Anyone who has ever spent more than five minutes with a kid will tell you they are great at misplacing toys. At home, this isn’t such a big deal. When you’re traveling, though, misplacing toys can come with a hefty price tag.
Before the family heads out on a trip, make sure to grab a few of these cheap toys and alternatives to make sure their eventual loss is not too much of a crisis.
The absolute cheapest place you’re going to find these is the dollar store. The quality is definitely not going to be up there with brand names, but for the purpose of acting as trip fodder, they will do quite nicely.
Dollar Tree, in particular, has a number of action figure and doll stand-ins for popular toys kids might have at home. From special forces military action figures to mini skateboards to die cast cars, all the small, easily losable toys your kids could want are here. If there is no Dollar Tree near you, it is always possible to order variants of your kids’ favorites online well before you leave. Some of these stores even have licensed toys, like Nickelodeon and Sesame Street characters, for the same price as the generic army men and mermaid dolls
If your kids are a little too old for these kinds of toys, but you’re still worried they are going to lose whatever they bring with them, consider a trip to the bookstore. Many bookstores, like Barnes and Noble, have a kids section with age-appropriate books, including classics, for less than $10 each.
If books don’t do it, but your kids really like flying, consider getting them a cheap airport play set. These have many pieces, so even if the kids lose some of them throughout transit, the chance of them all disappearing is a small one. You can get expansive play sets in many toy stores and online. Big play sets like this also exist for animals, dinosaurs and cities, so whatever themes your kids love, there should be something for them.
If all else fails, take a trip to Five Below. Everything in the store costs less than $5, and chances are the kids will find something to occupy them here.
The sister properties of the Park Royal Golden Cancun and the Grand Park Royal Luxury Resort, also in Cancun, offer families a vacation full of beach fun in a style personalized for your tribe’s vibe. Both properties, located two miles apart, open to the crystal-blue ocean, are framed by the fine white sand for which Cancun is famous, and are family-friendly, but that’s where their resemblance ends.
There’s not much spookier than getting lost in a maze cut through tall stalks of corn — especially in the dark. The first corn maze is attributed to a farm in Annville, Pennsylvania. Since then, mazes have become huge autumn attractions. Many of today’s larger mazes are cut with the help of Global Positioning Satellite technology, allowing maze makers to create intricate shapes that add to navigational challenges.
It’s the time of year that the creak of a door sounds sharper in the silence, that the footsteps in the hall seem foreign and the voices talking in the next room sound unfamiliar. This is the season we fear and celebrate the dead and they seem to know it. Here are the places that do both right:
Switzerland’s Vaud canton encompasses some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and beautiful towns and villages, including Lausanne, Nyon, Villars-sur-Ollon and Montreux. Spread between the shores of Lake Geneva and the edge of France, and replete with castles, terraced vineyards and world-class hotels, it’s the ideal setting for a romantic break. We’ve got a few suggestions to help you with your planning: