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Archive »Activities

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.

Fun & Learning at Nixon Park in York, PA

Children can find an ever-changing outdoor classroom at Nixon Park. More than six miles of hiking trails provide many opportunities to explore natural wonders.

Is there a stranger in your garden?

Summer is the time when we’re reminded of nature’s best: blooming flowers, local strawberries and the return of hummingbirds.

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.

Lancaster artist presents gesso and ink on paper

Lancaster artist presents gesso and ink on paper

In traditional China, the mountains were revered as the home of spirits and immortals and became the site of Taoist and Buddhist monasteries. The influences of China can be seen in artwork.

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Archive »Travel

Passport primer: How to get a passport

Before you head out the door for a vacation outside the U.S., don’t forget your passport. Here's what you need to know about how to obtain one and why...

Visit Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad

Visit Pennsylvania’s Underground Railroad

Pennsylvania is known for many things, but being a catalyst for abolishing slavery may not be one of them. Yet the Keystone State was a hotbed for tension between abolitionists and slave owners long before the battle at Gettysburg...

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Archive »Summer Camp

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.

Camp Countdown

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

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...

Planning for Child Care Year-Round

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

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.

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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 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...

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!

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Archive »Movie Reviews

The Three Stooges

The Three Stooges

I was never a big Three Stooges fan. It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that it’s more of a guy thing, but I know women who like them too, so that theory doesn’t hold up. I’m just missing the chip that finds humor in hurting people funny. Oh, I know. It’s just comedy. And behind all the eye poking, head smashing and catapulting, you can tell the Stooges genuinely care...

Red Tails

Red Tails

You’d think that a movie about black pilots during an era when blacks were thought of as lesser individuals would be edgy and dramatic. But Red Tails seems more like a movie you’d find on the Hallmark Channel, only with a little blood thrown into the mix. The aerial stunts and combat scenes are exciting to watch, but the pilots talk to each other via their headsets like they’re playing video games in an arcade – even when they’re badly injured and near death. I realize...

Alvin and The Chipmunks - Chipwrecked

Alvin and The Chipmunks - Chipwrecked

Why Dave Seville (Jason Lee) hasn’t lost his mind yet is a mystery. Think your kids are a handful? Try keeping six independent chipmunks in line, especially mischievous Alvin, who not only wreaks havoc during their Carnival Cruise commercial, I mean vacation, but manages to get separated from the ship during a paragliding incident, taking the other...

One Day

One Day

I like to go to a movie with some kind of pay-off at the end. Some reason for sticking through a 20-year relationship and, ok, some type of happy ending. This one just left me feeling distressed and bummed out.

 
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