Best YouTube Channels for Toddler Learning

It is all about responsible entertainment for the littles! 🌞😎😁👍

My husband and I have been through many different YouTube Channels to try and find the absolute best educational videos for our children, that enhance their overall learning with new shapes, colors, trains, planes, situations and much more!  We have done a ton of testing over the last 4 years so I wanted to share the wealth on the best YouTube Channels for Toddler Growth and Education.  We have memorized some of these episodes ourselves but overall we have found that the YouTube Channels listed below are the most helpful with engaging our children and getting them excited about our world!

Here goes nothing, our Best YouTube Channels for Toddler Learning below:

Blippi is this male character dressed in funky suspenders and a hat, looks like he is in his late 20’s, and loves to teach children about everything from playing at jungle gyms, outdoor playgrounds, trains, planes, sand toys and so much more.  He is a retired Air Force serviceman who became a children’s entertainer and is so phenomenal at it!  My children have learned all about a variety of playing, museums and more.  It is also entertaining for adults too as my husband and I always laugh at it.  Kids learn colors, shapes, letters, numbers, the alphabet, with Blippi’s nursery rhymes, educational songs and educational videos!  Blippi brings in things children love like Backhoes, Tractors, Planes, Trains, Animals, Boats, Unicorns, Construction Equipment, Firetrucks, Horses and more!  This incorporates cartoons and real life footage, which makes is extra entertaining for the entire family!

Straight from the YouTube about section, Kids Channel is an online educational platform, specializing in graphic videos, nursery rhymes and songs for children. With the help of colors and graceful movement children develop their cognitive capacities, imagination, creativity and logical reasoning. Taking preschool education to the next level our videos go beyond ABC, 123, shapes and colors we teach your preschooler moral values such as friendship, love, caring , sharing and more. Our videos bring to life the toys that your baby plays with such as cars, trucks, monster trucks and many more vehicles that bring kindergarten education to your door step, interactively teaching your toddler the alphabets, numbers and more. A land of car cartoons we have many special friends such as Little Red Car, the Haunted House Monster Truck, Monster Truck Dan and the Road Rangers take you to a special journey in each new episode. We are dedicated in nurturing young minds into young intellectuals. Let you children join the movement!

Straight from the YouTube about section, the StoryBots are curious little creatures who live beneath our screens, offering a world of learning and fun for kids, parents and teachers! The StoryBots are also the stars of the hit Emmy Award-winning Netflix original series “Ask the StoryBots” and its companion show, “StoryBots Super Songs,” also on Netflix and YouTube. Used in more than 35,000 classrooms around the world, StoryBots helps your child practice literacy and math skills and explore science, history, behaviors and more. From Starring You® videos and books that make your child the star of the show, to rockin’ learning videos, the StoryBots offer a creative collection of web and mobile apps designed to entertain grown-ups as much as kids.

Straight from the YouTube about section, the Super WHY! mission is to inspire children to develop a lifelong love of reading and books. The Super WHY! television series is the first preschool show designed to help children 3 to 6 learn to read through interactive story adventures! The adventures take place in Storybrook Village, a magical three-dimensional world behind the shelves in your library, where all of your favorite fairytale characters live, including four best friends: Red, from Little Red Ridinghood; Pig from The Three Little Pigs, Princess from The Princess & the Pea, and Whyatt, the curious younger brother of Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, who discovers he has the power to fly inside books to find the answers to his questions.

Straight from the YouTube about section, welcome to the official Thomas & Friends YouTube channel, where you can find all your favorite adventures from the Number 1 Engine! Join Thomas, James, Percy, Gordon, Emily and all their friends as they explore the Island Sodor and the mainland beyond. The fun and cheeky engines will take your child on a journey of endless discoveries and teach valuable life lessons along the way. Look for new updates every week with new episodes from the Thomas Creator Collective every Friday!

This channel has over 2 million dedicated subscribers and has playlists of educational vehicle, color, number and counting learning.  Nursery rhymes and music are there too for your kid to dance around!

Pocoyo is a curious, fun-loving, friendly toddler who’s always into experiencing new and exciting adventures. Featuring core values of tolerance, respect, love and loyalty, kids around the world love to join Pocoyo’s adventures with his inseparable animal friends Elly (the elephant), Pato (the duck), Loula (his pet dog) and Sleepy Bird.

