by Alanna My children are very creative. It is easy to do imaginative things with them. They wanted to go on a vacation far away like their friends, and stay in a hotel. This was not feasable for us so I suggested we turn our house into a hotel. At first they were shocked and maybe a little bit confused, but then they thought it was a great idea.
Once the kids bags were packed we put all our bags in the car and went for a little drive (I actually had errands to do). When we returned home, I got into character. I jumped out of the car and helped them with their bags. I had a book ready inside and asked them if they had reservations, handed them their keys and escorted them to their rooms. They really got a kick out of it.
The activity was seriously successful. They really want to do it again this year. I am not sure. Since then we have actually been to a hotel. They might be more demanding this time. LOL.
I'd love to hear if it worked for you.