Family Travel Dilemma: Special Occasions – Take the Kids or Not?

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Lori Visser, Travel Specialist Many times I speak with parents who want to take a special vacation together, but are torn about taking the kids along. It might be a special anniversary or birthday that they are looking forward to celebrating in a special way…so they are thinking, no kids. On the other hand, they may be unable to leave the kids home because of child care or simply prefer not to. So what do they do? Usually? Nothing. Another idea is to involve your professional travel specialist. Travel agents are aware of these dilemmas and can recommend a solution, near or far. One solution is a family cruise because of a few different reasons. You will travel together and be on the same ship, but you will likely experience your vacation differently. Why is that you ask? Kids Clubs – All major cruise lines offer a Kids Club experience for children as young as 6 months up thru age 17. Ships have specifically designed and built supervised children’s entertainment areas. The programs are split into age groups so that the activities are appropriate for your child’s life stage. They are open from the morning to late evening hours. You are able to check-in and out of the clubs throughout the day as you wish. These programs are already included in the cruise fare and staffed with employees of the cruise line, hired specifically for their positions. What’s not to love? Although Disney is an obvious choice, what if Disney is not your dream for your special getaway? Your little ones will be entertained with Dr. Suess on Carnival, Dreamworks on Royal Caribbean, Nickelodeon and Spongebob on Norwegian, just to name a few. Older teens and tweens are given activities with more freedom and encouraged to visit the dance parties and activities designed just for them. The Ship – Based on which ship you select, there are many on-board family friendly activities, even if you choose not to make the kids clubs your choice for the day. Family pools – most with waterparks/slides, ice skating rinks, surf simulator, bumper cars, full size basketball court, miniature golf, zip line, ropes course, live family game shows and more await. Staterooms – Pricing for your stateroom is […]

Learning through travel

July 9, 2009 // 0 Comments

by MICHAEL HIBBELN, PrincipalRoguewood Elementary School With the school year behind us, summer break serves as a time to relax and regroup for many of our families and students. With all that our Rockford community has to offer, students have many opportunities to spend their summer days close to home. Perhaps it is a canoe trip down the Rogue, or a visit to one of the many parks-opportunities are all around us! Passing the days with trips to the beach, riding bikes on the White Pine Trail, or just playing outside in the yard until the stars come out is what a childhood summer is all about! Yet, with the traditional summer break, summer also provides us with the time to take those family vacations we’ve been planning and waiting for all year. By spending some part of the summer traveling, students will return home with more than souvenirs, but memories that last a lifetime. When they return to the classroom in the fall, these memories and experiences serve as a great resource to draw from when being a student. When traveling this summer, make a point to visit important historical sties with your student. Students may not be in social studies class this summer, but social studies come alive when you travel. Sometimes through travel, your students can learn much more than they would have in a classroom and also make important connections to what they studied during the year. Through travel, you might get the chance to see your child in a different light that was not evident when under the pressure of daily routines. Maybe they were always the last one getting out the door in the morning or forgetting homework. But when traveling, you might see a new side of your child’s independence. Encourage this to come out by assigning them a specific responsibility, like being in charge of the map or directions. By traveling, you take your student out of their daily environment, which in turn exposes them to how others live. With this, their cultural awareness rises. Learning about other cultures and geography is something discussed on a weekly basis at school, but nothing can expose a student to this like travel. Finally, even the best travel plans can […]