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#1 NoMoreGuilt

Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:40 PM

Hi, just wondering what parents with young toddlers do on the weekend. DS is 13 months. DH is going through a bit of a funk right now and said today that he thought our weekends were too repetitive and boring. We usually go out for lunch at a cafe with DS, and then go for an hour walk at the park to see the ducks etc. Occasionally we will catch up with friends for lunch and bring DS as well. Today we also stopped off at MIL's house for a visit.


I can't really think of other activities to do - DS is too young to enjoy trips to the zoo or aquarium. Its getting too cold to go to the beach, and when we went a few times in summer we could only stay for a little while anyway as it gets too hot for DS.

We both work full time in the city during the week so try to avoid going into the city at the weekend at all costs (we live in Sydney).

Maybe it is a bit boring but I can't imagine that other people are going surfing or mountain hiking on the weekends with their 13 month old??

Edited by workingmum0101, 31 March 2012 - 08:41 PM.


#2 Fillyjonk

Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:50 PM

Hehe - more exciting than our weekends. We spend half of Saturday shopping, all Sunday morning at church and somehow the rest of the weekend just gets frittered away and it is Monday again.

Don't discount the zoo though. We got our first zoo pass when Owen was about 15 months and he seemed to enjoy it then. Perhaps you could try the aquarium - kids seem to be particularly taken by fish.

ETA - oh, and re Roobear's suggestion of swimming- my 12 month old absolutely loves going to the pool (though Owen hated it at that age, so I guess it depends on the kid).

Edited by with the goo goose, 31 March 2012 - 08:54 PM.


#3 Roobear

Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:51 PM

We go swimming, to the park, zoo (we are friends of the zoo so get free entry) and she loves it, shopping, library, play dates, children's farm.....all I can think of for now.

#4 g_uzica

Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:56 PM

try www.sydneyforkids.com.au for some ideas on things to do.

You should also try Symbio Wildlife Park down south where you can pat the kangaroos, cows, lamas, etc  It's a bit more hands which our little one enjoyed at this age.

also think about what you did together before DS was born, can you take him along??  not every trip has to be an experience for your little one.

good luck.

#5 SplashingRainbows

Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:56 PM

We do visits to the park or pool, lunch out, home for sleep lazy afternoons at home catching up on things. Sometimes we visit friends or family, depends on what everyone is doing.


If your DH wants things to change, can you make it his responsibility to change them (within reason).

#6 ~Jodama_Feral~

Posted 31 March 2012 - 08:56 PM

We do all sorts of things go on nature walks, tourist attractions like zoos, aquauriums, historical sites. We always have take our kids wherever we want to go. I think it helps them to learn how to behave when out and about.

#7 Chelara

Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:00 PM

We do day trips all over th place, markets, garage sales, river, wisemans ferry, the little ride on miniature railways at Galston and there's another near ryde somewhere also one out west that are made to look like Thomas characters. Catch the train somewhere, pet shops, different parks, national parks. Not sure where you are but bobbin head near Hornsby is lovely. Camden botanical gardens for a picnic.

#8 Mummy Em

Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:06 PM

What does your hubby want to do? If you and he like to hike you can get those backpack/structured baby carriers.
I agree simple activities are better for little ones. Things to do might be a weekend away in a chalet (not so simple but a change of scenery is nice), trip to petting farm, explore other parks, indoor play centres, indoor swimming pools, the museum (some are quite interactive these days).

When Dd1 was a bit older than your ds my husband started taking her to an activity first thing Saturday morning. First it was Gymbaroo, now it is swimming lessons. It is their special thing.

#9 marnie27

Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:20 PM

What about swimming? We have a pool but we took DS to the indoor public pool in winter about that age.
Walks on the beach, near a river.
Bike riding - DS can sit in a passenger seat or trailer type thing
More catch ups with friends, bbqs, dinners, breakfasts out etc- we quite often do the same things with different groups of friends.
Play centres - we often meet friends at one.
Country drives - DS would usually sleep and we'd stop somewhere different for lunch.
A family friendly pub - we would meet friends for lunch or a drink (them not us as we don't really drink). DS was happy to be held and play with his toys.
We did the zoo and museum as well - we enjoyed it and DS was happy just to be out and about.


