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Kevin Dillon on Traveling With His Toddler in Tow: 'It's Tough!'

06/27/2009 at 06:00 PM ET
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As an actor, Kevin Dillon‘s career has taken him all over the globe; As a father, however, traveling with a toddler leaves much to be desired! “It’s just really hard because my wife [Jane Stuart] is Scottish, so we have to go back to Scotland and it’s like three different flights,” he tells PEOPLE at the 8th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball.

Fortunately, with 3-year-old daughter Ava having recently graduated from diapers, the couple have one less item to pack, but Kevin is quick to admit that the rest of the gear — and airport security — certainly make up for the difference! “It’s tough, man,” he says.

“Just having to have the car seat, and the stroller, and all the stuff you have to bring along … you end up having to sip from the bottle to prove that it’s not explosive in any way.”

An experienced traveler with Ava in tow, the 43-year-old has picked up a few tips and tricks along the way. His advice? A movie! “I think the DVD player is always good, keep them busy, put on Sponge Bob or something and let them zone out,” he suggests.

While his travel troubles may not be the highlight of fatherhood, Kevin shares that daughter Ava certainly knows how to make her dad crack a smile! “She does this thing where she goes in between my legs like a figure eight and she says, ‘I’m a nake!’ — meaning ‘I’m a snake!’ — but she says a nake, and I don’t even want to correct her,” he shares. “I think it’s hilarious.”

Kevin is also dad to Amy, 18, his daughter from a previous relationship.

– Anya with reporting by Shruti Dhalwala

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Laura on

People will probably criticize him for saying that he thinks it is easiest to let his child zone out in front of a DVD while on a plane ride, but I have to agree with him. I’ve traveled with kids and it’s hard to entertain them thousands of feet in the air. Books and coloring are great for a while but what if it’s a 3 or 4 hour flight? (or more) I believe airplanes are one of the times to let the kids (and adults) relax and watch a movie. The running around/active parts of the trip can be for when you reach your destination!

Sharon on

yeh i agree i think its a great idea to let kids just chill out and do something that will entertain them and essentially keep them setteled!

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