If you are a single parent, you know both the good and bad sides of summer vacation. Coming up with new and exciting adventures for three months while trying to enjoy your own time off can be tedious and exhausting. So my friend Peter Greenberg and I put our heads together to come up with some travel tips for the single parent. Here are 5 quick tips to keeping the young ones entertained while allowing yourself room to relax. You can also find the full article in more detail here.

1. Ride in Tandem

What better way to get out and enjoy the sunshine and get the whole family exercising at the same time? Enjoying a nice bike ride down the beach together is the perfect way to spend a Sunday. Especially if you are a local Long Beach civilian!

2. Go back to School

No, it’s not what you think. We’re not suggesting you make your kids take math and history over the summer. Try something new and interesting that intrigues the whole family, like a cooking class or a pottery class.

3. Get Wet and Wild

Find the nearest body of water, grab your suits, and pack a picnic lunch. No matter if it’s a beach, a lake, or a creek in a park, a fun-filled day splashing around is a great way to keep the kids cool.

4. Splurge on a Spending Spree

If you have small children, many malls and large shopping centers have play areas for kids now. Hit up one of your favorites with other mom/kid groups and take turns babysitting and shopping.

5. Spoil them… And you, too!

Who doesn’t want a spa day? That’s one thing no girl will ever turn down, no matter what her age! If your kids are too young for facials and massages, a simple mani/pedi never fails.

If you are a single parent and have some favorite family friendly vacays, we’d love to hear!

Bon voyage!