Straight from the YouTube about section, Peppa lives with her mummy and daddy and her little brother, George. Her adventures are fun, sometimes involve a few tears, but always end happily. Welcome to the Official Peppa Pig channel and the home of Peppa on YouTube! We have created a world of Peppa with episodes and compilations to keep even the most dedicated Peppa fans happy. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe!

 

A Day at Santa Monica’s Clover Park

Another day off on vacation means finding another activity with the kids!

We decided to roam around the Santa Monica area today and found ourselves close to the Santa Monica Airport!  Since my boys love airplanes I was going to sit near the tarmac to see them take off and land, but ran across a HUGE park called Clover Park.

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Park Name: Clover Park at the Santa Monica Airport

Address: 2600 Ocean Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Website: http://www.santamonica.com/what-to-do/clover-park/

There are many great things about this park!  First off, the parent vibe was super cool.  At times you find parks where the parents are perpetually pissed and this was nice as it seemed most of the people were pretty happy.

It had a watch tower, and of course it had a wrap around staircase all the way up to the top!  The top was enclosed for kids safety and the kids loved it.  They went up and down and up and down, also other bigger kids were going up and down it too so they had that interaction as well.  My kids were calling it a castle which was hilarious and everyone loved it.  Everyone also loves twins and so it is nice too to get a warm reception from others.

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The boys were running back and forth from the tower to the playground nearby which was also awesome.  Again minimal helicopter parents at this park which was nice.

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All photos were courtesy of Yelp.com as we left our phones in the car during the visit. Funny and also scary, we left the car running by accident (key less car entry port) so by the time we got back the car was still running and no one stole anything which was nice.

Other great qualities of the park include:

  • A tire swing under sand
  • A few sets of 2 safe swings
  • A drawbridge which is safe for kids to cross and helps motor skills
  • A seesaw under sand too, which is great as one boy fell off and he was just fine
  • Easy accessible and clean restrooms
  • No homeless people around
  • Water fountains
  • Basketball court
  • Expansive lawn to play soccer and football
  • Airplanes in sight taking off and landing which the kids loved

Overall a good trip, no major accidents and everyone had a good time.  I would say to make sure to bring hat, water, sunglasses as parts can be super sunny, but otherwise good times.

We also started potty training them and had them pee before they went, with no drinking in the car.  They did just fine without diapers which was great.  We did start the potty training and have had some accidents, however I think we should be able to get them fully trained by the end of the month!  Fingers crossed.

 

 

 

A Day at Malibu Beach with the Kids

Today we took a ride down the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as the PCH or the California 1 Highway.  It is known to be one of the bucket list things to do, and the views of the Pacific Ocean, mountains, cliffs and beaches are really spectacular!  

It is really nice being in California during the winter time as it really stays above 40 degrees fahrenheit, even through the peak of winter.  The most you really need is a reliable North Face zipper up jacket, not even the puffy kind just the regular jacket!  This is great especially since the boys are young enough still where I am dressing them and don’t need to get them in snow pants, boots and jackets before they go and run outside.  On the northeastern part of the United States, it can get super cold so entertainong kids indoors can be tough.  

Anywho, below are a few videos from today, just building sandcastles, chasing waves and having some good family time together while I have off work.

If you are planning to take a beach trip with toddlers, I would recommend you bring the following:

  • Sunscreen over SPF 50 and kid friendly
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Snacks, like chips or grapes in tupperware
  • Sandcastle tools
  • Sand bucket
  • Beach bag
  • Towel
  • Extra shorts and shirt just in case your child gets wet

As you can see even on the beach my toddler boys are a bit rambunctious however they are also very sweet boys and really love and admire mom and dad, for now anyway! 😃

It is always nice to see the ocean waves rolling in, you really get a refreshing and relaxing vibe when on the beach.

A few more glory beach moments for you as we ran to and from the waves.  We didn’t see any dolphins, whales or sharks this time around, but I will try to catch some footage next time we are out and about.

Have you driven the PCH yet?  Any plans on doing so at some point as a bucket list event?

10 Best Weekend Spots with Toddlers in Los Angeles

Oh the joys of parenthood!  There are times where you are just exhausted and want to stay home with the kids all day, then there are those days where you really need to get out!  We have two younger boys toddler age and we always find it tough to find places that are kid friendly, and safe for the little ones.  We have been in Los Angeles for a little over a year now and have found many different places to go with kids that are really great and entertaining for all.  Hope you can visit all this year, and let us know what you think!

