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How do you like your PBJ?

Jif® Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich Contest and "That’s Why I Choose Jif” essay contest offer a chance to win a trip and college money.

Fitting the arts into the family budget

At a time when many public schools are cutting back on arts programs, some local communities are ripe with opportunities for children to demonstrate their creativity...

Got kids who like to sing?

The Lebanon County Choral Society is look for members in grades 4-7

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...

Take a sweet drive this month

It can be hot. It can be cold. It can come in a box or it can come in a bag. Sometimes it’s square, sometime it’s round. Sometimes it’s filled, sometimes it’s hollow. It can be a powder or a solid. But it is always gobbled up! Did you know that eating a small, 1.6-ounce bar of dark chocolate every day is good for you...

Archive »Travel

Swing through Williamsport for a sporting time

Headed north from Central Pennsylvania on a long road trip with a car full of bored kids? If you find yourself on Route 15, take a pit stop in South Williamsport. Or better yet, pack the kids in the car and take a daytrip to The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in Lycoming County...

Looking for a new way to celebrate the season? Look no further!

Looking for a new way to celebrate the season? Look no further!

Check out this roundup of local destinations you can visit to see lights and holiday displays...

Archive »Summer Camp

Planning for Child Care Year-Round

Help! Do you have any advice for summer child care? Are summer camps really the answer?

Visit next year's summer camp now

One of the things that makes choosing a summer camp so difficult is that you have to make your selection in the dead of winter — precisely the wrong time to visit potential camps if you want to see first-hand what they offer.

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.

Top To Bottom: What To Keep In Mind When Packing For Camp

As the remaining days in the school year pass by, children are daydreaming about summer. For those attending camp, they may be wondering what they will do and who they will meet. For parents, the approach of summer camp also brings questions regarding what they should pack for their child.

Prepare your kids for camp: 10 things to teach them before they go

Away from the helping hands of parents, many campers are startled to find themselves responsible for, well, themselves for the first time in their lives.

Archive »Birthday Parties

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!

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 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.

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...

Archive »Movie Reviews



Taylor Lautner moves beyond Twilight with this thriller about a young man who sets out to uncover the truth after seeing his photo on a missing persons website. Who are these people claiming to be his parents? Why has he felt out of place his whole life? And when will these shady people stop chasing him?

‘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...

John Carter

John Carter

The cool thing about John Carter isn’t so much the movie itself. It’s the backstory. John Carter was the lead character in a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs set on a fictionalized version of Mars known as Barsoom. The story was first serialized in 1912 as Under the Moons of Mars...

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1

If you look back at the other Twilight movies, it’s pretty clear they’re not great works of film. There’s a reason why they’re the most parodied films in recent years. The acting isn’t consistent, the dialogue could use some help, and some of the scenes are downright cheesy. That said, I still really like the franchise...




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