Kidventurous http://kidventurous.com Making Family Travel an Adventure Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Top 10 Zoos to Visit this Summer http://kidventurous.com/top-10-zoos-visit-summer/ http://kidventurous.com/top-10-zoos-visit-summer/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:15 +0000 http://kidventurous.com/?p=10208 Summer is one of the best times to visit the zoo. They are open for longer hours, they usually offer summer deals, and the weather is nice for walking around and enjoying it all. Zoos are also a great family activity because they are fun while also being educational. Let’s take a look at the top 10 zoos to visit […]

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Adobe Spark (22)Summer is one of the best times to visit the zoo. They are open for longer hours, they usually offer summer deals, and the weather is nice for walking around and enjoying it all. Zoos are also a great family activity because they are fun while also being educational.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 zoos to visit this summer:

1. National Zoo – There’s always a good reason to go to the National Zoo in DC, but this summer you will get the chance to see the new baby panda before he gets much older. The cub, Bei Bei, is available in the panda viewing house starting at 9 am daily, but whether you see him roaming around depends on the panda’s mood and the weather. They also have fun panda cams that allow you to see the pandas at any time.

2. Tulsa Zoo – When you visit the Tulsa Zoo in Oklahoma this summer, you’ll have the opportunity to see their latest addition: a baby jaguar cub! The cub was born in collaboration with the Jaguar Species Survival Plan.  

3. Bronx Zoo – If you want to see a lot of young animals, a trip to the Bronx Zoo may be just what you need! Several baby animals have recently been welcomed to the Bronx Zoo in New York. A baby American porcupine can be found at the Children’s Zoo, while you will be able to find a crane chick at the Northern Ponds. There are five western lowland gorillas who are all under the age of two at Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest. 

4. Houston Zoo – If you love marine animals, you may want to visit the Houston Zoo in Texas. The zoo welcomed a baby California sea lion this past June. The pup, who is the first to be born at the zoo since 1994, is very active and loves to explore.

5. San Diego Zoo – Is seeing a baby koala on your to-do list? If so, it’s a great time to visit the San Diego Zoo, where a baby koala was born this past November. It finally came out of its mother’s pouch and made its first appearance this past June!

6. Como Park Zoo – If you visit Como Park Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota, you will get to view their newest addition – a baby zebra! The zebra, which was born on July 5th can be seen between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm in the Zebra and Kudu Exhibit. Proceeds will benefit the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

7. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – This Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington has plenty of animals to check out any time, but this summer there’s a new cute addition! Two Nigerian dwarf goats were recently born.

8. Montgomery Zoo – If you always loved the game hungry, hungry hippos, you may want to check out the Montgomery Zoo in Montgomery, Alabama. A male pygmy hippo was just born. Grab your cameras, because he is a record breaker: the baby hippo is the first male pygmy hippo to be born in a zoo.  

9. Milwaukee County Zoo – The Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin can make for a great trip this summer with two new additions! A male harbor seal pup was recently born. Like most seals, he was born with the ability to swim. A baby bonobo was also born this past spring.  

10. Dallas Zoo – If you love monkeys, now is a great time to check out the Dallas Zoo in Texas. A baby colobus monkey was born to the Primate Place this past June. Catch it before it grows up. The zoo says its pink face will slowly turn black, and its white fur will transition to black and white.

With so many baby animals being born throughout the country this past spring and summer, now is a better time than ever to plan that trip to the zoo you’ve been meaning to take!

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8 Fun Factory Tours Your Kids Will Love http://kidventurous.com/8-fun-factory-tours-kids-will-love/ http://kidventurous.com/8-fun-factory-tours-kids-will-love/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:01:28 +0000 http://kidventurous.com/?p=10216 Are you looking for something fun to do with your child? Why not help them learn about manufacturing by taking a factory tour? Here are 8 fun factory tours your kids will love: 1. Harley Davidson Motor Company, Vehicle Operations – York, Pennsylvania  If your child has an interest in motorcycles, he or she is sure to love the Harley […]

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Adobe Spark (31) (1)Are you looking for something fun to do with your child? Why not help them learn about manufacturing by taking a factory tour? Here are 8 fun factory tours your kids will love:

1. Harley Davidson Motor Company, Vehicle Operations – York, Pennsylvania 

If your child has an interest in motorcycles, he or she is sure to love the Harley Davison Motor Company tour. The tour will give your child an idea of how the Softtail, Touring, CVO, and Trike models are made. You can take a free tour or a Steel Toe tour for $35 per person. Fully enclosed, low heeled shoes are required for a Harley Davidson tour. It’s best to avoid going on a Saturday as production does not take place. 

