Family Vacations are often seen with rose-colored glasses, laughing children, long naps, and no whining. Sound like a fantasy? Well, it doesn’t have to be.
Let’s face it whining and complaining will happen – even if you have the nicest vacation home in the world. And it’s always great to have a few options for the kids when they ask, “What are we doing today?”
Here are a few ways to keep your kids spirited, even after the inevitable complaints arise:
Scavenger Hunts are a great way to entertain the kids, while you get to take a break! In this classic game, try substituting a puzzle for objects, where the game is not over until the puzzle is complete.
Forget the iPad, this classic game can keep kids entertained for hours.
Ask your children questions about wildlife. This game improves your child’s memory and makes your vacation a learning experience.
Create an Olympics course, and have your kids move through it. If that doesn’t work, you can always create and destroy sand castles.
If you're vacationing on a beach, you can bring tools to help your kids build a sand castle.This classic beach activity can also be done with makeshift tools like cups. You can also make more interesting sculptures out of the sand - a turtle, a mermaid, you name it.
Bring a fun board game that does not occupy too much space. This could help your kids have fun for hours. Think Candyland, Checkers, or Chutes and Ladders.
Card games can be extremely fun for kids since there are so many game options. Added Bonus: Cards barely take up any space in your suitcase.