Why your kids need to take a train trip this summer

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Well, to help them see and discover the world from the ground up, that’s why. Train trips can be a great adventure for you and your children. Rushing to school, rushing to after school events, rushing to get the latest test or tweet is numbing whether you’re five or fifty.


Of course we know that trains are a type of pubic transportation. And we know that trains are able to move a large number of people at one time. The best things about trains are that they are environmentally friendly. This is true, because even though trains are full of people, they do no pollute as much as an equivalent number of cars would to transport the same number of people.

Other benefits for a family trip:

  • No waiting for security

  • Seats that recline

  • Legroom galore

  • Wider train aisles

There’s more:

You can enjoy the scenery – see interesting landscapes that you just fly over or miss on high-speed interstate highways.  

You can meet interesting people and really connect.  

You can enjoy a good selection of dining car meals and refreshments   You have time to read and relax.   


 The kids can have fun learning geography with digital apps and/or board games.

 Digital Apps:

 Busy Train

 BusyTrainApp will teach kids United States geography and history facts while they travel to their destination. Some great news, Busy Train for iPhone and iPad is a great way for kids and families to learn more about America while they spend time together on the road. It also helps pass the hours riding in the family vehicle.

Busy Train includes:

50 states
50 state Capitals
50 state flags
160 Historical Facts: major industries, state symbols and slogans, and other trivia
30 Notable cities
17 slideshows of national parks and monuments, with photos and facts
3 Mini Games with multiple levels

It’s available now on the iTunes Marketplace: Busy Train on iTunes.

It’s recommended for kids aged 4-8.

  GeoBee Challenge App

  This app is available for iPhone®, iPod touch®, iPad®, Android™, and NOOK Color™. Explore the world while testing your smarts. Now bigger and better…with beautiful maps from National Geographic.

• Multiple Choice Round: Answers come from a library of more than 1,300 National Geographic Bee questions.
• Map Challenge Round: Zoom, pinch, and tap your way to find spots on an interactive map from a catalog of 1,000+ locations.
• Bonus Rounds: Include compelling National Geographic photographs where you have to locate what’s in the photo on the interactive map…only we don’t tell you where the photo was taken or what is in the picture!

MOBI Award Finalist—Best Mobile Game 2010    | Apple Recommended—Back to School App


Board Games

See Kidsworldcitizen for five geography games from Scrambled States to Ticker to Ride Europe, United States, and Nordic Countries that teach kids about the world.

Where to find train trips? 

These selections of 10 family train trips from familyvacationcritic reviews the finest train rides for families. There’s no rushing to the next destination because your train journey is the most important part of the trip. Enjoy the scenery, slow down, relax, and spend time with your family family.


All Aboard


Have a great trip!



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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at www.judykundert.com.You can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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