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10 Best Father’s Day Field Trips Around the Country

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Looking to celebrate your FtF Dad with a Special Day Out?

We’ve collected the 10 Best Dad’s Day Field Trips in the country!

10. Take Dad for a FREE Ride

Take Dad to Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH where Dads are FREE
and there really is such a thing as a FREE Lunch!

with paid child admission
Dads will receive FREE admission and FREE Lunch (lunch served Noon-3pm) when accompanied by a paid child’s ticket at Canobie Lake Park on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Click here for all the details: http://www.canobie.com/specials.php

9.  Take Dad out to the Ball Game

Every Father’s Day & Mother’s Day the Boston Red Sox offer fans the opportunity to “take a walk in the park.” Families and loved ones can stroll around Fenway’s warning track and see the left field scoreboard, dugouts, and bullpens up-close.

Visit http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/community/events.jsp for all the info!

8.  Let Dad get his ‘car fix’

The California Automobile Museum wants to make your Dad’s day extra special!What a great way to make Father’s Day memories! Enjoy rides to Old Sacramento in some of our most amazing classic cars, hoods-up in our exhibits, free admission for your special Daddio!

Go to http://www.calautomuseum.org/event/free-classic-car-rides-fathers-day/ for more information.

7.  Treat Dad to a Pig!

Celebrate Father’s Day in grand style at Four Sisters Winery as they pay tribute to all dads during our annual Father’s Day Pig Roast. Roasted suckling pork is the focus of this wonderful day on the farm. No need to worry about the weather as the celebration takes place under the party tent.

For more details go to: http://foursisterswinery.com/event-calendar/fathers-day/

 

Don’t Miss Out!  Submit Your Favorite Foto of Dad for your chance to win a Yeti Tumbler from DishForMyRV!

6. Take Dad Fishing

The City of Knoxville presents the Father’s Day Fishing Event, where dads and their kids can catch a memory or two while fishing together on Father’s Day. Prizes are given for the top three largest fish caught.

Click on http://www.cityofknoxville.org/recreation/fathersday/fathersdayfishing.asp for more info

5.  Make it a Sweet Day for Dad

Dads are admitted free to Hershey Gardens in Hershey, PA.  For more info and to see what’s in bloom, go to: http://www.hersheygardens.org/events-programs/19/Fathers-Day

4.  Get your Dad in the Fast Lane!

The North Shore Corvette Club in Libertyville, IL is hosting its 14th Annual Corvette and Classic Car Show and Fathers’ Day Charity Fundraiser.  To check out all the sweet rides visit: http://northshorecorvetteclub.org/

3.  Give Dad Wings!

Every Fathers’ Day the RC Airplane Hobbyists of the Flint Aero RC Club host a ‘fly in’ over the fields of Flint, Michigan.  About 50 planes will take to the sky above Lennon, Mich., Sunday, June 15 performing stunts, maneuvers and acrobatic moves that even the Red Baron couldn’t match.

Check out: http://www.flintaerorcclub.com/

2.  Take Your Dad on a Ride on the Rails

This Father’s Day bring your Dad, Grandfather, Uncle and friends out to the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. Climb aboard living history on a steam train ride through the forest and foothills of Mt. Rainier. Dad gets his own train engineers hat and at our destination in Mineral you’ll enjoy a good ole fashion BBQ.

Get your tickets at: http://www.mrsr.com/

1. Get ‘in tune’ with Dad at a Music Festival

The 39th Annual Father’s Day Festival is right around the corner with another spectacular lineup of national headliners, impressive California talent, workshops, camping, jamming and more, all under the pines in the scenic Sierra Foothills.

Find the events schedule here: http://fathersdayfestival.com/

 

Where ever you are this Fathers’ Day, make it special.  Check out the local listings in your area and make it a great day for Dad!

Don’t Miss Out!  Submit Your Favorite Foto of Dad for your chance to win a Yeti Tumbler from DishForMyRV!

Here are last year’s submissions:

 

 

 

 


 

8 Great Destinations to Watch 4th of July Fireworks – Guest Post by The Road Trip Teacher

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Want to watch 4th of July Fireworks with your Fulltime Families Friends?  Save your spot for our upcoming Hang Out!
This month’s guest post from the Road Trip Teacher blog reveals some of the best places to watch fireworks in the country.  Head on over to her site to get a free copy of her newest Fourth of July Curriculum!
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The first Independence Day fireworks celebration reportedly took place in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1777, on the first anniversary of America’s birthday. Although this pyrotechnic pastime has became common for many other holidays and special events, there’s still something extra-special about July 4th fireworks. The Road Trip Teacher crew has these 8 great destinations on their leap list for places to celebrate the country’s independence.

