Weekend Getaways: Tips to Keep You Sane When Visiting Amusement and Adventure Parks with Kids

“If you are completely exhausted and do not know how you are going to keep giving this much of yourself day after day you are probably a good parent.”-Bunmi Laditan

We are all well-aware how important spending quality time with our family is. After all, quality time is paramount to fostering a stronger bond with our children and our spouses. Furthermore, it helps us cultivate a better relationship and connection with them. In this regard, we plan weekend getaways with the entire family where we either spend a holiday at the beach or go for something that requires less travel time such as visiting adventure or amusement parks. Unfortunately, while the idea itself sounds whimsical and exciting, having two or more children in tow with you in this
escapade is hardly likely a prospect you would find yourself looking forward to. Children, no matter how delightful and charming they are, are potentially the biggest and most significant source of stress you will inevitably have in this family jaunt should you elect to bring them with you.

No doubt, taking the kids to the adventure or amusement park can be challenging. It will test your perseverance, patience and in some cases your endurance. In fact, some parents might regard you with awe should you endeavor to this feat. Inevitably, you will find yourself at wit’s end trying to control little versions of you and getting them to behave. However, this does not have to be the case at all times. With a little planning on your part, you will find that bringing your kids along would not be as cumbersome as you initially thought it to be. However, do bear in mind that a great deal of patience is required of you—regardless of how well and seamless your plan sounds. In any case, if you are planning to bring your kids to Sandbox Pampanga or elsewhere, here are some of the tips to keep yourself sane:

1.) Buy your tickets online

Whenever possible, always choose to buy your tickets online. Waiting to buy them at the park itself would compel you to queue up and to see as kids have incredibly short attention spans, you would have to resort to creative ways to keep them occupied while you are buying tickets. Should they get bored, they would be more likely to get your nerves. If possible, select a date and buy your tickets online instead. Apart from saving you the hassle of lining up, you may even score great deals and bargains on ticket prices online.

2.) Print a schedule

If you are bringing your kids with you, never head on to a park without a planned schedule. Prepare an outline of activities you wish to do the week before your trip (or at least the night before). In this way, there would not be stretches of free time wherein you and your family will be figuring out what to do next. Furthermore, it gives the entire getaway a sense of cohesion and the transition from one activity to another will be seamless and organized. To know which activities you wish to participate in, check the website the night before your trip and take a gander at the offerings that might be to your fancy. Check out what time certain shows and attractions would be so that you can schedule your day around them. Apart from giving you and your family a sense of direction on the day itself, it also helps you avoid rushing around at the last minute and missing out on certain shows that you or your kids had wished to see.

3.) Print a map

Before you schedule your day, try to see if the park’s website offers a layout of the entire area. Print this out so that on the day itself, you and your family would know where to go. Moreover, having a map helps you identify must-see attractions and which activities you would most likely want to check out and participate in. Apart from that, having a map mitigates the chances of you getting lost. This means you would effectively cut the time walking around and figuring out where to go by leaving you with more time for activities and attractions. While it does not necessarily guarantee your trip would be a success, mapping out your day will reduce the likelihood of your kids throwing tantrums as it effectively cuts down waiting time.

4.) Dress accordingly

Bear in mind that you would be on your feet the entire day. That in conjunction with the fact that you will be watching your kids and probably running after them during the day would constrain you to wear clothes that are both practical and comfortable. This goes for the kids as well. Dress them in bright colors and if possible color-coordinate your entire family so that you can easily pick them out from the crowd.

5.) Stay vigilant

Keep your younger kids by your side at all times. Remember that parks tend to get crowded and your kids are likely to get jostled and mixed in the horde of other patrons. To keep them from getting lost, ensure that you are holding onto them. It would also be helpful to give them a rundown of what to do and where to go should they ever get lost.


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The Four Benefits of Team Building


“Teamwork: Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success”-Henry Ford

Every employer wants a successful business. After all, their endeavors would all be for naught if they do not see their dealings take off. However, accomplishing success is not a feat that can be done alone, and anyone with a lucrative business venture would tell you that your employees play a pivotal role in achieving and maintaining it.
It is no question that a business or company will be so much more fruitful and successful if its employees exert a concerted effort in ensuring that they deliver only the best results. However, this is only true if your employees can work in cohesion and together as a team and as colleagues. In this regard, they should be able to relate with one another at a professional level.

