Amazon | BEST PRICE: Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed

Amazon | BEST PRICE: Inflatable Toddler Travel Bed

  • Perfect Anytime – Anywhere Toddler Bed
  • HOME, GRANDMA’S, CAMPING OR VACATION – hiccapop is for modern families on the go. The Original hiccapop inflatable toddler bed is lightweight, portable and offers a LIFETIME guarantee.  XL travel bag & electric turbo pump included.
  • UNMATCHED QUALITY & DURABILITY – hiccapop’s inlay-enforced™ vinyl is 40% thicker than its nearest competitor, making it virtually puncture-proof. Reinforced weld-seams and a heavy duty air valve insure against air leakage. And our velvet flocked mattress is the smoothest in its class, so your little one can sleep more soundly.
  • TRANSITIONAL BED – Kids cannot sleep in adult beds before they are 24 months old, yet most outgrow a crib at 18 months. So what do you do during those awkward 6 months?  The hiccapop travel bed is the perfect solution for those “tween times” that every parent dreads.  And when you’re done, use it for overnighters with friends, or better yet, your next little hiccapopper!
  • INFLATES IN UNDER 30 SECONDS –  Fits all standard crib sheets and blankets.  When it’s time to stow, simply fold, roll and go.
  • EXTRA TALL – EXTRA LONG BED RAIL BUMPERS FOR ADDED SAFETY – 25% taller & 25% longer than nearest competitor.  BPA, phthalate and lead free. EXCEEDS ALL FEDERAL STANDARDS FOR CHILD SAFETY. There is no safer travel bed on the market today at any price. PUMP (120v) NOT COMPATIBLE OUTSIDE OF USA.
Every Kid in a Park: 4th Grade Park Pass

Every Kid in a Park: 4th Grade Park Pass

Did you know that if you have a 4th grader, she/he is entitled to a free park pass that will get you into national parks all over the country? We planned a bunch of trips (some of which are free and we don’t need a pass and some that have paid entrances) when my oldest was in 4th grade.

Screenshot of Randal Olson Itinerary

Here’s an article that features a road trip itinerary to cover some great parks.

Here are some of the places we have been:

  • Great Falls (both the MD and the VA sides)
  • Shenandoah
  • Chincoteague
  • Philadelphia (There are a number of National Parks)
  • Statue of Liberty (This is a national park, but you have to pay a vendor to get there)
  • Harper’s Ferry
  • Everglades
  • Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Mojave National Forest
  • National Arboretum
  • Wolf Trap
  • Fort McHenry
Amazon | BEST PRICE: American Tourister 5-Piece Luggage Set

Amazon | BEST PRICE: American Tourister 5-Piece Luggage Set

The American Tourister 5-piece redefines the physics of luggage maneuverability to create the most effortless rolling bags on the market. This set offers unparalleled control, fluid movement and a range of motion which truly compliments the physiology of the modern traveler. One Set – So Many Options!

27″ Spinner Checked Bag

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20″ Upright Carry-On

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Wheeled Duffel

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Boarding Bag

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Family Bucket List

Family Bucket List

A few years ago, I saw a post on Facebook from someone I was in youth group with about what her family would be doing during that summer. She had a fun handwritten list of activities that her family had created. It had things like a dance party, make slime, hike, etc. I thought it was a great idea and we decided to create one as a family, but also focus on the rich adventures that we could take advantage of here in DC. I divide the list into three times of the year: Summer, Fall/Winter, Winter/Spring. And as we have weekends free of birthday parties or Bnai mitzvah, we fill in with an adventure. As I see activities on people’s Facebook feeds, I also add it to my list.

I’m sure there are many other adventure to add, but here is what I have put together. What other activities have you done that I should add?