#10 EBeditor

Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:31 PM

Markets, shopping, art galleries, day trips?

best to do as much of the stuff that you like to do before your child is old enough to complain original.gif



#11 T2Mum

Posted 31 March 2012 - 09:42 PM

There are always things going on in Sydney to do! Definitely don't discount the Zoo! Very relaxing for everyone in nice weather.

Going to different parks and cafes can be fun, as well as things like wine and food fairs, children's fairs, museums, outdoor exhibitions (ie Sculptures by the Sea), trips to National Parks etc.

Kids at that age also like trying lots of different public transport. We once went on an excursion on the suburban train just for fun (but then again we don't have to use the train to commute).

Weekend after Easter we are going up to Clarence to the Thomas Day at the Zig Zag railway and then staying in the Blue Mts overnight. We have a DD 4.5 and a DD nearly 1.5. Both kids will enjoy playing in the autumn leaves and doing autumn craft afterwards.

#12 Marchioness Flea

Posted 01 April 2012 - 11:05 AM

Does he go out much in the week? If so , he might actually like some time at home relaxing. You don't HAVE to go out all the time. Kids like downtime as well.
At 13 months he's pretty young still, we took our daughter to the zoo at 18 months and had to carry her everywhere, it was really tiring! She couldn't see over the rails and short hedges in the pram so had to be carried.
Playcentres are fun, things to climb on safely, even if just the park.


#13 Pocket79

Posted 01 April 2012 - 05:59 PM

My DS is 14mo and some things he enjoys are: catching the bus (anywhere!), building a cubby with chairs and sheets etc; going to the beach and playing in the sand; going to the markets and wandering around, trying foods and smiling at everyone; going to the bike shop and looking at all the bikes; the park with ducks etc; going out to brekky; walking along the promenade at the beach; we also recently took him to the aquarium - he was younger then, prob around 12mo and he LOVED it- it is great for kids that age, especially the penguins, the tropical fish and the walkway where the fish are under your feet and the shark tunnel of course. You could also go to a Chinese restaurant or pet shop and look at the fish in the tanks;)

#14 EBeditor

Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:03 PM

My toddler had fun chasing seagulls at the beach today.. we didn't go near the water.

#15 Flutter Bug

Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:17 PM

Once you start looking there are so many things to do, most of them fairly inexpensive or free. This is what we get up to....

Bike with a toddler bike seat and go for a ride to the park or the beach.

Go to the childrens garden in the Botanic Gardens and go for a walk with the pram around the Gardens.

Go to the childrens farm.

Go to Scienceworks or museum.

Go to the pool.

Drive to a different park in another suburb and take the toddlers bike or pram and go for a walk/play at the park and a picnic.

Have an 'outside' day at home with finger painting, water and sand play, blowing bubbles, 'painting' the house/paths/trees with a bucket of water and a paintbrush, drawing with jumbo chalk on the paths/driveway - probably the most fun!!





#16 JupitersMoon

Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:25 PM

Yeah I found 12-16 months hard in terms of entertainment (for me,that is!). I would still do the zoo, aquarium thing, but maybe a smaller one - ie not taronga zoo but a petting zoo ?

Does he walk? Would he like a indoor toddler playground? I also don't think it's too cold for the beach yet original.gif maybe a picnic somewhere he can run around? Start him in swimming lessons if you haven't yet, he will love it! I wish I had started DD earlier.

Also dont ignore museums, etc , young toddlers love looking at things.

#17 cinnabubble

Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:32 PM

I used to just drag her around with me when I had one young toddler and a full time job. By the time she was two, she'd dance to the buskers in Pitt Street Mall. She also loved the Powerhouse Museum.

#18 Pocket79

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

Ooh yes the bike wit toddler seat is great, we often go on rides as a family and DS LOVES it! Got the seat 2nd hand on eBay;)

#19 Fright bat

Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:19 PM

You can actually take your toddler on 'adult' activities, depending what you and your DH used to do! They don't all have to be kid centred. Art galleries are fun (even young kids like the colours), museums, bicycling, beach, picnics, visiting adult friends, gardening, even shopping.

13 months is a hard age - too old to lie around, too young to really be active. From 12-18 months we did a LOT of 'playdates' with our friends who also had kids which essentially meant the adults had a couple beers and a chat, and the kids did whatever; it can be a bit of a boring time. By 18 months on, they get a lot more interactive and can actually do quite a lot, so it's a lot more fun.




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