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Fun Holiday Ideas for Every Age Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Sometimes, coming up with holiday ideas that the entire family will enjoy is not always an easy task, but in fact there are several trips that families with children of all ages can do together and have a lot of fun. Most of the more typical ideas for family holidays generally appeal to a single age group and not so much the rest of the family, leaving other children bored and wanting to go home. The following are some old ideas, renewed, which have proven to be fun holiday ideas for children of all ages, and work especially well with families that have several age groups.

Holiday plans that will keep everyone busy and interacting with each other out of sheer necessity are generally the ones that work for family members with several different age groups of children. These types of trips do not have to be very expensive or elaborate either, and they can actually be fun and relaxing for you as the parent as well. Try renting canoes and taking the entire family for a paddle down a river, this requires several children to paddle and the younger ones can enjoy the image 37 Fun Holiday Ideas for Every Ageride. If this is too adventurous, find a quiet park with paddle boats that children will love to ride in, take them for a river cruise, or even a family themed cruise trip.

Family camping trips to a number of the wondrous National parks are another great idea for children of every age because there is so much to do and see that people will be forever interested and entertained. At the same time, themed water parks offer entertainment for young children and teenagers alike, who will find the rides and pools a constant source of fun a reprieve from the hot summer sun. As long as you remember to try new things, and look for adventure where you normally would not seek it, you can find it possible to holiday well with children of all ages.

Pain-free Road tripping With Toddlers Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

As summer approaches, so does the onset of an increased number of family vacations which can sometimes be painful, tiring and overwhelming for families with young toddlers. Road tripping does not have to be a painful experience when you have toddlers along for the ride though, and there are several things you can do to ease their discomfort and turn the trip into a great adventure. The following are some guaranteed to work, road trip tips to use for your next family vacation that requires you to take to the road.

image 4 Pain free Road tripping With ToddlersWhen it comes to toddlers, schedule and regularity are important to them and keep them happy. Whenever you plan on vacationing with young children it is important to keep as much of their schedule and comforting items within their reach, while at the same time building excitement for them about the new things they are going to see. While in the car, try to include appropriate conditions for napping, watching familiar movies and engaging them in playtime. Try including as many quality playtime moments, where toddlers can run around and tire themselves out, which can include a lunch spot with a playground in the restaurant, or an open rest stop where you can pull out a ball and play a little.

As the hours pass in the car, it is important that you engage your toddler to keep the trip as pain-free for as long as possible. When the movies and naps have run their course, talk to them about the things they are seeing outside the car window. Try swapping co-pilot responsibilities with an older child, if you have one, and sit in the backseat with toddlers so that you can play hand games, read a book with them or have them search for specific colors or things out the window. As long as you keep the toddlers mind off the fact that they are strapped in the car for a long period of time, road tripping with toddlers is possible.

At Home Summer Boredom Busters Monday, September 27th, 2010

As the summer wears on, so does boredom when a child does not have as many school friends around on a daily basis or structured play time, but with a few creative ideas it is easy to reduce at home summer boredom.

image 2 At Home Summer Boredom BustersMost of the time, it just takes a little imagination and a couple of good ideas to help stave off boredom for children of any age group, but when the days are long and hot it can sometimes be difficult for young minds to come up with ideas on their own. Simple suggestions and involved parents that encourage their children to be creative and engage in free play often comment that their children never have a bored moment.

Some of the most engaging and fun activities for children require them to create, problem solve and experiment in order to make their own fun. In this way, not only do the children have fun playing, but they stave off boredom by actively engaging and keeping their minds busy and working. Try introducing homemade bubbles and bubble wands to children, but do it in a way that requires them to discover what works best for themselves by giving them the materials, but requiring them to make the best wand they can and sudsiest bubble mix possible. Likewise, turn the backyard into a bug hunt, using a collection of jars, nets and magnifying glasses to capture and then identify everything that they find. Create paper boats, costumes from old clothing and paper planes to keep children busy.

No matter what, the best at home summer boredom busters need to be tailored to your child’s interests and you need to be involved. Kids can sense when their parents are paying attention and that can take a boring activity and turn it into something really fun that they will remember and want to do again in the future.

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