Winter can cause a little ailment we like to call, Stir-Crazy Syndrome. Being cooped up indoors for extended periods of time can be tough. Especially if you are a parent. Kids need to be stimulated and expend their energy in new and exciting ways, which proves difficult if you live in a cold, snowy city or in the middle of nowhere. That's why we've come up with this list of weekend getaway ideas. Tell your kids to pack their bags, and maybe double-check their packing job to make sure they didn't just cram stuffed-animals and fruit snacks in their bag, it's time to go on a family weekend getaway!
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Explore the interactive parks and plan your ride schedule carefully, because you're about to go to LegoLand! There is plenty of dining and shopping for all age groups and your kids will be so excited to see all of their favorite Lego set-ups in real life! The LegoLand hotel has all the amenities and perks you would expect from a family-oriented, luxury resort.
This huge interactive Harry Potter land will have everyone in your family over the moon because let's be honest, you enjoyed the Harry Potter series just as much as your kids did. Check out the Dragon Challenge, The Hogwarts Express, and Gringotts Bank after you enjoy a butter beer and some Bertie Bott's Every Flavored Beans.
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The beautiful Botanic Gardens in Brooklyn, NY are an amazing place to visit with your brood. Stay in a quaint AirBNB or hotel and enjoy all that New York has to offer. The Botanic Garden's themselves offer educational activities as well as special events in their Gardens and conservatory.
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The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego CA is the home of over 3,700 animals! That's a whole lot of lions, tigers, and bears for your kids to get excited about! This open-air park is able to recreate the natural habitat of most of it's inhabitants and the park offers educational programs and tours.
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Get the ultimate Poconos experience at the Skytop Lounge in Pennsylvania. Dining, hiking, skiing, and golfing are just a few of the activities you and your family can get involved in at this 5.500 acre resort. There's even a health-spa, so let your partner take the kids for a few hours and get yourself a well-deserved massage.
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Explore the historic Mystic Seaport in quaint Mystic Connecticut. This is the largest Maritime museum in the world and has a great selection of boats and whaling ships that you can explore interactively. Also Mystic, Connecticut is still home to the original Mystic Pizza, yes the one from the Julia Roberts flick you used to love so much. The pizza is fantastic and it's an adorable little restaurant to check out. There is also a great aquarium in town, the kids will beg you to go!
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If you've got a family who likes to ski, or at least likes to hang out by a cozy indoor fire atop a snowy mountain, Stowe, Vermont is the perfect destination for you and yours. This high-end lodge has ski-in and ski-out access and luxurious private rooms. Other amenities include a spa, fitness center, golf course, fine dining, and even a performing arts center.