Tis the Season to Schlep Through Ice and Snow: Little Jet Set Helps Holiday Travelers Stay Merry
Little Jet Set helps holiday travelers stay merry by giving parents everything they need to keep their children organized, comfortable and occupied in the car and on the plane.
Ocean Grove, NJ (Vocus) November 14, 2008
For most of us the holidays mean spending time with family. Whether it’s eating glazed ham at Grandma’s in Greensboro, sharing eggnog at your brother’s in Boca, or exchanging gifts in person with your in-laws in Illinois, it’s the being with family that’s important. And while hanging out with your relatives is wonderful, if you have young children, getting to those relatives can be anything but merry.
Face it, kids have a tough time traveling. Even if the end result is getting gifts and re-connecting with close cousins, for children, waiting on lines, sitting in traffic and keeping still for hours on airplanes is an impossible feat. Some families are content to stick their young ones in front of travel DVD players so they can watch away the time. But other families are looking for alternatives. And luckily for them, LittleJetSet. com is a website that has great toys, gifts and other fun and practical ideas for traveling families.
Whether you’re the family that’s doing the traveling or you’re the ones being traveled to, www. littlejetset. com should be the first destination. In addition to having one of the internet’s most extensive family-travel oriented selections, LittleJetSet. com has some of the greatest toys, books and dolls available anywhere. Here are some of its most recommended brands and products for the holidays that are sure to delight children and parents alike:
Zoobie Pets (http://www. littlejetset. com/Zoobie-Pets-m60.html) (Ages 0+, $25-$34) embody an innovative and newly patented 3-in-1 concept. Each pet is a plush toy, a soft pillow and a comfy blanket all in one - the perfect childhood companion. Zoobie Pets make for the ideal traveling companions for children, keeping kids entertained when they are awake and comfortable when they are asleep. Smaller Baby Zoobie Pets now also available. Choose from a variety of jungle and zoo animals including Hada the Hippo, Ellema the Elephant, Gogo the Gorilla, Lencho the Lion and many more.
The Tray Bien (http://www. littlejetset. com/The-Tray-Bien-In-Flight-Organizer-%28Classic-Polka%29-by-Sarabelli-p77837.html) (Age 0+, $39.95) is the brainchild of a travel savvy mom. This in-flight organizer that fits over most standard economy class tray tables keeps all your baby's necessities in one place and within easy reach, putting an end to getting up, ducking down and knocking into the seat in front of you. With multiple pockets and two drinkholders, there's room for bottles, diapers, wipes, pacifiers, toys, and even a celebrity gossip magazine (or Pulitzer Prize winning novel if that's your thing). Pockets feature Velcro closures and drink holders have "stay put" elastic and tabs; width expands up to 1 inch to fit most economy class tray tables; packs easily into carry-on bag; machine washable. Available in Classic Polka and Flower Power.
The Car Valet (http://www. littlejetset. com/Car-Valet-by-Alex-p269.html) (Ages 3+, $30) is a bright, fun carrying case and fold out desk attaches to the back of front seats for easy access by young riders. Features 2 removable zippered pouches, 2 mesh pockets, an adjustable work surface and a frame on the front for a photo or drawing. With a full double zipper closure, art supplies and snacks remain secure inside. Has convenient carrying handle, and can easily be wiped clean. Winner of Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Products Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, and Parents' Choice Recommendation Award.
InnovativeKids (http://www. littlejetset. com/InnovativeKids-m78.html) creates award-winning books designed for everyday play and extraordinary learning, from birth to age 12 and beyond. More than just books, innovativeKids titles are also games, puzzles, and toys—because having fun is the best way to learn, and more fun means more learning. With My First Amazing Game Board Book (http://www. littlejetset. com/My-First-Amazing-Game-Board-Book-by-innovativeKids-p862.html) (Ages 3-6, $19.99), kids will never be bored. With more than 50 games and activities, this ultimate portable game board book is perfect for summer fun and travel. In addition to familiar favorites such as tic-tac-toe, memory match, mazes, dot-to-dot, and a drawing board, there is also a magnetic weather board with pieces to dress bear for the different seasons, a weaving frame to exercise fine motor skills, a shoe-tying board with actual shoe laces, a math bingo game, an all-about-me board, a game of opposites, a peg board to pattern or make your own designs, and a letter and number board, as well as many more games and activities to do on the write-on/wipe-off pages. The Amazing Game Board Book (Ages 6+, $19.99) also available.
