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Old 01-04-2018, 02:46 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Exactly! It just seems a few years premature as the request was worded, a focus on what 2 year olds would like. Now if the reality is that they want to go on a family trip where there are diversions for 2 year olds too, that's different. Many countries, like Italy, people will treat you special if you show up with a baby.

If you are into the travel thing..
True... kids in foreign countries (including babies and toddlers) can open up a lot of conversations / relationships.

Italy and Spain are NUTS about kids (FANCY strollers, with dolled up kids lined up in front of the stores)
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Old 01-04-2018, 02:52 PM
 
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We did road trips when ours were little. In some ways it's easier than air travel. I don't know what the op's hurry to introduce them to air travel is. What will they gain at this age that can't be done after they are potty trained?
Them being potty trained doesn't make them easier to travel with. In fact, I think it was easier pre diapers then the couple years after where "I have to potty" means NOW. Changing a diaper is so much easier then racing to find a toilet. Just me experience.

I think my children greatly benefitted from early travel. They became really good at travel young and now are near travel experts.
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:11 PM
 
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I'm thinking of introducing my 2 year olds to air travel this year and want to start by visiting a major city. What are some of the best large cities to take toddlers? My focus would be on amenities and activities suited to that age group, safety and convenience. I heard Atlanta is good and maybe Miami. Any other ideas?
Thanks in advance.
San Diego is a good one. Full disclosure: I live here and raised my two kids here.

The weather is generally good, of course (generally warmer and sunnier than San Francisco). But San Diego is also very kid friendly, with lots of parks/playgrounds and things to do with toddlers. Two examples: my toddlers always loved the nifty little Model Railroad Museum and Puppet Shows in Balboa Park. We have 70 miles of beaches, but there are a few in particular that are great for little kids (La Jolla Shores, Mission Bay). There are also loads of events and activities every weekend. And, the zoo can be really fun at that age too (I like it better than the much more spread out Safari Park). There's also the Mary Birch Aquarium which is just the right size for toddlers (there's also Sea World, but at that age, the Birch Aquarium is really fun!). LegoLand can also be toddler friendly.

And, there are some good all suites hotels that are nice for families and plenty of vacation rentals (we often rented apartments when our kids were little). Stay in one of the beach areas -- La Jolla, Carlsbad, maybe Mission Beach, and you will have plenty of fun with your kids.

So, while I am a little prejudiced after living here for 30 years (moved from the east coast), San Diego is a great place for a vacation with kids.

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Old 01-04-2018, 03:20 PM
 
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"2 year olds" and "air travel" are words that don't go together well. Unless YOU specifically want to travel for some reason, I'd wait until the kiddos are a year or two older before starting them on air travel. It's a lot easier once they're old enough to have some real understanding of what is going on, and more patience with sitting still for at least an hour.
I do agree with this. I'd add one more thing: potty trained kids are a lot more fun to take on planes.

Here's another thought: when my kids were 3 and 2, we rented an RV for a week. We didn't go anywhere wildly exciting -- just drove to two different state parks about 100 miles from home where we stayed in their campgrounds, and played house for a week. The kids LOVED being in the house on wheels, we had a clean bathroom with us everywhere we went, we could make meals and give the kids snacks without any fuss, and Mom and Dad could enjoy sitting outside around a fire after the kids sacked out.

Our kids don't remember that trip AT ALL but it is a vacation that my husband and I still talk about with a lot of fond memories.

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Old 01-04-2018, 03:22 PM
 
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I have a two year old and I'm doing everything in my power to avoid introducing air travel for several years. I don't think we can last that long with family across the country but I'll keep fighting it! Just knowing how bad my ears were while flying as a kid makes me want no part of having a toddler who can't fully communicate or understand reasoning potentially be in that kind of pain and discomfort. At the very least I don't want to have a very energetic 2 year old that can't even sit still on my couch for 2 minutes be on a plane for 5 hours plus all of the time in airports and in between. I'm going as far as considering taking a few weeks off work and renting an RV and driving across country to visit family
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:26 PM
 
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I think it’s a great idea to travel with toddlers - the earlier you can expose kids to travel, the better - but two-year-olds can find joy in a puddle. I would just go somewhere YOU want to go. Most major US cities have children’s museums and places to walk and run and climb on for two-year-olds, so I wouldn’t go too crazy trying to find a perfect city for a tot.
I agree with this. At that age, find a city that the adults would enjoy. A 2 years old will be happy anywhere. Wherever we went for a family vacations, my son would have a good time.

