Visit the Park – Things to do with Preschoolers

If you’re looking for something to do with a toddler or preschooler, or with any kids for that matter, go visit the park!  We enjoyed a “lunch break” trip to a local park with a lake one day last week.  We had a picnic lunch in the shade followed by a nice walk.  The weather was gorgeous!

Check out what parks are in your area and visit them as frequently as possible!  Often you can find a list of what’s available through your town/city or county’s website.  We made it a family goal for our summer bucket list to hit all the parks in our area!  It’s fun to talk about our favorite things at each park and then compare and contrast the different parks we’ve been to.  Makes for great kid-friendly conversation!

Visit the park

For the locals (~Raleigh, NC), here are a few links to get you started:
– Cary Parks and Greenways
– Raleigh Parks and Facilities
– Apex Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources
– Holly Springs Facilities, Parks, and Greenways
– Fuquay Varina Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources
– Wake Forest Parks and Recreation
– Durham Parks and Recreation
– Chapel Hill Facilities, Greenways, and Parks
– Morrisville Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources

When you visit the park, your child gets out in nature.  They can run, climb, practice balance activities, meet other kids and adults to socialize, and just plain have fun.  It’s also a great FREE way to spend a few hours of quality time together.  Pack a picnic lunch or just a snack and stay awhile.  Have fun!


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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • We treat our park as an extension of the garden. It is good to live in a city but have green space plus trees to climb nearby.

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