Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Traveling With Children: Entertainment {My Busy Kit Review & Giveaway}

{This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to those who entered!}

This product is featured as part of a week of Traveling With Children necessities.

Aside from eating, I knew the main thing that would be necessary for traveling with Big Sister E would be entertainment. Kids are happy when they are occupied with something that can hold their attention and keep them busy, right? Particularly when stuck on an airplane or in a car, it's beyond important to have just the right combination of things to color, play, create and discover. Any parent knows that without that, the boredom can lead to all sorts of whining, crying and misbehaving.

But who wants to go to a bunch of different stores to buy a million and one little trinkets that may or may not really be all that interesting to children? It would be nice if someone could have tested a huge variety of things beforehand and could tell you all the ones that kids really like. And wouldn't it be nice if they could all be found together in one portable, colorful, fun package?


I made sure to keep the My Airport Busy Kit I packed hidden from Big Sister E until the perfect moment arrived to pull it out and show it to her while we were flying. Not only was she getting a little fidgety, but I was beginning to feel the effects of traveling and was looking for a way to keep her happy while I could lean my head back and relax for a while.

You can imagine that when she saw the shiny, clear tote bag (made out of phthalate-free vinyl) being brought out and caught a glimpse of the array of fun items inside, I was definitely not needed any longer. I think the hardest decision was which cool thing to play with first. The markers? The stickers? The measuring tape?

Created for ages 3 and up, the My Busy Kit was stock full of age-appropriate activities and goodies that could be used in any number of ways depending on Big Sister E's creativity and imagination. She had a great time coloring in the activity pad or on the wooden shape sticks, finding out that the scissors cut a neat pattern and discovering all the variety of ways to play with Wikki Stix.


The founders of My Busy Kit, Lorraine Akemann and Annabel Heinemann, are moms that are familiar with keeping kids occupied, as between them their five children have traveled around the world and survived in part due to their innovative bags. Not only inventors, these entrepreneurs also give back to their community and write a successful blog, Keeps Me Smiling, that includes a variety of great hints and ideas to share stories and recommendations to make life a little better. What inspiring women!

Whether you are looking for a way to keep your child occupied on a plane, in a car, at a restaurant or just on a rainy day at home, My Busy Kit takes the guesswork out of figuring out what to bring and neatly packages it all together for you. A huge bonus (and eco-friendly plus) is that the cute bag is reusable, so you're easily able to refill it with items that have run out or your child's personal favorites.

Ready to avoid some squirming and complaining from your child the next time they have to sit or wait? Thanks to the generosity of My Busy Kit, one person will have a great surprise to pull out the next time it is needed, because...

One lucky person will win a My Airport Busy Kit of their own! ARV $19.95!


To enter to win a My Airport Busy Kit: Visit My Busy Kit and tell me which of their products is your favorite AND where it would most come in handy for the child in your life.

Extra Entries (available after the mandatory entry above is completed; please leave a separate comment for each entry in order for them to be counted).

1 Extra Entry if you suggest an item (not currently included) that you think should be added to the My Busy Kits.
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Giveaway will end on March 25th at 11:59pm CST. Do me the favor of leaving an email address or making absolutely sure it is visible in your profile, I have to have a way to contact the winner. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

A huge thank you to My Busy Kit for providing a My Airport Busy Kit for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. What a great bag of entertainment! The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.

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dani said...

My busy kit for boys is my fav. and it would be great for waiting at my doctors office with me.

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Vanessa said...

The My Busy Kit for Girls would come in handy for my daughter on car rides! Thanks!

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Lauren Wayne said...

I would love the My Busy Kit for Boys for our upcoming plane trip! I'm so nervous about keeping our (then) 3-year-old occupied. :)

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Lauren Wayne said...

I don't know how many parents will be with me on this one, but maybe a good item to add would be a glue stick? My little guy loves making collages, and there are scissors and tape — so maybe glue would be good, too!

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Marcia said...

I would pick the My Airport one but the My Busy Kit for Girls is cute too!

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April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I like the My Busy Kit for boys! My son would love to use that on our trips in the car to keep him occupied! :)

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Marcia said...

The My Busy Airport Kit would be great for my granddaughter who travels with her parents 2 or 3 times a year to visit the other grandparents. The My Busy Kit for Girls would be best for my other granddaugher who is into crafts and usually only travels by car (to visit us).

Maja said...

my busy kit for boys

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Jodi said...

I really like the Church and the airplane kits. We are going on a trip soon and this would be perfect.

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Lentil said...

I like My Busy Kit for girls it would come in handy if we visit a friend who doesn't have kids

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I would add a book or comic book,and mybe small map or globe so the child can see where the trip is taking them.

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The My Busy Kit for Boys would be great for my son for when we go out to eat he is always restless waiting thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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A said...

I'd pick their My Busy Kit for Girls.

This would be a gift for a friend of mine who travels a lot with his daughter. :)


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dvice12 said...

My favorite is Road Trips for the long trips with the kids

cman said...

My Busy Kit for Boys (age 3+) on road trips.

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