Taking a trip together, even to a place that’s nearby or that only lasts a day, is a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones. Our team has been hosting family outings here at Mystery Hill for over 70 years, so we’ve had time to learn a thing or two about how to make them more enjoyable. In this article, we’ll do our best to pass along some of what we’ve learned and provide three tips on how to get the most from your family outings.
- Don’t rush your kids. When families visit our museums, we often see parents trying to hurry their kids along to the next exhibit. If you want to get the most out of your family outings, we encourage you to fight the urge to rush, and instead let your children linger at the exhibits that interest them for a bit longer. Naturally, you can’t let them stay there all day, especially if you have other children who want to see other exhibits, but your child will definitely appreciate having more time to look at their favorites.
- Don’t push your kids’ limits too much. Another tendency that we see is parents trying to “get their money’s worth” by staying at Mystery Hill well into the evening, even if their children are clearly getting too sleepy to enjoy it. Your kid isn’t going to remember those last hours fondly if they’re tired and worn out, so you aren’t really gaining anything by pushing them past their bedtime. Our attractions will be here for you to experience another day.
- Let everyone pick something. Lastly, nothing ruins family outings faster than your kids fighting over fairness, and one of the issues that’s most likely to trigger these kinds of arguments is who gets to choose the activities. If you don’t have time to do every activity, our advice is to let each of your kids choose one thing–that way everyone gets to pick their favorite activity, and no one gets left out.