Things have been pretty crazy for us the last few weeks, which is why I have taken a little hiatus from writing. One of the biggest reasons was we took a family vacation to Myrtle Beach! It was our first vacation since our honeymoon (yikes!) and we made it a family affair. Tommy and I, along with our two boys, roomed with Tommy’s mom and step mom, his 12-year-old brother, and our two nephews. It was a packed house for sure and sometimes our vacation didn’t feel so much like a vacation when we were chasing a 5-year-old, a 4-year-old, a 3-year-old, and an 8 month old. In fact, we joked about how we would need a vacation from our vacation when we got back home!
Taking a vacation with a herd of littles can be a pretty daunting task. I didn’t want to jump head first into this undertaking blindly so I did some research to scope out a few kid friendly attractions that would keep the little ones interested and let them have fun while allowing the older kids and adults to enjoy themselves as well. I had to keep in mind that some attractions would have height and weight requirements that our babies wouldn’t meet so I had to make sure we either avoided those altogether places altogether or took them to another part of the attraction to keep them occupied. Here are the 3 kid friendly places we visited (with and without the kids):
Kid Friendly Places
1. Ripley’s Aquarium
This place was AWESOME! I had just as much fun (maybe more) as the kids. There were tons of activities for kids including shows, petting tanks, and even a play center for the kids to expel some excess energy. There was so much to do and see and it was so nice to be surrounded by other moms and dads with their kids.
And I couldn’t leave out the best part…
The Shark Tunnel!!!
2. The Beach
You can’t go to Myrtle Beach and not go to THE BEACH. Although the water was still freezing, the kids had a lot of fun playing in the sand (or in Jensen’s case eating it) and splashing in the little tide pools.
3. The SkyWheel
The SkyWheel is a 187 ft tall Ferris wheel that sits on the Oceanfront Boardwalk. Despite being kid-friendly, this was one attraction that we didn’t bring the kids along on for the ride. In fact, Tommy and I waited to visit this little gem sans kids so we could have a little quality time to ourselves on our date night. Since we went at night, the view was totally different from the daytime view, and we got to see the boardwalk all lit up. It was breathtaking. I wasn’t a fan of when we were stuck at the top while they were letting people on and off, but I put on my bravest face and concentrated on being there with my Hubby.
All in all, it was a pretty good vacation. I know the boys had a blast and they got to see and do some pretty cool things that they wouldn’t normally get to on a day-to-day basis. I would definitely go back for another vacation and check out some of the other kid friendly attractions in the area that we didn’t get to this time around.
If all else fails, take the kids to the pool and let them splash to their heart’s content!