"The Finger Lakes makes it possible for parents to enjoy wine country without needing to leave the kids behind--or having to wait until the nest is empty. Parents like wine, too!"
1. Research wineries ahead of time.
2. Prep your kids for winery behavior.
4. If avoiding weekends is not possible, choose wineries with large outdoor areas, kids' activities, or restaurants.
Some wineries even have a children's activity area with games, toys, coloring supplies, etc.
5. Make sure to have something for the kids to do.
Bring small games, drawing pads, books, and of course, electronics (iPods, iPads, etc.) to keep the kids occupied.
6. Don't visit more than two or three wineries in one day.
Make sure to stop for kids' activities in between: museums, historical stops, hiking, parks, fairs, mini-golf, etc.
7. Limit your time at the tasting bar.
9. Do not leave children unattended.
10. Ask if the winery has grape juice.
If they do, have the kids do a tasting and pick which one they want to purchase.
11. Reward good behavior.
12. Don't push the kids beyond their limits.
If they're hungry, choose a winery with food options. If they're overtired, pick another day.
13. Thank your host.
14. Leave it as you found it.
If your kids have a snack or are playing with their toys, make sure to clean up before you leave.
15. When you leave the winery, if outdoor space is available, let the kids be silly.
If the winery has a large open picnic area, run races or play tag. If not, play follow the leader back to the car or drive to a nearby park for some outdoor fun.
For more ideas to help you plan memorable adventures with your family, check out the details of the Wenz family's vacation to Finger Lakes Wine Country and get firsthand tips from mom, Kristy.