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5 family-friendly ideas for summer: Weekend getaways

Kids enjoying the water area at Our Backyard,

Kids enjoying the water area at Our Backyard, an outdoor classroom at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City. Photo Credit: Handout

A recent Busch Gardens survey showed families want to spend more time together -- in fact, 95 percent of moms and 93 percent of kids say they want to have more fun together as a family.

Too often families overlook nearby destinations during the summer in favor of far-off jaunts, said Stacy DeBroff, chief executive of "As 75 percent of moms want their kids to be more open to outdoor adventure, seek out day trips or weekend getaways focused on outdoor-based family activities." In fact, according to the Busch Gardens survey, 70 percent of moms rely on vacations as a time for kids to unplug and take a break from technology.

To help you spend more time together -- and keep boredom at bay -- DeBroff provided family-friendly ideas for summer fun. We'll provide more tips throughout the summer.

Think weekend getaways

1. Since exhibits change and new attractions emerge, spend a day visiting local tourist spots, ranging from sculpture parks to botanical gardens and historic sites.

2. Plan day trips based on kids' interests;  for example, a horseback-riding excursion in honor of your daughter's newfound passion, suggested DeBroff.

3. Select a nearby city you've never visited and plan a day or weekend trip -- discovering local attractions and exploring picnic spots and scenic vistas on the way there.

4. Introduce kids to sleeping under the stars -- organize a weekend camping trip in a nearby state park or campground.

5. Make it a point to visit nearby states this summer, she said. Ask kids to research state capitals, top tourist spots and the most enjoyable way to travel there.

Check back next week for five more family-friendly ideas for summer fun.


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