Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 19th, 20th & 21st

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 19th, 20th, & 21st

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Friday 

1. 
 Brandywine Ballet presents the Nutcracker at West Chester University

2. ArtSee Activities at the Barnes Foundation

3. Max and Ruby at the Nutcracker Suite at the Tower Theater

Saturday

4. Knights and Ladies in Training Family Program at Brandywine River Museum

5My Pet Dragon at People's Light & Theatre

6.
 Take a ride on Santa's Express on the West Chester Railroad 

7. Movie Matinee at the Kennett Flash

8. Fire Station 24 hosts Breakfast with Santa at the Red Clay Room



Sunday

9.  Carriage Rides in Kennett Square

10. ZOO NOËL at the Philadelphia Zoo


Bonus Events

Saturday Morning Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Walnut Street Theatre presents Mary Poppins

Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon: A Musical Panto at People’s Light Theatre

Santa’s Paradise Express on the Strasburg Railroad

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Longwood Gardens Christmas

Christmas Celebration at Adventure Aquirium

Arden Theatre Company presents Beauty and the Beast

Yuletide at Winterthur

Watch as model trains rumble across bridges and through tunnels on the Garden Railway at Longwood Gardens


* Check out the Fun Things Holiday Event Guide

Check out the calendar for more ideas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Take a Train Ride with Santa




Train Rides With Santa


Santa’s Paradise Express
November 28th - December 2oth


Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA and back.
November 28, 29, 30
Dec 6, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21
11AM, 1PM, 3PM

Additional 5PM departures on Dec 13, 14, 20, 21

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!

Night Before Christmas Train
November 28th
December 5th, 12th, and 19th

This very unique train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as passengers enjoy cookies and milk as the train rolls along. After the train ride, children are also treated to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard our Caboose (stationary) and visitors of all ages can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motor car.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the Area





The Festival of Lights runs 5:30-9:30 pm nightly Dec. 6 through Jan. 4 in Rose Tree Park, Route 252, in Upper Providence.  Free admission. For information contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 610-565-7410

Christmas at Longwood Gardens
November 27th - January 11

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 2014 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 2014

Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Weekend 2015
Shown daily; 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
15-minute shows at the top of each hour
(Shows are not hosted on weekdays at 5:00 p.m.)

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular is a unique holiday experience that captures the wonderful spirit of the season and has entertained close to a million visitors since its 2008 debut. The free 15-minute show, updated with new scenes and computer generated animation this year, will continue to delight audiences with classic holiday images and crisp wintertime sounds ― all shown on The Comcast Experience video wall, one of the world’s highest resolution LED displays. The Comcast Holiday Spectacular can be seen at the top of each hour at Comcast Center from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day. All are welcome to share in celebrating the holidays in this festive and family-friendly tradition.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival
Experience the magic of the holidays and celebrate traditions new and old at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival. From November 13 - December 31, 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.


2014 Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm
Open EVERY NIGHT from Nov. 22, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015
5 pm to 10 pm

Experience the magic of more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at the Shady Brook Farm 2014 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 and cook up some s’mores at a toasty bonfire (cocoa, marshmallows, and more treats available for purchase in the Farm Market).

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 11th, 12th & 13th

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 11th, 12th, & 13th

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Friday 

1. 
 Brandywine Ballet presents the Nutcracker at West Chester University


Saturday

2. Register to make a holiday train at Lowes Build and Grow Clinic 

3. 
Firebird Theatre’s Holiday Revue at The Colonial Theatre

4Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon: A Musical Panto at People’s Light Theatre

5.
  Knights and Ladies Meet and Greet at Brandywine River Museum

6. 
Holiday fun at a Sugartown Christmas

7.Movie Matinee at the Kennett Flash

8. Santa Arrives by a Helicopter at the American Helicopter Museum



Sunday

9.  Carriage Rides in Kennett Square

10. ZOO NOËL at the Philadelphia Zoo


Bonus Events

Saturday Morning Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Walnut Street Theatre presents Mary Poppins

Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club - Annual Model Railroad Open House

Santa’s Paradise Express on the Strasburg Railroad

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Longwood Gardens Christmas

Christmas Celebration at Adventure Aquirium

Arden Theatre Company presents Beauty and the Beast

Yuletide at Winterthur

Watch as model trains rumble across bridges and through tunnels on the Garden Railway at Longwood Gardens


* Check out the Fun Things Holiday Event Guide

Check out the calendar for more ideas

Monday, December 8, 2014

Arden Theatre Presents Beauty and the Beast




I recently attended a preview of Arden Theater Company's new production Beauty and the Beast by Charles Way. 

