Sunday, December 4, 2016

Big Changes Coming to Kalahari Resorts in the Pocono Mountains



If you ever visited  Kalahari Resorts before, you will want to plan a return trip. If you haven't been there before, it's time to start planning your trip.

This past week I got a sneak peak of all the new things coming to Kalahari Resorts.  The resort will truly have something for everyone in you family, no matter what age they are.

This March, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains will become the home to America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark – dethroning the current title holder, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Sandusky, Ohio.



The indoor waterpark will have 8 new slides

    Screaming Hyena:
    A trap-door start that drops into a near-vertical plunge.

    Sahara Sidewinder:
    An indoor looping waterslide that takes guests on a 250-plus-foot journey.

    Kenya’s Korkscrew: Zig-zag slide

    Zig-Zag Zebra: Tunnel slide
    Cheetah Race Mat Slide:
    Challenge your friends to see who gets down the hill fastest

During this expansion, Kalahari has added 520 rooms. They also added a few suites so you can bring your whole family and even your extended family, with the option of 3 bedroom suites or five bedroom suites. With the addition of these suites, you will have plenty of room to relax and spend holidays or special occasions with your family.

Kalahari will be adding some new dining options too. I had the chance to try samples of food that will be served at the restaurants and guest will be in for a special treat. This is not your typical resort food, you will be enjoying gourmet food.




Double Cut Charcoal Grill/Liquor Bar:
Kalahari’s signature steakhouse experience featuring: premium cuts of meat, craft cocktails, family style sides and more



Sortino's Italian Kitchen:

The menu will include: wood-fired pizza, Italian family dining, a large variety of wines and more. 





Marrakesh Market:
Grab and go convenience bazaar style shopping, unique gifts, authentic-African items and everyday needs.

Even more family fun:

If you get tired of the waterpark you will be able to check out the new virtual reality experience, The Arena.  Guest can step into the virtual reality and play with other guests.

If you want some outdoor adventure check out Gorilla Grove Treetop Outdoor Aerial Adventure Park (now open)

Kalahari Resorts continues to be a top-notch family friendly resort for families looking for a weekend getaway or a family reunion.   





Disclosure: Thanks, Kalahari Resorts for arranging for our complimentary stay to facilitate this article. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Year With Frog and Toad at The Arden Theatre



Looking for the perfect show to take the kids to this holiday season? You definitely need to check out A Year With Frog and Toad at The Arden Theatre now through January 29th.

You may be familiar with the books written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. When my children were younger Frog and Toad adventures were a staple in our household. It was exciting to see their adventures come alive on stage at The Arden.



"A Year With Frog and Toad follows the unlikely friendship between cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Their friendship blossoms and grows as they learn many life lessons along the way. Filled with musical numbers that will make you laugh and cry."

There are many lessons in the show. The main lesson is friendship. It is about compromising and working together. Another lesson that the snail teaches is to never give up. The snail was given a job and no matter how long it took him to do the job he was going to get it done!





The great thing about seeing a show at The Arden Theatre is how they include the kids. At the end of the show, there is a Q &  A session, kids, and even adults can ask questions about the actors or even see how different props move on stage. After the Q & A session the cast stands in the lobby for pictures and questions.


Get you tickets early the show is selling tickets fast for this popular duo!






A Year With Frog and Toad includes weekday matinee performances for students and weekend performances for families. Single ticket prices are $18 - $36, with discounts available for groups of 20 or more, seniors, students, military, and educators. Arden Children’s Theatre 2-play subscriptions are available for $26 - $50.


Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, visit www.ardentheatre.org or walk-up at the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.



Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 2, 3, & 4

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 2, 3, & 4



Saturday 

4.  People’s Light Presents  the World Premiere of Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto

5.  Holiday Celebrations around the World at the Penn Museum

6. WCU presents The Greatest Pirate Story Ever Told


7. 
Head to Michaels KIDS CLUB  to make it Merry Gingerbread House event

8. Saturday Storytime at Barnes and Noble Exton



Sunday

9. 
 Hop on board the Santa Express along the West Chester Railroad


10. 
Narberth Dickens Festival 



Bonus Events

Go on an adventure with Frog and Toad at Arden Theatre Company


Arctic Adventure & Rainforest Explorers at Delaware Museum of Natural History


Saturday Matinee Skating at Chester County Sports Arena

Chester County Art Association Mommy and Me at the Exton Square Mall




Check out the calendar for more ideas

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Nutcracker Performances in the Area



December 17th & 18th 

The Philadelphia Dance Academy’s Nutcracker is an expertly choreographed and beautifully executed masterpiece that is as family friendly as it is unique. This “Children’s Nutcracker” showcases the breadth of talent being cultivated within the studios of the academy, with soloist and semi-soloist roles being played by pre-teen and teen ballerina’s in training.

December 9 10 a.m.
December 10 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
December 11 2 p.m.
December 15 10 a.m.
December 17 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
December 18  6 p.m.

Performance are at The Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University

A magical tea time with the cast!

Sat, Dec 10th, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Sun, Dec 11th, 2015 at 12:30 pm


Sun, Dec 17th, 2015 at 12:30 pm


Join Clara, The Sugar Plum Fairy and many other characters of The Nutcracker for a special pre-performance tea party full of delights! Enjoy tea sandwiches, fruit tray, cookies, favors and don't forget to bring your camera! The Tea is held at The Philips Memorial Library. Simply walk downstairs to the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall for the performance of The Nutcracker!

Be enchanted by the Philadelphia region's most beloved holiday tradition,George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. For 46 years, families have created yuletide memories with Pennsylvania Ballet's production of this classic tale. The simple story of a girl, a gift, and a fanciful dream is made magical by opulent sets and costumes by Peter Horne and Judanna Lynn and the impassioned artistry of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers. The renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir raises their voices with the magnificent Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra to bring Tschaikovsky's unforgettable score to life.




Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy
Join the star of Philadelphia's most anticipated holiday tradition for a magical afternoon of tea and tutus. Enjoy a delectable buffet and photo opportunity with the Sugarplum Fairy and experience a captivating matinee performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™! .


Sunday, December 11 at 2:30 pm


Saturday, December 17 at 12 pm


*photo courtesy of Brandywine Ballet Company

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Theater/ Holiday Shows




Carve out some family time this holiday season by catching some great shows that are happening in the Philadelphia area this holiday season.


The Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars
December 16th & 17th

The Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars – a performance group featuring the region’s most talented teens – brightens the holiday season with the family show.

Audiences of all ages will enjoy the Shooting Stars as they light up the stage with the annual Holiday Show



November 25th - December 24th

This year marks our 23rd annual presentation of the classic Dickens tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from miser to man who honors Christmas in his heart, as adapted by internationally known playwright Nagle Jackson. Come find out why this has become a Delaware Valley holiday tradition.


Murray the Elf and the Case of the Terrifying Tinsel

December 17th - 29th

Act II Playhouse in Ambler presents the world premiere of Murray the Elf and the Case of the Terrifying Tinsel, a new comedy for kids and their families, from Dec.17-29


"Winnie-The-Pooh's Christmas Tail at the Media Theater

November 12th - December 31st

There's a lot of goings on in the Hundred Acre Wood, especially because of Eeyore. It seems he has lost his tail so everyone gets into the act to help find it in "Winnie-The-Pooh's Christmas Tail", which is at The Media Theatre November 12 to December 31. The hour long musical has performances on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon each weekend, but there is no show on Christmas Day because Winnie-The-Pooh and the gang will be resting.


November 23, 2016-January 29, 2017

Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this charming musical that promises to delight the whole family!





December 23rd - January 2nd

Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!

*photo courtesy of Arden Theatre

Monday, November 28, 2016

Breakfast With Santa

Make your reservations early to have an extra special meal with Santa this holiday season.


