Our family loves spending time outdoors to rough-house (or wrestle as we call it), play sports, ride bikes, take walks and when it’s dark outside, build a campfire, watch the stars come out or catch fireflies. When I found out that we’d have the opportunity to try out a new glow-in-the-dark basketball called Reactorz, I […]
Last week, OurFarmilyReviews.com Contributor Marilyn (Grandma, as my kids refer to her) set her sights, with her friend, on a two-week long sightseeing trek around the Southwest (USA). I’m pleased to present this update from her including excerpts from her friend Susan, which comes to you as she’s on the road traveling via train from Chicago to NM to pickup a car rental with select accommodations as they enjoy traveling USA’s Southwest.
Leaving from the Midwest
We kicked off the trip leaving the Chicago area and traveling the first leg via Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. I haven’t taken a train trip in 20 years and it’s hard to believe that I’ll arrive in New Mexico tomorrow morning. If we were driving it would take 2 1/2 days. Wow! And, round trip, it was only $200. Much cheaper than paying for motels, food, and gas.
Once a year, House In The Rock in Dodgeville, WI, a fantastic, unusual family attraction, opens its doors for a locals free day where admission is completely at no charge for entrants with a WI drivers license and immediate family. These area residents days are once per year and usually in May.
What’s a Find It game? Identity Games, the company behind Find It and Poopyhead games, calls Find It a “contained adventure”. We like to think of Find It as a road trip hack which both kids and adults can have fun playing while passing the time on a car ride or waiting for a sibling’s baseball game to finish.
The Find It Games are a portable activity and one of my boys’ new favorites to bring along while we’re on the go. Read more below about the Find It Discover America and Find It Eww Gross games which we enjoyed most on car rides. Read More »
Poopyhead is a funny game which has the added bonus of having to wash your hands. Kids might not know, but this game promotes concentration as players focus on placing alternating colors and a specific order of the cards: toilet, poop, toilet paper then wash your hands. The directions may sound a little silly but this game is very familiar, is not super competitive and easy once you get the hang of it.
We enjoyed this family game very, very much as we tested it with two players then the whole family too. All three of the boys in our family were able to play and despite the game being for Ages 6 and up, you will notice in the video below that little Ollie is only 4 and he easily learned how to play Poopyhead. Kids will enjoy the hilarious poops that go on the loosers’ heads and who doesn’t like whopie cushions?
Netflix is constantly updating their library of movies which are available for streaming and with the huge volume of choices, it is sometimes hard to sift through and decide quickly what to watch. Below are the best movies on Netflix organized for younger viewers and for the older kids, teens and parents. Please note the recommendations to check if each movie is appropriate for your kids.
My mom and late dad have been visiting Sedona, AZ, sometimes multiple times per year, since 1996. “I don’t think we ever missed a year after that, so it’s been 20 years!” With amazing hiking trails and breathtaking views, Sedona has been a favorite place of theirs to visit every year. Below, my mom shares her impression of the best hiking trails in Sedona from her visit last month.Read More »
This was one of the ride-ons for the little ones at Safari Land in the Western suburbs of Chicagoland
Safari Land in Villa Park, IL just off North Ave, Rte, 64 has many arcade games and rides for all ages including many little kid ride ons which take $.50 in tokens.
Here’s Cow Tipping, a arcade game for younger kids at Safari Land
After a visit to Cantigny in Winfield, I splurged with a shopping trip to Kohls for some Urban PIPLINE Relaxed fit Bootcut jeans!
Oliver climbing on tank at Cantigny park
having fun on tanks!
River climing on tanks.
Cantigny features a huge museum with displays of all the wars which American’s have fought in.
The Museum at Cantigny
The displays at the Cantigny museum were interesting for all three of my boys
This almost real-life display used a voice-over on a PA which was like a drill sergeant commanding you.
Cantigny in Winfield has a number of real tanks which the kids can climb all over
My boys are so cute
The whole clan heading to a woodworkers display at Cantigny
A super-cute closeup
Keller in thinking mode.
Oliver playing with Keller.
Keller and River making marsh mellows.
having a fire in the garden.
a yummy marsh mellow
The next morning we took a walk
This path is converted from an old horse pasture
Oliver is in full power posture
Ollie throwing his new flying toy which he won from the tickets at Safari Land
This weekend, we took a trip to my mother’s in the Western suburbs of Chicagoland with my three boys and my sister while my wife stayed back home for some alone time. The highlights of our trip (besides catching up with my sister and mom) were Safari Land arcades and amusements in Addison, IL and Cantigny […]
This weekend, we’re taking a short haul south to visit Grandma. I love the idea of preparing some screen time for the kids to enjoy on the road which, it’s a blessing to have quiet time too. There will be no Netflix in our car so the best option for the kids is DVD’s from the local library – I’ll be stocking up on kid friendly movie titles which will be appropriate for all three of my boys 4, 7 and 12 years old. Here’s what I’ll be looking for this evening at our local library to bring with us as we travel for a fun weekend at Gramas’.
While planning all family vacations, I usually try to see where the local brewpubs are located in an effort to assert some parental fun while we all enjoy a night out for dinner. The Beer Mapping Project website provides a Google Map view of all local brewpubs, breweries for spying the near-by parental destination and […]