Wednesday, July 2, 2014

DreamWrights Theater in the Park 2014: A Comedy of Errors

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The free theater in the park by DreamWrights this summer is A Comedy of Errors.  The dates and times are as follows:

Friday, July 25 6:30 at Pinchot State Park
Saturday, July 26 5:30 at Brown's Orchards
Sunday, July 27 6:30 at Cousler Park
Tuesday, July 29 6:30 at John Rudy Park
Thursday, July 31 6:30 at Sam Lewis State Park
Friday, August 1 6:30 at William Kain Park
Saturday, August 2 6:30 at Codorus State Park
Sunday, August 3 2:30 at DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre!


P.S. many of these locationss are also participating in the GoYork summer reading program if you want to try to save gas and travel time.    

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Royer's Kids Club

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 The Royer's Kids Club is a free membership for kids ages 5-12.  Membership to the Royer's Kids Club includes a membership card, online activities, an e-mail newsletter, contests, giveaways and events for members only.  Registration can be completed online or in one of their stores.  
Members of Royer's Kids Club recently attended stores for a St. Patrick's Day activity complete with festive carnations.  All activities have a fun theme for kids!  Upcoming events include:

Saturday June 21, 2014 :Stems Hunger Food Drive
Saturday August 23, 2014: Back to School
Saturday November 1, 2014: Bouquets for Books Book Drive


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Yellow Breeches 43rd Annual Spring Outing in Boiling Springs, PA

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Jump into Spring with the 43rd annual Yellow Breeches Anglers Spring Outing, Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 9:00am-4:00pm.  The Spring Outing is located at the Allenberry Meadow Lodge on 1559 Boiling Springs Rd., Boiling Springs, Pa 17007. 

The Yellow Breeches Spring Outing is a free event provided by the Yellow Breeches Anglers and Conservation Association, with food, prizes, exhibitors, tours and more.  Kids will enjoy Jack Hubley's Critters Beyond Your Back Door from 11:00am-12:00pm, and other activities throughout the day.  Also, learn more about future events, like the fishing derby (kid-friendly!), the PA Fly Fishing Museum in Boiling Springs or how you can help keep the creek stocked for future fishers.  Their biggest fundraiser is a raffle ticket sale, with the drawing happening at 4pm on March 22 during the Spring Outing.  You can find out more about membership or getting raffle tickets here.  

Have you ever been to this event?  It looks like they have a lot of outdoor fun to offer families throughout the year! 



Friday, January 24, 2014

Maple Sugaring Weekend at Nixon Park

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http://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation/events/christmas-magic.html  
Maple Sugaring Weekend at Nixon Park is happening Saturday, February 22 from 9:30am-4pm and Sunday, February 23 from 12-4pm.  For $2 per person (free for 5 and under) for both days, your family or group can participate in activities including tours, crafts and more.  Park members are free with their membership card; groups of 10 or more should call 717-428-1961 to pre-register.

The schedule of events includes the following: 

Saturday, February 22-
10am-3pm Tours of the Sugarbush.  Ongoing hourly tours include hands-on demonstrations, pancake eating, a talk by the Hammer Hollow Maplers and a trip to the Red Maple Grove. 

8:30am-dusk Story walk.  Take a short, self-guided tour along a trail through the park to read a story about maple sugaring.  The story is attached to posts throughout the trail. 

10:30am AND 1:30pm Sugarbush Story Time.  Gather in the Nature Center for a maple sugaring story for kids.

Sunday, February 23-
12-3pm Tours of the Sugarbush.  Ongoing hourly tours include hands-on demonstrations, pancake eating, a talk by the Hammer Hollow Maplers and a trip to the Red Maple Grove. 

