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when in rome

February 17, 2011

In three weeks, we will be taking our boys to travel with friends in Italy. We will have 3 days in Rome and 4 in Tuscany, sandwiched between travel days to and from Frankfurt (where our friends live!).  I have been scouring the internet on things to bring on the airplane (and layovers) to entertain them (more than our dvd’s!) and for fun things to do in Italy that kids would like. Here are some things I have found- hope they are helpful! Also, if you have taken your kids on long flights, any advice? Our boys are 6 and 3.

This is Rome, Chicken Socks books: Totally Tape, Highlight this Book!, and Brain Quest Cards for both ages – I read the reviews and was told to “buy up in age” so we will check these out. I also bought Rome with Kids:  An Insider’s Guide. I also found this list of good things to have on a long trip which was helpful.

In other news, I have been inspired by Design Mom’s recent move to a town outside Paris (she has 6 kids!) and her sister-in-law-  Oh Happy Day! moving as well. Makes me think I can tackle 16 hours of plane travel with my guys. 🙂

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathy permalink
    February 17, 2011 3:06 pm

    We are going this summer with our kids to Rome, Florence and Venice. I would love suggestions of places to take them. We have never traveled out of the US with them so this is a big deal. They are 11 and 13. I saw some treasure hunt books for Florence and Venice that I may get so that they can engage in our trip. I love the Ipad for my kids when we travel. They play educational games and watch movies.

  2. February 17, 2011 11:17 pm

    We took our 4 year-old to Australia last January and had a ball. For the plane ride, I can’t even remember him watching a movie because he had so many crafts. I like Alex and brought stuff that required no cutting or glue. The “My First Mosiac” was a big hit!
    As for getting there and dealing with the time change, we just jumped right on the Aussie time and were all up for nearly 20 hours straight but it paid off as we woke up on our first full day there and didn’t skip a pace. It worked really well!
    One idea while you’re there is just to scope out what the locals do. You know the saying…”When in Rome!”:)
    Have fun!

  3. Justine Cody permalink
    February 18, 2011 11:55 am

    We have taken our children to Italy several times (now ages 10, 8 and 4). For the plane ride, we’ve packed playdough; color wonder markers, color wonder finger paints (AWESOME if your boys don’t mind messy fingers – like vaseline in consistency), colorforms or those magnetic playsets (we have a train and truck one for our son) and legos (NOT the super small ones that can get lost if they fall, but the smaller duplos) – and not tons of them – enough for a tower or so (plus the lego people). We used to bring the carseats on board but then discovered that the tray table wouldn’t go down with the carseat in place. That is a personal decision based on your safety concerns; how your sons may sleep best on the plane; etc.
    The other thing to ask about is the childrens meal on board – no extra charge and usually better geared to their taste AND bulkhead seating – usually I shy away from this because you lose your underseat storage, but there is a little more leg room if your sons will be out of their seats a bit.
    Good luck and have a wonderful trip!

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