 

Peek into the Life of a Full-Time RVing Family

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This Spring, the Traveling Travs have kicked off a new YouTube series, giving viewers a bird’s eye view of the life of a full-time RVing family and inviting YOU to peek into the real world of full-time family travel.

From school days, to working from the RV, amazing destinations and off grid locations, you can catch the videos live or watch the replays on a brand new play list here:

If you haven’t checked out the Trav’s camper, you can take a video tour here:

And if you’re looking for more information about awesome adventures on the road, check out their web series “One Epic Adventure” here:

How Do Full-Time RVing Families Make All Their Stuff Fit- Webinar Replay Available

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Missed the Webinar?  The replay is available here:

Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, spent some time showing viewers her best tips for fitting everything an adventuring family of 6 needs into the 350 sq feet, the Travaglino family has been living in for the last 7 years.

  • What Kitchen Appliances are multipurpose?
  • Where do you keep all your clothes?
  • How about toy storage?
  • Family heirlooms and momentos?

Click the replay and join Kimberly and host, Georgianne Austin, Escapees Marketing Director, for this informative broadcast complete with Q&A Session.

Have further questions?  Consider purchasing your own copy of “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full-Time RV Dreams a Reality“.

 

 

5 Common Misconceptions about Full Time Traveling Families

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Sometimes it’s easier to tell people what full time traveling families are not, as opposed to what they are.  Here is a countdown of 5 most common misconceptions our stick and brick counterparts have about full time traveling families.  Please feel free to add yours to the comments section below.

#5. We are always on vacation

While it may look like a permanent vacation on our facebook wall, the truth is that posting pics of laundry day, sitting at a computer for hours, and doing homework is not that interesting.  Don’t believe me?  Check out your own wall and tell me its a representative of your daily life.

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#4. Our kids are unsocialized and have no friends

Always a hot button issue, this is actually a non-issue on the road.  Our kids play with kids and adults alike on a daily basis.  Whether field tripping with friends, pot lucking with people or just hanging out, our kids are well socialized.

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#3. We are in desperate need of a hot shower, a warm meal and a comfy bed

While people might assume we have left our creature comforts behind when we moved into 350 sq feet, nothing could be further from the truth.  A great many of us have beds we love to sleep in, satellite television (we have 4 in our rig), small but fully functioning kitchens, and some of us even have not 1 but 2 bathrooms!

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#2. We won the lottery, live off trust funds, or mooch off the government

The majority of full time traveling families have not experienced some wind fall and life changing economic situation.  They have made their dream a reality through perseverance, creativity, and a ‘can do’ attitude.  There are as many ways to make money on the road as their are families living their dream.  Want to explore some of the ways full time traveling families support themselves on the road?  We’ve listed them in “How to Hit the Road; Making Your Family’s Full Time RV Dreams a Reality“.

And the Number 1 Misconception about families who travel full time…

We live in our camper because we don’t have a choice!

If nothing else, your life is a series of choices, decisions, outcomes and consequences. Families who full time rv, have made the choice to reject the contrived “American Dream” in favor of a more authentic, simple life that places the focus on building family bonds.   You don’t have to live in an RV to accomplish this, but by putting your house on wheels, you are giving your family an opportunity to experiences the riches of this amazing country.

Still don’t believe it’s a choice?  Check out this video and let me know what your misconceptions are about full time rving families.

 

Camping with a Newborn

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If your Summer plans include a camping trip, but your Spring plans included a newborn… don’t cancel the camping.. Babies can make great campers! Here’s how.

A trip to Babies-r-Us will have you convinced that babies need LOTS OF STUFF!!! This is absolutely false and babies can travel much lighter than their older siblings.

Love, patience and plenty of cuddling are the most important things your newborn needs, but some baby gear will also go a long way

Infant Car Seat / Carrier – so your precious bundle can be safe on your travels.

A sling – I recommend “hug a monkey” www.hugamonkey.com as they are lightweight, fits in a diaper bag and very easy to use. No buckles, no straps, no criss crossing – just a sturdy fabric loop that can carry newborns to toddlers.

