Road Trip with Kids Gear Guide

A guide of all our favorite toys, car necessities and travel accessories to survive a road trip with young kids.

After my son phased out of the airline lap child parameters, we decided to focus on road trips as a family. Now that we have a few big road trips under our belt, including one to Canada!, I wanted to share our favorite car toys for toddlers and preschoolers, car necessities, and travel accessories.

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Swaim Park

And the sandbox has a built-in digger, too.

Swaim Park is a lovely, well-manicured park with a nice playground located next to downtown Montgomery, Ohio. This playground is a great spot to take toddlers and primary school aged kids to run and play. Plus it’s got a sandbox with a really cool sit-on digger.

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Urban Air Adventure Park Cincinnati

So much more than trampolines!

Located in Oakley, Urban Air Adventure Park Cincinnati boasts loads of trampolines, an indoor play structure, a warrior course with ball pit, a balance beam with foam block pit, climbing hill, and several ultimate attractions. It’s big, it’s open, and there’s a ton to do. If you want your kiddo to run around like crazy and come home tired, this is the spot. There are three different levels of attractions, and pass prices are based accordingly.

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Gower Park

The perfect balance of playground and nature in Sharonville

With a large playground and a cute little creek to explore, Gower Park in Sharonville is a great park to spend a few hours. Gower Park boasts a large playground for big kids, a toddler playground, swings, and new features for this summer. And did I mention there’s a creek right next to the playground? It’s perfect for those who want to take the kids creeking, but aren’t super outdoorsy.

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Sharon Woods Harbor Playground

A playground, a splash pad, a creek… and a saber-toothed tiger?

Sharon Woods Harbor has become one of our favorite spots this summer with a large playground, toddler area, splash pad, man-made creek and saber-toothed tiger (yes, you read that correctly). There are still pieces of the prehistoric theme, such as the large rock formation with saber-toothed tiger on top, dating back from our childhood. The playground itself however, is from a much more modern era.

Sharon Woods Harbor is located within Sharon Woods, which is part of the Great Parks of Hamilton County. The best way to access this area of Sharon Woods is from the main Kemper Road entrance.

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Preschool Gear Guide

Your go-to guide for everything you’ll need for your preschooler-to-be

Preschool is almost here! But the choices of tot-sized gear is frankly overwhelming. Have no fear! I’ve put together a list of backpacks, lunch boxes, change of clothes bags and water bottles for your favorite preschooler-to-be.

Everything on my preschool gear list has been recommended by other moms, is something I’ve purchased or has top-notch reviews.

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