8:30am-dusk Story walk.  Take a short, self-guided tour along a trail through the park to read a story about maple sugaring.  The story is attached to posts throughout the trail. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Birthday Parties in York, PA: Visit from Batman

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There is no shortage in York in the birthday party department.  From the simple and affordable to the party of the century, there's a party for every prince, princess, superhero or sports star in York.  I'm now writing a series to cover as many birthday party venues that I can find in York County (and worthwhile nearby areas).  I'll include current pricing, location, offerings and any other details I can find.  Each post will be a new party!  I have not personally used the services of most of these companies, so reviews will usually not be included.  If a review is shared or emailed I will consider adding it to the posts for reference.  

Comic Store West offers appearances by Batman and will come to your birthday party*.  For 30 minutes, birthday attendees can get their photo taken with Batman and each child will receive a comic book.  Prices vary.  

Comic Store West is located at  
2111 Industrial Highway
York PA 17402
(717) 845-9198

*Batman will travel up to 30 miles, including locations in York, Gettysburg, Shrewsbury and other nearby locations.  Email csw_batman@comcast.net for a price quote. 

Birthday Parties in York, PA: Bricks 4 Kidz Birthday Parties

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There is no shortage in York in the birthday party department.  From the simple and affordable to the party of the century, there's a party for every prince, princess, superhero or sports star in York.  I'm now writing a series to cover as many birthday party venues that I can find in York County (and worthwhile nearby areas).  I'll include current pricing, location, offerings and any other details I can find.  Each post will be a new party!  I have not personally used the services of most of these companies, so reviews will usually not be included.  If a review is shared or emailed I will consider adding it to the posts for reference.  


Birthday Parties in York, Pa starts off with Bricks 4 Kidz Lego parties.  Bricks 4 Kidz offers birthday parties for kids of all ages and are appropriate for boys and girls.  They offer many themes, including current favorites like Minecraft.  In addition to their party packages, Bricks 4 Kidz offers extras and add-on items for their parties, including custom cupcakes, goodie bags and the Race Car Factory.  You choose the location of your party- home, a rented space in a building or another predetermined spot.   

Packages:
  
Deluxe Party Package (up to 10 children) $150.00  
  1.  90 minutes of LEGO(R) or DUPLO(R) fun. 
  2.  Bricks 4 Kidz invitations & thank-you cards.
  3. $8.00 per additional child. 

Premier Party Package (up to 10 children) $200

  1. 90 minutes of LEGO(R) or DUPLO(R) fun. 
  2. Bricks 4 Kidz invitations & thank-you cards. 
  3. T-shirt for the Birthday child. 
  4. Cups, cake plates, napkins, forks for each child.C
  5. Custom mini-figure for each child (or DUPLO(R) figure for preschool parties). 
  6. $12 per additional child.

The Workz (up to 10 children) $250


  1. 90 minutes of LEGO(R) or DUPLO(R) fun.
  2. Bricks 4 Kidz invitations & thank-you cards.
  3. T-shirt for the Birthday child.
  4. Cups, cake plates, napkins, forks for each child.
  5. Custom mini-figure for each child.
  6. Goody bag for each child (includes a model of their choice: helicopter, rocket, dragster, airplane or bag of basic LEGO(R) bricks).
  7. Helium balloon for each child.
  8. $16 per additional child.

Extras and Add-on Items:

  • Goody bags for each child (includes model of choice – helicopter, rocket, dragster, airplane): $6.00 per child.
  • Race Car Factory (includes a take-home LEGO(R) race car) : $6.50 per child.
  • Extra 1/2 hour of fun: $50.00.
  • Pizza: $15.00 for each large one-topping pizza (plates included).
  • Drinks: $6.00 for three 2 liter bottles of lemonade or soda.
  • Bricks 4 Kidz t-shirt for each child: $8.00.
  • Snack & juice box for each child (choice of pretzels, potato chips or Goldfish(R)): $2.00 per child.
  • Bricks 4 Kidz also offer several cupcake & food options from Honeycomb Sweets and The Busy Bee.

