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HAPPY (SUMMER) TRAVELS WITH KIDS: 10 OF OUR FAVE APPS + DOWNLOADS

I so appreciate all the fun travel games and ideas floating around pinterest but the times I’ve flown or taken road trips with the kids I’ve found that an activity or book is nice, but a tablet is king (and way more simple). So are snacks, but that is another blog post. For all of your traveling with kids needs, here’s a roundup of all our favorite apps at the moment…

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  1. ENDLESS NUMBERS, READER + ALPHABET: Don’t let the age range deter you because Tilly (7 yrs) still enjoys these. Education, entertaining and totally cute which is not an easy combo to pull-off!
  2. YOUTUBE KIDS: Simple to use and has endless options. My kids love to explore and learn while picking out short episodes, videos and playlists they love!
  3. MIXIMAL: Silly sounds, adorable animation and endless combinations all while mixing animals and syllables… I might enjoy this app even more than my kids!
  4. MINION RUSH: Oh the power of the minions! This game has zero educational value, but if your little one is old enough to swipe back and forth (eating up coins) then they will most likely get sucked right in. Our older 4 kids (4 years and up) would play it non-stop if we let them.
  5. SAGO MINI SUPERHERO: Super cute and entertaining app that we recently downloaded. Griffin (almost 5) loves it. Not sure how long it will keep his attention but it would be a perfect app to download as a surprise before a trip!
  6. RUBY’S STUDIO: Engages kids in a fun and clever way on important topics such as safety, friendship, siblings and feelings. I’ve worked with Ruby’s Studio for the last several years so I might be biased but my kids are truly obsessed. Download full episodes or shorter segments from the episodes (Elise and Louise is a fave).
  7. TOCA ROBOT LAB, TAILOR FAIRY TALES, + BAND: We love the toca app series, but these are the current faves.
  8. HEADS UP: More like a game (think charades or headbands) than an app and great for older (reading level) kids and adults too. Easily a new fave. Tilly (7) and her friends played for at least an hour on our front porch yesterday. I might have snuck in and joined them for a few minutes too.
  9. THINK ROLLS: Different levels for different age groups makes this app a crowd pleaser and easy for siblings to share and take turns.
  10. GO NOODLE: This is not an app or download and it might not be that effective for a trip but it is a genius web site with all kinds of videos that get kids thinking, moving and being silly so it’s worth mentioning and you should totally go check it out!

What kid friendly apps and downloads are you loving and using right now?

XO, Rae

PS – Another summer travel post if you missed it, HERE.

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HAPPY (SUMMER) TRAVELS: DAY TRIPPING WITH KIDS

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As I mentioned yesterday (in this post) we planned and took the kids on a day trip to Bainbridge Island, WA — a beautiful island in the Puget Sound with mostly rocky beaches, lots of marine life and a cute little town. It’s a quick drive and ferry ride from Seattle (4 hours roundtrip for us) making it an easy spot to visit for just the day. Trips and traveling with kids can be tricky and although we don’t do a ton of it, I did learn a few things earlier this week that I think are worth sharing. Especially since we are headed into vacay season!!!

Here are my top 3 (with a hidden 4th) tips for day tripping with kids:

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1. GETTING THERE CAN BE HALF THE FUN – I’m not usually very good at road trips. For me the journey is not half the fun, it’s a painful necessity. I prefer to arrive at our destination as quickly as possible, while a couple or all our kids sleep. But our latest day trip has me thinking differently. When I asked the kids what their favorite parts of the day was, they all mentioned the ferry ride (searching for crabs was the other unanimous highlight!). I know not every trip can involve a boat or alternate form of transportation, but there are other ways to break up the journey and enjoy the process a little more.

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^^^ Griffey randomly climbed onto the hydrant and started saying, “Awkward turtle…”, repeatedly. And it was, LOL. (insert silly monkey emoji here)

2. GEAR MATTERS SO OVERPACK – I’m a chronic under-packer. Piling a ton of stuff into the car, especially things we might not need, has a funny way of stressing me out. Is that weird? I like simplicity and organization in small spaces and I like for people not to have to climb over things to get out of the car. But again, I digress. Taking more of a cub scouts approach on day trips – be prepared – definitely adds to the experience. I can think of a couple things we packed and didn’t use (picnic blankets and beach towels) that I will be packing again and a couple other things (a baby/toddler carrier, bandaids and kites) that I wish we would have packed. This is where a car roof cargo box might come in handy!

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^^^ The scavenger hunt printable I shared yesterday ^^^

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3. IT’S WORTH SKIPPING NAP-TIME FOR – Take this with a grain of salt because it really comes down to ages and how many nappers and  high maintenance little ones you have. As you can tell by the last two pictures, Poppy was exhausted by the end of our day and not pictured were moments of complete chaos where everyone had a need, complaint or idea at the same time. But leaving mid-morning meant that Poppy got a 45 minute power nap on the way to the island which helped and having lots of snacks, quick distractions and a double stroller with a seat for Griffey (the kid would let me carry him forever I think!) helped a ton too. Overall, the meltdowns and tears passed quickly and dealing with them was totally worth it!

Now let’s talk about the hardest part (if you are like me) of skipping naps and quiet time:  giving up a solid couple hours of productivity! My business, sanity and family depends on those precious daily hours. Losing them tends to have a ripple effect and aside from asking for help or replacing them with hours of sleep, I have no idea how to make up for it. But I do know that quality time and special memories win every time!

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It’s been so much fun going back through pictures from our day. I don’t think we managed to get one with all of the kids together and smiling, but we did get this gem where they all look totally confused. Ha! I about died when I saw it and kinda like it more than a smiling one. Weird is so much better than perfect. Which I guess can be my 4th tip for traveling with kids… or doing anything with them for that matter!

What are your best tips for day tripping with kids?

XO, Rae

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TILLY + POPPY’S purses, GRIFFIN’S shorts (on sale), POPPY’S romper, TILLY’S top, TILLY + GRIFFEY + POPPY’S shoes, ESPEN’S shorts

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HAPPY (SUMMER) TRAVELS: A SEASIDE SCAVENGER HUNT PRINTABLE

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The kids had an extra long Memorial Day weekend (5 days off!) and even though a lot of it was spent at baseball games we were able to squeeze in a day trip to Bainbridge Island, WA in the Puget Sound. Before we left I put together a beach scavenger hunt to bring with us. My kids go crazy for activities like this but they already have so much fun at the beach that I wasn’t sure they would participate, but they did and they loved it!

I’ll share more about our trip tomorrow but you can click to download the scavenger hunt activity here:

A DAY AT THE BEACH SCAVENGER HUNT, PDF

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On another note, how cute is Poppy’s little purse from Swankaroo!? Tilly brought her’s along for our adventure too and they were perfect for holding little snacks, activities and treasures from the beach.

Do you guys have a favorite beach activity? Sorta wish we would have brought a couple kites this trip…. next time!

XO, Rae

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