FOR BABIES ON BOARD, SECURE SEATING
One place you don't want your baby boy to bounce is in flight on an airplane. Each year, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board, lap-held infants suffer air turbulence-related injuries and even death.
A new protection vest, the Baby B'Air, is designed to fasten children 2 and under to a parent and their seat belt. Approved by the FAA for in-flight use, the harness is meant to keep kids secure if they'd rather sit on Mom or Dad than in their seat. During takeoff and landing, however, the safest place for children is still belted into a chair.
If you buy the $39.95 Baby B'Air from J.C. Penney in Baltimore, you could save $25 to $100 off airfare from American Airlines as part of a promotional package. For information, call 800-274-8440, or go to www.babybair.com.
Chicago museum displays Titanic artifacts
More than 200 items belonging to passengers on the Titanic are part of an exhibition at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry billed as the largest collection of Titanic artifacts ever brought together in one place.
"Titanic: The Exhibition" presents the history, science and drama of the ship and its tragic end through its material survivors -- a handwritten letter, china, a 13-ton portion of the ship's hull -- and re-created rooms and cabins as well as a replica of the ship's first-class staircase.
Museum staff will also demonstrate the sophisticated technologies used to explore the wreckage and restore the artifacts found with it at the bottom of the sea.
The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends. Admission to the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 4, is $17 for adults and $11.50 for children ages 3-11. Admission includes the regular museum fee. For more information, call 773-684-1414.
Diving into nature
At SeaWorld San Antonio's adventure camps, kids can have hands-on encounters with whales, dolphins, penguins birds and sharks.
The Expedition Camp opens the SeaWorld park to middle-schoolers. For older children, Careers Camp offers a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes action experienced by SeaWorld's zoological and animal training staff. Working alongside the professionals, teens help monitor sea lions' health, weigh killer whales and feed penguins. If teen campers want more, they may become apprentices at Advanced Career Camp.
Camps run from six to 11 days during spring, summer and fall sessions, and prices range from $650 to $1,300. For information, call 800-700-7786.
The price of shipboard fun
Cruise ships continue to add attractions that give guests the same entertainment they have on land -- but for a price. The average passenger pays an extra $45 a day in "fun fees," according to Consumer Reports, which compiled a list of some potential costs to be aware of when signing up for activities. Here's what they found:
9 holes of miniature golf: $3
One hour of in-line skating: $6
90 minutes on a rock-climbing wall: $8
One hour at an electronic golf simulator: $25
One hour of Internet time: $30
One dozen roses from gift shop: $45
One hour massage: $99