As I mentioned, we took a trip to Vancouver just before New Year’s. The adults’ main goals were to:
1) have a family/friends reunion and
2) visit the Vancouver Aquarium, which is not really practical on a day trip from Victoria. Although it could be done, it would be exhausting.
Of course we felt the Aquarium would be very educational and the high point of the trip for the Young Sprout.
On our way to the SeaBus, we passed rail yards, and he saw trains for the first time in real life.
So my question is: how to mesh interests with activities? Especially when it’s something that involves planning ahead and traveling? If we plan a trip up Island to see steam trains in Duncan will we be satisfied, or will the Young Sprout be in an aquatic phase where a trip to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney would give more bang for the buck, so to speak?
Part of this is the adult wish to provide rich experiences for children and the disappointment that ensues when one’s efforts seem not to be appreciated or the child doesn’t want to participate. Getting into the mode of “you WILL enjoy this if it kills me” mode just makes everyone miserable.
Now, that certainly didn’t happen on this trip, and there was a balance of kid-friendly, fun activities, outdoor walking and running, and the visiting, shopping, and sushi that appeal more to the older generation, but this is still a question worth pondering, I feel.