10 Things You Can Do to Make Sure It’s a Fun Family Trip

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Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Summer is almost over! Just enough time for one last Road Trip! We have a terrific article this week about making that trip a fun experience plus great info on events coming up this August.   Check out our new Back to School section on our website too – we are putting up some terrific info there too!

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. This month we will be giving away 2 Schlitterbahn tix to the New Braunfels park too! Be sure to follow us on Instagram as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Local Events Coming Up:

Bay Jammin’ Concert  Series – FREE!

Summer Live Entertainment Lineup at Cole Park Amphitheater

 

Now through August 13, 2015

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Services Division and CHRISTUS Health Plan, J² Productions, along with other local businesses once again invite you to come out to Cole Park Amphitheater to enjoy the Bay Jammin’ CONCERT Series. This year’s lineup will continue every Thursday evening now through August 13, 2015, from 7:30pm9:30pm. The stage is set under the stars against our beautiful Corpus Christi bayfront.

The City will showcase a variety of bands. Music will be live—in a variety of genre from rock, country, world beat, jazz, blues and much more. All these concerts are offered FREE for everyone, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy this wonderful entertainment.

 

SUMMER 2015 CONCERT REMAINING LINEUP: (Thursdays, 7:30pm9:30pm)

August  6      Scarecrow People (Reggae, Variety, and 80’s)

August  13    Jeff “El Jefe” Anderson Trio (Original Texas Blues Rock)

Bay Jammin’ Cinema Series – FREE!

Summer Entertainment Lineup at Cole Park Amphitheater

 Now through August 14, 2015

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Services Division and CHRISTUS Health Plan, J² Productions, along with other local businesses once again invite you to come out to Cole Park Amphitheater to enjoy the Bay Jammin’ CINEMA Series. This year’s lineup which will continue now through August 14, 2015 is full of action, adventure and will bring out the laughter in all ages. Movies will be shown under the stars against our beautiful Corpus Christi bayfront every Friday evening after dark. All films are closed captioned. The movies are offered FREE for everyone, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy this wonderful family entertainment.

 

SUMMER 2015 CINEMA REMAINING SCHEDULE: (Fridays, after dark)

July  31     Penguins of Madagascar (92 min – Animation | Adventure | Comedy)

August  7      Annie (118 min – Comedy | Drama | Family)

August  14     Maleficent (97 min – Action | Adventure | Family)

For more information about this concert series, visit www.ccparkandrec.com (click ‘Arts & Culture’) or call 361-826-3417.

The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is dedicated to providing quality, affordable, enrichment programs for all ages and interests. For more information about the wide variety of programs and services offered by the department, visit www.ccparkandrec.com. We invite everyone to Live. Learn. Play!

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10 Things You Can Do to Make Sure It’s a Fun Family Trip

Expert Author Judith I Villarreal

There’s really nothing more exciting than rounding up the gang together for a fun family trip. As summer takes a firmer grip on the days, one of the best (and certainly kid approved) ways to celebrate is with a road trip. As a classic way to gather the whole crew up for a week or so of bonding, the road trip is often overlooked as an activity that needs planning because the destination will offer up the fun. However, as it’s often said: getting there is half the fun! Keep these awesome 10 things in mind when your family adventure rolls around.

1. Pack fun car games to keep the family entertained

Keep a variety of giggle inducing games that are car friendly to keep boredom away. You’ll never have to hear another “Are we there yet?” from your squirmy kids in the backseat. A few ideas for games for your family fun trips are Mad Libs, I Spy, Car Bingo, and Name That Tune.

2. Pack yummy snacks for the road

Don’t rely on the roadside convenience stores to satisfy your snack attacks. Having prepared snacks is a great way to keep any tummies from rumbling with the peace of mind that you know what exactly is going into your family’s bellies. Wouldn’t you rather feed your family wholesome cut veggies, sandwich squares, and juice than the sugary sodas and questionable hot dogs you’ll find in a gas station?

3. Book an awesome hotel

Ensure your fun family trips go smoother than a jar of creamy Jiffy by carefully booking your hotel. You want to make sure that it has something that the whole family can enjoy like swimming pools, breakfasts, cable, and all sorts of other awesome goodies.

4. Go on adventurous tours

Skip the boring tours and opt for ones that offer a more memorable experience like ghost tours, dollhouse museums, or safari rides at a wild life center.

