Daytripping with kids is about the journey and the destination
My dad, the man who was my first love, passed away on May 12, 2011 and while there are so many memories that pop into my head when I think of my father, some of my most robust ones are of the summer day trips he'd organize every weekend during the months of June, July and August.
There was something utterly magical about packing up our station wagon with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches my dad lovingly wrapped in tin foil and our big yellow thermos jug of lemonade.
My dad would pack my siblings and me in the car, with the windows rolled down (who needs air condition, he'd say!) and we'd head out on the open road with a day's worth of adventures before us.
Sure, I remember picnicking at national parks, convincing my dad to hop a few roller coasters with me, visiting zoos. But those were just the destinations.
The real stuff is what transpired during those long rides. What I remember most was listening to my dad croon to his favorite oldies radio station, as he regaled us with stories from his childhood and feeling his love envelop us in that wagon.
So even though the summer might be closing in on us there is still time to consider Daytripping with the kids and sembarking on an old-fashioned road trip with your kids to these three places and relish every moment.
Daytripping with the kids: 3 Summer trips perfect for families
Even though the summer might be closing in on us there is still time to consider Daytripping with the kids and embarking on an old-fashioned road trip to Crayola Experience
THE CRAYOLA FACTORY
Have your kids ever wondered how Crayola makes their crayons? They can see it right before their eyes at The Crayola Factory. Explore the magic of light and color and experiment with innovative art techniques at this playful museum.
Address : 30 Centre Square, Easton, Pa.
Age appeal : Two to 10, or anyone who enjoys creating their own works of art.
What kids will go gaga for : Unleashing their creativity at exhibits like Super Sculptures, where they can sculpt with Model Magic; Meltdown, where they can paint with melted crayon wax; and so many more interactive activities!
Parent perks: Quality family time with their children working together to create imaginative art.
Drawbacks: None who doesn't like to play with crayons?
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If you have time, check out the Da Vinci Science Center. Visit davinci-center.org or call 484-664-1002 for a full list of exhibits.
GREAT NORTHERN CATSKILLS
Located just two hours from Staten Island, the Northern Catskills are home to Kaaterskill Falls, New York's highest cascading waterfall, where families can enjoy scenic marked hiking trails that take hikers to the top for incredible views of the Hudson Valley. The region's backdrop of lush forests and beautiful mountains provides endless opportunities for outdoor recreation including biking, swimming, golfing and a variety of amusement parks.
Address : For nature-related activities, times, locations, dates, check out greenetourism.com.
Cost : Hiking and nature-related activities are free. For all other costs, check greatnortherncatskills.com.
Age appeal : Walkers.
What kids will go gaga for : A chance to spend time with their parents outside and follow in the footsteps of America's first great landscape painters on the Hudson River School Art Trail. They;ll also love boating on the historic Hudson River and watching a movie at an authentic drive-in theater.
Parent perks : These activities connect kids with nature and have historical and artistic significance. Aside from the nature-related fun, the region features Catskill golf courses, Zoom Flume Water Park, New York Zipline Adventure Tours and more.
Drawbacks : You will be driving round-trip about four hours so be sure to keep your car fully stocked with juice boxes, cheese crackers and books for kids who get antsy on long car rides.
Overall :Greene County Tourism and 13 of its premier Catskill area attractions are now offering a free Greene Card, good for discounts and special buy one, get one free offers at Catskill mountain attractions.
Information Call 518-943-3223 or visit greatnortherncatskills.com.
SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE
At this theme park, thrill-seekers can stand up to their fear with roller coasters like the 15-story Green Lantern, world record-breaking Kingda Ka, El Toro and Nitro pint-sized kid rides. Families can go wild inside the theme park's Safari Discoveries, which offers a glimpse into the world of exotic animals and up-close animal encounters. At the Hurricane Harbor, families can partake in a massive water playground and marvel at the 350-acre Six Flags Wild Safari wildlife preserve, which is home to more than 1,200 exotic animals, including several endangered species.
Address : Route 537, Jackson, N.J.
What kids will go gaga for :Checking out pint-sized rides and thrills in three children's areas; Safari Kids, Looney Tunes Seaport, and Bugs Bunny National Park, where they can sing and dance with Looney Tunes pals. The underwater viewing pool at the California sea lion exhibit, walking through the Parakeet Paradise aviary, and other up-close animal encounters.
Parent perks :The Safari Kids section and Bugs Bunny National Park offer rides and interactive animal encounters that parents and children can enjoy together.
Drawbacks :Visiting all three parks in one day could prove challenging!
Overall :The whimsical world of Six Flags Great Adventure's rides, a safari adventure that rivals any trip to Africa, and beating the heat at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor's water slides is an escape from the ordinary.
Information : Call 732-928-1821 or visit sixflags.com.