Win an Ultimate Field Trip From Lunchables (and one with the Young family, too)

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on June 8, 2010

Growing up as a home school family, we always went on lots of field trips. I have fond memories of afternoons exploring the zoo, trips made to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and crisp Autumn days spent in Apple Hill. Continuing this love of learning, through exploring fabulous places, has been one of the most exciting aspects of home schooling for me, as I now educate my own children at home.

ft-lunchables-pkg To help provide kids with the experiences to show them they can do great things, the Lunchables team worked with Kevin Jonas to kick off a program that will provide 50 deserving classrooms nationwide with unforgettable learning experiences they might otherwise not have. (Nominations have been closed, but read on for ways that you and your kiddos can still get involved.)

Now, of course we plan more school-related field trips during the traditional school year, but we think that the summer months are great for special trips to the Jelly Belly Factory or the Exploratorium with friends and extended family members.


In fact, Lunchables thinks that now through September is the perfect time to offer your kiddos a chance to win an ultimate field trip! Entering is as easy as finding the code on the inside of each specially marked Lunchables package and entering online in the instant win game. Prizes include admission for the winner and up to ten friends to the San Diego Zoo, Kennedy Space Center and more!

But, that’s not all. How would you like the opportunity to join the Young family (that’s us!) on a field trip to the Exploratorium, in San Francisco, this summer? Well, Lunchables is going to make that happen for one lucky winner and her family. (Be sure you read the rules carefully before entering.)

There are three ways to enter:

  • Leave me a comment telling me about your favorite memory of a field trip, either when you were a child or one you experienced with your own children.
  • Leave me a comment telling me why you would like to spend a day with us at the Exploratorium. Please include the number of adults and children in your family.
  • Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook wall, with a brief explanation of why you are entering. Be sure you leave me a comment saying you did this.


  • Prize includes admission only for up to 2 adults and 2 children (children ages 3 and under are free).
  • You must be willing to provide your own transportation to and from the Exploratorium on a mutually agreed upon date in June or July.
  • The field trip will be documented using a digital camera provided by Lunchables. Winner’s family must agree to be photographed and blogged about here at From Dates to Diapers.
  • Open to California residents only.
  • Only three entries per person, please. A comment must be left for each entry. (see above)
  • Random drawing will be held on June 20, 2010 and notified shortly thereafter.

We’re looking forward to a fabulous day with some of our friends in San Francisco. Maybe it’ll be you!

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Hip Hop Baby! {Giveaway}

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 27, 2009

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This educational DVD series features child-friendly dance routines that help your child develop listening skills and the ability to follow simple directions. Your toddler will experience the joys of learning their ABC’s, animals, body parts, and numbers through fun-filled musical performances and interviews with the hip hop kids. Your little ones will learn simple hip hop dance steps with Miss Dre while playing Simon Says with our puppet, Hip Hop Simon, the “cool” cat puppet.

I am always on the lookout for activities that provide quality learning opportunities. It’s most fun for everyone involved if we can incorporate movement and music, like when we watch the Hip Hop Baby! videos. Now, I’m not a big fan of plopping the kids down in front of the TV, but when I’m working with my older kids, or my batteries are running low, I’ll put on one of these videos. I appreciate the fact that this series encourages that the viewer stay on their feet and actively engages their brain.

My younger kids are big fans of moving to any beat, whether it be the beat of the drums at church and even the beat of their own drums. Dancing is only a part of what Hip Hop Baby! has to offer, but a big part of the reason why my kids love these DVDs!

I’m sure your kiddos will love these DVDs, as well, and I am excited to give you the opportunity to win TWO of themRockin’ Dance Party AND Get Healthy, Get Fit.

Here’s what you must do to enter:

  • Leave me a comment, before tomorrow night (Dec. 28th) at midnight (pst), telling me how you keep your little ones active.

For additional entries, you may:

  • Link to this giveaway on your blog and/or Facebook wall. Be sure you leave me a separate comment for each link.
  • Tweet about this giveaway and include your favorite holiday memory. Be sure you include a link to this giveaway and the hashtag #D2Dgvwy, and you may tweet as many times as you’d like before tomorrow at midnight, but leave me a separate comment for each tweet.

One winner will be selected at random, and will be emailed. Winner will then have 24 hours to respond before forfeiting their prize.

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More Than Play!

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 1, 2009

Playskool recently sent us the Busy Ball Popper for Noah to check out. At Playskool they believe that play stimulates the senses, engages the imagination, encourages curiosity, and empowers children’s sense of self confidence by allowing them to discover the world at their own pace. I totally agree! As a homeschooling mom, I also know that play lays an important foundation for advanced learning skills – skills like reading, writing, mathematics, critical problem solving, and conceptual thinking, to name just a few.

Now, this Busy Ball Popper is a wonderful “toy” to help develop eye tracking, temporal awareness, anticipation, and prediction – truly More Than Play! – however, it was a little underwhelming for two-year-old Noah. I’m sure that my one-and-a-half-year-old nephew, on the other hand, will love it!

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