5. Do your research

Wherever your final destination is pinned, make sure you have a list of things to see and do before you get there.

6. Take a camera

With all of the excitement of the pending trip, cameras are sometimes forgotten. Be sure you won’t miss special moments of your fun family trips by remembering to pack your camera, charger, and spare battery.

7. Get some fresh air

When you’re planning out your days, don’t forget to add a few trips that will offer outdoor fun and sunshine to give the little ones room to run around and stretch their legs.

8. Check out cheesy landmarks

Every city has cheesy landmarks. Go to each one and snap a silly photo.

9. Have some littles time

Carve out a very special day that’s all about the kiddos. Maybe you decide to head to a train museum that you know they’ll love.

10. Have some grown up time

Don’t forget to have some special grown up time too, though! Whether it’s a nice dinner with wine or antiquing, be sure to include fun for the grown ups too.

If you’d like more ideas and tips on how to make sure you have fun family trips, click here or go to VisitGranbury.com to learn more.

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Beat the Car Seat Heat

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Coastal Bend Mamas

Hi Mamas,

Are you ready for the Summer heat? We have a great article from Texas Mama Michelle Stevenson about keeping your child’s car seat cooler. Those seats are always so HOT and I feel so bad for those little one’s coming out of them all sweaty and red faced. Keep these tips in mind, especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your car!

Become a fan and watch our Facebook page – we often put reminders, fun posts and new information up there. This month we will be giving away 2 Schlitterbahn tix to the New Braunfels park too! Be sure to follow us on Instagram as well!

Have a great weekend! Enjoy!! ~Judy

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Beat the Car Seat Heat

The South Texas summer heat is upon us. It’s important that our kids stay cool when they are in their car seats. It’s really shocking how warm your car can get when it is hot outside. Car seats actually get hotter than the internal temperature of the car because they hold heat so well.

These tips will help your little ones from getting too hot and sweating in their seats.

1. A windshield sunshade will keep a lot of heat out of the vehicle. I know it takes extra time to put one up but once you are in the habit it is fast and helps so much. The bonus for me is that it keeps me cooler too and I don’t have to sit on hot seats in shorts. Ouch. Use one in the back if you have a sedan. Also, consider having your windows tinted.

2. Don’t overdress your kids for the car ride. Because car seats get so hot, it is best to dress them in light layers and have them sit in the seat in the lightest layer that is still comfortable. Think of how much cooler you are in a tank top versus a collared polo shirt and I’m sure your kiddos feel the same.

3. Park in the shade. This is simple but effective.

4. Throw a white towel over the car seat. This keeps the sun off the seat and the light color of the towel reflects the sun’s rays.

5. If you are in the market to buy a new car or new car seat, consider a lighter colored fabric/interior because dark colors will get hotter than lighter colors.

6. Consider yourself lucky if you have a vehicle with rear air vents. Just make sure you aim them at the kids and check the vents occasionally to see if they are still on target. Kids love to play with vents and buttons so they may need an occasional reposition. If you don’t have rear vents, aim your front air vents toward the ceiling. The cool air will bounce off the ceiling and back down toward the back seat.

7. Put ice packs in the car seat while you’re out running errands to keep the seat cool. This trick has made a huge difference for us. We went from sweaty to cool as a cucumber. I wrap my icepacks in paper towels (to absorb the condensation), put them in plastic zipper bags and then in a small soft side cooler directly in the seat. Or, if you don’t have a small soft side cooler, you can put a towel around them so that the car seat doesn’t get wet. To start off the ride cool, you can put them in the car seat before you leave the house. Bring a small cooler with you so that you can keep the ice packs cold while you are driving. Remember to NEVER leave an ice pack on the seat when it’s time to put your child in the seat as it will interfere with proper harness use. Also, never put ice directly on your little ones, it can actually burn fragile skin.

8. If your child is hot before they get in the car you can use a spray bottle with cool water and spritz them. As the water evaporates off their skin, they’ll cool down. This is a really good tip for helping them stay cool when they play outside too. I even keep a spray bottle in my stroller or bag for those hot days playing outside. I’ll oftentimes put a little cold water on us when we go back inside as well and it really helps to cool down faster.

easy to do once you get in a routine with it. We all want to beat the heat and these tips will hopefully get you on your way to keeping cool for lots of fun in the sun. Stay cool!