What NOT to do on a Road Trip With a Toddler

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What NOT to Do on a Road Trip With a Toddler

I went on a road trip with a toddler last year in late September. I had read all the articles and thought I was ready. I had gathered all the movies, gotten a portable DVD player, and made sure we were well rested before we set out on our journey to San Francisco, California from San Antonio, TX.

Let me share a few things that I learned along the way:


  • Expect to leave on time
  • Think you can drive 24 hours straight with a toddler
  • Expect all the toys and electronics will keep your toddler entertained
  • Step “Up” your child to the next car seat safety level until AFTER the trip
    • 4 Stages of Car Seat Safety
  • RUSH!
  • Expect to get food when you are hungry, especially if you have a specific diet (Vegan, Gluten Free, Picky Toddler, etc.)


  • Plan to pack everything the night/day before you leave
  • Find a place to stop for the night about half-way through to your destinations
    • Best thing to do is to either look up online and book ahead or you can use an app like Hotels.com. Especially, because you just need a basic room for the night.
  • Get your toddler out every 2 hours if possible for at least 10-20 minutes.
    • Everybody needs to get out. Stretch legs
  • Make sure your child is buckled in properly
    • Always double check your child before you take off!
  • Take your time!
  • Bring as much snacks as you think you do on the way there. You can always refill at a grocery store on the way back!

Don’t forget to relax and realize that no matter what happens, your destination will be worth it.

Casa Blanca – Latest Addition to the Santikos Legacy

Casa Blanca intro picture

*I am being compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.*

Everybody wants to go to the movies, whether it is once a year for Christmas or to see every new release when it comes out. If there are so many choices, then how to do you know which theater to choose?

How about you choose one that makes an awesome experience AND gives back to the community?

Santikos is exactly the place you want to support. Santikos has been around since 1911 by Greek immigrant Louis Santikos. They have grown from a nickelodeon to 8 San Antonio locations and 2 Houston locations. John Santikos, Louis Santikos son, joined the business in 1950 and took over in 1958 when Louis Santikos returned to Greece.

John Santikos designed and built the Santikos you know nowadays. The last theater he designed and began building before he passed away was Casa Blanca. He designed everything from the Aztec to the Bijou, San Antonio’s only art house.

outside of Casa Blanca
Beautiful shot of the outside of the Casa Blanca

Casa Blanca is the perfect venue for date night or a night out with the family! It is conveniently located at 151/Alamo Ranch Parkway. There is bowling, a bar, and an arcade in addition to going to the movies. It is expected to one of the top 20 movie theaters in the country!

But what makes Casa Blanca unique with movies? They have two of the largest screen (90 ft), a dine-in eating service with a button,  and recliners with moveable tables with cup holders. All Casa Blanca theaters have laser digital projection using Barco Laser Projection. This means that the movies will be crisp as the first day it came out.

giant screen,
The man standing in front is 6 foot 4 inches. This is a huge screen!

Bowling, you say? Yes, i did! All the lanes are full regulation lanes with the option of 10 frame or 5 frame games. 5 lanes would be excellent for kids or for just a quick relaxing games. All lanes are by the hour, so no trying to figure out how many games you want to play.

Bowling Alley Lane at Casa Blanca
Showing off how cool the lanes look with the blacklights
Bowling Ball Rack
There is bowling balls for everybody in the family!

The food is excellent and they have everything from the classics of Pizza to the California Burger with guacamole, pepper jack cheese, applewood bacon, and a breaded onion ring. Something for everybody!

dine-in service button
They have a button so you don’t have to get up or use paper!

When John Santikos passed away in 2014, he donated his money and the Santikos company to the San Antonio Area Foundation. John Santikos identified these charitable giving areas:

  • People in Need: Seniors, special needs, victims of child abuse, and disaster relief
  • Youth and education (K-12 and higher education)
  • Public libraries, parks and museums
  • Arts and culture
  • Medicine, healthcare, and medical research

The San Antonio Area Foundation does not just give to San Antonio but also the surrounding counties, including Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson.

This year the San Antonio Area Foundation through the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation are expected to give $12 million in 2016. This number is expected to rise to over $20 million a year over the next 10 years. That estimates to about $400,000 a week!

Would you like to check out this awesome new theater?

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