Thursday, June 21, 2018

“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr."Ticket Giveaway

Upper Darby Summer Stage Opens its 43rd Season with

“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.” 

July 3rd, 5th and 6th




Upper Darby Summer Stage kicks off its 43rd season with “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.” Based on the beloved children’s book written by Jeff Brown, the musical tells the story of Stanley Lambchop, everyone’s favorite two-dimensional hero. Featuring infectious songs and non-stop adventure, this production is a perfect introduction to the magic of theater. Performances are July 3, 5, and 6 at 10:30 am and on July 5 at 7:30 pm at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.


Stanley Lambchop (Jack Williamson of Boothwyn) is an ordinary boy seeking adventure and a change from normal life. After wishing on a shooting star, Stanley’s bulletin board falls on him making him flat as a pancake. This gives him the opportunity to easily travel the world in an envelope. Throughout his travels, he meets the mail carrier, Mrs. Cartero (Audrey Shaw of Drexel Hill), the Hollywood Agent (Samantha Gregori of Havertown), and in France meets O’Jay D’ Art (Tommy Barnes of Havertown). In the end, Stanley realizes how much he misses his family and friends and learns that heroes can be any shape or size.



Tickets are affordably priced at $8-$12 and members of The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center save $1. Tickets may be purchased at udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, minutes from the Main Line and Center City.



The performance is approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. Parking is free. The show is recommended for ages four and up with free babysitting in the lobby offered for those who may be too young to sit quietly through the entire show.


A Summer Stage show is a unique experience for all ages. Prior to the children’s performances, young audience members can enjoy pre-show activities and a meet-and-greet with characters after each show. Autographs and pictures are encouraged!


For more information about “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.” and Upper Darby Summer Stage’s 43rd season visit udpac.org.





TICKET GIVEAWAY 
Enter to win 4 Tickets for “The Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.” on Tuesday morning, 10:30 am - July 3rd

Win a family four pack for “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.” at Upper Darby Summer Stage! Enjoy everyone’s favorite two-dimensional hero who has a new life on the stage! Filled with infectious songs and non-stop adventure, Flat Stanley Jr. is a perfect show to introduce your family to the magic of live theatre! 

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th

Our top 10 picks for this weekend June 22nd, 23rd, and 24th



Friday

1. Saint Joseph’s Downingtown Community Festival Fireworks Friday evening at dusk 

2.  Craft Time at Highland Orchards


Saturday 

3. Learn about math in nature during Science Saturday at Hagley

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4. Head to Michaels to make a Goblies T-Shirt Game
5. Last weekend to check out Day Out with Thomas Big Adventures on the Strasburg Railroad

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6. "Jurassic Park" storytime at Barnes and Noble Exton

7. Watch the Fireworks at the 
Chester County Balloon Festival

8.  Powers Midways Spring Carnival at Exton Square Mall


Sunday  

9.  
Head to Spruce Street Harbor Park for Sundays with PopUpPlay


10. Rockwood's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival


* Check out our calendar for more ideas

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 Fireworks and 4th of July Celebrations in the Philadelphia Area

Below is a list of parades, events, and fireworks in the Chester County area. Don't forget the Wawa Welcome America celebration in Philadelphia that includes a parade on July 4th, concerts, and outdoor movies. Click here for the calendar of events in Philadelphia.

Please let me know if I forgot any and I will add them to the list. Happy 4th of July!






Friday, June 22nd


Saint Joseph’s Downingtown Community Festival
 Fireworks Friday evening at dusk (rain date Saturday) 




Saturday, June 23rd


Chester County Balloon Festival – Fireworks 9:30 PM



Saturday, June 30th

Elverson Day in the Park –  A concert by the Chester County Band and a fireworks display at Livingood Park.  (rain date July 1st) 

East Goshen Community Day Fireworks, food, live music and plenty of entertainment at East Goshen Township Park



Wednesday, July 4th

Downingtown 
Good Neighbor Day and Fireworks
The event starts at 6 am in Kerr Park in Downtown with races and plenty of kids friendly events throughout the day. Fireworks at Dusk.

Easttown Township
Family Picnic and Bike Parade at Johnson Park (Berwyn) on July 4th, at 11 a.m.

Phoenixville 
Annual 4th of July Fireworks at Friendship Field (corner of Fillmore Street and Franklin Avenue)

Tredyffrin Township
Fireworks show begins at dusk
Wilson Farm Park - 500 Lee Road, Chesterbrook, PA



Saturday, July 7th


Parkesburg Community Day and Fireworks

Fireworks will be at dusk at Minch Park (3rd Ave and Gay St)

North Coventry Fair and Fireworks

Fireworks on Saturday at 10:30



Nottingham Township Freedom Fest
An Independence weekend concert, children's entertainment, food vendors, and fireworks display. (fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.) at Nottingham County Park (150 Park Road)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for June 15th, 16th and 17th

Our top 10 picks for this weekend June 15th, 16th and 17th



Friday

1.  Family Movie in the East Brandywine Community Park: Moana

2.  Craft Time at Highland Orchards



Saturday 

5. Day Out with Thomas Big Adventures is pulling into the Strasburg Railroad

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6.  "My Daddy: A Book of Love and Family" storytime at Barnes and Noble Exton

7. Powers Midways Spring Carnival at Exton Square Mall

8.   Stormtroopers Summer Kick-off at Atglen Public Library



Sunday  
Happy Father's Day

9.  
Head to Spruce Street Harbor Park for Sundays with PopUpPlay


10. Check out FatherFest at the American Helicopter Museum


* Check out our calendar for more ideas

Monday, June 11, 2018

Splash Pads and Spraygrounds In and Around Chester County





Keep cool this summer with a local splash pad or spray ground. Here are a few of our favorite spots area, many of which are already open for the season. Create some great memories while keeping the kids cool this summer.


