Summer’s coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have time to squeeze in a last minute mini vacay! Gabrielle, from our iFamily Mom Squad, shares some tips for road tripping with kids close to home! Take a look…
A full-fledged family vacation was not in the cards for us this year. It doesn’t matter how many times I crunched the numbers, or how deep the discounted airline tickets were, we couldn’t make the budget work. So I decided to plan a last minute road trip.
Luckily, here in Kansas City, there are lots of places to visit within driving distance. Every parent needs to personally determine how long they can continuously be in the car with their kids BEFORE planning a road trip. A few of my family members drove for 22 hours to California a couple of weeks ago. They are saints. My family and I have a 3-4 hour maximum for car rides, mainly because we have a toddler. Our choices are a bit more limited because of that. Even in that short amount of time, we have multiple options in various states.
Here are a few options:
St. Louis, Missouri – In about 4 hours, you can drive to the largest city in the state of Missouri. Family friendly attractions include the St. Louis Zoo, the Gateway Arch, and the St. Louis Science Center. There are plenty of outdoor spaces to explore, when the weather permits. St. Louis is also home to one of 17 of the Six Flags theme parks in the United States. There are plans to open other parks in China and the United Arab Emirates in the near future.
Branson, Missouri – This family friendly destination is home to another popular amusement park, Silver Dollar City. There are several museums to visit, and lots of live entertainment. There is also a popular outlet mall. It might be a good time to buy some summer clothes on clearance. The Branson Scenic Railway is a must see while you’re there!
Omaha, Nebraska-The Henry Doorly Zoo is a popular destination for many road trippers from Kansas City. While the zoo might be the most popular attraction, do not make the mistake of thinking there is nothing else to do in this Midwestern town. The Omaha Children’s museum hosts several permanent exhibits that are sure to hold your children’s attention for a couple of hours.
There are a number of other cities that are just a short drive away. Both the Kansas and Missouri State Fairs our just a few hours away, (and both are coming up pretty quickly if you’re interested.) Our fair city is centrally located and there are major tourist attractions in just about any direction you decide to drive.
So fill up the tank, pack up the kids and be on your merry way. Adventure awaits.
From iFamily to Yours,