1. Involve the Kids
One sure way to end up with bored kids or cranky teens is to assume they want to see all the same sights you do. So before you pick a destination, book a hotel, or buy tickets to that one-night-only dinner theater, ask your kids what they think would be fun: They might prefer baseball games, aquariums, boat rides, or just hanging out at the hotel’s indoor pool for the day. Older kids can do their own travel research while younger ones can help choose from websites and guidebooks you pick out. Who knows? You may even end up at an art museum, animal rescue center, or water park that you never would have considered on your own.