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Family Fun with Road Trip Games

All of your household belongings are packed in the Bekins truck and now you are making a road trip to your new home. Make your journey interesting with a few of these road trip games. It is a great way to pass the time as well as bond with your family as you embark on your new adventure.

Spot the Bekins Truck
Here at Bekins, one of our favorite games to play on a long road trip is spot the Bekins truck. Count how many Bekins moving trucks you pass while traveling to your destination. Whoever spots the most wins! One of the Bekins trucks could be the one moving your belongings!

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I Spy
This is possible one of the most popular games of all time. One person chooses a nearby object and says, “I spy with my little eye something that begins with ____________ or something that is the color ________.” The player who guesses the correct object gets to go next. Remember, it’s best not to choose something that will be out of site in a few seconds, such as a moving car.

Banana Game
Similar to “Spot the Bekins Truck,” anyone who spots a yellow car shouts “Banana!” and gets a point. You can make up your own point system. For example, a school bus could be worth five points or a little yellow corvette could be two points. It’s your game, so you make the rules!

License Plate Game
There are many ways to play the license plate game and adjustments can be made depending on the age of your kids. Young participants can call out spotted license plate letters in alphabetical order. The first one to Z wins. Next, have them look for doubles of letters or numbers on the plates. Older kids can spot out-of-state plates they see. To make it harder, they would have to spot state license plates in alphabetical order.

Name that Tune
The winner here is the one who figures out the name of the “mystery song” first. You can sing, whistle, or hum a tune after choosing a theme for the game, such as show tunes, movie or TV themes, or contemporary music. The winner gets to be the singer for the next round. You can also guess songs on the radio by hitting the “seek” button.

I’m Going On A Picnic…
One person begins by saying “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing…” and then whatever they choose to bring, according to a special pattern or rule that only they know. Maybe it’s only things that are a certain color or start with a certain letter. Other players try to guess the secret theme of the picnic by suggesting their own items to bring. The picnic planner then tells them whether or not they can bring that item based on the secret pattern. The first person to guess the pattern wins and gets to lead the next picnic.

Seven Questions
The rules are simple: Players must take turns asking each other questions. Any player who hesitates, laughs or actually answers a question loses. The game can be played for points or just for bragging rights of not getting disqualified. Of course, the best way to win is to get into your opponent’s head: “Are we still playing?” “Did you just hesitate?” “Do you think we can pull over soon for a bathroom break?”

What are some fun games that you and your family pass the time on a long car ride?

 

 

 

References: http://www.minitime.com/trip-tips/Top-5-Road-Trip-Games-article, http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/top-10/top-10-road-trip-games.html, http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/road-trip-games-for-kids/

Vegas, Baby! – Bekins Explores Las Vegas

Widely known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps.  Chock full of casinos, hotels, five-star restaurants and wildly popular entertainment shows, this city literally always has something going on.  While at first glance, Las Vegas might not seem like a family-friendly city, there is definitely an abundance of attractions for families as well as adults.  Read on for some information on top attractions and restaurants as well as Las Vegas moving companies that can help move you and your family to Vegas.

Las Vegas Restaurants

If you’re coming to Vegas for some delicious and delectable food, you’ll find that there really Lotus of Siam restaurantis no shortage of tantalizing tastes for your tongue.  A favorite of locals, visitors and foodies is Lotus of Siam.  This restaurant serves traditional (and delicious!) Thai fare. Don’t know what to order or aren’t familiar with Thai food? We suggest the drunken noodles.

If you’re looking to splurge in Vegas – and to be frank, where’s there a better place to splurge than Las Vegas? – look no further than Joël Robuchon. Located in the MGM Grand, this is opulence at its absolute best.  You can opt for the 16-course ‘Menu Degustation’ or if you’re not feeling quite that hungry, you’re Joel Robuchon Las Vegas restaurant interiorwelcome to order a la carte.  Patrons of the restaurant rave about the bread and dessert cart that come around throughout the meal as well as the impeccable service.

Las Vegas Entertainment Options

After you’ve sufficiently filled your stomach with delicious food, you’re ready to head to one of Vegas’ many shows.  While there are literally hundreds of entertainment options on the Strip and throughout the city, here are a few of Bekins’ favorites:

  • Fountains of Bellagio: Not only is this an impressive show, but it’s also one of the few freefountains of bellagio options in Las Vegas, and it happens frequently! During daytime hours – 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – there is a show every half hour.  Once nighttime hits – 7:00 p.m.-12:00a.m. – the show occurs every 15 minutes.  Watch as the water leaps and bounds, choreographed in cue with familiar songs.
  • Celine Dion: There’s no doubt that Celine Dion is one of the most revered vocalists and entertainers that has ever lived.  With musical hits spanning several decades, Celine returns to Las Vegas with a more intimate show, performing some of her greatest hits as well as paying homage to some of the greatest songs and artists of all time. And yes, she does sing “My Heart Will Go On”.
  • Michael Jackson ONE Las Vegas showMichael Jackson ONE: Cirque Du Soleil presents this amazing tribute to the King of Pop and his music.  With the signature acrobatics that Cirque is known for, this show is a moving portrayal of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits.

