And while most people think that you can't take a toddler to a theme park or that there isn't enough for them to do at a theme park, I'm here to tell you that that isn't the case.
It's the opposite!
There are so many things to do with a toddler at the theme parks.
My girls and I are doing just that, we're checking out all the theme parks.
And before kids it was all about go, go,go,go when we went to theme parks.
With kids, that is a thing of the past.
My goal when I go to theme parks with the girls is to not lose any sanity.
My plan of action when it comes to hitting the theme parks is to take deep, calming breaths and maintain a calm attitude.
And you know what, it works.
We checked out Sea World last week and had a blast.
The key to enjoying a theme park and keeping a toddler entertained is taking time to enjoy the small stuff. Forget making it to the front of the ride lines!
But don't forget your sunscreen or the importance of shade.
Our first stop was the aquaium by the rollar coaster, Manta.
The sting ray pool is great because your kids can lean over and rub up a sting ray.
The dolphin lagoon is a hot spot (literally) but the kids love watching the dolphin vie for your attention.
The underwater dolphin viewing area is a great spot to cool off and get up close with the dolphins.
We checked out the Manatee area and loved it (not only for the air conditioning... did I mention it was 99 degrees with a heat index of 106 the day we went?) The manatee viewing area was dead. Not a single soul besides us there which is great so the kids can run around and act crazy without me getting the stink eye.
It is also a great spot to nurse your babe if needed.
The Shark Encounter was another great air conditioned spot. There are numerous fish tanks for the kids to squeal over and a great escalator ride that takes you inside the sharks den (we went through three times in a row).
Don't forget the importance of ice cream either. It will save your sanity and give your feet a rest after all the walking.
Shamu's Happy Harbor is the spot to be at when you take kids to Sea World. It is full of kiddie rides, including Turtle's favorite: the carousel.
We rode it twice.
The hot spot for the kids was the brand new Shamu Show, One Ocean.
When we visited back in December and saw Believe, I have to be honest with you, it bored my children.
One Ocean did not bore my children.
There were more jumps, more killer whales in the show, more everything.
The kids went ga-ga over it.
And I loved watching them go ga-ga over it.
And do not forget the importance of the little things.
Because you know it's all about the little things with toddlers.
A splash area.
We found a great one at Journey to Atlantis.
It wasn't too crowded and it was a relief after the heat of the day.
Roo was in heaven.
Inside the Journey to Atlantis giftshop is another fantastic aquarium. The floor was even an aquarium!
Then once you've done it all, you do it again and your kid does the happy dance.
Sea World really was a blast.
We came late, we left late and we had no expectations. There was no schedule to follow, no demands, no nothing. We just strolled around and took in the beauty of the park.
It was a wonderful trip and I cannot wait to take them back again.