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Best Places for Family Trips Around the World

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The world is full of surprises when it comes to travelling to new and different places. Each of these places has a story of their own which are enough to make a lifetime place for themselves in our heart. And when it comes to travelling around the world with your family, it just can’t get any better!

So here we are with some of the best laces from around the world which are considered to be best for taking family trips. Do have a look!

Portugal, Europe

Portugal in true sense is the idea European family destination that you wouldn’t want to miss on. The whole vibes of this place is full of rick cultural heritage, awe inspiring historical routes, mouth relishing local food and some beautiful scenery that are enough to leave your spellbound for days. It is one of the best places if you are considering to go on for a family vacay. It not a crowdie place and comparatively more cost effective as compared to other European countries.  You can start your Portugal trip from Lisbon; the capital, which is full of many kid centric attractions. Then you can head to Cascais for the love of history and historical sites. And then to many other places.

Alaska, US

One of the most perfect destinations for family trips is those which are surrounded by nature. It helps you relax from the hustling city life and enjoy some blissful quality time with your family. And for that matter Alaska is just the right place for you. Alaska has everything you can ask for. It is a paradise for winter sports, the nature blooms at its best here and also it provides with ample of opportunities for adventurous activites like hiking, trekking, paragliding, etc. the wildlife sanctuaries here are showcase their diversified flora and fauna, the world class aquariums help you encounter with the best of the underwater life from up-close and any more things. This place will prove to be worth your family trip.

Toronto, Canada

This is a city full of life. It is a city where you have got to come with your family for at least once. The whole vibes of the city is so energetic and full of electric ambiance. This place has to offer everything for everyone. Take your family to this place an let them explore a world so vibrantly rich in culture, full good and supporting people and big hub for shopping. It is the ultimate paradise for all the shopaholics and foodies out there.  This place is a shopping hub and your family may not want to leave this place ever. And on top of it the local food of this place is an utter delight! It is so savory that you will want to come to this place over and over again just to have a bite of their food.

Conclusion

So if you are considering to go on for a family vacation, you should consider one of the above-mentioned places.  These are worth the time you will be investing in to make some of the best memories with your family. Also, these places provide good accommodation, a variety of food option and easy transport facilities. In general, these places are some of the best tourist places in the world and you have got to give it a try.




Estes Alpha III Rocket Launch Set Review and Giveaway

I want to start this post off by saying WOW and I mean WOW in a good way. For the last few days Shaun and I have been assembling our E2X (easy to assemble) Estes Alpha III Rocket Launch Set that we received from Estes. I can say for sure that this is one of the coolest projects that Shaun and I have ever worked on together.

This project that Shaun and I worked on is a first for the both of us. Shaun and I have always seen rocket sets at our local hobby shop but never took that next step and if I knew how awesome they were Shaun and I would have done this activity a long time ago.

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Out of the box the Estes Alpha III Rocket Launch Set was pretty easy to assemble but we needed to work on our rocket in a few steps over a few days since some of the pieces needed to be glued together and we needed to allow time for the glue to dry. I probably did do a little more assembling than I would have liked but that is only because Shaun isn’t the most patient person and I wanted to make sure that everything was assembled properly. The instructions were pretty easy to follow and I made sure Shaun and I took our time so that we built the rocket correctly the first time especially since gluing pieces together was needed. Overall the process was really easy with just a little patience.

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Here are some additional details about Estes and the Alpha III Rocket Launch Set:

Length: 12.3 in. (31.2 cm)
Diameter: .98 in. (25 mm)
Estimated Weight: 1.2 oz. (34 g)

Plastic Fins, Self-stick Decals, 12 in. (30.5 cm) Parachute Recovery

Recommended Engines: 1/2A6-2, A8-3 (First Flight), B4-4, B6-4, B6-6, C6-5, C6-7

Projected Max Altitude: 1100 ft. (335 m)

Estes model rocketry is recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12. Unless otherwise specified, all models require assembly. Tools, construction and finishing supplies sold separately. In order to launch, a launch system, model rocket engines, igniters and recovery wadding are required – sold separately-unless otherwise specified.

