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$6,525
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
39
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 3 2018

About

Stowaway Explorers began as a bedtime story for some adventurous kids who love traveling and discovering.  We especially love searching tide pools on the coast and discovering animals like sea anemones, crabs & starfish (Sea Stars).  

4 Adventurous Kids
4 Adventurous Kids

The Stowaway story tells of sea stars who traveled the sea riding on ships & searching for sunken treasure.  One day they climbed onto a float plane only to find themselves lifted high into the air.  They began to see a world they never imagined, and decided to explore on the side of a family's car. 

Eventually they made it back to the Sea, and with their Friends, they formed the Stowaway Adventure Society to explore this new frontier riding (or Stowing Away) on family cars. Their goal is to discover & map the globe with Stowaway Explorers!  

With the world class designers @ Klugonyx in Salt Lake City, Utah, we created high quality 3D magnetic rubber sea stars which families can take with them on adventures.  Powerful embedded Neodymium magnets allow for a secure hold on the outside of the vehicle.  Made with translucent soft durable UV resistant rubber, fun to play with & stands up to thousands of miles of travel.

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As Families log trips, visit new places, post photos and share experiences the map will reveal to show progress and Stowaway families will earn status points towards additional features & rewards.

While this is a unique, fun and engaging enhancement for family trips, in order to complete the Stowaway Vision, we need your help to build our Stowaway Adventure app.  This virtual treasure hunt app will allow Stowaways to automatically map family adventures, upload photos, videos, experiences and reviews and share them with friends & family. 

Stowaway Combo
Stowaway Combo

As part of the Stowaway community you can track your own progress as well as Stowaway's all over the globe; you could register your Stowaway Explorer and get another for a friend across the world and share experiences.  Grandparents can register grand-kids as Stowaways to mutually share adventures & experiences.

The app will also help parents in planning adventures as you see reviews from fellow Stowaways and recommended destinations.  You can track status and earn points as the 1st Stowaway to visit or review new locations.  You can participate in geographically oriented Stowaway challenges and games.  We aim to transform family travel into engaging adventures with a shared purpose.

Pisaster Ochraceus
Pisaster Ochraceus

We love Sea Stars; when we came up the Stowaway story, we had learned that the Pacific Sea Star, or Pisaster Ochraceus, began to suffer a real threat known as 'sea star wasting syndrome' (SSWS) which has decimated populations of Sea Stars from California to the Gulf of Alaska.  The cause is currently unknown, but the threat is severe.

We hope the Stowaway story will entertain and inspire families to discover the world anew through the eyes of Stowaway Sea stars while at the same time helping bring attention to the plight of actual Sea Stars and finding a meaningful solution. 

Stowaway Sea Stars
Stowaway Sea Stars

Risks and challenges

We have completed design & prototyping for the ride-along sea star magnets and we have a high quality manufacturer lined up, however with quality sometimes quantity can suffer. To mitigate mfg risk we'll employ a First-in-first-out approach to batch manufacturing and stage orders accordingly.
The book is in final stages with illustrations complete and manuscript in final review.
The app is still in design & prototyping phase and may take several months to complete.

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    Flat Sea Star Car Magnet

    Flat Stowaway Sea Star magnet for your car, showing your Support of the "Stowaway Movement"! And our sincere THANKS for backing our project!

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    3D Silicone Magnetic Sea Star & pdf book

    With silicone rubber we can offer a less expensive magnetic toy that's as durable just not translucent. Same powerful embedded neodymium magnets and the soft rubber is gentle on the finish of your car. Makes a great gift for families with young kids or for the Grand-kids.

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    3D Magnetic ride-on toy & pdf Book

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    1 - High quality Stowaway 3D Sea Star magnetic rubber ride along toy, available in 4 colors (Translucent Red, Florescent Yellow, Translucent Purple or Florange); request color in comments when ordering.
    1 - .pdf copy of the book "Stowaway Adventures - Sea Stars in Seattle"

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    Twin Pack 3D Magnetic ride-on toy

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    Premium Stowaway Combo -Book & 3D Magnet

    Early-bird Special

    1 - 1st Edition early printed copy of "Stowaway Adventures - Sea Stars in Seattle" +
    1 - 3D Magnetic ride-along Sea Star. Available in 4 colors (Translucent Red, Florescent Yellow, Translucent Purple or Florange); request color in comments on order.

    Ideal for Families with kids 4-12 who love to travel. Perfect gift for the grand-kids to share family adventures!

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    Family Combo Pack -Book & 4 - 3D Magnets

    Family Pack

    1 - 1st Edition early printed copy of "Stowaway Adventures - Sea Stars in Seattle" +
    4 - 3D Magnetic ride-along Sea Stars. Available in 4 colors (Translucent Red, Florescent Yellow, Translucent Purple or Florange); request color in comments on order.

    Ideal for Families with kids 4-12 who love to travel. Perfect gift for the grand-kids to share family adventures!

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    Your Name in book's Acknowledgements

    Get an early 1st edition signed copy of the book with YOUR name listed in the acknowledgements as a founding supporter of the Kickstarter movement. You could have your name, or select another individual, to be listed at the beginning of the book as a key contributor in establishing Stowaway as an emerging global trend in family travel.

    - We reserve the right to veto faux names representing vulgarity, as this is a children's book, but if you chose a pseudo name like "Boaty McBoatface" we could probably live with that. ;~)

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