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South Mountain Fairy Trail. FREE.
Brown's Orchard & Market Wooded Trail. FREE.
With apple picking season headed our way, be sure to put a visit to Brown's Orchard & Market on the calendar. Located in Loganville, Pennsylvania, this farm offers pick-your-own as well as a farm market. The farm offers live music, open-mic nights and story times in the pavilion alongside a café. Tucked behind the pavilion you'll find a small trail that leads into the woods. Look hard and you just might run into some evidence of gnomes.
This Ellicott City, Maryland farm includes a produce, meat market, gem mining and a petting zoo and The Enchanted Trail. Much of the features of this trail were moved from another location and restored over the years. The trail includes a Cinderella pumpkin coach, the Three Bears' House, Mother Goose and Gingerbread Men, Jack's Beanstalk, Rapunzel and many more characters and fairy tale settings. Families can find shade and picnic spots in the Enchanted Pine Tree Forest, full of characters' from your favorite nursery rhymes. Admission and Hours HERE.
Longwood Gardens Indoor Children's Garden. Admission Required.
Yes, this one is indoors. It's surrounded by an enormous selection of outdoor gardens, though. The Children's Garden is our favorite indoor magical garden to visit, especially on a rainy day. Located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, this fairy-friendly garden includes hands-on water features, impressive dragon and heron sculptures, mysterious stairways, doors and pathways. There is always some new detail to discover each time we go.
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Tame Damp Dry Flat Iron
This is my go-to, no hassle Flat Iron. It doesn't matter if my hair is wet or dry, I can use my Flat Iron either way. My long, thick hair is a total pain, especially over the summer when my hair is constantly subjected to chlorine pool water. This Flat Iron makes it super easy to tame. It's a solid, comfortable hair iron and it works.
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Check out our in-depth review of the Tame Damp Dry Flat Iron by Vanity Planet HERE.
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My Life My Shop Balance2 Digital Body Scale
This digital body scale by Vanity Planet has a great look and I can trust it's accuracy every day. We've been using this scale for about a year now and we love all the neat little features.
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- $4 for Individual, Family and Family Plus Members
- FREE for Partners' Club Members and Above
The Perks of A Family Membership to Museums & Attractions
- For a big family, an annual Family Membership may cost just as much as paying per person for one single visit.
- You can visit your favorite attraction all year long, and never pay admission until your membership runs out.
- Some memberships offer free gifts and free passes for additional guests.
- Memberships often offer discounts for special events, free admission to special events, discounts at the gift shop, discounts to other similar attractions.
- Many Family Memberships participate in programs that get you into other similar attractions for free or discounted for the duration of your membership.
- Once you become a member of a certain attraction, you'll often receive discounts on membership renewals when the time comes.
- Members receive invites to members-only or member appreciation days.
- Members may receive discounts on birthday party packages.
- A membership to an outdoor garden attraction like Longwood Gardens is great for a beautiful day while a museum membership is great for a rainy day. There are lots of indoor and outdoor options when it comes to family-friendly attractions.
- Use your membership when new exhibits open and visit for family fun days.
- Find out if your membership to one museum gets you into other museums. For instance, a membership to the Delaware Natural History Museum participates in ASTC Passport Program, which gives members free or reduced admission to over 350+ Science-Technology centers across the country and the world. This comes in handy when we travel and are looking for new museums to visit.
It costs a ton to go anywhere with five kids! Consider the benefits of Family Memberships to Favorite Museums &... https://t.co/HwnotSguX6— Four Little Monsters (@4LilMonsterBlog) June 27, 2016
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- Magic Rocks are made of metal salts that are dispersed in aluminum hydroxide.
- The Magic Growing Solution is sodium silicate.
- Metal salts react with the Sodium Silicate to form chemical towers about 4 inches tall.
- 1 cup Hot Water, Boiling is Best
- 1/4 cup Salt
- 2 teaspoons Vinegar
- Food Coloring
- Medium Piece of Sponge
- Shallow Dish
Crystals All Around Us
Crystals are everywhere and most of the time we don't even know it. The kids had fun guessing where we could find all kinds of crystals. We decided that sugar was made of crystals, which made for some tasty follow-up crystal experiment ideas, and then we set out to find how crystals form in the first place. We found this great, kid-friendly resource on how crystals work:
Further Reading On Crystals for Kids:
Kids are home for summer! We've set a goal to do a cool science experiment every week of summer! Join us on our... https://t.co/BzhsYiR2Y3— Four Little Monsters (@4LilMonsterBlog) June 9, 2016
I think as the school year comes to an end, the kids start to get just as anxious as us parents, they start to push more buttons and test more limits, so it's time to start preparing all of us for spending a lot more time together. Plus, when you've got a High Functioning Autism-kiddo and an ADHD-er as we do, it's super important to figure out what we want our summer routine to look like, plan out what we can plan, so the transition goes more smoothly. Here's my summer strategy, which I'll discuss with the family as a group, so we're all on the same page. It's a list of seven great ways to keep Mom, Dad and kids on the right path for a successful summer break.
