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3 Places to Avoid with a Hyperactive Toddler

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by Su-May Tan (subscribe)
I am a copywriter based in Melbourne. I write here on kids or travel. You can also check out my blog: keepcalm-asd.com
Published April 23rd 2012
Finding things to do for an over-exuberant 3-year-old is often a hit and miss. To save you the pain, here are three activities I'd suggest you avoid, unless you'd like to put your parenting skills to the test.

1. Chairman's Club at Flemington Racecourse

Grand view but not much else for the kids
The crème de la crème grandstand seats of Flemington Racecourse will most likely turn into a nightmare for any parent with an active child in tow. While the waiters and staff are cordial enough (providing specially made kiddy fish and chips with really delicious fish) the patrons may not be so approving of a child who cannot sit longer than fifteen minutes or who throws his breadsticks on the floor.


If you do have an insatiable craving for the races, I suggest you stick to the open gardens next to the track where thoroughbred boys can run free with no fear of breaking the glassware.

2. Toddler Time at the local library

Might be better to grab a book and read in the quiet of home
Story Time at the local library is a great idea because someone else can do the reading, plus you get to learn new songs. If your child does not appear to be in the mood, however, you might want to get yourself out of there fast. You probably won't miss much anyway because the sessions can get crowded and it's not much fun jostling with other restless kids.

3. Kids gymnastics

The thought of channelling an overactive child's energy into jumping, balancing and climbing may sound like a good idea but a structured gym class may not be the best activity. Can your child take instruction? Can your child control the urge of jumping onto a trampoline and other equipment in a room that looks awesomely fun when he's not supposed to? Can your child do circle time?

If you have answered No to any of the above, please do yourself a favour and take your child to a park instead. I assure you, it will be far more pleasant.
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Why? Know the places to avoid
When: Anytime your toddler's a little bit wild
Where: Melbourne
Cost: Generally free
Your Comment
That's definitely true! We gave up on library toddler time and just went when everyone was in a good mood. The library suddenly became a much happier outing! I'd also add 'swimming lessons' to that list. Our 2 year old couldn't understand why he couldn't just splash around and was definitely not into the circle time!! At 3-and-a-half I think we might be ready to try again...
by Rebecca Bowyer (score: 2|231) 2073 days ago
I disagree - bring your kids to the library any-time including Toddler Time. If you don’t expose them to these environments, allow them how see how other kids enjoy books and are able to behave, it will take longer for them tone-down. Definitely stay toward the back if you need to, other parents should have a degree of understanding. Same goes with supermarkets. Talk to your child – help them work through it.
by skidm (score: 1|23) 2643 days ago
Agree with skidm - I guess the patrons at Flemington might not be terribly forgiving but it's different at the library and with other parents. A good place for the kids to learn to socialise.
by carte (score: 0|2) 2642 days ago
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