2. Herr’s Snack Factory Tour – Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Your child can see Herr’s chips and other snack products being made at the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour. The tour will teach your kids little known facts, like how to determine if a potato is good for chipping and how tortilla chips are seasoned. The tours, which you will need to wear rubber soled shoes for, are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

3. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour – Waterbury, Vermont 


If your child loves Chunky Munky or Cherry Garcia, it may be worth considering a Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour. You and your child will get to learn more about the ice cream manufacturing process and will be offered free samples of your favorite flavors, as well as special flavors. Tours are free for children who are 12 and under and $3 for adults.

4. Crayola Experience – Easton, Pennsylvania 

While Crayola doesn’t allow you to go into the factory to witness crayon production firsthand, the Crayola Experience does teach kids how crayons are made and offers them a chance to color and play at the visitor center. Tickets are $9.75 for anyone over the age of two. 

5. Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory – Louisville, Kentucky


Any child who loves baseball will enjoy seeing how baseball bats are made at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. The tour costs $10 for adults, $5 for kids between the ages of 6-12, and is free for anyone younger. Included in the price is a miniature souvenir bat. 

6. Jelly Belly Factory Tour – Fairfield, California

Your child can see how jelly beans are produced if you go on a Jelly Belly Factory Tour, which includes a self-guided walk, interactive exhibits, a Jelly Belly Bean Art gallery, and free samples. You’ll also learn fun facts, like why a single jelly bean takes seven minutes to be produced. 

7. Hershey’s Chocolate Tour – Hershey, Pennsylvania 


What kid doesn’t love chocolate? On the Hershey’s Chocolate Tour your child will have the chance to learn more about the cocoa and dairy farms used in the manufacturing process and the animated barnyard cows that are the face of Hershey. You’ll also get to see a Hershey Kiss assembly line firsthand. Best of all, admission is free for everyone and includes free samples. 

8. The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour – Burlington, Vermont 

If your child loves teddy bears, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory Tour may be a fun experience. Learn more about how teddy bears are made and be sure to stop by the teddy bear shop before you leave. The cost of admission is $4 for children and adults over the age of 12 and $3 for seniors. 

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7 Secrets to Surviving a Long-Haul Flight with Kids http://kidventurous.com/7-secrets-surviving-long-haul-flight-kids/ http://kidventurous.com/7-secrets-surviving-long-haul-flight-kids/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:30:01 +0000 http://kidventurous.com/?p=10212 Are you planning a long flight with your child? If so, you may be nervous about the possible outcomes. Don’t fret! There are a number of things you can do to ensure your trip goes more smoothly. Here are seven secrets to surviving a long-haul flight with kids: 1. Bring an activity bag. Your child is less likely to grow […]

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Adobe Spark (26)Are you planning a long flight with your child? If so, you may be nervous about the possible outcomes. Don’t fret! There are a number of things you can do to ensure your trip goes more smoothly. Here are seven secrets to surviving a long-haul flight with kids:

1. Bring an activity bag. Your child is less likely to grow bored or get cranky during your flight if you have plenty of things for them to do while you’re on the plane. Pack some of their favorite small toys, a coloring book and crayons, a notepad and pencils, and books for them to read. 

If you want to make the activity bag even more fun for your child, consider choosing a theme. If your child loves ladybugs, for example, you may want to opt for a ladybug themed activity bag. You could also plan the theme based on your trip. If you’re going to Walt Disney World, for example, consider packing a Mickey Mouse themed activity bag. The surprise will be fun for your child, which may make them focus less on the flight. 

