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Educational Family Trips Part III- Summer Road Trip Activities for Kids of All Ages

by Jessica Parnell | Jul 12, 2016 | 2 min read

When I was 7 our family visited Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and my parents made this an educational summer road trip. It was a magical trip filled with shell collecting, wave jumping, morning bike rides, and hush puppies at the Salty Dog Café. We spent an evening on the lawn at Harbor Town listening to the fun and engaging children’s music of Greg Russell. “The Sugar Booger Man,” Greg Russell, has been winning the hearts of children in Hilton Head for over 20 years with his Bubble Gum Pledge and, a song that rings in the ears of every parent for the entire drive home “Are We There Yet.” Those dreaded 4 words can ruin a great family road trip and waste the time you spent planning and preparing for your summer vacation.

In case you missed it, we have already helped you plan out your best, most organized vacation and have given you 9 great resources to make your educational family trip as impactful as it can be. We have even laid out the best 10 ways to homeschool while on your summer vacation for those overachievers who need to hit the books this summer.  But, we are not stopping there! We know that you need something at your fingertips that you can use to prep, plan, and pack with so that your car ride is smooth and, dare we say it, fun!

The key to making time fly by in the car on your educational family road trip is to engage your kid’s hands, ears, and eyes. And, because we know you want to grow independence and responsibility in your homeschoolers, this free educational family trip resource is geared towards helping your little and big ones prepare for the trip themselves. With a list of what to pack, ideas for how to pass the time, and even tips to staying comfortable while cramped in the car, this free resource has it all.


Once you have made the most of your trip, come back and tell us what you think and how the guide helped you prepare for the best educational family trip of your life!

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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