If you are like most moms, your kids love playing video games. And I’m sure, like most moms, you’re looking to get them out from behind the screen, especially on vacation. Why not embrace their love for video games and take them someplace that incorporates their hand-eye coordination. I’ve put together a list of adventures for kids, like mine, who love video games.
Photo courtesy of Kart Kountry
Adventures for Kids who love Mario Kart
Take your kids on a real life go-kart race. Of course, go-karts courses are all over the country. However, there are some courses that beat your average hometown track. Likely, these are close to other family-friendly attractions you plan to visit as well. Here’s a few to add to your kids’ bucket list.
- Kart Kountry – near Louisville, KY – the largest track in the world, Kart Kountry has been open for 37 years. The winding 1.5-mile track is priced per lap, so you’re not limited as to how long or how much you can spend.
- The Track – in Branson, MO offers 14 different, multi-level, multi-age and multi-skilled tracks.
- Andretti Tracks – with 2 locations in Atlanta, and 1 opening soon in Orlando, the world famous race name has more than just karts. They offer a full day of adventure with zip-lining, rock climbing, ropes courses and more. For mom and dad, there’s a full-service bar and for kids, a dark ride motion theater.
Adventures for Kids who Love Minecraft
Just about every kid loves Minecraft. Personally, I don’t get the concept. I’ve always liked games with a story and a mission to complete. However, my kids have agreed that these adventures.
To begin with, it makes sense that kids who love Minecraft might enjoy touring an actual mine. Colorado offers almost a dozen mine tours and mining museums. You can choose to chip away at a gold vein to see what you can take away, or go 500 feet below ground to see veins of silver mining.
Speaking of going below ground, taking a visit to a cave is another exciting adventure for kids who love video games. Mammoth Cave, in Kentucky, is the largest underground cave system in the world. The park is free to enter, however, cave tours must be purchased and only ranger led tours are available (no self-exploring). Tours vary in ability, agility, and distance. Reservations are not required, however, recommended. We visited in July and the ranger informed us some tours book up to a year in advance.
Adventures for Kids who Love Lego – Anything!
Lego games are a popular genre for my kids. Whether it’s Lego Marvel, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean or Lego Star Wars, one of them is a go-to game to play together.
It should be obvious then that I would recommend Legoland as a great place to visit for kids who love Lego video games. Choose from 9 Legoland locations. We’ve experienced the Legoland Florida location. It’s a fun one-day park for the under-12 age range. The Florida park also offers a water park perfectly sized for that age range as well. Kids can see life size lego characters for meet and greets, find exclusive merchandise and watch themed shows. My favorite part of the park is the Mini-land, especially at Halloween or Christmas. The recreated cities are marvelous to look at, and during the holidays, have holiday decorations adorning the buildings.
If you can’t make it to Legoland, find an Art of the Brick exhibit near you. This extraordinary exhibit takes original and recreated art pieces in Lego form. It’s a tremendous way to introduce your Lego-loving children to works of art. Plus, there’s a large Lego play room at the end of the exhibit!
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Adventures for Kids who Love Super Smash Bros, Brawlout or any other Battle game.
I asked the experts for advice on this one. If your kids love any type of battle type game, the top suggestion was real life paintball. My kids and their friends agreed that they’d love to visit some “cool” paintball places to battle it out. Here’s what I found:
- CPX Sports – Joliet, IL brings a full town to life, complete with 2-story buildings, 10 full-scale blocks, abandoned vehicles and more. You and your kids will feel completely immersed in the game.
- Hot Shots – Australia. This is the Mad Max of paintball theme parks. They have 11 different themed fields, such as Battleforce Pacific, Wild West town, and Egyptian Village.
- Paintball Park – Camp Pendelton Marine Base, California. Yes, that’s right, play on a real marine base. Plan ahead for this one as you need to request civilian access at least 7 days out.
- Paintball Ridge – Joplin, MO. Paintball Ridge boasts the largest compound in the Midwest, USA. The castle playing field has two castles, three forts and even a foot bridge spread across 150 acres. I like they also have an intense round of capture the flag here too!
More Adventures for Kids who love Video Games
Truthfully, done right, I think any adventure can be related to a video game if you phrase it right to the kids. Story modes in most games often involve some kind of puzzle or maze, so I sought out these mazes as well to include.
- Fortress of Despair – Fuji-Q Amusement Park, Japan. This maze bills itself specifically for video game lovers as impossible to escape. In fact, no one has escaped in the allotted 30 minutes. This maze is within one of Japan’s largest amusement parks.
- Hampton Court, England. Perhaps the oldest maze in the world, this hedge maze has been going strong since the 1700s.
- Pineapple Garden Maze – Dole Plantation, Hawaii. For a truly unique experience, a hedge maze made out of pineapple plants is in store. Not just pineapple plants, but other native Hawaiian flora adorn the maze, along with information along the path.
What about you? Do you have a travel adventure that gets your gaming kids excited? Share in the comments below!
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