There are a few tricks to planning a vacation for kids that can mean the difference between having a memorable, fun trip or one that is filled with meltdowns and disappointments.
First off, make sure to leave a lot of downtime in your schedule. This is as important for teens, as it is with babies and toddlers. Over-scheduling your trip with activities and attractions can leave everyone feeling harried and cranky. Remember, the point of a vacation is to relax and enjoy life, not run from one “fun” attraction to another.
If your vacation involves visiting a large theme park such as Disneyland, Disney World, Sea World or Universal Studios, try to find a rental property close to the attraction. You will find that it works best to hit the parks in the morning before it gets too hot and then return to your room so the kids can rest or go down for a nap and also grab a bite to eat. Once the day begins to cool down again, you can return to the park for more rides and shows. This schedule will also save money, as you won’t have to spend as much on expensive theme park meals.
When you are planning a vacation for kids, remember that half the battle is getting to your destination. Travel DVD players are a great way to entertain children during the boring parts of your trip, but remember to have them off when there are interesting sights to see. These units will also be a blessing in your room, especially if siblings or adults want to watch different programming than, say, a toddler.
Choosing the right type of accommodation will also make a huge difference when planning a vacation for kids. Timeshare properties are typically bigger, so children have more room to spread out and relax. In addition, most of these properties also offer kid-friendly activities to keep everyone entertained on those days you have run out of your own ideas.
These are just a few tips that can help your kids have more fun while on vacation.