Taking your kids anywhere remotely boring that doesn't involve fast food, a playground, games or toys can be challenging as they get whiny, bored and restless. Here's some ways to make any boring outing fun.
Bring Books - Any child can sit and look at books while you're at the dentist, at a boring shop or in the super market. I usually get my boys to wait on the bench inside the supermarket if they don't feel like walking around all the aisles. They've got a novel each to read and when I'm done I ask them how many chapters they read while I was shopping.
Make up a fun bag - If I have to go somewhere such as a friend's place that don't have kids, or a client's house then I will get the boys to each make up their little activity bag. They put stuff that they like in it and when we go to the place they have stuff to do. Things include activity books, novels, travel board games, action figures, card games, mini notepad and pencils.
Travel Games - You can pick up a bunch of ideas for travel games at toy stores. I have a big list of car games that the kids play when we go on a long drive. It exercises their minds way better than a DS, ipod of portable DVD player could. Games include car geography, eye spy, what's the capital of, and every single word starting with this letter.
Mini Board games - We have at least five miniature board games which the kids bring with them when we go visit my friend's house out in Broadmeadows who doesn't have kids. They also bring them when we go to the hospital, or somewhere which involves waiting. Hungry Hungry Hippos, Trouble and Cards make for great fun.
Draw your surroundings - Give the kids their own plain paper notebook, pencils or crayons and get them to draw what they see around them. I get my boys to do this when they are in a waiting room. They find it really fun, to make it interesting get them to draw in something random in the picture such as a dinosaur, monster or animal.