RVA Parenting: Tips and tricks for Spring Break travel

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There's just one more day until Spring Break for most schools in Central Virginia, and we're here to help with some fun ideas around town, and things that are just a day trip away. We also have tips and tricks for traveling with the kids.

We turned to one of our parenting team contributors, Christina Tinker of Richmond Moms Blog, for some go-to ideas to help you plan a fun week.

She suggests rock hopping on the James River, getting outside at Maymont or Lewis Ginter.

Museums, such as the Science Museum of Virginia or the Children's Museum of Richmond, are also easy, dependable places to burn off some steam.

Or go on a daytrip!

"Get out, explore, see if there's something new to find," said Tinker.

Jamestown is fun option. You can stop by Great Wolf Lodge while you're in the area.

Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens both have preschool passes for your younger ones that allow them to get in free all year.

And here's something you may not have heard of: Dinosaur Land near Winchester.

"This is just off the Stonewall Jackson Highway and it's got, you know, big, I wouldn't call it quite life-size, but replicas of dinosaurs and you can learn about with the kids. Both of my boys are super dinosaur friendly so you could do that," said Tinker.

If you're traveling, we love the idea of packing lots of fun snacks and cheap new toys or activities. Try scoping out the dollar store for items to purchase.

If your kid has a tablet, plan ahead with movies, apps, and headphones.

For really little ones on planes, a pacifier or nursing may help with ear pressure.

Or how about this cool trick?

"If you really have a screaming baby, something that you can also do is ask the flight attendant (for help)," said Tinker. "They'll actually bring you a coffee cup and they'll make paper towels hot and put them in the bottom of a coffee cup. They'll actually cover the kid's ears and that actually makes them much more comfortable."

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