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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Great Toys for Road Trips and Travel


Over on my other blog (In Our Pond), I've been doing a 31 day countdown of pre-Chrstmas fun called "All Wrapped Up."  After consulting with my kids, they decided that I needed to do a road trip toys post.  Most of these toys are also good for hospital stays, wait times at restaurants, airplanes, hotels, grandma's house, and more.  Let me know of your favorites in the comments!

Great Toys for Road Trips and Travel // Party Through the USA // Melissa and Doug toys // travel toys // airplane toys // hospital stays // kids christmas lists

Melissa and Doug has a lot of great toys that are perfect for road trips and travel.  My kids love their Latch Board and are always asking me to buy the whole set.  Similarly, the Magnetic Maze Board is a self-contained activity that's great for many ages.  Melissa and Doug also makes a lot of classic games like Travel Bingo, this adorable Hangman board, and a flip-over License Plate Game that are reusable and durable for use over and over.  The Reusable Sticker Books have lots of pieces, but invites a lot of pretend play with themes like castle, farm, jungle, and more.  For kids that enjoy paper dolls, the Magnetic Dress Up Dolls are a great reusable option and also come in lots of themes.  For mess-free art fun, the Magicolor Activity Books and Scratch Art Doodle Pads are great, especially for wait times and restaurants.  Tap each individual link to see each product.




Great Toys for Road Trips and Travel // Party Through the USA // travel toys // airplane toys // hospital stays // kids christmas lists

There are, of course, many travel toys that are not made by Melissa and Doug.  Magnetic toys are especially good for the road, like this colorful Tangram Puzzles or this all-in-one Magnetic Doodle Board.  A car load of people can all play this Travel Scavenger Hunt game together, which should help with the are-we-there-yet syndrome.  Younger children will enjoy the challenge of Wood Lacing Toys or one of these Buckle Toys.  Older children will probably enjoy this pocket sized (stocking stuffer sized) Brainteaser game.  My sensory-seeking child really liked the Minion Bop-It on our vacation, since it encouraged him to move is body and focus his mind.  Every time the topic of travel toys comes up in discussion, moms recommend Wikki Sticks, which are sticky, moldable strings for creative building and more.  Coloring is a classic travel activity- grab this Crayola Art Kit to have all your things in one place.  Click on the links to shop these travel toys!




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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Family-Friendly Attractions- Reptile Gardens


I had the opportunity this week to guest post at 3 Boys and a Dog!  Kelli is collecting family-friendly tourist attractions for all 50 States, which is pretty awesome and inspiring.  Be sure to visit her blog for more ideas and activities.


Click the link- See Reptile Gardens in Rapid City, South Dakota -to read the entire post and see lots of pictures!



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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Disney Road Trip and Travel Ideas

Disney Road Trip and Travel Ideas // Party Through the USA // Road Trips  // Disneyland // Disney World // Disney Parks // Family Vacations // Disney Princesses // Pixar

Now that the kids are back in school, crowds at the Disney parks are a lot less.  Cooler temperatures mean that it's also a great time to be outside all day.  For today's Travel Time Tuesday, I've collected up all my Disney blog post so they're easy for my readers to find and use.



Vacation Countdown Ideas // Party Through the USA // Road Trips  // Disneyland // Disney World // Disney Parks // Family Vacations // Disney Princesses // Pixar

After booking your vacation, it's time to start the countdown!  There are so many fun and adorable online.  I collected my favorites in the post you can access by clicking on the picture.  Which one is will you chose?



Mickey Matching Game // Party Through the USA // Altoid Tin // Free printable // Road Trips  // Disneyland // Disney World // Disney Parks // Family Vacations // Disney Princesses // Pixar

This colorful "Hidden Mickey" matching game fits into an Altoid tin for easy transportation.  Great for teaching colors to a preschooler, too.  Print your own copy by clicking on the picture.



Tangled Braiding and Tying Practice // Party Through the USA // quiet books // felt crafts // Road Trips  // Disneyland // Disney World // Disney Parks // Family Vacations // Disney Princesses // Pixar

I made this fine motor activity page for my daughter to practice braiding and tying bows.  It could easily be added to a quiet book for a full-load of travel fun.  Click on the picture to see the bow tying and learn how to make the pages.



Audiobooks for Kids // Party Through the USA // Road Trips  // Disneyland // Disney World // Disney Parks // Family Vacations // Disney Princesses // Pixar

My kids love listening to Disney audiobooks while on vacation and anytime.  The familiar characters and predictable story lines are perfect for kids with short attention spans.  Each stories two to three hour length makes them a great alternative to movies on road trips, too.  See our favorites by clicking on the picture above.






As readers of my blog know, I love themed road trips!  Before turning our vacations into "parties on wheels," we had very few references when sharing memories for each other.  Conversations sounded like "Remember that one time that we went to Grandma's house?"  "Which time?"  Now, we say, "When we were on our pirate road trip...."  So much better!  Plus, the kids love to help me plan the trips and picking our themes.



Mickey Road Trip and Travel Ideas // Party Through the USA // Road Trips  // Disneyland // Disney World // Disney Parks // Family Vacations // Disney Princesses // Pixar

If you love red, yellow, and black and the iconic ear shape, then you'll want to have a Mickey themed road trip!  Classic and fun.




Disney's FROZEN Road Trip and Travel Ideas // Party Through the USA // Road Trips  // Disneyland // Disney World // Disney Parks // Family Vacations // Disney Princesses // Pixar

I don't think Frozen Fever will end any time soon.  A Frozen themed road trip is perfect for a winter vacation with lots of snow or a summer trip when you want to cool off.




Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR Road Trip and Travel Ideas // Party Through the USA // Road Trips  // Disneyland // Disney World // Disney Parks // Family Vacations // Disney Princesses // Pixar

My kids really enjoy The Good Dinosaur.  If you're kids are nuts about dinosaurs like mine are, then you'll want to indulge them with this theme.




























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Pixar's PLANES Slime // Party Through the USA // Dusty Crophopper // Planes Fire and Rescue // Road Trips  // Disneyland // Disney World // Disney Parks // Family Vacations // Disney Princesses // Pixar




Disney Play Dough Ideas // Party Through the USA // Tinkerbell // Olaf // Road Trips  // Disneyland // Disney World // Disney Parks // Family Vacations // Disney Princesses // Pixar