This isn't the traditional story about dancing household items. It doesn't even have a singing Belle. However, this a beautifully told story of two sisters: Cassandra, eager to experience life; and Belle, who is afraid of the world. It explores the thoughts of Belle and her family, and Belle's motivations behind her choice to leave her home to go to the beasts' castle. It follows Belle on a journey from someone who is scared of everything in the world, to becoming a young woman with the gift of premonition, inspired by love to save the beast.  



The story starts with their father losing the family fortune, they leave London to start over again. But nothing prepares them for what happens next. 

The director's use of shadows projected on white background transports the audience through dream sequences. Children are mesmerized by the shadowy background and how they tell a story all of their own.     




Each cast member brings a depth to their character that is unlike the traditional Beauty and the Beast story, but much more compelling.  

The Arden has again created a production that is entertaining for both parents and children. It is truly entertainment for the whole family. 


Beauty and the Beast runs from November 26, 2014 - February 1, 2015
It is appropriate for families with children 4 and older.
Ticket prices run from $20 to $36
Buy Tickets Here:  http://www.ardentheatre.org

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fun Things Kids Visits Residence Inn National Harbor

Residence Inn National Harbor


From the moment we arrived at the Residence Inn National Harbor we felt like we were home. The front desk staff greeted us with a smile and were eager to help us, explaining where to park and were to visit on our stay at the National Harbor.  The kids received activity books during check in which is perfect to keep them busy while parents unpack and organize the room.

The Room
We had a 1 bedroom suite which was roomy enough for a family of 4.  My husband and I had a king size extremely comfortable bed and the kids shared a sleeper couch, which they said was comfortable.  I loved that we had a full size refrigerator, 2 burner stove, and microwave in the room   We could store our leftovers and heat items up when the kids were hungry.  We also had wonderful view of the Potomac River from our room.

Breakfast
Each morning complimentary breakfast was served in a room off of the lobby.  This is great for families.  You save money and don't have to worry about finding a place to eat every morning while away.  The kids loved the make your own waffle station and the assortment of toppings available. The staff was helpful, making sure each guest had everything that they need during their stay.  I enjoyed the fact that coffee and hot water for tea/ hot chocolate were always available to make in the lobby throughout the day.


Staff
I could go on and on about how wonderful the staff was at the Residence Inn National Harbor.  They always greeted us with a smile.  They would share ideas on what we should do in the area, they even shared their favorite pizza shop when we were craving pizza one night.


Pool/ Fitness Room

The pool was nice and the kids had fun.. They have an indoor pool that is open from 5 pm to 10 pm. The hotel also has a fitness room with a treadmill and other equipment.  What I found super convenient was free ear buds to use while working out.







Overall
The Residence Inn National Harbor is a great value for families traveling to the National Harbor area. You don't have to go out to eat every meal, you can cook in.  It's even great to cook in snacks or leftovers. They even have a grill to cook meals on in their patio area and a fire pit to sit outside and relax after a day of sight seeing.    The hotel is close to all the activities in the area and easy to get to.








For more information http://www.marriott.com

Location:  Residence Inn National Harbor Washington, DC-192 Waterfront St National Harbor Maryland 20745

Disclosure: Thanks to the National Harbor Visitors Bureau and The Residence Inn National Harbor for arranging for our complimentary stay at the Residence Inn to facilitate this review. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Fun Things Reviews ICE! at the Gaylord National featuring Frosty the Snowman


A must see event this holiday season is ICE at the Gaylord National in National Harbor MD. Each year the Gaylord plans out a different theme to recreate all in ice.  This year's theme is Frosty the Snowman.   Join Frosty and his friends through the retelling of a holiday classic.   Favorite scenes come to life in more than two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures, including a two-story tall ice slide.






What you need to wear

Hats, gloves, winter coat, Anything else that will keep you warm, layers is the key.  Once you get your tickets you will make your way to the blue parka section.  They have coats in all sizes, believe me the coat will be a welcomed layer once you step into the exhibit.  





Once inside

After you get your blue parka you will make your way to a tent to get your photo taken.  Then you proceed to the ICE tent, once you are inside you will be happy that you wore those extra layers so you can enjoy the story of Frosty.  

ICE features:

  • Walk-through holiday attraction, kept at a chilly 9 degrees
  • Two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures
  • Four ice slides
  • Six individual rooms depicting the story of Frosty the Snowman
  • The Frostbite Factory – a live carving zone




Tips 
  • Purchase you tickets in advance online (they do sell out)
  • Bring a camera to take plenty of pictures (but make sure your camera can deal with the frigid temperatures).  Just make sure you can work it with your gloves on
  • Try to visit during non peak hours 
  • Take you time walking through there is so much to see
  • Definitely take a trip or two down the ice slides
  • No strollers are permitted inside the ICE exhibit
  • You can park at the The Gaylord National, or there are parking garages throughout the National Harbor area


Visiting ICE put my family and I in the mood for the holiday season.  From the Philadelphia area National Harbor is about an 2 and 1/2 hour drive.  Because there is so much to do in the National Harbor you can do this as a day trip or an overnight stay.  Click here to read more about the National Harbor.






