Diary of a Mom on the Move: Road Trip Day 2 – We brake for fun
I decided to try something new with our cross-country road trip this time around and it proved to be a stroke of genius! Since the kids aren’t infants anymore, I thought we’d try taking a whole day in the middle of the journey to let them explore a bit at one of the places we’re passing through.
Taking the advice of two dear friends who are from Ohio, we spent the entire day at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. We walked a total of 3.5 miles and saw everything from elephants and emus to leopards and lizards. But the kids’ favorite part of the day was a small display of different species’ poop. Seriously. But what do you expect from kiddos when they are 2 and 4? Their other “exhibits” that got them excited included a chipmunk that ran across the sidewalk and a duck near the pond that ate their hot dog bun. Why did we pay admission to a zoo? Luckily, they also liked the actual zoo animals on display, too.
By the time we were finished at the zoo, the kids could barely keep their heads up. So they took a short nap in the car while we ordered food for carryout and then went to the hotel. After a quick bite to eat, it was time to reveal to the little ones that our hotel had a small water park in it! The place is designed for little kids (older ones might be bored) and the hotel room was priced the same as others nearby so I was thrilled with this find and so were my little swimmers.
The day turned out to feel more like a vacation than a part of our move from New Jersey to Kansas City. Everyone was able to cut loose and enjoy each other for the whole day. Now all I can do is hope that the happy feelings last until tomorrow when we’re stuck in the car together again for 7 hours. Here’s hoping!
Daily lesson learned: Marketing is everything and kids are an easy sell. Turn your “long drive” into a “big adventure.” You’ll be happy, and so will they, that you did.