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What to Do with Your Kids This Summer

Summer is coming faster than we thought. I am sure you are trying to plan some fun ideas for the family. With another crazy school year behind you, everyone is ready for some fun. You think to yourself, “I have already taken them to all the big named amusement parks, the beach and more. What else is there to do outside the home?” How about a classic road trip to see what your area has to offer? I have always enjoyed road trips and cannot think of a better way to create fun for the kids and relieve stress for the parents. 

Here are some places I found in my travels that you and the family might enjoy as my family did. After a busy day of traveling and going to amusement parks, etc., you will want a little downtime. After the kids have gone to sleep in the evenings, you can relax by playing online games at

Diggerland in West Berlin, NJ

With a water park and adventure park, there is something for the whole family. Diggerland is a great place to visit for some summer fun. My favorite part of the park is for adults only. Diggerland XL is where adults can drive large machinery and play in the dirt. Diggerland is a great place to bring back memories of playing with your toys in the sandbox. If your young children get jealous of you playing with the big toys, do not worry; they will not have to cry long. They have a real digger where you and younger children can play in the dirt together. If playing with dirt is not your children’s thing. There are many different types of trucks and equipment for kids of all ages. If you get tired of playing in the dirt, you can cool off in the pools, slides, and other water entertainment.

Water park
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Lucy The Elephant, Margate City, NJ

Just down the road from the casinos sits six stories high, Lucy the Elephant. She was constructed in 1881 and is still around. Lucy fell into some hard times, but the city pulled together to save her. She was modeled after Jumbo, a famous Barnum and Bailey’s elephant. Lucy stands 65 feet high, 60 feet long, and 18 feet wide. She is the 12th tallest statue in the US. She is also the oldest roadside attraction in America and has even been declared a National Historic Landmark. Take a tour inside the structure; you can walk to the top and look out over the town.

Carlsbad Caverns, Carlsbad, NM


Carlsbad Caverns
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Carlsbad Caverns might be in the middle of nowhere. But it is truly worth the drive. If you have not visited there already, you need to add it to your bucket list. The main cavern is almost 4,000 feet long, 652 feet wide, and the highest point is 255 feet tall. When you think about the size, you have to remember this is all underground. The main tour will take a least 2 hours if you walk at a good pace. Make sure you bring plenty of drinks and snacks for your little ones because they may get crabby. They also have guided tours of some of the smaller rooms in the caverns.

Waco Mammoth National Monument, Waco, TX

Waco Mammoth Park
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You might think there is no way a mammoth was found in Waco, TX. I was thinking the same thing till I saw the site for myself. You can believe me or not, but there is more than one. They found the area in 1978, and it is still an active dig site. During the tour, you find out how they discovered the first mammoth and can tour the active dig site to see what they have found. Waco Mammoth National is a great place to take your kids if they love history or animals.

Knoebels, Elysburg, PA

Knoebels is a small amusement park packed full for a great time. This is a great place to spend the summer weekends. They offer camping sites, RV hookups, cabins, and cottages to rent. The park is not your typical amusement park; you pay as you play. To get into the park is free; you only pay for what you ride.  

Enjoy the trip this summer

A classic road trip is a great way to spend time with your family. I hope my ideas give your family some great summer memories. Road trips can be stressful till you get to your location. You can always play classic car games like I spy, the alphabet game, or the license plate game. You can also download some movies on your devices to keep them busy. Be sure to have plenty of healthy snacks on hand and drinks to keep your kids occupied. Stop often at sightseeing sights on the way to let them stretch their legs and see some historical sites as well. 

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