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How to Plan a Last-Minute Holiday Trip with Kids

NYC mama Dikla Goren shows us how it’s done.

How to Plan a Last-Minute Holiday Trip with Kids

*We’ve partnered with Bugaboo to inspire you to get out and explore this holiday season. We’re all for holiday traditions, but if you ask us, the newer the tradition, the better. Now that you have your own family (or one on the way!), it’s time to do things your own way. And for lots of parents, that means hitting the road. The holiday season is the perfect time to travel, explore and discover with your kids, whether it’s on another continent or just around your block. Of course, if you’re heading out on an adventure with your kids, you’re going to need the right gear. So we’ve partnered with global mobility brand, Bugaboo, to share how some modern parents make it work when they’re on the move during the holiday season...and how they’re creating some new holiday traditions along the way. For Insta-mama Dikla Goren, the holidays are usually a quiet time, since both she and her husbands’ families live in Israel. This holiday season, she decided to grab her three kiddos and get away for a few days, with no advance planning or itinerary. We know, we know -- a last-minute trip with kids? Impossible! Not necessarily. Below, Dikla shares how a little strategic thinking, a big sense of adventure, and the comfortable, compact and customizable Bugaboo Bee5 made her recent trip to Miami totally holiday traditionworthy. With your families so far away, what are holidays usually like for you? Holidays are usually just us -- Noam, me and the kids. We’re usually home or sometimes we celebrate with friends...because our Israeli friends are our family here in the States. But since we really don’t have family around, it's really easy to travel during the holidays. I'm trying to see the positivity in that, and start a new tradition for our family to travel during the holiday season. How did you decide on this last-minute trip? We decided to go to Miami very last-minute. The kids had a few days off so the timing was perfect, and the flight to Miami was so cheap. It cost us less to fly to Miami than to spend the weekend here in New York! So we just decided to do it. Miami is a really easy destination for us. It’s a little over 2 hours from New York, and we've been many times. The weather is perfect -- the kids love it. We love to go to restaurants in South Beach, and to the beach itself. And the kids love the pool. You do a lot of traveling. What are some of your tips to make it easier when you’re packing to go away with kids? Even though I have three kids, I usually pack really light. We always take one bag with us on the plane and try to stick to just one suitcase. My Bugaboo Bee5 is perfect for traveling because it’s compact enough to take on trips and has an updated suspension for an unparalleled smooth ride once you reach your destination. It's very light and easy for me to fold with one hand without having to remove the seat and canopy. And that’s really important when you have to keep an eye on three kids at the same time, especially if I am traveling by myself with the kids. Another thing to consider is getting around when you’re there. When we’re traveling, I know we’re going to be taking taxis and going in and out of stores. I have a lot of gear at home, but I always want to bring only the smallest and lightest gear with me. The Bugaboo Bee5 is light and compact -- it’s easy to fold, and doesn’t take a lot of space, which is convenient since you never know how big your taxi or Uber is going to be. What’s an average day look like for your family in Miami? We usually take the stroller with us on walks or to the pool so Romi can relax or nap. On this trip, we also spent some time riding around and exploring as a family on bicycles. My favorite restaurant in Miami is a mediterranean place called Restaurant 27. We always take the stroller there for a meal, then just stroll on South Beach and Collins Avenue. I love the customization options Bugaboo offers for the Bee5. On this trip, we switched out our sun canopy to the limited-edition Bugaboo by We Are Handsome sun canopy. Every single person asked me about it while were in Miami! It's very edgy and bold, and it definitely made us stand out! The Bugaboo Parasol really came in handy on this trip because it was so sunny. It's nice to have the Parasol as an option so you don’t have to leave the canopy open the entire trip. It attached directly to the stroller through the Bee5’s new integrated attachment points, which also make it easy to connect other Bugaboo accessories like the Cup Holder and Comfort Wheeled Board without the need for adapters. How can you fit in a little “parent-time” while you’re on a family trip? We’re not the kind of parents that go back to the hotel so the kids go to bed at 7 p.m., especially on vacation. So our Bugaboo is with us all the time. Roma can literally sleep there, and then we can stay out a little later. We take it everywhere! One night, Romi was so tired but my other kids were just awake. So we took the stroller with us with Romi sleeping in there and we sat inside a Bungalow on the beach. We put on Netflix and watched a movie all together, literally under the stars. It was so nice and definitely something the kids are always going to remember. Photography by by Kristina in Miami for Flytographer. *The Bugaboo Bee5 is the ultimate customizable stroller. There are more than 700 possible design combinations with the ability to select colors for the seat fabric, sun canopy, stroller chassis, wheel caps and faux leather handlebar grips, making it easy for parents to customize the look of their stroller.

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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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We could not be more excited to bring the magic of Meri Meri to the Motherly Shop. For over 30 years, their playful line of party products, decorations, children's toys and stationery have brought magic to celebrations and spaces all over the world. Staring as a kitchen table endeavor with some scissors, pens and glitter in Los Angeles in 1985, Meri Meri (founder Meredithe Stuart-Smith's childhood nickname) has evolved from a little network of mamas working from home to a team of 200 dreaming up beautiful, well-crafted products that make any day feel special.

We've stocked The Motherly Shop with everything from Halloween must-haves to instant-heirloom gifts kiddos will adore. Whether you're throwing a party or just trying to make the everyday feel a little more special, we've got you covered.

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Thinking they are is what's burning moms out.

A friend and I bump into each other at Target nearly every time we go. We don't pre-plan this; we must just be on the same paper towel use cycle or something. Really, I think there was a stretch where I saw her at Target five times in a row.

We've turned it into a bit of a running joke. "Yeah," I say sarcastically, "We needed paper towels so you know, I had to come to Target… for two hours of alone time."

She'll laugh and reply, "Oh yes, we were out of… um… paper clips. So here I am, shopping without the kids. Heaven!"

Now don't get me wrong. I adore my trips to Target (and based on the fullness of my cart when I leave, I am pretty sure Target adores my trips there, too).

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