Looking for a unique learning experience for hands on fun with the kids? We found the perfect place for the kids to engage in hands on learning at the Da Vinci Science Center in ALLENTOWN, Pa. The Da Vinci Science Center provides the best day out for families with children ages 12 and under who value having playful, enjoyable, memorable, and enriching experiences together. The Da Vinci Science Center (DSC) is a national award-winning nonprofit organization that has brought science to life and lives to science since 1992.
The Center’s hands-on exhibits, programs, and partnership efforts present the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to kids informally, playfully, and in ways that relate to their popular interests. These active and engaging experiences awaken interest, promote fundamental skills, and inspire students to consider exciting STEM careers that meet growing industry demands. The Center also promotes creativity, artistry, and current-day applications of qualities of greatness embodied by Leonardo da Vinci and the innovators who have succeeded him.
All the exhibits are hands on and the kids had the opportunity to explore on their own terms so there is no getting bored with long mundane speeches or tours. The kids can learn as they interact with the experience from conquering their fears to testing electric currents, it’s a full day of fun. Pictured below the kids are learning about the law of gravity by testing out different products to see if they sink or float.
Based upon the concept of pixels on a television screen, the Pin Wall features thousands of injection-molded pins that allow visitors to create detailed representations of body parts, designs, and objects.
Pictured above the kids are designing an air plane to see how high it will fly up the tunnel. The High Flyers Exhibit lets the kids creative “rocket designers” cut different shapes from paper cups to see which ones fly higher or faster. An endless supply of cups lets you compare all kinds of rocket shapes.
The Hurricane Simulator
The Hurricane Simulator is a tube in which visitors stand and experience wind forces accelerating up to 78 miles per hour, the minimum speed of a Category 1 hurricane. This was one of our favorite activities and you can see in the Hurricane Simulator video that shows the winds.
Science Center Admission
– Full-Day Regular Admission
General Admission (ages 3 and up): $14.95 each
One thing that I won’t miss this summer is running out the door to get to school. Our kids are big on breakfast and they will not settle for just cereal, but I recently started having them help with the morning breakfast routine. My kids eat eggs and turkey bacon every day, and I always felt that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. That’s why I don’t really mind taking the extra time to make healthy meals in the morning. We try to eat healthy as much as possible, so I was excited to try Nellie’s Free Range Eggs.
Nellie’s is committed to providing better lives for hens, which means better eggs for you and your family! Coming from the first Certified Humane® farm in the country, Nellie’s girls (aka hens) are never caged and have as much, or as little, access to outside as they want. I know it can be confusing when it comes to selecting eggs. Free Range eggs title means that most times of the day and year, the hens are free to roam outside as they please. This is very different from Cage Free, which sounds good, and is better than being in a tiny cage, but still basically means that you are in a massive warehouse of a barn with hundreds of thousands of other hens, in floor to ceiling caged enclosures, with no access to the outdoors. So not exactly idyllic.
Easy to prepare, inexpensive and nutrient dense, eggs are one of the most versatile and nutritious meal or snack options around. Plus, they’re a great first food to get kids into the kitchen and interested in cooking at an early age. In the summer, we tend to take a lot of day trips and the kids don’t want to get up early. So, I try to have the sandwiches ready to go, so it’s a quick but healthy meal before setting out for our adventure! Nellie’s offers some great promotions and coupons on their website, be sure to check them out.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. All opinions are 100% mine.
Sesame Place isn’t just for small kids, there are so many attractions for the entire family. Now that my kids are older and don’t really watch Sesame Street, I was afraid that they wouldn’t want to visit Sesame Place but I was wrong. It’s is one of Pennsylvania’s most popular amusement parks and here is why you should take the kids to Sesame Place Langhorne, PA.
Sesame Place is conveniently located off of I-95 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and is accessible from most major cities in the Mid-Atlantic, including Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey beaches, Baltimore and Washington DC. It’s the perfect time, and they’re the perfect age, for Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street®. So before little kids become big kids, bring the entire family to whirl on rides, splash down slides and hug everyone’s favorite furry friends. Don’t miss Cookie’s Monster Land, our furriest land ever, or the special opportunity to meet, greet and eat with Elmo & Friends! Get ready to sing, dance and clap along at our daily character shows and our spectacular Neighborhood Street Party Parade. So go before they grow® to the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street.
