Tampa, Florida with Kids

Are you still looking to plan your family vacation this summer? I’ve put together our must see places with kids in the Tampa area to share with you! The best part of visiting the sunshine state, is that most of our favorite places are open year round! And I hope you’ll see that Florida has lots more than just the mouse land and crazy rides.

Our Top Must See!

  1. The Florida Aquarium
  2. Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park
  3. Glazer Children’s Museum
  4. Clearwater Beach

 

1 // The Florida Aquarium

Located in downtown Tampa, this is the perfect place to take the whole family. It gets you up close to many of the animals that live in Florida! Ever wanted to pet a sting ray, or meet a penguin? You’ll be amazed at just how close you can get to all the lovable creatures! How would you like to drive in and swim with the fish? No experience needed, you just need to be six years or older!

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2 // Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park

Voted #1 Family Friendly Zoo in the US by Parents Magazine, this is a must visit and probably our favorite place in the Tampa area. If your children love animals, they’ll have a great visit here! They have special animal encounters where you can feed many of the animals! We can’t wait to try many of these.

 

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3 // Glazer Children’s Museum

Even your littlest ones will find lots of great games to play, and things to explore at the children’s museum. Three floors of activities, climbing adventures, STEM activities and interactive play.

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4 // Clearwater Beach

Clearwater beach is about 20 miles of beautiful white sand, and clear water. We love coming to this beach and playing in the sand.

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BONUS

If you’re looking for even more adventures, head over to Area Attractions.

What are your favorite places to visit? Do you like the beach, visiting animals, or doing creative arts and crafts when visiting new cities?

xo,

Christine

Beach Packing List for Toddlers

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We’re going up, up, so high on an airplane this week to visit Florida! Andy and I just celebrated our fourth year wedding anniversary are so excited that busy season is finally over! Yay! For those of you that are new around here, Andy works in the accounting world as an auditor, and they are slammed this time of year with lots of extra hours. Which means, a little vacation is well deserved for all of us!

I’m so excited to be visiting my mom and spending a week with her going to the pool and the beach! We have gone to visit before, so this isn’t our fist trip. However it seems we continue to need to find new ways to keep her entertained on long trips. You know what I mean? Toddlers are busy little people always learning, always on the go!

I’ve rounded up a few of our must haves, plus some new suggestions from friends we’ll be trying out!

 

Clothing

 

 

We love sundresses, and living in the south we are obsessed with Lilly Pulitzer. I love their bright colors and patterns, especially for beach trips in the summer! Two of our current favorite designs are this toddler shift dress and this adorable baby girls dress. The best thing about being two, is you can still wear 24 month sizes and toddler girl sizes too! Yay!! Our two very favorite bathing suites are these from Target; coral and waves!

Accessories

 

 

 

Minnie Mouse Sunglasses | Straw purse | Wide-brim Hat | Tropical Hat

Adventure Sandals | Swimming Vest

 

Travel

 

Minnie Mouse Umbrella Stroller | Stroller Fan| Water-resistant Sunscreen

Magna-doodle Board | Fun Magnetic Board| Leak-proof water Bottle| Snacks to Go | Reusable Activity Pads

 

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Carrying it All

Freshly Picked Butterscotch Beige | Skip Hop Caramel

At the airport or going on a road trip, it’s great to have a place that is convenient to keep everything your little ones might need handy. These are both great bags that look stylish and help moms and dads make parenting look easy!!

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Will you be traveling this summer? What would you add to the list? Leave us a comment below, or join us on Facebook and Instagram for more conversations! Looking for our other post on our minimalist packing list? It’s here: A Minimalist Guide to Stress-Free Traveling with Toddlers & Babies

xo,

Christine

 

A Minimalist Guide to Stress-Free Traveling with Toddlers & Babies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It also means the days are getting shorter, and we’re all rushing around getting ready for the holidays. If that includes traveling, a little planning in advanced could mean the difference between a jolly holiday, and a stressed out mama. Follow these 5 simple tips for a stress free trip.

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1 // Paperwork

Make sure you have all paperwork for the airport / road trip. This includes drivers’ license for mom and dad, and a copy of your little one(s) birth certificate for the airport.

2 // Pack light

You’ll no doubt need to bring snacks, a change of clothes and a few favorite toys, but try to keep the “extras” to a minimum. What can do double duty? That baby blanket, could it also be a nursing cover? Do you really need a stroller and a baby carrier? Select those items which will make your life easiest going through security.

3 // At the airport

Arrive early. I can’t say that enough. It took us an hour to go through security on our last trip! Taking a stroller? Consider if the stroller / wheel chair lines are moving more quickly through security. These are often shorter but do come with their own risk of getting stuck behind a grandma who brought too many bottles of perfume or liqueur filled chocolates.