Breakfast with Santa at the Brandywine Zoo
December 10th & 11th

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying a pancake breakfast with Santa. Share your holiday wishes with Santa and bring your camera to take photos. Make decorations and enjoy a few up-close animal encounters, all before the zoo opens. Plus, watch a few animals get their breakfast! Space is very limited for this event, so please register early.




Brunch with Santa at the Springfield Country Club


December 11 & December 18th


Enjoy a yummy brunch with Santa.  Reservations required 




Saturday, December 10th & 17th
1 - 3 p.m

Children's Saturday Afternoon Tea at The Radnor
Bring your little ones to enjoy a themed Afternoon Tea!
Ideal for children ages 3-8.

Reservations
Advanced Ticket Purchase Required
Please call 610-341-3191

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas Light Displays in the Area

The Festival of Lights runs 5:30-9:30 pm nightly Dec. 2 through Jan. 1 in Rose Tree Park, Route 252, in Upper Providence.  Free admission. For information contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 610-891-4455

Christmas at Longwood Gardens
November 24th - January 8th

Half a million outdoor lights and holiday magic await you during Longwood's incomparable Christmas display. Enjoy dazzling trees and seasonal concerts. The Music Room hosts a special, themed holiday display. Kids of all ages will delight in a miniature Garden Railway decked out for the holidays. Thousands of poinsettias accented with amaryllis, artemesia, begonias, cyclamen, hybrid lilies, kalanchoes, paperwhites, red-berried plants and many other flowers flourish inside acres of heated glass conservatories. Living wreaths, swags and live floral trees adorn rooms throughout the Conservatory. Included in Gardens admission.

Holiday Light Show and Dickens Village Macy's Center City

THE 2065 CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW runs hourly from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve day check website for times. The DICKENS VILLAGE (Floor 3) is open continuously during the same period from 10am to 7pm.

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 2016

November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
15-minute shows at the top of each hour
(Shows are not presented on weekdays at 5:00 p.m.)

The magic of the holidays come alive in “The Comcast Holiday Spectacular,” a must-see holiday tradition in Philadelphia, entertaining people of all ages and spreading holiday cheer.



Herr's Christmas Snacktacular

December 11-18
Take a ride in the comfort of you car and drive through the beautiful light displays on the Herr's property.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival
Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. From November 17 - December 29, dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show; warm up with comfort food, local beers, and hot beverages at Ben's Bites & Brews; and shop for handmade, artisanal gifts at the Holiday Market.

Seaport Parade of Lights
December 10th

Independence Seaport Museum annual Parade of Lights returns to the Delaware River on December 10 at 5:30 p.m. The lighted boat parade features our working port, with tugboats and other vessels decorated in lights. Before the parade, spend the day inside the Museum for holiday activities and entertainment. Museum visitors will get the best view of the parade from the 2nd floor balcony overlooking the Delaware River.



2016 Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm
Open EVERY NIGHT from Nov. 19 through Jan. 8
5 pm to 10 pm

Experience the magic of more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at the Shady Brook Farm 2016 Holiday Light Show!
Encounter whimsical holiday displays and familiar characters.
Drive through in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride (weather permitting).
Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and cook up some s’mores at a toasty bonfire (cocoa, marshmallows, and more treats available for purchase in the Farm Market).

Friday, November 25, 2016

Train Rides With Santa


Make some holiday memories take a train ride with your family and Santa or even hop on the Polar Express.  Order your tickets early because many of these experiences sell out early.

Santa’s Paradise Express

November 25th - December 18th

Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA and back.
November 19, 20, 25, 26, 27
Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18
11AM, 1PM, 3PM
Additional 5PM departures on Dec 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18

All aboard Santa's Express! Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on our heated decorated train through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be greeting everyone at Market Street Station and then going along for the ride to Glen Mills. Once at Glen Mills passengers can disembark and explore the historic station. There are plenty of photo opportunities on Santa's lap inside the station. Remember your cameras! Upon return to West Chester, all passengers receive treats from Santa!


