Days out with the family can be fun, rewarding adventures that build lasting memories for parents and children alike. They can also be stressful and leave everyone in tears! We have put together a list of things to keep in mind for a full day out and about. Whether you’re on vacation, staycation or even long car rides, we think these ideas will help you tip the balance in favor of fun and happy memories . . .
- No one leaves hungry! Making sure everyone’s bellies are full is key to starting out any adventure on the right foot.
- It seems obvious, but we have all been there. We leave the house and then it happens 10 minutes later- “I have to use the bathroom.” No one leaves home without using the bathroom.
- Pack snacks for the road. A snack is your friend. Any questions?
- Think about what activities you have planned. Are they outdoors, indoors, do they require good hiking shoes or rain coats? Make sure everyone is dressed for the activities of choice! You may want to pack some back up clothes just in case!
- Know where to go along your travels if someone needs a rest stop, a movement break or even quiet time. Some activities can be overwhelming and we just need a little break from the business of what’s going on.
- Plan your activities in family friendly environments (especially those of you with young kids).
- Check out the atmosphere in local restaurants.
- Know the environment and type of event you plan on attending.
- Locate where the public restrooms are- or even bring a mini potty! (It’s a tried and true tool used by families for many years!)
- Bring a small first aid kit. Cuts and scrapes are not uncommon on family adventures. From skinned knees in parking lots to bee stings while blueberry picking, a first aid kit with bandaids, antiseptic wipes, gauze pads and a sting swabs can be very helpful!
Are you looking for a test run for your family? Come out to the Black Fly Art Show at The Grapevine this Saturday at 10AM! Follow that up with more art right down the road in Peterborough for the annual Children in the Arts event!