2. Pack snacks for your child. Your child could grow hungry at any time, and it’s hard to say if the food that’s served on the plane is anything they will enjoy. Bringing some of their favorite snacks can help satisfy their hunger. Trail mix, energy bars, dried fruit, crackers, and fruit snacks can all be great options. 

3. Encourage your child to play games. Games can help keep children occupied, making them less likely to grow bored or cranky. Have them play I-Spy with things they see on the plane or on the ground below. 

4. Pack a comfort toy. If your child has apprehensions about flying, especially if it’s for the first time, it may be ideal to allow them to bring a comfort toy or blanket onto the plane. This may help ease some of their fears. 

5. Don’t plan anything for the next day. Your child is likely to experience jetlag after a long-haul flight. If your vacation allows, consider making the day after you arrive at your destination low-key. Consider just hanging out at the hotel pool or planning a trip to a museum rather than hitting the beach or amusement park, for example. Your child will enjoy the break, and it will help you avoid any temper tantrums or moods he or she may experience as a result of jet lag. 

6. Try to arrange a nighttime flight. Your child will be more likely to sleep through some of the flight if you plan it at his or her usual bedtime. By the time they wake up, you may have already arrived at your destination. 

7. Consider a stopover. If your flight is longer than 12 hours, arrange a stopover for at least one night. If you have the time, you could also stay for a few days and enjoy a second mini vacation while you’re at it. The stopover will help break the trip up and make it seem more bearable to your child. 

Traveling with children doesn’t have to be stressful or overwhelming. By following a few of these travel secrets, you may find that your flight goes smoother than you expected.

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8 Travel Apps You Must Bring on Your Next Road Trip http://kidventurous.com/8-travel-apps-must-bring-summer-road-trip/ http://kidventurous.com/8-travel-apps-must-bring-summer-road-trip/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2016 14:30:45 +0000 http://kidventurous.com/?p=10204 It seems like there’s an app for just about everything now. If you’re about to hit the road, you may be wondering what travel apps can help your trip go more smoothly. Here are 8 travel apps you must bring on your summer road trip: 1. Urgent.ly Nervous about car troubles? Urgent.ly is an on-demand roadside assistance app that’s a must-have […]

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IM-Travel AppsIt seems like there’s an app for just about everything now. If you’re about to hit the road, you may be wondering what travel apps can help your trip go more smoothly. Here are 8 travel apps you must bring on your summer road trip:

1. Urgent.ly

Nervous about car troubles? Urgent.ly is an on-demand roadside assistance app that’s a must-have for anyone who’s planning to take a road trip. If you break down, you can feel safe knowing that all you have to do is tap the app and someone will come help you. Urgent.ly offers assistance with flat tires, towing, jump starts, lockouts and fuel. Most importantly, there are no membership fees, annual dues, or hidden fees. You can pay directly through the app using any major credit card.

2. Waze

Looking to avoid traffic? Be sure to download Waze. It’s a community-based traffic navigation app. Real drivers, just like you, share what traffic conditions are like, which can help you save time when you’re on the road. Members of the app also share gas prices, which can help you save money on your summer road trip.

3. Gogobot

Unfamiliar with the area you’re in? Gogobot is a social travel app that helps you find places to stay, eat, and more. App users upload photos and give ratings to local businesses. They’re tagged based on interests. If you’re road tripping to a new area and aren’t sure where to go, this app can come in handy.  

4. iExit

Do you find it frustrating to wait for the next exit to find out what businesses you’ll be reaching soon or when the nearest rest area is? This no longer needs to be a problem. The iExit app lets you know what restaurants, hotels and rest areas your next exit will bring.

5. Beach Finder

Will your summer road trip include a beach? If so, the Beach Finder app is perfect for you. It has a LocateMe feature that pinpoints your location and helps you find the closest beaches, along with maps to help you and your family get to them.

6. Roadtrippers

Are you looking for new, fun things to do on your summer road trip? The Roadtrippers app uses your starting point and your destination to find attractions, restaurants, museums, amusement parks, and campsites for you. Rather than miss out on a location you may want to visit, you can re-map your road trip.

