It depends on how you're doing it. We had movers, and my father was already living in the new house, so my mom, brother, and I made a vacation out of it, exploring every state in between.
No matter how old your kids are, give them something to look forward to. My parents made a small profit on the house they sold, so they took aside some of the money and promised me a new bedroom set and my brother a pool table in the new house. You don't need to do anything so extravagant, but get a little something for kids to mark their own "territory" in the new home.
There's usually a "welcome wagon" group in most neighborhoods that are linked with local real estate. They will be able to assist in getting to know your new community.
Don't make unpacking your first priority-- spend a couple of days exploring the new area to give your kids some familiarity.
Help your kids keep in touch with their friends.
at 9:45 AM on Mar. 31, 2009