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Once our master piece was assembled we were ready for takeoff. The launch process was really easy but does require adult supervision due to the model rocket engine which is sold separately.

The cool thing is once Shaun and I launched our first rocket a small crowd of kids and parents from the neighborhood gathered around to get a closer look and they were in awe of the rocket and how high it launched into the air.  I will be honest I was shocked as well but then again I wasn’t sure what to expect.  All in all this was a really awesome project that gave Shaun and me some needed father/son time.

Whether a beginner like us or more experienced, Estes has a big selection of model rocket kits for all skill levels that are available at local hoppy shops, Hobby Lobby and Michaels stores, as well as Walmart and Target.

Are you and your kids ready to do a launch of your own?

Two lucky Look What Mom Found…and Dad too readers will have the chance to win an Estes Rocket Launch Set (Easy to Assemble or Ready to Fly) of their choice and a $50 Hobby Lobby Gift Card.  All I need you to do is head over to Estes and tell me which Launch Set is your favorite.

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Revell SnapTite Model Kit Giveaway

Today’s society is so technology focused that a lot of kids would be happy just watching TV or playing video games all day.  I know my kids would do that if we let them but we try to engage them in other activities like crafts, sports and games whenever possible.

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Recently I was asked by model-building company Revell to spend some screen-free time with my son building a model.  I thought this would be a great activity for Shaun and me to do together so we selected a Revell SnapTite 1970 Chevelle SS.  I can remember when I was a kid going to the store and picking up a model, glue and paint and how much fun I would have just sitting in my room all weekend long and building my model until it was done.  My father wasn’t around so I had to build my models alone but not Shaun because we built it together and had an awesome time.  I can say this is the first time in a while where Shaun and I sat down together and both worked on the same project and I am glad we did.  Parents need to spend more time with their children and model building is a great activity to do together.  Shaun and I plan to do again very soon.

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I really like the Revell SnapTite Model Kits because I can remember when I was a kid and having to use model glue to hold everything together, which was a total mess.  The SnapTite Kits go together really easy (they don’t require any paint or glue) which allowed Shaun to build 95% of the model himself with just a little direction from me.  The instructions were well laid out and the pieces were easy to find and it all snapped together perfectly.  The sticker decals were pretty easy to apply and Shaun did it by himself after I showed him once.  All in all the whole process from start to finish took about 1 hr to 1.5 hrs and like I mentioned was really easy and fun to do.

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Helping Shaun build this model took me back to a place in my childhood that I really enjoyed and I was glad that I got the opportunity to share this experience with my son.

Revell model kits are available at local hoppy shops, Hobby Lobby and Michaels stores, as well as Walmart. Revell offers all sorts of kits, like classic cars, trucks, and planes.

Looking to spend some quality time with your kids?

Two lucky Look What Mom Found…and Dad too readers will have the chance to win a Revell SnapTite Model Kit of their choice and a $50 Hobby Lobby Gift Card.  All I need you to do is head over to Revell and tell me which SnapTite Model Kit is your favorite.

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Earn a Backyard Fun Badge

Disney’s Family Fun Magazine brings us fun filled ideas, informational articles and kid-friendly recipes. I’ve been reading this publication for over 8 years an know I can count on them for wholesome and entertaining content. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary with “Badges of Fun”, a fun, yearlong initiative that encourages families to spend even more time together.

HOW TO START

First, check out the June/July birthday issue of FamilyFun, which features the first badge, themed “BackyardFun.” Families can earn these badges monthly — and, enter to win fun prizes — by completing one of three suggested activities under a particular theme. More details below on FamilyFun’s suggested ideas for “Backyard Fun” this summer!

SHARE YOUR FUN:

Families are encouraged to share their experiences on the Badges of Fun microsite and print (or tear out from the June/July issue) a custom display poster — perfect for the fridge — to serve as a reminder of badges earned over the course of the year-long program.

