Today we did some exploring. There were some amazingly beautiful moments, but there were a lot of sweaty meltdowns and a toddler who thought ant hills were fun toys. Though sometimes staying home is so much easier I never regret being a tourist in my own community.
A few reasons to explore your own city with kids:
Low risk. If the kids have meltdowns, it's no big deal. You can just head home! You also already know your way around, so there's less stress or fear of getting lost.
Ties to the community. When you start exploring your town through the eyes of a tourist, you'll gain a greater appreciation for it, and really start to feel a sense of pride and connection to the place you live.
You're teaching your kids how to be a good traveler. When vacationing or visiting a new city, you'll expect your kids to come with you to museums or landmarks that might not be their favorite thing to do. It's important for them to learn how to occupy themselves and behave themselves in these situations, but it takes practice.
Read the rest on my blog post about exploring your own city with kids! Link in bio.