"A SquarePants Family Vacation" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season eight. In this episode, Patrick goes on vacation with SpongeBob's family to the Great Barrier Reef.



Act 1

Everybody gets special invitations from SpongeBob, promising each the thing they love most in life. For example, SpongeBob says to Mr. Krabs that he will have free money, says to Squidward that he will have a latte sipping contest, and says to Sandy that she will have a science experiment. Everyone goes to his house, only to be surprised and disappointed that they are going to see vacation slides, which they do not care about. They are about to leave, but SpongeBob persuades them back.

The adventure starts with Patrick squirting the Cheese Fizz on the camera. SpongeBob's parents pull up and get him and Patrick in. SpongeBob looks at a brochure and Patrick suggests a game- Hide and Seek. Patrick gets on the windshield of the boat and Harold yells "Egad!!!"' and loses control. They slide and burst into The Outskirts Outlet Mega-Mall, and Basscar Racing Stadium. Then, they fling off the stadium and head straight into space where a floating cow gets hit by them and lands on the moon. Then, they fall back down to the Earth and slide down a rocky cliff onto the road. SpongeBob then suggests they sing a road song.

Everyone sings the road song and at the end of the song, the engine blows up. They move the boat to a local service station. They wait in an outhouse. Margaret sees a playground and offers SpongeBob and Patrick to play on it. They do, but they slide down a sewer pipe and onto a small puddle.

Act 2

When they get up, they try to get back up, but they cannot. They enter a mysterious red kelp forest with many mushrooms. They hear a hollering noise and run. It turns out it is a small creature. They jump over a cliff, onto an anemone and onto a mushroom. Behind Patrick is a giant fruit fly.

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Giant fruit fly

They run away and go behind a rock. They hear a noise. It came from a gift shop. SpongeBob wastes his money on useless knick-knacks. They sing the road song wearily. Then, SpongeBob decides to play the road song on a flute he bought at the gift shop. They walk along past Harold and Margaret and into the forest again. Animals follow them. The animals suddenly run away because the giant fruit fly is behind them. SpongeBob stops playing. When they turn around, they see the fruit fly wants to give them a lift. They then sing the above the road song. He drops SpongeBob and Patrick off. SpongeBob's parents call them over but SpongeBob and Patrick just fall asleep. Margaret says "Do something Harold!" while Harold says "He's your son, Margaret, he's your son..."


A SquarePants Family Vacation artwork

Production artwork for the episode.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music
  Clownfish Capers - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card]

  Another Krusty Krab Day - Michael Bolger, Nicolas Carr [Krabs reading party invitation]
  A Fishy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Squidward and Sandy reading their invitations]
  Sponge Twist - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez, James King [Larry reading invitation]
  Horlepiep - Jan Rap [Mrs. Puff reading invitation]
  Light Conversation 1 - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Plankton reading invitation]
  Befuddled - Pat Irwin [Guests arrive]
  Steel Licks 6 - Jeremy Wakefield [Everyone leaves]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr [First slide]
  Befuddled - Pat Irwin ["Wait, come back!"]
  Gator - Steve Belfer [Patrick spraying the camera with the Cheese Fizz]
  Hop and Skip - Phil Green [SpongeBob's parents arrive]
  Bobbins and Spindles - Ronald Hanmer [Great Barrier Reef brochure]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick drooling]
  Who Said That - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["No, I mean I really can't! I've been in this confined space too long already! Help, get me out of here!"]
  Hop and Skip - Phil Green [SpongeBob's mom suggests a road game]
  Armed Attack - Jean Clero [Patrick blocking the windshield]
  Shop-O-Rama - Nicolas Carr, Fabian Fernandez [Car goes down the escalator]
  Drama Link (g) - Hubert Clifford [Car flies through air]
  High and Lonesome Surf - Pat Irwin [Car bounces down a racetrack]
  Cosmos Adventure - John Fox [Car ascends into space]
  Bucaneers 1 [#1] - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Car falls back down]
  The Road Song - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter
  Solo Steel 3 - Jeremy Wakefield [Family pushing boat]
  Hillbilly Home - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Servis stashun]
  Steel Licks 2 - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick laughs]
  Steel Licks 14 - Jeremy Wakefield [Waiting room]
  Fresh as a Daisy - George French ["Playgrooouuund..."]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["This looks more like a grayground."]
  Tentically Speaking - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Seesaw]
  Thrill Ride - Gregor F. Narholz [Swing set breaks]
  The Jitters - Raymond C. Jones [End of drain]
  Crazy Mind - Harry Lubin ["Patrick, are you okay?"]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick climbing up the drain]
  Steel Link (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Slide back down SpongeBob and Patrick]
  Planet Surface - Gregor F. Narholz ["How long have we been walking here?"/"Well, I could've sworn that I heard..."]
  Hawaiian Solo Steel - Jeremy Wakefield [Vending machine]
  Planet Surface - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick hear a growling for third time]
  Fight the Beast! [#20] - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's getting closer!"]
  Fighting Legions (a) - Gregor F. Narholz ["I know how to get us out of this!"]
  Fight the Beast! [#20] - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick falling off the cliff]
  Wahini Wobble - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Patrick, we did it!"]
  Dramatic Encounter - Gregor F. Narholz [Giant insect behind Patrick]
  Fight for Your Life! - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob and Patrick swinging from vines]
  Big Bad Giant - Paddy Kingsland [Insect flies away]
  Excited Tension 2 - Phil Green ["Patrick, Patrick, did you hear that?"]
  Carefree and Gay - Phil Green, Geoffrey Love, Ken Thorne [Gift shop]
  Solo Steel 1 - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob crying]
  Bikini Bottom Bound - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["We did everything we dreamed of doing at The Great Barrier Reef."]
  Steel Licks 9 - Jeremy Wakefield ["I suggest we start walking."]
  The Road Song - Eban Schletter [Instrumental Road Song]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney [Giant insect reappears]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr ["I think it's offering us a ride."]
  The Road Song - Aaron Springer, Eban Schletter
  Hop and Skip - Phil Green [Ending]




