Though it’s not technically the end of summer, vacations are winding down and my work’s reduced Friday hours have officially come to an end (sad face). I feel like it’s a good time to do a recap of our best toddler summer ever… so far.
We managed to pack our summer full of toddler fun, with new experiences, day trips, backyard play, good food, and lots of water.
We kicked off our best toddler summer ever in June at Garden Patch Farm’s Butterfly Festival, where Em tried to grab some butterflies, fed chickens, and picked berries in Homer Glen, Illinois.
The backyard became our sanctuary and proved to be an invaluable resource for toddler entertainment. We could regularly get Emme and Cousin Cliff to entertain themselves for ten, sometimes 20, minutes at a time, allowing Aunt Sarah and me some much-needed lounging complete with wine.
Speaking of the backyard, I tried my hand at grilling pizza. It’s actually very easy to do, and it quickly became a family favorite. Our go-to grilled pizza used cherry tomatoes and basil from our garden.
We visited dozens of neighborhood playgrounds, trying out multiple slides…
… and swings too.
In July, we traveled to Ohio to spend time with Grandma and Grandpa who live on a lake. The toddlers loved the pontoon boat.
Emme was less thrilled with the family photo session we did while in Ohio.
We made good use of our Brookfield Zoo membership, visiting the zoo’s splash pad (yes, more splash pads), Sting Ray Bay, the playground, Hamill Family Play Zoo, and various animals (or as Emme says, “elmos”).
And finally, we celebrated one very special birthday.
Up next: The best toddler autumn ever!