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Diary of a Wimpy Kid in Theaters + a Giveaway

This is a sponsored post, the words and opinions are all mine. 

Family road trips are a childhood rite of passage most kids miss out on today. I grew up in New Mexico, and every summer my family would pile in our van for a road trip. I think it was a 12-16 hour trek each way to Utah and Idaho to visit family. Of course, by the time I tell my kids about these trips, I’m sure they’ll be uphill both ways. I probably will have had to walk or push the van for a good portion of it too. Even though the trips were a pain at the time, they made for great memories.

Here we are in Idaho hanging with my aunt and some cousins. I’m the camera shy baby in the red overalls. I guess not much has changed over the years.

Family Vacation

My most unforgettable trip happened when my brothers and sisters made me laugh so hard I wet my pants. Now I’m not going to say how old I was at the time, but let’s just say I was old enough to not be wetting my pants in the car. We were in the middle of nowhere, and my parents refused to stop and delay our schedule. Instead, my mom made me alternate between sitting on a plastic bag and hanging my tail end out the window to speed up the drying process. I can laugh about it now, but back then I wasn’t amused.

I immediately thought of that story when I saw the trailer for the new movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. It will be in theaters May 19, and it embodies all that can go wrong (and right) when a family drives across the country together.

The movie is based on the best-selling book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid. In the film, the Heffley family sets out to visit their Meemaw for her 90th birthday. When Greg secretly plans a detour to a video game convention, the trip encounters some, uh, issues. If you ask me, that’s what makes for the best family vacations.

Even if you’ve never taken a road trip of your own, you can now go to to create your own family photo like this one:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul


We would love to send you and your family on a road trip of your own. Well, a road trip to the movie theater in your town, that is. We’ve teamed up with 20th Century Fox to give one lucky winner

  • A $100 Visa to see the movie in theaters with your family
  • A copy of the hardcover book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

To enter*, just leave a comment below with a favorite family road trip memory or destination. We will pick one prize pack winner.

Check out Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul in theaters everywhere May 19.


Open to US mailing addresses only. Prizing and samples courtesy of 20th Century Fox.

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  1. Alissa Apel 05/25/2017 at 1:35 pm

    I really liked going to Mesa Verde National Park. I captured a raven in one of their windows. It was so cool!

  2. Debbie F 05/23/2017 at 6:05 pm

    I don’t think I should say my favorite, but my most memorable road trip was when my family drove cross country to Disneyland and my brother ended up at a tiny hospital to get stitches because he fell off a rock on one of our pitstops.

  3. D SCHMIDT 05/23/2017 at 11:19 am

    Our favorite trip was definitely when we decided to sell our house and relocate across the country. It happened within 14 days and we moved somewhere we had never even visited! We visited a lot of states on the way and our children have some great memories from it.

  4. Kelly D 05/23/2017 at 10:15 am

    My favorite road trip memory is when my parents took us on a trip from NY to CO to visit family.

  5. Cynthia R 05/23/2017 at 7:45 am

    My favorite road trip memories is when we used to travel down to Florida every summer. We would read, play games, sing songs and of course get into some minor arguments.

  6. Name 05/22/2017 at 7:58 pm

    We did a 42 day roadtrip hitting 19 states! Epic!

  7. Susan Christy 05/22/2017 at 7:52 pm

    Every family camping trips to Colorado are some of my greatest memories!

  8. Jilliann M 05/22/2017 at 12:54 pm

    My husband and I made frequent road trips from college to our hometown until we graduated. The most memorable was right after my husband graduated and our first daughter was born. Taking her to meet our family’s was so special!

  9. latanya 05/22/2017 at 11:28 am

    We went to Legoland and my son rode his first roller coaster ride. Afterwards, we asked how did he like it, he said “he felt death”. That was a hilarious moment for us, because you never know what kids are going to say.

  10. Nancy Loring 05/22/2017 at 11:10 am

    When my son was 16 we took him and his best friend on a road trip to Florida from New Hampshire. On our way home we stopped in North Carolina for gas and snacks. It wasn’t until I got back onto 95 that I realized that I had left my son’s friend at the gas station. Thank goodness he was alright when we got back to him. This was 10 years ago and the boys still tease me about it.

  11. Rivka 05/21/2017 at 10:03 pm

    I have really fond memories of a family vacation to D.C. My mom worked really hard and planned it out down to the last detail, ensuring a great time for us all.

  12. Amber Cox 05/21/2017 at 9:10 pm

    Our family would drive from TX to OH for a family reunion on Lake Erie every summer. One particular trip, the cargo luggage carrier on top of the minivan, became loose when one of the straps broke. My parents pulled over to fix it (we weren’t even out of TX, yet.) My mom’s solution…tying w/ several pairs of her pantyhose. My siblings & I were mortified! From Arkansas to Kentucky, we had this other family playing leap frog w/ us. Every so often our paths would cross on the highway, & even worse, @ certain pitstops. The kids in the other family would point & laugh in hysterics. Good times! Great memories!

