A few years ago, coloring books enjoyed a glamorous return to relevancy as adults took to the formerly childish hobby as a way to relax.
The fad since died down, but it is just as popular as ever with young kids. Especially during travel downtime, coloring books could be the affordable entertainment your kids need on their next plane, train or automobile ride.
Coloring books offer versatility for all ages. Younger kids can color big, widespread pictures of their favorite characters from Sesame Street, while older kids can draw their own creations and go into detail with colored pencils.
Perhaps the best thing about coloring: Kids of any artistic ability can do it.
From kids who draw stick figures to those with a penchant for the visual arts, coloring levels the playing field. This can be especially nice when siblings are separated by more than a few years. The difference in artistic ability could drive them toward separate artistic endeavors, but coloring actually encourages kids to share supplies and work together.
No matter what the kids like — cartoons, animals, nature or anything in between —there’s a coloring-book theme for it.
Craft stores like A.C. Moore and Michaels usually have a wide selection of books. If there is one thing young kids love, it’s choosing gifts. The opportunity to pick out their own coloring book and crayons for the upcoming trip will make their day.
Finally, coloring can be done almost anywhere. They come with many pages and images, meaning it will be tough for even the most determined color-er to finish the entire book on a single trip.
Whether the family is jumping on a plane, in a train or just into the car, coloring books are versatile and fun. And hey, if the kids fall asleep, there is a reason adult coloring books became so popular.
Continuing our story from yesterday (if you missed it, click here), here’s part two on how to make the most of your weekend pioneering, with a closer look at our itinerary for Saturday:
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Tucked into the central coast of California is a trail of history waiting to be found by your kids. The Highway 1 Discovery Route through San Luis Obispo County snakes along the winnowy Pacific Coast Highway, CA-1, between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The more than 100 miles of mostly protected coastline begins after a four-hour drive from San Francisco at Ragged Point, or about three hours from Los Angeles at Nipomo. The trail features 10 cities, connected by cliffs, carved by a moody ocean, and a slower pace of life. There are plenty of reasons to stop and walk into the past, preserved by those whose hearts still live there. Nature lovers will linger on the many trails to hike and picnic areas. We drove from Los Angeles with two 9-year-old boys to explore this part of the state.
If walking through a winter wonderland is still on your family’s list of things to do this season, Maine can definitely help check that box. By this time of year, Maine is almost certainly covered with snow and awaiting the arrival of winter lovers and outdoor adventurers alike.