robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

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Middling on family fun...

It's always very interesting to me to hear about what various families do for 'fun.' We have friends who travel to Italy and France with their daughter (she's E's age). We have other friends who travel as a couple and leave their kids with grandparents (and call that a 'family' trip).

We're in the minority when it comes to certain types of family fun -- like Disneyland or Disneyworld. Most of our friends have gone to one or the other, but it's not even on our list. We have no desire to go to Disneyworld; someday, we might try Disneyland (maybe). First, we'd like to visit Sea World (probably in San Diego, since that's where we visit regularly). Even that, however, will wait until the kiddos are a bit older, so they can appreciate it more.

When I was growing up, family fun meant visiting relatives (usually). Along the way, I did get to go to Disneyland (numerous times -- my grandparents liked to take us there), the San Diego Zoo, Sea World (also numerous times), and even the Wild Animal Park (back when it was little more than wild birds). We were broke, but my grandparents would make sure to take us these places.

We also visited Mt. Rushmore (on the way to see my aunt), and one year we stayed in the Black Hills with my aunt. The only place we went without family was Moab and Arches. Even our trips to San Francisco (two) were inspired by family reunions/weddings/etc.

With my kiddos, we actually work in a similar manner. We've taken them to the Wild Animal Park...and the beach. :) But they've been to Moab, Yellowstone, Glenwood Springs (natural hot springs), Bryce, Zion, Arches, Rocky Mountain National Park, and all over the Rocky Mountains. When we go to visit family, if we have time, we drive -- and we see what we can see along the way. Our version of family fun isn't really the parks and attractions; instead, we like natural beauty, the outdoors, hiking, biking, etc.

We have a list of places we want to visit -- places like Teton Valley, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, Mesa Verde (which we'll accomplish soon), Alaska, amusement parks on the list. Even the kiddos aren't that interested in Disneyland.

There's nothing wrong with finding family fun at parks and attractions -- don't get me wrong. I certainly enjoyed my visits to Disneyland as a kid (though the thought of the crowds these days makes me cringe). And I definitely want the kiddos to experience Sea World (which was always one of my favorites). Still, it's amazing what you can see when you hop in the car and go for a drive...

How about you? What types of things make up fun for your family? What would your dream vacation be? (Confession here: if we had no limits on time or money, we'd love to take our kiddos to Greece or Italy -- though I still think Alaska would come first.)
Tags: family fun together, travel
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