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Giveaway: Win a BubbleBum Booster Seat and Make Family Travel Easier

BubbleBum Booster Seat

I’ve been a fan of BubbleBum booster seats for years. The portable car seat weighs less than a pound, inflates and deflates in seconds, allows for 3 kids across the backseat, and easily fits in a large purse or backpack — making it perfect for vacations, rental cars, taxis and Uber, or carpooling. Most importantly, it meets U.S. safety regulations.

BubbleBum gives kids, ages 4-11, the perfect “boost” with its air filled design and memory foam technology to help create stability and structural integrity in the seat with side positioners to correctly position the lap belt.

Thanks to the generosity of BubbleBum, Playground is giving away a BubbleBum booster seat to one lucky reader!

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Believe Your Eyes! $99 Flights to Europe with the Norwegian Airlines Super New Year Sale

Norwegian Airlines New Year Sale

Who wants to take their family to Europe? Us, too!

Norwegian Airlines, Norway’s budget carrier (and the world’s top, low-cost, long-haul carrier according to Skytrax), has dropped airfare prices to Europe from New York-area airports — including JFK, Newark, and Westchester’s Newburgh/Stewart. they are offering some of their lowest prices we’ve seen this year, starting from $99 one way!

The catch? You have to book by midnight January 4, 2018 and travel between January and May 2018. That  includes Easter and spring breaks!

Here’s how to get the great deals:

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$50 Airfare Sale to Europe is Happening Right Now, WOW!

WOW 50 percent off Airfare to Europe

You may remember we tipped you off to an amazing airline sale on WOW airlines recently, when the low-priced carrier based in Iceland offered $99 sale to Europe from select US cities as part of their “Purple Friday” sale.

WOW is now putting on their Santa hat and offering 50% off ALL fares December 22 and 23. That means their $99 tickets to Rejkavik are now less than $50, and there’s more amazing deals to be had, too!

If you’re thinking of taking the family to Europe for the holidays, you want to book RIGHT NOW.

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: A Long Weekend in Punta Cana or Bahamas

Punta Cana family travel

Q: Hi Playground! I want to plan an easy getaway to an island for a long weekend — Super Bowl weekend to be exact, and for three nights. We’re thinking about Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic or the Bahamas. Somewhere not crazy far or crazy expensive. Thanks a lot! ~ Heidi

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Infographic: Tips For a Stress-Free International Vacation with Kids

family travel tips

Traveling with kids can sometimes make you feel like you need a vacation after your vacation. The good news is that if you plan well and follow advice from seasoned family travelers, your vacation can be fantastic, and stress free. This mini-infographic from Discover is a helpful tool for all the stuff you have to do in advance of an international trip (like get passports), so you can relax and kick back on the way to your destination:

Related: 10 Ways to Prepare For Traveling with Kids (While Keeping a Sense of Humor)

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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Costa Rica for a Spring Break Family Vacation

Costa Rica family vacation | Herradura Bay (Marriott)
Herradura Bay, Costa Rica 

Q: Hi Playground! Do you have any family friendly and affordable hotels and resorts you recommend in Costa Rica? We are hoping to go in March when our kids have 2 weeks off from school for an early Spring Break. Thanks! ~ Kim

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5 Free Travel Apps You Should Download Right Now for Winter Family Travel

Travel Apps

Getting ready for winter travel adventures? Whether you’re going to be relaxing on a tropical island (lucky duck), skiing in Canada, or visiting Grandma in the midwest — if you’re going to be flying you’ll need all the help you can get. But don’t despair, help is here in the form of five free downloadable apps.

Here are 5 fabulous travel apps to download before you hit the airport this winter:

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