7. Triposo

One of the most frustrating things is when you’re unable to access your map or internet due to poor reception. Fortunately, Triposo has a solution for that. The app allows you to download maps directly to your phone, rather than using the internet to access them.

8. TV Food Maps

Are you a total foodie? If so, you’ll probably find the TV Food Maps app helpful. The app finds restaurants and eateries which have been featured on television shows, such as Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and Top Chef. You have to eat during your road trip anyway, so why not make the most of it?

These are just a few of the many travel apps that can help save you time and money, as well as lead to new adventures. Start downloading these apps today to make the most of your summer road trip experience!

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Top 10 Water Park Rides http://kidventurous.com/top-10-water-park-rides/ http://kidventurous.com/top-10-water-park-rides/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:30:57 +0000 http://kidventurous.com/?p=10202 Do you love the adrenaline rush that comes with coasting down a waterslide? Or do you prefer to kick it back in a lazy river? If water parks are your thing, be sure to check out these top 10 water park rides: Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach If you love fast, thrilling rides that will get your heart racing, […]

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IM-Water ParksDo you love the adrenaline rush that comes with coasting down a waterslide? Or do you prefer to kick it back in a lazy river? If water parks are your thing, be sure to check out these top 10 water park rides:

Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach

If you love fast, thrilling rides that will get your heart racing, then Summit Plummet at Blizzard Beach in Walt Disney World is right up your alley. You’ll travel at high speeds before being plunged into a dark tunnel and then ending with a splash. Love water slides with large drops? If so, this one is a great choice. This 12-story water slide, which stands 120 feet tall, is for the daring.

Leap of Faith at Aquaventure

Aquaventure, which is a part of Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, is home to Leap of Faith. Quite possibly one of the most thrilling water rides in the world, this slide, which is designed to look like a Mayan temple, will drop you six stories before releasing you into a clear tunnel surrounded by sharks. You’ll finish off with a big splash.  

Maximum Velocity at Wet ‘N Wild

You and your friends will love Maximum Velocity at Wet ‘N Wild in Phoenix, Arizona. You’ll get to race your friends, side by side, at top speeds through 800 feet of tandem tubes. Enough said. 

The Titan at Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark

The Titan at Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark in the Poconos, Pennsylvania is the largest waterslide of its kind. At eight stories high and nearly three football fields in length, this water park ride is a family ride. It holds up to four people. Scream with your family or friends as you’re splashed numerous times before being plummeted into a pool of water.      

Riptide Racer at Silverwood Theme Park

Boulder Beach Waterpark at Silverwood Theme Park added the Riptide Racer to its water park this summer. The first of its kind, the slide has six lanes so you and your friends can lay down head-first on mats and race your way about 400 feet to the bottom.

Rattlesnake Rapids at Lagoon A Beach 

Located just outside of Salt Lake City in Utah, Rattlesnake Rapids at Lagoon A Beach is a water raft ride the whole family can enjoy. While it’s tame enough for children to enjoy, it offers enough thrill for teens and adults too. Most importantly, the whole family will get wet before this ride’s over.

Black Anaconda at Noah’s Ark Water Park

Located at Noah’s Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, WI, the Black Anaconda is recognized as America’s most thrilling water coaster. It’s a combination of a waterslide and a roller coaster. You’ll be dropped 1/4 mile and be plunged into rushing waters, through the anaconda’s humps, and be wrapped into its dark coils.

Blackbeard’s Revenge at Carolina Harbor Water Park

Carolina Harbor Water Park on the Carolina Coast recently added their newest addition, Blackbeard’s Revenge. It’s a slide complex with three attractions. Pirate’s Plank is a nearly vertical freefall in which the floor drops out from underneath you. On Captain’s Curse, you’ll twist and turn through an enclosed chute with three intense turns. Cannonball Drop will take you down intense drops and turns. Each attraction comes with its own thrills.

Surf Pool at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon is home to one of the best wave pools. The waves will start out slow and then gradually build. You’ll hear the thunderous sound of the ocean as the waves begin. This water park attraction is ideal for the whole family.

