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State College, PA

Toddler Travels will soon have a new home base: State College, PA! We went out there last week to check out housing and preschools.

Unfortunately for us, the best flight itinerary to State College involved a 6 AM departure from Phoenix. We had gotten my daughter to bed early the night before to help with the early flight and the time difference, but she still was short a few hours of sleep. True to her nature, though, she did not nap on the first flight. We landed in Detroit for our layover and promptly had a couple of misadventures: soaking an arm in a fountain and falling on an escalator. My daughter was wet and scared after that, but thankfully that was it. She was so exhausted that she dozed for most of our shorter flight to State College. We tried getting her to bed at 7 PM Eastern to make up for lost sleep, but it didn't work. She didn't settle in until her bedtime in Arizona, which ended up being the case every night we were there. She didn't sleep in late, and she only napped in the car, so she never made up for the lost sleep. It reminded me how hard it can be for kids--and parents--to deal with the time changes on short cross-country trips.

Our trip wasn't very touristy. We had appointments to see houses and preschools, and we met up with some friends who live in the area. The weather was great, so we visited parks between appointments and took some time to walk around downtown and buy my daughter a PSU shirt.

We are looking forward to checking out more of what the area has to offer once we move there. Until then, we will be crossing items off our Phoenix bucket list!

Posted by amikulski 21:03 Archived in USA Tagged children planes pennsylvania

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