Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Five Fun Family Vacation Activities Your Kids Will Love

I love taking my kiddos on vacation, well most of the time.  Yes, like every other parent I have experienced the occasional temper tantrum but nothing is more fulfilling than seeing the smiles on their faces when you walk into the hotel for the first time or hearing the excitement in their voices because they see the ferris wheel from the parking lot at the amusement park.  Here are a few ideas for some stress free kid friendly vacations. 

1.  Museums - We recently took the kiddos to Washington DC for the weekend and visited a few of the museums.  They had areas for kids with teaching activities and they kept our little guy busy for hours.  You don't need to go to Washington DC for great museums though, there are museums in every state check out the listings by state at the Museum Market website.  If you visit local museums you won't need to spend the extra money on a hotel (everyone loves a cheap, great time).  Make it a perfect day trip with a picnic lunch at a local park.

2.  National Parks - The breeze blowing through the trees, wildlife all around you and free family fun.  National Parks have so much to offer!  Go hiking, let the kids play in the water or go whiter water rafting.  Did you know there are over 400 National Parks?  Visit the National Park Service website to find one close to (or far away from) you!

3.  Camping - Bring on the great outdoors!!  Load up the tent, food, clothes and kids and you are ready to go!  Imagine waking up to breakfast on the grill (made by your hubby of course) and hearing the laughter of your children as you take them on a nature scavenger hunt.  I LOVE camping, being away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is welcome any day!  Need a less pricey trip?  Try camping in the back yard, just sleeping outside in a tent will put a smile on your little ones faces!6

4.  Amusement/Water Parks - We take our little guy to Hershey Park every year, we all love the rides and the water park.  Although some a pricey, you can usually find one in your area that is affordable.  You might want to check out the prices on season passes if you are planning on going more than once, you will save bunches!  There are also indoor water parks for those winter days when you are craving a does of "summer".  Most parks will offer a twilight pass for just the evening hours or a discount if you go two days in a row.  Also, check to see if they are partnered up with any local hotels for a discounted room.

5.  Beaches - If your family craves sun, surf and sand then head to the beach and have some fun!  Collect sea shells and walk on the beach at sunset after everyone else has gone home.  Some beaches allow camping on the beach, sounds fun right?!  Pack lots of sunscreen and aloe if you plan on spending most of your time on the beach.

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  1. These are great ideas! We're going to try to go to Baltimore's Port Discovery Children's Museum this summer. We've heard nothing but great things.

  2. You will LOVE it there!!! We were there a few years ago and I liked it just as much as our little guy did. We had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe afterwards, it was so good :) We are hoping to take both of the kids back this year. You'll have to let me know if you decide to go, maybe we could meet up there.

  3. All ideas are great, but besides this, this is the only occasion when you spend your time with your children so take care of them at their best. Try to visit the places which mostly children likes.