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The Island of Aruba is Happiness

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aruba Tourism Authority for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love to travel, but no matter where I end up I love being close to sandy beaches and cool blue water. Even living in New York, I've managed to settle just 15 minutes by subway from iconic Coney Island with it's iconic fair, white sand beach and wavy waters. So when we go on vacation, we often have these same needs in mind – blue water and fun ideas for everyone in the family from 18 months to 40 years old.

Aruba travel can help you plan all that you can do on this one happy isalnd – including where to find the island's hidden gems and beaches, shopping spots, where to enjoy the nightlife and other cultural activities. You can visit the Aruba 2013 calendar to pinpoint all the events happening when you plan to visit.

Aruba would be a great family destination with outdoor activities for the littlies that us big kids can enjoy as well. Some highlights are Arikok National Park, Ayo rock formations and Indian caves – sounds like the makings of a perfect adventure for my 5 year old Mr P!

Aruba also seems like a piece of paradise similar to my experiences in other Carribean islands  – self driving tours, resort lined turquoise water on the West, and sunset cruises and sails. It's difficult to find one happy island that has it all, but Aruba just might fit the blll. 

I've experienced one other Carribean Carnival in my lifetime and Aruba's Carnival sounds like a MUST attend event! Starting on November 11 at 11:11 am, their are contests, jump-ups and parades so huge they shut down Aruba's two citiies while they are running over the weekend. Sounds like November would be a great time to go and get away from North America's colder temps, don't you think?

If you are thinking of visiting Aruba, find out more about the area, including deals and tips at the Aruba website. 

What part of Aruba is calling your name?

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Water fun in New Jersey at Coco Key Water Resort

Where else can you go within 2 hours of New York, yet still be close to historical Philadelphia and enjoy the fun of an indoor waterpark? Coco Key Water Resort in Mt Laurel, New Jersey is an affordable and quick trip from New York City. Once you’ve arrived, you have spacious accommodations, free entertainment for the kids on weekend nights as well as some weeknights, and splashy good fun.

To be honest, our little family arrived on Easter Saturday to a completely booked resort. Their was a lineup nearly out the door at the water park end for those who were trying to buy day passes to enter. Word to the wise, if you are only coming for the day and especially on a holiday weekend, save yourself some hassle and buy your tickets online.

If you purchase overnight packages at the adjoining Hotel ML, then their is no needed to worry about your passes as you purchase them with your accommodation. 

New York City Classic Harbor Line Cruise

Dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of New York City, Classic Harbor Line hopes for the privilege of escorting you on a relaxing, inspiring and breathtaking sightseeing cruise through the waters we proudly call home. Our classic yachts – the Schooner Adirondack & Adirondack III and the Schooner America 2.0 (our sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan (our motorized yacht) are reminiscent of the classic boats that cruised New York Harbor a hundred years ago.

Mama Goes BAM readers Receive $10 off each ticket purchased at using ONLINE promo code FAMILY10.

I’m looking forward to taking a ride with this service this summer and experience vies that you can only see from the water. In the meantime, check out this video so that you can see what the experience is like

A Global Adventure for kids with Little Passports

Inside Little Passports World Explorer Kit

I was given the opportunity to enroll in Little Passports, a monthly subscription service that is a global online adventure for kids. Our family is rooted in travel – I met my husband in New Zealand while on a one year work visa after graduating from University in Canada. That happened in 1999, and since then my husband I have lived in 2 different continents, 3 countries and 4 cities while traveling in between all that moving. So travel is important to us, it is as much a learning experience (if not more!) as going to school.

Of course, attending school is important, so it is not logical (or affordable) to just pull Mr P out of school for jaunts around the world. But seeing as he and Little Miss have great-grandparent, grandparents and family in Canada (my parents) as well as great-grandparent, grandparents and family in New Zealand it is even more important for them to understand the world around them.

Our first month subscription box for the World Explorer Kit arrived and as soon As Mr P saw the blue suitcase, he loved it and wanted to know everything about it. We’ve drawn maps before to show him where his grandparents are in relation to us, but he’s never had a wall size map. We spent a long time just looking at the map. Included was also a boarding pass with a secret code to a website full of fun activities, a passport, stickers, a welcome letter and a worksheet. Seeing as he is a pirate-in-training, he loved cracking codes and learning new words in different languages – this month was ‘hello’ in different languages. It was also fun reinforcement of his reading skills by reading the letter from the Little Passport’s travelers Sam and Sofia.

Family Travel Sleep Tips for Kids on the Open Road

Tips to help kids nap on roadtrips

We’ve all played endless rounds of I spy with my little eye or had sing-a-longs on road trips, but sometimes the easiest thing for everyone involved is for the kids to sleep peacefully in the back seat. If the trip is short enough and relative to their normal nap time, crafting it so that your little darlings fall asleep might just be the best thing to do. Even with toddlers who no longer take naps, the lull of the engine purring out on the open road could very well send them off to lala land.

Throw Back Thursday: Tis the Season for New Zealand Weddings #TBT

Mr BAM left on Tuesday for his sister’s wedding in New Zealand. Sadly, we just couldn’t swing a family trip back so soon after just settling here. It reminded me that three years ago in January 2009, we celebrated a good friend’s wedding in Christchurch, New Zealand…and that it’s summer there…

Me and Mr BAM in Christchurch, NZ 2009