Lazy River at Rapids Water Park

The Lazy River at Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach, Florida will take you through a journey past water-shooting canyons, water mists, fountain islands and a waterfall. It’s so much fun that you’ll want to enjoy it over and over again.

If you’re looking for a fun water experience this summer, there are plenty of water park rides to choose from. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something that fits your tastes.

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6 Summer Rental Car Savings Secrets http://kidventurous.com/6-summer-rental-car-savings-secrets/ http://kidventurous.com/6-summer-rental-car-savings-secrets/#respond Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:30:54 +0000 http://kidventurous.com/?p=10206 Are you looking to rent a car for a family trip this summer? Are you looking to cut costs? If so, you’ll want to keep these six summer rental car savings secrets in mind:  1. Use rental car coupon codes. Coupons are a great way to save money on your summer trip. You can take advantage of coupons by using […]

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IM-Rental Car Savings SecretsAre you looking to rent a car for a family trip this summer? Are you looking to cut costs? If so, you’ll want to keep these six summer rental car savings secrets in mind: 

1. Use rental car coupon codes. Coupons are a great way to save money on your summer trip. You can take advantage of coupons by using sites like RetailMeNot, as well as by checking out the rental company websites and their Facebook and Twitter pages. Subscribing to the car rental companies’ websites is another way to make sure your family doesn’t miss out on great savings. 

2. Be aware that prices change every day. Since car rentals generally don’t need to be prepaid, you can continue to comparison shop until you and your family are ready to pick up the rental car. 

3. Book once you’ve decided on when you’re taking your trip. This is especially important if you want to travel at a popular time or over a holiday weekend. You don’t want your family’s summer trip to get ruined just because you were unable to rent a car. Since rates are constantly changing, you may find a better deal as your family vacation approaches. You may be able to re-book at a lower rate later on. 

4. Avoid prepaying for gas. There’s generally no reason to add this additional cost to your rental car. You’ll likely find that there’s a gas station near the airport you and your family are flying from. As long as you re-fuel the car before you return it, you should have no issues. Tip: save the gas receipt when you refill the tank before dropping it off at the car rental company to avoid any potential disputes. 

5. Steer clear of any extra amenities. GPS may seem necessary when you’re away from home, but you can always use the GPs on your smartphone. If you’ll be traveling in a state where EZ-Pass is used for tolls, bring your own EZ-Pass transponder along for your family trip. 

6. Make wise insurance decisions. If you have a personal auto insurance policy, it will generally cover collision and liability when you rent a car in the U.S. Many credit cards also offer collision coverage for car rentals. If you don’t own a car, read up on insurance options prior to your family’s summer vacation. A non-owner’s policy can be a more cost-effective option than buying insurance from a car rental company, especially if you rent a car several times a year. 

As you can see, there are a number of ways you can save money on your summer rental car. Why spend unnecessary money to rent a car when you could put that extra cash towards your family vacation? A big thanks to AutoSlash for these fantastic tips and secrets. 

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5 Great Summer Lake Resorts for Families http://kidventurous.com/5-great-summer-lake-resorts-families/ http://kidventurous.com/5-great-summer-lake-resorts-families/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:30:36 +0000 http://kidventurous.com/?p=10200 Do you want to spend your summer on the beach without going to the ocean? If so, a lake vacation may make the perfect getaway for you. Here are five great summer lake resorts for families: Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort – Lake Placid, New York Located in the heart of Lake Placid, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort provides you with a gorgeous […]

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IM-Lake ResortsDo you want to spend your summer on the beach without going to the ocean? If so, a lake vacation may make the perfect getaway for you. Here are five great summer lake resorts for families:

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort – Lake Placid, New York

Located in the heart of Lake Placid, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort provides you with a gorgeous view of the Adirondack Mountains. There are plenty of things to do on the white sandy beaches of Mirror Lake. You and your family can swim, paddle board, canoe, kayak, rowboat or even take a private gondola cruise. The resort offers a heated indoor pool and a fitness center.   

