If you are fortunate enough to get to spend some extra time with your grandchildren over spring break, here are a few things to help make the most of your adventure. Regardless of their age, there are plenty of things out there to help you enjoy whatever you set out to do.
Input and suggestions from their parents are a real value. Make sure you are aware of all the things the kids like and don’t like to eat/drink. You may think you know, but it’s better to be safe than frustrated while trying to place an order.
Allowing the kids to help you plan the trip is a great bonding experience and helps get everyone excited for the trip. These are just a few things to keep in mind:
If you are going to a set destination for your break (amusement park, the beach, the woods,) consider a vacation home for your stay. Depending on how many of you there are and length of stay, this could be a great option. There’s room for everybody to spread out after a long day of whatever, and it’s nice to know you don’t have to eat out every night.
Look for discounts
There is a good chance you can find discounts for lodging, activities, food and more. When researching the trip, add the word “discount” or “coupon” to your search on the Internet.
Prepare for crowds
If you are feeling a call to the beach, make sure it’s not a hot spot for college spring breakers. Look for locations off the beaten path that can provide family-friendly fun. Going to the amusement park? Make sure to set rules about staying together. Also, check for early or late hours packages/discounts.
Know the weather
Research the forecast and average temperatures of your destination and then pack accordingly. Just because it’s in the 80s during the day doesn’t mean the temperatures can’t drop to the 40s at night.
Become one with the car seat
If a road trip is the plan, and your grandchild still uses a car seat, take the extra time to make sure the seat is properly installed. Things to remember include:
- Leaving no more than a two-finger gap between the straps and the child’s chest
- The straps that come out of the back need to rest directly on the child’s shoulders
- Booster seats are recommended for children who weigh less than 80-100 lbs. and are under 5 feet tall
It doesn’t matter if it’s simple over-the-counter pain medication or a specific prescription, get detailed information about what to do when it’s time for medicine. Also, take extra precautions and make sure any medication you personally use is out of reach from the children.
Don’t overdo it
If one or more of the children nap, try to work that into your schedule. Keep bedtimes close to normal. There’s also temptation to try to see and do everything. Plan carefully and really try to get meaningful experiences with every event you include on the trip. Then, make plans to come back, maybe over the summer, to do all the things you didn’t get to do.