Free Board Game Deal!

This week’s Kmart flyer has Candy Land and Chutes & Ladders on sale for $2 each. And with your Sunday paper coupons or coupon from Playsaver.com you get $2 off. An amazing deal!

A Pleasant Car Trip

You’re heading out-of-town for the weekend, driving a few hours for a quick get-away with your family. You’re thinking of all the relaxing time you’ll have at you hotel, seeing new sights, and maybe even picking up a souvenir. But the minute you get in the car, the fighting and whining starts in the backseat. The kids are rowdy, bored, tired, and hungry. You’ll never have a relaxing trip if it starts out like this. So, plan ahead. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the ride:

1. Cleanliness. No one, not even kids, likes to ride in a messy car. Vacuum up all the cracker crumbs, dirt, and french fries. Wipe up spills, and wipe down the car seats. And keep wipes or paper towels in the car for the next time something end up on the floor.

2. Snacks. You can never have too many snacks for a car trip. Buy individually packaged cookies and crackers (or divide up portions in baggies ahead of time) so they’re easy to grab and distribute. Juice boxes will stay cold if you freeze them ahead of time. And a little cooler with cut up carrots, grapes, or apples will make sure those little tummies stay healthy.

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3. Movies. You’ll be amazed at how a dvd can silence even the whiniest of children. Bring a few of the kids’ favorite dvd’s, headphones, and don’t forget the battery charger if your dvd player isn’t installed in your vehicle.

4. Books. I know my son can look at a new book for 45 minutes. Purchase a few kids books (you can find most for under $5) that you know will capture their attention (and keep them quiet!).

5. Music. Download a few extra kids songs onto your iPod for the ride. Whether it’s Hannah Montana or Mickey Mouse, it’s sure to make the ride a little more smooth. I recommend BareNaked Ladies – Snacktime album. Fun for kids and adults.

6. Stop. You know everyone will need a potty break at some point. Try not to be rushed. Plan to make bathroom stops. And to make the trip even more interesting, stop at some of the fun sights along the way. Even if you’ve driven the road to Grandma’s house a hundred times, there’s always a new stop that can make the trip more interesting. Stop on a gravel road and set up a picnic for everyone. Or pull into pie shop for an ice cream cone.

7. Rest. Bring a pillow, blanket, and favorite stuffed animal for nap time. Making the car seat a little more comfy makes it easier to fall asleep.

Taking a little time to plan ahead can make the whole family feel more at ease and keep the chaos to a minimum. Follow these steps and you will definitely notice a difference in your trip this weekend.