Thursday, October 22, 2015

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Looking to have some fall family fun?  Head to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Lancaster PA.  Last weekend my family and I visited the family friendly farm that has something for everyone.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is a 15-acre farm, with 50+ Farm Fun activities, including the Hay Chute Slide and Straw Bale Racer, Jump Pillow, Farm Tour Wagon Ride, Petting Zoo and Farm Experience Center, Corny’s Ball-cade, and everyone's favorite the Corn Maze.

They have thought of everything to keep everyone having fun!  Forgot your stroller or the kids tired of walking rent a wagon for the day.  Kids hungry their are plenty of options for the family to get something to eat or drink.

Cherry Crest has been open for 20 years and this year the corn maze is a locomotive just like it was 20 years age.  I loved the fact the there were 3 options when going through the maze,  Easy, intermediate and advanced.   The advance takes the longest to complete 3.5 to 4 hours and the easy takes under 30 minutes.   There are different stations that you can visit while going through the maze where you can get clues on how to get out of the maze.   If you get hungry to need to use the bathroom while in the maze no worries they have food and bathrooms in the maze.

After the maze you can enjoy the many activities around the farm the will certainly tire your family out after a day at the farm.  Looking for more adventure?  Hop on the Strasburg Railroad you can by tickets inside the farm and catch the train.

On October 31st Cherry Crest Adventure Farm will hold Pumpkin Madness Fest

The Pumpkin Madness Fest begins at 12 noon with Corny’s Costume Parade – for kids who come in family-friendly costumes (no masks permitted). Cherry Crest’s mascot Corny will be joined by the Pumpkin Princess for the parade and to greet guests throughout the day.

Pumpkin Madness proves you can get very creative when it comes to smashing pumpkins. Activities include:

  • Reverse Pumpkin Darts – where you will hurl pumpkins at a board filled with pointy darts!
  • Pumpkin Shotput Contest – carefully monitored, where competitors with the farthest throws in their category win a Cherry Crest Adventure Farm season pass!
  • Pumpkin Ring Toss - based on the classic carnival game with various levels for different ages.
  • Notes from the Sky Pumpkin Drop – where your pumpkin is hurled from the top of a giant boom lift and crashes onto the target below. The bigger the pumpkin the better the splat! People really have fun with this as they can write messages on their pumpkins which are read over the microphone before they’re dropped!
  • Pumpkin Smashing – with a big rubber mallet – very therapeutic for all ages!
  • Pumpkin Bowling – for kids age 10 and under.
  • Pin-the-Face-on-the-Pumpkin – a play on Pin the Tail that’s perfect for small children.
  • Flyby Pumpkin Pie Drop – at 3:45 p.m.,where you can watch parachuted pies fall from the sky, just for fun!
  • Flyby Candy Drop – at 4 p.m., where kids age 12 & under can grab all they can as a plane drops the goods from 200 feet.
  • Monster Pumpkin Drops:
  • at 3 p.m. see a 800+ pound pumpkin fall from the giant crane.
  • at 5 p.m. the Grand Finale Giant Pumpkin Drop starring the largest pumpkin we can find. The largest to date – at 1,744.5 pounds – is the record to beat this year!

No worries if you can't make it for a visit this fall, they will open again in the spring for more fun adventure.

For more information

Location:   150 Cherry Hill Road, Ronks, PA 17572

Disclosure: Thanks Cherry Crest Adventure Farm for arranging for our complimentary visit to facilitate this review. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review of Kalahari Resorts in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania

If you've been following me on Twitter or Instagram you may saw that I visited the new indoor water park located in the Poconos called Kalahari Resort.  Kalahari is just under two hours away from the Philadelphia area. When you visit Kalahari you certainly feel like you've been taken on a tour to Africa.

This family resort is owned by the Nelson family who own two other Kalahari Resorts  located Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and Sandusky, Ohio.  This 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. When you first arrive at the resort you will notice the decor of the resort is African themed. The family traveled to Africa to bring authentic experiences back to the US.

Facts about Kalahari Resort
  • The resort is home to Pennsylvania’s largest indoor water park and also includes: 
  •  457 guest rooms containing one-, two- and three-bedroom suites 
  •  An outdoor water park with a huge outdoor pool, a large sundeck for relaxing, indoor/outdoor whirlpools and a swim-up bar 
  •  30,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center with dry activities such as mini-bowling, cutting-edge arcade games, a 5-D theater and black light mini golf 
  •  Three full-service signature dining experiences 
  •  Spa Kalahari & Salon 
  •  100,000 sq. ft. convention center 
  •  6,000 sq. ft. of retail 
Hotel Rooms

1 bedroom suite

The hotel rooms keep with the African theme of the resort.  There are many options for rooms they have one-, two- and three-bedroom suites.  We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite.  It had 2 queen sized beds and a pull out couch.  The room also had a large tub and shower.  The rooms are equipped with a microwave and a small fridge.  We also had a room that had a small balcony that overlooked the Pocono Mountains.

