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Family entertainment: On the calendar

1:35 PM, Jul. 17, 2013  |  Comments
The Community Celebration in Navarino includes a kickball competition.
The Community Celebration in Navarino includes a kickball competition.
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HEAD OUT

Nothing says summer like a road trip. Pull out the atlas and make a plan. Here are five ideas to consider before you start your engines:

1. Make a plan. Before you go, take necessary safety precautions. Get the car tuned up. Check the fluids and tires. Replace worn windshield-wiper blades. Guard against losing gas because of a leaky gas cap. Check online for the location with the lowest prices near you and along your route. Then relax and enjoy the ride. Contact: aaa.com; gasbuddy.com

2. Which wheels? Will you be traveling with extended family and friends? If so, consider renting a large passenger van so that everyone can enjoy the ride and the stories together. You'll also avoid confusing logistics and a search for multiple parking spaces.

3. Travel the scenic byways. The National Scenic Byways Program was established to help recognize, preserve and protect roads throughout the country that feature extraordinary archeological, cultural, recreational and historic qualities. Most provide scenic rest spots or overlooks ideal for enjoying a snack or family picnic comprised of local specialties. Contact: byways.org

4. Seek out the unusual. Stop to see the world's largest coffee pot in North Carolina; a haunted courthouse in Holbrook, Ariz.; a star-spangled moose in Michigan; or an insect museum in New Jersey. You'll find quirky attractions in every state. You might have to take a short detour to uncover these amusing examples of Americana. And yes, there's an app for this, making it simpler than ever to know what's just around the corner. Contact: roadsideamerica.com

5. Stay someplace fun. Sure, the big roadside chains offer swimming pools and kids-eat-free meal plans. But consider mixing it up by staying in a local bed and breakfast, seeking out a farm stay or pulling up the covers inside a yurt, treehouse or teepee. Check with the local convention and visitors' bureau for suggestions. Private-rental websites also list options. Contact: airbnb.com; yurtlodging.com; farmstayus.com

SAVE THE DATE

Aug. 10

Community Celebration, 11 qa.m.-4 p.m. at Navarino Ball Park, State 156. The event includes food, bingo, used sporting goods sale, kickball competition, face painting, raffle, live music and a shot gun trick show from 3 to 3:45 p.m. www.ascensionavarino.com

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