Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

We did it! If you’re having some beautiful weather outside, why not go for a horseback ride?  Many stables and ranches offer trail rides or lessons for half an hour or more and they usually teach you some basics about how to steer and give commands to the...
Visit Family

Visit Family

We did it! Haven’t seen Aunt Esther in a while? Are the kids missing their favorite cousins? Visiting family for vacation can be a great way to get out of the house, see new sites, and have fun. Just don’t forget the camera! Map Your Route At http://beta.mapquest.com/...
Bike Rides

Bike Rides

We did it! If you haven’t pulled the old bikes out of the shed in a while, why not take them out, do a fun family bike wash, oil up the gears and go for a ride! Around the Yard If you have a good size yard, that’s the safest place for little kids to ride around.  With...
Walk/Run

Walk/Run

We did it! Get the kids involved too – maybe even set up a scavenger hunt along the way to keep it fun.  For competitive teens, perhaps a little friendly competition would peak their interest. Around the Neighborhood Teach the kids the stranger danger rules as well as...
History/Arts/Cultural

History/Arts/Cultural

We did it! Really Historical If you’re in for a bit of hiking, you might want to check out some of the ancient Indian ruins in your state or other archaeological sites. Historical Events & Locations Perhaps you want to supplement your teen’s state history class by...
Camping

Camping

We did it! Search for National Parks The National Park Service has a great site that allows you to search for a park by Name, Location, Activity, or Topic.  http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm They also have a great section for kids and teachers complete with...
Nature Watch

Nature Watch

We did it! Bird Watching Birdwatching – can be an interesting hobby for curious minds and very inexpensive.  Here are a few useful links for identifying birds by appearance and call, choosing seeds to put out for different species, and checklists of bird species in...
Hiking

Hiking

We did it! Preparation You’ll want to make sure you are prepared for pretty much anything when you go on a hike.  First things first, make sure you take plenty of water and don’t buy your hiking boots right before you go.  You’ll want well-worn in shoes that are less...
Car Games

Car Games

We did it! Don’t forget the most important part of preparing for a trip with the family – keeping the kids from driving you crazy! Here are some game ideas and tips to keep the kids busy. Baby/Infant The most difficult part of traveling with babies is usually feeding...