Take the Kids to Sesame Place
If your kids are afraid of characters, this is the perfect place to break them in and make them feel comfortable. I have told this to many of my friends that are on the fence about heading to Disney, but their kids are afraid of the characters. Trying the kids out a local amusement park like Sesame Place is a good start. There are special events throughout the day that the characters will be at and at different parts of the park. This way, you can plan the day accordingly if your child is still afraid. Jaxon, my youngest, was always afraid of the characters, but we finally made him feel comfortable at Sesame Place.
The great thing about Sesame Place is that there are different themes throughout the year. Since we are only under 2 hours away from Sesame Place, I know that many people buy a season pass which is 6 easy payments$18.83 per person. But if you do want to spend the night, I would recommend the Courtyard Philadelphia Langhorne. All packages include breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, 2 Elmo 2 day passes, a rubber ducky per child and complimentary shuttle service to and from the park.
Summertime at Sesame Place June 19 through September 2
It’s crazy, but my kids still get excited to see characters around theme parks. It will be a very sad day when they stop, but even if they aren’t interested in seeing the characters Sesame Place has rides and slides for kids of all ages. The summertime is one of our favorite times to visit because of the water activities for kids of all ages. We went with my cousin who has a two year old daughter and my oldest is ten years old. There was something for everyone, including mom. Here is a tip- have kids wear their swimsuits, but try to get there when park opens and hit all the rides before lunch and the water rides after lunch. There are changing rooms and lockers to rent.
Discounted tickets available on Groupon Sesame Place Any Two Day Ticket plus Meal Ticket, valid any operating day through 12/31/17. Sesame Place Any Two Day Ticket plus Meal Ticket, valid any operating day through 12/31/17
My family had an opportunity to visit Sesame Place a few years back for Media Day during The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. Celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place®. Select dates from September 22 through October 29, the park is transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven! It was so exciting seeing the characters and watching the expression on the kids’ faces as they ran toward each character with open arms. Each section of Sesame Place was decorated for Halloween, including Ernie’s Rubber Duckie Costume Party, two themed mazes, the Sesame Street Character hayride, and of course three Halloween themed shows including everyon e’s favorite Sesame Street friends.
Lucas (age 5), Mollie 4 (age 4) and Jaxon (age 15 months)
A Very Furry Christmas
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends in Langhorne, PA. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides. Guests will enjoy special Christmas shows, savory Christmas menus, super holiday shopping and a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop. A Very Furry Christmas takes place on select dates, November 18 through December 31.
Deals for Sesame Place Langhorne, PA
There are a few ways to find a deal for Sesame Place. First you can check for Sesame Place coupons or you can search on Groupon. There is also a deal on their website for Elmo’s 2nd Visit FREE Ticket. Choose your date and choose your savings! Save up to $20 on admission and get a FREE 2nd visit that can be used any operating day through 12/31/17! Prices vary by day so buy early for the best savings!
Mermaid Tails are the biggest hit for the summer and if you are raising a girl between the ages of 4-12, chances are they are probably asking for a one. When my daughter, Mollie, first asked for a Mermaid Tail I totally dismissed the request and told her that she was crazy. But she was obsessed! After watching a ton of Mermaid youtube videos, my 7 year old was not giving up! I told her she had two options to either save her own money and purchase that herself or to ask for it as a gift.
Well, she went right to her grandparents and that was her Kindergarten graduation gift. She can’t wait to get back into the Mermaid tail this summer!
Say Yes to the Mermaid Tail.. and get one for yourself!
It was an exciting day when the Fin Fun Mermaid Tail arrived and of course, she had to try it on! She wore the tail around the house and was anxiously awaiting the moment she could jump in the pool and become a mermaid. I am excited to take some pictures this year with my new underwater camera, but we did get some nice pictures above water.
Rules when wearing Mermaid Tail!
- The Fin Fun Mermaid Tail can only be worn with an adult present. This is so important since it can be difficult at first to swim.
- Put a time limit on the Fin Fun Mermaid Tail. Swimming as a mermaid takes a lot of energy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great exercise for kids, but they can get very tired from using the fin. I actually get a little claustrophobic thinking about it, but Mollie has no problem with it and would probably swim all day with it on. I just feel like she needs to break.
- The last rule was that she had to take care of the Mermaid Tail after getting out of the pool. That means not leaving it around the side of the pool and taking out the fin to wash.
