People used to always tell me “Oh, we hate road trips” or “Road trips are so awful” and “You can’t go on a road trip with young kids.”
When we were kids, my parents took us on tons of road trips and we had a blast! We’d drive from Montreal to Florida every year. We’d also make shorter road trips from Montreal to Toronto or Montreal to New York to visit our family. What I loved the most was the adventure! I loved driving to Florida with my family and passing through all the States until we reached our destination.
I always knew that when I had kids of my own, I wanted road trips to be part of their childhood memories.
School’s Out For Summer! Not Quite, But A Staycation At @Fallsavenue @FallsWaterpark is Perfect for Family Fun This Summer!
- Plan your stops. We stop for pit stops and breaks to stretch our legs every 3 hours. It helps break up the drive and if Little One needs to run around for a bit, she can. We know exactly which rest areas and gas stations we will be stopping at.
- Pack lots of snacks and water/beverages! Healthy snacks to nibble on while en route always keeps our 4 year old busy.
- Play road trip games like “I Spy” or the Alpahbet Game. We also look for unusual license plates or landmarks in towns we pass through.
- Play some music! Little One can last a 6 hr drive to Toronto just chatting away or singing away. Music always livens up the drive and keeps the driver awake!
- Favourite toys, books, activities – We pack a little backpack for Little One’s items. She often “reads” books to herself or colours in her activity book.
- iPod or DVD player. Little One enjoys playing alphabet and math games on the iPod and she loves watching her Disney DVDs! We bring a bunch of DVDs as a last resort. Normally we bring them out near the end of the drive if she’s getting antsy.
- PLAN LOTS OF FUN THINGS TO DO AS A FAMILY! A trip to Niagara Falls was the best thing that happened to our family recently. When we found out we were going to Niagara, we made sure to sit down and discuss all the things we wanted to see and do. Having a game plan is key for us. This said, a little spontaneity is great too. We don’t always follow our plan. For example, on day 2, Little One decided she didn’t want to do any sightseeing anymore and wanted to spend the rest of her vacation at the waterpark. Fine by us!
A family stroll to check out the sites and sounds of Niagara Falls was the perfect way to begin our mini vacation. The Clifton Hill, the main drag is always packed and bustling with people! I love the energy. We even stopped and watch a few musical performances and dancers. Little One was in awe!
Since Hubby hadn’t been to Niagara in ages and this was Little One’s first trip, we had planned to check out as many attractions as we could. Hubby really enjoyed the Guinness World Records Museum. Hubby is a facts guy. He likes statistics and is a total trivia nut.
We also went to Ripley’s Museum (Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!) My husband would have liked to stay longer and read through every single rare and mind boggling display in the collection. I think we rushed him. The man can spend an entire day reading! He soaks that stuff all up! He loved it!
I was surprised that with all the oddities, Little One wasn’t scared. She was rather intrigued by it all. I really thought she was going to cry!
We went to Brick City and some other fun places for kids to enjoy. Little One really enjoyed the LEGO exhibits.
Of course, we just had to go to the Rainforest Cafe! Little One had never been before, and I worried that the tropical rain storm and the gorillas and elephants would make her scared. I was wrong again! She loved everything about the Rainforest Cafe and just had a blast. She was so amazed by her surroundings.
Here’s Little One having a chat with Oprah. Too cute! Edward and Bella from Twilight on the right, and the Star Trek guys and Pope Jean Paul II below.
Again, I thought Little One would be afraid of the wax museum, but she loved it!
Of course we had to go to the Hershey Store! I think that was one of my favourite spots to visit! We may or may not have bought $100 worth of chocolate. No, I’m not kidding.
She loved it so much that she didn’t want to do anything else but stay at the water park. She also made us promise to take her back to Niagara for her birthday. As you can see, Niagara Falls & Fallsview are definitely #likenowhereelse!
This Summer, will you be ‘Staycationing’? We really love @Fallsavenue and @FallsWaterpark. The perfect family getaway that is still ‘close to home’.
Check out my other post about our stay at Falls Avenue Resort! You can win the following…
- Fallsview Family Suite at the Sheraton on the Falls
- Four Passes to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark
- Celebration Dinner at the Rainforest Cafe
Disclosure – I am a Falls Avenue Resort Brand Ambassador. Though affiliated, all the thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.