Parents who are seeking that last minute summer activity should consider planning a family vacation. A new Harris Interactive survey found that adults remember childhood vacations more vividly than birthdays or school events, which shows that a quick weekend away together can truly create some lasting memories. "For kids, a meaningful vacation is one where they get to do interesting things – and this is more important than where they stay or where they go," explains Eileen Ogintz, author of the syndicated column TakingtheKids.com.
Children surveyed agreed that they things that they do and see when they are on a vacation helps to create memories that will last forever. Building a vacation that incorporates activities dedicated just to your children is very important, even if it’s just for a day. Explore scenic locations or go to an amusement park that they have been begging to visit - they will not forget it. You might want to consider learning a new activity together during your trip too. They will be more likely to remember this as something that they did with you instead of something that they tried to learn on their own.
Renting a vacation home or staying in a local hotel can be a fun way to experience a new location. You can visit local restaurants and try new foods. You can also check out the local town history and experience some of the local parks together. Festivals and farmer’s markets are always fun. This is a great opportunity to bring the entire family. More than 60 percent of children who have traveled with grandparents on family vacations have said that they feel closer to their grandparents after they return home.
Splitting up the kids during a vacation can be a good option as well. If you want to spend a day at the spa and dad wants to play golf, then you should take them with you. More than half of the children that were surveyed said that vacations were a good opportunity for their parents to spend quality time with them. It’s a good time for father daughter bonding or a mother son bonding moment. You can do things together that are outside of your comfort zone and bond over it together. These are moments that your children are likely not to forget many years later when they are older.
Ultimately, don’t forget to be creative. There are a lot of options available for your family vacation and making it memorable as long as you are willing to try out a little bit of everything. Talk with your kids and find out what they’ve wanted to do on vacation with you. The more you are able to communicate, the easier it will be to find something that everyone can enjoy. It’s guaranteed to be a vacation that you will not forget and they will treasure for the rest of their lives.