Blog Posts by Red Tricycle

  • 10 Ways to Celebrate 4th of July With Kids

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    To little ones, celebrating the 4th of July usually means one thing - FIREWORKS! But, we know that by the time the sun goes down and the fireworks go up around 10:00 pm, they are exhausted and ready for bed. Here are ten 4th of July activities for kids that don't involve having cranky, overtired children on the 5th of July!

    1. Make a Statue of Liberty crown
    Transform the entire family into Lady Liberty this 4th of July. You can go about this many ways and take it to whatever level you'd like - metallic paint, glue and glitter, or just simply some tin foil from the kitchen. Construction paper can make a great headband or try using paper plates for something a little sturdier. Save those empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls - they make excellent starting points for homemade torches!

    2. Have a patriotic bike parade
    Grab all the neighborhood kids and their bikes! Have everyone decorate their own bike at home and then meet for a parade or have a bike decorating

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  • July 4 in the San Francisco Bay Area – Fireworks, Parades and Family Friendly Fun

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    There are plenty of fireworks displays throughout the Bay Area, but with little ones in tow and displays that don't start until 9:30 pm, you may be on the hunt for daytime celebrations. Though most of these options include evening fireworks, plenty focus on morning and afternoon festivities so your kids won't miss out, whether you're celebrating the Fourth of July in San Francisco or elsewhere in the Bay Area.

    San Francisco, Pier 39
    Starting at 3:00 pm, enjoy the free live bands playing in the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza. You'll also find street performers on stage and of course a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 pm.

    Menlo Park
    A yearly favorite on the Peninsula is the 4th of July Parade and Celebration in downtown Menlo Park. Kids decorate their bicycles, tricycles, wagons and scooters and parade down Santa Cruz Avenue to Burgess Park. At Burgess Park, you'll find all kinds of food, games and music. Bring a backpack with a picnic blanket, sunscreen and hats and

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  • Win a Sizzlin’ KitchenAid Kitchen Make-Over

    Warning: This summer is starting off hotter than ever! We're celebrating our newly-launched Food newsletter with a smokin' hot giveaway! Red Tricycle wants to treat one lucky mom to a Kitchen-Aid Kitchen Makeover! As you know, our mission is simple: to help you have more fun with your kids!

    Wondering what's in Red Tricycle's Kitchen-Makeover? We are giving away not one, but five kitchen appliances that will rev up your kitchen and save you extra time so you can enjoy the summer with your family! Red Tricycle's kitchen makeover includes:

    • KithchenAid Summer favorite Ice cream maker
    • KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer
    • KitchenAid 7-Quart Slow Cooker
    • KitchenAid 700-Watt 12-Cup Food Processor
    • Easy Bake Oven

    How to enter:

    • If you haven't already, sign-up for Red Tricycle's free newsletter with 5 fresh picks on things to do, eat, and see with your kids.
    • If you are already a Red Tricycle subscriber, send an email to promo@redtri.com with "Food" and
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  • 78 Family Things to Do in San Francisco This Summer

    Screen shot 2011-06-07 at 1.54.15 PMScreen shot 2011-06-07 at 1.54.15 PMHeaded to the San Francisco this summer? We're not sure how long the sun will stick around, but we know that the kiddos are out of school pretty soon, so it's time to drum up a list of things to do this summer - rain or shine. Following are 78 suggestions of amazing family outings in the Bay Area from Red Tricycle editors. Did we miss one of your favorites? Add it in the comments below.

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    Pack up the sunscreen and towels and visit a water park
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    Grab your beach chairs and check out an outdoor summer concert
    3. Visit a new playground with water features, an awesome play structure or scenic backdrop
    4. Grab a blanket, picnic basket and indulge in an outdoor movie night
    5. and 6. Fill your backpack with energy bars and try a family-friendly hike or a wildflower hike
    7. Visit one of these U-Pick Farms and let the kids work for their supper
    8. Day Trip: The Arboretum in Santa Cruz
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    Camping in Anderson Valley (can you say wine tasting?). No reservation? try one of these last minute

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  • Family Guide to Disneyland!

    It truly is the Happiest Sleeping BeautyÕs Winter CastleSleeping BeautyÕs Winter CastlePlace on Earth, and even to those first-timers daunted by the thought of Disneyland, it's totally worth it, with a bit of planning. These tips will help you make the most of your family vacation-whether it's a day trip from Los Angeles or San Diego or a journey from afar.

