James Mellan Checks Out Great Free Travel Apps for your Smartphone

Whether nipping to your next town or city, or globetrotting with your family or friends, Smartphone apps can make travelling much easier, and sometimes, much more fun. However, you’re a teen and it’s likely that you’re skint because you’ve spent this week’s pocket money on iTunes already. So here are a few FREE apps for you to snatch up.

And New York, Baby! Too

We have just read two brilliant and beautiful books illustrated by Ward Jenkins and would recommend them to anyone taking tiny travel companions on a tour of San Francisco or New York.

How Many Do YOU Know?

Do you know your flags and capital cities? This game from www.kidstravel2.com will help ‘flag’ up the ones you know and don’t know, and you’ll learn lots of interesting new facts too.


Learn French and Spanish the Easy Way

When I heard about KLOO, a system that turns learning a language into a game I couldn’t wait to try it!

After all, with a catchphrase “All Play and No Work” who wouldn’t?

And you know what? It’s true! We tried out the Spanish version and it’s really good fun. Comprendez?

Captain America!!

This exciting film is now available on DVD and we have some very interesting facts to tell you about the US superhero.

Tweet to Enter our Giveway

Witch & Wizard: The Fire is the third and final installment of the heroic story of Wisty and Whit Allgood – and we have 3 copies of James Patterson’s magical epic to give away.

Get Packing with one of “The Gang”

Meet The Cuties and Pals – the latest in luggage for kids. With seven in the gang, there’s something to “suit” everyone!

Get Your Paws on this Festive DVD

Whether you’re visiting family or another country, or simply staying at home this Christmas, be sure to ask Father Christmas for this brilliant movie to watch wherever you are.

Supercute Stocking Filers up for Grabs

To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of Kung Fu Panda 2 we are teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to give 3 lucky readers a copy of Kung Fu Panda 2 on DVD as well as a super cute Po phone charger!

If You Like Scared Shrekless You will Love These Activity Sheets

To celebrate the release of Scared Shrekless on DVD and Blu-ray we have some downloads for the school holidays. In this movie the gang gathers to celebrate Shrek’s favourite holiday – Halloween! But instead of the usual tricks or treats, Shrek ups the ante and challenges everyone to spend the night telling scary stories – the last one to be scared Shrekless wins.



As Monster Mutt bounds on to DVD we have 3 copies to give away!

Monster Mutt has just been released on DVD and this kidnap caper brings a whole new meaning to ‘dog-gone’ fun! We have 3 copies to give away – read on to find out how you can win one.

Win a DVD for the Perfect Fright Night In

Scared Shrekless is available to buy exclusively at Tesco from 3rd October 2011 and we have 10 copies to give away.

In this movie the gang gathers to celebrate Shrek’s favourite holiday – Halloween! But instead of the usual tricks or treats, Shrek ups the ante and challenges everyone to spend the night telling scary stories – the last one to be scared Shrekless wins.

The DVD, from Dreamworks Animation, includes spooky spoofs on classics horror movies and features the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas.

Read on to find out how to be in with a chance of winning a DVD.


In THOR – now on DVD and Blu-Ray

I saw THOR recently on the plane coming back from Crete and it’s awesome.  It’s released on September 26th and here’s a fact file for you to remember if you watch it.

Is the Best Summer Read for Kids

Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson is a rib-tickling new book that you can really get sucked into. This brand spanking new book is a great page turner. Despite the book being 281 pages long it’s just so fun to read that the time just flies by. The book leaves almost every chapter ending with a cliff hanger.

‘The Rapper’s Rapper’ Releases Top Summer Tune

When you’re downloading music for your travels be sure to put Wretch 32 at the top of your playlist.  Don’t Go, featuring Josh Kumra, is due for release on 14th August 2011, and it’s set to be a summer smash.

A NEW WORLD OF MOBILE LEARNING

If you’re aged 4-9 you will love LeapFrog’s handheld gaming console. 

The Leapster Explorer is the toy maker’s  most powerful gameplay to date, and with Flash and 3D graphics, as well as state of the art camera and video accessory, it’s perfect for kids on the move.


If you’re always moaning that you’re bored on long journeys then make sure you get a copy of Around the World In 80 Ways from itcheefeet.

The thing we liked about it is it gets you talking and using your imagination whilst thinking about the world around you, which might not sound like fun when you’re wanting to play on your PSP but you should honestly give it a go! You’ll be surprised.


A Fun-packed Book to Keep You Amused














A Fantastic Travel Alternative for Bookworms

When I first laid eyes on the Amazon Kindle the stock phrase I heard from adults was ‘you can’t beat a real book’.  Having tried it out they stand corrected. They agree that this is a brilliant invention, especially for kids on long journeys when you need to travel light.











Jack Black Goes From Zero to Hero in Lilliput

Gulliver’s Travels was without doubt one of my favourite films last year, and it’s out this month on Blu-ray and DVD. The Kids Travel Cam has  some fun activity sheets to download.















They Protect Your Ears and They Look Cool Too!

If you need a great-looking pair of headphones you can use for all of your gear on the go, you should try some MyPhones from Griffin Technology.

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The Top Tot’s Guide to the City by the Bay

And New York, Baby! Too We have just read two brilliant and beautiful books illustrated by Ward Jenkins and would recommend them to anyone taking tiny travel companions on a tour of San Francisco or New York.

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Who, What, Where and When…

Inspired Me to Travel? When Julia at kids travel 2 tagged me to share ‘who, what, where and when’ has inspired me to travel for the easyJet Holidays Inspiration Initiative the first answer was easy.

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