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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.

Central Pa. offers the best in family arts and entertainment

Central Pa. offers the best in family arts and entertainment

An opportunity for your family to experience professional and semi-professional comedy, tragedy, music and more is available just around the corner...

Cool down at the science factory

Cool down at the science factory

When the temperature outside is too hot, cool down in the air conditioned Lancaster Science Factory with fun and educational activities such as a giant Newton’s Cradle and a Geometric Shapes exhibit.

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:

Da Vinci comes to the Whitaker Center

Da Vinci comes to the Whitaker Center

When Wesley Longacre spent a week with his grandfather in Sunbury, there was somewhere special the 9-year-old wanted to go. Wesley, who lives in Maryland, remembered a place he and his grandfather, Irvin, used to visit frequently—the Whitaker Center...

Archive »Travel

10 great places to vacation close to home

With gas prices continuing to skyrocket, many families may be reconsidering that long drive to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for vacation.

11 places to celebrate the great indoors

11 places to celebrate the great indoors

What do you do when it feels too cold to take the kids outside, but you’ve GOT to get out of the house? Here are a few places you can go for a change of scenery—without getting frostbite...

Archive »Summer Camp

10 Tips to Help Homesickness

As summer begins, millions of children head to summer camp - eager, excited, and homesick? Research indicates that homesickness is the norm, and not the exception. It is common for campers to feel a tinge of homesickness at some point during the camp session. So, how can parents help? By exercising a little preparation and patience, parents can help ease any homesickness in their otherwise happy campers.

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...

Camp Countdown

It's early, but the clock is already ticking for the 2008 summer camp season.

Choosing the Right Summer Camp

There are many important questions parents should be prepared to ask when choosing a camp for their children. Start with this list:

Computer Camps Make Learning Fun

Computer camps across the country are keeping up with today’s tech-savvy youth by enhancing creativity with professional-grade software.

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.

Great gift ideas

Need a great birthday gift for a child? Wondering what new items are out there for fun family time? Look no further!

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.

Archive »Movie Reviews

‘Man of Steel’ doesn’t live up to the hype

‘Man of Steel’ doesn’t live up to the hype

I’ll be honest: I don’t like Superman. Yet when I saw Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan—two of my favorite filmmakers—were signed on to the latest Superman movie, I was intrigued. After seeing the trailers, I was completely excited and thought it would change my opinion of Superman forever. I was wrong...

Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Honestly, I was a little bored with the movie. That may be because I saw it at the end of a long Christmas Day and was tired to begin with. Or it might be because there's only a handful of spoken lines, and the rest is all singing...

Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher

When I heard that the New York and Pittsburgh premieres of Jack Reacher were canceled out of respect for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that seemed like an admirable thing to do...

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

What a joy to see our old friends from the Lord of the Rings trilogy again, and hear that familiar music from those earlier films. This movie -- the first in a trilogy -- is a beautiful blend of old and new...

 

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