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If your child has ADHD, having a “relaxing” family vacation can be challenging — but it can be done. Here are a few vacation ideas that can help keep super-active kids happily occupied while also letting the whole family have fun.
- Theme parks: Theme parks are designed for kids—full of rides and child-friendly activities. They are one of the top family vacation ideas for kids with ADHD.TIP: Due to long lines, it’s a good idea to figure out beforehand which activities to do. Consider going on an off-peak day or week.
- All-inclusive resorts or cruises: Kid-friendly resorts and cruises are another vacation option for active kids. Both often have group activities for kids.TIP: When researching your options, check to be sure they offer the kind of activities your child enjoys.
- National parks: Enjoy the outdoors? Going to a national park can be a great family getaway and is often affordable. Being outside can offer kids with ADHD space and freedom to have fun. Spending time in nature is also good for your child — many kids with ADHD find “green time” to be a much needed break.TIP: Be sure to bring games and toys for anydowntime, like when it rains.
- Farms and dude ranches: Ranches and farms both tend to offer a variety of things to do throughout the day, such as collecting eggs, milking cows and riding horses, which will keep everyone active.TIP: Look for a ranch or a farm with plenty of organized activities to keep your child busy.
- Skiing: Zooming down a hill on skis can be thrilling for active kids. Going to a ski resort is also a great winter outing.TIP: Look for a resort with lots of different activities the family can try, such as toboggan rides or ice skating, in case the novelty of skiing wears off.
Whatever vacation you end up choosing, a little preparation can help you avoid travel challenges, like sticking to your child’s usual routine for eating and sleeping. Kids with ADHD do best with a set routine.