  • This episode was available on the SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip DVD, released earlier in 2011, before it aired on television.
  • This is the second half hour special of season 8. The first is "Frozen Face-Off."
  • This episode on iTunes was paired with the short "Sandy's Vacation in Ruins."
  • The original title for this episode was "Runaway Roadtrip." The DVD cover still has it.
  • This is the first of the five episode vacation miniseries that aired on Nickelodeon.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick jump off the cliff, it is similar to what they did in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • On some airings, this episode is preceded by "Hello Bikini Bottom!"[citation needed]
  • This is the second episode where Patrick is mistaken as luggage. The first is "The Great Patty Caper."
  • This is the second episode where Baytona is mentioned. The first is "The Hot Shot."
  • The episode was promoted as "Runaway Roadtrip" in Ireland and the UK but the actual episode is still called "A SquarePants Family Vacation."[citation needed]
  • This episode is listed and called "SquarePants Family Vacation" in Turkey.[citation needed]
  • SpongeBob's mother's first name is revealed to be "Margaret."
  • This is the only double-length vacation episode.
  • This is the first episode in the series where Harold and Margaret both play a major role.
  • This is the second episode to be a long flashback sequence. The first is "Missing Identity."
    • Unlike that episode, this does not bring one back to the actual setting, making the whole flashback the rest of the episode.
      • This goes the same for the rest of the vacation miniseries.
  • This was the first episode to be rated PG in Canada.[citation needed]
  • This episode reveals that Margaret SquarePants knits.

Cultural references

  • When the boat is sent flying into space, there is a cow jumping over the moon, which is an allusion to the nursery rhyme "The Cat and the Fiddle."
  • Baytona and Basscar are parodies of Daytona and NASCAR.
  • Cheese Fizz is a parody of Cheez Wiz.


  • When SpongeBob says "I'm so glad you all could make it...," Mr. Krabs doesn't have any legs.
  • When Squidward reads the invitation letter, SpongeBob's house is gone.
  • When Patrick's seatbelt is on while seeing the map then tries to get out, his seatbelt disappears in the next scene.
  • When the boat is crashing through the Bikini Bottom Outskirts Outlet Mega-Mall, Phil and Henry-Bart, who are walking near the edge, disappear too early.
  • The Grayground looks normal when Margaret looks at it, though it may have been the perspective that made it look normal.
  • When SpongeBob and Patrick stand in the Grayground puddle, they have waves around their feet, but Margaret does not have them.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick both should have been able to see the bouncy plant at the bottom of the cliff.
  • When the swing breaks, Patrick is seen bouncing down the hill, when he is next seen, he is rolling and the broken chair disappears.
  • Pearl's red lips are missing when she comes to SpongeBob's house.



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