You don’t have to give up on family weekend getaways with small kids because you think they will not enjoy themselves. If you and your partner have always found travel exciting and fulfilling, then you can be sure that your children will too.
Travelling with smaller children is all about finding the right destination – look for places that you and your children will enjoy equally. Family weekend getaways are actually ideal for pre-schoolers and toddlers because they’re pretty brief and usually take place closer to home. You don’t need the whole week – just carve out a few extra days and make a long weekend of it.
If you’d like to try a couple of days’ holiday with your tots, here are some great ideas for family weekend getaways.
Visit Theme Parks with Small Kids
A theme park can be fun for small children as long as you’re mindful of their attention spans and their comfort. Pre-schoolers are sure to find places like Disney World truly magical.
They’ll enjoy the lights, sounds, costumes and colors.
Theme parks are also sure to have smaller rides appropriate for their age. Just make sure that you don’t over-tire your kids. Take frequent rests and remember that the point is to have a nice time – not to check all the park attractions off your list.
Beaches Make Great Weekend Getaways
As long as there’s sun, sad, and surf, your little ones will be pretty satisfied. Bring along some sun protection and keep your kids hydrated; the heat can affect them far more quickly than it does adults.
Water Parks are Ideal for Family Weekends
If the beach is too far or if summer is over, then you can give your family the chance to enjoy swimming and splashing in the water by taking them to one of the many indoor water parks in the country.
Choose a water park that has splash pools and play areas made especially for little kids. Interactive features like sprays, fountains and buckets are sure to give them hours of good fun.
Visit the Zoo
What child doesn’t love animals? A zoo is still one of the best places to take your family on a vacation. The little ones will marvel at the exotic creatures that you don’t see every day – mischievous monkeys, graceful giraffes, and roly-poly bears.
Thankfully, many zoos today are much more pleasant than they used to be, with animals getting more freedom to move about and plenty of opportunities for visitors to interact with them in a more natural way.
Museums are great for Weekend Excursions with your Family
Who says museums are just for older people? While it’s true that your toddler may not enjoy historical museum or an art museum where everything is hushed and intimidating, there are plenty of museums that cater specifically to kids of all ages.
One fine example is the Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas, with interactive exhibits and opportunities for kids to exercise their creativity and work off their energy. Make sure to visit one on your next family getaway.
Incorporating these places on your next family weekend getaways with your kids can be a lot of fun, so be sure to add them to the list.
Other Great Ideas for Getaways:
- Legoland (Worldwide locations – in North America: Located in California and Florida with one slated to open in New York)
- Top Lake Tahoe Attractions for Toddlers to Teens
- The Crayola Experience – Easton, Pennsylvania
- Winnetu resort on Martha’s Vineyard
- Beaches Family Resorts (you may want to take the full week for this one!)
- Niagara Falls
- San Diego
- 4 Destinations Best for Travel with Toddlers