Thursday, August 25, 2016

Free Admission to National Parks August 25th-28th

 Free Admission to National Parks August 25th-28th

Celebrate with the National Park Service as it turns 100 years old.   All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone August 25th -28th.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Last Minute Summer Travel Ideas

Looking for a quick getaway before the kids head back to school? We have picked out some of our favorite places to visit.  All of our picks are driveable and no more than a few hours from the Philadelphia suburbs.

1. Double Tree Resort in Lancaster PA.  There is so much to do at this family-friendly resort.  This 185-room resort is very family friendly, but it's also perfect for a weekend getaway without the kids.  The hotel is about a 10-15 minute drive to the Strasburg Rail RoadChoo Choo BarnCherry Crest Adventure Farm and other Lancaster attractions.

2. Kalahari Resort in the Pocono Mountains. If you are looking for a water park adventure then Kalahari will keep everyone happy and entertained.  Kalahari is just under two hours away from the Philadelphia area. Kalahari is truly a family oriented place and they have thought of everything to keep all members of the family happy and occupied while on vacation. 

The National Harbor area is located on the banks of the Potomac River and it has plenty of activities to keep the family busy, take a breathtaking ride on the Capital Wheel or a spin on the Carousel. Explore the area with Water Taxis or a Sight Seeing Cruises
There are two great resorts to stay in while visiting the area Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center and The Residence Inn

Baltimore has something for everyone. Younger kids will enjoy Port Discovery Museum, which offers 3 floors of hands-on activities for the kids. National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Museum are also must see places when visiting the Harbor
If you want to stay check out the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Maryland that is in walking distance to all the attractions.

5. Williamsburg Virgina
The Williamsburg area has plenty of activities to keep your family busy.  Head to Busch Gardens for some family thrills.  Take a step back in time at Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestown or Jamestown Settlement.

Grand Cascades Lodge is a beautiful and well-appointed AAA 4-Diamond hotel located in Hamburg, New Jersey.  The main attraction for families at the hotel is the Biosphere, which is an indoor pool complex with an aquarium, vortex pools, and caves, and lush tropical foliage; year-round outdoor heated pool; 140-foot waterslide.  There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep the family busy.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Water Parks in the Philadelphia Area

Beat the heat this summer and head to the water park. Most of the water park offer day passes, but a few require overnight stays. Please check ahead to see their specific requirements.

CoCo Key Water Resort

915 Route 73
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054 

CoCo Key Water Resort is the ULTIMATE in indoor water resort adventure located in Mt. Laurel NJ.

Camelbeach Mountain Resort

309 Resort Drive
Tannersville, PA 18372

Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark is the biggest water park in Pennsylvania, with over 37 rides slides and attractions.

Sahara Sams Oasis

535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ 08091

Sahara Sam’s Oasis Indoor and Outdoor Water Park offers families of the greater Tri-State community entertainment the entire year with 58 of its 68-thousand square feet under a retractable roof system. 

Great Wolf Lodge

 1 Great Wolf Dr
Scotrun, PA 18355

This indoor water park offers 4 restaurants and a Starbucks. Other amenities include a spa and free parking, while adventure activities and mini-golf are also available. This water park does require an overnight stay.

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions
250 Kalahari Blvd.
Pocono Manor, PA 18349

Experience the 100,000 sq. ft. Indoor Waterpark featuring a retractable roof, stand-up surfing or body boarding on the FlowRider, the twists and turns of the Anaconda and Swahili Swirl waterslides, relaxing lazy river and indoor/outdoor family hot tub, tons of activities for the little ones and much, much more!

428 Moseywood Road
Lake Harmony, PA 18624

H20ooohh!! is an indoor family water park adjacent to the Galleria at Split Rock Resort in beautiful Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania. With 53,326 square feet of water attractions to enjoy, H20ooohh! has five exciting body, tube and raft slides, a wave pool, activity pool, fun play structure, crossing activity, snack and Tiki bar, and more.

Photo from Kalahari 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fun Things To Do With Kids Review Historic Jamestown

While my family and were in the Williamsburg area we visited the Historic Jamestown Island. This is different from Jamestown settlement, which is a museum and replica of America's first permanent English colony. Historic Jamestown is an ongoing archaeological dig. This site has a dozen staff members excavate, interpret, preserve, conserve, and research the site's findings.

The best way to learn about Historic Jamestown is to take a tour. Tours are offered throughout the day. Your tour guide can explain a lot about the findings and what's going on in with the archaeological digs.  It's really cool to see an actual archaeological dig and to watch the archaeologists at work.

Our tour guide was a wealth of information explaining how the dig was started.  He also gave our tour so much information about the animals in the area and how the colonist would survive.

