Category Archives: Travel with kids

Airbus Wants To Sell You A Plane

Yesterday I came across a tweet from Airbus which mentioned they were launching their new online shop.

While I do have a bunch of airline-related souvenirs including an awesome Singapore Airlines A380 model (that I got at a Travel Massive event), I don’t plan on buying any more collectibles ( junk) to add to my collection.

However, I thouht that it would be fun to check out the site to see what kind of things Airbus was offering for sale.

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A Kiddie Amenity Kit For $3

At a little over 2 years old, I like to consider Lucas a well-seasoned little traveler. He’s flown over 90,000 miles as a lap baby and has already taken two trips to Europe since turning 2 in early January.

We’ve been very lucky so far. Lucas has been very good on flights. However, he has learned that the crew are generally very friendly (they have apple juice and pretzels!) and  he now asks to take walks, which usually means hanging out in the galley.  So we are always looking for ways to keep him in his seat.

When he is awake, Lucas enjoys watching the in-flight entertainment. We also bring along his iPad mini as well as a small bag of toys (little figurines, wind-up toys, crayons etc.).

I’ve been wanting to get Lucas a few more (small) toys and activities to save just for when we are flying. With three more trips already in the works and more to come, Lucas is bound to get bored with his “airplane” toys.

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17 Cool Things Kids Can Get For FREE

As many of you may know, I love finding a great deal. Getting free stuff is even better.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some things that I am happy to spend money on- especially  when it comes to Lucas it can be hard to say no.

I was happy to come across an interesting and potentially useful article from Buzzfeed which shares 17 Surprisingly Cool Things Kids Can Get For Free.

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An Airport Animal Encounter

In mid-January I wrote about a Washington Post article: Don’t Pet the Dogs, Collect the Cards. I’ve been hoping to spot a TSA K-9 handler to ask for a card but hadn’t seen any at the airport up until our most recent arrival at Newark Airport (EWR). We were coming back from our Quick Euro Roadtrip.

After getting our backpacks from the baggage claim, we were getting our things organized when a happy Customs and Border Protection K-9 came wandering by with his handler.

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Southwest Selling Reusable Car Seat/ Stroller Bags


We sure could’ve used this for our last flight with Southwest.

During our flight to Dallas, we had to catch another flight through Chicago’s Midway Airport. We picked up Lucas car seat and stroller at the gate and noticed that the car seat was filthy. It was damp and covered in a white, soapy substance.

At first we couldn’t imagine what it was. It seemed to be a bit soapy. We then had an idea of what it could be. Prior to take off from New York, our plane had to be de-iced. Out came the trucks shooting a white foam onto the wings of the plane. Could it be that our car seat had de-icing foam on it?

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Kids Fly Free With Air Baltic

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I’m not sure that any of you will be planning to visit the Baltics in the near future (especially with kids), but if you do here is a very nice deal that I wish some of the U.S. airlines would copy.

Air Baltic is running a special where Kids Fly Free to any destination.

To get this offer (for up to 3 kids), 2 return tickets must be booked by adults for travel between February 1 – March 16.

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Nat Geo: Top 10 World Heritage Sites For Kids


Prior to heading off on our trips, I’ll usually check to see if there are any UNESCO World Heritage Sites in or near the places we are visiting. At times we’ll go out of our way to visit a site that sounds really interesting.

There are close to 1,000 sites listed  and I’ve been to around 85 of them so far.

National Geographic put together a Top 10 list of World Heritage Sites for Kids. According to NatGeo, they went over the heritage list to choose destinations of sublime beauty and historical significance that will inspire travelers young and old.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Kids Week: February 2014

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The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Kids Week 2014 is coming next month.

Events will be held for 9 days, from February 15-23.

If you’re in the New York City area or going to be visiting, this sounds like an event worth checking out if you are traveling with kids!

I’ve been wanting to visit the Intrepid for years and still haven’t made it there. It’s funny how as a native New Yorker I feel like I’ve done little in my own city compared to ones that I’ve traveled to.

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T+L: The World’s Greatest Toy Stores

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I have to admit that I still love toys. As a special education teacher for kids ages birth-5, I get to play quite a bit at work.

While I buy most of my work supplies (toys) online, I still love  stopping in  toy stores for inspiration.  I also love visiting toy stores when traveling. We were amazed at the toy sections in some of the malls during our trip to Germany back in September.

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USA Today: 10 Memorabe Museum Sleepovers For Kids of All Ages

I’ve heard about museum sleepovers but never quite understood what they were all about until recently reading an article from USA Today. 

Museum sleepovers offer unique experiences which sound like a great way for kids to spend quality time with their parents and other important adults in their lives.

In the past when I’d hear about museum sleepovers, those silly Night At The Museum movies starring Ben Stiller came to mind.

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