We love taking kid-trips. It gives us an opportunity to get out and explore the neighborhoods around us. We have learned so much on little jaunts around the Central Ohio area at little to no cost.

What is a kid-trip?

A kid-trip, as defined by our house, must meet the following criteria:

  1. Lasts no more than 4 hours from start to finish.
    With little ones, this helps ensure no sleepy-time meltdowns 🙂
  2. Provides the ability to leave on demand.
    My minions, overall, are well-behaved. However, I know that having the threat of leaving a place in my back pocket is essential to ensure a smooth trip. If I use the threat, I will see it through. Therefore, places that cost $15/person to get in is not a kid-trip.
  3. Includes multiple destinations.
    Typically, my minions do become bored with locations after about an hour. Having a few options on my schedule helps keep the trip fresh.

Note: Combining destinations also saves on gas allowing you to save some money.

For us, these trips vary. A few examples are listed below:

As you can see, typically there is something familiar coupled with something new. That way, if they aren’t too interested in the new activity, we have the tried and true fallback 🙂

I really like combining a new activity with the library as your family can find books about what it is you just explored, taking your trip to a new level and learning even more! For example, if you just went to a park program on Ants, go to the library and check out some kids books and some adult books on Ants. It’s actually quite fun to see how much YOU can learn from these activities.

Quick tips to help ensure a smooth Kid-Trip:

  • Bring snacks, preferably non-sugary ones. Cookies and lollipops create a quick high and happiness but are then met with a crash and meltdown. Fruit, veggies, crackers, pretzels, etc. are a good option for little ones to hold themselves and maintain energy on the go.
  • Don’t forget the sunblock! I’ve done this. We keep a little Kid-Trip bag in the car that holds our essentials for the sun.
  • Keep a first-aid kit handy. Lots of little ones increases the chance for boo boos. Keeping a small first-aid kit in my purse has been a life-saver throughout the years.
  • Remember extra clothes… just in case. 🙂

I’ll be posting some more about various locations and the adventures the minions and I go on in order to give you a child’s view in our world. Until then, I encourage you to pick one place you want to try {such as the Ohio Railway Museum} and couple it with an activity you know your kids love. This will open your eyes to new places and allow you a fun little day trip with your minions.


Have a great day!


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