In these strange and uncertain times, family comes first.
Staying at home with your little ones is important for their health and yours,
but it means needing to get creative to keep everyone engaged. Trying out some
of these fun games to play at home with the kids will help you ensure that
everyone is smiling at the end of the day.
Get a new (or classic) board game
Nothing quite says family fun and togetherness like a board game, and since the medium is in something of a renaissance at the moment, you have a ton to choose from. The editors at New York Magazine’s “The Strategist”have assembled a whole list of great games perfect for kids that includes classics like Connect 4 and Guess Who as well as newer favorites like Catan and Ticket to Ride.
Try out a video game
Whether you grew up on video games or have never tried them in your life, gaming with your kid is a great way to bond (and show your little people that you’re hip and with it). CNETrecommends a wide range of easy-to-find and kid-friendly video games for all different consoles and devices. If you have your old console up in the attic, now might also be a great time to break it out and show your kid old-school cool.
Bring back an old favorite
With the weather starting to get nice in Dixon, going outside and enjoying the sunshine might be good for everyone. Take advantage of a clear, sunny afternoon with a game of catch, horse, hopscotch, jump rope, or whatever activities your kids are into. On a rainy day, you can break out a classic like hide and seek, Simon says, or hot potato.
The team at Ken Nelson Toyota in Dixon, IL, wants to make sure that you’re safe and healthy in this challenging time. If you need service done on your vehicle, we’re here and will even pick up your vehicle so that you don’t have to leave your kids. To learn more, call or email and schedule your appointment.
Warmer weather is the perfect time to give your vehicle the
refresh that it needs. Here are some spring cleaning tips for the exterior and
interior of your ride.
Get rid of the junk. It’s easy to let fast food
wrappers, water bottles, and other debris accumulate in your car during the
colder months. Grab a trash bag and fill it with non-recyclable garbage from
your car; make sure to recycle any objects that are recyclable.
Wash the outside. It’s likely that your vehicle’s
exterior is coated with salt and dirt from the winter. Wash it with carwash
soap and water, then use a hose to rinse off the suds. Dry the exterior with
Scrub your floor mats clean. Your floor mats protect
your floors from all of the dirt and salt that you track in with your shoes. Remove
the floor mats then either scrub or hose them off, depending on if they are
carpeted or vinyl.
Wipe everything down and vacuum. Use a vacuum to get
the crumbs out of the cracks and wipe the cabin surfaces with a microfiber
cloth to remove dust and grime.
Replace items like windshield wipers and tires. After
a long winter, some auto parts display signs of damage. Consider replacing your
windshield wipers and your tires to ensure that you stay safe on future drives.
For more ways to take care of your vehicle this spring, contact us at Ken Nelson Toyota. You can also schedule a service appointment if your ride is in need of any repairs.
Over the years, hybrids have become less of a niche vehicle. In fact, Toyota has many hybrid variants of its most popular nameplates available. A recent study from iSeeCars.com also confirmed that many Toyota nameplates are the most reliable hybrid vehicles on the road. They last longer than most of the competition.
The iSeeCars.com study looked at more like
15.8 million used cars on the road. Their verdict? The longest-lasting hybrid
of all time is actually the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. 4.2 percent of them are
still running even at the 200,000-mile mark. The Highlander Hybrid was also in
the top five four longest-lasting vehicles overall, not just hybrids.
The next two most reliable hybrid vehicles
after the Highlander were the Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry Hybrid. Toyota has
a monopoly on the top three longest-lasting hybrids on the market.
Having a reliable hybrid vehicle that lasts a long time means the amount of fuel emissions saved by your vehicle greatly outweighs the increased energy it takes to manufacture them. And with options on the road like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, families have better access to a more sustainable, fuel-efficient hybrid model that won’t break down in a few years.
The fourth generation of the Toyota Highlander is coming to dealership lots as soon as February. This next-generation midsize SUV is completely redesigned from the ground up. In order to kick off the new ad campaign, Toyota is debuting a 60-second commercial spot for the all-new Toyota Highlander during the Big Game. Football fans all over the U.S. will get the first glimpse of a new ad campaign set to run until July.
The new Toyota Highlander features practical
family solutions such as the option of seven- or eight-passenger seating and a
standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite of features. There’s also high-tech and
performance-oriented features such as the new addition of an efficient hybrid
powertrain and the inclusion of Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Waze and
Amazon Alexa compatibility. Plus, with a bold new design set on the 2020 Toyota
Highlander’s new TNGA-K platform, drivers will ride in style.
Toyota has a habit of debuting new ad
campaigns for vehicles during the Big Game. In 2019 both the 2019 RAV4 and
Supra made their TV debut at the same time, and Toyota also had spots during
the 2012, 2015, and 2018 games. Keep your eyes peeled for the all-new Toyota
Highlander while you tailgate.
Experience the latest iteration of the Highlander for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota for a test drive.
For many couples, dinner and a movie is a
common way to celebrate Feb. 14. If you’re craving something new, though, here
are some unique date ideas for Valentine’s Day to help rekindle the romance.
A new spin on the classic “cooking dinner
together at home” date, buy some chocolate molds and chocolate to melt. You can
buy sprinkles as well as different colors and flavors to the chocolates you
Ice Skating (or Roller Skating)
February is a great time of the year to go
ice-skating. Can’t balance? It’s a great opportunity to hold hands. If you’re
really a lost cause, however, consider heading to the roller rink instead for a
Sign up for a dance class with your Valentine
to add something fun and new to your routine. The best part is you’ll walk away
from the experience with a new skill to show off.
Many spas offer special couples’ packages
around Valentine’s Day. Get a massage, do a face mask, or light some scented
candles for some aromatherapy.
See a Live Show
There’s something about seeing a live
performance — whether it’s a theater production, your favorite band, or even
stand-up at a comedy club — that’s exciting and unlike anything else.
Need a new vehicle to further impress your date? Stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to browse our shiny new 2020 models.