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Miami Offers Year-Round Perfection

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Miami, Florida is one of the world’s most popular vacation spots visited by tourists from all over the world – and for good reasons. From beautiful beaches to perfect warm weather year-round, this city has countless unique attractions you simply can’t miss. If you’re looking for a place that will keep you entertained, Miami promises never to have a dull moment. From sunrise to sunset there is something for everyone!

 

South Beach is the pinnacle of Miami. Day or night, July or December, it doesn’t matter when, it matters where. These aqua blue waters and white sand beaches provide the best place to catch a tan along Miami’s luxurious coastline. Ocean Drive offers a variety of shops, galleries, and nightlife that could turn your average stroll into a shopping spree, or an extravagant evening. Just one look at the art deco style buildings of the Miami skyline and the beautiful nature that surrounds it is enough to make anyone fall in love.

 

Food in Miami is top notch and guaranteed to fit any budget or lifestyle. The local Latino diners and high-class restaurants will leave your mouth watering for more. Eat like the locals do at a Cuban restaurant like Versailles or get dressed up and have a nice evening at Prime 112. Miami is home to countless flavors where you can broaden your palate and enliven your senses daily.

 

Located right near the Everglades, Miami is perfect for nature lovers, animal enthusiasts or those who want to experience the unique ecosystems of Florida. Take an airboat ride and see if you can spot some gators, turtles or iguanas, or camp in the Everglades RV Resort. For more natural beauty, you can also check out the many parks and botanical gardens Miami has to offer!

 

 

Miami is known for its variety of art and unique architecture. The Wynwood Arts District is without a doubt a sight to see. It’s home to over 70 art galleries, local shops, electric bars, and one of the largest open-air street-art installations in the world. There are art tours, gallery walks, food tastings, you name it. They also have block parties with live music and many other forms of entertainment. It’s a great place to celebrate a holiday or a day of art, entertainment, and fun!

 

Miami is home to many top-notch professional and college teams. If you’re a football fanatic you can catch a Dolphins game. You can also have some classic fun at a Miami Marlins baseball game, see a hat trick on ice at a Florida Panthers game, or you can shoot some hoops at the American Airlines Arena and watch the Miami Heat play. There is also a rumor that Miami may be getting a professional soccer team too!

 

Miami is the place to be for Florida festivals. Art Basel Week, Fashion Week, and Miami Music Week are some of the big hitters, but they only scratch the surface. You may want to check out some technology at Tech week or relax with some Caribbean tunes at Kaya Fest. Speaking of music, Miami is a music lover’s paradise with live music festivals of a variety of genre all throughout the year.

 

With the many sights to see and things to do, Miami is sure to keep you busy all year long!

 

For more information about the GreatAuPair J-1 visa program, visit www.greataupairusa.com. Families can call 800-604-2507 to speak with a GreatAuPair representative.  Au pairs can call 1-775-636-8302, or contact us on Skype at greataupair.com.


Tampa, Florida – Treasure Awaits!

 

Why choose between the big city and the beach when you could have it all with a year in Tampa! With its vibrant nightlife, year-round warm weather, and coastal location, Tampa is a fantastic place for a new adventure. Whether you love to shop, try new food, immerse yourself in art, or attend one of the seven musical festivals held in this city every year, Tampa will not disappoint!

 

 

Busch Gardens:

Are you a thrill-seeker? If so, you have to visit Busch Gardens! With its live shows, animal encounters, and the best roller coasters in Florida, Busch Gardens is sure to be fun for everyone! As one of the top amusement parks in the country, it might be worth grabbing an annual pass so you can visit Busch Gardens and it’s nearby waterpark, Adventure Island!

 

Tampa Riverwalk:

Take a walk down this completely pedestrian pathway to the Florida Aquarium, the Tampa Bay History Center, the Tampa Museum of Art, or any of the exhibits on display year-round! You could even stop by the Straz Center for Performing Arts to see a Broadway play or Musical! There’s so much to do and see, it couldn’t possibly be done in just one day!

 

 

Gasparilla Pirate Festival: 

The Riverwalk is also home to one of the largest parades in the United States! Put on your pirate costume and be one of the hundreds of thousands of attendees that flock every year to the water for its Parade of Pirates, film festival, arts festival, road race, and live music festival. Likened to Florida’s version of a New Orleans Mardi Gras, this is a celebration you won’t want to miss.

 

 

Clear Water and Warm Beaches:

It’s always beach weather in Florida! Being so close to the coast, Tampa residents can head to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country with just a short commute. With options such as Fort De Soto Park, recently named one of the top 25 U.S. beaches, Clearwater Beach, and Caladesi Island, you’ll almost have trouble deciding which is the best location for a bit of sun bathing or water sports.

 

 

What’s Your Favorite Animal? Tampa Has It! 

