Spring Break Series – Trips for Kids
By Brandon Dudley January 31, 2011
Spring break with kids. The thought sends most parents into a state of panic. Where to go? How to get there? What can possibly keep youngsters entertained during a long trip?
Step 1: Take a bus. Seriously. It frees your hands up to deal with the kiddos and you won’t be stuck paying exorbitant airfare for the whole family. Plus The BusBank’s Charter Bus Rentals aren’t the old, gum-stuck-on-the-seat cargo holds from your school days. Your family will travel in comfort and you’ll have money left in the budget.
Step 2: Plan ahead and pack an on-the-go travel bag for each youngster. Empty out the school backpacks and fill ‘em with boredom-reducing goodies. Make sure to include favorite toys, coloring books, snacks, and a change of clothes. Bonus points if you include a single use camera (kids love taking snapshots), a new book by the child’s favorite author, or an MP3 player loaded with music pertaining to the trip.
Step 3: Head to one of these family friendly spots for your spring break trip:
- Tanque Verde Ranch – Tuscan, Arizona. A dude ranch at its finest. Horseback riding lessons, swimming, and nature hikes galore are sure to please cowboys and cowgirls of all ages.
- Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia. Near to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens, Kingsmill knows how to cater to families. In addition to golf, swimming, and arts and crafts, there’s a “Kids Night Out” pizza party option that keeps the youngsters entertained while Mom and Dad enjoy a romantic evening.
- The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. It may be a luxurious resort, but that doesn’t mean that The Breakers doesn’t know how to accommodate little ones. There’s a special Family Entertainment Center, a kids camp, playgrounds, and family friendly dining options.
- La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, California. Known for having a world-class spa and two PGA Championship golf courses, La Costa is surprisingly a top contender when it comes to family-friendly vacations. Camp La Costa facilitates children’s activities including tennis, swimming, hiking, croquet, ping-pong, and arts and crafts.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando, Florida. It’s like a mini African safari. Over 100 different species of animals live on the 33 breathtaking acres. Many of the resort’s suites overlook the savanna and offer incredible views of animal wildlife.