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Fun Vacations for Adults and Kids

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When it comes to family vacations, parents and kids usually have different agendas. That poses some interesting challenges. Your 4-year-old might be delighted to spend three days exploring the wonders of a tacky Santa's Village, whereas you develop a migraine after a couple of hours. You may relish the thought of spending a day at an art museum; your child would last an hour before collapsing in a puddle of boredom.

Here are some suggestions that can make family vacations more enjoyable for both generations:

  • Break up the day. Remember that children are often most excited by simple and familiar pleasures. Spend two hours playing miniature golf if that's something your child likes, even if there's a similar course close to your home. Build a small sand castle with a plastic bucket and shovel. Don't focus on elaborate adventures.
  • If you do take sightseeing trips on your family vacation, keep them short. A two-hour cruise on a harbor will be much more interesting to a young child than an all-day bus tour. (Check out our site article, Vacation Ideas That Work: The Two-Hour Outing.)
  • Budget for time apart. Have your hotel arrange for a baby-sitter for an evening or two so that you can get some adults-only time. Don't feel that you have to do something exotic or dramatic; sometimes what you really need is a few quiet hours.
 
 
 
 

 


 
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good tips
These are great tips. We are getting ready for our first long trip & there are things I haven't thou..

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