These days, kids who are too big for strollers and aren’t keen or able to walk long distances have a fun solution that happens to work brilliantly on family vacations and during outings in your hometown.

To give you a little background, I investigated buying my then 6-year-old daughter a scooter to travel with because I was worried about her tolerance for walking long distances during our trip to China. I abandoned the idea because I’d never heard of anyone bringing a scooter on holiday. Sure enough, while walking from one end of Tiananmen Square to the other (it’s massive), she got tired and had a mini-meltdown. If she had a scooter, I’m sure we could have toured for longer.

Recently, Micro Kickboard sent over their Micro Maxi kick scooter (appropriate for kids ages 5-12) for her to try. With the push of a button, it easily disassembles flat into a size suitable for packing in a suitcase (really). Slip it into the back of the car for road trips to far-flung places or even jaunts within your hometown… in our case, to one of our favorite San Diego beaches.

The Micro Maxi Scooter for kids is great during road trips

With this new-found appreciation for high-quality, lightweight scooters and confidence that I can actually travel with it, I’m here to tell you that you can and should consider bringing a one for your kids on your next family vacation. This is why.

1. Travel Scooters Cut Down the Amount of Walking

For families embarking on urban holidays that may involve a lot of walking in between sights, the Maxi Micro scooter is an ideal solution for keeping the kids happy.

But you might be surprised by how many places around the world a scooter can come in handy. I wish I would have had one during our family vacation to Kaanapali, Maui. Walks to Whaler’s Village aren’t far for adults, but 10 minutes to dinner when hungry can feel like an eternity to young kids.

Also, boardwalks are ideal for scootering. I’m able to give the dog nice long walks along the beaches here in San Diego without my daughter complaining one bit. It’s win-win for all. This scooter delivers one of the smoothest and quietest ride available thanks to high-quality polyurethane wheels and a flexible fiberglass reinforced deck, which together absorb bumps in the sidewalk.

The Micro Maxi lightweight travel scooter at the beach in La Jolla

Kids in our neighborhood also ride their Micro Maxi scooters to school.

2. Instant Fun on the Fly

Bored at a hotel? Have extra energy at Grandma’s? Bust out the scooter and let the kids whiz around. If disassembled for travel, it’s easy for kids to reassemble the Micro Maxi in a few seconds, put on a helmet and go.

3. Kids Don’t Need a Ton of Space to Enjoy Them

The Micro Maxi is very easy for my daughter to ride in curving manner, which makes it exponentially more fun than her prior scooter. She happily circles around small spaces with no problem, using her body weight and handlebars to lean into turns… much like a skateboard. In fact, there are two interchangeable handlebar styles. She has the traditional T-Bar style, but the Joystick handlebar provides even more curving and carving action.

When I’m walking the dog, she’ll often scooter away from us and then back again throughout our walk because we’re moving at a slower pace than she is. She loves it.

4. They Make Scooters for You, Too

What? Yes, parents can get in on the fun with scooters made especially for adults and teens like the Micro White scooter (pictured folded below). It’s so smooth and easy to ride that I’m not going to lie… my daughter rides it all of the time when I’m not looking. This style of scooter collapses with the push of a button and while it isn’t for your suitcase, slipping it into the car for a road trip or beach day is super easy.

Scootering together as a family is a hoot, trust me. Also, Micro Kickboard has scooters in a variety of options for all ages, including kids under the age of 5.

5. Travel Scooters Are Smaller than You Think

Lightweight travel scooters for kids

My daughter’s Micro Maxi easily disassembles small enough to fit into my handbag, including the helmet. Though it’s a touch bulky (which I really don’t mind), it’s lighter than some of the camera gear I carry. I wrap the bottom—or the entire thing depending on what I have around the house—in a plastic bag before slipping it in.

At just 5.5 lbs., the Micro Maxi is an easy add to checked luggage, too.

Tips for Using a Travel Scooter

Before taking a scooter out on the town, it’s important to know where they are permitted and where they aren’t. Also, helmets are a must. In fact, the state of California requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet when riding a non-motorized scooter like a Micro Maxi (as well as a when riding a skateboard, riding a bicycle, wearing in-line skates and wearing roller skates). Also, use judgment. In big urban centers with lots of crowds, kids on scooters might be a hazard to themselves and other people.

Why a kids travel scooter is great for family vacations

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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  1. My daughter would use it this summer on our very first California Trip! We are headed to Newport Beach for a week vacation & then a day in LA! Also, right outside our home we have a 2 mile walking path with our puppy we walk daily, two miles gets long for her. She could use it then and we all could enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. We travel to Spain twice a year and will be traveling a lot for business soon. This would be great for our kids to use there, and here hanging out around San Diego. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. We’ve got several great parks nearby in walking (scooting!) distance, so this would be great for us ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. My daughter will use this scooter everywhere! Starting with our weekend walks, and our family travels. She does ballet, so her feet are always really sore! She will be blown away with this great option. This will be a good solution during our long (and very often) walks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I would take keep it in the car for trips to grandparents house in LA. We do a lot of walking there and little legs get tired.

