5 Fun Factory Tours for Kids

For kids, there's nothing quite like seeing how some of their favorite stuff is made. Here are 5 places where visitors can get an inside look at assembly lines, and walk away with some free stuff, to boot.

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Baby Wipes

Baby Wipes

It doesn’t matter how old your kids are, it’s always a win when you keep a travel-size container of baby wipes in your bag. Kids are messy and whether they’ve spilled their slushie on their shirt or ice cream has melted all over their hands, pre-moistened baby wipes always come in handy when traveling with kids. 960 1280

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Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags

Keep a couple of plastic grocery bags or gallon-size plastic storage bags in your bag. They’re perfect for tossing dirty diapers or when you need to clean up your row just before landing (plastic snack wrappers, everywhere). Just throw all the trash into a plastic bag and toss it out all at once. 960 1280

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Earbuds

Earbuds

This one may not seem obvious, but earbuds are a complete lifesaver when there are competing iPads in a tight hotel room or in the backseat of the minivan during a family road trip. Try LilGadgets BestBuds earbuds. They’re tangle-free and come with a carrying case. Even better, they come with different sizes of earbud tips to ensure a good fit for your child. 960 1280

  

Reusable Water Bottle

Reusable Water Bottle

Are kids ever not thirsty? The short answer is no. So keep at least a half-full reusable water bottle in your travel bag at all times. It really is only the times when you don’t remember to bring along a water bottle while out sightseeing that your kids will have an insatiable thirst, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. 960 1280

  

Portable Charger

Portable Charger

You don’t want to be on the road or on a plane with an iPhone with a low battery, or worse, any of the kids’ electronics with low power. Try the Smart Power Basic Portable Charger from ZILU. It’s about the size of a business card and can quickly charge a variety of devices, including most smartphone and tablet brands. 960 1280

  

Gift Cards

Gift Cards

Round up those gift cards that you have lying around the house that were a thank you for coaching the soccer team or serving as field trip chaperone. Grab a quart-size storage bag to put them in and keep them in your bag so they’re always on hand when you need to make a pit stop during a road trip. It's a great money-saver, too.  960 1280

  

Lip Balm With SPF

Lip Balm With SPF

For long days in the sun SPF protection is a must. But kids and teens might forget to protect their lips, too. Keep lip balm with atleast SPF 15 in the car, in your travel bag, in your coat pocket, in your kids' suitcases. Keep it everywhere. 960 1280

  

Sugar-Free Chewing Gum

Sugar-Free Chewing Gum

For little ones flying for the first time, changing air pressure popping ears can be a weird and scary feeling. Combat popping ears before take off by chewing gum. 960 1280

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Sunblock

Sunblock

Most grocery stores have a section of travel-size toiletries, including sunblock. Since you may forget about actually applying sunblock until you’re at the beach or the theme park, it’s a wise idea to keep even just a travel-size container in your bag at all times. 960 1280

  

Cell Phone

Cell Phone

Well, a cell phone is kind of a duh. But, it's something every parent needs in their travel bag less to make phone calls and more to serve as entertainment and a way to help break-up fights, like when one child remembered to power up and bring their tablet on the plane and the other did not. Have at least a few kid-friendly apps and games that don't require a wi-fi connection. 960 1280

  

Candy

Candy

Shh, don’t tell your dentist, but candy is a must-have. Avoid chocolate, so you don’t wind up with a sticky mess at the bottom of your bag. Steer clear of chewy and sour candies too. Instead, opt for sugar-free lollipops to give you a boost or tide over little ones before the next stop on a roadtrip.  960 1280

  

Kids Snacks

Kids Snacks

We all know that kids only become hungry once it's wheels-up and your flight has taken off, even if they literally just ate lunch. It’s just a fact, so always keep a few healthy snack options in your bag. A few good picks include low-sugar granola bars, trail mix and pretzels, as well as pre-packaged peanut butter crackers. 960 1280

  

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

Kids are always touching and picking up things that aren’t as clean as you might like them to be, especially when you travel and are out exploring new places. Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you at all times. As a bonus, you can use hand sanitizer to clean up minor cuts and scrapes when in a pinch. 960 1280

  

Facial Tissues

Facial Tissues

There’s always a need to have a pocket pack of facial tissues in your bag. One of the kids will have a runny nose, a bloody nose, a need to spit out their gum, or some combination of all three, but only after the plane doors have shut and you can't get out of your seats. Pick up a 12- or 36-pack at the nearby superstore before you leave for a trip. 960 1280

  

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

One of your kids will get a blister on a hike or trip in the hotel parking lot and scrape their knee, so save yourself the trouble and put together a first aid kit to keep in your bag. Toss in a few bandages of different sizes, a little gauze and some antibiotic ointment, as well as a children’s pain reliever. 960 1280

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Kids Sunglasses

Kids Sunglasses

Most of us can remember to put on sunglasses when we go outside for a day of sightseeing or to play at the beach, but kids aren’t quite as good at this. Unless you want to give up your own sunglasses or keep hearing about how bright it is outside, it’s a wise idea to keep a couple of extra pairs of gender-neutral kids sunglasses in your bag. 960 1280

  

Bluetooth Headset

Bluetooth Headset

You’re pulling two suitcases down the concourse while holding one of your child’s hands when the phone rings and you realize it's deep in your bag. Combat the airport hustle with a Bluetooth headset. It allows for multi-tasking at its finest while in transit with your kids. 960 1280

