Greetings from BubbleBum HQ!
Welcome to the July/August edition of our newsletter.
This summer edition is full of exciting stuff including; travel tips for your summer vacation, summer activities for the kids to ward off the dreaded ‘boredom’, a sneak peak at our newest product, exciting news on our growing family here at BubbleBum HQ and finally our recent lifestyle photo shoot.
Wishing you all a fanbubbletastic summer vacation and remember to be safe and bring your BubbleBum!
Travel Safety Tips
With the summer vacation in full swing, families are gearing up for family travel both near and far—camping trips, days spent at the beach, trips to see grandparents, or plane rides to fun destinations. Whether your trip is just across town or further afield, BubbleBum CEO & Founder Grainne Kelly offers her travel tips to ensure your trip is a safe one:
1.Scan your travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance, immunization information, list of medications, etc.) and email them to yourself rather than keeping a photocopy in your bags/luggage. Make a list of important health/emergency information to keep with you while you travel.
2.Make sure that your children are in approved child safety seats as required by the state or country you are traveling to.
3.Always pack a first aid kit containing items such as pain reliever (for children & adults), thermometer, anti-itch lotion, bug bite/sting cream, instant ice pack, sunscreen, insert spray, motion sickness tabs, and Band-Aids. If you’re traveling a distance, such as internationally, it’s a good idea for the family to get checked over by a doctor prior to leaving. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date before taking off.
4.If staying at a hotel or someone’s home, bring childproofing supplies, such as electrical outlet covers and travel baby gates to protect your child in a new environment. Be aware that cribs or play yards provided by hotels may not meet current safety standards. If you have any doubt about the safety of the crib or play yard, ask for a replacement or consider other options (for example, put a mattress on the floor).
5.If your child is lost, instruct your kids to go to an agreed upon safe place and stay there. Dress your kids in distinctive or brightly colored clothes to make them more visible and write down your contact information on an index card and place it in your kids’ pockets to make contacting you easier.
6. Whether traveling by car or plane, it’s always a good idea to bring along extra toys and activities to keep your child busy. Pack snacks and drinks for the family in the event you have a long layover or car trouble.
7.When traveling by car, keep the following stashed in your trunk in the event of an emergency: jumper cables, flairs, blankets, water, fire extinguisher, mini tire compressor, basic tools, rope/bungee cord, and a flash light
8.Have the kids help pack their own bags so they can choose items they really want for entertainment, whether that be their favorite book, an electronic device, or a fun travel game
9. Flights and road trips are the perfect time to spend time with family and should be embraced. It provides a chance to play games together like the traditional ‘I-spy’, ‘who am I?’ or ‘find the vehicle’.
10. Pre-packed and organized hand luggage is a life saver especially when it allows you to carry the essentials like passports and board passes alongside the more important (to your children at least) items like snacks, electrical devices and even a teddy or other comforter. These items can all be stored in their own small separate bags within your hand luggage, allowing you to keep you travel documents free from sticky fingers and placing a vital limit on the amount you’re willing to carry.
BubbleBum’s Top 5 Summer Activities
As we near the middle of the kid’s summer vacation from school, we have put together our top 5 activities for the kids (and whole family) to take part in this summer break to keep them active and ward off the boredom!
After the World Cup, soccer is cooler than ever (for boys and girls) and with a wide variety of ways you can play it, we just had to make it our number one activity for summer! You can play soccer anywhere with as many or as few people as you have and its always great fun. Even if you’re playing by yourself, practicing your skills with a ball is lots of fun and incredibly rewarding.
2. Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts are a great and simple way to keep your kids entertained for long or short periods of time and help bring out their creative side as well. You can join in the new craze of making a loom band using the different colored bands to make funky patterns or do a little old fashioned painting. Or, if you’re feeling particularly crafty, the internet has a whole range of sites available which feature craft ideas for all levels, like pinterest.
Whether it’s at the beach or at the pool, swimming is a great way to cool off in the heat and a great way to exercise and keep active. Even better, you don’t have to just swim around, there are loads of fun games you can play in the water as well. From marco polo, to tennis or even volley ball there’s loads to do in the water which is why it’s our second favorite activity for kids this summer! TRIVIA: Did you know that Elephants can Swim up to 20 miles a day and can use their trunks as snorkels?!
These were a staple of almost every house hold growing up and now they’re making a come back. With options available for every age range and some old classics like monopoly, chutes and ladders and even scrabble, board games are a great way to keep the family entertained.
With Wimbledon just finished everyone seems to have tennis fever! Play singles or play doubles, tennis is a great way to get active and have some fun. Whether you’re just learning or you’ve played before, tennis is a sport which the whole family can get involved in. Give it a try! TRIVIA: Did you know, the fastest recorded serve in a woman’s tennis match was 205 km/h and was done by Venus Williams?!
Here’s an exclusive sneak speak of our new product, the Thingamybob, coming out later this year! All will be revealed… But in the mean time, can you guess what it is?
We are delighted to welcome the newest recruit to the BubbleBum team, Declan McGuinness! Declan recently graduated from the University of Ulster and has just joined the marketing department at BubbleBum HQ; dealing with all of the website stuff, social media and other marketing activities. Welcome aboard, Declan!
BubbleBum Lifestyle Photo Shoot
The BubbleBum team and our fanbubbletastic models recently headed down to Derry City Airport and our local primary school to take some lifestyle pics to showcase our eye-popping new neon colors! With local photographer extraordinaire Bernard Ward at the helm, we knew we were in good hands and got some brilliant shots!
We all had a great day playing dressing up, kicking a few footballs around and of course…eating lots sweeties (adults too)! Take a look at some of the brilliant images we captured below: