Summer Road Trip Winners Announced!
We finally have our winners in the MobiStories.com road trip tips contest! The producers at MobiStories combed through nearly 100 comments and the following entries have come up on top!!!
Grand Prize Winner - iPod Touch:
Wendy Toone comments: "For the sheer fantasy aspect - I wanna party with this family!"
EWalsh40 - on June 27, 2010 1:23 AM
"Use your imagination, in order to encourage your kids to use their own. Especially when they're little. It's not just a trip to the Grand Canyon. You have to go there so that you can yell into the canyon so that the rock king will release all the fairies that he has captured and is keeping in a cave to keep him company.
And is that just a cow standing by a fence? Or is it really one of the Rock Kings minions, waiting to report back to him that you're on your way?
Go to the thrift store and buy old funny clothes and hats, and to the dime store for fake glasses with the nose and mustache and make up a disguise bag so that everyone can travel incognito.
Use the keypad on the iPod touch to send secret messages or make phone calls to the Fairy Queen and let her know that the mission is on schedule.
Have binoculars for scoping out the territory for spys, special foods that make you temporarily invisible and books about fairies so that you'll recognize them if happen to catch a glimpse of any that might be following you, to make sure that you make it safely to your destination.
Before you know it, you'll be there and they might even be disappointed that the trip is over
Runner up - $25 iTunes Gift card
Rick Toone: "For bringing the reality of real-life parenting into play."
Diane Baum on June 26, 2010 6:17 PM
My top tips for traveling with kids....Always figure it is going to take more time than Mapquest says. Add bathroom stops times two- I leave early in the morning at 3:00
AM, so I don't have to deal with traffic and my kids are slepping for a good part of the trip. This is also a great time to introduce new games, especially handheld ones. We also love approriate books on tape and sing along CDs (Sorry, I want to kill Barney or Ernie on the drive back home-after hearing the song 500 times! We pick up lots of little indidvual , easy to eat none messy snacks. This is not the time to worry about keeping a clean car. We also play, yes the license game, find a word starting with a, b, c.. and the kids must learn some new history item about each place we stop.
Runner up - Tom Paxton Autographed copy of "The Marvelous Toy"
Jennifer-dunne on June 15, 2010 6:42 PM
Popular car games include finding words in signs that start with every letter in the alphabet, or for older kids, "Movie matchups": Pick a question, like, "Who would be better at getting out of a traffic jam?" and offer two movie characters. They have to not only choose one, but defend their choice. (Note that the non-driver should act as MC for this.)