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With TravelKiddy, Globetrotting’s A Breeze!

Canada, ROAM By November 13, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

“Over the River and through the woods

Well, you know the rest, don’t you?  Gone are the days of congenial drives in the family car to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Did those days ever really exist?  Today, our little singer would rather don a pair of earphones and spend time staring at a screen (computer, gaming system, DVD player etc.) than participate in a family sing-a-long in the car.  But, if like us and you feel that allowing your child to completely disconnect from the rest of the family is just plain unacceptable, there is a solution.  TravelKiddy, a company that specializes in keeping your kids entertained on long car, plane or train rides without the need of an electronic screen is just a mouse click away.

Created by an industrious mom (aren’t we all?) who was constantly creating activity kits for her children while traveling back and forth from Hong Kong to the United States,  TravelKiddy can best be described as an adventure in a bag.”  The staff selects bundles of toys, activities and crafts to challenge and engage kids for extended periods of quiet play.

TravelKiddy specializes in finding the best travel toys, travel games, educational games, brain teasers, travel activities, puzzles, and accessories that amuse kids on journeys around the block or around the world. The toys and activities are grouped by age as well as by stage development.  So, your toddler might receive mini puzzles and stacking cups while your older children will be entertained by the selection of a unique games, puzzles, and brain. Plus, TravelKiddy uses brands that we’ve actually heard of like mudpuppy, eeboo, Crayola, Klutz, Think Fun, blue orange, Melissa & Doug, Peaceable Kingdom, and Stephen Joseph.  Finally, the activity kits come preassembled taking the hassle out of a parent pulling together interesting and interactive toys prior to leaving for a trip.

Our family has used TravelKiddy several times for our summer car trips to Minnesota and our daughter has NEVER complained of boredom.  Here are some of the things that were in her bag:

  • 24 count Melissa & Doug® triangular crayons
  • A luggage Tag
  • Mini-First Aid Kit including: Bandages, Sanitary hand wipes and tissues
  • Melissa & Doug® 6×9 doodle pad & a pencil
  • Bead kit from Bead Bazaar
  • Sticky Mosaic Kit from Orb Factory
  • Squiggle™ On-The-Go
  • 2 sheets of stickers
  • 2 sheets of scene stickers
  • Map coloring and activity book by Kappa Publishers
  • Traveling Fun activity book (TravelKiddy® exclusive)
  • Pocket snake
  • 2 fashion bendi dolls
  • Only Hearts mini pet with clip
  • 2 Safari Ltd® animals
  • Plastic spring toy
  • Pocket Magic trick
  • Jawbones construction kit
  • Wikki Stix®
  • Wild Wooly classic magnetic game
  • Wooden 3-d puzzle from Puzzled, Inc®
  • Happy cube puzzle cube
  • Create your own puzzle

See what we mean about the best travel toys and games?  It’s hard to get bored with all those surprises in one travel bag!  And, if that isn’t enough, included in the cost of the kit is a “Return Pack” which I cleverly hid at the bottom of my suitcase for the return trip home.  While not as big as the TravelKiddy, the Return Pack contains all new toys and puzzles. And let’s face it, the return home can be just as taxing as the ride there, right? TravelKiddy makes it possible for your kids to never run out of things to do.

 

So whether or not you are going over the river and through the woods or around the world for the upcoming winter holidays, we think that you will be hard pressed to find a more entertaining and varied entertainment package that doesn’t include a monitor or thumb-pad.  Who knows?  Your children may be so happy with their activities that may break out into spontaneous song?  Or maybe your are hoping that the TravelKiddy will prevent them from singing at all?

 

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Science World: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Innovators Today!

Canada, grow, LIVE, ROAM By August 17, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Science World Birthday LogoDairy Queen birthday parties are so 80s! A clown or magician? So last century! Bouncy castles? Well that’s just 2000-‘n-late! A birthday party at the Telus World of Science is timeless and will be a guaranteed highlight in your child’s memories. You and your child will be a hit with all your child’s friends–and their parents–as the children will not only enjoy mountains of fun but will also learn that science is a pretty darn cool thing! Science World, as most Vancouverites call it, excels in creating exciting games out of scientific principles. Just be prepared for when it’s time to leave because the kids will not be happy that it’s time to go!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Tips for Watching Fireworks with the Family

Tips for Watching Fireworks with the Family

LIVE, play By July 30, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 4 Comments

Summer may be over but Halloween is just around the corner! Here are some tips for enjoying fireworks with the family – including your kids and babies:

1. Bring ear plugs or leave babies, very young ones and other easily frightened children, with a sitter. The noise of the fireworks can be very scary for little ones and you want to avoid causing them to develop an early fear of fireworks. Ear plugs or head phones should do the trick (if they keep them on).

2. Bring a blanket, water, sunscreen, snacks and activities if you’re staking out a spot early. There are often summer treats at fireworks events. It’s OK to have a treat but make sure the kids have enough nutrition too.

3. Be aware of who is around you. Some fireworks events have a history of attracting a few rowdy folks. That shouldn’t deter you from taking your family, but just keep one eye on who is around you and if you’re concerned about someone’s behaviour, don’t hesitate to find a different spot before something happens near your little ones. Alternatively, you can alert an event organizer or event security if you are concerned about someone’s behaviour.

4. Take your garbage with you. Before it gets dark, round up all of your garbage and make sure to dispose of it properly. It’s important to help keep our beaches and parks clean for other families who will visit them the next day.

5. Enjoy the fireworks! They are an awe-inspiring feat of chemistry and artistry! You can use the time to teach your kids what science can do and feel the magic of the moment at the same time.

-Danica Longair

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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