Handwritten Hotel Scavenger Hunt

On Saturday of our recent trip, I had a long afternoon ahead of me.  I knew I wanted to do a picture scavenger hunt, but didn’t make it up ahead of time.  I literally googled “hotel scavenger hunt for kids” and got several good ideas.  {Here’s one blog entry I found from Moms & Munchkins.}

I wrote them down…

and off we went.

To prove we found the things on the list, we took pictures.

We got all but 1 item, a diamond.

{The hotel staff was awesome!  They let us “behind the curtain” to get the pictures of the water fountain and the fire extinguisher. The kids had a great time and finished in about 30 minutes. }

The Governor


Road Trip Superlatives

{This was the longest road trip we’ve ever taken with the kids and they did an AWESOME job.  The way home was quiet with a capital “Z.”}

Here are the results of all the road trip prep.  We used everything, but these were our favorites:

*Most Popular Activity:  Pizza Pan Magnets

*Best Quiet Time Activity: DVD paired with Dum Dums

*Most Participated in by All Passengers: License Plate game

*Best Activity In a Pinch:  Pipe Cleaners with beads/cut up straws

*Best Food on the Trip:  Smashburger in downtown Louisville

*Best Hotel Time-filler:  Hotel Scavenger Hunt (I literally made this up in five minutes with a little google help.)

*Best Activity for the “Are We There Yet” child:  Map in a sheet protector+Expo Marker AND Interstate BINGO board

*Best “Getting the Wiggles Out” Activity: Outdoor time (thank God for pretty weather) and the hotel pool

*Best Activity For a Laugh:  Mad Libs

*Most Read Books:  Duck Duck Moose by Dave Horowitz and Fred and Ted’s Road Trip by Peter Eastman

Ready, Set, Go!

We have a business convention this weekend. Typically, the kids get a weekend with their grandparents while we go. This time, they are coming on the nine hour drive to Louisville, Kentucky with us. Road Trip!

About four days ago, I woke up and realized that all of us would be in the minivan for that long, all at the same time. I needed to get on the ball. I went directly to Pinterest, created a “Road Trip” board, and found a few really great blogs/websites with ideas that were right on the money.
{Random Thoughts of a Supermom}
{Kid World Citizen}
{Mom’s Minivan}
I took ideas from here and there, directly copying and improvising.

I made each of the kids a basket with a name badge on the front:


I chose a basic font and printed their names onto fun scrapbooking paper, trimmed it up, and slid it into the badge holder. Easy Peasy!

The baskets were from the Dollar Tree. Love it!
I added items that we already owned like coloring books, markers, and sunglasses. I bought a Mad Libs pad and the National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas.


I also liked the idea of magnets on pizza pans. I found a the pans and a few little magnet sets at the Dollar Tree, but sets at other stores were too expensive, so I decided to make my own using felt and foamy items from Michael’s and magnet tape strips.


Other things I packed that didn’t cost a dime:
Library books/books on CD
Games (Spot It is SO fun!)


The last thing I put together was a Road Trip fun book, basically a brain jogger when anyone gets a little board.








(All of these pages are in sheet protectors which can be drawn or written on with dry-erase markers, wiped off, and reused.)


So, we’re all packed up!

Ready, set, go!

(I’ll definitely report back on how everything went. I know many folks are thinking ahead to the summer months and travel. I hope this may help someone in their planning. If anyone would like to share ideas that have worked on their road trips, I’d love to hear from you.)