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Julia Dimon
Julia Dimon is a family travel expert and TV personality who has traveled around the world to over 80 countries, across 7 continents. Mom of two, Julia aims to empower parents looking to get out of their comfort zones and explore the world with their kids. (read her whole bio here)
Tip #1: Hit a Tropical Beach
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Turn your backyard into a relaxing beach getaway. Dress the kids up in colorful bathing suits, fill up an inflatable pool and decorate with beach-themed props. Rock some novelty pineapple sunglasses and cool down beneath the mist of a palm tree sprinkler. Complete the experience with some island vibes from around the world and enjoy a sweet, colorful Cotton Candy Blizzard® Treat.

    Tropical Beach List:

  • Inflatable pool
  • Novelty sunglasses
  • Palm tree sprinkler
  • Tiki torches
  • Faux flower leis
  • Kid-size beach chairs
  • Beach towels
  • Seashells
  • Beach toys
  • Stop by your local DQ® store for Cotton Candy Blizzard® Treats
Tip #2: Go on an African Safari
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Dress the kiddos in safari vests, hats, binoculars and toy cameras, then set out for a scavenger hunt. Print out a free safari-themed scavenger hunt list found online. Hide small plastic toy hippos, leopards and hyenas up in trees, under bushes and behind rocks for your little rangers to discover. Once the kids cross the animals off their scavenger list, reward them with a fun fact about the creature’s habits or habitat. After the adventure, start a dance line where the kids can stomp like elephants, run like cheetahs and skip like zebras. For additional educational opportunities, experience a live safari streaming straight from the savannas of South Africa.

    African Safari List:

  • Safari vest
  • Safari hats
  • Stuffed African Animals
  • Small plastic animals
  • Binoculars
  • Safari-themed scavenger hunt list
  • Pen
  • Frosted Animal Cookie Blizzard® Treat from your local DQ® store
Tip #3: Travel Back in Time to Ancient Egypt
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Explore the great wonders of ancient Egypt through arts and crafts. Have the kiddos write their own names in hieroglyphs, paint their own mini sarcophagus or even “mummify” one of their toys using salt, strips of cloth and play dough amulets. Build a step pyramid out of sugar cubes or wooden blocks and hide some small ancient “treasures” like beads, coins or buttons inside. Get the kids up and moving with a little belly dance, a performance art with origins in Egypt.

    Egypt List:

  • Sugar cubes
  • Wooden blocks
  • Beads
  • Buttons
  • Coins
Tip #4: Escape to Italy
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Enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy from your living room. As you listen to Italian opera, create your own DIY version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa by stacking pillows from the couch. Set a challenge for your little architects … how tall can you make the iconic tower before it falls over? For a little art history, search online for free Mona Lisa coloring pages. Grab the crayons and introduce the kiddos to Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian Renaissance. Then break out the foam swords, get crafty by making your own Roman helmets and set the stage for an epic gladiator battle. Reward your mini gladiators with a thumbs-up and a well-deserved Raspberry Fudge Bliss Blizzard® Treat.

    Italy List:

  • Couch pillows
  • Mona Lisa coloring printout
  • Crayons
  • Box card
  • Red paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Foam swords
  • Raspberry Fudge Bliss Blizzard® Treat from your favorite DQ® location

Adult supervision required for all tips. Stay safe and be mindful of social distancing and safety guidelines in your area.

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