Fun and Engaging Trips for our Baby of Six Months
Levi is six months old now. Winter is finally giving in to the fact that it's actually springtime summer will be here before we know it. I'm so excited. Levi's always been a curious and observant baby, but now he's reached an age where more than light fixtures and mirrors entertain him. Meaning, it's time to take him out and about to explore the world! Or, at least our surrounding area.
There are so many places I want to take him. But I've narrowed my list down to my top five. These are the must go to places to take my baby this summer.
1. The Minnesota Zoo
Levi inherited his parents' love for animals. He is obsessed with petting our dog Gunner and Brighton's horse Maya. We take him outside to watch the chicken and ducks roam about our little farm any time the weather is warm enough. And because he's so enthralled with the animals, he's giving me the perfect excuse to go to the zoo! Ever since I found out I was pregnant I've been daydreaming about the day we'll stroll through the zoo with little Levi riding in his stroller and having a picnic lunch as a family in the middle of the park. I know he won't remember his first visit to the zoo, but I can't wait to go crazy taking pictures of him at each exhibit and telling him all about the various animals we'll see.
3. Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium
This aquarium is located in the Mall of America in the Twin Cities and is exceptionally large. I always loved going to this aquarium when I visited my grandparents each summer. The sea mesmerizes me and I hope it will do the same for Levi! I'm not a big shopper and neither is Brighton, so we'll probably go to the mall just for the aquarium. I personally think the mall side of MOA is overrated and overpopulated. The stores are the same as any other mall only bigger. But they have the aquarium so I deem it worthy of making this list.
4. Sibley Park
This park is much closer to our home. The zoos and the aquarium are a few hours away in the Twin Cities, but this park is just an hour away in Mankato. Sibley is a recreational park with a playground a pretty landscaping, but is also home to Sibley Farm. In the warmer months, Sibley Farm is home to various farm animals. From cows, to ponies, to goats, to chickens, there's plenty to see. Even though we have all these animals on our farm, it'll still be fun to have an afternoon at the park and to let Levi get exposure to more farm animals than just the few we have at home. And we have friends in Mankato with little ones as well, so we can easily turn this venture into an afternoon play date.
5. A Camping Trip at Cedar Lake
Cedar Lake is a local campground in our neck of the woods. It's actually only a couple miles from the family farm, but it's isolated and beautiful and great for swimming. Growing up, Brighton's family camped here all the time for weekend getaways. It was convenient for them so they could still get the camping experience but didn't need to find anyone to do the farm chores. I was the opposite. My family always drove into the mountains for a few hours to get to our campground of choice. Then we'd camp for a week or more at a time. Obviously, I'm more biased to how I was raised camping, but for Levi's first camping trip, I think a trip to the local campground is the way to go. If things don't go well, we're just a fifteen minute drive home.
So there you go. The top five places I want to take my baby this summer. They're all within a few hours drive and places he can engage and experience as much fun as the adults!
Where are you do you want to take your kiddos this summer?