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Got Butterbeer?

What is Butterbeer? It’s what wizards drink!

Enjoy our review of Butterbeer from Universal’s Islands of Adventure Theme Park where we traveled to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and got to drink this tasty treat by the barrel.  Here you can read what it tastes like, if it was any good, what all the fuss is about regarding this potent potion.

Please CLICK HERE to read the FULL ARTICLE on our review of Butterbeer!


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February 22, 2011   1 Comment

We Loved Wizard World!

We did it!  We visited Universal Orlando’s two wonderful theme parks which included The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.   We toured the parks for two and a half days over Thanksgiving weekend 2010, and had a fantastic time.  I have to admit that my wonderful travel companions (my three kids) made the trip a joy forever.

We learned a lot during our visit, and I have written up an article full of tips to help other families enjoy their trips there as well.  Please check out my full article about Universal Orlando Tips and Advice – A few tips to make your visit to Universal Theme Parks and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter More Enjoyable!

Read the full article here:

Also see the review we wrote for Butter Beer from the Wizarding World.

We hope you enjoy the parks as much as we did!

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February 17, 2011   3 Comments

Audio Books for the Car

When is the last time someone read a story to you?   When planning a long road trip with your kids,  consider that this is one of the best ways to entertain your little travelers on the road.  Kids really love audio books, and these days they are more accessible than ever.

You can check out audio books on CDs at your public library. Plan ahead and get on the waiting list to request favorite books  since these are the most popular at the library.   You can also download many books free from your public library if you have an account with them.

For even more options, you can download tons of  FREE audio books online that are in the public domain from Librivox and then play them on your ipod or from any media player on your computer. You can also  try a free site for kids audiobooks called or some pay sites like Audible or Amazon.

So, the next time you’re hitting the road, grab an audio book!

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February 3, 2011   1 Comment

Universal Orlando – Give Us Your Tips!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter reviewHave you visited the Universal theme parks in Orlando recently?  Did you especially enjoy the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter?!

I’m working on an article to share tips from my readers for this magical place!  If you have traveled there recently and would like to share anything about your experience that made your trip more  fun or enjoyable,  please post your tips in the comments below, or contact me by email!

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October 22, 2010   3 Comments

For the Road: Make a Trip-Journal

Keep the kids busy in the car by having them make a Trip-Journal or Scrapbook of their own. Give everyone a big spiral bound sketchpad and a box of crayons or markers. Each day of the trip or for each event along the way, draw a picture of what you did that day, or draw a map of where you went, and write about it. You can also attach souvenirs.

Even children too young to write can draw pictures, and then you can write in the details for them by asking them about the picture. Be sure to include the date since this will be come a treasure forever.

Read more about kids travel journals …!

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October 14, 2010   4 Comments

No whining allowed, unless you’re singing the Blues

My personal favorite road trip amusement item: All-American Car-i-Oke.

This is way better than ordinary music. It’s full participation music!

It has a CD with the music, and all the lyrics in the spiral bound book. It also includes several smaller lyrics booklets – one for the back seat, the way-back seat, and another for anyone who doesn’t like to share.

I bought a copy of All-American Car-i-Oke for my kids a few years ago (Ok, I admit that I probably bought it mostly for me – the biggest kid in the car).  We never tire of it, and use it at least once every trip. We have the most fun with the backseat drumming, and the “make up your own Blues” song.

In fact, it helped evolve a rule in our car — “No whining allowed unless you’re singing the Blues!”

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September 24, 2010   5 Comments

More Reader Favorite Car Games

Reader favorites – fun activities to do in the car….

One child holds out his hand and closes his eyes while the other child “writes” on his hand with her finger.  The first child has to guess what the second person is writing.  Start with just letters, and if it gets too easy, play with 2 or 3 letter words, pausing  between letters. There’s no winner or loser with this game. It can just go on continuously! (Submitted by reader Betsy C. –Thanks!)

TRAVEL BINGO — Print these!

Remember those Travel Bingo boards that you flip the red area when you see the picture on the board?  Look for them at dollar stores. OR, try a printable version such as the travel bingo boards posted here!   (Thanks to reader Lundy W.)

ANIMAL SOUNDS  (Fun for Pre-school age children)
Make animal sounds and let your children take turns naming the animals. If your children are able to do so, let them take turns making the animal sounds and have you guess the animal.

For more travel games for kids, check out the article Car Games for Kids!

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September 7, 2010   2 Comments

Crank Flashlight

Last winter I had the misfortune of suffering a blow out during a short 3-hour road trip to Nashville, TN.  I was driving along the Kentucky Bluegrass Parkway when it happened.

It was January.  It was cold. It was late. And it was dark.  …. VERY DARK.  So dark in fact, that I couldn’t see in order to remove my spare tire, or even where to put the tire iron to tighten the lug nuts. Cars and truck sped by me on the freeway as I struggled and tried to use the light from my cell phone screen just to see what I was doing!   “Never again,” I thought, “will I be caught without a working flashlight.”

Now I carry a wind-up crank flashlight that doesn’t require batteries and has an led bulb that doesn’t burn out.  As I struggled on that cold dark night to change my tire, I thanked my lucky stars that I at least knew how to do change it! I recommend that anyone who drives be familiar with your spare tire and how to use your car jack.  Read more…

August 15, 2010   Comments Off

How to Make a Pirate Map

Do you have some swashbuckling youngsters about ye?  Are ye surrounded by crazy mad rowdy tricksters?  Need ideas to keep them busy?  Send them on a treasure hunt!

Start with your very own authentic looking map.  Here’s How to make your own authentic looking pirate treasure map!

Avast ye, mateys!!  It’s time for some fun on the high seas!

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August 1, 2010   1 Comment

Parade Magazine and MomsMinivan!

MomsMinivan is in Parade Magazine this weekend!  (July 25, 2010)

Look for it in the article called, “Fifteen Ways to Enjoy Your Summer“.  It’s item Number 6:  “Play a New Road Trip Game!”   Check it out!

Also find it at their website at Summer Fun on the Road

And with a picture of cutie Zack Efron on the cover to boot!

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