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Archive »Activities

Autumn Road Trips to New England

The sandy, saltwater days of summer are dwindling, but there’s still time for a family vacation before the snow sets in. New England’s autumn foliage draws Central PA’s families north to communities that offer something for every member.

What parents should know before a day on the water

What parents should know before a day on the water

When the days are hot and humid, it’s hard to beat time on the water. Here's a look at some safety tips for families and local places to rent kayaks, canoes and more...

On the trail of 10,500 miles of fun

It’s always great to celebrate summer with a faraway vacation, but it can be just as fun to take a break close to home. If you’re looking for family fun, hit the trail! There are more than 400 trails across Pennsylvania to explore by hiking or biking...

Create a splash on your vacation

If your family enjoys slipping, sliding and splashing around, why not choose a destination filled with water in a family-friendly (and usually sand-free) environment? There are some wonderful options not too far from home:

Plan a Trip to Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

October is the month for the greatest diversity of hawk and falcon species migrating through Hawk Mountain Sanctuary.

Archive »Travel

Avoiding the scams and perils of traveling abroad

Traveling abroad can be an educational, thrilling and life-changing experience. And although it’s not always as easy or as safe as it once was to travel internationally, you can still have an amazing—and safe—experience. You just need to be educated and take some precautions...

A day in Leesburg, Va.

A day in Leesburg, Va.

Looking for a change of scenery? Head to Leesburg, Va. Located south of Central Pennsylvania, not far off Route 15, Leesburg sits in Northern Virginia and provides a beautiful ride through horse and wine country...

Archive »Summer Camp

Kids get outdoors and go cold turkey from technology

Kids get outdoors and go cold turkey from technology

Technology. In many ways, it has made the world a better place. But it’s also become somewhat of an addiction for adults and children alike...

Summer camps make healthy foods and fitness fun

On the surface, not much has changed in the 100 years that summer camps have been serving children.

4 secrets to a great experience

Many kids will adapt immediately to camp, while others will have a more difficult time. There are things you can do as a family to make the transition smoother...

Make a Friend at Summer Camp

At summer camp, even shy kids can make friends and keep them for life. Here's how you can help.

Sending the very best to your li'l camper

Every camper loves to get mail.

Archive »Birthday Parties

BEST Party Planning Advice

Put a bunch of kids together, get them all excited with games and activities, load ‘em up with candy and Kool-aid and you’ve got a recipe for disaster, right? Not necessarily.

Party Planning made simple with online help

Wracking your brain for what to do for your next big bash? From the invitations and decorations to the cake and party favors, party planning parents in Central Pennsylvania are turning to the online world for help from a website dedicated to sharing—Pinterest...

Party Tips Straight from Parents

The first step to party-planning success is coming up with the plan. But what if that plan falls apart? How do you save the party?

Planning is the key to the best bash

Want the inside scoop on how to throw a whizz-bang of a party for your kid? Ask the people who throw parties for a living.

Well-planned parties make great memories

When it comes to children’s birthday parties, the event may only last a day, but the memories last a lifetime. Whether you’re high-style or low-budget, there are many ways to plan your child’s next bash...

Archive »Movie Reviews

The Adventures of TinTin

The Adventures of TinTin

What a fun movie! I haven’t read the comic books by Belgian author Herge (a.k.a. Georges Remi) on which The Adventures of Tintin is based, but no matter. It’s an action-packed caper with smart dialogue and great character development, despite the motion-capture animation. It will also bring Herge’s wonderful stories to a whole new audience unfamiliar with his work...



Warrior doesn’t end with a family dinner and everyone vowing to work it out in therapy, but you get the feeling they’re taking a step in the right direction. It’s one of those movies where I’d really like to know what happens after the end credits roll, and I guess that’s the sign of a great film that’s sure to score a few nominations during next year’s awards season.

The Avengers

The Avengers

Maybe the world needs a superhero movie right now. Maybe director Joss Whedon has...

Santa Buddies offers Cheesy, Wholesome Family Fun

Santa Buddies is probably a good bet for kids aged 3 to 10 who love the other Buddies movies, and the message is good: Christmas is about giving, not getting. And even one person (or dog) can make a difference.




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