Shore Lodge – McCall, Idaho

Located in the mountains of Idaho, Shore Lodge is an award-winning lakefront resort set on Payette Lake. Nearby is the largest protected wilderness in the continental U.S., putting visitors in close proximity to the mountains, forests, three major rivers and hot springs. Your family can enjoy steelhead and trout fishing, hiking, golfing, paddle boarding, river rafting, kayaking, camping, mountain biking and ATVing, as well as the lodge’s spa.

Big Cedar Lodge – Ridgedale, Missouri

Nestled in the heart of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains and on Table Rock Lake, Big Cedar Lodge is a premier wilderness resort set on 800 acres of land. Recognized as one of the world’s best family destination resorts, the lodge features lodges, cottages, and cabins. Your family can go swimming, bass fishing, water skiing or take a cruise on the lake. You can also go hiking or horseback riding at nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. The resort offers numerous amenities, including four restaurants, a world-class spa and five swimming pools. 

Resort at Squaw Creek – Lake Tahoe, California

Conveniently located five miles from Lake Tahoe in Sierra, the Resort at Squaw Creek has a lot to offer. With three heated swimming pools, a 120-foot waterslide, an award-winning spa, a championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., and miles of trails for biking and hiking, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The 405 rooms offer a luxurious view of the granite peaks and pine trees that surround the resort.

Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island, Michigan

Recognized as America’s Original Grand Hotel, the 390-room resort was built over a century ago. It’s a top family destination and for good reason. Set on the historically-preserved Mackinac Island, it’s within close proximity to Lake Huron. You and your family can enjoy the beauty of the island, go bike riding, take a horse and carriage tour, play lawn games, and listen to live music. You’ll also want to check out the pool, where the movie, This Time for Keeps, was filmed. Fun fact: scenes from the movie, Somewhere in Time, were also filmed at this lakeside resort.

There are many great summer lake resorts for families to vacation to. What are you waiting for? Book your lake vacation today.

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8 Reasons Why Your Kids Will Love NC’s Outer Banks http://kidventurous.com/8-reasons-kids-love-ncs-outer-banks/ http://kidventurous.com/8-reasons-kids-love-ncs-outer-banks/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:10:40 +0000 http://kidventurous.com/?p=10198 If you’re looking to take a fun beach vacation the whole family can enjoy, you may have considered the Outer Banks in North Carolina. With plenty of fun things to do and see, the area can make a great vacation spot for families. Here are eight reasons why your kids will love North Carolina’s Outer Banks: 1. See the history […]

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IM-Outer BanksIf you’re looking to take a fun beach vacation the whole family can enjoy, you may have considered the Outer Banks in North Carolina. With plenty of fun things to do and see, the area can make a great vacation spot for families.

Here are eight reasons why your kids will love North Carolina’s Outer Banks:

1. See the history of flight. There is a Wright Brothers National Memorial here on top of a giant hill, giving you a breathtaking view. You can tour the facility, take photos in front of the monument, and learn all about the birth of flight.

2. Watch the wild mustangs roam the beaches. The iconic Corolla Wild Spanish mustangs have been on the shores of Corolla to Carova for more than 500 year ago when they were abandoned by explorers. Your kids will love to see them roaming free.

3. Take family bike rides. With plenty of multi-use bike paths available throughout the area, there are plenty of places for your family to take a leisurely bike ride together. The climate conditions in the Outer Banks make bike riding a nice activity since there is always a breeze with winds ranging from 5-15 mph.   

4. Visit the lighthouses. Dating back to over 200 years ago, lighthouses have lined the coast of the Outer Banks, lighting the way for sea travelers and mariners. The lighthouses in the area include Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Ocracoke Island Lighthouse. As they all look very different, visiting each lighthouse will provide you and your kids with a unique experience. Why not visit them all for comparison’s sake?

5. Go crabbing. If your kids have never been crabbing before, it can make for a new adventure. The Outer Banks is well-known for its huge supply of Blue Crabs. You can crab from just about any waterfront dock at any time of day. Do keep in mind that you may need to get a North Carolina Fishing License in order to legally crab. You can purchase one online before your vacation.   

