If you have an under twelve in your house, do I have a book for you! We bought our son Guy 101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12 by Joanne O'Sullivan one Saturday afternoon while browsing through the travel section at Barnes and Noble, before one of our notorious family road trips. Everywhere we went we added something from the book that he wanted to see. It made the trip more enjoyable for us all as we hunted through the guide book to try to find "a lighthouse" or "dinosaur site". I realized later that the book is akin to "bucket list" for children.
The great thing about 101 Places is you don't have to go on a high-priced vacation to accomplish the list. A great number of the places are probably just a stones-throw from your house. So, don't worry, you won't be spending your Summer in the car if you buy this book. And the possibilities for adventure are endless, take a walk to see a waterfall, experience a street market around the corner from your house, visit a floating maritime museum to learn a little american history, or one I always wanted to do, take a peak inside the teacher’s lounge!
Guy's favorite part of101 Places, apart from the excitement when we find a place for the next adventure, is putting the stickers that come with the book on the pages to mark where he has been. And an added bonus, there are endless fun facts about each suggested site, lists of little-known sites, and a bonus fold-out map of North America, so a little geography and social studies are thrown in, and your kids won't even know!
Guy is going to be twelve in October, and the pressure is on for our family to try to accomplish the entire list. And I am sure each one will be an adventure.