Florida Keys for Families a to z guide
SOUVENIR TOYS AND BOOKS
Many attractions in the Florida Keys have their own small shops with souvenirs for children. Small shops with a toy selection can also be found at many of the larger resorts and hotels.
A selection of vendors with toys and books about wildlife and local lore in the Keys are listed below:
Museum Store at Tropical Crane Point Hammock - MM 50.5 - Marathon
A great place to take the children for books and toys about nature and marine life plus the Children's Museum, Natural History Museum, Nature Trails Tour, and Adderly Village are free for youngsters 6 and under, $7.50 for adults. 305-743-9100
Pirates Patch at Hawk's Cay - next to Marina Store - Duck Key Drive - MM 61 - Duck Key, Marina Store has a Good selection of Books about marine animals
Caribbean Adventures Sport Game and Toy Company - 408 Greene Street, Key West, Beach and pool toys, travel games, stuffed animals, 305-296-5666, http://www.keywestkiteco.com
Gaspara's Toy Box - 218 Whitehead Street, Key West, http://www.keywesttoys.com
Noah's Ark - 416 Fleming Street, Key West, 305-294-2757
Imagination Station - 3302 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Searstown Plaza, 10 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM Sunday, Key West - 305-294-1852,educational, creative, and developmental toys, puzzles, balloons, games, - mostly imaginative play, creative and hands on toys with a few electronic and battery operated toys, http://www.imaginationkeywest.com
Pet Stuff - Barnacle Building, Plantation Key - 305-852-8899
K-Mart - 101499 Overseas Highway Tradewinds Plaza, Key Largo, 305-451-5017
5561 Overseas Highway, Marathon, 305-743-9434
Sears Department Store - 3302 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Searstown, Key West
Fast Buck Freddy's - Duvall Street - Key West - 305-294-2007, children's educational toys and books
THE BEACH AQUARIUM
Pictured here is a unique beach toy called the Beach Aquarium by Kanan Corp. Contact BeachAquarium@optonline.net to order this transparent aquarium for kids to use on the beach.
Prices run in the $22 and $29 range depending on what is included.
The Beach Aquarium by Kanan Corp. is a big improvement over the opaque pail which kids have put their beach finds into in the past. The kids will gather around and your youngster will have all sorts of new friends on their vacation. Imagine being able to view a starfish adhering to the side of the Beach Aquarium and fish swimming around. This is so new your family will be the only ones to have the Kanan Corp. Beach Aquarium.
Travelers - I imagine you could have this shipped to a resort to coincide withn the families' arrival at their vacation destination.
Kanan Corp., Port Washington, NY 11050
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Polaroid I-Zone Camera
Bring along a Polaroid I-Zone Camera for the kids to further personalize the family trip. Children can use their own pictures of attractions and paste them in their journals. See Journals, Diaries and Scrapbooks. Shoot close-up pictures to get the children's faces next to identifiable signs and events.
Instant pictures the size of a postage stamp
Focus-free with built-in flash and simple loading
Sticky or nonsticky film available
Kit includes camera, trial pack of sticky film, and batteries
Amazon.com Product Description
The Polaroid I-Zone pocket camera is Polaroid's latest format instant camera. It produces postage-stamp-size photographs, available with either a sticky or nonsticky backing, and offers a selectable built-in flash that automatically shuts off after each shot to conserve batteries. Loading the Polaroid I-Zone is simple, and using it is even simpler. There is no need to focus, the built-in flash fires automatically, and the camera is small enough to slip into a purse or the small pocket.
Portion of Editorial Review by Amazon.com
Polaroid's i-zone pocket cameras produce tiny, high-quality Polaroid pictures about the size of a frame of 35mm film (or your average postage stamp). The best part is figuring out what to do with the mini photos once you've created them. The options seem to be limitless, from decorating cell phones to using them as key chains, putting them in mini frames, or making refrigerator magnets. These cameras are affordable, simple to use, and a lot of fun. --Walt Opie
The i-zones use either sticky or nonsticky instant film, so you can put your pictures in a frame or stick them onto your notebook or CD player.
Each i-zone set comes complete with camera, instant pocket film (six shots), and two AA alkaline batteries--everything you need to start making pictures. We recommend buying extra film right away, especially if the camera is a gift, because those first six shots tend to go pretty fast. When you expose a shot and pull out the film, you get something that looks like a Band-Aid, with an image in the middle and extra paper on both ends. Just clip the extra paper off with a pair of scissors and you have your final product. Be careful not to cut into the actual photo, as you don't want to give the caustic paste inside a chance to seep out and get on your fingers.
Fuji Nexia Q1 APS Cameras
The Fugi Q1 is light weight and can easily be carried by young children.
LIGHT BLUE CAMERA
A toy of sorts for travel and a good way to keep in contact and have fun with the kids at the same time is to use a pair of Family Radio Service 2-way radios.
Audiovox FR531-2 FRS ( Family Radio Service ) 2-Way Radio (Pair)
Audiovox FR531-2 FRS 2-Way Radio (Pair)
Fair entry level FRS, September 27, 2002
Reviewer: dhmagui from Bucharest, Romania. - I bought these during a recent trip to Canada where I had used them mainly up to date. It looks to me that, even if it includes just entry level functions, it provides a very good sound quality at very good price. I had used them only in a range of about 1.0-1.5 km but also in plain land and in the mountains and in this range I had never tx/rx problems.
Motorola TalkAbout FRS ( Family Radio Service ) 2-way radios
14-channel Family Radio Service Channels
2-way radio and up to 2-mile range
Portion of Amazon.com Review
Motorola is a big name in Family Radio Service radios for a reason, and the TalkAbout T5420 radio exhibits the range, clarity, ease of operation. . .
. . . did very well, working at ranges of a half-mile or more in most outdoor tests. Range is cut a little when both radios are used in cars, and varies greatly when used indoors, but that is the case with every FRS radio.
. . .one of the best radios available for the money.
A to Z INDEX OF CATEGORIES
SAILING - LESSONS, SAILBOAT RENTALS, SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT
SANDALS AND SHOES
SCHOOLS - REGISTRATION, IMMUNIZATION (public),
SNORKELING AND SNUBA,
SUNSET CELEBRATIONS AND CRUISES
YOUTH GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND CENTERS (see also CAMPS),
ZOOS (see ANIMALS )
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