I'm going to be in Savannah for a few days at a conference in February, and i have to bring my 1-year-old along. My mom is coming in to watch him while i'm at conference events. I'm trying to figure out what i can suggest for them to do, but the emphasis of things-to-do in Savannah is historical sites and the like. Does anyone have any suggestions on things to do or places to hang out that might remotely entertain a 1-year-old? (All i've come up with so far is playing in the grass by the river if the weather is nice.)
The Pirate House restaurant is family friendly and has good food. It is easy to find right near the water :) I would tell her Mom to go to Tybee Island a little of a drive nice beaches easy to watch him cause the sand is nice and wide. Less people more relaxing less congested than Savannah. Good places to eat too in the downtown area. Just make sure she brings extra bottled water to rinse him off as they had the showers turned off to conserve water. They might see Sea Turtles! It is far less touristy and easier to keep tract of a child than in the city. I used to be a nanny. I would rather take a child there :) Have a good trip!
Try rattling a set of keys in front of the child until one of you gets tired of it. A one year old only has developmental/socio-emotional memories at this point, so as long as you are happy, the child will be happy. Doesn't matter if you are in Times Square, NYC or Guam...kid's not gonna know the difference.
Thanks, Mysterious, i will definitely check those out.
And thanks, Michael, thanks for the review of pediatric psychology. For those inclined toward his perspective, i shall revise my question:
Does anyone have suggestions of locations where: 1) No one will mind a toddler bumbling around, even if he sometimes squeals or shrieks (historic houses, for example, often take a dim view of kids crawling around under furniture and gnawing on the fixtures) 2) There is lots of interesting dirt, sand, or grass for him to snack on while he has keys jingled at him 3) It's sufficiently interesting/pretty that my mom won't die of boredom while she keeps an eye on my kid
Also, suggestions for restaurants where: 1) No one will mind a toddler bumbling around, even if he sometimes squeals or shrieks 2) My mom will find something to eat too.
I guess what ever a child would enjoy at home applies here. Kids at that age have about a 10 minute attention span and have no real appreciation for surroundings. Ferry across the river from the historic district to the Westin Savannah Harbor might be good if he's not inclined to fall overboard. There are icecream shops on River street. All else fails, there's always Chuckie Cheese on the south side.