Family travels and road trips often mean long hours and moments worrying how to entertain little ones. In addition to these worries, ensuring kids have their beloved stuffed animal or toy at all times can add more stress to a road trip. And what if the kid loses that beloved stuffed toy along the road? The aftermath can seem unfathomable, from stopping on the highway to search for the toy to calming an upset child.
For road trip-specific toys, bring along one (or several) Riderz. Designed to ride in cupholders in vehicles and on items like strollers, kids can have their fluffy buddy with them every step of the way. The shape allows them to fit comfortably in car cupholders and on strollers to prevent them from falling under seats or on the ground and getting lost altogether. These buddies even fit in shopping carts and water bottle backpack pockets.
Riderz feature a weighted bean filling for stability, allowing them to stand up in a cupholder or on any flat surface. The upper body is soft for cuddles and hugs. Kids can choose from eight animal designs: Georgia the Giraffe, Ellie the Elephant, Briana the Bunny, Tyler the Tiger, Dakota the Dolphin, Leo the Lion, Dave the firefighter Dalmatian and Billie the Bear.
The animals measure about 9 inches tall and weigh 8 ounces. Each animal includes a mesh pocket on its back to hold a small snack, toy or special note. Once kids pick their favorite Riderz, they can learn about the character’s backstory on social media and online.
Riderz are available here for $14.95–19.95.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.