Sunday, July 21, 2013

Toddling onto the South Bay Scene

Hi there, toddlers of the South Bay!

If you're a pre-preschooler who enjoys an active social life -- long toddles on the beach, discussing good board books with friends, pre-bedtime dancing under the stars, and fine dining in establishments that respect a bib, but serve more than chicken fingers and fries -- then this is the blog for you.

Actually, since you toddlers presumably can't read yet (though you're quite capable of turning on Mommy's iPhone to delete important contacts with the swipe of a grubby little finger), this is a blog for your loyal followers. You know -- your mommies, daddies, grandmas, grandpas, nannies. The big people who trail behind you all day, cleaning up the debris strewn in the wake of the Category 5 toddler-cane (toddler-nado? toddler-quake?) that seems to circle your house on a perpetual loop. The people who leap to catch you when you decide to test gravity by stepping off the top of the play structure. The people who lose their voices reading The Monster at the End of this Book over and over again, as you demand a better Grover impression. Those poor saps who love you and fear you and are constantly looking for new ways to entertain, socialize and challenge you...or perhaps just a way to occupy you for an hour so that they can take a tiny little break.

So, toddler followers of Silicon Valley, hello to you too! My goal with this blog is to make your lives easier by providing information on fun outside-the-house activities to give your home a bit of a break from the toddler-cane that lives there. What's more, the information here will help give you a break from the monotony -- and admit it, it sometimes is monotonous -- of reading the same books, singing the same songs, preparing the same meals and playing the same games, day after day. Let someone else read a book to your kid. Let someone else do a silly dance. Let someone else make a kid-friendly meal. And let someone -- or something -- else diffuse some of that amazing toddler energy in preparation for naptime. You, of course, have to come along for the ride -- after all, you're a toddler follower -- but at least when your little one steps off the top of a play structure, this blog will let you know which park's structures aren't too high, and which have the cushiest ground surface. In other words, this blog will help you relax.

Ideally, this will be a one-stop shop for all things toddler-related in the South Bay. A list of library storytimes. Reviews of local playgrounds and water features. Fun activities, tips and pointers. Special posts for working parents, listing evening and weekend activities. I get to write and share information I've discovered while exploring with my own little guy (he likes to travel incognito, so we'll call him "Toddler X"); you get to skip the research and just enjoy the time with your kids. It's a win-win situation.

So please, follow my blog, and share it with your friends. Let me know what you'd like me to look into, whether it be storytimes or music classes or kids' sections at libraries or restaurants. Post comments or reviews of places and activities you and your kids love. Let's compile a comprehensive list of everything great for toddlers in Silicon Valley, and use that list to entertain and enrich the amazing little people we're charged with caring for.

And while you'll still have to read Little Blue Truck at bedtime tonight, perhaps you'll only have to read it once, as your sweet little one will be tuckered out after a day of fun. And with all that free time, you can come back to my blog and plan tomorrow's adventures.

I look forward to sharing with you!


P.S. My first posts will be on local playgrounds and water features. Depending on Toddler X's naps, I hope to have some out by mid-week. Follow the blog and be the first to know!


  1. Super excited to find your blog. And I apologize for my plethora of comments today. I'm a SAHM with one little guy, and I am always on the hunt for exciting things to fill our days before nap time.

  2. Hi! Found this yesterday while at Westgate Mall. Thought it would be a good addition to your list of fun things to check out! :)

  3. Hi Kristin,

    Could you share Toddler X's age to your loyal readers? I am trying to gauge some of the details of your reviews for my own 16.5 month twins.

    BTW - You have no idea what a life saver your blog has been this summer! We are finally hitting the age where playgrounds and more active park-going is a possibility and your tips are so valuable. Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Rachel,
      So glad you're enjoying the blog! Thanks for your support!
      Your question is a very good one -- there definitely is a lot of development that goes on in the toddler years, and a 12 month old and 24 month old will have very different perspectives. Toddler X is just about 20 months (born February 2012), and I started the reviews in late July, when he was just short of 18 months -- so probably close to where yours are right now. I have to say, my perspectives on certain playgrounds have changed even in the last two months -- things that seemed a bit too big and scary in May or June seem perfect now. I'll try to be more age-specific in my posts.

      Thanks again for following!


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