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.
Zermatt’s colorful ski boutique-lined Bahnhofstrasse, stylish apartment-style lodgings of every description and views of the Matterhorn from every angle make up one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations — and it certainly does not hurt that it is proclaimed the “world’s best ski resort” by organizations like SnowOnline.com year after year. During the warmer months, meanwhile, you will see many family groups with kids strolling the shopping streets (sometimes alongside a herd of about 50 free-range Valais Blackneck goats around 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), enjoying fondue and pizza at nearby cafés, and taking advantage of the many hiking and bike trails.
San Diego is a great destination for families looking for fun no matter what time of year it is, but this fall, there is plenty to do for everyone — even when you have a budget. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the best way to explore this city is by heading outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Just because the kids have gone back to school and the days have started getting shorter doesn’t mean summer fun has to end. There are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy what’s left of the dwindling season. You can extend your warm weather adventures with these activities all over the country.
By Hainan Airlines
The movies and cruise vacations actually have a lot in common: fascinating ports of call, making friends with interesting people, new sensory experiences, the constant change of scenery. When you think about it, it’s no surprise many classic comedies and romances are set aboard cruise ships, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, Royal Wedding (1951), An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant, the more recent and kid-friendly Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and the long-running television series Love Boat.