With the price of gas, eating out, and hotels on the rise, why not take advantage of what your local area has to offer and plan day trips and mini-excursions for the family this summer! Not only will you save money, but you won't feel like you need to take a vacation from your vacation.
Deciding Where To Go
One summer a group of my good friends and I picked one day each week to schedule a group field trip. Between the three of us we have seven children of varying ages, so we had to pick activities that everyone would like. We started by asking the kids what they wanted to do and made a list. Then we did a little research of our own and added a few more ideas for the summer and went about making a plan. Some of the family-friendly local destinations we found included:
For more ideas in your hometown check local tourism web sites, ask around, or better yet, ask the kids.
One thing I learned early on when trying to go anywhere with the kids is to be prepared for the unexpected! There’s nothing like a good splash in a mud puddle, scraped knee or hungry child to put a damper on the fun - unless of course, you are one step ahead of them.
Put a plastic bin or laundry basket in the back of the vehicle to hold:
Children need to fuel their bodies more frequently when they are busy and many temper tantrums and meltdowns are the result of kids running on empty. Pack your own snacks and/or lunch so that you are prepared when the kids are hungry and you are not hunting high and low for an appropriate place to eat (plus packing your own food is so much less expensive).
You will definitely want to capture the smiles and preserve the memories of your mini vacations, so don’t forget the camera!!
With a little planning and a sense of adventure, you can easily be a tourist in your own town and make memories that will last a lifetime with the entire family!