Jul 14 2010

Are We There Yet?! Making Summer Travel Fun

How would you like this job - "Fun Expert"?  That's what Silvana Clark is and she joins us this morning to talk about making our summer trips (especially with kids) more fun!  For more on Silvana, check out her website.  What's your advice on how to make your vacation less stressful and more fun?

 

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7/14/2010 7:32:48 AM
Felicia
Felicia
I always pack my kids with a goodie bag that includes a new puzzle or coloring book (depending on age) along with a small surprise along with small snacks and a juice and they don't get that bag until we are on the road and it helps with the trip.

Also now that my older kids (11 & 9) can read and know the location of the 50 states on a map - I print out a blank map with the outline of the 50 states, and we look at the different license plates we pass and color in that state as we travel and see how many different states we pass.
7/14/2010 7:44:39 AM
Laura United States
Laura
You can always bring along adventures in Odyssey to listen to, that passes the time quickly, and it gives you some quiet as well as an opportunity to talk about the episode- or books on tape.  Or have an ultimate card game tournament between the kids and keep track of who wins (maybe even have a bracket for each round that kind of thing), try to find different state license plates, bring pony beads and have them make pony bead animal key changes (you can find the patterns online). play other games- memory games like "I'm going on a trip and I'm going to bring..." and add something each time.  Sing camp songs, or songs from church.  Pretend that you all are on a space shuttle and you're riding through space.  All this of course depends upon the age of kids as well as how many there are.
7/14/2010 7:55:50 AM
Julie United States
Julie
  When we traveled as kids, we'd often take very long car rides (20 hours plus- all in one day because my parents didn't like to stop and worry about hotel rooms, etc.).  To keep us well behaved, they'd give me and my younger brother each 20 dollars in singles at the beginning of the trip when we pulled out of the driveway.  We were told that every time we complained or fought, they would take a dollar away.  The $20 was our spending money for the trip, so we wouldn't want to lose any of it. As far as I can remember, we never complained or fought.  

  We also weren't allowed to ask "are we there yet?".  Instead, we were given a map we could write on and were allowed to ask "where are we?" so we could find where we were on the map.  This kept us busy and let us learn our map skills as we figured out for ourselves when we would arrive.  While this may be less pertinent in the days of GPS, it's still a good skill to have.  
7/14/2010 6:21:12 PM
Brenda United States
Brenda
We also used to give our kids a roll of quarters as you know they are going to want small gifts, ice cream, etc.  For each time they asked "are we there yet" they owed us a quarter.  If they fought with each other - whoever started the fight owed the other sibling the quarter.  It's one thing to have to give a quarter to mom or dad but it sure is something totally different if they have to give it to the sibling and know they might have more to spend when we get to our vacation spot!  :o)  
7/16/2010 1:25:15 PM
Charlene E. Bennett United States
Charlene E. Bennett
I put a potty chair in my van for my grandchildrens use and line it with a disposable diaper. When the need arises, we pull off the side of the road, flip the lid and let them use it. I then roll the diaper up, put it in a ziplock bag and dispose of it at our next stop. It is much more convenient than looking for somewhere to stop, especially when a toddler needs to go quickly.
7/17/2010 6:41:58 AM
Heather United States
Heather
When ever we travel we play a game, we pick from a few of them.  but our favorite is "Yellow" we see who can find and count the most yellow cars, trucks, motorcycles.  another game we play is "RV, Boat" we see who can find the most Rv's and boats.  every time we stop the car the winner gets a treat, and a new game starts then!
7/18/2010 7:03:12 PM
timewalker United States
timewalker
7/18/2010 11:50:49 PM
autoblog blueprint 2 United States
autoblog blueprint 2
I think that is an interesting point, it made me think a bit. Thanks for sparking my thinking cap.
7/20/2010 8:46:19 AM
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10/14/2010 8:47:09 AM
Mcall Jackson United States
Mcall Jackson
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