1. Hike and Get Outdoors. Plan on going hiking at least once a week with all the kids, explore new trails and re-enjoy familiar trails. Here in Delaware, we have a great selection of State Parks as well as several National Wildlife Refuges. Since we've got an Aspie-kiddo, who thrives on routine and predictability, we'll likely pick one or two days a week where we go hiking and stick to those days for hiking. Sundays work really well for us.
2. Make use of those family memberships to museums and attractions. It's time to start using our memberships to local museums and gardens. Since I work from home, I can't let my work schedule fly out the window. We'll need to pick a day where we go adventuring every week. For instance, every Thursday we'll go have an adventure at one of our favorite science museums, Longwood Gardens or the Zoo.
3. Stick to usual chore, bath and bed routines. Just because summer is here, does not mean the kids get to stay up late every night, be dirty and live in filth. Mom and Dad need down time more than ever now. We have a movie night once a week when the kids stay up late, but other than that, we'll try to keep bed time reasonable. Chores will go on as usual and possibly more so, since our house will have all the kiddos in it more often.
4. Stock up on crafts, paper and science kits. Okay, I'm big on science kits. I'll be taking my coupons to Michaels and AC Moore to stock up on science experiment kits, craft sets and a ton of paper. We go through paper like crazy. My kids love crafting, building, painting, writing, drawing and all things creative so the more stocked we are on that, the better. Sometimes we're involved as parents and sometimes I need them to go craft independently so I can get some work done.
5. Sign up for summer camps. We have so many choices for summer activities where we live. Our kids have participated in space camp, art camp, theater camp and more. This summer, we'll again have each kid in at least one summer camp to keep those brains and all that creative energy engaged. It's also a great way to get them out of the house, away from each other and with new friends and environments.
6. Boredom is not always a bad thing. It's okay if my children say they're bored. They may not agree but I would like them to know that I am not always responsible for keeping them occupied. Yes, I like to keep them busy and active, but sometimes it's okay to send them to their room for no reason at all, or to have quiet time or read, or send them outside to explore.
7. Stick to Your Schedule. Whatever your schedule is, stick to it and adjust as needed. I work from home, and still need to meet all my work responsibilities even with the kids home and they'll likely need to be reminded of that at first.
What are your summer strategies? Feel free to leave your ideas and plans for a smooth transition in the comments or on our Facebook page!
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The Stinky Cheese Man at Arden Theatre Company
If you're looking for an evening out in Philly for the whole family, I have found the event for you! Trust me. We just saw a truly hilarious, kid and parent friendly stage production of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales at The Arden Theatre Company in Old City Philadelphia.
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales On Stage
Arden Children's Theatre has been doing shows for kids for sixteen years, with the same quality resources going into their kid-friendly shows as they put into their Mainstage shows. The effort and talent in this particular show is no exception. From the gorgeous, colorful set
The Stinky Cheese Man at Arden Theatre Company
designs, to the superb talent of the actors, The Stinky Cheese Man was an absolute delight from beginning to end. The show, mirroring the Caldecott award-winning book it's based on, takes well-known fairy tales and other classic children's stories and mixes them up in all kinds of silly, hilarious ways. Characters include Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, Chicken Licken, The Really Ugly Duckling, The Stinky Cheese Man and more. For days on end since the show, my kids have been jumping up from behind me, shouting "COW PATTY!"
If you grew up giggling over the book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by John Scieszka (like I certainly did), then you absolutely need to see this show with your kids. I have been sharing the same exact book I grew up with, with my kiddos since they were tiny. I bought my copy at my own middle school book fair. If you don't own a copy now, you can pick one up after the show in the theater lobby. I never dreamed I'd see these stories on stage but I'm so glad someone thought to do this. I was in tears with laughter at least four times throughout the show and it was very cool to see my kids glued and engaging with the entire production.
A great bonus to the children's shows at Arden Theatre Company is the post-show Meet and Greet with the cast. Kids get to ask questions and take photos directly after the show. I absolutely love when our kids can interact with professional stage actors as we've had our kids involved in live theater for several years now and live theater has always been a passion of mine that I'm hoping to pass on to my kiddos. Our oldest son, 8, has Aspberger's Syndrome, now referred to as High-Functioning Autism. He's always been very artistic and detail-oriented, so theater has been an amazing and therapeutic resource for him, giving him a place to practice working with a team, to build his social skills, to express himself and be creative. He was very proud to tell the actors at Arden Theatre Company all about his upcoming show.
WHERE: Arden Theatre Company 40 N. 2nd Street Old City Philly
WHEN: Through June 12th 2016
Tickets: Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ArdenTheatre.org. Cost is $18 to $36 depending on age and performance chosen.
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