4 // On the Plane

Once on the plane, try to snag an isle seat so you can get up and walk around if the little one(s) get fussy, but if the plane is already looking half full, grab a seat as close to the front of the plane as possible. You might be exhausted after your flight and won’t want to hang out on the plane any longer than you have to waiting for all the other passengers to get off. Speaking of getting on the plane, ask the flight attendants as soon as you enter the plane if you can have a water. Often they can easily grab a can and hand it to you as you walk by. Unless you remembered to fill your water bottle in the terminal, this refreshing water will be awesome, I promise.

5 // At your Destination

Make plans a head of time to discuss a meal once you’ve arrived. Is there a place by the airport you’ll want to stop by? Or will you be heading straight to relatives house? Call ahead of your trip to discuss having a meal that is quick and easy to make – something that your little one(s) will eat. Believe me, you’ll be thankful for this opportunity to get some real food in their bellies. This will be a great time to get an inventory of what toiletries, diapers, etc., are available, and what you’ll need to shop for during your visit.

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If you’re driving to your destination, you may be temped to pack everything you “might need” because, well, you have the space right?! Avoid this temptation, as it will mean you have MORE to keep up with. Also, can you plan out stops on your trip? Perhaps there are fantastic parks or sights you’d like to see on the way to your destination? A trick from my in-laws is to have each parent only drive 90 minutes. It may seem like too many stops, but if you have a newly potty trained toddler in the back seat, they’ll appreciate the stops (so yes, bring that little potty!). And it will keep mom and dad fresh and attentive to the road.

Airport Tips

Below is our MINIMALIST Packing List.

For Baby

IN YOUR CARRY-ON, TO STAY WITH YOU ON PLANE:

  • Diapers (enough for your travel time, plus a couple extra)
  • Wipes (lots! And these can double-duty for cleaning the plane seat area)
  • Pack a change of clothes (things happen)
  • Favorite toy(s)
  • Nursing Cover/ Blanket (if you’re still nursing)
  • Snacks
  • Sippy cup / bottle(s) (Avoid temptation to fill sippy cups ahead of time if possible, TSA will slow you down to check these. But formula and breast milk bottles, and baby food CAN BE brought on board. Be sure to tell the TSA agent ahead of screening to save headaches.)

IN PLASTIC BAG, EASILY ACCESSIBLE (ON TOP OF CARRY-ON) FOR TSA:

  • Infant Tylenol or Motrin
  • Small Hand Sanitizer
  • Diaper Cream

IN YOUR SUITCASE OR TO BE CHECKED IF DESIRED:

  • 2 outfits per day of trip (extra in case of accidents, over 5 days plan to do laundry or purchase on trip, you’ll have a fun memory and a new shirt!)
  • Socks
  • Swim Diaper / Bathing suit (these will not take much space & are hard to buy)
  • Hat (warm or cool weather depending on your destination)
  • Pajamas
  • Brush/ Comb
  • Sweater / Dressy outfit depending on events
  • Shoes

For Parents

IN YOUR CARRY-ON, TO STAY WITH YOU ON PLANE:

  • Driver’s License & Wallet
  • Empty water bottle
  • Sunglasses or glasses for vision correction
  • Phone & phone charger(s)
  • Sweater or Jacket
  • Extra shirt

IN YOUR SUITCASE OR TO BE CHECKED IF DESIRED:

  • Pants (shorts, jeans, leggings for mamas, etc. We recommend 1 pair of each depending on your events schedule for every 4 days of your trip)
  • Shirt (1 per day of your trip, over 5 days plan to do laundry or purchase on trip, you’ll have a fun memory and a new shirt!)
  • Dress / Dress Shirt & Slacks (Based on your personal style, bring more dresses and less pants/ shirts if you like to wear dresses- 1 per every 4 days of your trip).
  • Undergarments & Socks
  • Bathing suit (take one, it takes very little space and is difficult to buy)
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush
  • Hair brush/ comb
  • Curing iron / straightener
  • Small bag of makeup essentials, hair ties, bobby pins
  • Medications
  • Shoes / Sandals
  • Sweater

Leave home your toothpaste, face wash, make up remover, dry shampoo and hair spray and other small toiletry items as these can be borrowed from relatives or purchased cheaply at your destination.

Want an easy Download of our Packing list? Download it Here: Delightful Southern Moment’s MINIMALIST Toddler Packing List

Minimalist Travel Guide

If you’re traveling with gifts, be sure to leave them unwrapped. Airport security may need to check your bags and frowns upon gift wrapped items. We hope our tips and packing list helpful. We love a certain airline where bags fly free and highly suggest weighing all your options/ costs when booking airfare.

Thanks for checking out our tips and packing list and happy travels!

xo,

Christine

 

We want to hear from you! What would you add?

  • For those who have traveled with a baby or a toddler, what tips would you add?
  • Are there other things you did to make the trip easier?
  • Was there something else you did to reduce stress?
  • Would you ever have one parent fly with the kid(s), while the second drives your car to your destination?