WHO’S INVOLVED:

Families across the country — and YOU, hopefully! Also, the first “Backyard Fun” badge for the June/July birthday issue was created by LeafCutterDesigns.com’s Lea Redmond. Each issue, there will be a new badge featured — each designed by various arts & craft bloggers who are fans of FamilyFun.

This past month we finished up planting the veggie garden and weeding the side and front yards. We’ve worked together to get flowers in hanging baskets and herbs in deck planters too. While this may not sound like fun for some families my kids love to get their hands dirty and literally see the fruits of their labor. We’ve also snuck in some dusk games in the field behind our house. The sunset provides enough light to toss around a ball and play a little badminton.

What kind of Backyard Fun can you have as a family?

 

 

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When it’s too hot

When it’s too hot to play outside, make it an adventure inside.

This is Shae’s fort made from the kitchen table, some blankets and pillows and her play camping gear.

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We are going on day 3 of the fort, meals are now eaten in the living room while watching the Food Network. I just wish my niece would learn to STOP standing up under the table. She’s gonna knock herself out one of these days.










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Top 10 Travel Destinations For Families

Summer vacation planning is in full swing for most families right now. There’s just a couple weeks left of school and then the fun begins. Our vacation is staying the same is every year, a week at the Jersey Shore. Thankfully not the Jersey Shore that is depicted on TV but a more relaxed and toned-down version. Travelocity dug into it’s their records of summer reservations and came up with a list of Top Family Destinations for 2011. Not surprisingly beaches flood the list.
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1. Orlando: Orlando is, not surprisingly, the number-one family destination for summer 2011. With theme parks galore and some of the summer’s most competitive room rates, fun and value reign supreme on Orlando vacations.

2. Cancun: A destination once known for spring break debauchery, Cancun has reinvented itself as a family-friendly destination. It comes in as the number-one destination for families traveling internationally, and two on the overall list.

hawaii-sunset-purple-orange3. Honolulu: Four destinations in Hawaii made their way into the top ten summer destinations for families, but of those, Honolulu comes out on top. Direct flights to Honolulu are available from many U.S. cities, making getting to world-famous Waikiki Beach a breeze.

4. Maui: Famous as a honeymoon destination, Maui vacations are also a favorite for families, especially during the summer months. Turns out kids and couples alike love the beautiful beaches, where the sand color ranges from white to black to red.

5. Kauai: Beautiful coastline and secluded beaches are a given on Hawaii vacations, but Kauai is the perfect island choice for active families and nature lovers.

6. Bahamas: Cheap flights to Nassau make getting to the Bahamas both easy and affordable. Though not technically part of the Caribbean, expect the same beautiful white-sand beaches, hotels in every price range and flowing rum punch.

7. Kona: Found on the island of Hawaii (or, The Big Island), Kona is an excellent destination from which to explore. From snow-capped mountains (yes, there’s snow in Hawaii!) to rainforests to the world’s most active volcano, this island is also the state’s most diverse.

8. Puerto Vallarta: Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s second-most-popular destination for families this summer. Mexico vacation packages are always a great value and this beach destination on the country’s west coast is no exception.

9. Turks & Caicos: Talk about an island that just keeps getting more and more popular – Turks & Caicos climbs up the list of top-booked destinations each year. Caribbean vacations are always popular for families and this island is proving to be a top pick.

10. Dominican Republic: Rounding out the top 10 most popular summer destinations for families is the D.R. and it’s no wonder. There are many direct flights to Dominican Republic every day, so towing the kiddies and all their stuff is no problem. Plus, Dominican Republic resorts come in every shape, size and price range.

Where are you going this summer? Where is your top vacation spot?

This list was provided by Travelocity and they would like to welcome you to Window Seat Blog for updates, images and daily rates.

 

 

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Whatcha Doing This Weekend? iPad and $50 AMEX GC Giveaway

Goby.com is an activity search engine that is a great tool for families, travelers, adventure seekers and more. No matter where you live or where you are going check in for new activities, destinations, restaurants, museums or whatever you like to do. I found a really unique event local to me that would be great for new parents; a stroller tour at the Art Museum. This is something I normally wouldn’t know about but Goby.com is a great resource and it is a must visit site for everyone.