  13. Kristen 05/21/2017 at 9:05 pm

    A road trip from Tennessee to Ohio and back when I was a teenager.

  14. Traci Shepard 05/21/2017 at 8:35 pm

    Our trip to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole.

  15. Ashley 05/21/2017 at 7:58 pm

    My favorite family road trip was to New Hampshire.

  16. mami2jcn 05/21/2017 at 4:32 pm

    My favorite family road trip was to Niagara Falls as a kid. We had very little money and vacations were very rare growing up. I was excited to see the falls.

  17. Leanna 05/21/2017 at 7:54 am

    We took a great trip to Colorado driving around to Estes Park and all the little towns. Have a wonderful memory of stopping for hot chocolate and French toast at this tiny cute mountain restaurant.

  18. Sarah Z 05/20/2017 at 10:50 pm

    Our favorite road trips are back home to CA. The boys love when we pack up the car and head to the beach. It’s our happy place.

  19. Jennifer 05/20/2017 at 7:32 pm

    One of my favorite road trips when I was younger was to Yellowstone.

  20. Lisa K 05/20/2017 at 7:26 pm

    My favorite and most memorable family vacation was when I was about 7 or 8 years old. My parents, sister, brother, our dog and I all loaded up in our huge wood trimmed station wagon. We were leaving Buffalo, NY on our way to Cape Cod. Our grandmother was already there; and we would be bringing her back home with us as well. We were going to visit my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins. I was so excited; that I didn’t care how jam packed we were.
    The excitement turned to anxiety and fear quickly; as we started to see smoke coming from the hood. We pulled over; and my dad realized the car was overheating.
    We were already several hours into our trip; so we waited for it to cool down and started on our way again. This happened several times on our way there; and by several I mean many! We arrived at 3am; only 7 hours past the time we were expected to arrive!
    While we were there visiting, catching crabs, seeing the Kennedy’s estate, etc.; our car was in the shop. We got the news that our car was going to cost quite a bit to fix; so our only option was to look into other transportation back home. My dad had a mechanic back in Buffalo that would help him out; so we were going to tow the car back.
    Long story short; we had to travel home in a Uhaul truck! Not the van type with seats; but the type you move furniture in! All of us, the dog and my grandmother had to travel home in this big, open truck. No heat. It was awful! It was the most uncomfortable trip ever! My grandmother had a lawn chair to sit on; but the rest of us just sat on the floor–except for when we got to trade out the front seat. That was one of my favorite memories from my childhood!

  21. Susan 05/20/2017 at 7:26 pm

    Oh the joys of being the baby girl and riding on the “hump” in the back seat between my older sisters. Riding 9 hours in a car with mom, my aunt, and two sisters stopping along the way for souvenirs before we even made it to the mountains! Eating friend chicken from a bucket, only allowed to have a drumstick. Getting more gravy than potatoes and a biscuit to dip in the extra gravy!!

  22. Kristen 05/20/2017 at 7:24 pm

    My favorite road trip destination was New Orleans.

  23. Laurajj 05/20/2017 at 6:49 pm

    Oh I have to say, my favorite road trip memory was many years ago. My family rented a motorhome to travel to Ohio. Was our first time…and dad had no idea what all to do. After our first night in a campground, we stopped to empty the waste. My dad just opened it up and everything went spilling out everywhere. Someone was kind enough to tell us that we are supposed to have a hose to empty it. haha….no wonder it was so messy! Dad had to call the rental company to find out what we needed…they just forgot to tell him about the hose. Oh we still laugh about it today! So funny!

  24. Sara O 05/20/2017 at 3:20 pm

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to drive the Florida Keys on a road trip with my kids! The furthest point you can drive.

  25. Neiddy Ruiz 05/20/2017 at 12:32 pm

    My favorite road trip memory is when my husband and I decided out of the blue to go to Orlando for Christmas break, we just packed our bags and took off in the middle of the night, no reservations, no prep ahead, nothing. It sure was fun, an unforgettable experience.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. Lisa Brown 05/20/2017 at 8:48 am

    My favorite road trip memory was when we traveled to Oregon: a beautiful drive and beautiful state.
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  27. Michelle J. 05/20/2017 at 8:33 am

    I would love to go to Disneyland. It would be so fun!

  28. Sue 05/19/2017 at 10:57 pm

    We had a Volkswagen bus that we’d drive cross country with and it was pretty slow. We were always getting passed by other cars. But this one time while going down a hill we actually passed another car and all ten of us (this was before seatbelt laws) cheered so loud you’d have thought we’d won the lottery.