You may be thinking there is probably not a lot for kids to do but there is. During the spring and summer months, they have the Ed Shed is an interactive space that provides kids and families with the chance to share in the moment of discovery.  Also on the Historic Jamestown website has games, colouring, and activities.  This is a great way to help kids to understand what life for kids was like back then.

For more information

Location:   1368 Colonial Pkwy Jamestown, VA 23081

Monday, May 9, 2016

Fun Things To Do With Kids Review Jamestown Settlement

Recently, my family and I visited Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, VA.  This is separate from historic Williamsburg but something you should definitely add to your list of places to visit when you are in Williamsburg.

Jamestown Settlement is located near the site of the original Jamestown Colony.  Jamestown Settlement is a museum and replica of America's first permanent English colony, founded in Virginia in 1607.

photo courtesy of Jamestown Settlement

Once you purchase your tickets inside the visitor center, you make your way through the galleries that are divided into three major sections. The first gallery introduces visitors to pre-17th-century Virginia.  The second gallery explores the relationship between Virginia’s colonists and the native Powhatans.  The third gallery provides an overview of the political, social and economic development and expansion of the Virginia colony during the 17th century.

Next visitors travel outside to the Powhatan Indian village.  The village has several houses, a crop field and a ceremonial circle of carved wooden posts. Historical interpreters discuss and demonstrate the Powhatan way of life. 

Once you leave the Powhatan village, you walk toward the waterfront that has re-creations of the three ships that transported the original Jamestown colonists to Virginia in 1607 – the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery.  Kids and adults will love being able to board the ships and explore them.

Once you leave the waterfront you travel into the re-created James Fort, that has homes, a church and other buildings that historical interpreters demonstrate tasks of the time period.

We really liked that everything was hands on at Jamestown Settlement.  Visitors can talk with the historical interpreters and learn more about the settlement.  I really liked how the interpreters asked the kids questions and helped them learn more about the time period.

For more information

Location:  2110 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Cost: $17.00 adults, $8.00 ages 6-12. Value-priced combination ticket with Yorktown Victory Center: $21.25 adults, $10.75 ages 6-12. Discount for groups of 15 or more. Children under 6 are free. Parking is free.

Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary tickets to visit Jamestown Settlement in order to facilitate this review.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free Admission to One Liberty Observation Deck for Moms on Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and as a thank you to all that moms do, Philly’s newest and tallest attraction, One Liberty Observation Deck, is offering moms free admission to see Philly From The Top on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8!

Bring the whole family for a souvenir family photo with the Philly skyline as a backdrop.

Open 10 am to 10 pm Mother’s Day and every day, One Liberty Observation Deck is Philadelphia’s tallest enclosed observation deck. At 883 feet up, visitors enjoy 360° views, 365 days a year, morning, noon and night! Get a top-down look at iconic sights, breathtaking views and discover the music, sports and culture that is the City of Brotherly Love.

For more information

Location:  1650 Market Street, Philadelphia PA

This event is appropriate for the whole family

Cost: Adult $19 (Ages 12+)
Youth $14 (Ages 3-11)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Five Reasons Your Family Will Love THE STINKY CHEESE MAN and other fairly stupid tales at the Arden Theatre

Last weekend I had the chance to see the latest children's show at the Arden Theatre called The Stinky Cheese Man & other fairly stupid tales.  As a teacher and a mom I was familiar with the story and knew that it would bring a lot of laughs.  I loved that the show made sure the adults were entertained too with jokes and even a little Beyonce.  The show appeals to your whole family no matter how old they are.  Below are 5 reasons your family will love The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales

1. Arden Children’s Theatre is top-notch. They’ve been doing shows for kids for 16 years and put the same resources into their Children’s Series Shows – professional actors, designers, sets, etc. – that they do for their Mainstage shows. And this one’s a musical…added bonus!

2. The Stinky Cheese Man takes classic stories that all children know and mixes them up in wacky ways. Your kids will get that the stories are all parodies of the original (even though the main character doesn’t,) and they’ll love being in on the joke.

3.Your kids won’t know that they are learning…but they are! Live theatre enhances literary knowledge (this one is based on a book) and increases tolerance and empathy. What parent doesn’t want that?

4.Post show Q&A and meet & greets with the cast give kids the chance to ask questions like, “Was that really supposed to happen?”, “Is your tail real?” and “How much do you make?”

5. Belly Laughs. Lots of them. Probably centered around a giant cow patty. And really, is there any better sound than hearing your kids belly laugh?

For more information  Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit

Location:   Arden Theatre Company
F. Otto Haas Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106

This event is appropriate for  children ages 5 and older.

Dates: Now through June 12th

Cost: $18-$36 depending on age and the performance chosen

Group discounts available for 20+

Student Rush tickets at the door 30 minutes before curtain for $10 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)