For this reason, team building activities are incredibly vital in guaranteeing company success as it cultivates the relationships of your employees among their colleagues. Furthermore, team building fosters togetherness by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. By making them engage in fun activities, you are effectively allowing your employees to see each other differently. Should the team building activities be successful, then you would see the same problem-solving tactics, unity and team cooperation translated into the corporate environment. In any case, here are some of the reasons why team building is incredibly important:

1.) Meet new people

If your office is particularly big, there is a likely chance that your employees have not met other employees from other departments. It is even more likely that they have not interacted with everyone in the workplace. Team building addresses this as apart from seeing their colleagues in a different light, it also draws them out of the shell. It brings people together and compels them to interact with each other in order to achieve goals and accomplish tasks. In this regard, one can say that team building is an excellent avenue not only for meeting the rest of the employees but also getting to know them.

2.) Build confidence

Team building activities have the propensity to build your employees’ confidence. It enables them to draw strength, not only in themselves but others as well. Initially, stepping out of what they have deemed familiar may seem daunting to them, but accomplishing that feat will give them a confidence boost almost instantaneously. There may be instances in the office where colleagues would be a bit hesitant to work together. Whether this stems from a complete lack of faith in the capability of others or from merely being timid or shy, team building would help them assuage these qualms.

3.) Foster team spirit

It is no question that employees who care about each other will inevitably care about the company more. In this regard, as soon as they begin trusting each other more, they would trust the company as well. In effect, they would no longer see their colleagues as workmates, but a collection of friends who they can count on when it comes to working towards a common objective. With this, your employees would no longer see the company as a source of their paychecks but rather something they are part of in achieving an endeavor. Team building helps your employees see the job as more of a career and the office as a home.

4.) Cultivates teamwork

Lastly, it should be evident by now that team building activities cultivate teamwork. When they have all learned what they can about each other, they will learn to care about one another and trust themselves and each other. As a result, they will trust the company better and would have a better understanding of their role. In this way, they would all then make a concerted effort in working together towards a common goal.

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The Top Four Reasons to Hold Team Building Activities


“A successful team is a group of many hands but of one mind.” –Bill Bethel

We have all heard the merits and benefits of hosting team building events. The two words themselves can mean different things to a lot of people. For employees, a team building event can mean at least a day away from the office, and perhaps a chance to check out the grounds of Nuvali. Furthermore, team building activities would mean engaging in fun activities that would consequently strengthen their bond with their colleagues. Unfortunately, for employers, this could mean a day that could potentially have been spent productively but was instead spent on what would be akin to a makeshift vacation at the company’s expense. However, employers, supervisors, and bosses should not be so quick to dismiss the idea of team building. After all, apart from granting your employees a brief reprieve from work and having fun with each other, it also strengthens their morale which could significantly remunerate the company—as it is, happier employees would consequently result in a better workforce and office environment.

In any case, here are some of the reasons why you should hold team building activities:

1.) Increases productivity

Team building activities—regardless of wherever they are held—are generally collaborative in nature. As a result, not only does it challenge employees to learn how to work as a team, but would also enable them to learn how to work together efficiently. It allows your staff to discover their colleagues’ different skills as well as showcase their own—both of which are paramount in understanding how to approach a problem. This very same knowledge, when applied in the office environment, would make for a productive workforce and would resultantly make for a more efficient set of individuals.

2.) Improve communication

Team building activities would give participants the opportunity to openly communicate with each other. In the office setting, clear and open communication are two integral elements paramount to the success of projects and relationships. The exercises involved in team building activities foster better communication skills among your staff and as a result, would cultivate open communication in the corporate environment. Furthermore, team building activities allow your staff to get to know one another beyond the confines in the office and a casual setting no less. When it comes to building trust among your staff, this is important.

3.) Develop problem-solving skills

Most team building activities require problem-solving skills and would naturally involve a simulated problem that your staff needs to work out and solve. Considering that most team building activities are conducted in a casual setting, participants are less likely to feel any pressure than they would should an issue occur in the workplace. In a way, their success in solving problems in team building activities would build their confidence and increase their morale. Lastly, the skills they would have developed during the various activities would be ones that would ultimately be beneficial in the corporate environment.

4.) Keep employees motivated

Conducting a team building activity lets your staff and employees know that their success is integral to the company and that you, yourself care about them. Apart from providing employees an avenue for relaxation, team building events are tailored to help participants develop new skills and help them grow as well. These are two things which would show your commitment to your employees’ success. As a result, your staff and employees would likely reciprocate by producing better work and investing in the business. Moreover, they would feel a sense of pride in their individual jobs and are likely to attempt achieving company goals. Considering all these, it would be natural for employees to feel motivated and enthusiastic in doing their jobs. Seeing as team building activities are centered on building better professional relationships, your employees would likely look forward to reporting for work as it would mean seeing their colleagues.

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