The Polar Express on The Delaware River Railroad
Inspired by the run-away hit movie produced by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and the award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, this holiday favorite comes to life as you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express.
Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, families are sure to enjoy their trip complete with hot chocolate and cookies served on board the train. Passengers will then be entertained by a reading of the Polar Express. Santa will greet the children and each child will receive their own sleigh bell, just like in the movie, to those who BELIEVE.
Experience the joy of singing songs with our roaming hobos, be amazed at our Juggling Chef and make your wishes in person to Santa himself!

Saturdays & Sundays between Thanksgiving & Christmas 

Why stand in line at the mall and wait to see Santa, when you can ride our train and have Santa come to you? The Jolly Old Elf himself rides the train and greets everyone on board, and gives all children a chocolate treat. Be sure to bring your camera and have Santa pose for pictures with your child during this 1½-hour round-trip to Ashland.


*photo courtesy of Strasburg Railroad

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holiday Fun at the Amusement Parks


Have some holiday fun riding your favorite rides, watching holiday shows and hanging out with your favorite characters this holiday season.


Sesame Place A Very Furry Christmas


November 19th - January 1st


A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place! For a one-of-a-kind family-friendly celebration with everyone's favorite furry friends. The fun starts with 3 special Christmas shows, awesome music and twinkling lights all around. Plus, you'll find more than 300 Christmas trees, including a huge celebratory tree decorated Sesame Street-style. The street will glow with festivities and come to life at night with our illuminated Street Party Parade. And the fun continues with a special Christmas menu, super holiday shopping and, of course, a visit with Santa.


Dutch Winter Wonderland


November 19th - December 30th


Dutch Winter Wonderland offers themed rides, games, and holiday entertainment under thousands of twinkling lights! Indoor activities include cookie decorating, voting for your favorite gingerbread house, and sharing holiday wishes with Santa. 


Hershey Park Christmas Candyland


November 11th - January 1st


The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey's Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy! 


*photo courtesy of Hershey Park

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

2016 Holiday Parades in the Philadelphia Area

Everyone loves a parade and there are plenty going on in the area this holiday season.  For more holiday events check out our Holiday Event Guide.




 Mars Drinks Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade Presented by QVC





Friday, Nov. 25th.

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting on Friday, Nov. 25th. 

December, 2nd & 3rd 

Pictures with Reinders, Winter Carriage rides – 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Face painting and tree ornament crafts at the Radnor Fire Co. 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Carolers stroll the streets of Wayne. Hot chocolate and goodies at the Wayne Senior Center
5:30 – 8PM
Santa arrives and Tree lighting – 7:30pm

Santa Parade along Lancaster Avenue and ending at Wayne Hotel – 10:00 am
Santa rides into Wayne with the Radnor Fire Co. and meets with children on the veranda of the Wayne Hotel until 11:30 am


Phoenixville Parade & Tree Lighting

December 2nd

Join us for the annual Christmas Parade at 7pm.
The parade will take place between the 100 - 300 blocks of Bridge Street.
The tree lighting is around 8pm.

Friday December 2nd

This annual West Chester tradition, hosted by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, will kick off Friday, December 2nd at 7:15 pm! The parade promises to provide a seasonal mix of traditional elements with a modern twist—local schools, businesses, volunteer fire companies, and other service organizations will join the many marching bands, floats, and antique vehicles that have cemented themselves as mainstays in the Old-Fashioned Christmas experience.


Coatesville Christmas Parade
December 3rd

The 2016 Coatesville Christmas Parade will march down Lincoln Highway in Coatesville Pennsylvania on Saturday December 3rd at 10 AM.

December 10th 


The Christmas Committee is working hard to bring you the best Christmas celebration ever. Come join us on Saturday, December 10 when Lancaster Avenue comes alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas! The Christmas Parade will be begin at 3:00 pm traveling from west to east along Lancaster Avenue.