Making Summer Vacations Fun for Children

Making Summer Vacations Fun for Children

Sometimes parents struggle with planning a fun vacation for the whole family. They wonder why their kids aren’t having any fun visiting a lighthouse or the largest peanut monument in the world. If I were a kid, those activities would sound kind of lame.

We recommend 5 ways to help parents plan fun summer activities for their kids.

1- Let Them Help Plan the Trip

Kids like activities when they know what to expect. If you are going to the beach, and you let your kids plan a fire and s’mores at dark (with parent supervision of course) your kid will look forward to it the entire day! Kids invest more emotionally, when they have something to look forward to.

2- Ask: “What do you want to do?”

Don’t be afraid to ask your child what they want to do for vacation. Kids can have the BEST ideas. They see the world through a different set of eyes.

3- Scavenger Hunts – EVERYWHERE

What I found with my kids, is that you can make a scavenger hunt anywhere. Our kids were getting board with our bi weekly family walks around the neighborhood, so we started to make scavenger hunts for them to find ordinary things around the block. Now the kids ask us to go for walks. 🙂 I repeat: A scavenger hunt can be done ANYWHERE.

4- Let Them Take Vacation Pictures

This is my personal favorite item on this list. As parents, we are often taking thousands of vacation pictures of our kids looking down at them. We get maybe one or two of ourselves.

Let the kids take photos looking up at you. The world is a lot different from their viewpoint! With digital technology, they can take all the photos they want!

5- Create Traditions (Fun ones only)

Kids like Traditions. You skip a daily routine (or tradition) and the child’s whole day is thrown off! Kids look forward to traditions. Have a yearly summer camping trip, or even a yearly beach trip. No matter where you live, there are endless amounts of outdoor traditions to create with your children.

When you are old, and your kids have kids, likely those traditions will be past on to the next generation.


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