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Road trip with kids: What parents need to knowThe last days of summer are flying by, but there is still time for one last family road trip. The question is… where should you go? Savvy parents know that combining a fun trip with an educational experience is a double win!

Since many children have already visited local Delaware attractions on school trips, scouting adventures, and family excursions, driving just a bit further can provide a wealth of new options.

This summer, Philadelphia offers a wealth of educational options for families and kids of all ages. New this year, the Historic Philly Summer Combo Joint Ticket provides admission to:

  • the National Constitution Center,
  • the Museum of the American Revolution,
  • an evening dinner tour experience Independence After Hours; and a
  • one-Day Pass on Philly PHLASH.

Additional information about the Historic Philly Summer Combo Joint Ticket can be found at Historicphillysummer.com.

No matter where you choose to visit for your final road trip of the summer, make it the best one yet. Here are out top tips for road-tripping with kids:

  • Outline expectations before you arrive. If visiting a no-touch museum or destination, let kids know in advance. The youngest visitors will be happiest with interactive destinations like the Please Touch Museum.
  • Have a “Lost Plan.” When your child is a wanderer or if the location is simply crowded, a “Lost Plan” is a must. For all but the youngest children, a cell phone (even borrowed from a parent) can be a lifesaver. All children should have the parent’s cell phone number with them – maybe even written on their arm!
  • Don’t forget the snacks. If a location allows snacks and drinks, make sure you are fully stocked. A hungry child can’t appreciate the day. If no snacks are permitted, plan to stop at some point to reenergize.
  • Know when to call it a day. Although you might be able to appreciate another 248 exhibits, your child probably can’t. End your day on a high note for a truly fun-filled learning experience.

And, don’t forget to make the most of the trip by engaging kids in follow-up afterwards. Take and share pictures. Discuss the specific exhibits. Research additional resources – from books, to films, to games. Who knows? They may even ask to go back!

Back to Basics Learning Dynamics is not in partnership with, or affiliated with, these organizations, in any way. This post is simply intended to inform Back to Basics’ clients and readers about relevant opportunities for children, youth, and adults.

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