Tips To Keep Kids Entertained and Engaged During A Tour

 

A guided tour is a wonderful source of both entertainment and education. However, a tour may not always be captivating enough for your little one. If you are gearing up for a family tour, make sure you have activities and gadgets that can supplement the fun. Whether it is an art, architecture, restaurant, wildlife, nature or city tour, there are effective ways of keeping your kids entertained and involved. Here are some tips to help you keep your children occupied and engaged during a summer guided tour:

Fun Family Games

When you are on the tour, have some games at the ready. There are classic games that may keep your kids entertained if they are of a younger age, like iSpy or a quantity game where they keep track of specific entities. You can also create a scavenger hunt before you go on your tour, so the experience is one that has an air of competition and mystery. For example, you could create a scavenger hunt for an art museum, where you children must identify different works of art — i.e. paintings by a specific artist, a style of art, a type of sculpture or a piece that’s from a certain time period. This kind of scavenger hunt should be scaffolded, so they are still involved with the tour but also have a side project they can use as additional entertainment. You can also play a quiz game to be administered throughout the tour or at the end of the tour. The quiz can consist of questions related to the tour, which will help fuel your children’s motivation to engage in the content of the tour. Make sure you provide a worthy incentive — a coveted prize — if they perform well on the quizzes.

Essential Gadgets

Your digital natives will crave technological stimulation while they are on the tour. Luckily, there are ways you can integrate tech devices into the experience. Ask the tour company that is guiding your experience if they have any devices your child can use during the tour. Museums and city tours will often have tour guide headsets that let your children explore in-depth information about what they’re seeing. This kind of gadget is perfect for children who have a natural curiosity and are active learners. However, if your children aren’t stimulated by straight-forward knowledge and require a more creative outlet, you can provide them with a tablet where they can create a visual depiction of what they are seeing. Tablet art and drawing programs make it easy for your child to draw their own art in response to the content of the tour.You can also provide them with a smartphone for looking up relevant facts and streaming videos. Avoid having to worry about data overages and bring a phone featuring a 4G LTE network.

Designated Photographer

Have your child act as the official photographer of the tour. You want a documented account of the experience, and this is a great way you can preserve your memories, as well as involve your child. A smartphone camera is probably the most age-appropriate option as it is a user-friendly device with an easy-to-access camera. Lend your kids a durable smartphone that can capture quality photos and video. Provide your child with some direction of the kind of photos they should aim for, so their photos are tour-focused. You could brainstorm this list with your child before you embark on the tour, involving them in the planning process. You could also map out video plot frames, representative of events that will likely occur on the tour. They can then record the tour with intention, so they may later edit the video and present it to the entire family.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Keep Your Dog Healthy While Traveling

Whether you are travelling with your dog for a weekend getaway, camping, or for moving to a new part of the world, ensuring his health as a responsible pet owner becomes extremely important. If you happen to be traveling with your dog for the first time, you might want to check with your vet and properly discuss your plans with him briefly. He will surely be able to prescribe you with medications for common problems, like anxiety and motion sickness.

Apart from that, you will need to take care of your canine friend on your own so she can also have a healthy and happy trip. Here are some important points to keep in mind:

Foods

When travelling with your dog, don’t just stuff him with easy-to-obtain and inexpensive foods as they can mess up his health. Instead, opt for more natural options like cranberries and blueberries, as they are full of antioxidants and fiber. A couple of fresh, frozen, or dried cans of berries can be a healthy treat and it has long been believed that cranberries can help with the health of urinary tract.

Apple cider vinegar is also a great option for balancing PH levels and helps the digestive tract. One teaspoon is sufficient for most dogs. Lastly, pumpkin also makes a great travelling food for your dog as it is high in fiber, minerals and antioxidants. It relaxes an upset stomach, softens hard stool and hardens loose stools.

Additives

Probiotics can be useful during stressful times as they keep the intestinal flora healthy and balanced. Another great additive is spirulina, which has been known to strengthen the immune system, and is full of protein and micronutrients. Add this health supplement to your dog’s diet while on the road and even at home.

Bring the Essentials

It is important to keep your dog calm during the travel or he might be stressed out, creating trouble for everyone. You can do this by ensuring all his favorite things are in place with him, such as his blankie or his favorite stuffed toy, chew bones or any other item that your dog loves and derive comfort from.

If you dog is an emotional support animal, make sure to bring the proper legal documentation along so you dog is able to travel with you on the airplane, stay with you in your hotel, and keep you company on  any form of public transportation.

Anti-Allergy Medications

Travel situations can prove unhealthy for your dog, as they are full of pet allergens including foods, like milk and corn, airborne particles like dust, mold spores and pollen, and chemicals like detergents. It is important that you limit your dog’s exposure as much, also carry anti-allergic medications, and other preventative measures like tick brush.