The mermaid tail is so cool, I totally would have loved this as a kid. Jaxon even liked trying on the Mermaid Tail. Did you know they sell adult mermaid tails! They even have adult mermaid workout classes, which are probably an awesome workout!
Details about Fin Fun Mermaid Tail
There are lot of discounted mermaid tails, but the reviews are not very good. Although there is some sticker shock, the Fin Fun Mermaid Tail has the best reviews. The mermaid tail comes in a variety of colors and sizes ranging from toddler to adult. Keep in mind that that you will also need the Fin Fun Mermaid Monofin or you can’t really swim like a mermaid. The price is $79.95 -$114.95 for both and I know it sounds crazy, but it’s totally worth the price. Be careful that it does not run on the bottom of the pool because the fabric is bathing suit material and can rip easily. My daughter is 7 and wears a size 10.
Check out Mollie doing a flip in her Fin Fun Mermaid Tail
Looking for an eventful adventure for your Lego fans? Why not Take the Kids Legoland Discovery Center Westchester, NY where they can spend hours of fun playing in the ultimate indoor Lego playground.
Ridge Hill Mall in Yonkers, New York and there are parking garages conveniently located near LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester. Look for the North Otis garage, it’s closest to Lego Discovery Center and they offer discounted parking rates of $1.75 for the first 3 hours.
Let me tell you about the location. There are some awesome stores surrounding the Discovery Center, so you can plan to stay for the day and also go in and out of the Discovery Center. One of the perks was bringing in a Starbucks to relax while the kids played.
Book your tickets online at least 24 hours in advance for the best pricing and to guarantee entry. Children 2 and under visit free! Cost is $15.95 when purchasing online or walk up price $22. That’s a great way to save on admission by purchasing ahead of time.
Take the Kids Legoland Discovery Center Westchester, NY
The LEGO® Master Build Academy is great for all ages. Some build classes may be more difficult than others.
The Master Model Builder can create ANYTHING from LEGO bricks. Catch the special workshops to discover insider tips and super tricks on building with LEGO. The kids made a mosaic out of Lego, such a fun idea for the summer.
Kingdom Quest, one of the fun rides, is located at the front of Legoland Discovery Center. Riders are asked to save the captured Princess! My kids loved the game format and of course, we had to take a few trips on it.
Kids can pedal the enchanted cart in Merlin’s magical potions chamber to become his next wizarding apprentice. Go faster and faster to conjure the sorcerer’s spell and soar into the sky. Only the most powerful charms will reach the stars. This was perfect for the little ones, too.
If you are planning to take the Kids Legoland Discovery Center Westchester, NY, make plans to stay all day to get the most for your money. We got there when it first opened, then left for lunch and it was pretty busy when we returned, but the kids were still able to squeeze in some more fun. As I said before, it’s located in a really nice shopping area, so make sure you take some time to walk around.
Closer to Philly? Why not Take the kids to Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia!
Disclosure: My family was given tickets to review Legoland Discovery Center Westchester, NY, all opinions are 100% mine.
Is your storage full on your phone? That’s where the Picture Keeper Connect helps. I was always scrambling to delate apps or images to create some storage on my phone so I can take a few pictures. The Cannot Take Photo error was always coming up, but I was so afraid to delete pictures- seriously, how can you decide which pictures to delete? My husband would say to me all the time that the pictures are backed up on the iCloud, but did you know that you are supposed to have an archive hard copy of digital images as well as an online backup? I had so many videos and photos that I even deleted the email app from my phone to make more room.
So, I was excited when learning about the Picture Keeper Connect . Picture Keeper Connect products protect your memories and free up space for more! We could all use some more space on our phones and save our pictures knowing that they will be archived properly. It comes in 4 GB, 8 GB, 16 GB, or 32 GB storage options. The one that I was trying out was the 16 GB.
It was so easy to use:
1. Plug Connect into smartphone, tablet, or computer.
2. Launch Picture Keeper Connect App.
3. Click “Start Backup” to get started.
4. Finds & Saves your Photos, Videos, and Contacts!
Within an hour, I had most of my pictures transferred over to the Picture Keeper Connect. I was able to delete those pictures from my phone, but the next Picture Keeper I order will be the 32GB.