6. Swim in the ocean. Most kids love swimming, and while it’s true you can swim most anywhere, there are some advantages to the Outer Banks you won’t find just anywhere. All beaches are open to the public, so you will not need to worry about paying a fee to get on the beach like you do in some places. The water also tends to be clearer than it is on many beaches, which your kids are sure to enjoy.

7. Build sandcastles on the beach. In the Outer Banks, you’ll find stretches of sand that make for the perfect place for your kids to build sandcastles and dig in the sand.

8. Visit the aquarium. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is home to sea turtles, sharks, and various other marine life that your kids will bound to love seeing.

These are just a few reasons why your kids will love NC’s Outer Banks. There is so much to see and do, which is why it brings thousands of people worldwide each year to explore.

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15 Summer Vacation Hacks for Families http://kidventurous.com/15-summer-vacation-hacks-families/ http://kidventurous.com/15-summer-vacation-hacks-families/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:47:24 +0000 http://kidventurous.com/?p=10196 Are you planning one last family trip this summer? A family trip can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are 15 summer vacation hacks for families: 1. Keep your kids entertained on long car rides. Bring art supplies, a portable DVD player, games, mp3 players or books to keep them occupied.  2. Make sure your kids stay […]

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IM-Vacation HacksAre you planning one last family trip this summer? A family trip can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are 15 summer vacation hacks for families:

1. Keep your kids entertained on long car rides. Bring art supplies, a portable DVD player, games, mp3 players or books to keep them occupied. 

2. Make sure your kids stay well hydrated. Keep bottled water and fruit juice in a cooler while on the road. Be sure to have plenty of liquids on hand throughout your entire trip. 

3. Be sure to pack snacks for the road. Fresh grapes and other fruit can be stored in a cooler. Dried fruit, trail mix and energy bars can all be great snack options. 

4. Don’t forget a first aid kit. You’ll want to make sure that you have bandages, burn ointment, antiseptic wipes and medication on-hand in case something happens during your trip. 

5. Remember to use sunscreen at all times. Even if you’re traveling in the car or if the sun isn’t shining, there’s still a risk of sunburn. 

6. Be sure to pack baby wipes. They are ideal for cleaning up all sorts of messes. 

7. Consider strategically planning any pit stops. While you can stop at any rest area for the whole family to get out and stretch their legs, why not make the most of your stops? Consider stopping at a park or other tourist attraction. Or, bring along a soccer ball to kick around at a rest stop.

8. Bring a camera for the kids. Have them snap photos of anything they find interesting or enjoyable along the way. Once you’re home, print the photos and have your child scrapbook their memories. 

9. Be sure to pack plenty of plastic bags. While they can be used for trash, you can use them for other things as well. You can put dirty laundry in them and use them on car seats to protect them from water or messes. They’ll also come in handy if anyone gets car sick during your trip. 

10. Be sure to carry plenty of cash, including small bills. You may hit unexpected tolls, decide to stop for food along the way, use a vending machine or need them to tip a bellman for helping you carry your luggage to the hotel room. 

11. Consider traveling at bedtime or nap time. Your children will be sure to fall asleep, which means they won’t have the chance to get bored or cranky while you’re on the road. 

12. Have your child wear multiple layers when traveling by plane. It’s difficult to predict whether the plane will be hot or cold. 

13. Bring a tray for your child to use during a road trip. It will make it easier to draw pictures or color, and it will also make snack time less messy. 

14. Come up with a list of games for your child to play during the trip. I Spy, the Alphabet Game, or even counting the number of red cars on the road (or the number of corn fields when you fly) can help keep your child’s mind focused on something other than the boredom of the trip. 

15. Pack lollipops when traveling by plane. A lollipop will not only keep your child occupied, but it will also help ease any ear pressure. 