  1. Under The Sea Indoor Playground

http://www.undertheseaindoorplayground.com/

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3871 Grand View Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90066

310-915-1133

We love this place for play and parties!  We come here often to learn the kids play around and enjoy the magical wonders of the sea!  It is educational and very clean, which is a double bonus.  They are open late on Tuesday nights and have a great supportive group of moms that love to chat and exchange ideas about parenting.  Would highly recommend a visit!

 2. Kings Park

https://www.yelp.com/biz/kings-road-park-west-hollywood

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1000 N Kings Road

West Hollywood, CA 90069

323-848-6308

This park is enclosed for the most part, except for the entrance, so very nice for speedy fast toddlers!  It has a little fountain with water that the kids can touch and play with, super zen and very beautiful.  It has a playground with a slide, mainly for smaller children though.  It comes with a waterfall on the side and bathrooms are accessible during the day, and are very clean.  My boys love it and sometimes other children leave their toys behind so if you forget to bring them it’s no big deal!

3. Roxbury Memorial Park

https://www.yelp.com/biz/roxbury-memorial-park-beverly-hills

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471 S Roxbury Drive

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

The park here has it all, a community center, tennis courts, practive walls, basketball court, volleyball, benches and views of the city.  Many bring extracurricular items like soccer balls, soccer goals, lawn bowling, bocce ball, baseball bats, gloves and balls, and anything sports related that will get your little one active and running around.

4. La Brea Tar Pits

http://www.tarpits.org/

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5801 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90036

213-763-3499

You are going to love this park!  Pretty enclosed and family friendly, there are art classes your children can take, where they can paint and have a ball!  They also can run around the prehistoric mammals in tar pits to get a little history, and can play with the outdoor statues too!  Bathrooms are accessible and clean, and many times local schools will do field trips here, so filled with children and lots of fun.  They have vending machines near the bathrooms if you need a drink and a café as well that gives you access to food + drink for all.  The museums itself are kid friendly but I would recommend a stroller if you think they will wander.  Great place for kids and adults!

5. Griffith Park & Southern Railroad

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4400 Crystal Springs Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-664-6788

Our boys absolutely LOVE this park!  There are train rides, old locomotive trains you can walk through and run around, a store with train memorabilia and little picnic areas for you to reserve for parties if you like, or just sit for a little picnic with your little ones.  I would highly recommend this place, but heads up, if your kids are super fans it is a hard place to leave!  Enjoy!

6. Travel Town Museum

http://www.traveltown.org/

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5200 Zoo Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

323-662-5874

Another big winner, this train museum is free to enter, and you only need to pay if you want to enjoy the rides.  It was founded in 1952, and the train collection is extension, really awesome for boys that love Thomas the Train, and all the other trains out there!

7. California Science Center

https://californiasciencecenter.org/

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700 Exposition Park Dr

Los Angeles, CA 90037

Check out this extensive museum that has labs for kids young and old to explore and learn more about science, making it fun!  They have different programs you can enroll in, the IMAX theater and have so many things to do that you will love.  Definitely worth checking out!

8. Zimmer Children’s Museum

http://www.zimmermuseum.org/

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6505 Wilshire Blvd #100

Los Angeles, CA 90048

323-761-8984

LOVE this museum, would recommend calling in before to let them know you are coming!  This is really designed for children 8 and under, so what a great place to get out with your kids.  There are hands-on exhibits and family programs that you can explore with your family.  I think you will really love it.

9. Kiddie City

https://www.kiddiecityla.com/

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3825 S Bronson Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90008

323-389-8248

I can’t say enough about the staff here, they are super nice and supportive, and VERY patient.  I would enroll in one of their programs just to get out of the house and hang with other moms & dads that are home all day with the kids.  There are so many things to go out and experience.

10. Kidspace Children’s Museum

http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/

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480 N Arroyo Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91103

626-449-9144

This place is great for a regular visit, events, programs, birthday rentals, groups and news about the community.  There are outdoor playgrounds where the kids can walk around streams and play along the Storyteller boards to paint and also ages 10 and under with their caregivers.

HAPPY EXPLORING! 😊