Every year, the average American family drops big bucks to watch characters like Captain Jack Sparrow and Indiana Jones explore the world. Why not strike out on your own adventure? OK, maybe island-hopping in the Caribbean is a tad ambitious (and expensive), but you can explore local offerings at the very least.
Younger kids in particular enjoy traditional scavenger hunts, which you can hold at the local park or in your very own backyard. Or, snap on Fido's leash and hit an unexplored subdivision during a family walk.
You can always check out the local mountains or lake if you dream of exploring on a slightly larger scale. Whatever setting and activity you choose, let your kids be part of the preparation process. Even little guys can help make trail mix or pack the cooler for the excursion.