    Timing is everything
    As you're sifting through the family calendar in search of the perfect day, be sure to keep in mind the months when crowds are smaller-namely late fall, early spring and the winter months. Remember, it is Southern California so February is not that cold! The holiday season is particularly delightful as Disneyland transforms into a wintry wonderland with thousand of twinkling lights, a huge Christmas tree, and a fantastic fireworks show each evening. If you're heading out during the school year, avoid the crowds by checking the local school district calendar for days off.

    Where to Stay
    Yes, it can be a fantastic experience to settle into one of the

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  • How To Vacation in Cabo with the Kids

    If the phrase "going to Cabo" reminds you of your college days, think again! San Jose del Cabo (about 25 minutes away from Cabo San Lucas) is full of family friendly beaches and kid-friendly adventure. Here are just a handful of possibilities.

    Lover's Beach in Los Cabos is one of the most spectacular beaches you'll encounter, a place where the Pacific and Sea of Cortez meet. Families flock to its friendly bay with calm, clear water filled with fish. Kids will love the fact that the only way to get to this beach is by boat, and along the way, your guide will show you the famous images hidden in the rock formations, from the face of Scooby Doo to a witch's profile. Once you arrive, your tiny tidepoolers, taking a break from the sea, will love playing with the many hermit crabs floating in and out of their rocky homes.

    Ever wondered if "Hotel California"-made famous by the Eagles- is real? Truth is, the song's inspiration is based in Todos Santos, a small artist town in Baja

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  • 5 Tips For Getting Kids Ready to Ski

    Winter is here, snow is falling in the mountains, and another exciting ski season is atkid on skiskid on skis hand. For those who were BK Skiers (before kids) the dream of the day when you are able to delight in the winter sport again and share the experience as a family might be a reality this year. Here are some great tips for getting your little ones out on the slopes.

    Keep them warm.
    Think snow and kids and the vision of the bundled toddler barely able to walk with all of the padding comes to mind. While warmth is essential, ease of mobility is now key as well.

    • When choosing those adorable little snow duds, consider potty access. The all in one full zip snowsuits can be tricky, especially in chilly bathrooms. Ski bibs are a great alternative for easy access and keeping the snow out. Check labels to ensure your pants and jacket are water-proof, or at the very least, water-resistant.
    • Think layers. A well dressed kid is one with multiple layers enabling you to adjust to changing temperatures.
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  • Best Toys For A Two-Year-Old

    Struggling to find the right gift for your two-year old this Christmas? Looking for something that's not too pricey, not too commercial, yet will provide hours of entertainment (and perhaps a little education, to boot?). We hear you. Here's Red Tricycle's list of Best Toys for Two Year Old boys and girls.

    1. Balance bike - Sarah B. is a big fan.

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    2. Magnatiles, Legos or other colorful building blocks (thanks Lika S.)
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    3. Playmobil rocks, according to Yasmine P.

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    4. Automoblox are a busy mom's best friend, says Christine M.

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    5. Tinker Toys offer hours of entertainment says Cindy T.
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    6. Play kitchen and/or cooking utensils - thanks for the tip Gary-Donna!

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  • Holiday Gift Idea: Make Jam With The Kids

    If there is a silver lining in the recent economic dark cloud, it might be that 'downsizing' out of necessity has changed how we think about gift giving. Yes, Black Friday is still a big deal for some, and kids are still making their lists and checking them twice, but the spirit of giving, rather than the price tag on the gift, has regained some of its traditional charm and appeal.

    This year, why not take the time to make the majority of your gifts-gifts you can give to teachers, babysitters, party hosts or just enjoy yourself? It's a great way to save money, create a family tradition and have fun. You could make a batch of coffee cake or candy or even natural hand sanitizer. If you plan it carefully, it can be a great family project-let the kids help in the kitchen, decorate the jars and then travel together to bestow your creations to those on your list. .

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  • Family Vacation to Maui: Where to Stay, Play and Eat

    Maui is for Lovers - of all ages! When its time to feel the sand between your toes again, pack up the family and sand toys for palm trees, tropical drinks and breezes on the playground island of Maui. Direct flights touch down in the kite surfing Mecca of Kahului, Maui a 5-1/2 hour flight from the west coast. Maui is home to quaint historic towns such as Lahaina on the west shore, legendary surf town Paia near Ho'okipa Beach and the Jaws break, as well as the resort towns of Ka'anapali and Wailea whose pool systems rival the natural water features found all around this relatively small, but incredibly diverse Polynesian island.

    We've got the scoop on the most kid-friendly places to stay, eat and play for your family vacation in Maui.

    For more kid-friendly info, visit us at Red Tricycle where we deliver pint-sized news for savvy grown-ups.

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