As you can see, your family vacation doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Your trip can go more smoothly just by following these simple family vacation hacks

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Top 10 Things to Do as a Family in New Jersey http://kidventurous.com/top-10-things-family-new-jersey/ http://kidventurous.com/top-10-things-family-new-jersey/#respond Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:17:32 +0000 http://kidventurous.com/?p=10169 There is more to the Garden State than just the Jersey Shore (although that’s fun, too). Whether you are here for the summer, just passing through, or calling New Jersey home, you’ll be happy to know that there are many great things to do as a family. We’re going to explore a few of them. Here are our picks of the […]

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Moreys_Piers_in_Wildwood2There is more to the Garden State than just the Jersey Shore (although that’s fun, too). Whether you are here for the summer, just passing through, or calling New Jersey home, you’ll be happy to know that there are many great things to do as a family. We’re going to explore a few of them. Here are our picks of the top 10 things to do as a family in New Jersey:

1. Liberty Science Center – What’s better for parents than a place where fun and learning come together? Liberty Science Center is an interactive science museum in Liberty State Park, Jersey City. They have the world’s largest IMAX Dome and a 3D science theater. You will find fun, changing exhibits like the Dino Dog, Animal Encounter, and Touch Tank. They have traveling exhibits and even camps. There’s something for every age and even if you’ve been before, there’s something new to see each visit.

2. Six Flags Great Adventure – Six Flags Great Adventure is an amusement park in Jackson. Look for loads of family rides that you can enjoy with your school-age children, as well as rides for the younger ones. You’ll also find exciting coasters and rides for the thrill-seekers in your family. It has 11 themed areas and three of them are specifically designed for young children.

3. Historic Village of Allaire – Found in New Jersey’s Allaire State Park, you’ll find a land that time has frozen. It’s a beautiful living history museum that shows you firsthand what this early 19th century industrial community was like. There are also regular events so check their calendar to see what’s happening when you plan to visit.

4. Battleship New Jersey – Located in Camden, this is a museum and memorial open for tours, events, and even overnight stays. Have you ever wanted to spend the night on a battleship? This is a popular overnight trip for cub scouts and your kids are sure to love it, too. Learn about America’s Most Decorated Battleship and experience it for yourself.

5. Cape May/Wildwood – There is so much to see and do in Wildwood, it’s hard to list it all. There’s the beaches and the boardwalk, the free pier rides, beachfront water parks and more. Sometimes referred to as “The Wildwoods” because it is actually three cities – Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, and North Wildwood – there is something to see and do, day and night. There are dance clubs, sports bars, water activities, and over 100 rides and attractions at three different amusement piers. You can go jet skiing, parasailing, wave running, or surfing.

6. Sandy Hook Lighthouse – Sandy Hook Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. Built in 1764, it’s found about 1 ½ nautical miles from the tip of Sandy Hook. Admission for tours is free and it’s definitely something to put on your bucket list.

7. Jersey Shore Pirates – Kids of all ages will love this place but bonus points if your child is a fan of pirates. You literally get to be a pirate for a day. You can fire water cannons, search for sunken treasure, battle enemy pirates, and of course, dress like a pirate. It’s $20 per person for 3 years and older, and $12 for 2 and under. You will make memories that last a lifetime.

8. Wild West City – If you want to experience what life would have been like in the Wild West, they’ve got you covered here at Wild West City. For more than 60 years, they’ve been giving a Wild West experience to visitors at this western heritage theme park. Attractions include a stroll down Main Street 1880, a Stagecoach Ride, Pony Rides (kids only), a Train Ride and much more. You can even go panning for gold.

9. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – Most children love the weird and quirky and Ripley’s is packed with that. You can visit their Odditorium and find a spider made of scissors and knives, a roulette table made of jellybeans, and many more things that will astound you. They also have a laser maze challenge and other changing attractions, depending on when you visit. There’s over 12,000 square feet of cool stuff to see in more than 14 themed galleries.

10. Long Beach Island – New Jersey has a lot of beaches but Long Beach Island is considered one of the best. Called simply LBI by the locals, this is one of the most beautiful sandy beaches you will find in the Garden State. The 18-mile-long island has small shore towns and a variety of things to see and do, including Fantasy Island Amusement Park (a great stop for families).

So there you have it, a list of ten great things your family can do in New Jersey. What will you do first?

Photo Credit: Colin Archer/Agency New Jersey

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