Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Kim Taylor

If you can’t go overseas or rent a house in the Hamptons this year, or if work keeps you tethered to the greatest city in the world, consider an easy weekend trip for your family. Here’s a perfect destination for all ages, followed by some road trip enhancers.

Located a few hours south of NYC, the Minerals Resort & Spa in New Jersey is affiliated with the Crystal Golf Resort, and offers far more than a weekend’s ration of summer bliss. A nursery, Kid’s Club, indoor and outdoor pools with a waterfall and caves, a diving cliff, bocce, whiffleball, basketball court, game room, gourmet dining, spacious suites and a mom-friendly spa ensure that everyone will have something to do. Tennis, golf and swimming lessons are offered for little ones, and children have their own sprinkler area in which to frolic after butterflies. View the roster of amenities and enticing photo gallery at

The Children’s Place offers a fresh selection of swimwear, flip-flops, shorts, beach polo shirts, maxi dresses and summer tees for your active brood, at prices that won’t slow you down at all. You can also find dress-up shoes, tennis shoes, sailing moccasins, fisherman-style crocs, and sturdy boating shoes. Lightweight and colorful, parents will love the variety of clothing collections at If it’s too hot to shop, order online and have everything delivered to your door.

The extended length and width of the brim renders a sun hat from Susie’s Things especially unique and effective. Both parents and children will have extra protection with this line of smartly-designed caps that protect skin against the sun’s harsh rays. Available in an array of colors and sizes, cover up with the one of your choice at

The Ice-Qube survival and emergency preparedness kits feature six different options, including a Starter Kit and Rescue and Survival Kit that can be tossed in the back the car. The kits contain all of the things you’ll really wish you had on hand if things don’t go quite as envisioned. View the lineup at, and new moms will appreciate the Baby Kit. Now you can plan for both the expected and the unexpected.

Along the lines of planning for the unexpected, Neosporin’s pain-relieving NEOSPORIN™ NEO TO GO! ™ Spray and BAND-AID™ Brand Adhesive Bandages plus Antibiotic Waterproof should be tossed into the luggage for any trip that includes kids, gravity and outdoor adventure.

Jason’s Quit Bugging Me! will have you covered, naturally, in the great outdoors. With formulas that are DEET, mineral oil, petroleum, wax and PABA-free, you can breathe easy when you spray. Even the peskiest mosquitoes will buzz off when you bug-proof your loved ones. Find it at

Happy trails to you, as you explore the places that become fantastic childhood memories.

Originally published July 2009
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