them sliding -so you may have to pull them up the hill or carry them & pull the sled. Get one that you can sit on with them. Go out & help them make a snow man if weather permits. So you may have to do most of it yourself but just getting out & getting some fresh air helps every one. Put worm mittens on them & leave them crawl in the snow even if just for a short time. Show them how to make snow angles the snow won't hurt them. Just dress them worm & have fun it doesn't cost any thing. I even took my daughter skeying =, I put her on the flying saucer tied the rope around my waist & pulled her behind me. It's winter It's Minnesota get out & enjoy it.
ronda February 02, 2013 at 02:33 AM
ECFE classes were so much fun. Lots of opportunities for families. Contact your school district for information.


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