Sleepy Time Headrest to the Rescue!

The Sleepy Time Headrest arrived in time for our 4-week expedition across several states. We were equipped with all we needed (or so I hoped) as we embarked on our 4,000 mile road trip.   Knowing that it would be a long time for my kiddos to be strapped into their car seats I had a wide array of things to keep them busy, happy and cozy.   From our drive to Florida earlier this summer, I learned that a grouchy and tired kid means a miserable experience for everyone.  Luckily the Sleepy Time Headrest allowed them to rest peacefully during our good old-fashioned road trip.

Here’s what you need to know about the Sleepy Time Headrest:

  • Kid tested, parent approved and meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
  • Comfortable and easy to use!  My four year old learned how to do this without help.DSC_3349
  • Keeps your child’s head properly aligned to prevent their head from falling forward or jerking from side to side.  It’s not a real medical term but I call it “crooked head syndrome”.  I’m referring to that terribly awful position where your little one has their head tilted forward, cocked to the side they look so uncomfortable.DSC_3352
  • Fun Designs– comes in 8 different exciting patterns. Our pillow is the Zebra pattern. Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 12.10.51 AM
  • Different sizes: infant, child and adult available.  (Child size shown below.)Sleepy Time Headrest
  • Multiple uses– my daughter used it as a blanket to cover her cold legs when she was awake during our car trip. Children with special needs are using it in wheel chairs. I haven’t brought this with us on a plane yet but we want to try it out! If you need tips for traveling on a plane with kids click here: Plane Tips For Traveling with Kids
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  • Made in the USA!
  • Interested in purchasing a Sleepy Time Headrest? Visit their website here: http://www.childrensheadrest.com/index.htm
  • I received this product for free in exchange for a product review. All of the opinions are my own. I was not financially compensated for this post.  I encourage you to check out the Sleepy Time Headrest website to read more about this product.

Thanks to the Sleepy Time Headrest I was much better prepared for Round 2 of our Road Trip travels this summer. I will definitely be bringing the Sleepy Time Headrest with us for our next trip! Keep up with my traveling adventures and tips by joining my email mailing list or follow Local Busy Bees on my social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest).   Wishing you and your family safe and comfortable travels!

Sesame Place

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Place…? Sure, Sesame Place is in Langhorne, Pennsylvania about 25 miles outside of Philadelphia.Sesamecharacters

This themed amusement park appeals to kids and adults of all ages. Who doesn’t love taking photos with cuddly monsters, riding fun rides, seeing characters perform in the parade and watching interactive shows? This park is small enough to get around easily, yet large enough to keep you and your family entertained for hours.

I was really impressed with the overall layout and design of the park. Each of the rides were creatively named and related to the Sesame Street theme. My favorites were Oscar’s Rotten Rusty Rockets and Honker Dinger Derby.

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If you visit during the summer season the water rides will be in operation. You’ll find The Count’s Splash Castle, which has many levels of fun including water slides, an enormous tipping bucket, bridges, water wheels and other features.  There are a wide variety of water slides, a rambling lazy river, a tidal pool and other wet fun.  Our favorite was Sky Splash where up to 6 riders can travel together in a tube down a twisting and turning slide.

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Character Viewing: You’ll be able to snap your own photos of beloved characters such as Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, The Count, Abby Cadabby, Zoe, Oscar the Grouch and more. There were a lot of characters stationed throughout the park at different spots and times.  Typically there were only a few people in line so the wait was rather short.

You can also view the characters in the parade, shows or character dining experiences.

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Parade: Watching the parade is a great way to view the characters in one spot. During the Birthday Celebration Parade all of the beloved Sesame Street characters rode on interesting and colorful floats as they traveled down the street moving and grooving to upbeat music.

Parade viewing- I recommend standing on the street in the middle or closest to the entrance.  For the first song the parade performers stopped right about at the boat and anyone that was sitting further down on the street didn’t have anything in front of them to watch until the song finished and the performers continued down the street. People at this park reserved their parade viewing spot well in advance. Towels and strollers were lined up along the parade route an hour or two ahead of the scheduled parade time.

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Dining: There are character dining experiences where you can pay extra to eat a buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner while Elmo and his friends dance around and are available for photographs. There is also a meal plan option that can be purchased.  You can bring a small cooler inside the park with you.  Near the parking lot there are several tables with a large umbrella for shade.  Many people were sitting there eating food they brought with them.  Also I saw people kept coolers in the car.  Very close by is Taco Bell and Chick Fil-A if you are interested in leaving the park to grab food.  Don’t forget your hand stamp to get back in.

Special Events: The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular (September 26, 2015- November 1, 2015) and a Very Furry Christmas (November 21, 2015-December 31, 2015 on select days).  Click HERE for more information and to see the full even schedule.

Deals: We bought our tickets online to save $10 and get a FREE second day. Visits did not have to be consecutive days. So for $55 a person we got 2 days of fun. That’s a really good deal. I’m sure the promotions and coupons change throughout the year so be sure to check the Sesame Place website by clicking HERE for the current deals.

Other Info:

2015 is the year that Sesame Places celebrates its 35th year so the park was decorated with a birthday theme.

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Remember to pack your bathing suit and towel if you plan on experiencing the wet attractions.

