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Family entertainment: On the calendar

12:16 PM, Jun. 26, 2013  |  Comments
The Town of Menasha Park and Recreation Department is offering a paintball outing.
The Town of Menasha Park and Recreation Department is offering a paintball outing.
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HEAD OUT

July 11

Register by July 3 for a Town of Menasha Park and Recreation Department Outdoor Adventure Paintball outing.

For ages 12-17, this outing includes two hours of play. The $50 fee covers the bus trip to Fremont and back, paintball equipment rental and 500 paintballs. Participants are asked to wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt as well as shoes that provide good ankle support.

The bus leaves the Neenah-Menasha YMCA at 10 a.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Register at www.town-menasha.com.

SAVE THE DATE

Summer travel often includes a flight. If you plan to be up in the air with a new member of the clan, here are five tips to consider:

1. The right flight. Depending on the distance you'll be traveling, consider choosing a flight that syncs with nap time. That way you know your little one will be more likely to snooze. If a nonstop itinerary is not possible, avoid short layovers. Who wants to sprint to the next gate with baby and gear in tow? Give yourself plenty of time between connections. Also know that morning flights are less likely to be delayed.

2. Seat selection. Experts suggest that the safest way to travel with a baby weighing less than 40 pounds is with the little one strapped into a car seat in his or her own airplane seat. However, if an extra seat is not in the budget, consider booking a window and aisle if two are traveling. If traveling solo, an aisle will give you greater access to assistance from flight attendants as well as the option for a stroll to calm the baby. The bulkhead is also a great option. If not available at the time of ticketing, check again at the gate for the best last-minute option available.

3. About security. Give yourself plenty of time at the airport, keeping stress levels to a minimum. TSA officials will allow you to bring enough formula for the trip, but they might open the containers. If you travel with powdered formula, remember to buy bottled water at the gate rather than relying on in-flight H2O. You'll have to put strollers, backpacks, toys and car seats through the scanners, so don't be shy about asking for help. You can carry your baby through security, but slings or other carriers will be inspected or sent through the scanner. Children under 12 do not have to remove their shoes.

4. Pack precisely. When thinking about baby supplies, plan for delays and the unexpected. However, keep your load as light as possible for ease of movement. Dress all family members in layers. Flights can be chilly or steamy. Bring healthy snacks and drinks, and dole out the goodies in advance of boarding if traveling with older children.

5. Managing the ups and downs. Changes in pressure can wreak havoc on travelers of any age. Often the pressurization begins earlier than you might expect, so ask the flight attendant for a heads-up so you'll be prepared. Spare your baby the discomfort by nursing or offering a bottle during takeoff and landing. A pacifier or your own pinky are good backups.

Resource: It's always a good idea to check with TSA for the latest updates. gov/traveler-information/traveling-children.

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