I can’t believe that summer is almost here and my family really doesn’t have anything planned. We might go and spend the day at the beach (New Jersey Shore), and perhaps a day at a local water park. Aside from a picnic and several trips to our local park, I’m not sure what else we’ll be doing.
We like to be outside during the summer to take advantage of the sunshine and fresh air (with a ton of sunscreen slathered on of course). The great thing about Summer is that there are many things you can do that are low cost or even FREE. Especially in your own “backyard” so to speak.
Are you planning your summer vacation? Looking to share the great outdoors with your kids? In need of some backseat/airplane fun for the younger set while en route to your destination? National Geographic Kids Books has two terrific books that will make your family road trip fun, educational and easy to plan.
The Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas contains maps, games, interesting facts and boredom busters (who can spot the wackiest road sign??) to make your next journey an adventure to remember. Every state is featured and includes a map of the state, 5 cool things to do there, fun facts about the state and the animals that live there and even quirky roadside attractions. And, in case this comes in handy, helpful traffic laws you won’t believe (who knew you couldn’t drive any skunks INTO Tennessee??).
This is a fun book, overflowing with great information that kids, and adults, will enjoy.
Each state gets two pages. One page is a map (not a fine detail map, but it does include major roadways). The other page contains information about the state.
For each state you’ll learn about some fun things to do there, a summary with information about the state and information about road side attractions that are fun for families. You’ll also learn some odd information about each state too.
As an adult I enjoyed the book. The pictures are wonderful and I learned a lot states I’ve been to as well.
If you’re trying to decide which of our country’s amazing national parks to visit, NG Kids, together with the National Park Trust, has created National Parks Guide U.S.A. Broken down into regions of the country, this handy guide has all you need to make your visit to these treasured parks an experience your family will never forget. PLUS, grab a copy of National Parks Guide U.S.A. and mark your calendar for May 19th — National Kids to Parks Day. The National Park Trust and their mascot Buddy Bison wants everyone to have an American park experience and invites every family in America to visit a national, state or local park on this special day.
This book made me want to hop in my car and take off to explore all the beautiful National Parks we have here in the United States. One day I would love to see all the parks, if not, at least half of them.
The photos are amazing!
The book also features fun facts, things to do, maps, information about the animals found at the parks and so much more.
Even though this book is geared towards children, adults will find it fascinating as well.
These two books are sure to make road warriors out of even the biggest homebodies!
To learn more about The Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas, or to make a purchase, please visit this link, http://bit.ly/IGnggy. The link takes you to the National Geographic site. I just shortened it so the super long link didn’t take away from the post.
For information about the National Parks Guide U.S.A., or to make a purchase, visit http://bit.ly/IQsHZz.
There is even a cool National Parks App you can download. You can find it on iTunes (http://bit.ly/IXheFQ).
Another great link you should check out is the National Kids to Parks Day, www.KidstoParks.org. They want to encourage families to head to one of the National Parks on May 19, 2012. You can find events in your state. I found one about a 30 minute drive from where I live. I’m going to look into it. It looks like fun!
I have fun giveaway for a lucky reader. The winner will received BOTH books plus a cute stuffed Buddy Bison and Buddy Bison t-shirt.
This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents and will end at 12:01 AM (EST) on May 8, 2012. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries.
*I received sample copies in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in anyway.