Tried and True Ways to Entertain the Kids From City to City
You can only stand so many versions of, ‘You Are My Sunshine,’ and the Lego Movie theme song, ‘Everything Is Awesome,’ in the car before you start going crazy; Girls Camp songs are not allowed at all, and if somebody starts singing, ‘This Is The Song That Never Ends,’ they are instantly punished by sitting in the middle with no air conditioning. I was convinced that within the first month the kids were going to go crazy with boredom, but I’m impressed with the things they’ve found to entertain themselves while we are biking. Here are some tips for maintaining sanity on a road trip with kids.
1. Soccer Fields
The number one priority when you get to a city is to find a field that we can set up our portable soccer goal. I figure if we’ve hauled it all this way (and it’s survived the bus breaking down) we better be using it every chance we can.
Taking them to play about an hour before bed time is the perfect way to make the bed time routine easier.
Ice cream and candy shops once a week is one way to keep them on their best behavior (for about an hour)
but it does make them happy.
Every park in a city is unique, and has different activities for the kids; so that’s one place they always want to visit.
We found this carousel in Missoula, MT that claims to be the fastest in the world. Moriah wouldn’t even try it.
4. Historical Parks
Since we’ve been following the Lewis and Clark trail we’ve had some opportunities to stop at some… different… historical parks and landmarks. I thought it was strange, but the kids loved it.
5. Rivers, Hikes, Beaches, etc.
Finding a place to splash in the Clearwater River was (supposed to be) a blast. Everybody loved it until they realized how cold it was, but after a ride it was the perfect place to ice our legs.
This beach that followed the Columbia River was fun for everyone. Especially when Zerin fell asleep.
The best part about these places is that you can find them in every city that you’re in and every city seems to have something unique. You learn a lot about an area by visiting it’s parks, fields, and restaurants. This is how we make sure every kid is happy, happy, happy.
“Oh yeah. This. Is. AWESOME!” -Bridger
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