We survived our first BIG road trip together as a family, and we had a great family vacation in Destin.
When I first proposed driving to Florida to Carl, he of the "South Padre is too far to drive" was less than enthusiastic. But it worked well, and it helped that I had my "surPRIZE backpack" full of goodies I would bring out every hour or so - they ranged from Pokemon cards to silly bands to books to sticker books and I even though in a DS game for each boy and a new DVD they wanted. (although I probably should have had a few goodies for Carl, too... the boys handled the car drive better than he did most days).
The bus tour around the complex is only 30 minutes long - the boys found this far superior to the ones in Houston and near Orlando, which lasted two hours.
Ryan's favorite part was the paper airplane contest - he spent over 45 minutes creating not one, not two, but FOUR different airplanes, decorating them, and them testing them for speed.
As an added bonus, they took your picture. For FREE. Last summer, Orlando's NASA wanted $25 for the picture they took, so all I have to remember it by was the one I took from the side.
We spent about 3 hours here, looking at everything and learning more about the space program. And just having fun.
Then it was time to take off for Destin. The kids have only been to New Mexico, California, Florida and Alex to Arizona before, so we made a BIG deal about the five states we visited on this drive. Here are the boys at the three we crossed into on Day 2 of the drive (we saved Louisiana and Texas for the return trip). They were pretty excited with Mississippi. After all, it had NASA.