If you’re a regular follower of this site, you know that I’m doing a series of posts about things to do in specific cities with kids this summer. I’ve highlighted several major cities across the US. Not only are these great resources if you live in these areas, but they’re also perfect for travel.
Recently I got a friendly little reminder from my husband that we are in the 4th quarter of the year. “How are we doing on our New Year’s resolutions?” he asked. What I heard was “our kids only know 25 or so, state/capitals. You’re falling behind schedule.”
So I’ve decided to pick up the pace a bit. I tend to be very competitive and like to accomplish my goals. It would be very like me to spend New Year’s Eve giving our kids a crash course in states and capitals just so I could say we kept our resolution. And since that doesn’t sound all that fun (or educational, in the long run) I’m forging ahead now.
Yesterday I presented them with the remaining states. When I got to Washington my daughter stopped me. “Wait, I thought Washington WAS the capital.” A long discussion ensued about the difference between Washington D.C. and Washington, the state. My 9-year old recovered quickly, realizing that she did in fact know the difference. However, my 4-year old couldn’t quite handle the information. Throw in the fact that there’s also a president named Washington and he was done with the discussion completely.
Needless to say, I’ve probably never talked as much about Washington (the state) as I did during that conversation. And I realized, I’m not all THAT informed myself. Beyond locating it on a map, identifying the capital and throwing out a few landmarks, I had to look up more details.
In my research I realized how much I’m looking forward to taking the kids to Washington. How cool is that state?
Here are a few of my favorite websites that have me excited for a family trip:
New Year’s Eve is less than a week away. Having young children, I’m honestly lucky if I’m still awake at midnight…much less, somewhere cool! But I do dream of the day when I can spend NYE in an awesome location!
Not being an expert on this topic, I looked through several lists of top places in the USA to spend NYE. You can view my favorite list here. It includes: The Las Vegas Strip, Times Square in NYC, a Bay Boat Tour in San Francisco, a Luau in Honolulu, Disney World in Orlando, The Torchlight Parade in Anchorage, New Orleans, The Space Needle in Seattle, St. Croix, and The Peach Drop in Atlanta.