July is a great time for parties and celebrations, with the weather warm and Independence Day kicking off the month. Whether by car, plane, boat or train, this is also an ideal month for family vacations, right in the midst of summer.
Ride with Amtrak
Visiting with seldom seen family members can be loads of fun, and if you choose to travel by train, you can make the journey to your family’s reunion an exciting part of your child’s summer vacation experience. Think about it. Rather than fighting traffic, scheduling potty and snack breaks and trying to keep kids entertained on a long car trip, you can travel by train and actually spend quality time with your children while sharing a memorable adventure.
Amtrak offers some interesting vacation suggestions and discounts for family travel, as well as a special Kids Depot webpage, complete with games, activities and downloads covering a variety of topics like trains, geography, the environment, memory-building, problem-solving and much more. Kids can use the site to even make and send their own e-cards from the family laptop while aboard the train. Once aboard the train, you and your family will enjoy spectacular views, can get up and move around, visit the dining car or restroom, read train stories and play games, even take a nap together, arriving at your destination rested, happy and stress free.
Pajanimals’ Pack Your Pajamas Sweepstakes
The Jim Henson Company, a leader in family entertainment for over 50 years, is partnering with Amtrak this July for a special â€œPajanimals’ Pack Your Pajamas Sweepstakes.â€ Families can enter the sweepstakes beginning July 1, 2013 by logging onto Pack Your Pajamas Sweepstakes and following the entry directions.
The â€œPajanimals’ Pack Your Pajamas Sweepstakesâ€ will award one Grand Prize of four round-trip coach tickets on Amtrak, a Flip video camera and a 4-piece large plush set of Pajanimals from Tomy. Five First Prize winners will receive HeysUSA Amtrak luggage and a Pajanimals Adventure Game from Briarpatch and 10 Second Prize winners will receive an Amtrak branded hoodie and the â€œPajanimals Playdateâ€ DVD from NCircle Entertainment. The sweepstakes ends July 31, 2013, just in time to take the family on an exciting vacation adventure via Amtrak.
Pajanimals Pajama Party DVD
Pajanimals love to celebrate birthdays, sing songs and enjoy pajama dance parties with friends. You and your pre-schoolers can join Cowbella, Apollo, Sweet Pea Sue and Squacky as they travel to Birthday Land to learn the true importance of why birthdays are so special! Then it’s time to enjoy a pajama dance party and sing our favorite songs! Join the Pajanimals on these fun adventures before it’s time for bedtime in â€œPajanimals Pajama Party!â€
My kids watched the DVD when they first woke up in the morning and were really into it. It’s 60 minutes of songs that are cute and catchy, which help tell stories that encourage children to learn important social and emotional lessons such as how to share with friends, overcoming shyness and telling the truth.
If you’re on the go this summer and have a portable DVD player, the â€œPajanimals Pajama Party!â€ DVD would be fantastic to take along, but it’s a lot of fun to watch at home, too. Now available at www.ncircleentertainment.com as well as on Amazon. (SRP: $9.99).
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