Long weekend ahead: How to spend time with your family (and make it count)

As a parent, planning long weekend activities might just be the quickest way to suck the life out of you. It’s quite stressful planning the perfect holiday that will make the whole family happy. But, not having anything to keep the kids entertained could single-handledly ruin the entire weekend, for everyone.

That's why we’ve put together a list of 5 hassle-free ways to make the most of the upcoming long weekend when there’s no real time to plan a vacation.

1. Make a mini-break wish list

Destination is everything! Are you a thrill-seeking adventurous family or a family that loves discovering new foods? Research and narrow down a few destinations in and around the country and, decide which best suits your family’s needs. Don’t forget about yourself – you’re allowed to have fun, too. Choose wisely, the last thing you want to do is drive from one destination to another. So, make things easier for yourself and, choose a one-stop entertainment spot for everyone to enjoy.

2. Put it all in an itinerary

Many parents are guilty of not writing down to-do lists. Imagine trying to remember all the activities that you want the kids to get involved in. This must be the easiest way to stress yourself out during a holiday, don’t you think? Break up your day into mornings, afternoons and evenings, and start listing the activities. But, be careful not to overfill the weekend or else you’ll be stuck with tired kids.

3. Pack your bags wisely

Every mom will tell you that it’s always best to pack light. Now, that you’ve decided on your mini-break destination and got the perfect itinerary in the bag – go ahead and pack the essentials. If your kids are messy eaters or plan on getting involved in some water-based activities consider packing an extra outfit, just in case.

4. Hit the road, prepared

Whether you’re driving or flying there, it’s always better to have snacks at hand. Nothing ruins a family’s travels like a hungry child. Pack a small cooler bag with a few healthy snacks that will sustain the little ones until you reach a family-friendly restaurant.

5. Make the little moments matter

You’ve arrived, and everyone’s still in one piece. Before the bags hit the room floor, make sure the kids know your expectations of them during the long weekend and, have fun. Making the little moments count - that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Still stuck at searching for the perfect mini-break destination? Gold Reef City is the ultimate memory maker for you and your family this holiday season.

Conveniently located just eight kilometres from the city centre - experience family attractions that include the Gold Reef City Theme Park, a premier gaming experience, in-house productions at The Barnyard Theatre and so much more.

Visit www.goldreefcity.co.za for more information and bookings.


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