Outdoor fun Parenting Travel with kids

Our trip to Enchanted Forest Water Safari in Old Forge, NY


Summer is rapidly coming to an end, and we asked the kids — where was the #1 place they wanted to go for a Saturday day trip? They all chose Enchanted Forest Water Safari in Old Forge, NY. We’ve been there a couple of times before, and it’s always been fun.

Enchanted Forest of the Adirondacks opened in 1956, with the first amusement ride added in 1984, and the first water slides constructed in 1988. By 1991, the name changed to Enchanted Forest Water Safari.

Map of Enchanted Forest Water Safari
Map of Enchanted Forest Water Safari

It’s a huge water park that has rides for all ages – teens and little ones – along with a wave pool, and carnival-type rides for people who don’t want to get wet. There are lots of places in the park to buy good eats and drinks, and ice cream and cotton candy. And, best of all, they allow you to bring your own cooler, so you can pack a picnic, and eat at the many different picnic areas.

Events Travel with kids

Our trip to BronyCon 2013



If there’s one thing Bronies know how to do, it’s how to have FUN!  The biggest MLP convention in the world, BronyCon 2014 is coming up on August 1 – 3 in Baltimore. While we won’t be going this year, I can give you a clue about what it will be like, and tell you about our adventures attending BronyCon 2013.

A 3 day con about everything MLP. BronyCon invites you to:

“Spend a fun-filled weekend with fans of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” from across the world. With panels, concerts, special guests and much more, you’re sure to go home with some new friends!”

Wish we could be there!

Parenting Travel with kids

16 things you should always have in your car if you have kids



When traveling with kids, expect the unexpected.  A bloody knee in the mall parking lot.  A desperate plea to pee 30 miles from any rest area.  An impromptu picnic because the doctor’s appointment ran late, and the kids need to eat.  Now.

I always keep the van prepped and ready to go.  That way, we’re always ready for an adventure.  It makes it easier for me, too, as there’s no packing or prep when we have to go anywhere.  My list of things I keep stashed in my van:

  1. Kleenex
  2. Wipes
  3. Paper towels
  4. Full first aid kit with bandaids and a cold pack
  5. Water bottles – for emergency drinking or cleaning of wounds
  6. Umbrella
  7. Blanket – good for impromptu picnics, or snuggling if cold
  8. Small MagnaDoodle
  9. Extra jackets for each kid – we stash both a windbreaker and a fleece for each kid, and a windbreaker for each grownup
  10. Snacks: granola bars (non melty – not chocolate coated); almonds; fruit chews
  11. Potty gear: extra diapers/pull-ups (diaper cream, changing pad); pee jar (for small boys) – Peter Pan peanut butter works well (make sure it’s leak proof)
  12. Picnic pack – plates, spoons, cups, tablecloth (we use a twin sheet – can also use as an extra blanket)
  13. Pen
  14. Lipgloss
  15. Purell
  16. Plastic grocery bags to use as trash bags

Everything is stored in a specific place, so it’s out of sight, but accessible.  We use a low, flat, open cardboard box (from buying a case of Snapple) stashed under the middle seat for the wipes, Kleenex, and paper towels.  First aid kit is tucked in compartment under front passenger seat.  In the back of the van:  jackets packed in a large fabric bag that zips shut; blankets; umbrella; 24 pack of water bottles; a small bag for snacks, picnic gear, and diapers/pee jar.  MagnaDoodle goes in a seat pocket.  Pen and lipgloss go in a front dash compartment, and Purell goes in a front cupholder – so it’s easy for me to grab and pass around to the kids.   Also, my van is not a trash can – we do a quick clean out every time we go anywhere, as a rule.

What do you stash in your car to make your life easier?