  6. My 3 year old loves her Micro Mini. So much so, that my 9 year old is jealous that he doesn’t have one. We take it to the beach, downtown to the farmer’s market, and anywhere we want to make sure she can keep up without whining.

  7. Airports (USA, Thailand, Europe, etc., etc., etc.,); zoos (especially our hometown zoo: Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium); around Seattle…and…very likely in our living room.

  8. my 3 year old would ride it everywhere!!! he has seen one in stores and rides the tester throughout the store

  9. I was just talking about scooters on vacation with a friend this week! I would love to win a scooter for my 6 year old for our upcoming trip to Washington DC.

  10. I purchased the Mini Micro Scooter for my son and he outgrown Mini scooter but he still loves to ride on it whenever he can. This year we will be going for a family holiday to Singapore and Hong Kong. This would be his second time visiting Hong Kong and Singapore. Last year when we travel there, we didnt bring his stroller, so we had to carry him when he’s too tired to walk. After reading your article I am inspired to take his scooter in our next holiday. I think with scooter we might be able to explore a bit more of Hong Kong and Singapore this time around.

  11. Our neighborhood is fairly quite so we would take and use it in our neighborhood, the Grandkids would love it.

  12. Thank you, Katie, for your insightful article on traveling with scooters! We couldn’t agree more! They are a wonderful and fun way for kids (and adults) to get around.

  13. Scooters are awesome. I would take my daughter along with me on runs along the Bayshore. She would ride her scooter while I ran until it became un-rideable! It would be great to do that with her again.

  14. would take it on our road trip up North to visit family and use around our area!
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  15. I love the size of the scooter. We could easily take it anywhere with us. We have a great park just down.

  16. My grandkids, who are the weight & age category for the Micro Maxi Kickboard would LOVE this!! It is also the highest rated scooter for ages 5 to 12. Its Safety certified by the CPSC & is recommended for kids up to 110lbs. I like that it is portable & is a great cruising scooter for urban and suburban neighborhoods alike.

  17. I would take it with us when we take the grandkids places like the park, nature trails, camping, downtown bike paths, vacations, when visiting family/friends with kids, etc.

  18. We would take it everywhere but since we are in Carlsbad, we would take it to the boardwalk/seawall most often. Love it! I could just keep it in the back of my 4Runner!

  19. The Micro Maxi Kick Scooter would be perfect for when I take my daughter into my NYC office with me. No more running for her to keep up with me on the busy streets during rush hour.

  20. I’d love to win one for my daughter! We’d take it to the beach and ride it to school in the mornings.

  21. We would take it everywhere we don’t own a vehicle so we walk, the kids would have so much more fun if they had a scooter. Thanks for the Giveaway I hope we win.

  22. can i just say we’ll take it to all the places? ๐Ÿ˜‰ we’d love to take it to chicago when we head there later this summer.

  23. I would like to give the scooter for my nephew. They are going to a trip to Singapore and Hong kong. I am sure he would love to take the scooter on holiday with them

  24. We would take it to the park. My son’s been asking to go on a picnic so this would be perfect to take along!

  25. I would take this to local parks with walking trails, when we go camping and when we go on family vacations

  26. We travel during the summer on the train to my dads so this would be a great compact toy to bring with us to parks amd the river.

  27. It would be perfect for our summer road trip! when you need them to burn off some energy at a pit stop! Great ideas!

  28. Scooters are so much fun! We have a 20+ mile bike path that is blocks from our house. We like to do about 3 miles around the pond. The kids would love to do it with a scooter!

  29. Where wouldn’t we take it?? The park, grandma’s house, for strolls around the neighborhood, to school, everywhere!

  30. I would leave it in the car and take it everywhere we went. My boys both love scooters and ride them all the time!

  31. My granddaughter would take it to the park, to the school, around the block and to her dad’s house to use.

  32. To my daughter’s OT. Getting there is such a pain, she’s too heavy to stroll but it’s far for her to walk, especially if we’re rushing to the appointment or coming home tired.

  33. I’ve always thought about traveling with a scooter but afraid that they’ll get too far ahead of me! I feel inspired to try now! Maybe when we go to washington dc!

  34. My daughter is going to India in a few months and she would love a new scooter for her trip and all the new adventures it will bring to her ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. I would take it around the beach and when we go on vacation to New Hampshire I would take it along the paths and beaches.

  36. My 2 daughters: 6 and 2 are going on a european adventure this summer for a month and a half and hitting Copenhagen, Paris, Rome, Malaga (Spain) and Stockholm. I was looking for traveling tips with toddlers and this post popped up, and I would definitely want to bring a scooter for the kids as we travel and see the sites. So fun!

  37. I would take this to my nephews house because they would love it and use it. I would proceed to take pictures and capture memories to last me a lifetime. Thank you so much! I love it.

  38. This would be great for my granddaughter to pack into the car, when she comes to visit Grandma. Thanks!

  39. I would take camping use here in the neighborhood and I think it would be fun on are local greenways/bike paths

  40. I see kids riding these everywhere in San Francisco, its amazing how young kids can get the hang of riding these.

  41. Bringing a scooter to a recreational area is a great idea. You can get to enjoy the scenery without the hassle of carrying your child. He can also enjoy it.