A stroller – If you only have one strolling child, I strongly recommend a Snap and Go. I have a three year old that still likes to sit in the stroller – so I went with the Combi Twin Ex Sport. If fits the carrier, is very lightweight and folds up small so it fits our lifestyle well. http://www.combi-intl.com/Products/Item.aspx?Item=46

A bed – I have slept with all my children as infants, however, I am not comfortable doing so in the small queen bed in our camper. I searched for a Moses basket as my first choice, but I didn’t find one. What I did find, I feel is even better – The Summer Infant Rest Assured Sleeper is a co-sleeper but it does not fit in the bed with my husband and I. But its great anyway! It fits everywhere else and it comes with a light/sound/vibration module that can come off and go on anything. http://www.summerinfant.com/categories_products_view/591/Rest-Assured-Sleeper.html

If you have the room, a pack and play also makes the perfect camping baby bed, and you can even set it up outside so baby can take an outdoor siesta.

Diapers and wipes and organizer – I have been using my Prince Lionheart Diaper Depot Organizer for many years. Keeps everything neatly organized and where you need it – Simple and useful! http://www.walmart.com/ip/Prince-Lionheart-Dresser-Top-Diaper-Depot-Organizer/4457084

A diaper bag – When my 2nd child was born, I was fortunate enough to have found the Skip-Hop bag. I am on my 5th one. Keep in mind, none of them have worn out after years of use and many washes – some I sold on eBay and some I have passed on to other moms. This great bag holds EVERYTHING you could need for multiple kids – and clips right on to your stroller. Sturdy and attractive – the Duo is by far the BEST diaper bag available! http://www.skiphop.com/product/20000.html

My camping baby lives in onesies and one piece pajamas. Comfort goes much further than style when baby is enjoying the great outdoors.

Be sure to pack a few baby blankets and pacifiers.

Since I breastfeed only, I do not need bottles, formula or burp clothes.

Keep in mind, it did take me four kids to finally draw these conclusions and I’m sure a mom of more would come up with an even smaller list of “essentials” but the bottom line for babies is – less is definitely more!

Kimberly Travaglino is the editor of Fulltime Families Magazine, the official monthly publication of Fulltime Families Camping Company(https://www.fulltimefamilies.com). A company that supports families fulltime rv adventures or aspirations. We have the S’most Fun!

Johnson Space Center Review by Destination Editor Jen Holt

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Space Center Houston, located on the southeast side of Houston, is the official visitor center for Johnson Space Center. Space Center Houston is an exceptional facility to support educational and entertainment needs and should be on your must see list when visiting the Houston, TX area. Over 1 million (30% international) visitors visited the facility last year and enjoyed learning about the emphasis that science, technology, engineering and mathematics have on our world in a fun and engaging way.

Photo courtesy of Space Center Houston Photo courtesy of Space Center Houston

Now that you’ve made the decision to visit the Space Center, we’d love to give you some suggestions on how to make the most of your day at the Space Center. The number of hours that you have to spend will determine the things you will have time to see. The astronauts even have suggestions for how to spend your time!

We really feel like the tram tour of the Johnson Space Center is a must do, even if your time is somewhat limited. It’s the only way that you can tour the NASA Johnson Space Center. The 90 minute open air tram tour will take you around the grounds of the NASA facility and will allow you to see the anstorant training facilities which include many full size mock ups so that the astronauts can train for their space missions. One highlight for us was seeing the historic mission control where many famous visitors have been. We even sat in the same row as Queen Elizabeth did!

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The tour will also provide you a look at building 9 and the International Space Station training facilities.

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Once back in the Space Center Houston, it will be time to explore all of the exhibits. Everything is included in the price of admission except for the simulator rides. The Space Center Mock Up is a full-scale replica of the space shuttle orbiter. You can see just how many buttons is takes to pull off such a mission. After touring the space shuttle make sure you then go down to the special exhibit “Be the astornaut” exhibit where you can control your own space shuttle on your mission to Mars!

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There are a variety of movies and theatre experiences for you to take part in. If you only have time for one I would suggest the Starship Gallery. It is a short 15 minute film about the history of the NASA program and you can see the actual podium that JFK declared we would make it to the moon! After the film, the theatre opens and leads you into the gallery where you can see replica space artifacts as well as real moon rocks. There is even one that you can touch! Now, how many other places can you touch the moon?

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If you are there for most of the day, make sure you also catch one of the Blast off Theater shows and you will be able to experience the sounds, sensations and sights of a shuttle launch.

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A lot of the Space Center Houston will be a bit advanced for the younger crowd but they will LOVE the Kid’s Space Place! Its an action-packed area for children (especially the under 10 crowd). There is still plenty of learning here but there is a chance for kids to run around and get out their energy a bit!