With each new computer backup, the Picture Keeper remembers where your last backup ended, and only downloads new photos, skipping duplicate photos to maximize storage space.
Need More Space? No Problem! Checkout how the Picture Keeper Connect and Make More Storage on Phone!
Disclosure: I was given the Picture Keeper Connect in order to review the product. All opinions are 100% mine.
If your children are like mine, they started asking for their own phone before they were five. “Seriously, Santa doesn’t bring iphones?” Not in this house!! But, my kids are involved in so many different things and now starting to go places without me. If you are like me, here are some reasons why your child needs a LG Gizmo Gadget!
Why Your Child needs a LG Gizmo Gadget!
There are many reasons that I don’t feel comfortable getting them a phone at such a young age, but I don’t want them to live in a bubble either. There are times that they do need to get in touch with me after practices or games and there are times that I need to locate. I wouldn’t consider myself a helicopter mom, maybe just a mom trying to raise kids with busy schedules. That’s why I was excited when my friend told me about the LG Gizmo Gadget from Verizon.
The Gizmo Gadget is not a toy, it is an actual cell phone that you, the parent, control. Your child can only call and text numbers that you have inputted. You can also track their location and set up a geofence, so you can be alerted when they leave a certain area. It’s been over two years since we purchased the Gizmo Gadget for Lucas and recently, we purchased one for Mollie and Jaxon. Honestly, Jaxon at age five is a little young for it, but there are times that I make him wear if when we are going in crowds. The kids also like being able to call their grandparents or even each other from their watch.
I can locate my kids when they are riding bikes. This is genius. Since we can’t put a micro chip GPS in our kids, this is the closest thing to it. The kids have strict rules when riding their bikes with friends, but there are time that I just want to check up on them to make sure they are following the rules. There are a lot of times that I need to get in touch with them as well (and honestly, there are times that they get lost in Target and I need to find them!) I cannot tell you enough how much I LOVE this watch!
My kids know they have access to get in touch with me. This past weekend while I was taking an exercise class at the YMCA, Mollie was outside on the playground with a few of the other kids that their moms were in class. I received a call from Mollie that they were locked out back. The door must have closed and it was locked, so they had no way to get back into the Y. I am sure that this has happened before, but rather than bang on the door in a panic, Mollie just used her watch.
What is the cost of a Verizon Gizmo Gadget?
You can order one today for $149 (with a two-year Verizon contract). The watch requires a $5 monthly access fee that can be added and removed at any time to your existing Verizon Wireless plan.
More about the watch…
- Fitness tracker with get moving reminders
- Two-way communication
- GPS location
- Text messaging from preset contacts
- On-screen text and missed calls alerts
- Audible read out function reads texts and screen alerts for young kids
- GizmoHub App lets parents decide who can communicate via the watch
- Up to 9 caregivers can access the GPS location
- Up to 10 numbers can use 2-way calling
- Auto answer function allows caregivers to audibly monitor the watch’s environment
Younger kids may want to try the GizmoPal 2. The second-generation GizmoPal comes in pink or light blue, and features multiple LED status lights that indicate if a call or message is coming in from his or her caregiver, the ability to set GPS boundaries with real-time notifications, an IPX7 waterproof design and a voice recorder that allows children to playback their voice with fun effects. However, kids cannot text and may only call four people. We had this at first for our five year old, but then returned it for the GizmoGadget. The two main reason why we did the exchange was the Gizmo Pal doesn’t display the time and the limit on contacts. My kids wanted to be able to communicate with each other and that didn’t allow us to have all the contacts we felt that he should have. There are discounted LG GizmoPal 2 VC110 Verizon Wireless GPS Track Call Child Wearable Smartwatch – Pink (Certified Refurbished) available on Amazon. You would just have to take it to the Verizon store to have it added to your account. One thing that I do love about the GizmoPal is that it still has the GPS, so if your main reason is to have contact and locate your child, this is perfect for the younger kids.
Leave any questions in the comments and I will answer them! I cannot express enough how much we LOVE the Gizmo Gadget!
Looking for a quick getaway? Why not take the kids to Take the Kids to Kalahari Resort Poconos, one of the most popular PA water parks. Our kids have been begging us to take them to Kalahari Resorts, so we surprised them on a long weekend and headed there for the night taking advantage of the Family Safari Package.