For more information http://www.marriott.com


Location:  Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street National Harbor Maryland 20745 


This event is appropriate for:  the whole family


Price: $16-$34


Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary tickets to visit ICE.

Fun Things Visits National Harbor Maryland





Looking for a family friendly place to visit with the kids this holiday season or even a weekend getaway or summer vacation.  I have found the place for you,  National Harbor Maryland is located about 2 and 1/2 hours away from the Philadelphia area.  The National Harbor has something for everyone.  It is located on the banks of the Potomac river, right outside of Washington D.C.. It features remarkable hotels, thousands of residential units, tree-lined streets with shops and offices, a marina and much moreThe National Harbor is is about a 15 minute drive from Washington D.C. 







Family Friendly Activities


Visit ICE this holiday season at the Gaylord National

Take a breathtaking ride on the Capital Wheel
Take a spin on the Carousal 
Water Taxis
Sight Seeing Cruises
Outlet Shopping at Tanger Outlets
The National Children’s Museum
Go Shopping 





Where to Eat


You will never run out of options for good food in the Harbor area.  You can get anything from delicious crab cakes at the Crab Cake Cafe or steak and seafood at  McLoone's Pier House.  During our visit we enjoyed every meal.   Below are some of our favorites from our trip


Cadillac Ranch (casual dinning, burgers, steaks, salads)
Elevation Burger (fast casual dinning burgers, fires shakes)
Fiorella Italian Kitchen  (casual dinning pizza and entrees
Nando's Peri-Peri ( fast casual dinning Portuguese flame-grilled Peri-Peri Chicken)

Where to Stay

The Residence Inn (check out our review)

Aloft
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Wyndham
No matter if you visit the National Harbor for a day trip or make it a longer vacation there is something to see and do for the whole family.

For more informationhttp://www.nationalharbor.com




Disclosure: Thanks to the National Harbor Visitors Bureau for arranging for our complimentary stay at the National Harbor to facilitate this review. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 5th, 6th & 7th

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 5th, 6th, & 7th

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Friday 

1. 
 West Chester Old Fashion Christmas Parade


Saturday

2. West Chester Live presents Pinocchio 

3. Saturday Morning Storytime at Barnes & Noble

4. Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club - Annual Model Railroad Open House


5Arthur and the Tale of the Red Dragon: A Musical Panto at People’s Light Theatre

6.
  Knights and Ladies Meet and Greet at Brandywine River Museum

7. 
Home Depot's Kids Workshop How to Build a Yard Stake

8..Walnut Street Theatre presents Mary Poppins

9. Christmas Tree Lighting at Thornbury Park


Sunday


9.  The Narberth Dickens Festival

10. ZOO NOËL at the Philadelphia Zoo



Bonus Events

The Fresh Beat Band live in Concert at the Tower Theater

Santa’s Paradise Express on the Strasburg Railroad

Get in the Holiday Spirit at Longwood Gardens Christmas

Wayne's Old Fashion Christmas Santa Parade

Wayne's Old Fashion Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Christmas Celebration at Adventure Aquirium

Arden Theatre Company presents Beauty and the Beast

Yuletide at Winterthur

Watch as model trains rumble across bridges and through tunnels on the Garden Railway at Longwood Gardens


* Check out the Fun Things Holiday Event Guide

Check out the calendar for more ideas

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite at the Tower Theater ***Ticket Giveaway***

December 19th

at 6pm

at The Tower Theater



Max & Ruby bring to life a wonderful tradition this holiday season as they take to the stage their most magical performance yet! Inspired by one of the greatest musical scores ever composed – Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite – the beloved bunny siblings star in Koba Entertainment’s brand new musical production Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite.

It’s Christmas Eve, and Ruby is busy trimming the tree, while Max is chasing the delicious scent of Grandma’s freshly baked gingerbread cookies! A knock at the door reveals a huge parcel from their Great Uncle Droselmeyer. As the package is unwrapped, Ruby realizes that each new toy is from the story of the Nutcracker Ballet, including a Nutcracker doll!

Grandma reads the bunny siblings the story of the Nutcracker so vividly that Ruby’s imagination whisks her away as she becomes one of the characters in the beloved ballet. Max joins his sister but has ideas of his own that lead the story in a sweet direction. Whether it was the sweets, or their lively imaginations, the bunny siblings head off to bed with visions of candy canes dancing in their heads!

Max & Ruby’s adventure, guided by the classic notes of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, is full of delectable dance and holiday magic perfect for the whole family.



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