Travel Activities for Kids And Adults – At A Glance

Vacations should be fun for the entire family – a fact that sometimes gets lost in the planning. Hoping to bypass potential arguments, some parents plan only kid activities. Other parents forget that children are coming on the vacation and plan only adult activities. Plan a mixture of activities that offer something for everyone to create a truly fun family vacation.

If you plan for a full day at a museum or other adult oriented site, add some fun for the kids by doing a scavenger hunt through the place. Keep behavior in check by giving the kids a small gift shop budget at the beginning of the day. Every time they misbehave, they have to return a small portion. Anything left at the end is theirs to spend. It also helps to make frequent rest stops at the snack bar and find a place for the kids to run for a little while. End the day with a swim or some time in a local park.

All vacations should include one relaxing, kid-friendly day. You can visit the local zoo, aquarium, city park or even just swim in the hotel pool. This day should have an easy schedule so it is relaxing for kids and parents.

You should also select restaurants that are a combination of child or adult focused. While an expensive, five-star restaurant may not be worth the expense and hassle of taking small children, there are many great restaurants that offer great food for adults and a good environment for kids. Select a nicer restaurant for the meal that is generally the kids best and then let the kids select the place for another meal. Alternatively, you can share the decision by letting the kids decide the type of food, while you decide the actual restaurant.

Bring small activity bags along to keep kids entertained along the way. Pull out the activity bag at mealtimes, while waiting in line or for a break while touring a museum. Small toys, stickers, tape measures and activity pads will work magic in tough situations. A memorable family vacation includes activities that appeal to each member of the family.

Guest post by: Mark at TrueView Home Inspections

– “I take my kids on vacation with me a few times a year. Given the nature of my job and being a single father I am always sure to prepare my vacation around them because it is so much easier to enjoy it and relax when I am ready beforehand with a checklist of things to do and places to see that will help keep my kids occupied and having fun”.