  • African American History Museum
  • Air & Space
  • Air & Space (Dulles)
  • American Art Museum
  • American History Museum
  • American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore)
  • AnneMarie Sculpture Garden (Soloman’s Island)
  • Aquarium (Baltimore)
  • Arcade@Smithsonian
  • Art Investigators @ National Art Gallery
  • Artechouse
  • Badlands
  • Barbies
  • Beach
  • Bike Rides
  • Blokus
  • Botanic Garden Model Trains
  • Bowling
  • Brookside Gardens Glow Lights
  • Brookside Gardens Wings of Fantasy
  • Building Museum
  • Camping
  • Capitol
  • Caps Practice
  • Chanukah Fire Truck
  • Chanukah on Ice – Pentagon City
  • Chocolate World  (Hershey)
  • Crayola Experience (Easton)
  • Cunningham State Park
  • Damascus Children’s Museum, Stop Play
  • Davis Kids Museum
  • Diggerland (Cherry Hill)
  • Dress Up
  • Dumbarton Oaks
  • Family Movie Nights
  • Finger Painting
  • Flying Circus Air Show (Sundays through Oct)
  • Folkart Festival (Beginning of July)
  • Frederick Trains Museum
  • Fruit Picking
  • Georgetown Glow
  • Glen Echo Theater
  • Glenstone Museum
  • Great Falls Hike
  • Harper’s Ferry
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hyperkidz
  • Ice Skating
  • Imagination Stage
  • Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Kennedy Center
  • Kid Museum
  • Laser Tag
  • Leesylvania State Park
  • Lego Discovery Center
  • Library of Congress
  • Lighting President’s Park
  • Live Music
  • Magnatiles
  • Make Necklaces
  • Maryland Science Center (Baltimore)
  • Microscope
  • Millennium Stage @Kennedy Center
  • Miniature Golf
  • Minor League Baseball
  • Monopoly
  • Monster Golf
  • Mount Vernon (Christmas Day)
  • Nasa Goddard Visiting Center
  • National Aquarium
  • National Arboretum
  • National Engraving
  • National Geographic
  • National History Museum
  • National Menorah
  • National Postal Museum
  • Nats Game – Jewish Heritage Day
  • Natural History Museum
  • Newseum – Kids are Free this Summer
  • Occoquan Wildlife Refuge
  • Olney Children’s Ballet Theater
  • Parks
  • Patuxent Wildlife Refuge
  • Pinstripes Bowling
  • Play Video Games
  • Playdates
  • Play-Doh
  • Port Discovery
  • Portrait Gallery
  • Postal Museum
  • Potomac Paddle Boats
  • Rock Creek Planetarium
  • Rummikub
  • Scrabble
  • See Fireworks
  • Sesame Place (PA)
  • Set
  • Shakespeare in the Garden
  • Show at local Theater
  • Sledding
  • Snap Circuits
  • Snow Tubing
  • Solomon’s Island
  • Sorry
  • South Mountain Creamery
  • Splash Park
  • Strathmore
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Sunflowers at Mckee Beshers Wildlife Management
  • Tidal Basin
  • Train Rides
  • Trolley Museum
  • Turkey Hill Experience
  • Turtle Park
  • Volunteer
  • Walkersville Southern Railroad (May – Oct)
  • Wharf DC
  • White House
  • Wolftrap Children’s Theater
  • Zoo
  • Zoo Lights

Here are some tips & Videos from The Innovative Dad about Bucket Lists

Summer Planning: Turn over the Bucket List to Your Kids

The Family “Bucket List”

This Week Have I? Fighting the Summer Doldrums

Amazon | BEST PRICE: 40″ Rolling Duffle

Amazon | BEST PRICE: 40″ Rolling Duffle

Travel in style with this great soft-sided rolling duffle bag. Bag features a heavy duty polyester construction. Inline skate wheels for superior mobility, internal retractable hide-away handle system, U-top opening provides easy access to roomy zipper secured main compartment. Two front zipper-secured compartments, adjustable ergonomic shoulder strap. Made of 600 denier heavy duty polyester.

  • Wheels
  • Zipper
  • Large u shape top pocket
  • Six front pockets
  • Internal handle
  • Wheels
  • Zipper
  • Large u shape top pocket
  • Six front pockets
  • Internal handle
Amazon | BEST PRICE + COUPON + SUBSCRIBE & SAVE: Portable Oven Warmer

Amazon | BEST PRICE + COUPON + SUBSCRIBE & SAVE: Portable Oven Warmer

When looking at items to buy for traveling, this item has been recommended a lot is essential. I always find it fascinating what is a subscribe and save item. There is also a coupon to click on.

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