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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

By Kate |

Summer is the official travel season and finds many of us venturing out in planes, trains and automobiles. Travel can be frustrating with higher gas prices, crowded streets, and busy airports fraught with delays. But planes, trains and automobiles don’t have to be frustrating. They can be lots of fun when you and your children make them the feature of your play time together!


LEGO® City Airport ($109, Amazon)

Red Baron Bi-Plane ($579, Pedal Cars and Retro Collectables)

There are several variations of this plane available, including a pink retro flyer. In addition, a rocker conversion kit is available for $49.00 with the purchase of a plane, making the plane suitable for indoor use or use with smaller children not yet able to pedal on their own.

Airplane Teeter Totter ($179.99, Toys R Us)

Air Hogs F-Series Warthog ($39.99, Amazon)


Natural Maple Train Set ($40 for 6 cars, Etsy)

Freight Train By Donald Crews($6.99, The Land of Nod)

Thomas the Train Pedal Car ($349, Amazon)

Little Engineer Hat Bandanna & Whistle Set ($5, Amazon)


Enzo Ferrari V12 ($569, Mommy Couture Designs)

Melissa & Doug Car Carrier ($13, Amazon)

Automoblox (starting at $9, Amazon)

Momeni Hand-Hooked “Traffic” Rug ($44 – 441, Gilt Groupe or at Just Kids Rugs at for $59-$699. You can get 20% off by entering the code “SummerRug20” at checkout.)

Happy travels!



Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops for three kids ages 8, 6 and 3 from their home in Japan. Her military family is making the most of back-to-back overseas assignments by traveling every chance they get.

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    that book is one of my favorites – my boys’ too!

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