Keeping the Kids Entertained while Traveling @kia #kiaholidays

There are few things in this world I dread and one of them is traveling with my kids, the daughter usually is self sufficient with her books and MP3 player, however, my two sons require some adult interaction.
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Piling into the car is myself and three children, since I no longer have a van, the kids end up sitting in one row all together. Such a difficult position to be in for a long trip. There are some things I have done to make traveling with kids during the holidays a bit easier on the driver:

  • Bring electronics and chargers – Kindle Fire, Leapster and any old cell phones that still have games on them are taken into the vehicle.
  • Play I-spy - This is a fun family favorite, as you are driving along shout out “I spy something green” or “I spy something black” and the kids can have fun guessing whether you are “spying” on something in the car or outside of the car.
  • Bring Books – The oldest loves reading, so if you have kids who love to read, stock up on those books and pack them in the car, if you have one adult driving and one as a passenger you can even read to the kids during the long drive.
  • Encourage Nap Time – now this is usually fail in my car if I try to encourage a nap, however, I found if I ignore the six year old grumpies long enough, he will eventually fall asleep. Grumping himself into a state of nap for the length of the trip.
  • Play music & sing Along - My kids personally love music and all sorts of types of music so we often are found singing aloud in the car on holiday traveling trips.

Now that I have shared my tips on what I do to keep these three munchkins entertained, what is it that your family does on long road trips to keep the kids occupied?


CLOSED Yo Gabba Gabba Live 2011 Tour Announcement & Giveaway

Yo Gabba Gabba is returning to North America this Fall and I am excited as ever to be telling you all about this, why? Because I have a three year old who has been obsessed with Yo Gabba Gabba forever! He even is going to dress up as one of the characters for Halloween this year!

As we work on heading to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live this weekend in Boston, I wanted to take a moment to share with you all information about Kia Motors Presenting Yo Gabba Gabba Live tour heading to a city near you! Maybe you have a Yo Gabba Gabba fan in your household too that would love to attend this awesome show!

You can find local dates and times for Yo Gabba Gabba’s tour on the official Yo Gabba Gabba Live website.

Hip Hop Legend Biz Markie and Razzle Dazzle Gabba!-Favorite Leslie Hall Join DJ Lance Rock and the Colorful Cast of Characters on Stage for
YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: It’s Time to Dance! Presented by Kia Motors

On the heels of receiving two Daytime EmmyÒ nominations, a season 4 pick up from Nickelodeon and phenomenal ticket sales for their upcoming live tour in Australia, Yo Gabba Gabba! announced they will rock the preschool and young adult set in over 50 cities across North America in 2011 when today’s hottest live show returns this fall. Enthusiastic fans of all ages have the opportunity to see the characters come to life on stage for a live show experience like no other.  Kia Motors America will reprise their role as presenting sponsor of the tour.  The tour will kick off in Minneapolis at the State Theatre on Thursday, September 15 and will wrap on Sunday, December 11 in Fort Lauderdale at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  Citi® is the official credit card of the tour.  Visit for complete tour, ticket and VIP package information.

YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: It’s Time to Dance! Presented by Kia Motors promises to be a memorable experience, featuring a mix of classic Yo Gabba Gabba! favorites, as well as new songs and new performances.  The state-of-the-art, high-energy production features DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee, and a mix of music, animation, games, singing and dancing.

Yo Gabba Gabba’s 2010 Tour (We were there):

Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY {click that link to see pics from our time at last years show} took place in over 60 cities in the U.S. in 2010.  The 2010 live show played to over 300,000 fans in sold out theatres in all major cities, including Radio City Music Hall in New York and NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. The live show featured celebrity guest performers, including The Aquabats, Devendra Banhart, Black Kids, Zac Brown, Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, DMC (Run DMC), Drive By Truckers, Dave Grohl, John Heder, Kid Koala, Mates of State, Jack McBrayer, Mix Master Mike, Moby, Ozomatli, Shaggy, Snoop Dogg, Shooter Jennings, Steel Train, Talib Kweli, Nicole Richie, Kid Sister, Keri Russell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason Reitman and more.

ENTER TO WIN – Yo Gabba Gabba CD/DVD Pack

One person will Win a Yo Gabba Gabba CD called Music is Awesome 3


KIA MOTORS PRESENTS Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Live From Nokia Theatre L.A. Live DVD {not sold in stores}


Entering is pretty easy, as with all of my giveaways you can simply just leave one comment and/or complete all of the optional entry options listed below.

If you won this or win this on another blog – you can’t win here and the sponsor will let me know and have me randomly choose another winner.

Giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on October 10, 2011

Winners will be chosen using & Announced live on Site in addition to having an email sent to them directly.

Winners will have 72 hours to respond to my initial email or else another person will be chosen.

HOW TO ENTER: Complete any or all of the following:

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Have fun and good luck!

Disclosure: My family is receiving free admission to our local Yo Gabba Gabba Live show as compensation/a thank you for assisting in promotion of the tour.

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