 Animal-lovers will feel right at home in Tampa, where there are so many options for up close and personal encounters! Feed a giraffe right out of your hand at the Giraffe Ranch, or visit the Serengeti without leaving the comfort of Florida at the Safari Wilderness Ranch. Tampa is also famous for its manatees, who will swim right up to wave hello!

 

 

 

Flicks & Food Trucks Festival: 

Looking for something relaxed, fun, and free? Go grab a bite and see a movie at the Flicks & Food Trucks festival held every month on the 3rd Thursday! Take part in America’s food truck craze with your friends and try something new from one of the gourmet food trucks. As you can see, Tampa has something to offer for everyone!

 

 

For more information about the GreatAuPair J-1 visa program, visit www.greataupairusa.com. Families can call 800-604-2507 to speak with a GreatAuPair representative.  Au pairs can call 1-775-636-8302, or contact us on Skype at greataupair.com.


San Diego – Amazing Hidden Gem of California!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

With its miles of glorious beaches, ideal year-round weather and countless cultural and historical attractions, San Diego is one of the most visited cities in the world! If you’re on the fence about where to spend your program year, here are some of the top reasons to choose San Diego.


Balboa Park:

Like no place else in the country, Balboa Park offers a magnificent combination of art, architecture, history and agriculture all in one park. From wonderful concerts featuring the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ, The Spreckels Organ, to tours through science, art and history museums, a day spent in Balboa Park is an unforgettable experience.

 

Coronado Island:

On the beautiful island of Coronado, you’ll discover a charming collection of shops, art galleries, fine restaurants and fun eateries surrounded by tree lined walkways, swaying palms and sparkling ponds. Across the bay is one of the best views of downtown San Diego. Developed 130 years ago as a haven for the rich and famous, this oceanfront community maintains an air of luxury. Admire the mansions, Duchess of Windsor Cottage and the Museum of History and Art, which highlights the relaxed and enriching atmosphere on the island.

 

Torrey Pines State Reserve:

Named after the Torrey Pine tree, this reserve is just north of La Jolla and is a lovely place to see indigenous wildlife in its native environment. With more than eight miles of trails, you can explore the serenity of Torrey Pines in the same atmosphere as the first settlers to California. Take a hike to Blacks Beach, popular with surfers. The Torrey Pines Gliderportoh is the only place on the west coast for visitors to go paragliding and hang-gliding.

San Diego Zoo:

One of the world’s most famous zoos, the San Diego Zoo offers hours of fascinating entertainment for people of all ages. Of the several thousand animals that live in the zoo, you’ll have an opportunity to see everything from Giant Pandas and Polar Bears to the Tasmanian Devil and African Wild Dogs—and so much more. The many hundreds of species include rare amphibians, birds, mammals, reptiles and insects that come from all over the world and are cared for in their natural habitats. As you walk through the lush pathways and thriving gardens that frame the zoo, keep in mind that much of the flora are exotic plants and vegetation. Spend an afternoon or the whole day and gain an understanding of the many beautiful animals that inhabit our world.

 

Gaslamp quarter: 

The heart of downtown San Diego is the historic Gaslamp Quarter. It’s a fun and busy area where you can find: shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theaters, sporting arenas, conferences, concerts, Comic-Con and more. Head towards Horton Plaza’s outdoor shopping mall to find the likes of Macy’s, Victoria Secret and Claire’s or enjoy the baseball game at Petco Park.

 

Children’s Pool Sea Lions:

Another famous San Diego attraction is Children’s pool where you can observe seals and sea lions in their natural habitat. Silly, loud, ultra-lovable, and a little smelly, they are sure to bring a toothy smile to your face. Sea lions are often compared to being the dogs of the sea for a good reason. After all, they are smart, playful, and newborns are even called pups. They capitalize on San Diego coastline as prime real estate, colonizing rocky and sandy beaches during nesting season.

 

Beautiful Beaches:

San Diego is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. There are 70 miles of shoreline and a diverse selection of beaches to explore. If you like surfing, you’ll be in heaven; if you prefer getting lost in your thoughts on a secluded sandy stretch, you’ll also be in heaven. From La Jolla and Mission to Coronado and Pacific Beach, there’s a beach for you in San Diego.

 

For more information about the GreatAuPair J-1 visa program, visit www.greataupairusa.com. Families can call 800-604-2507 to speak with a GreatAuPair representative.  Au pairs can call 1-775-636-8302, or contact us on skype at greataupair.com.

 


Au Pair in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dallas (or DFW – Dallas/Fort Worth as its most commonly known) is actually a group of several large & small cities and towns that make up one of the most diverse areas of Texas.

Fort Worth started out as a railroad and cattle town and still retains much of the ‘cowboy’ culture today.  In addition to its zoo and arboretum, the Fort Worth Stockyards and rodeo are major tourism draws and a great way to spend a day or weekend. This is where you will find the “wild west”.