Photo: Space Center Houston Photo courtesy of: Space Center Houston

Nuts and Bolts:

Information: Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058. You can reach them at 281-244-2100.

Parking: Parking is $6 and the surface lot is huge and easy to park in, even for those you us driving bigger vehicles. There is even Bus/RV parking in case you are just passing through and have your rig with you.

Eating: There is a nice outdoor sitting area with lots of picnic tables and even some under a pavilion just outside Space Center Houston if you would like to pack a lunch. Inside there is a cafeteria style area to eat and you can buy food at the Zero-G diner.

What to bring: Since you will probably be there most of the day, its a good idea to bring some snacks and something to drink (these are allowed inside just no coolers). A stroller might be helpful for the little ones and there is plenty of stroller parking for areas that don’t allow them.

Hours: Monday-Friday 10-5 ; Saturday 10-7 ; Sunday 10-6

Pricing: Save $3/ticket and buy online ahead of time! If you choose to buy at the door: Adults $23.95 (age 12-64); Children $18.95 (age 4-11); 3 and under: Free. If you plan to visit more than once the yearly membership is well worth the small up charge and includes free parking!

The Space Houston Center website is an incredible resource both before and after your visit and I highly recommend you take a “virtual” tour of the facility before you go and make a list of exhibits you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!

This review was created for FulltimeFamilies.com, the resource for Full-time RVing Families by Jennifer Holt of Free2Breathe.com

 

 

Ever Wonder WHY You have So Much Clutter?

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You purge, you downsize, you weed out.  But every time you turn around, there’s another pile of stuff on your dresser, on your table, seeping out of your junk drawer.  Clutter is everywhere!

Did you know there’s a reason you’re not making any headway against your clutter?  Sure, you might be able to temporarily have an impact, but slowly the clutter creeps back into your life.  Have you wondered why that is?

buried blissI did, so I researched it extensively and found that once I addressed by clutter collecting triggers, I could really get to the bottom of things (and piles).

You know what else I learned, that all that stuff was really making me miserable!   and I bet it’s making you miserable too!

On my quest for clean surfaces, I discovered the 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All and compiled them in one easy to read e-book so you could share the same success and peace of mind.

Now it’s your turn.  Ask yourself if your un-cluttering efforts have worked for you (or maybe just take a quick peek around your home) and if you find the answer is ‘no’ then do yourself a favor and get “Buried Bliss; 7 Simple Steps to Finding True Happiness by Losing it All” .

This time tomorrow, you could finally be on your way to a clutter free lifestyle!

P.S. If you’re finding yourself stuck on what to keep and what to toss, tune into Roadschool Moms this Sunday night at 9pm est, when Mary Beth and I share with you what you really need and what you can re-home.

 

 

 

 

6 Great Podcasts for Traveling Families

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Whether your hitting the road this summer, or planning a stay-cation in your area, you can use your Apple device to tune in and learn all about the nation’s National Parks!

National Parks Podcasts

When you follow the link above to iTunes, you’ll see hundreds of podcasts that help you and your roadschoolers learn all about places like Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, the Bad Lands, the Grand Canyon, Acadia, you name it!

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Here are some other great podcasts for FtF Families:

Happy Camper Radio

Get Kids Ready for Life

Nomad Together

Family Adventure Podcast with Erik Hemingway

Raising Miro on the Road of Life

 

and of course…

Roadschool Moms Live Every Sunday Night at 9pm EST

Does your family listen to podcasts?  Comment below with your favorites!

Are You in the Market for an RV? + Printable Maintenance Schedules

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Roadschool Moms CautionAre you in the market for a new or new to you RV?  Are you interested on how to find the best bang for your buck?  Do you have questions about gas vs diesel? Do you want to know how to decipher your rigs GVWR – Do you want to know what those letters even mean?

2014 07 13 Show Button-1Tune in to this podcast to learn:

  • What manufacturers make 4 season rigs
  • What you can tow behind a Class A or a Class C
  • What truck you need to pull a fifth wheel

If you’re looking to buy an RV in the near future, listen in and educate yourself about all the options.

Click here to listen on demand: http://ultimateradioshow.com/ask-the-rv-dealer-anything-with-master-certified-consultant-lisa-padin-of-lazydays-rv/

 

 Already have an RV?  Here are some

Downloadable Maintenance Check Lists for Towables and Motorhomes.

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