Joanna’s Best Road Trip for Kids Under Five

Joanna Marcovici, Partner

Toronto to the Big Apple

In the coldest days of winter, my thoughts turn to summer vacation, summer holidays and road trips. This one is my family’s favourite, full of fun for all ages.

Start with a car full of snacks, movies on the ipad, and a good playlist or two (we like the Beatles greatest hits compilation “1”). Don’t worry, there are Tim Hortons throughout the ONTARIO/NY route now, just download the app so you know what’s ahead.

  • Rochester, NYRochester Children’s Museum of Play – spend an afternoon here, stay overnight in Rochester. The Museum has cool Lego, Sesame Street, Medieval areas, the largest collection of toys ever…tonnes of hands-on stuff.
  • Binghamton, NY – Binghamton Mets – catch a minor league baseball game. There’s nothing like it. You’ll feel like you’re in the Bull Durham movie itself.
  • Easton, PACrayola Experience – it’s a museum, it’s the Crayola factory…it’s hands-on and it’s fun. Use crayons, clay, chalk and other stuff in unlimited ways…
  • Langhorne, PA – Sesame Place – unless you live under a rock, you know Sesame. And Sesame knows kids. So, an amusement park, with Sesame Street characters roaming freely, roller coasters shaped like Oscar the Grouch’s trash cans, splash pads larger than life….this is way better than DisneyWorld for this age.
  • NYC – The Big Apple – the lists are endless, as are the playgrounds and fun things to do inside Central Park. The obligatory trip to FAO Schwartz (bring your wallet), and the best burger and shake at Shake Shack make it all worthwhile.

Have fun!!