 Themes

  • Minecraft
  • Superheroes
  • Chima
  • Space/Star Wars
  • Ninjago
  • Sports
  • Animals
  • Amusement Park
  • Remote Control Cars
  • Mindstorm Battle Bots ($50 extra/10 kids)
  • Girlz  - LEGO necklaces ($3 per necklace), stamping, spin art
  • And more…


 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Owl Walk at Nixon Park

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Note- this event is appropriate for ages 10 and older.  


On Friday, January 17th from 7-9:30 pm at Nixon Park, a wildlife rehabilitator will join staff to give visitors an up-close look at some local species and take you on an outdoor hike to search and call for owls.  

No flashlights, with the exception of deep red-tinted lights, are permitted.  Dress appropriately for the outdoor hike.  While this is a free event, donations to support local wildlife rehabilitation will be accepted.  




























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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Stay Home, Stay Warm. 5 Activities to Beat the Winter Blues

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Brrrr!
If case you didn't know, it's freezing outside!  The roads are slippery and there are warnings from all the local news stations telling you to stay inside unless you have to be out in this weather.  What is there to do when the weather outside is frightful?  Plenty!  Here are some ideas to get the wheels in your home turning so that these cold winter days aren't full of electronic-playing, bored children.  

1. Make Oobleck.  This is a super fun science activity that just requires water and corn starch and will have you and your kids asking, "is it a liquid or is it a solid?".  
What you'll need: 1 c water, 1.5-2c corn starch.  Optional: food coloring
Directions: start with 1 cup of water and 1.5 cups of corn starch and mix in a bowl.  Add food coloring if you wish.  Submerge a finger (or utensil if you would prefer to stay clean) and if it hardens where you touch it, it's ready.  If it reacts like a solid then add more corn starch.  When it's ready, keep it in the bowl or pour it into a few if you have more than one child.  You could also pour it into a cookie sheet that has sides or a pan.  Anything will do, as long as it can't spill over, because it will!  
Our Oobleck
Play!  You can pour it, roll it into a ball (as long as you use forceful pressure), "walk" across it with your fingers to see if they sink, lay your hand flat across it and watch it sink.  Try to squish a bunch in your hands then stop and watch it liquify.  I've even seen videos where they make a huge amount and have their kids run across it!  It is potentially very messy, but it is really easy to clean up with a damp wash cloth. 

2. Make Snow Ice Cream.  There's snow everywhere, so take advantage!  
What you'll need: 8 cups of snow, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Help your kids gather the snow (or let them do it if you trust their snow instincts) and place in a large bowl.  Add the condensed milk and extract.  Mix well and serve immediately.  Makes 8-10 servings. 

3. Make Corn Starch Clay for Ornaments or Play.  This looks much nicer than the popular salt dough and is just as fun to play with.  In case you only have the ingredients for salt dough, or you want to compare for yourself the link provides a nice comparison with photos and I'll include directions for the salt dough.  Get started on Christmas 2014 or just make it for fun. 
-What you'll need: (Corn Starch Clay) 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups baking soda, 1 1/4 cups water.  Optional: food coloring.  Combine in a pan on the stove set on low heat.  Add food coloring if you wish.  Stir until thick (5-10 minutes).  Let it cool then then knead it until smooth.  Make your ornaments or play.  Use Play Doh tools if you have any. Bonus: warming your kitchen!
-What you'll need: (Salt Dough) 1 cup salt, 1 cup water, 2 cups flour.  Blend well and knead until smooth.  No heating necessary.  Play or make your ornaments. 

4. Break out the cardboard.  12 toys/activities from cardboard.  These ideas cover many age groups and hobbies.  
What you'll need: cardboard, imagination and each activity has items including yard or ribbon, markers, scissors, fabric, etc.  This activity allows for so much creativity.  If you make the cars you can have your very own drive-in movie in your living room.  No admittance without an awesome car and license!!  

5. Make a coffee filter snowflakeDecorate the house or keep the kids busy, either way these easy snowflakes will look fabulous.  You can make these with regular paper (scrap paper works too!) as well.  
What you'll need: coffee filters or paper, scissors.  

