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Are we there yet? is the cry of all kids on long car trips. Add to your bag of tricks to keep kids occupied from our Pinterest board of the same hue and cry.

Anyone who has ever been trapped in a hot car with bored kids is well aware that the worldneeds a sure-fire way to ease the resulting tensions. Miles of Smiles: 101 Great Car Games & Activities fills that need. In fact, according to one enthusiastic user it just "may be the ultimate solution for back seat squabbling."

Miles of Smiles is filled with games and activities that have travel-related themes. Ninety-seven require just your minds and mouths to play, and the other four need only simple props:  a penny, a pencil, and some crayons.  A helpful index categorizes each game and activity according to age-appropriateness. Humorous illustrations kids can color add to everyone's enjoyment.  Measuring just 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", the book fits conveniently into your car's glove compartment.

Meyers is a travel writer and author of Weekend Adventures in San Francisco & Northern California, and editor of Dream Sleeps: Castle & Palace Hotels of Europe.

Miles of Smiles is available at, click on subscribe and shop.

“Oh, cool!”  --10-year-old
"Vacation car treks with kids can be heck on wheels, but not when the family-mobile carries Miles of Smiles.  --Seattle Post-Intelligencer

US license plates coloring map
Between movies in the backseat, do kids still "collect" license plates on road trips?
On the way to the reunion, give kids a copy of this map to color on the way to your reunion and on the way home again!


See suggestions for family heirloom projects for kids, click here

Return to the Stone Age

When it comes to art activities, painting on rocks is both exciting and inexpensive. “Rocks aren't intimidating the way more traditional art materials can be,” explains Lin Wellford, known as “the mother of modern rock painting.”  She says, “I've had many people tell me they had no idea they had any artistic talent until they painted their first rock.”

Rock Painting Fun for Everyone! from ArtStone Press is Wellford's eighth book. It contains projects easy enough for anyone to make, even if they've never picked up a paint brush before.

Little voices taking a stand…
Ten-year-old Jenna Gagnon of Waterville, Maine, prepared herself for a very special journey as she packed up to leave school one Monday afternoon. Jenna was headed for the Maine State House to witness Governor John E. Baldacci sign a bill into law that would create a very special new state holiday: Family Reunion Day.

Jenna and her classmates at Albert S. Hall School had learned about how a bill becomes law. After Jenna's father, State Senator Kenneth T. Gagnon, D-Waterville, came to the class to explain lawmaking, she came up with the idea to designate a holiday in August. Her reason for this special day she says, "Some of my family live far away, in Oregon, Florida and Massachusetts. It's a way to get everyone home. And because the time between July 4th and Labor Day seemed much too long to wait for a holiday."

The bill was sponsored by Jenna's father who presented it as "the feel good bill of the season." Maine will now observe Family Reunion Day the Monday after the first weekend each August.

Family reunions have become pretty popular among the younger generations and Jenna and her classmates have proven that. Congrats to Jenna on a job well done!

Reported by Shnee McNeil-Hatcheet, who interned at Reunions magazine while a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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