With that said, my son's first flights were for a long weekend to Destin for a wedding when he was 1.5yr old. He behaved himself on the planes - we brought lots of snacks and quiet toys (books, stickers, etc). We stayed at a condo by the beach which was great as we could easily go back and forth to the beach/condo.

My son has some motion sickness - so I always (tried to) remember to bring Dramamine for Kids, extra clothes (for him and me) and plastic bags. Twice now he had tummy issues on the way back from vacations where we flew somewhere (but not on the way out). The last time was on the way home from SF (lots to do for him there) to Ohio. I forgot the Dramamine, we went through lots of plastic bags and that was a long travel day .
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:32 PM
 
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Them being potty trained doesn't make them easier to travel with. In fact, I think it was easier pre diapers then the couple years after where "I have to potty" means NOW. Changing a diaper is so much easier then racing to find a toilet. Just me experience.

I think my children greatly benefitted from early travel. They became really good at travel young and now are near travel experts.
I agree about the potty thing.

When I traveled out of the country (20+ hours total flight time) with my son by myself when he was 3 yr old, he was potty trained, but I still put a night time diaper on him during the trip. I took him to many potty breaks but I rather be safe than have him have an accident because we couldn't find a bathroom fast enough (in the line in the airport, etc..).
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:41 PM
 
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Boston is very child friendly and has a lot for kids to do. It was better than NYC in my experience. Chicago and Seattle are also gear for kids. San Francisco is ok but San Diego would be better with the zoo. Don’t do amsterdam unless you’re very liberal and ok with answering a lot of questions...we went without our son and have both agreed that is one place we won’t take him before he turns 18.
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:17 PM
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NO JOKE!

We go to Vegas once a year and it amazes me the number of people who bring babies and young kids there!! Vegas is NOT a place for children!!



As other have said, I would keep it local. The first time I brought my child on a plane was when she was 3 and that was challenging enough to keep her in the seat for the flight. I couldn't imagine being on a plane with a 2 year old. With that said, many people travel with toddlers. We live in the Chicago land area and there are many things to do with kids in downtown Chicago! Most are in walking distance to each other!


Navy Pier
Chicago Children's Museum
Beaches
Museum of Science and Industry
Field Museum
Adler Planetarium
Shedd Aquarium
Lincoln Park Zoo
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)
Millennium Park
We just went to Vegas, me for the first time, and I agree, it's not a place for kids. You have to be 21 to be on the casino floors.

That said, I see no reason to "introduce" air travel to two year olds. It sounds like there is more than one of them as well. I could see this being a huge nightmare. My 17 yo great-niece just had to be retrieved from the airport today b/c her flight to the east coast was cancelled. So much can happen, any time of year. It sounds like a kind of difficult thing to do if you don't have to.

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If you are in Houston, maybe try driving to San Antonio? You can fly in too, but it seems easier (and cheaper) to drive. Charleston SC is under 2 hours flight from Houston, if I recall.
The OP wants to introduce her kids to air travel.

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We did road trips when ours were little. In some ways it's easier than air travel. I don't know what the op's hurry to introduce them to air travel is. What will they gain at this age that can't be done after they are potty trained?
I agree! There's not much at all to be gained by doing this at two; they won't even remember it.
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:45 PM
 
Location: WI
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My kids and I had a great time in Las Vegas. We saw a good number of kids there and we did things like M&M World, Mob Museum, theme park at Circus Circus, children’s museum, aquarium, and the Tournament of Kings. I remember being surprised at just how kid friendly it actually is.

That said, I’m not sure I’d plan a trip *just* to Vegas with kids (we tacked two days there to the end of a trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park, as we were flying in and out of the Vegas airport which was the most convenient to those) but it’s got a lot more than just casinos and clubs.
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