Around 40% of the U.S. plans to go on a family vacation every year. It can be a very rewarding experience if you all enjoy the same thing and build up stories and memories that can last a lifetime. But how do you choose what to do to get the best opportunity for fun with the family?
This article has ten suggestions for things you could latch onto. Each one is a perfect event to help you bond and build yourselves up as a family.
1. Beach Trip
When you are writing down vacation planning ideas, the concept of a simple beach trip is an easy one to plan. This classic activity allows you to do many different things while enjoying one another’s company. Whether you are swimming, sunbathing, or playing sports, you can ensure everyone gets a little bit of fun.
A beach trip can also allow you to share the load with the family too. If you want to relax with a book in the sun, ask another adult there to look after the children if possible. If that works, you can have alone time, and repay them later by taking the children for another stint.
Depending on the beach, you might even be able to hire equipment or enjoy a water activity. Paddleboarding, kayaks, or glass-bottom boat trips are all possibilities, depending on where you are.
2. Hiking Expedition
Traveling together in the great outdoors can sometimes bring a family together by taking them away from the rest of the world. Make sure you know what you are doing, have food and water, and know what to do in an emergency. Then head on out and enjoy the animals and plants of nature.
If you are adventurous, you could even go for several nights. You will need to set up camp or book into hostels, but the opportunity is there for those who want a longer trip.
3. Cozy Outdoor Movie Night
If you have (or can rent) a projector and a screen, you have the perfect ingredients for a relaxed movie event. It will be like the old drive-ins, but much more cozy as you spend time with your family outdoors.
You could even set up a bonfire or candles, and get some comfortable blankets to ensure everyone has a good chance to relax. Don’t forget the popcorn!
4. Escape Room Challenge
The concept of an escape room is a little newer than most traditional activities. Still, these events have become a fantastic challenge for many families. Getting everyone in the same place to communicate and solve a mystery can really bring people together.
Make sure to find an escape room with a theme everyone can enjoy. Smaller children might find some more complex concepts a little more challenging. As such, you might want to look into one based on movies or TV shows the family enjoys.
You could even combine this event with the outdoor movie night mentioned above and have a themed day.
5. Scavenger Hunt
Either make a list of things to find, or find one online. Then, let your family loose.
Make sure to get a good prize for the people who come in first by finding the items fastest. This could be a cake, or it might be they are let off from chores like tidying up while you are on holiday that day.
If you want, you can even combine this with the hike mentioned earlier. This will encourage people to be looking around at all times, rather than on their phones.
6. Visit a Water Park
These are traditional places to go for the whole family. There are pools, rides, slides, and much more at most water parks. So, there should be something for everyone, even those too small or elderly to get on some of the faster rides.
Remember to bring sunscreen, towels, and plenty of water. Even if you are swimming in it, it does not mean you are taking it in.
The joy of any children you might have is not only infectious in a place like this but can last as a memory you can hold onto for years.
7. Cooking Classes
There are two ways of looking at cooking classes. Either it is a chance to get a few life lessons for you and your children as a family, or you can instead enjoy the fact you are going to make a mess. There is every chance different people in your family will have different things they are going to get out of this activity, so roll with it.
You might even be able to make something you can then make at home to rekindle the memory of your time together.
8. Safari Adventure
Who doesn’t want to see lions, tigers, and bears?
Look for a tour operator you can trust and ensure they offer safaris suited to families to avoid disappointment. You can then get a guided tour of the location you are in, and there is every chance you will see an animal you would never otherwise meet.
9. Water Activities
If you want to have a little adventure, look into the possibilities of kayaking, snorkeling, or many other water activities. You might even be able to find a local guide who can take your family on a kayaking trip.
10. Family Game Night
Sometimes you want to enjoy some time indoors with everyone. There is no guarantee it will be a quiet activity, but a family game night could lead to uproarious joy.
Make sure the games are interactive and well-rated to ensure you are not only going to be rolling the dice and moving. Put Monopoly in the trash can, and pick out something like Uno, Ticket to Ride, or Dungeons & Dragons instead.
Have Fun With the Family
With all these ideas, you should have a very easy time finding a way to have fun with the family. Of course, there are still many more fun things to do on a vacation, depending on the type of trip you are having. No matter what you want to investigate, though, we have you covered.