Be Vigilant

Wherever you keep your dog, make sure there aren’t any loose collars, leashes and other similar items around as they can result in a choking hazard and prove to be extremely dangerous. Another important thing to be smart about is the amount of time you leave your dog alone. Whether you are in a plane or a car, don’t leave your dog alone for more than 15 minutes or your dog might freak out due to separation anxiety.

Don’t Be Dramatic

If you are travelling in an airplane and dog isn’t flying with you in the main cabin, don’t make a big deal out of it by creating a dramatic goodbye scene. Avoid using sentences like “Mommy will be back soon!” as this will only make your dog more aware of the temporary farewell and upset him.

Travelling with your dog can be an entertaining experience for both the pet and the owner. Just be sure that you are prepared in all the right ways and smart about your decisions.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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TheraZinc Lozenges Will Keep you Healthy on The Go #Giveaway

Seems like everyone I know is getting sick! I was so sick the week before Christmas, and it seemed that it lasted so long and I couldn’t get any relief.

Even though the holidays are behind us, cold season is still in full swing. It can be difficult to stay healthy and keep your immune system strong as you head back to work, the gym, and your daily routine. Here are a few tips from Quantum Health to help you feel your best in 2017!!

 

 

    1. Go to bed early. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can lead to suppressed immune system function.
    2. Wash your hands frequently. If you’re tired of hearing this old adage, check out the science behind hand-washing, as reported by the CDC.
    3. Put down the candy. Avoiding sugar is a great way to keep your immune system in fighting shape. Consuming sugar can suppress your immune system for hours after ingestion.
    4. Take a walk. Not only is this good for your waistline, but exercise provides a myriad of immune benefits, from flushing out bacteria to slowing the release of stress hormones.
    5. Keep a roll of TheraZinc lozenges handy. These delicious supplements combine elderberry and zinc to keep you feeling your best. They are easy to keep in a purse or backpack, and dissolve quickly in your mouth.

 

 

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Recently, an analysis of several studies showed that zinc lozenges reduce the length of a cold by one day, especially when taken within 24 hours of the first signs and symptoms of a cold. I am willing to try anything to help reduce cold symptoms. I was pretty excited when I was contacted to try out these Lozenges. I haven’t had a cold yet to really try them out, however the flavor and taste of the Elderberry is great. They are not chalky like some lozenges, and go down nice and smooth. I love that I can keep them in my purse. I am looking forward to really trying these our when I am sick with a cold or virus.

 

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My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Use These Tips To Have An Awesome Family Road Trip!

Are you planning to have an awesome family road trip sometime soon? These tips can help you to make sure you have the best time with the people you love the most. Although spontaneous road trips can be nice, you certainly don’t want to forget anything that could hinder your trip! Use these tips to help you…

Pack Lots Of Snacks And Drinks

Make sure you pack lots of snacks and drinks. This will save you if you don’t come across any place to eat, and it’ll save you money. Make sure you have lots of bottled water and pre-packed snacks. You might want to create each person in the car their own snack pack to eat as they wish. However, you might want everybody to eat their snacks together to deter a person from eating all of theirs at once and getting hungry again later.

Take Turns Driving

If possible, take it in turns to drive. This gives each of you a chance to rest and stay safe. You can also stay on the road for longer, stopping you from needing to stop for a rest or sleep. You’ll get to where you’re going faster this way and have the chance to enjoy the road trip without being behind the wheel the whole time.

 

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Consider Driving At Night

Driving at night can be so much easier for many reasons. Leaving at night can be more peaceful – while your kids sleep in the back, you and your driving partner can have uninterrupted conversations. You can get to where you’re going faster too, as there won’t be as many cars on the road, or distractions. If you want a peaceful, hassle free drive, this could be the way to do it. If you don’t want to leave in the middle of the night, consider leaving early in the morning instead.

Make Sure You All Stay Safe

Make sure everybody in the car stays as safe as possible on the drive to where you’re going. Ensure everybody wears their seatbelt, and is wearing suitable clothing. Taking a look at a page like http://babyseats.reviews/ could be useful if you are traveling with very young children. Make sure you carefully check over the car before you leave too. Make sure you have enough gas, water, air in your tyres, and that there are no problems. Never neglect to check your car or you could end up in trouble later on!

Make Sure You Have Breakdown Cover

If you don’t have breakdown cover, getting it before you go on your road trip is crucial. This could save you from one huge headache if you happen to breakdown. You never know what might happen, so taking precautions like this is a must.

