Lexington, KY – We have piled in the car more than a few times, ready for a family trip together, to get no farther than New Circle Road before the bickering, chaos and frustration begins. At that point it seems easier to just turn the car around and call it a day. Fortunately, with a little planning, patience and a good outlook, family outings can easily move from disastrous to memorable.
Meet everyone’s needs
Family outings too often revolve around activities that will keep the kids entertained and happy. Amusement parks and children’s museums are obviously going to excite the young ones, but leave parents dreading the crowds, cost and meltdowns that ensue with an overly stimulating environment.
So how do you bridge the gap between a day of golf for dad and a trip to the children’s museum for the kids? Hiking trails, art museums, ballgames and festivals are just a few activities that are kid-friendly and equally as enjoyable for parents. Be sure to include everyone in on decision making and explain to your kids the importance of time together as a family, and that no matter what activity or trip is planned, everyone is bound to have a great time with the right outlook.
The next time you are at a gas station or rest area off the interstate, pick up a few free travel brochures (usually on a wall near the restrooms). We keep a folder in our office filled with everything from dinosaur park brochures to hall of fame museum guides -
all within a short drive of our house. When we are looking for a fun weekend activity, we always have plenty of unique places to choose from.