This past weekend we took our first over night trip as a family of four. We had been in talks about what to do and where to go for a few months. I was toying with the idea of either an AirBnB near a beachfront or the Niagara Fallsview Waterpark. I am glad we went with the latter. The waterpark was not crowded (and we went on two days) and walking around Clifton Hill and checking out The Falls is always entertaining. Thankfully, the hotel we stayed at had breakfast so we filled up on food (twice for some of us) and didn’t have to worry about preparation or clean up!
This was totally a kid centric trip, meaning we were back in the hotel room by 8pm. And even though we were on a “stay-cation” we were still parenting (i.e.: reminding Miss S to eat her veggies or use her walking feet and dealing with baby nap times). It was by no means easy (I mean travelling in any capacity with kids is a challenge) but it was worth it.
Within minutes of getting into the hotel room, Miss S and Ellie were playing with each. Miss S would make a funny noise over and over again and Ellie would laugh at her. Miss S enjoyed the water way more than I’ve seen in the last year. And Ellie got to take her first dip in the pool as well.
Miss S got a few piggy back rides and Ellie got more sling time than usual. We got a few family selfies and got to eat some Sweet Jesus :)
Even with all the awesomeness there is some crankiness but everything is a learning opportunity. If you are looking for some mom hacks to get you through a weekend away with your growing family consider these tips:
- A double stroller is must
- Adults need to have fun too (and not just cater to the kids)
- Always ask a stranger to take pictures of you and your family
- Look into hotels that offer continental breakfast or complimentary snack bars