 

 

 

 

Of course, Las Vegas offers entertainment experiences that are second to none.  It goes without saying that there are hundreds more restaurants, entertainment venues, attractions, and casinos to explore.  So, why not move to Las Vegas and get a first-hand look at all the city has to offer?

Bekins Moving Companies

Luckily for you, Bekins Van Lines has a strong presence in the western part of the United States, with two Las Vegas full-service moving companies.  Founded in 1891, Bekins Van Lines is one of the oldest moving companies in the United States.

Las Vegas Moving Company 1: Bekins A-1 Movers located in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Moving Company 2: Blue Ribbon Relocation in North Las Vegas

 

Be sure to keep up with the rest of Bekins’ travels across the country, including visits to Denver, San Diego, Orlando and more.

Denver: Mile High, Mountains and Moving Companies

The city of Denver is widely known for its breathtaking beauty with clear views of the Rocky Mountains from its downtown skyline. Many people who move to Denver do so because of the plethora of outdoor activities that the city and surrounding area offer, including hiking, climbing, swimming, skiing and snowboarding… just to name a few.  Bekins is out to explore some of the best attractions, venues and restaurants that Denver offers.  We’ll also highlight two Denver moving companies who have the ability to get you to Denver faster than you can say Mile High City!

Outdoor Attractions

  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Red Rocks is one of the most widely known concert venues in the U.S., but did you know this venue houses way more than just a stage? The whole complex boasts hiking and biking trails as well as yoga, movies, and of course, world-class concerts.  Voted by Rolling Stone Magazine as the Best US Amphitheatre, this is one attraction you won’t want to miss.

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    Red Rocks Amphitheatre

  • Winter Park Resort: If you’re visiting Denver in the winter months and wanting to do some serious skiing, then look no further than Winter Park Resort.  There are over 3,000 acres of skiable land good for any skill level and other activities such as snow tubing for those who aren’t quite as adventurous.  With great deals on lodging all year round, you can combine your accommodations with your entertainment.

Chow Down

  • Root Down: A local Denver favorite, Root Down prides itself on serving as much organic and locally produced food as possible.  Fans of the restaurant have embraced their Root Down in Denverattitude and suggest that you either order the Sweet Potato Fries with Curry-Lime Yogurt or make it in time for brunch.
  • Vesta Dipping Grill: If you’re a fan of dipping sauces, then you can’t miss Vesta Dipping Grill.  With over 20 choices to choose from, each meal is Vesta Dipping Grill logoaccompanied by three of the dipping sauces.  If desserts are more your calling, then you must try the sticky toffee pudding. Guess what! Even the desserts come with dipping sauces too!
  • Lola Denver: If Mexican food is your true calling, then a dinner at Lola’s needs to be in the books. Fans of the restaurant rave about the guacamole, but they also boast a ceviche bar, and a wide variety of favorites such has enchiladas, carnitas and carne asada.

Denver Moving Companies

This blog post could go on for days if we mentioned every attraction, restaurant and venue that Denver has, but hopefully this has given you a taste of what the city can offer. And as you can see, it offers a lot.  If you’re contemplating a move to the Mile High City, look no further than these two Denver moving companies that fall under the Bekins umbrella of agents.

This Is Moving: America

Follow along with Bekins as we continue our trek across America. Have you read our other blog posts? We’ve visited San Diego, Orlando, Cleveland, and Washington D.C.

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San Diego: Life’s beachy in this SoCal spot

San Diego

If your dream summer vacation or living destination includes idyllic beaches, sun-soaked surfers, plenty of restaurants and attractions, mild and beautiful weather – all with a laid-back vibe – then San Diego, Calif. might be your ideal location.  Only 100 or so miles from Los Angeles and adjacent San Diego skylineto the Mexican border, San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second biggest in California.  In addition to all that the city offers, Bekins Van Lines also boasts four high-quality San Diego full service interstate moving companies that can assist in your relocation.

Slap on some sunscreen, grab your swimsuit and read on to hear about some of San Diego’s hottest spots for residents and visitors alike.