Lazy River

Water Park
Kalahari is home to the largest water park in Pennsylvania.  There is truly water fun for everyone in your family.  If your not into slides then take a ride on the lazy river.  Want a drink, swim up the the adults only swim up bar or take a dip in the outdoor pool.   Babies and toddlers will enjoy their own special water park with age appropriate slides, lazy river and so much more.  Older kids and adults will enjoy all the choices of slides and pools.  There is plenty of seating around the water park.  There are also lockers available to rent and a locker room to change in.  

Delicious Food
 There are plenty of options at the resort for your family. There are nine different dinning options at the resort.  Buffet, quick service and sit down options. There are so many options for everyone in your family.    

Plenty of choices in the water park

Overall my family and I fell in love with the resort, we loved that everything was in one place and we didn't even have to carry money or credit cards around with us while staying.  We had our credit card linked to our wrist band.  The wrist band was our room key and allowed us entrance to the water park. Before we left the resort we talked about special occasions that were coming up and how we would love to come back for a visit. 

For more information:

Disclosure: Thanks Kalahari Resorts for arranging for our complimentary stay to facilitate this review. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fun Things Kids Visits Residence Inn National Harbor

Residence Inn National Harbor

From the moment we arrived at the Residence Inn National Harbor we felt like we were home. The front desk staff greeted us with a smile and were eager to help us, explaining where to park and were to visit on our stay at the National Harbor.  The kids received activity books during check in which is perfect to keep them busy while parents unpack and organize the room.

The Room
We had a 1 bedroom suite which was roomy enough for a family of 4.  My husband and I had a king size extremely comfortable bed and the kids shared a sleeper couch, which they said was comfortable.  I loved that we had a full size refrigerator, 2 burner stove, and microwave in the room   We could store our leftovers and heat items up when the kids were hungry.  We also had wonderful view of the Potomac River from our room.

Each morning complimentary breakfast was served in a room off of the lobby.  This is great for families.  You save money and don't have to worry about finding a place to eat every morning while away.  The kids loved the make your own waffle station and the assortment of toppings available. The staff was helpful, making sure each guest had everything that they need during their stay.  I enjoyed the fact that coffee and hot water for tea/ hot chocolate were always available to make in the lobby throughout the day.

I could go on and on about how wonderful the staff was at the Residence Inn National Harbor.  They always greeted us with a smile.  They would share ideas on what we should do in the area, they even shared their favorite pizza shop when we were craving pizza one night.

Pool/ Fitness Room

The pool was nice and the kids had fun.. They have an indoor pool that is open from 5 pm to 10 pm. The hotel also has a fitness room with a treadmill and other equipment.  What I found super convenient was free ear buds to use while working out.

The Residence Inn National Harbor is a great value for families traveling to the National Harbor area. You don't have to go out to eat every meal, you can cook in.  It's even great to cook in snacks or leftovers. They even have a grill to cook meals on in their patio area and a fire pit to sit outside and relax after a day of sight seeing.    The hotel is close to all the activities in the area and easy to get to.

For more information

Location:  Residence Inn National Harbor Washington, DC-192 Waterfront St National Harbor Maryland 20745

Disclosure: Thanks to the National Harbor Visitors Bureau and The Residence Inn National Harbor for arranging for our complimentary stay at the Residence Inn to facilitate this review. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fun Things Reviews ICE! at the Gaylord National featuring Frosty the Snowman

A must see event this holiday season is ICE at the Gaylord National in National Harbor MD. Each year the Gaylord plans out a different theme to recreate all in ice.  This year's theme is Frosty the Snowman.   Join Frosty and his friends through the retelling of a holiday classic.   Favorite scenes come to life in more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, including a two-story tall ice slide.

What you need to wear

Hats, gloves, winter coat, Anything else that will keep you warm, layers is the key.  Once you get your tickets you will make your way to the blue parka section.  They have coats in all sizes, believe me the coat will be a welcomed layer once you step into the exhibit.  

Once inside

After you get your blue parka you will make your way to a tent to get your photo taken.  Then you proceed to the ICE tent, once you are inside you will be happy that you wore those extra layers so you can enjoy the story of Frosty.  

ICE features:

  • Walk-through holiday attraction, kept at a chilly 9 degrees
  • Two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures
  • Four ice slides
  • Six individual rooms depicting the story of Frosty the Snowman
  • The Frostbite Factory – a live carving zone

  • Purchase you tickets in advance online (they do sell out)
  • Bring a camera to take plenty of pictures (but make sure your camera can deal with the frigid temperatures).  Just make sure you can work it with your gloves on
  • Try to visit during non peak hours 
  • Take you time walking through there is so much to see
  • Definitely take a trip or two down the ice slides
  • No strollers are permitted inside the ICE exhibit
  • You can park at the The Gaylord National, or there are parking garages throughout the National Harbor area

Visiting ICE put my family and I in the mood for the holiday season.  From the Philadelphia area National Harbor is about an 2 and 1/2 hour drive.  Because there is so much to do in the National Harbor you can do this as a day trip or an overnight stay.  Click here to read more about the National Harbor.

