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All of our vacations in the first 5 and a half years of our son's life have been to beach condominiums. Essentially, it's like being at home-someone else's home. So when we got to our vacation this past December to see the famous Mouse and friends, our son walked into the hotel room (a pirate room, but still…), took one look around at the one room hotel and asked, "Where's the rest of it?" and walked into the bathroom expecting it to be a hallway to the other rooms.
And while this room was cool, he still felt uncomfortable. That's why l love Marriott's new "Nickelodeon Your Stay" campaign. At nearly 2,000 Marriott hotels, kids are given a cool Nickelodeon bracelet and a code for free online games a Nick.com as well as an activity mat. Plus, if you eat at one of the hotel restaurants, kids get a special place mat with one of their favorite characters. So, kids feel important and comfortable and most importantly at home.
For a small fee, you can upgrade the package to include all of the above and a storybook and either a SpongeBob or Dora the Explorer pillowcase. My kiddo got a Spongebob pillowcase and I can tell you, he loved it and I know it would make him feel a lot more comfortable at a hotel.
Check out the website for more information as well as some freebies-coloring pages, a travel journal, and travel bingo pages. Kudos to Marriott for this great idea to make kids feel a lot more included in their hotel stay.
TKDDaughter gives Marriott's Nickelodeon's Stay Your Way a:
I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Marriott and received a Nickelodeon gift pack to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
Imagine this…warm, sandy beaches. A cool drink in your hand. Your children playing near you while you and your spouse have an uninterrupted conversation. Sound nice? I think so, and I think I have the place for you. Beaches Resort.
Beaches Resort is a great family vacation spot. With loads of activities for the kids, you can actually have a fun vacation. You can create cool pictures frames with Crayola products after a beach scavenger hunt. You can help mix batter with Cookie Monster for the cookies served on-site. You can listen to a story read by Elmo. Elmo! How cool is that?! There’s an XBOX 360 game garage (good for husbands and children). My son would adore the Pirate’s Island Waterpark. And if you don’t feel like hanging with the kids-childcare!
Beaches is now offering a new WonderFALL celebration during September and October. Besides all the usuals, during this celebration, you can save up to 45% off. If you stay 5-6 nights, you get a free night; if you stay seven nights, you get 2 free nights. But you have to hurry because you need to book by July 17th. It’s the perfect time of year to take a vacation and what a better time than when there’s discount. Check out their website for more info. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
For the great activities and great offer, I give WonderFALL a
"Are we there yet?"
The most annoying question in the world when you’re stuck in the car with a couple of road-weary kids just got a little less frequent. Trip Flix is like a history lesson and fun distraction all rolled into one and it can help to make long roadtrips much more bearable.
Developed by some road-weary parents, Trip Flix divides the country up into small sections and tells you interesting tidbits about each state as you go. The DVD is interactive, so if you have a remote control in the car, kids can easily take guesses at silly or historical questions as they drive.
The two teenage hosts travel throughout the country to different locations and through their experiences, kids learn a little something about where they’re going or where they’re traveling through. From a boat-making experience in the northeast, to an encounter with gnomes and caves, Trip Flix offers a little bit of something for everyone.
While my 7-year old watched with great interest, my 2-year old wasn’t quite as intrigued. I would definitely recommend Trip Flix for older children. I can’t see kids under the age of five wanting to trade in their Mickey Mouse Clubhouse movie in favor of Trip Flix. But, for a bored-to-near-death child who likes to learn a little something, Trip Flix is an interesting and fun way to pass the time.
My only complaint about the DVD is that the volume was not consistent throughout. We were frequently adjusting the volume as some segments would be much louder or softer than others.
Trip Flix is available to purchase through the Trip Flix website or directly from Amazon for $19.99. If you have a child you’d like to distract on a long ride (or even a rainy afternoon in the family room), Trip Flix is definitely worth a look.
BBM gives Trip Flix. . .