🙂 = Kids are free, and there are sometimes free kid-friendly amenities available (like a bounce house!). Parking is super easy, and you can park at the winery. Lots of green space for kiddos to run around! Ample seating options.
🙁 = No changing table available. Although there are bathrooms available, if there’s a large crowd, the line to the bathroom might take a few minutes. So if your toddler is newly potty trained, take them before they ask!
Notes: Admission is $10 for adults. This includes a glass AND a glass of wine. Bring a ball, frisbee, or other activities – so if the bounce house isn’t available, you will have something extra to do in the big open field! Oh and if you tend to be messy eaters, grab extra napkins or wipes so you’re not making constant bathroom runs to wash your hands.
You know what’s a fun place to go in May-October that’s just 10 minutes outside of Delaware? Paradocx Winery! Yes, we said winery! And yes, we are toddlers! Paradocx Winery is awesome – not just because mom and dad are happy they get to enjoy some wine, but because they have a HUGE grassy area for us to enjoy! We can roam semi-independently, and occasionally, there is a bounce house! Be sure to call in advance – we got lucky during our visit (though they seem to have it more frequently now than in prior years). They are also considering building a swing set (they had one last year and are looking into a new one).
Although wineries are traditionally thought of as “adult places,” you won’t be the only toddlers here, for sure. Mom and dad bring us to Paradocx a few times a year for their concert series. The concert series boasts live music (the type of music varies) and is held every other Saturday evening from 5-9 pm. They occasionally host it other times during the week, and they always have a schedule available on their website.
There are plenty of places to sit, and there are several picnic tables (some in covered areas), along with barrels available to use as seats. But your best bet is to bring a picnic blanket and some picnic chairs – it makes it much easier for kiddos of any age to enjoy.
Are you a picky eater? Don’t worry. Moms and dads can pack food for you and even some snacks for them too! Many patrons do that, but if you don’t have time to pack a picnic, you can enjoy food from vendors they have available that day (you can also ask them for this info in advance). We got lucky again and enjoyed some Mojo Loco, a food truck based in Delaware. They come to a variety of markets and urban areas around Delaware throughout the week. They had some options for kids such as grilled cheese sandwiches and hot dogs, both with fries, but we opted to share a short-rib grilled cheese, adobo chicken tacos (we asked for the salsa verde on the side), and the mojo pork tacos (which came with a chipotle ranch, which we didn’t get on the side, and we didn’t think it was too spicy at all).
We gobbled up the tacos and had some of the grilled cheese. Some of the other options we didn’t choose but sounded delicious (had our bellies had more room) included the falafel, made out of chickpeas, and the cubano sandwich with ham, pork and swiss. There was also an ice cream stand, but we skipped it today. We have had it before and can tell you it’s pretty yummy, and it’s brought to you by a vendor called Punk’d Pineapple. They have a ton of ice cream flavors and ice cream sandwiches!
As always, we enjoyed our time at Paradocx Winery, and if you’re looking for something to do, and it’s a concert series Saturday, bring a picnic blanket, some picnic chairs, and a picnic basket! Don’t forget to grab some waters and some food too!