This post about fun things for kids to do is sponsored by Virgin Holiday Cruises. You can always count on me to disclose when I’ve been compensated for the work I do.
Around our house this week marks the start of the summer travel season, and if you’re like me that means you’re looking forward to finding fun things for kids to do both at home and away. We’re extremely fortunate this year – not only do we get to spend two weeks in Europe visiting friends and also the apartment in Paris that my boys consider “ours” but we also will have three weeks in Vermont to laze around at the swimming hole.
It may be a bit late in the game, but even if you haven’t yet planned your summer fun you can still have some great adventures with your kids. Today I thought I’d share some summer travel ideas. Whether you stay close to home or do something more exotic like finding Princess Cruises getaways there are lots of options. So what can you do to find fun things for your kids to do this summer?
Head for the mountains. I just got back from a quick visit to Keystone Resort in Colorado, where I went for a conference, and I thought it looked like the perfect place for a family summer trip (if were weren’t already headed to Vermont that is). Mountain climates have warm days and cool nights and many ski resorts like Keystone or Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont offer loads of summer activities from mountain biking to hiking to zip lining.
Go local. Can’t get away? If your summer plans have you home for the duration that doesn’t mean you can’t still plan lots of fun. If I were staying home I’d start by making a list of all the local kid-friendly museums and amusement parks I haven’t visited that are within driving distance. Then I’d scour nearby towns to find out what kind of fun summer festivals they have planned. Another affordable idea is to camp out in your hometown, either in a local state park or a friend’s yard.
Ride on a big boat. If you want an easy vacation, it doesn’t get much easier than a cruise. This may be especially ideal of you’ve got a baby and just want someone to take care of you for a few days. You can find cruise deals with Virgin Holidays Cruises, especially to warmer locations that aren’t always on the radar for summer travel.
And of course there’s the beach. Family beach vacations are a classic way to spend your summer time off. I recommend finding a beach like the one in Lewes, Delaware where you will find not only sand and surf but also a state park to ride bikes in as well as nearby historical museums for rainy days.
And don’t assume if you haven’t booked your beach travel yet, there’s no hope. I was able to book a condo for Memorial Day weekend that overlooked the beach in Lewes just a few short weeks before. My stepmother and the boys had a great time there while Matt and I were sailing up the coast of California.
Yes, June is late in the game for planning summer fun. But you still have several months of warm, lazy days, so why not duck inside, hop on the computer, and see what fun things for kids to do you can find.