Ironically, I just returned from Virginia, and this contest is sponsored by Williamsburg tourism (and TwitterMoms). Several weeks before I set out to visit Virginia for two weeks, I tried to engage the Virginia tourism board to recommend and help arrange for me to visit and write about some family destinations, but they were not very efficient, and in the end someone finally got back to me literally as I was departing the state, sitting in the boarding area at Dulles airport.
But anyway, I am entering this contest because I do believe in family vacations as a wonderful way to strengthen family bonds, and I do love Virginia as my home state, and I think TwitterMoms is a really ambitious network which I appreciate, and I could really use the Target card!
Here are my five activities, which are not only great family fun, but also economical:
Fly a kite. It’s such as simple activity, but so seldom do we actually go out and do it. My father and I flew a kite with my son last week in Virginia at Vint Hill, an old Army base that was repurposed and now is home to 300 families. There is always a breeze there, and the kite flying was great fun for everyone.
Have a picnic. Pack fun foods that symbolize summer, like fried chicken, baked beans and watermelon. Ok, so it’s not the healthiest food fare, but hey, it’s not what you eat everyday. Enjoy!
Have a car wash. Mix up lots of sudsy warm water and wash the family car, and all the kid’s bikes, trikes, buggies and outdoor toys. Invite friends for a playdate, and tell them to bring their bathing suits and towels.
Explore the outdoors. Go on a hike and collect bugs. Use the hike as a teaching opportunity to teach kids about conservation and ecology. After the hike, set the bugs free!
Make ice cream. Great for a hot day, mix up easy ice cream recipes with mile, cream, sugar and flavoring. With an ice cream maker, like the Cusininart Mix it in Soft Ice Cream Maker you can stir up a delicious treat of homemade ice cream in about 20 minutes.
Vacation is time to vacate — get out, and leave the Blackberry, cell phone, laptop, etc., behind for great family fun!
For more info about the contest and family fun activities, go to this discussion page (http://www.twittermoms.com/forum/topics/share-5-fun-family-vacation).
Required disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the Williamsburg Tourism and TwitterMoms blogging program for a chance to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here: http://www.twittermoms.com/forum/topics/share-5-fun-family-vacation)
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