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For younger kids, consider an unusual treat like breakfast out before you begin a day of adventure. No matter what you do, nothing says treating yourself quite like letting someone else prepare and serve the meal.
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A variation on this is the treasure hunt, in which you plant treasures for your children to find. Each one has a clue that leads them to the next one. Most of the treasures can be small, like candy or small toys, and the final treasure can be a real treat, like a new video game or dinner out.
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Of course, if none of those are options, and your heart's set on a homemade tropical getaway, you can always fill up a kiddie pool and whip up some virgin margaritas in the blender.
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