Each year at spring break time Daytripper family travels all the way across the country from Delaware to Mesa, Arizona for a lazy week with Grandma and Grandpa. We play, swim, and of course do lots of fun day trips.

 

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 While we are there, I love to visit the McCormick-Stillman Railway Park in Scottsdale. There is a small train to ride (the “Paradise and Pacific Railroad”) a carousel, engines and Pullman cars to tour, and two fantastic playgrounds. Best of all, admission is free and rides on the train and carousel are only $1 apiece.

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 Another fun outing is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson. Part hiking trail, part zoo, part museum, there are lots of different things to explore. You can see many desert animals up close, visit a hummingbird aviary, and stroll through a desert garden, among many other fun activities. We always go on at least a few fun outings like this but the highlight of the trip as far as the kids are concerned is riding a golf cart around the retirement park. Last year Grandpa had the genius idea to let Tommy (6) drive the cart himself. There was a near disaster involving a palm tree, so I don’t think that we’ll be trying that again.

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Oh, and then there’s big-screen TV.

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 Needless to say, aside from the plane tickets, this is an economical (and sunny) way to spend spring break. This year I’m also thinking about checking if there are any deals at a family-friendly resort in Scottsdale. I’ll keep you posted if I find something great.