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

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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:

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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So, we’re all packed up!

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Ready, set, go!

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(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.)