Adventure – Mall Runners

Today’s rainy, snowy, morning in New England reminds of one of my favorite “adventures” with toddlers!  The Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis, MA opens its doors early for walkers and in my case runners of all types.  I would pack my crew of twin toddlers and a three year old and head out for a mall adventure on many winter days.  Here is the short list of why this makes for a great adventure:


Kiddie Cons ~ Coolest Shoes Ever



1) It’s free!

2) The mall is warm, large and with the stores closed it makes great runways for little feet – tons of exercise! (Do watch out for fountains.)

3) There are often many objects in the form of massage chairs, benches, mini-carousels (no need to turn them on) for climbing.

4) Window shopping toddler style offers many opportunities for playing “I Spy”.

5) Does your mall have a pet store or fish tank – just like a trip to the zoo or the aquarium.

6) Although the mall’s main stores are closed, coffee shops are open – a treat for Mom!

7) Smooth floors are stroller friendly and a great workout for parents too!

8) Meet your friends or make some new ones. Most of the elderly walkers love to ooh, ahh and talk to your kiddos!


Pack a snack or lunch and with all this exercise they are ready for a nap when you get home!  Your welcome!

About LB Living Better

Lisa Bates has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Certification to teach Behavioral Sciences and a degree in Business Administration. From school administrator and non-profit executive, to teacher, coach, counselor and mom, Lisa has extensive experience, knowledge and training working with children from toddlers to teenagers. Currently, Lisa owns and operates LB Living Better an organizational and educational services business. Lisa has just released her first book, Barbies in the Horse Bin, Living Better with Organized Children and she is a seasoned, energizing, humorous, workshop presenter with extensive experience. As a mother of three teenagers including twin boys, Lisa maintains her sanity by writing, travelling and playing with her dogs. Read more about Lisa Bates at or contact her at

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