Visit Old Town

If you’re a history buff (or even if you’re not!) you’re bound to enjoy this historical state park in San Diego.  At the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, you can learn about early Mexican and Old Town San Diego Historic State ParkAmerican life between 1821-1872.  With several museums like La Casa de Estudillo and the Mason Street School as well as festivals and community events on the Historic Plaza, you’re bound to always find something different going on at the state park.

Fuel with Food

After leaving the state park, fuel your appetite with some delicious and authentic Mexican food. Lucha Libre in San DiegoLocated in Mission Hills, Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop is known for tacos and burritos with great options for both carnivores and vegetarians.  If you’re daring, try the Surf & Turf Burrito filled with steak, shrimp and their super secret chipotle sauce. It’s a favorite for many of the restaurant goers.

Still not enough Mexican food? Then stop by Carnitas’ Snack Shack, a restaurant known for using food grown locally in the San Diego area.Carnitas' Snack Shack in San Diego  Because of the locally grown ingredients, Carnitas’ menu changes daily, however if pork belly is on the menu, locals suggest ordering that.  With a ton of flavor, you will love eating this and you’ll feel good about buying it knowing that the ingredients come from local farms and food vendors.

Beach Bum

San Diego boasts over 70 miles of beautiful coastline and with near-perfect weather almost every day, it would be a near sin to not visit some of the city’s beaches.  No matter your style, there are beach in San Diegobeaches that will fit it.  Mission Beach, La Jolla Shores, Windansea Beach and Ocean Beach are just a few of the many choices you have while visiting or living in San Diego.  If you get tired of lying on the sandy shores, each beach has tons of restaurants, shopping spots and attractions nearby. You’re guaranteed to have a great time no matter which seaside area you choose.

Move to Paradise

Have we convinced you that San Diego might just be paradise in disguise? We hope so! It’s a great location and near so many fun and entertaining attractions.  If you’re ready to pack your bags, there are tons of San Diego professional moving companies that can help you get there.

Stay Tuned

Keep following along with Bekins as we continue our travels across the U.S. So far, we’ve made stops in Orlando, Washington D.C. and Cleveland. Where do you think we’ll go next? Leave us a blog comment, Tweet us, or leave us a note on Facebook!

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This Is Moving: Cleveland, Ohio

Next Stop: Cleveland, Ohio

Bekins Van Lines made its first stop on This Is Moving: America in Washington D.C., and this week, join us as we hop a few states over to visit the city of Cleveland, Ohio.    With a population of just under 400,000 people, Cleveland may be a medium-sized city, but it packs in quite a bit of bang for its population buck.  With the help of some participation from social media and Cleveland’s Official Web site, Positively Cleveland, Bekins is bringing you the best of the best that this city has to offer.  With information on what there is to do as well as high-quality Cleveland moving companies that can move you there, get ready to rock as we explore the land of Cleve… Cleveland!

University Circle

Focusing on University Circle, one square mile that serves as a hub of educational, medical, artistic and cultural institutions, Cleveland's University CircleCleveland really does have lots to offer both residents and visitors alike.  This unique area, the only place like it in America, is so concentrated with things to do that you could spend days exploring all the nooks and crannies.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is a can’t-miss-destination for anyone visiting or living in Cleveland.  This recently remodeled museum, whose collections are free of charge to visit, is known for its Asian and medieval European art.

If the performing arts are more your cup of tea, then you can’t miss The Cleveland Orchestra.  Located in the heart of University Circle, there is almost always something going on. The orchestra performs in Severance Hall, which is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and best-sounding concert halls in the United States.  Use their event calendar to plan your schedule.

Live Music

If you’re ready to hear some live music (which Cleveland is definitely known for) and you’re ready to get out of University Circle, then make sure you stop by Happy Dog.  With an eclectic mix of music Cleveland's Happy Dog– everything from rock to country to punk and even polka – this joint is sure to please all tastes in music.  Known for having a simple yet delicious menu, the hot dog is the main staple at Happy Dog.  Choose from over 50 toppings while listening to some of the best tunes in the city.

You can’t talk about Cleveland without talking about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  With seven floors of exhibits, four theaters, and tons of interactive Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Famestations, you can learn about legends like Quincy Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles… just to name a few.  The mission of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is to “educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music”. Judging by the more than nine million visitors who have visited the museum since 1995, the museum is definitely achieving its goal.

Pick Up and Move

With a city that has so much history, culture, music and delicious food, how could you not want to relocate here? Cleveland moving companies are ready and willing to talk with you to help figure out a plan for relocation.  Bekins Van Lines, one of the oldest and most trusted van lines in America, has a Cleveland moving company, Lincoln Moving & Storage, who is ready to answer any questions you might have.

Make sure to follow along with the rest of Bekins travels as we explore This Is Moving: America.

Leave us a comment on our blog or our Facebook page or Tweet us about where you’d like to see Bekins go next!

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