Planning a family day out is not as easy as choosing a location and going. When you have children, there are so many more factors to consider and a part of that is going to be keeping calm so that you can get through the trip without stress. Well, there will be stress, but with as little stress as possible!
To be able to enjoy a family day out, you need a checklist and we’ve got that for you in this article. Hopefully by the end of it, you’ll find that there can be fun on a family day out without much stress at all.
Where To Go?
The first thing to consider when planning a family day out is where you should go. Whether you take a road trip to Ellers Farms Distillery or you take yourself to any of the local castles, you should consider where everyone in the family will enjoy themselves the most. Think about the interests of your kids and the rest of the family, and then make a list of places to visit from there. The best thing to do is to put everything on individual slips of paper and then pop them all into a hat. You can then pick somewhere to go and everyone can see the fairness of the test.
Try Something New
When you are choosing a family day out, make sure that there are plenty of activities to enjoy for everyone and that you cover all ages. Older teenagers may not be worried about attending a soft play centre, for example. Think about things that you could all do together for the first time.
Look At Reviews
Websites like Yelp and TrustPilot have a great system for business reviews. One of the best ways to ensure that you are about to have a great family day out is to look at the reviews available and make it so that you pick a place with the best user reviews around. The user reviews are a true reflection of somewhere and doesn’t involve the standard business spiel.
Take Lots of Snacks!
When you are travelling somewhere for the day, you need snacks on snacks – and then pack some more snacks after that. From healthy options to the occasional bag of crisps, your kids are going to be badgering you for extra food, and you can often push away a tantrum or complain with the help of a great snack!
Bring a First Aid Kit, plenty of water, spare clothes (especially for little ones) and pack a nappy bag with extras of all the things you would usually pack. Preparation is the key to the success of your family day out, so you should ensure that you are fully prepared for every eventuality. If you don’t over prepare, you could be caught short and that’ll ruin the day.
Watch Your Timings
From travel times to opening and closing times, you should time your travelling with sleep and avoid travelling too close to meal times. No one wants a hangry bunch of toddlers around on a family day out!