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The Best Family Films of the Summer

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Summer is nearly here, which means that the kids are almost out of school. During the summer, you’ll need to think of different ways to keep them entertained. So why not take them to the movies? Fortunately, there are plenty of movies for the entire family opening this summer. Here is a preview of the best family films of the summer.

The Angry Birds Movie (May 20)

Based on the popular phone-based game, this film follows the egg-based exploits of a group of birds with serious anger management issues.

Finding Dory (June 17)

In the sequel to the popular 2003 film Finding Nemo, the lovable, yet forgetful, Dory embarks on a journey to find her own family.

The Secret Life of Pets (July 8)

The team behind the Despicable Me movies has created a behind-the-scenes look at what pets do while their owners are away.

Ice Age: Collision Course (July 22)

The stakes are high in the latest installment of the Ice Age series, which involves a large asteroid plummeting to Earth.

Historic Places to Visit in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock Shaker Village

We at Haddad Toyota know that Pittsfield, Massachusetts is top-notch when it comes to bringing history alive. Here are some of our favorite places to visit in Pittsfield which turn educational opportunities of history, science, and the arts into a day of fun for the family.

Hancock Shaker Village – This living history museum brings the story of the Shakers to life. This area was called the “City of Peace” by the Shakers who lived here for 179 years. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to preserving the history of the Shakers for future generations. Visit the 18 original historic buildings, the farm, gardens, animals, and more.

Berkshire Museum – This museum integrates art, history, and natural science by having a wide range of programs and exhibitions which promote educational connections between different disciplinary areas of study. The Berkshire Museum has been in association with the Smithsonian since 2013 and promotes the sharing of resources with the nation.

Melville’s Arrowhead – This is a historic house lived in by Herman Melville. The non-profit museum is operated by the Berkshire County Historical Society. Part of Melville’s house is open to the public for guided tours during the warmer months of the year. Even when the house is not open, people can still visit the property and enjoy the beautiful grounds. This is a great stop for all fans of history and/or literature.

Pittsfield is full of wonderful history and opportunities for things to do. If you need a car to visit all these fantastic places, stop by Haddad Toyota. We will get you on your way to see all the Pittsfield has to offer.

Toyota TeenDrive365 Campaign Puts New Spin on Texting and Driving

TeenDrive365 Toyota vehicles are family-friendly have passenger safety as a top priority. Toyota’s latest TeenDrive365 campaign aims to further increase passenger safety through spreading awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.

Along with dosomething.org, Toyota has introduced The Driving Coach. Instead of putting texting in an entirely negative light, this campaign aims to raise awareness of distracted driving through text.

The idea is that teens develop their driving habits based on what they see their parents doing. This latest campaign puts all of the power in the teen’s hands, and they get to show their parents a thing or two.

Here’s how it works: teens enter their phone numbers on the website, and Toyota comes up with fun, unique ways to help the teens coach their parents into “not doing ridiculous things (like eating) behind the wheel.”

Another added bonus: teens that play the game get entered to win a $5,000 scholarship! It’s a fun, unique way to raise awareness and promote safe driving habits.

5 Road Trip Tips That Will Ensure the Perfect Vacation

Road Trip TipsThe weather is warming up and the kids are coming up on their last weeks of school. Summer is almost here! And you know what that means – it’s time for vacation!

Whether you’re taking a short weekend trip or a long trip to a place far away, chances are you’ll be in the car at some point. If you’re driving to your destination, you’ll probably be in the car for extended periods of time, and if you’re prepared, your car ride can be the best part of your trip! Take a look at these 5 road trip tips to take your vacation to the next level.

  1. Bring Snacks. If you’re stopping every hour because someone is hungry, you’ll never reach your destination. Bringing some extra food and snacks with you can also help cut down on costs related to fast food stops.
  2. Bring Games. Nothing puts a damper on the fun mood of vacation than hearing your kids say, “Are we there yet?” If you can keep the family entertained during the car ride, everyone will have much more fun. One of our favorite games is Road Trip Bingo. It’s easy and everyone can play – even the driver!
  3. Take pictures. Some of the most beautiful scenery can be found on the highways and backroads of America. While you may be more focused on taking pictures during your actual vacation, road photos can be just as fun to take. Have a photo scavenger hunt with your kids in the car to see who can capture the best photo of the road.
  4. Have a map in the car with some alternate routes. Sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances, like a road closure or accident, that you didn’t plan on during your trip. If you have some alternate routes planned out you could save hours of your drive. Having a map with you can also help when you’re in an area with no cell phone service.
  5. Be prepared. You should always have a first aid kit and emergency water and snacks in your car in case you break down or get stranded.

Road trips can be fun for the entire family if you’re prepared. Follow these tips and you’re sure to have an amazing summer! And if you’re looking for the perfect vehicle for a road trip, we have several at Haddad Toyota. Stop in today!