If the children aren't happy on the vacation, no one will be. So factor them into all trip decisions: destination, style of lodging, activities, restaurant selection the works. You're begging for battles and a whole lot of whining if you disregard kids' needs, interests, attention spans and (in)ability to sit still during a four-course meal and be dragged wherever you want to go. This doesn't mean you have to spend your week surrounded by cartoon characters, eating nuggets and pizza. Instead, compromise with a vacation that's an easy mix of playing, relaxing and exploring. The beach usually does the trick.