Using their Family Fun feature is the easiest way to find the things closest to you and in a specified time frame. If your weekendis open just choose “this weekend” and you’ll get a list of things that are on-going and exclusive for those days. Date Night is another cool reason to use Goby.com. Visit a cool winery or jazz club that is running a special on drinks.

Download the new goby app for iPod Touch/iPhone app so you have access to over 6 million adventures at any time.

Win a new iPad 2 or a $50 AMEX Gift Card just by using Goby.com. Use the what, where when fields on the homepage to find and adventure near you. Post the link in the comments of this blog along with why you chose your adventure. Here are my search results http://www.goby.com/spas–near–wilmington-de/date-this-weekend

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  • Download the NEW goby app for iPod Touch/iPhone, forward your emailed receipt to emily (at) goby.com tell her LookWhatMomFound…andDadtoo! sent you! (5 extra entries toward the iPad)

Your entries must follow the rules or they won’t be eligible for prizes. This contest ends 11:59 pm, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email.  Winners will  This contest is open to Continental US residents only. For complete rules please read our contest rules page.

 

 

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Meet Me At The Bigtop

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey is back in Philly with it’s newest show; Fully Charged

Fully Charged℠ is an all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children of All Ages!

The most electrifying edition ever of Ringling Bros.®celebrates performance power that boosts circus-goers excitement. The amazing acts, which can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth®, include Tabayara, a dynamic animal trainer whose rare ability to communicate with animals allows him to ride rearing stallions at a fully charged gallop and orchestrate majestic four-ton Asian Elephants in a symphony of dance. When he stands inside a cage, eye to eye with twelve ferocious tigers, Tabayara sees family where others see danger.

The fun begins Thursday February 17th thru 20th at the Wells Fargo Center. Get your tickets now using the discount code MOM.

Win a 4 pack of vouchers (philadelphia shows only) right here at LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! Just tell me if you’ve ever been to the circus and if so what your favorite part was.

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Let General Mills send you to the Movies #Giveaway

Movie time has become an indulgence over the years. The price of tickets along with snacks and drinks can add up to a mini fortune. General Mills Brig G cereals wants to get you and your family back to spending fun quality time together by offering a free movie ticket on specially marked packages of breakfast cereal.

Honey Nut Cheerios® (17 oz.)
Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (17 oz.)
Lucky Charms® (16 oz.)
Trix® (14.8 oz)
Reese’s Puffs® cereal (18 oz.)


After purchasing 2 of the participating cereals visit MovieCash and redeem your codes for a free movie pass valued up to $12. To locate a theater near you log onto the locator.

Simply do what you already do; eat, and earn some “cash” for a fun day with your own gang. Win a Family Flick Night prize pack here at LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! which includes 2 boxes of Big G cereal and 4 Movie Cash certificates. Tell me what cereals you’d buy to start earning codes for even more movie cash.

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Disney On Ice: Princess Wishes

Enter a world of wishes with your favorite Disney princesses in Disney On Ice presents Princess Wishes! Tinker Bell represents the magic of Disney as she whisks you through a collection of enchanting and beloved Disney stories. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves. See Snow White find her one true love. Discover a whole new world with Jasmine. And, watch in wonder as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Aurora and Mulan all come true. Make your princesses wish become her happily ever after when Disney On Ice presents Princess Wishes comes to 1st Mariner Arena.

1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore MD, February 9th -13th

Discount Information:
The Enchantment Starts at $11for Select Weekday Performances with Code MOM Or, SAVE $4 on Weekend and Holiday Tickets with Code MOM!

Show Times:

Weds. Feb. 9th at 7:30 p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 10th at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 11th at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 12th at 11:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 13th at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Venue/Ticket Information:
Visit www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-551-SEAT. Tickets may also be purchased at Ticketmaster Retail Locations, or by purchasing them at the arena’s box office. For Group Sales, call (410) 347-2006.

1st Mariner Ticket Prices: $55 Front Row, $38 VIP, $25, $18 and $5

To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.disneyonice.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.
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