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post #1 of 15
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OK, so my wife and I have perhaps found a little window of freetime between Jan 2 and 5 for a mid-week mini holiday. We're looking at southern VT, but could possibly be persuaded to go farther north, but then time becomes an issue.

We live in Eastern PA and we're looking for some place where there might be things to for a 23-month old (that's how old he'll be then) with his caretaker BESIDES a few ventures on the slopes with the daddy. This is all a little complicated. One of the mothers-in-law may join us to help watch our son because we really don't want to put our boy into any resort-based childcare. The idea is, daddy and mum go ski in the day, grandma hangs with toddler SOMEwhere else. Wife and I will switch off with grandma for a few hours, too. Nothing against childcare for others, but we don't use normal childcare. But there needs to be more to do than just sit in a lodge or even play in the swimming pool, which will be nice, but our toddler like many toddlers is always on the move. If it was summer, it would be no problem -- he loves to go on walks and wagon walks and play in park playgrounds, etc. But apart from a few trips to the kiddie hill, I'm not sure if a winter vacation will really work for him.

We may just abandon the whole idea, but wife and I are determined to have some ski time together and if we can find a place where grandma and son can do sometime besides sit in lodge (unacceptable), we're making reservations.

Any ideas????
post #2 of 15
Thread Starter 
bump -- wow -- hot topic! Things for toddlers to do!!!
post #3 of 15
If your mom-in-law is into winter outdoors and she's somewhat active, take a small sled with you and hit a small slope next to the hotel room. That should be a lot of fun for them both. If she is more adventurous, take a backpack and maybe snowshoes and go for short hikes. The bottom line is it matters not where you go.

There aren't a lot of options for a 23 month old if you're against daycare, especially if grandma wants to be indoors. Hooking up with another parents in a parent group maybe.

Now, if grandma isn't there, we had very good luck with a private sitter at Smuggs several years ago. Albeit the cold temp in N VT, the lady had our fussy 2-yo out and about between our unit and ouside the whole week we were there.
post #4 of 15
2 yo in winter is tough. Ask me how I know. It can get really cold during the time you are looking at and if it's in that sub-zero zone, you don't need to be taking him outside. If it's not so bad, there's the horse-drawn sleigh rides (or maybe dog-sledding), there's playing in the snow, and of course, going to the pool, but I don't know what else you do witha 2 yo. Wish I did. Mine loves daycare. Being around other 2 year olds is important, and she does love being around them. Likes checking out the babies too. Skiing is fun for a 2 yo too, but only for about 15 minutes a a time.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post
If your mom-in-law is into winter outdoors and she's somewhat active, take a small sled with you and hit a small slope next to the hotel room. That should be a lot of fun for them both. If she is more adventurous, take a backpack and maybe snowshoes and go for short hikes. The bottom line is it matters not where you go.

There aren't a lot of options for a 23 month old if you're against daycare, especially if grandma wants to be indoors. Hooking up with another parents in a parent group maybe.

Now, if grandma isn't there, we had very good luck with a private sitter at Smuggs several years ago. Albeit the cold temp in N VT, the lady had our fussy 2-yo out and about between our unit and ouside the whole week we were there.
The baby sitter idea is interesting!
post #6 of 15
Are you going to be staying in a hotel or condo?
post #7 of 15
Depends on what your child really likes to spend time doing & their level of activity. At that age some just love toddling/walking/cruising the hallways & corners of where you are staying. Some need frequent entertainment or lots of stimulation. Some need their regular favorite toys that keep hands & imagination occupied & helps keeps their regular rhythm or routine when they are away from home. Also depends on the caretaker. Is the caretaker up to being on their feet or hands & knees alot to play w/the child ? Or want to sit alot. We went to Disneyland when mine was that age. After running to the "Castle" gate from the entry gate, we spent our time in the kids area, ate, then back to the hotel where we had insured a patio area with a dirt strip, brought the tonka backhoe & the dump truck for another few hours of play. Books for story time, Audio tapes of the parent reading or books on tape while the child plays at favorite activities or w/toys are a great way to let grandma get off her feet for awhile also. You are only talking about 2 maybe 3 ski days, so if grandma isn't up to that, think of hiring someone who is. Bring them along or find one there. Be sure to bring your son's toys & activities with you. Have a kids pull along suitcase dedicated to that. He can even pack it himself with your help.
post #8 of 15
If you go somewhere that is actually a town, mainstreet is always a fun walk for grownups & kids alike. Lots to see & places to stop in for a snack/meal , cruise some more & stop for a treat. Remember time moves slowly for a child that age. They need more time to enjoy & see the sights & not have to "be" somewhere on a schedule.
post #9 of 15
True 911over. My 2 year olds favorite acttivity last year was just walking around the base area waving to everybody and going for the occasional gondola ride.
post #10 of 15
Bet that ate up about 4 hours. Add a meal in there & it's nap time. Wake up from that & it's snack time & toy time. Dinner & play or some sights, then off to bed for story time. Took me awhile to figure out why I got so little done in such a great amount of time. Then I recruited my "little helper". Takes alot of time to do so little with a toddler to parent. Growing children is like that. My barn is 300 feet from the house, that 1 minute walk to feed could easily take 20 minutes with all the rocks,plants, playing & chatting that occurred. Alll the while hungry whinnying horses awaiting their hay.
post #11 of 15
What does a 2 year old do ? Eat ,get paternal contact, play , sleep and repeat. Grandma can handle those tasks if she is up to it. He would be most comfortable with her and they could explore a bit and retreat to their room and repeat later. The kid is going to get cold ,tired and hungry and exploring with Grandma will satisfy his need for outside stimulus. Just a walkabout and a bit of snowplay would satisfy him.
Bring lots of his familiar toys and comfy items. You know the ones.
post #12 of 15
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Great ideas. Any specific town ideas? We love Stowe, but it's a little too far away for us. Killington is a zoo, no thanks. Any specific hotels/lodges, esp. places with kiddie pools? Wish we could find a place like the Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, but in Southern VT. What we don't know about are ski "resorts" or towns, esp. in Southern VT, which offer some safe, pedestrian friendly places both indoors and out that aren't insanely crowded. We're going midweek to avoid crowds.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Trotski View Post
Great ideas. Any specific town ideas? We love Stowe, but it's a little too far away for us. Killington is a zoo, no thanks. Any specific hotels/lodges, esp. places with kiddie pools? Wish we could find a place like the Green Mountain Inn in Stowe, but in Southern VT. What we don't know about are ski "resorts" or towns, esp. in Southern VT, which offer some safe, pedestrian friendly places both indoors and out that aren't insanely crowded. We're going midweek to avoid crowds.

Sounds like Stratton would fit what you're looking for
post #14 of 15
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Sounds like Stratton would fit what you're looking for
It's funny -- my wife and I just pretty much decided on it! Thanks for the corroboration.
post #15 of 15
Trotski,

Stay away from Stratton. Way too over priced for their McTrails.

I'd go to Okemo. Lot's of ski-in/out options. Plus it's very family oriented. Okemo has three base lodges, plus the town of Ludlow for Grandma & Junior to run around in.
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