You’ve heard of “take your child to work day,” right?
What if we flip that upside down — and let the kids show parents how to play again?
Doesn’t that sound fun?
The idea was presented to Crayola Experience by students at American University, who had partnered with them earlier this year for a class project. A research study done at that time found that 6 in 10 parents fear they’re not making enough family memories with their children. We’ve become a “no vacation nation,” at the cost of family time and memories.
To offset that trend, Kristy Martin, the marketing manager for Crayola Experience, explains that “[we] focus on helping parents and kids get creative and create colorful family memories in the process. So, when students presented the idea of children taking their parents to play, it just clicked.”
The entire Lehigh Valley area got on board with the idea, with nearly two dozen area attractions offering discounts to families who participate that day. Parents get to take a day off from “adulting” to play with their kids. Discover Lehigh Valley Strategic Brand Manager Alicia Quinn says,“We hope this new holiday is a great excuse for [families] to experience something new and make a memory in the process – all while lifting spirits and discovering Lehigh Valley!”
Tips to enjoy “Take Your Parent to Play Day”
- Explore the activities and attractions participating in this inaugural event.
- Choose a few that fit your budget and time available.
- Give your kids the list and let them pick which one you’ll enjoy together.
- On the big day, put your cell phone away! (We’ve got tips for planning that here).
- Let kids take the lead. It’s not about getting it right, experiencing it all or getting your money’s worth. This is all about making memories!
What if you can’t get to Lehigh Valley?
Don’t let geography keep you from enjoying “Take Your Parent to Play Day!” Follow the tips above and do something close to home. These resources will help:
Plan a budget-friendly staycation
- Plan a backwards day! (It’s free!)
- Turn your home into a family B&B. (Link includes easy recipes kids can help with)
Look for local specials
When people ask me how to cut costs on travel, I always refer them to the “CVB” at their destination. The CVB is the convention and visitors’ bureau, where travel and leisure experts work to promote the local community. CVB websites include specials and special packages, such as discounts from local attractions and/or packages that bundle three or more attractions for one price. You can also find links to free activities, like festivals, on CVB websites. It’s an awesome tool!
- The Discover Lehigh Valley website includes a special page for Take Your Parent to Play Day.
- This article explains how to find your local CVB and use its resources.
- Use Groupon to save on local attractions and activities.
Wherever you live, I hope “Take Your Parent to Play Day” inspires you to make great new memories with your kids that will last a lifetime. Of course, you don’t have to wait for a special day! Maybe make it a monthly thing that you all can enjoy.
I’d love to hear your ideas to play more! Please join the discussion on my Facebook page. Shoutouts to your favorite kids and parents play space are allowed — and encouraged!
Photos for this post were provided by Discover Lehigh Valley and used with permission.