Summer break is here! If you are still in the planning stages for your family vacation, it is time to decide where you want to go. You need to book tickets and accommodations before it’s too late. Flights and hotels for popular family vacation destinations can fill up fast.
One of my favorite parts about planning a family trip is deciding where to go. There is so much to do and see in the US, vacation ideas can be hard to narrow down. Want to know where other families are going on vacation this summer? Check out this list of Top U.S. Family Vacation Destinations* and let me know your picks for best family vacation ideas.
- The Strong (National Museum of Play), Rochester, NY
- National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C
- Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, VA
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, SD
- Orlando, FL
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, IN
- Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City, MI
- Miami Children’s Museum, Miami, FL
- Badlands National Park, SD
- Disney’s Port Orleans-French Quarter, Orlando, FL.
Next week, I am flying with all four of my children across the country for a family reunion/vacation. My three oldest kids are still in school, so I was pretty nervous about them missing assignments. I found an article full of vacation planning tips about taking kids out of school for family vacation to be very helpful. The article suggests giving teachers advance notice about vacations. I let our teachers know we were leaving so we could work out a plan for the kids to do their class assignments. The teachers are letting us turn in school work via email, so the kids don’t get behind.
I am relieved to have the school work issue resolved. But now, I have to think about how to keep kids entertained on an airplane. We always pack a lot of activities and snacks to help us pass the time. My kids like to play travel games, watch movies and listen to audio books.
Traveling with kids can bring all sorts of challenges, but there are online resources to help parents throughout the process. At Scholastic, you can find helpful articles about all sorts of things from taking educational vacations to essential planning tools. That’s where I got the idea about having our kids do their school work while we were on the road.
Once you decide where you are going on vacation, you can surprise the kids with a destination reveal! Need inspiration? Check out these fun ways to announce you are going on a trip.
*based on FamilyFun magazines’s 2016 Travel Awards for overall category winners.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Disney. The opinions and text are all mine.