Bonus activity: 45 chores for ages 18 months-7 years and beyond.  Get your house clean and make it a family affair.  Blast some fun music to make it feel less like work. 












Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone!  I hope this year brings you everything you hope for!  It's time to talk resolutions.  Some are dreadful or downright impossible but if you can't think of any resolutions I'm here to help.  Here are a few suggestions for your whole family:

-Visit Central Market weekly to support local business.  Try a new food or a new recipe from many of the Market's vendors.  Take a walk around the neighborhood to find many amazing shops.
-Visit a new park in York every month, like Springettsbury Park, Rocky Ridge, Sam Lewis or Pinchot.  Play on the playgrounds, take a hike, rent a boat or do it all!
-Take a local factory tour.  Sample local products and learn how things are made now and how they were made 100 years ago.
-Attend a local theater production.  There are many family-friendly shows and if you go to Dream Wrights or York Little Theatre they are very affordable. 
-Sign up for a family run or triathalon in York.  There are a few events throughout the year.
-Join a family gym.  Thunderfitness and the York JCC are two options.
-Buy local once per month.  Memberships to local museums as a gift for a family that has run out of room, a stylish new outfit for mom that lets her stand out and show her individuality, a unique gift for a friend at one of York's specialty shops are a few ideas.
-Spend less, but do more family activities.  You can find a few low-cost or completely free activities here on the blog and you never have to drive far to find family fun.  As a family of 6 on a tight budget, we can't go to amusement parks or spend hundreds for an overnight stay at a hotel so we hunt for local activities that are fun but won't put a dent in our budget and love sharing these finds with readers. 

Does anyone have any resolutions for this year?   

Monday, December 2, 2013

Santa at Brown's Orchards

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Via: http://www.brownsorchards.com/

Santa is coming to Brown's Orchards in December!  The Cottage is decorated and ready for Christmas and the cafe has some extra special treats in store.  Here are a few Christmas and holiday family activities happening at Brown's:

Professional family photos with Santa.  Santa is visiting Brown's Orchards in Loganville on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 5-7pm in the Orchard View Cottage.  Bring the family for $10 photos with Santa by Blue Couch Studios.  Personal cameras are not permitted.  

Visit with Santa.  
On Saturday, December 7, 2013, Saturday, December 14, 2013 and Saturday, December 21, 2013 visit with Santa in the Orchard View Cottage from 10am-3pm.  
On Sunday December 8, 2013 and Sunday December 15, 2013 visit with Santa in the Orchard View Cottage from 11am-3pm.  
On Sunday, December 22, 2013 from 11am-3pm Santa will be at Brown's for the last time before heading home to the North Pole.  Christmas music by Ryan's Trumpeters will be played from 1-3pm on the front porch.
You are welcome to bring cameras to take photos with Santa during these events.  Bricker's Fries will also be visiting Santa all six days; On Sunday, 12/8 Sunset Fields Alpacas will also be there. 

Cookie Decorating.  On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 visit Brown's Orchard in the Cafe for cookie decorating from 5-7pm.  Kids are invited to the Cafe to decorate a gingerbread cookie.  Pre-registration is required and the cost is $4 per kid.  Call 717-428-2036 ext. 0 to register.  Wednesday is also Kids Eat Free night in the Cafe with the purchase of an adult meal. 


Santa Visit & Story Time.  On Wednesday, December 18, 2013 from 5:30-6:30pm storyteller Debe Stagmer will be in the Cafe to share holiday stories.  Kids also eat free with an adult meal purchase (1 free meal per adult meal) on Wednesdays.  From 5-7pm Santa will be out in the Orchard View Cottage to visit with children.    

Holiday Story Time.  Mary Brown will be telling holiday stories during normal story time hours on Thursdays, December 5, December 12 and December 19 at 9:30am each day.  Stories about baking cookies, sharing and Christmas will be read and on December 12 there will be an extra special visitor spending time with the kids. 







Click here for more Christmas and Winter activities and events in York.