Bell Tavern Park, Downingtown, PA 
Water Features Schedule: 11am-5pm
Memorial Day to Labor Day
Bell Tavern Park offers a water feature that’s suitable for children of all ages.

Fountain of Youth Spray Park, Pottstown, PA 
May 26-September 3, 2018 - DAILY - 10:00 am through 7:00pm
The Fountain of Youth Spray Park is provided to the public with no fees charged.


John O. Green Memorial ParkWest Chester, PA 
10:00 am and shuts off at 8:00 PM in the summer season


Please check the website for hours of operation

 Fun water misters to keep you cool while playing on the playground.



*photo courtesy of the borough of West Chester

FatherFest at American Helicopter Museum & Education Center

FatherFest 
Sunday, June 17th
10am-3pm


Various aircraft from military to home-built highlight this year’s FatherFest on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center (AHMEC). The legendary annual event, which began in 2000 as a way to honor dads for all they do, also features antique cars and motorcycles, food trucks, a beer garden, sports-oriented inflatable games and more.

FatherFest’s theme of “Celebrate the Wonder of Flight” incorporates an intriguing roster that includes a Magni M-16 gyrocopter; helicopters from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, United States Coast Guard Air Station, Atlantic City, and the Pennsylvania State Police; a home-built RotorWay 162-F and a Robinson R-44 helicopters; and fixed wings: a J-3 Piper Cub and T-28 Trojan Navy Trainer. Adding to the “Flight” idea are a birds of prey exhibition from The Falconry Girl, Margaret Young, and a demonstration by Mike Dupuy Falconry at 1 p.m.

Food trucks like Zac's Burger, Haute Wheels and The Tot Cart create culinary delights while Malvern’s Locust Lane Brewery’s Beer Garden refreshes with amazing brews. And Kona Ice’s cold, sweet treats always satisfy on a hot day.

Additional entertainment includes DJ music by Full Moon Entertainment, Larry Smythe’s M.A.S.H. military collection, Gary Deaver Out of the Box Robotics Team and dogs from Paws for People™ Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services. Vendors such as Crossan Kettle Corn sell wonderful goods for all ages, and groups like the United States Army, United States Coast Guard Flotilla 04-76 and Chapter 436 of Vietnam Veterans of America offer information about their respective organizations.

Admission is $10.00 per person. Helicopter rides cost $60.00 per person extra on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. Contact AHMEC at 610-436-9600 or see the website at www.americanhelicopter.museum for more information.




For more information:  www.americanhelicopter.museum 

Location: 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester PA

This event is appropriate for: the whole family

Cost: Admission is $10.00 per person

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour Ticket Giveaway



THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE™ AND HIS BEST FRIEND PERCY TO VISIT JUNE 16-24

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him and his best friend Percy for a day of big adventures and even bigger memories at Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018. Children everywhere are invited to spend the day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine and Percy pull into Strasburg Rail Road beginning June 16 2018Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018 is presented by Mattel.

This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy, stars of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including crafts, photo ops, and much more.  The tour, now in its 23rd year, will make 42 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2018.

WHO:              Thomas the Tank Engine and Percy

WHAT:           
  • A 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
  • A 12-minute ride with Percy (Percy Package)
  • Pictures with Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
  • Thomas & Friends Imagination Station featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables and coloring sheets
  • Thomas & Friends video viewing and storytelling
  • Fun extras including rides aboard Strasburg Rail Road’s vintage Cranky Cars, Pint-Sized Pufferbelly train, and LO&S motorcar train
  • ‘Passport to Adventures’ booklet for children to track their journey at the event and receive a special prize upon completion.


WHEN:            JUNE 16-24

TIME:             

Thomas trains depart every 30 minutes:
      Saturday: 9:45 am – 2:45 pm
      Sunday June 1710:15 am – 3:15 pm
      Sunday June 2410:15 am – 2:45 pm
      Monday – Friday: 10:15 am – 1:15 pm

Percy rides run between Thomas trains

WHERE:         Strasburg Rail Road 301 Gap Road Ronks, PA 17572

Tickets for Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free 866-468-7630, or by visiting www.ticketweb.com/dowt.  Ticket prices are $21.00 (plus tax) for Thomas, and $27.00 (plus tax) for the Percy Package, for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply). 

For more information and directions, contact www.strasburgrailroad.com, 866.725.9666.  Follow Strasburg Rail Road at  facebook.com/StrasburgRailRoad and twitter.com/StrasburgRR.

For information on Thomas & Friends, visit 
www.thomasandfriends.com

Follow Thomas & Friends on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thomasandfriends and Twitter @ThomasFriends.  #DayOutWithThomas



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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for June 8th, 9th and 10th

Our top 10 picks for this weekend June June 8th, 9th and 10th



Friday

1.  Friday Morning Craft at Monkey Fish Toys 

2.  Craft Time at Highland Orchards



Saturday 

5. Head to Michaels to make glow in the dark slime or a Kawaii Cactus

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6.  "Incredibles 2: Sweet Dreams, Jack-Jack" storytime at Barnes and Noble Exton

7. Father's Day Card Workshop at Chester County Library

8.   Arden Theatre Company presents Snow White (last weekend)



Sunday  

9.  
Head to Spruce Street Harbor Park for Sundays with PopUpPlay

10. Family Book Bingo at Easttown Library 


* Check out our calendar for more ideas