The Piggy Story (http://www. littlejetset. com/The-Piggy-Story-m55.html) is a labor of love founded by owner (and mother) Peiling Hwang. Armed with a 15-year background in design Peiling set out to build a company dedicated to crafting an imaginative suite of products from the child’s point-of-view. Piggy Story products are always imaginative, stylish and built to last – equal parts vintage charm and intuitive, modern design. The Art and Activity Backpack (Ages 3+, $39.95) is the newest addition to the Piggy Story family. This is a perfect first backpack for young travelers, whether it is for school, trips, or jaunts around town. The backpack is sturdy yet lightweight to endure all kinds of kids' play without slowing them down. Laminated exterior and water-resistant interior makes cleaning easy and keeps belongings dry. The unique slotted marker compartment will help aspiring little artists organize their tools while the see-through inner pocket allows quick and easy access to all their other gear. There is also a removable pocket pouch for spare pencils, erasers, change, or other knick-knacks. Comes with 10 washable double-sided markers (thick & thin tips), mini story book, matching themed activity book with stickers and matching doodle pad. Available in What's a Dragon, Piggy Fairy, Pretty Princess and Doggie Diary.
Since the beginning wood has been the material of choice for Blue Orange (http://www. littlejetset. com/Blue-Orange-Games-m71.html) due to its quality, durability, warmth and appeal. Blue Orange protects our planet by planting two trees for every tree it uses to make its award-winning wooden games. The recipient of the first Green Toy Company Award in 2007, Blue Orange treasures the times when family and friends gather together for a great game. Creating lively, fun, and quality games is its way to further those precious moments. Two great games to consider are:
Gobblet on the Go (Ages 4+, $15.95) and Double Shutter Jr. (Ages 6+, $22.95). Gobblet on the Go (http://www. littlejetset. com/Gobblet-On-the-Go-by-Blue-Orange-Games-p775.html) is the travel version of Gobblet Junior, the multiple award-winning fun game of memory and strategy for the whole family. Easy to learn (about 20 seconds), Gobblet on the Go plays just like tic-tac-toe except that you can gobble up your opponent's pieces and move yours around the board. Fast to play, it is the best first strategy game for young children, and incredibly addictive for adults. Very convenient, the wooden board and pieces come in a drawstring bag. Double Shutter Jr. (http://www. littlejetset. com/Double-Shutter-Jr--by-Blue-Orange-Games-p676.html) helps develop math skills, and is easy to learn and fun to play. Roll the dice and add up the dots to shut the tiles of your choice. The tile total must match the dot total in any combination you want. Throw the dice until no more tiles can be shut. The player with the lowest tile total remaining wins the round. Shut all the tiles and win a bonus point! First player to score 5 points wins. Self-contained game comes with 2 dice and illustrated rules.
Inspired by the enduring magic and importance of books, Chronicle Books (http://www. littlejetset. com/Chronicle-Books-m25.html) strives to publish exceptional titles that are instantly recognizable for their spirit, creativity and value. Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. The Children's list was launched in 1988 and has grown to include not only traditional picture books but affordable paperbacks, board books, plush toys, and novelty merchandise. Among Chronicle's best is Doodle All Year (http://www. littlejetset. com/Doodle-All-Year-from-Chronicle-Books-p849.html) by Taro Gomi (Ages 3+, $16.95). Gomi is back with a new addition to the wildly popular Scribbles, Doodles, and Squiggles series. Playful drawings of spring, summer, fall, and winter scenes plus fun-to-follow instructions will have kids of all ages doodling, drawing, and stretching their imaginations all year long! Gomi lives in Japan and has created more than 350 books for children, including Everyone Poops, My Friends, Spring Is Here, Scribbles, Squiggles, and Doodles.
Bananagrams (http://www. littlejetset. com/Bananagrams-p882.html) (Ages 7+, $14.95) is destined to be a classic and should be a part of every family's game collection. Bananagrams was created by a family of three generations, spanning in age from 7–75. As some of the family live in the U. K. and the rest live in the U. S. they are fortunate enough to meet every summer by the sea on the east coast of America. The game Bananagrams grew from a passionate love of word games. Obsessed by all the word games that could be found, they all hankered after something a bit more fluid than the classics they all love and wanted a game that the family could play together – ALL ages at the same time – and that they could take anywhere. Bananagrams is a FAST and FUN word game that requires NO pencil, paper or board. All you need is a table. One hand can be played in as little as 5 minutes. Great family fun as well as being educational! Bananagrams portability makes it perfect for travel. Just grab the pouch and go! WARNING - This game is extremely addictive.
ABOUT LITTLEJETSET. COM
Little Jet Set was co-founded by a pair of seasoned attorneys turned expert “mom travelers” who decided to take a sabbatical from practicing law to share their knowledge about the inherent challenges of traveling with children with other parents.
As “mompreneurs,” Hana Wolf and Nisha Cordero carefully select thoughtfully designed and well-constructed kids' travel accessories and products from award-winning companies that appeal to various ages and interests and that respond to the travel needs of today’s families.
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