AMERICA’S LARGEST INDOOR WATERPARK, Kalahari Resorts Poconos
Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos Mountains is America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark. BIG just got HUGE. Phase II is now open featuring a host of new rides and attractions, from the thrilling, near-vertical drop of the Screaming Hyena to the fun and excitement of the Dungeons of Hout Bay Wave Pool, along with fun activities for the little ones in Coral Cove and much, MUCH more!
Kalahari offers fun for kids of all ages. There is a really neat section for babies and toddlers and also water slides for pre-school aged kids. This was really important for us since we have three kids ranging from ages five to ten. We felt safe having the older kids go off on their own while Jaxon, our little guy, had some fun on the smaller slides. The older kids also enjoyed the play area with fountains and toys that they can all play together.
How to find Kalahari Waterpark Deals
First check on facebook during the week. Every Tuesday starting at noon, take advantage of incredible deals with our “Beat the Clock” offer. Once the clock starts ticking, you’ll only have until the following Friday at noon to reserve – unless the offer sells out before then!
Next, make sure to check the price of the Family Safari Package that includes: Overnight stay, waterpark admission, breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (ages 4-12) at the Great Karoo, one 14″ single-topping Pizza and 4 fountain sodas, one $50 arcade card.
Those are two of the best deals for Kalahari, but you can also check Groupon but they haven’t really had any deals.
Some of my friends and I split a room, which was a great way to save money. Most rooms can accommodate up to six people and we all got to hang out at night with our friends. The kids had a blast and the moms did too.
Day Passes at Kalahari Resort Poconos
Waterpark Evening Evening Waterpark Pass (after 5:00 p.m.) 49.00 Add to cart04-27-2017 Waterpark General All Day Waterpark Pass 59.00
Just a fair warning that the arcade is located right outside the water park area. Seriously, there is no avoiding it. We set a limit for each child before heading to Kalarahi with the understanding that they each received the same amount of credits and once it was gone, it was gone. The kids receive a debit type card that can be used in the arcade area, but it sure goes fast. Make sure the kids are aware of the different amounts needed to play each game. It’s actually a good lesson, if they look for smaller amount games then they can play more. We received arcade credit with the package we purchased, so it was like an added bonus.
Tips for Overnight Stays at Kalahari
I would highly suggest packing snacks and even breakfast items for the room. The buffet was included in our room package, but we still packed a ton of snacks. The rooms have microwaves, so we even packed the small mac and cheese cups to heat up for the kids. We also brought bottled water and juice boxes for the room. Try to save wherever you can 🙂
Diggerland Construction-Themed Amusement Park in South Jersey is totally worth the trip!
Do your kids like playing with Bobcats and JohnDeere machines in the sand? Well, why not take the Kids to Diggerland Construction-Themed Amusement Park where they can play on full size construction equipment. Your kids will go crazy and have fun all day.
Diggerland Construction Theme Park
Diggerland USA is the only construction themed adventure park in North America where children and families can drive, ride and operate ACTUAL machinery. The park, which covers about 14 acres in West Berlin, NJ (20 minutes from Philadelphia), is comprised of over 25 attractions. The majority of which are real, diesel powered, full size, pieces of construction equipment. Each machine has undergone advanced engineering modifications which make them safe for the public, allowing children as small as 36″ to operate with little to no instruction. The kids and I had a wonderful time over the summer and are looking forward to going back again. They just loved having the opportunity to operate heavy machinery as well as the rides. It was amazing to see the neat rides like SPIN DIZZY pictured above. We got there right when the park opened and there weren’t many lines. By the end of the morning, near lunch time, the park was pretty crowded.
Guests who visit Diggerland can drive full size backhoes, dig giant holes with real excavators, and operate just about every sort of construction machine you might imagine – from the skid-steers to the recently unveiled ARGOs, made famous by their amphibious qualities. At lunch time there was a stunt show that was pretty neat. I would recommend getting your lunch about a half hour before the show to make sure that you have good seats.
Diggerland Park Information
100 Pinedge Dr., West Berlin
Hours: 11 am–6 pm.
Admission: 31.95 for adults; Kids under 42” are , 26.95. These are online prices, you will save a few dollars if you buy tickets online.
There are special pricing events, so make sure to check their online calendar. For example, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day offers a free ticket with paid children’s admission. There are also promo codes available for holiday weekends.
Disclosure: We were given free tickets to review the park. All opinions are 100% mine.