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Biking With Kids While Camping– A Must!

April 5, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Biking With Kids While Camping– A Must!

This is our daughter’s first ride on the WeeRide in 2012–she LOVED it! While camping with kids, having wheels of some kind is a must. Biking with kids while camping really is one of the funnest activities you can do when camping with kids. We love taking the kids on bike rides since you can go a lot further on bikes than you can walking. Before you set out on the bikes though, it’s best to make sure the route you plan to take is kid-friendly and that you have a helmet for each child. Ideally, you would take a trail that is made for hikers, bikers, and runners (separated from cars). Otherwise you have to constantly pay close attention to the car traffic and stay right with your child, unless of course they are small enough to be in a bike trailer or attached bike seat. With our two, we have our youngest (3) on the seat behind me on my bike and our daughter (6) is either on the WeeRide Co-Pilot Child Trainer bike behind her Dad or on her own 20-inch purple bike. Either way,... [Read more...]

Birthday Freebies Galore!

April 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Birthday Freebies Galore!

How do you usually celebrate your birthday?  How does a free steak dinner on your birthday sound?  Many places offer freebies on your birthday—the steak dinner is free at Black Angus for new prime members, plus you get a free dessert when signing up here.  With my birthday right around the corner, I like to start thinking about what special things I want to do that day and especially what free stuff I can get, just for it being my birthday!  For one thing, you can get quite a few free food items on your birthday, but even more importantly, you can get free trips to fun places like Catalina Island or a free lift ticket at Big Bear Mountain Resort.  Just by showing your CA ID or Driving license on your birthday, you can obtain these items for free (normally costing upwards of $50). Join Birthday Clubs online for restaurants and stores, and they usually offer a free entrée, dessert, or other item for free on your birthday. In fact, Chick-fil-A just emailed me about a free yummy Chocolate... [Read more...]

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

March 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Valley of Fire and Zip-lining– Respite from Vegas

Visiting Vegas and looking for more to do than the usual Vegas hot spots?  Want to experience some spectacular desert sunsets outside the city? Hop off the Las Vegas strip for a respite from the crowds, lights, and craziness, for some fun outdoor adventure in this immaculate desert landscape. An hour outside of Las Vegas and only six miles from the beautiful Lake Mead, The Valley of Fire State Park is the very oldest and largest state park in Nevada.  With 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs, ancient trees, and petrified wood, the Valley of Fire is a great place for photography, picnics, hiking, camping, and more.  The red sandstone formations that make up the present landscape are what remain from a time when dinosaurs roamed the region.  The scenic great sand dunes have shifted, followed by the uplifting and faulting, and then extensive erosion, over the centuries.   There really is no other place quite like it and it draws those people seeking refuge from the glam and glitter of... [Read more...]

Tic-Tac-Toe is a great game for kids at camp

March 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tic-Tac-Toe is a great game for kids at camp

I learned to play Tic-Tac-Toe when I was attending camp as a child. I played numerous times—at school, with friends, while camping with my parents. I always tried to get better at it so I could beat my adversary—usually my own parents. Back in those days, the game was simply played with paper and pencil. And it’s quite easy to learn, since it’s simply a 3×3 grid that you fill with Xs or Os. The goal of the game is to place three same marks in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal row to win a game. But as we grow up, Tic-Tac-Toe loses its appeal for us adults—unless you have kids. I find the best way to learn the game of Tic-Tac-Toe is at camp. Nowadays, the game has developed into a lucrative product that many companies are trying to sell to everyone. There are some games that are magnetized—we have one with planes and boats at the trailer—some are made out of wood while others are simply played on a beach towels with plastic pieces. It is even possible to quickly make... [Read more...]

Keeping Your Sanity with Sticker Books

February 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Keeping Your Sanity with Sticker Books

The drive is long, the kids are getting restless, your level of patience is diminishing by the minute and you wonder how you can entertain the kids until you reach your destination. No problem, because this blog post will provide some interesting books available at Dorling Kindersley. It’s snowing quite a bit here in Eastern Ontario. On Valentine’s Day, we gave a little surprise to the kids—brand new sticker books from Dorling Kindersley. Our oldest son is not into stickers anymore, so for him we have a brand new Star Wars t-shirt. But we let the three youngest selected the sticker book they wanted on this special day. I had received six of them for the purpose of a review on my regular blog. Jasmine—the youngest—was the first to select hers and she quickly picked up the new Lego Movie book. Jérémy selected the Superman book while Dominic chose the Batman book. Yes, I do have comics fans, though both boys were a bit disappointed that they little sister selected the Lego... [Read more...]