  29. manda 05/19/2017 at 9:26 pm

    I liked family trips to the beach. The drives were long but worth it.

  30. Leyla 05/19/2017 at 7:10 pm

    My favorite road trip was driving from the Amarillo International Airport to our new hometown, 2 hrs away. Although traveling during midnight and not being able to enjoy the view, we were finally going home to Daddy, after being apart for 4 years.

  31. Amy 05/19/2017 at 12:14 pm

    Every fall we go to the Omaha zoo – my kids love it and we love it and it’s tradition. We have had our share of ups and down during trips but we’re family and that’s what matters!

  32. Edye 05/19/2017 at 11:40 am

    I loved going on a road-trip to Florida with my family some years back.

  33. Elizabeth Zielinski 05/19/2017 at 10:35 am

    Our family trip last year to the U.P. We say Pictured Rocks and Taquamenon Falls.

  34. Hollie Moursy 05/19/2017 at 9:31 am

    Our family trip to ocean City NJ. We drove the whole way from Charleston SC with two toddlers and two preteens and my mother in law. 😣😥

  35. Cheryl 05/18/2017 at 11:29 pm

    My favorite family road trip destination was our first visit to Disney World in Orlando. It was a long haul to get there, but worth it!

  36. Tabathia 05/18/2017 at 8:54 pm

    My favorite destination would be walt disney world with my kids, but growing up it was myrtle beach, sc

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  37. Soha Molina 05/18/2017 at 7:55 pm

    My favorite is going to Sea World with my family.

  38. HS 05/18/2017 at 7:39 pm

    My favorite road trip is the Yellowstone National Park with my family. We spent a few days camping and hiking around.

  39. Denise K 05/18/2017 at 11:56 am

    Kids and dog all get carsick but we do want to drive up for a weekend to float on Rainbow river and then go scalloping!

  40. Hilarye Fuller 05/18/2017 at 11:35 am

    Last year we took THREE cross country roadtrips as a family. THREE. We were only planning on one to visit summer but then we had two deaths in the family so we had two unscheduled ones. I’m talking 60+ hours in the car roundtrip with four kids 7 and under. These experiences totally changed my perspective on road trips. I used to hate them and now I love them. One of our unexpected ones was from TN to AZ. We had to make it there really fast to get there for a funeral but on our way back we really took our time coming home. We stopped by the Grand Canyon, four corners, and Mesa Verde. It was so awesome. It also happened to be Halloween and we didn’t want our kids to miss out on trick or treating so we had packed their costumes and totally went trick or treating to the breaking bad house in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Things do sometimes go wrong but you learn from those experiences, make memories and usually become closer as a family because of them!

  41. Kathryn Miller 05/18/2017 at 11:26 am

    First of all…love the butt out he window story! I would totally make my kids do that 😬

    My most memorable road trip as a kid was picking up a couple of abandoned dogs, a Yellow Lab & a Gordon Setter, at the gas station in Scipio & driving them home in an already crammed car from Utah to California. Yes, we made sure we weren’t stealing anyone’s pets. (The gas station attendant told us he saw someone come and dump them a few days prior & they were clearly starving.) They were the craziest dogs, but we sure did love them!!!

  42. Angela F 05/18/2017 at 10:05 am

    Most memorable road trip growing up was driving across the country to visit family for the summer (Ohio – Utah). We always talked to the truck drivers on my Dads CB. We were always doing radio checks with them and seeing who would talk to us. Once we pulled over and a truck driver with a truck full of stuffed animals gave us each one – he said the bag had broken open so he could do what he wanted with them… I look back on that and think – man the world was a different place. My level headed parents pulled over on the freeway to meet a truck driver with their 4 kids. What?!?!

  43. DealinDiva 05/18/2017 at 9:05 am

    My favorite road trip is going to upstate New York with my family to smokey mountain. We have so much fun playing car games and singing.

  44. abbie guerrero 05/17/2017 at 11:16 pm

    My favorite road trip memory is when I lived in Utah and my whole family drove to California to surprise my grandparents in California over Christmas! They were at church so when they got home, it was a huge surprise when we showed up on their doorstep!

  45. Suzanne Bond 05/17/2017 at 7:25 pm

    We haven’t taken many family vacations. But one we did take was with or first to the Grand Canyon. It was both relaxing and fun.

  46. Amy 05/17/2017 at 5:36 pm

    Driving from northern CA to meet my grandparents half way, then my sister and I would spend a week with them at their house. We cried the whole way

  47. Jana H. 05/17/2017 at 4:59 pm

    We went on a 3 week road trip all over Europe and it was amazing! As a parent, now I appreciate the amount of work my parents had to put into organizing and dealing with everything a huge trip like that takes!