Camping and caravanning make for family road trips and can teach your kids how to be more self-sufficient and responsible.
However, your kids still want to have some fun and create memorable holidays, so how do you keep them happy and entertained? Well, it’s time to get creative. Here are some more ideas for a road trip with children and to avoid hearing those two little words that every child will utter at least once in their life – I’m bored!
Are We There Yet?
What parent hasn’t heard that line on a long drive?
With a bit of forethought and planning, you can ensure your kids are so engrossed in back seat activities that they don’t even notice the time.
Younger children will love to play eye-spy or the licence plate game. Make your own variation and play it until they fall asleep. There are also lots of kid-friendly audio books they can listen to, and you’ll enjoy the stories as well. What about a sing-along? All great fun for everyone in the car, and time flies when you’re having fun.
Older children can play games on tablets or mobile phones, watch movies or listen to music. Just be sure to engage with them regularly and point out interesting landmarks so they don’t feel left out.
Many caravan parks now call themselves holiday parks,and with good reason. You could stay in the caravan park for the entire duration of your holiday and the kids would always have something to do.
Depending on where your family road trip takes you, caravan parks can have swimming pools and water parks, bike tracks, adventure playgrounds, indoor game rooms, tennis courts, go-karts, and maybe even supervised fishing expeditions and canoes.
Many parks have special school holiday activities for the kids. Check to see what’s available when you make your booking online and stay in a park that has something your kids will enjoy.
If you’re going further out into the bush, there are still plenty of things to keep the kids entertained.
City kids will love sitting around the camp fire at night, listening to stories and trying to pick out the constellations from the billions of stars up above.
If there’s a lake or waterhole, kids will usually make their own fun. Just make sure someone is there to supervise them.
Most kids love animals, and many places have camel rides or horse riding, sheep shearing, friendly kangaroos and other native animals they wouldn’t get to experience at home.
You could go on a bush walk with an Aboriginal elder and learn all about Aboriginal food and medicine. Or, take the kids four-wheel driving, they’ll love going off-road and bouncing around in the bush.
At PMX Campers, we’re dedicated to helping you enjoy your camping and the great outdoors, and we’re active members of the camping and off-roading community. We’ll offer our expert advice and tips for long car trips with kids. Call us on 08 9455 1454 or contact us online to enquire about our range of camper trailersand caravans to suit any budget and every family.