Somewhere between leaving childhood and entering parenthood you tend to loose a certain amount of important information. For example: what are some simple things that can keep rambunctious kids busy for hours on vacation. Now, a trip to the beach is easy, because there is a massive sand-box that stretches as far as the eye can see. As I've just discovered though (ED: re-discovered), other locales can provide almost as many opportunities for creative play. We just got back from the mountains in North Carolina. Now, we went well armed with a to-do list, and progressed through it one by one: the Cherokee reservation, mountain village and museum, a long hike in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, cookouts, ice-cream from a main street shop, bunking in a log cabin etc etc. But in hindsight, we could have done a little less running around, and easily soaked up the time with the favorite activity of the trip (as voted by an overwhelming majority of family members):
Messing around in a creek. Simple, cheap (aka free) and fun.
-what else have I forgotten?