Only negative I can think of is that we waited for 20 minutes past the scheduled reading time for the story.  The people in Hopper’s Store said that typically they are running late.

Staying true to what Sesame Street is known for was the educational fun found throughout the park. The parades and shows incorporated learning concepts such as letters, numbers and shapes.

Cookie’s Monster Land opened in 2014 and has rides, large climbing net and soft play area for the little ones.

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Although toddlers and preschoolers are the typical audience range of the Sesame Street show this park is not just for youngsters.  Kids and adults of all ages will be entertained.  Sesame Place is bound to put a smile on everyone’s face and the memories should last well beyond the time spent at the park. I hope you have a delightful time at Sesame Place!

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum

While COSI may be a great Science Center I have long wished for a Children’s Museum in Columbus, Ohio. I found a true gem- Little Buckeye Children’s Museum in Mansfield. Although it isn’t in Columbus it is close enough and so worth the drive!

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There were 28 interactive displays that allowed your child to be creative, engage in pretend play, explore and learn. The colorful artwork on the walls and quotes reminding you about the true importance of play were visually appealing. With two floors of fun there was so much to do.

So often children want to model adult behavior and act like a grown up. Little do they realize that working in the real world isn’t always glamorous as they think, but at least they were pumped to test out some career options. My daughter enjoyed taking care of doll babies in the hospital, using hair supplies to style and accessorize human like heads and take my order as she worked at McDonalds. My son was really interested with the bank area where he could use money to role-play as a banker. He also enjoyed acting as a dentist while he pretended to clean his sister’s teeth.

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Other areas to spark curiosity included a nature area with tanks of small living creatures, a room full of soft foam building materials to make structures, and a transportation area with trains and airplanes.

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Another few notes:

  • Admission is $7, which I think is really reasonable. They do have reciprocity for half off admission if you have a membership with another children’s museum (not science centers).
  • Cleanliness was a priority at this museum. There were spots to place toys that may have wondered into little one’s mouths, play sections were organized and I even saw one of the workers wiping down the tables and chairs while we were leaving.
  • Snacks such as Animal Crackers and Goldfish could be purchased for a dollar.

Other spots nearby:

  • As an added perk you can walk down the street and spend $2 to allow your child to take a ride on the carousel.
  • Visit the super cute boutique called Little Bo-tique. What a cute name and such an adorable store. They sell new and gently used children’s clothes and accessories, toys and maternity clothes. In the back is a play area to keep your kiddos entertained while you shop around. The owner was so friendly, offered balloons to my kids and answered politely as they asked her a million questions.DSC_1650
  • Two Cousins Pizza is down the street. I heard that the pizza is tasty and kids can make their own pizzas. There are great reviews on tripadvisor so we will be checking this place out on our next visit to Mansfield.
  • Ohio Bird Sanctuary is about 9 miles away. It is free and a neat place to visit. (I have more to say about this spot so stay tuned!)

Needless to say I was beyond impressed with our day in Mansfield. The next day my kids were already asking to go back. I know it won’t be long until we visit again!  🙂

Free Daily Bowling For Kids!

With the cold and dreary weather today my kids and I decided to check two things off our Summer Bucket List. First we signed up for the summer reading program at the library and then we headed to the bowling lanes.Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 11.39.39 PM

Did you know you could sign your children up to receive a certificate via email for 2 free bowling games per child all summer long???? Yes, it is an incredible deal. Just go to www.KidsBowlFree.com/PlainCity to register. There are a ton of other Ohio cities that are participating in this program as well as in other states. Check out www.kidsbowlfree.com to see the other available locations. I spent a minute or two entering my information and then immediately received the email with the certificates.

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Here’s what I loved about our experience today:

*It only took me about 15 minutes to drive to Plain City Lanes & Pizza from the Dublin library.

* Bowling shoe rentals were $2.50 each so for a total of $5.00 my kids enjoyed two full games.

* The staff was friendly. They helped me find the 6-pound balls and get the ramp so my kids could push the ball down. Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 11.39.49 PM

* We can head back tomorrow and every other day this summer if we decide we want another bowling adventure.

The lanes are right next to Der Dutchman so I recommend stopping there before or after to dine in or pick up some yummy treats at the bakery. We will definitely fit that into our next trip.  🙂

Enjoy!

Day of Fun in Dayton

We had a jammed pack day of fun exploring Dayton!

Our day started at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.  My kiddos had a blast using their imaginations in the pretend play sections where they took care of pets (stuffed animals), made pretend pizzas, acted as police officers and even put me behind bars in a jail cell. They loved the large climbing structure and slides. We all enjoyed seeing various animals up close.

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Next we headed to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Wowzers! This museum is huge and FREE! Can’t get much better than that! We all learned a lot about history and were amazed at the size of some of the warplanes and other artifacts.

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Our last stop was Scene 75. It is the country’s largest indoor play center and it sure was massive. This place is fun for all ages (even adults) and there are so many things to do it was hard to know where to start. Some of the fun features were arcade games, indoor go karts, laser tag, inflatables, indoor miniature golf, mini bowling, restaurant, Chaos room where there were multiple big screen projectors to play video games and more.

We didn’t get all that I wanted to see in during this trip so we will return soon!