Take Emergency Supplies

Make sure you take emergency supplies with you too. If you do breakdown, you should never stay in the car while you wait to be rescued. Take extra blankets and emergency food/drink with you so you can wait comfortably.

Plan Breaks In Advance

You’re going to need breaks, no matter how many of you take it in turns driving. Plan your breaks in advance. Check out stops you can stop at and make the most of your time there, stretching your legs, picking up refreshments and using the toilet. If you’re traveling with young children, you’re going to need more breaks than normal. They’ll likely need the toilet far faster than you, and it isn’t fair to keep them strapped in the car for too long at a time. Make sure you know where you can stop and plan in advance.

 

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Make A CD Or Playlist

Make a CD or playlist before you leave. This can include some of your favorite singalong songs. It doesn’t need to be songs suited only to young children. Afterall, listening to Old Mcdonald isn’t going to be very fun for you the whole way, is it? You could even make the playlist together before you leave, so that everybody is in agreement. Make sure it’s long enough so that you don’t have to listen to repeat songs.

Keep A Few Surprises Up Your Sleeve

It’s a good idea to keep a few surprises up your sleeve to surprise and delight your kids later on. How about giving them glow sticks if you’re going to be driving at night? There are so many other things you can do too. Use your imagination!

Plan Some Games And Crafts

Plan some games and crafts to eliminate boredom as you drive. Take a couple of fun games with you, or come up with some games where you don’t need anything to play, like Eye Spy. You can even take an origami kit and see what your kids can make.

 

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Don’t Overload On Electronics

It can be tempting to ply your kids with electronics to keep them quiet for the duration of the trip. However, you should avoid overloading on electronics. This gives them a chance to actually use their imagination and live in the moment.

Just Talk Too

Why not catch up and talk as a family? You don’t always have to play games. You can use this trip as a chance to get close again and catch up.

Treat The Kids A Little

As this is a special occasion, don’t be afraid to treat the kids a little. Why not let them eat fast food, or take them to a roadside restaurant? This will help make your trip more fun and spontaneous. You can’t be too strict when you’re on a road trip. Allow for treats and everybody will have better memories and a better time.

Hopefully, these tips have inspired you to have the best family road trip. Use the tips to make sure you’re well prepared and that you have fun in the car even before you arrive at your destination. Remember, the kids will take the lead from you. If you’re in an upbeat mood, they will be too! Leave your own tips below. Bye for now!

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Planning Your Trip To an American National Park

If you have a thirst for adventure and a passion to see truly beautiful parts of the world, then exploring America’s National Parks should be at the top of your travel bucket list. Since they’re dotted all over the country, each park is very different, but one thing they all have in common is that they’re the perfect places to get back to nature. You can see spectacular scenery, view the native wildlife and do plenty of outdoorsy activities. Planning your trip beforehand will allow you to get the most out of your visit.

Which National Park

Each American National Park is truly a geological marvel. From mountains to rivers to lakes; there are ice fields, deserts and waterfalls amongst the different parks. Decide what you would most like to see, and make your choice based on that. You get a different experience at every destination.

 

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What Will The Weather Be Like

The weather is America is of course massively diverse- from the scorching sun of Arizona to the snow of the Colorado Rockies. Do your research about the climate of different states so you’ll know what to expect. Be sure to pack accordingly, in some parks you will need to stay cool while still being protected from the sun (especially if you plan on being out in it for most of the day). Large sunglasses, wide brimmed sun hats and light yet long sleeve clothing items will prevent you from becoming burned. In others, you will need thermal clothing and a snow shovel!

Things To Do

Many of the National Parks will offer the same kinds of outdoors activities- hiking, bird watching, vehicle tours. However there will also be specific activities based on the climate and type of surroundings. For example, Big Bend in Texas is home to various important fossils including dinosaur bones. Wondering what to do in Big Bend National Park? Visit the fascinating fossil beds of course! In Virgin Islands National Park you can go scuba diving, something that won’t be possible in the colder or inland parks! Some are more untouched wilderness, whereas others offer more touristy things such as shops, spas and retreats. So make sure you look into exactly what’s available when you’re planning your trip.

Camping

During the peak season (around May to October) the National Parks get incredibly busy. Therefore to guarantee camping, it’s essential that you book ahead. During the off season reservations aren’t taken in some parks as the sites don’t generally fill up, so if you’re visiting between November and mid April you’re probably ok for a last minute visit. Campsites can vary, some will offer lodges for a more glamping experience. Others will offer RV hookups whereas in some you are only able to pitch a tent. Of course this makes a huge difference and depending on what you’re after can help you decide which park to pick.

Have you ever visited any of America’s spectacular National Parks? Will you be paying any of them a visit in 2017?

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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