I’m returning to the Afterschool linky after a break! Since we are still en route to our new home in California (and will be for the next few weeks), my kids aren’t actually in school at the moment – so we are temporarily full time homeschoolers / afterschoolers!
Luckily, road trips are very educational, as well as providing great family time and memory building! We are staying in Utah for a few weeks before completing our trek to California; but so far Niagara Falls is the clear sight seeing highlight of the trip – and I don’t expect that to change! Well worth the four hours it took us to get across the border to see all three falls from the Canadian side!
I have always loved bridges, and this one that we drove over crossing from Canada into Michigan was a neat one! Our traffic jam border crossing the night before led to our changing our route to spend more time in Canada, and the kids had a great Canadian dining experience at Moose Winooski’s in Brantford.
We also got to see some unplanned landmarks, most notably the American Gothic house. We did not go inside – the center was closed, and we were already running well behind schedule for the day!
Mike and I learned that bathroom breaks with four kids take at least half an hour – and that meant that five-6 hours of driving planned per day stretched out to much longer days! The best advice I got in response to this post about planning our road trip was to bring pillows and blankets for each kid – this made it much easier for them to fall asleep in the car, which made late/early morning hotel arrivals (we got to our hotel in Canada at around 2:30am!) less painful. And we did get to enjoy some incredible sunsets, particularly this one in Nebraska!
We all enjoyed seeing some LONG trains on our trip! I want to use that experience as a jumping-off point to teach the kids about the Transcontinental Railroad.
2013 After School Party HOSTS
The Educators’ Spin On It
Afterschool for Smarty Pants
Boy Mama Teacher Mama
Coffee Cups and Crayons
Little Wonders’ Days
Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
The Measured Mom
This Reading Mama
What Do We Do All Day
What afterschool activities has your family been enjoying? Since my family is moving to California, I especially loved these California poppy magnets from Buggy and Buddy !
Link up your activities below!