Going to your first theme park with a toddler can be daunting but is totally worth it for the sweet family memories you’ll make! Vienna is a year and a half now and loves going to new places; I try to take her somewhere new and interesting as close to daily as possible. So when LEGOLAND California invited us to come and visit, I jumped on the chance!
LEGOLAND wanted me to let you know about a pretty cool offer they’re having right now called the Play Pass, which is especially great for SoCal residents. Pay for a day; play the rest of 2016 FREE with a LEGOLAND Play Pass this summer! Enjoy unlimited admission to LEGOLAND California, now through December 25, 2016, with a LEGOLAND Play Pass on sale for a limited time (must redeem by July 31st, 2016). For more information visit www.LEGOLAND.com.
There was a decent amount of stuff we could do with Vienna since she’s under 2. Not too many rides for her height but more like really cool play areas and things to see. Please note that a lot of the rides required a height of 34″ and up and she was a hair too short. We did go on the fairytale boat ride and spent the rest of the time looking at all the amazing LEGO creations, seeing a live show, playing with Duplo blocks, hanging out in the cool playground which is modeled after a mini city, and eating churros and soft serve. Also, just to clarify, I’m not necessarily a LEGO fanatic, but LEGOLAND was still a fun place for me because I got to watch Vienna enjoy herself and spend quality time with my little family.
I’ll be coming back with Vienna soon now that I know the layout and what we can do there.
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Since it was our first time visiting a theme park with a toddler, I thought I’d share what I did to make sure all of us got to enjoy the trip as best we could. Some of these tips are going to be pretty obvious, but it doesn’t hurt to share! It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared when it comes to leaving the house with a little one for an extended period of time, especially in the heat of summer.
1 // Sun Protection
Obviously. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses — don’t go without these for everyone in the fam! Remember to reapply sunscreen every 1.5 hours or so. Mr. Bond and I wore sunnies most of the time, but we had Vienna in a sunhat since she doesn’t take it off as much as her sunnies.
2 // Water
Another obvious thing. LEGOLAND let us bring in our own water bottles (funny enough, we love the Carlsbad Alkaline Water from Costco).
3 // Snacks
Having a few snacks ready for everyone in the group is super important. Nobody wants to deal with a hangry daddy, mommy, or baby. It’s fun to buy theme park food too and I think it’s a wonderful part of the experience, but take something with you just in case!
4 // Comfy Shoes
Need I explain? There’s a lot of walking to do, so comfy flats for everyone is the way to go.
5 // Change of Clothes
There’s quite a bit of water attractions around (another ticket is required for the water park and aquarium). Some people came in wearing water park attire. I had an extra set of clothes waiting for us in the car, just in case.
6 // Hand Sanitizer
Again, obviously. Sometimes you’re just not near a bathroom and need to change a diaper on-the-go.
7 // Camera
I hope Vienna loves the photos she has of herself at her first theme park. I managed to take a little video of her and daddy too.
8 // Stroller
Mr. Bond and I decided to take the Quinny Moodd since it’s more compact than our Stokke Xplory. I kept our most-used stuff in the bottom basket so I could reach it quickly and the rest of our stuff in the diaper bag. You can also rent a stroller there, and some people had their kids in those folding wagon type of things. We left our stroller in stroller parking a few times while we were on rides, and everything was fine.
9 // Diaper Bag
I just got a new diaper bag from Jujube and have been using it ever since. I love the backpack feature of it, but for the trip we wrapped it around the stroller handlebars. I wore a crossbody bag with my wallet and phone in it and the camera around my neck (total tourist mode, I know). You want to be careful not to overload the diaper bag, because there is a definite possibility of tipping over when your baby isn’t inside the stroller. I love the two zipper compartments of the BFF bag, the two stretchy sides for a sippy cup and sunscreen, and the overall print which totally matches the stroller, haha.
10 // A Good Attitude
It got pretty hot and sweaty, there’s a lot of walking and (possibly) waiting to do, and at some points it got pretty crowded, so be ready to take a deep breath and just live in the moment. You’ll be fine!