It’s become a family tradition to take some sort of road trip on the long Labor Day Weekend. One last summer vacay before reality and the cold hits. This year my family decided to take a road trip to Boston to visit the historic sites, walk around the thriving city and take in views of the water. With two toddlers on board, we also had to plan kid-friendly activities. Read on for more details on our wonderful family trip to Boston…
Now just imagine this. Friday afternoon, 2:45pm we head out on what should be a four to five hour journey. Everyone in New York and New Jersey is also on the road, driving to their long weekend destinations. We got all kinds of stop-and-go traffic all the way. It took us 7.5 hours to reach our hotel (only stopping once for restroom/food). Thankfully, my daughters (Ridha, 2.5 years and Rabab, 13 months) were actually pretty good. How did we survive? I’ll tell you…
- Snacks. Just kept giving them one snack after the other. It always buys some time.
- New books. Lots of them. I had brought 3 new sets of multiple books, and I ended up bringing them all out for this trip.
- Nursery Rhymes. When they start to get fussy, nothing quiets down my kids quicker than their favorite songs. We played some on YouTube for them.
- New Toys. I always make sure to get two of everything now that my little one has developed a sense of “mine”. Brought along two of those character draw/erase pads and the girls loved it.
- Car Games. Another never fail. Examples: What color cars do you see? Let’s count them. Or I spy with my little eye.
- Car Naps. Luckily we got two lovely car naps, which reduced the time I had to keep the kids entertained to a manageable 4 hours.
These five things are just what we did to keep calm in the car for that endless drive. I mean 7.5 hours is no joke. And I’m happy to say, we did not need to resort to any screen time!
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Our hotel was a Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites located just outside of Boston, a 20-25 minute drive to the city. I chose this hotel because it had everything in my checklist:
- Complimentary Parking
- Short distance to Boston attractions
- Fridge and Microwave in bedroom
- Complimentary Breakfast
- Great price!!!
I would recommend this hotel for families who want to save a little bit, who have a car and can easily drive about. They even featured a popcorn machine one evening, the girls loved it!
Where We Dined
Kolbeh of Kabob [Halal]
A nice, flavorful Iranian restaurant serving up tasty Persian dishes. It was a busy Saturday night (Labor Day Weekend) and only one waitress on the floor. So naturally, service was very slow. But the food did make up for it.
Black Seed Cafe [Halal]
We visited the Black Seed Cafe for a quick bite to eat for lunch. It’s pretty small and mainly for quick dining or pick up. With a wide variety of sandwiches, wraps, shawarma and platters, there’s something for everyone. I had the Happy Chicken burger and it was made of a delicious ground chicken patty with all the fixings. This place is a tad pricey, but the food was tasty and satisfying.
With the intention of satisfying our sweet tooth, we ventured to Max Brenner known for it’s heavenly chocolate concoctions. I’ve been to Max Brenner in NYC twice before, and enjoyed my experience there, so I was excited to go again. Though we had made reservations for 9pm, we were seated at 9:45pm because it was such a busy night. That did put a damper on the whole night. Our waitress was very busy, service was slow. The food was very tasty though. Each one of the dishes we had ordered tasted great- mac n’cheese, kid’s cheese pizza, OMG Quesadillas, Grilled Salmon were all good. But the dessert was a disappointment. It was an overpriced plate of very tiny pieces of chocolate, some ice cream and a couple of strawberries. We did enjoy the food but did not like the dessert, completely opposite to what we were anticipating.
Our lunches consisted of quick bites and lots of coffee breaks at one of the gazillion Starbucks they have at every few steps in the city. And breakfast was provided by the hotel.
Be sure to check out Boston: Part II for details of all the activities we did in the city! Happy Reading 🙂