For more information

Location:  Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street National Harbor Maryland 20745 

This event is appropriate for:  the whole family

Price: $16-$34

Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary tickets to visit ICE.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fun Things Visits National Harbor Maryland

Looking for a family friendly place to visit with the kids this holiday season or even a weekend getaway or summer vacation.  I have found the place for you,  National Harbor Maryland is located about 2 and 1/2 hours away from the Philadelphia area.  The National Harbor has something for everyone.  It is located on the banks of the Potomac river, right outside of Washington D.C.. It features remarkable hotels, thousands of residential units, tree-lined streets with shops and offices, a marina and much moreThe National Harbor is is about a 15 minute drive from Washington D.C. 

Family Friendly Activities

Visit ICE this holiday season at the Gaylord National

Take a breathtaking ride on the Capital Wheel
Take a spin on the Carousal 
Water Taxis
Sight Seeing Cruises
Outlet Shopping at Tanger Outlets
The National Children’s Museum
Go Shopping 

Where to Eat

You will never run out of options for good food in the Harbor area.  You can get anything from delicious crab cakes at the Crab Cake Cafe or steak and seafood at  McLoone's Pier House.  During our visit we enjoyed every meal.   Below are some of our favorites from our trip

Cadillac Ranch (casual dinning, burgers, steaks, salads)
Elevation Burger (fast casual dinning burgers, fires shakes)
Fiorella Italian Kitchen  (casual dinning pizza and entrees
Nando's Peri-Peri ( fast casual dinning Portuguese flame-grilled Peri-Peri Chicken)

Where to Stay

The Residence Inn (check out our review)

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

No matter if you visit the National Harbor for a day trip or make it a longer vacation there is something to see and do for the whole family.

For more information

Disclosure: Thanks to the National Harbor Visitors Bureau for arranging for our complimentary stay at the National Harbor to facilitate this review. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.


Monday, November 24, 2014

‘Tis The Season For Giving

Verizon is Giving Back This Holiday Season with Access to Great Digital Content from Leading Technology Brands as Part of First-ever “Connection Day”

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is about to become a little more enjoyable. Verizon Wireless has declared Nov. 26 “Connection Day” and is offering mobile users the chance to connect with everything they love in life – friends, music, books, news, and apps -- on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Verizon has teamed up with leading content providers to deliver exciting digital treats that any wireless customer can enjoy. Verizon is working with Amazon, Apple, Boingo Wireless, Condé Nast, Gogo Technologies, JetBlue and Pandora on a variety of offers that will make the day before Thanksgiving just a little bit more entertaining.

On Nov. 26, all consumers, regardless of wireless carrier, can receive everything from movies to free wifi to audio books to streaming music, all compliments of Verizon. The complete list of offers includes:

  • Verizon FiOS: Special mobile access to popular movies and TV shows on November 26, compliments of Verizon FiOS, by downloading the free FiOS Preview app.
  • Amazon: Selection of 10 free/discounted apps, plus two free Audible book downloads (new members) or $10 Audible credit (current members)
  • Apple: A special offer from iTunes to be revealed on Nov. 26
  • Condé Nast: Free Digital Edition downloads of 17 Conde Nast Publications, including Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Complimentary Internet sessions through Boingo Wireless (at airports) and Gogo (in-flight).
  • JetBlue: Free in-flight Fly-Fi (Wi-Fi) for flights between November 26th and December 31st.
  • Pandora Media: Free seven-day trial of Pandora One.

Simply go to to preview the Connection Day treats. Consumers who visit the site before Nov. 26 can get a reminder to return on Connection Day to choose the gifts they are interested in.

And Verizon Wireless customers get a special treat. Starting today, MORE Everything customers who register for Connection Day at are eligible to immediately receive a one-time gift of 1GB of shareable data applied to their account. Plus, they’ll get another 1GB of data in their next billing cycle.

Not a MORE Everything customer? No problem. You’re eligible for a special discount on themophie powerstation 4000, a great tool to keep devices charged and connected.

“As we approach the holiday season, we wanted to show how much we appreciate our customers,” said Ken Dixon, vice president of marketing, Verizon Wireless. “We hope that not only our customers, but everyone, will take advantage of this day—a day to connect with family and friends, to learn something new about their device, or just to provide a little more entertainment during what can often be a hectic kick off to the holiday season.”

Connection Day – A big “Thanks” from Verizon during the season of thanks.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn't had one.
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” directed by Independent Spirit Award-winner Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl,” “Cedar Rapids,” “Youth in Revolt”) from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, is a 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company production. The film hits theaters nationwide Oct. 10, 2014.

In theaters Oct. 10, 2014, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.