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Hand Lotion

Hand Lotion

Hand lotion is what every parent needs in their travel bag, especially in drying airplane cabins. Try Gold Bond Ultimate Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer for a hand lotion and a hand sanitizer all in one. Even better, hand lotion will double as a hair gel when you need some for you or your kids on the fly. 960 1280

  

Small Swim Towel

Small Swim Towel

Add a small microfiber swim towel to your bag, like a colorful one from Aurorae Aqua. They’re super absorbent and are perfect for cleaning up spills and drying hands. They’re a lifesaver when traveling with kids who don’t like the loud hand dryers in public restrooms. 960 1280

  

Fast Food Toys

Fast Food Toys

It’s tempting to toss them out, but hold onto a few of the toys you pick up in kids’ meals at fast food restaurants, particularly if you want your kids to have some screen-free time during a family road trip. These small plastic toys can keep your kids entertained, at least until you get to the next exit on the highway. 960 1280

  

Hair Ties

Hair Ties

Bring along a few hair bands, if only so you can open the car windows without hearing from the kids in the very back that they’re getting too much wind. Just toss them a rubber band to pull their hair back. Sometimes something as small as this can bring peace to the minivan when road tripping as a family. 960 1280

  

Cole Land Transportation Museum
Cole Land Transportation Museum

Cole Land Transportation Museum

Transport geeks will find themselves close to mecca at Bangor's Cole Land Transportation Museum. This quirky ode to vehicles preserves the history of land transportation equipment in Maine. Take a look-see at the fascinating collection of relic snowplows, logging vehicles and antique fire trucks while gazing at photographs depicting historic Maine. There's even a nifty exhibit of farm equipment used throughout past decades. 960 1280

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Get Spooked on a Stephen King-Themed Tour

Get Spooked on a Stephen King-Themed Tour

It's only appropriate to pay homage to the Grand Poobah of horror novelists, Stephen King, when visiting his hometown of Bangor. The Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau offers the "Tommyknockers and More Tour" -- a literary bus tour through town that features spots in Bangor connected to King's writings. 960 1280

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Maine Discovery Museum

Maine Discovery Museum

A visit to the Maine Discovery Museum is a must-do for tourists with tots. This kid-focused museum is Maine's largest museum, and features 3 floors of interactive exhibits and drop-in activities. Children come face-to-face with amazing creatures like geckos, stick bugs and turtles; explore the inner body by crawling through a giant intestine; and pump a heart to watch the circulatory system work. It's even possible to dig and identify fossils while learning about dinosaurs in Maine. 960 1280

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Catch a Show at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Catch a Show at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion

Set alongside -- you guessed it -- the waterfront, Darling?s Waterfront Pavilion is a scenic spot to catch a concert or settle in to watch a music festival. Music lovers will find that an array of artists perform on the stage at the Pavilion, including Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley and Phish. Other major events held at the venue include a "Tap Into Summer" beer festival, as well as the annual American Folk Festival and the Kahbang Music, Art & Film Festival. 960 1280

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Orono Bog Boardwalk

Orono Bog Boardwalk

Bogs are little-heralded but very fascinating environments and Bangor's Orono Bog is no exception. This 600-acre bog is a haven for birdwatchers, and is home to dozens of species, including the double-crested cormorant, white-breasted nuthatch and ospreys. A 1-mile-long boardwalk winds through the bog, allowing visitors to admire the setting while keeping an eye out for wildlife and plant species. 960 1280

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Bangor City Forest

Bangor City Forest

Explore the great outdoors in Bangor City Forest, a 650-acre spread that includes nearly 10 miles of trails ideal for cross-country skiing, running, snowshoeing, cycling and hiking. Most trails are family-friendly, like the Rabbit Trail or East Trail, but some are more difficult and require skills to maneuver around roots or rocks, like the Bear Trail or Grouse Trail. 960 1280

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Tap Your Inner Farmer on Open Farm Day

Tap Your Inner Farmer on Open Farm Day

City slickers and country dwellers alike will find much to enjoy during Maine's annual Open Farm Day, when dozens of farms across the state open their doors to visitors. Try your hand at milking a cow; take a barn tour to see the inner workings of a farm; climb aboard a tractor for a hayride; pet cuddly sheep at a petting zoo; and purchase farm-grown products like beef and produce. 960 1280

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Bangor State Fair

Bangor State Fair

The Bangor State Fair -- the largest state fair in Maine -- promises 10 days of down-home food, fireworks, amusement rides and agricultural competitions like the oxen and steer show. If farm animals aren't your thing, stop by one of the other family-friendly competitions like the lobster roll eating contest or demolition derby. Plan to stay for the evening concert, which has included acts like Grammy Award-winner, John Fogerty. 960 1280

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Visit the Bangor Historical Society

Visit the Bangor Historical Society

Maine's second oldest cultural institution, the Bangor Historical Society, collects, preserves and interprets the state's storied history. Discover the stories of Civil War soldiers from Maine, or take a society-organized walking tour to discover the town's historic architecture. Other tours include a walk through the Mount Hope Cemetery to learn about Bangor's legendary residents of days gone by, as well as a tour that commemorates the devastating Great Fire of 1911. 960 1280

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Snap a Picture With Paul Bunyan

Snap a Picture With Paul Bunyan

One of Maine's -- and America's -- quirkier attractions, Bangor's 31-foot-tall, 3,700-lb. statue of Paul Bunyan wielding a double-sided axe pays homage to the mythical character who, as it?s rumored, was born here. Indeed, Bangor also claims to be the birthplace of the lumber industry, which was once the town's industry mainstay. Sure, Minnesota also claims to be Bunyan's hometown, but while in Bangor, why not pay your respects to the gentle lumber giant? 960 1280

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