 

Dallas, or the “Big D” is home to some of the best shopping, dining, arts, culture and history in the state. You can spend an afternoon with your host family at the Perot Museum where they feature activities for children, teens and families or enjoy a weekend at the Dallas Zoo.  The Dallas Arboretum is a dream in the spring where you can take a picnic and enjoy live music amongst the thousands of tulips. Dallas also has several farmers markets, museums, and sculpture gardens so there is never a shortage of things to do!

 

If shopping is your thing, there are several malls and outlet malls as well as vintage shops and craft festivals.

 

Weekends in and around DFW are always filled with options.  In the spring, there are farmers markets, baseball (both professional and minor league), art festivals, a St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville Ave, food and wine festivals (Greek Fest, Taste of Addison, Chocolate Festival, and much more).  In the summer there are several water parks, lakes, Six Flags of Texas, and tons of shopping.  4th of July offers KaBoomtown in Addison, and fireworks in almost every town!

 

In the fall and winter, you can’t miss Oktoberfest in Addison, the Balloon Festival in Plano, train rides in Grapevine, Texas football games, or countless other activities.

 

Dallas is a 4 hour drive from Austin or San Antonio, and 6-7 hours to Houston, so weekend trips are a must!  Austin has a great music and art scene and is our state capital.  San Antonio is home of the Alamo, and the world famous Riverwalk, and Houston is close to Galveston, the beach, NASA and  Moody Gardens nature museum.

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How To Keep Kids Busy During the Summer

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

            For most children across the world, school is out, and they can hardly wait for the summer fun to begin! If you’ve been hired as a summer nanny, or if the children you watch year-round are out of school for the summer, the parents will expect you keep their children occupied and safe. While an occasional movie or trip to the library is an option, there are lots of other things to do in the summer! Here are some of GreatAuPair’s tips to keeping everyone safe and happy this summer!

Play-dates:

           If you are watching school-aged children, you may notice them missing their school friends as the summer continues on. Set up a few play-dates where they can get together and socialize! Ask the parents and children for a few phone numbers of school friends, and give them a call. Make sure not to agree to watch more children than you can handle, and always get permission from the parents before agreeing to invite over someone’s else’s children.

Plant a Garden:

 Gardening is a great outdoors activity for children to take part in. Not only is it fun, it’s a confidence-booster to children that get to see their hard work pay off! Try planting some easy-to-grow crops first, like sunflowers, radishes, cherry tomatoes, and lettuce. Kids will be eager to see results, and you can make the garden a part of their daily summer routine. What a fun way to spend time outdoors!

Go to the Park:

           School-aged children are used to keeping busy with their daily routines, so they’re likely to have a lot of energy, even in the summer. Why not take them to the park? Always be sure to supervise them playing on the playground. Bring along a few snacks and always pack plenty of water to make sure the children stay hydrated in the summer heat. Be sure and pack a first aid kit, to clean up any scrapes or cuts!

Arts and Crafts:

           Sometimes, it’s just too hot to play outside. Why not enjoy part of the day inside with some arts and crafts? You can do fun things with the kids like make tie-dye shirts, finger-paint, create fabric necklaces and bracelets, or even put on a play with hand-made masks and costumes. Try Pinterest for more ideas on different arts and crafts activities you can do with the children.

Get in the Water:

If you have a pool nearby, or even in the backyard, you’re one lucky nanny! If you don’t, and the beach is too far away, why not check out your local recreation center, (YMCA or Boys and Girls Club) to see if they have a community pool? Swimming and playing in the water is great way to conquer the summer heat.

It’s extremely important to always keep an eye on the children when they’re in the water. If you’re at a community pool with a lifeguard, don’t assume that they will always have their eyes on the children. It’s your responsibility! Going swimming and getting to play in the water is a great summer activity the children will enjoy, but only if you’re comfortable watching children in the water. Don’t forget sunblock, towels and floaties. 

Zoo/Aquarium:

           If you have a zoo or aquarium nearby, why not take the kids there for the day? Pack a light lunch and plenty of drinks, and head out for a day of exploring! Younger children will appreciate looking at the animals from their strollers or your arms, while an older child will enjoy a more-hands on approach. Sometimes, these places provide exhibits that allow visitors to feed or touch the animals. Look to see if there is a petting zoo exhibit open. Challenge the kids to mimic the sounds of the animals and have a great time! It’s best to go on a weekday when it’s less crowded.

Museums:

           Museums are a great way to avoid the heat and spend time indoors. If you have a Children’s museum in your area, take the kids there to have some hands-on playtime. You can also visit a local art or science museum. Call in advance and ask if they have any activities planned for children. Some museums have special exhibits centered around children during the summer. Always keep a close eye on the children!

No matter what you decide to do, be sure to keep you and the children safe and hydrated. Have a great summer!