Have you ever gone out to eat with your toddler, whether it be a restaurant or fast food establishment, only to find out that you would be a terrible zoo keeper? Yeah, me too.
With my toddler, it’s a hit or miss. Sometimes he is an angel and other times, let’s just say he is all boy and full of life. Kids have the attention spans of squirrels so we really shouldn’t expect them to be satisfied playing with a kids menu and two crayons for very long. That’s why a Toddler Restaurant Kit can save your life (and your lunch).
It can be as cheap as you want it to be and you can pack it with whatever your tiny human’s heart desires. This is what I used for my son and it has proven to be a huge help when we go anywhere – restaurants, doctors, wherever you need that much needed distraction AND is was under $20! You can buy everything to fill it at the dollar store.
I have seen where many people use make up or travel bags and I love them for this! It offers plenty of space and organization. You can usually find ones suitable enough for boys as well. I paid $6.99 for the one I used. It’s fairly small but it fits enough to keep my boy entertained. You can find it on Amazon here.
I included a couple of snack items and the goods. I would have also included a few items like Kleenex, hand wipes and straws (cause seriously, you just never know), but we keep those in the diaper bag for the baby. If you don’t carry a diaper bag, I totally recommend adding these things. They’re pretty essential!
I know snacks for a restaurant kit may seem silly but you just never know and I’d like to be prepared to feed my tiny hangry toddler if things take a little longer than expected. Plus, snacks are always a must when your on the road. I packed fruit snacks and peanut butter crackers, which would totally calm the beast down if need be.
As for the fun stuff, you can choose these items to suit you child’s wants and adjust accordingly as they grow. The best place to go for this is the dollar store. This mama is all about saving money wherever I can!
I included a matching game and toy car, a reusable Ninja Turtle sticker pad, and a coloring page with some markers + crayons. I bought extra toys, like a small motorcycle + army figures, as well as coloring pages so that I could switch them out every now and then to keep him interested.
If you want to keep it simple and not risk having things get drawn on, try a dollar store etch-a-sketch! Kids love those things; Carson thinks they are just magical.
If you are going on a road trip and need to keep enough things easily on hand for a long period of time, I would recommend getting a full sized make up/travel bag. Otherwise, this bag has been perfect! It’s not much to put one of these together and you can keep it on the cheap side!
Did this work for you? How do you keep your child(ren) occupied when you go out?