Doodling while traveling

February 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Doodling while traveling

This blog post is presenting you with a different kind of coloring book for children—the kind that will challenge you and encourage your creativity to bloom as little ones use crayons, colored pencils or markers. Because coloring books are small and portable, they make excellent travel companions for kids seeking an activity while on the road. Published through Dorling Kindersley, these books are available online or at bookstores near you. Doodlepedia This was one of the first titles of the series we got. This fun book is packed with fun drawing/coloring challenges as well as information concerning different themes. Let your kids develop new skills as they create illustrations, color images, add finishing touches and design their own scenes about science, nature, people, technology, popular culture and more. Doodlepedia Animal Antics From toucans, macaws and other birds of the rainforest to zebras, elephants and lions across the grasslands of Africa, the animal kingdom runs wild in Doodlepedia... [Read more...]

How Pinterest can transform a dreadful trip with kids into a fun one for everyone.

January 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Traveling with kids.  Some friends of mine dread it and wait until their kids are much older before taking the road for long distance. Others like us don’t hesitate one second to embark in an adventure.   What is the difference between these families?   I think it can be summed up in one word – ORGANIZATION. When you travel with you kids you need to be creative in order to keep them entertained on the road. My husband’s parents used to live about six and a half hour from our home in Northern Ontario.  When we had our first born, we learned quickly to keep him busy while driving and how to adapt to life with kids. Within six years, three siblings joined him and our trips are fun (except when one child got sick in the truck once or twice…). Organization is a skill that you can learn – particularly if you travel long distance with kids. And when I say organization I don’t think only about packing clothes and preparing a lunch for the road.  No, I am thinking more of planning... [Read more...]

Encouraging imagination and story making while traveling

January 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Everyone who has kids will quickly discover that when you travel it’s best that you entertain them every once in a while.  If not whining and complaining will invade the vehicle and the level of patience that you had minutes before will quickly disappear.   And if you have multiple children you can be certain that if you are not proactive when it comes to entertaining your kids during long drive that your plans to go on vacations might be ditched in the future. We have four kids – each with different interests but I must say that generally speaking they behave pretty well when we are on the road.   I remember when I was younger and we drove to Florida that my mom had prepare a basket with fun things to use during the drive.  She was proactive even for the trip back because new things found their way in my basket when we went back home.   So in a way I learned from experience – my own…  *grin* And when I say entertain the kids while driving I am definitively... [Read more...]

Nada! – a game review

December 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

You are camping with your RV and it’s raining.   Television or electronic games could be some options but you would prefer spending time doing something different, something challenging and make memories at the same time.   I’ve got the perfect game for you.  Nada! Is a fun little game that will bring some fun during the not so pleasant days in camping. Two colors – orange and white –, thirty-six cute little dice and a travel bag. That’s all it takes to play a game of NADA!.  Mostly geared for ages 7 to adult, you can play with 2 to 4 players for about 10 minutes each times.    The game will allow the players to develop skills of focusing, fine motor, visual perception as well as speech/language.  Quick thinking and rapidity are the terms that come to mind when I think of this game.  Why?  Well you will need both abilities in order to win.   You need to be very observant and be able to shout rapidly before your opponents spot the same thing as you. To play you need... [Read more...]

Our favorite Travel-Friendly gift ideas…

November 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Our favorite Travel-Friendly gift ideas…

Being a travel savvy family, we wanted to share our favorite travel-friendly finds that fit in with our on-the-move lifestyle.  Here we’re sharing some of our favorite travel-friendly products that would make great gifts, whether you live in a stationary house or one that moves about… FOR KIDS: Magformers: These fun, educational, colorful building toys are super for all ages!  These construction toys are unique; they are very powerful magnets that are encased in brightly colored, durable plastic.  Magformers come in 14 geometric shapes in 9 bright colors.  There are 65 different components available, which range from simple shapes to remote controlled wheel sets.  Magformers have won several awards for their ingenuity and are great for free play. Magformers are super for both in the house, and on the road; the pieces stick together so they don’t take up much space and don’t get lost under the seat.  They are durable, and you can use them anywhwhere;... [Read more...]

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