Beyond the Bay Area

Toddler X, contemplating the Atlantic
Once upon a time, you were a great traveler. You could pack up a carry-on, and head off for a long weekend at a moment's notice. And then kids came on the scene, and suddenly even a two hour drive became a massive production. Do we have enough snacks? Entertainment? Places to stop if he has a meltdown? Can we time driving with naps? And potty training...yikes!

Our pick for road tripping with a potty-training toddler. Don't leave home without it.

It's enough to make you want to just stay home.

There are, however, SO many benefits to heading out into the world with your young child, and if you're a fan of SV Toddler, I'm guessing you're already raising a little adventurer. That's why I compiled this section of the blog. It's a combination of my travel tips for some common destinations for Silicon Valley families (and ways of getting there), and feedback from my thousands of readers about their experiences traveling with tots.

I hope this is helpful to you! If you have any insights you'd like to share, I'm all ears.

Hehe, "all ears"...get it? 
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General Travel Planning Tips

Whether you're flying or driving, and regardless of where you're going, here are some useful tips from my readers and me as you plan your trip:

Southern California

The Drive Down

Whether you take Highway 101 or I-5, you're going to need some kid-friendly pit stops to get you through the trip. We've driven both many times over -- here are my tips for a happy drive:


We're huge Disneyland fans, and since Toddler X's first visit at just over two years old, we've returned six times. We've visited in all seasons of the year and faced weather ranging from downpours to scorching sun. I've even visited at 5 months pregnant! Needless to say, I have lots of tips on having a fun Disneyland/California Adventure with your family. Here are a few of my posts (I have many others in the works!):
Other Southern California Adventures

This section is very much a work in progress, but here are some reader suggestions for toddler fun in...

Lake Tahoe

I spent a good portion of my childhood visiting Lake Tahoe, and Toddler X enjoyed his first Tahoe trip at just two weeks old and has been back many times since, so we have LOTS of suggestions, both for the drive up to Tahoe and for families visiting the North and West Shores. Here are a few of my posts -- there are many more to come!
Elsewhere in California
I'll keep adding topics -- let me know if there's something you'd like to see on here.

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  1. I'd value "How to take an infant (or cruiser) on a plane", including how to deal with taking a carseat, do they need their own seat, what to do about strollers, how best to get the kid from car/taxi to gate and on the plane, what parts to check, what parts to gate check, how to deal with the risk of the airline damaging your carseat (and so making it unsafe), how to deal with formula, etc.! Basically some tips for those of us with just the one very small non-mobile child and no clue how to navigate airports with one. :-) Thanks!

  2. Hi! Do you have any information about traveling to Lake Tahoe, planning to go next week, my girls have 2 1/2 year and 14 months.

  3. Hello, i represent Lil Sluggers , a baseball enrichment program for toddlers boys and girls ages 3-6 years old. We are based here in Silicon Valley and offer classes in Santa Clara, Los Gatos, San Jose, and soon Cupertino.
    our website is How do we join the vendor business directory? Do you hold an annual luncheon or meeting ?
    Marguerite Padovani at:

  4. we represent Lil Sluggers, a baseball enrichment program for boys and girls ages 2-6 years old. we would like to be a part of the vendor business directory and provide a demo of our class to your organization. our website is and we are also on Facebook.


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