How to Plan a Weekend Vacation With Kids

How to Plan a Weekend Vacation With Kids
The entire family needs some time away and the opportunity to spend time together. A weekend vacation with kids can be a rejuvenating and enjoyable time for the entire family. A weekend vacation is typically taken nearby, can even be camping, and best of all can be done economically.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Itinerary Map Luggage (suitcase or backpack) for packing clothes Transportation to the vacation site
  • Itinerary
  • Map
  • Luggage (suitcase or backpack) for packing clothes
  • Transportation to the vacation site
Step 1
Determine a time when all members of the family will be available. With today's hectic and busy schedules, this can often be one of the most challenging aspects of the planning process.
Step 2
Select a location or venue which appeals to everyone. More importantly, make sure the destination has something to offer everyone. Remember, this is a weekend vacation for everyone, including the kids, so ask their opinion about destinations.
Step 3
Plan the trip, including the route to be taken, accommodations and reservations, and activity planning. As this is a trip with emphasis on the kids, try to work in a special kid-friendly meal such as pancakes for breakfast, as well as activities they will find particularly enjoyable.
Step 4
Consider working in some learning by visiting a historical landmark, battlefield, museum or other kid-friendly destination. Just because it is vacation does not mean it cannot be educational.
Step 5
Pack clothing, toiletries, medications, games, books and other essentials depending on the destination and where you will be staying. Remember, all the planning in the world can be undone by rainy weather, especially if there are outdoor activities involved. Make backup or alternate plans for down times to keep kids entertained and make sure the trip stays enjoyable for everyone.

Tips & Warnings

An easy choice for a weekend trip is a destination with several options for spending a couple of days. Cut down on travel time by keeping the activities centrally located; then you allow for more fun instead of constant travel.
Thorough preparation is a great idea, but do not plan the trip to death. Allow for flexibility, as there may be unknown opportunities for fun to arise.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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