Fun Day Trip Ideas for You and Your Kids

July 17, 2012 by

Sharks fascinate kids

Kids look forward to summer break, but once it gets here it’s not unusual for them to be looking for something to do. To break the “I’m bored” syndrome during the summer, consider these fun day trips idea for you and your kids.


The zoo is fun, but during the hot days of summer your local aquarium lets you enjoy a leisurely visit to view aquatic animals under the sea. Best of all, you can enjoy it all with air conditioning.

Along with seeing sea turtles, porpoises, and sharks, many aquariums offer programs designed especially for kids. For example the Georgia Aquarium’s Kid’s Corner offers Growing Guppies which is a program for 2-5 year olds. They introduce wonders of the aquatic world through music, crafts, puppets, storytelling and more!

Call the aquarium near you to see what they have to offer for your children’s age group, or plan to just walk through on your own.

Farm Tours

Girls feeding goats
Another animal related day trip kids really enjoy is a farm tour. Farm tours provide a unique experience for children and parents. Where else can they meet a cow?

Along with learning about farm life and animals, farm tours teach about growing fresh foods and sustainability. That’s right; kids learn. But don’t promote it as a learning experience, because the hands-on atmosphere just makes it fun and interesting.

To find a tour-friendly farm near you contact your local 4-H for recommendations.

Pick Your Own Fruit

There’s nothing like biting into a juicy, ripe piece of fruit, and summer is the time for picking your own. Whether it’s strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, plums or another favorite, picking your own fruit is a tasty way to spend some quality time with the kids.

Call ahead to check on ripening dates and what’s in season, and don’t forget the sunscreen and plenty of water to drink.

Cooling off at a waterpark

Other More Common Day Trips

Along with the above, don’t forget about other more common fun day trip ideas for you and your kids such as:

  • Water parks
  • Theme parks
  • Museums
  • Zoo
  • Beach
  • Skating rink
  • Library

Summer is a great time to enjoy time with your kids. Planning a day trip with them once a week is a perfect way to create memories. In fact, take plenty of pictures and let the kids create a summertime scrapbook. Pack a day trip bag with water, sun screen, bug spray, and your camera and you’ll be ready to go!

Photo credits: New England

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  1. Julie C. says:

    A skating rink in the summer sounds like a fun idea! Had not thought of that! I also like to go to a new park in another neighbourhood, take a picnic lunch and just hang out as long as the kids want to. It’s nice to have no schedule.

  2. A friend of mine has sent her daughters to farm camp the past few summers. It sounds great! The kids spend the whole day helping out on the farm and learning how to care for the animals, etc.

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