Vacation is a time for family, friends and fun. Yet during your trip there is inevitably going to be some point where you hear complaints of boredom or frustrations of needing entertainment.
How is it possible kids get bored while on vacation? But it happens. The key to keeping your kids entertained while on vacation is to remove those factors that lead to boredom.
Mix it up
If your vacation is themed strictly towards one type of activity, this may not be enough variety for the kids. Try mixing up the routines and look for other places to visit in the vicinity of where you are staying too. Perhaps there is an amusement park within reasonable distance or even an arcade.
It doesn’t matter what you choose, as long as it breaks up the monotony of doing the same thing every day on vacation. While parents may relish in the luxury of being away from the day-to-day routines and be content with repetitiveness, kids often respond well a bit of variety.
Plan for down time
One of the top reasons kids may get bored is that they become so frazzled with activity they become overtired. When this feeling of exhaustion sets in kids typically get cranky and, as a result, become hard to satisfy.
Once your kids reach that point of no return, it’ll be hard to keep them entertained. In fact, sometimes over-stimulation makes it worse. The best way to avoid this kind of situation is to make time in your vacation schedule for some down time each day.
Bring prized items from home
Regardless of what kind of vacation your family is on it is always a good idea to bring a couple of “comfort” items from home. A favorite toy, blankie or stuffed animal pal will help your little one feel more secure in being away from home. For older kids, try bringing along books, puzzle books, a board game or an electronic gadget.
Another idea is to pack a few movies, especially if you have young children who like the familiarity of their favorites. Double check to make sure your accommodations have a player, and if not bring your own. Movies are good to have on hand for unexpected rainy days or just something to do during times of the day the kids need some downtime.
Vacations are typically more fun than not for kids, but there may be times they feel they aren’t having enough entertainment and need a little pick-me-up. In those times it can be helpful to also have an “emergency” bag to surprise them – this is a bag with a few new things.
By doing this you’ll make sure the whole family has a great time. Family vacations are the perfect opportunity to make some wonderful memories and, if you can avoid the frustration factor, your trip will be even better.
Leigh has been writing on the web since 2007. She has a high interest in business, tech, higher education, and Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia travel, but loves to write about a variety of topics. In addition to writing on Writedge, she also runs a blog about the Washington DC Metro Area and a photography blog Photos by Leigh Goessl.