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Fun Fieldz Takes the Ball Game Out to You

Are you looking for a one of a kind way to celebrate a birthday, corporate event, or family reunion? Do you want your event to be the one that kids and adults of all ages will remember? The Fun Fieldz team is here to help you.

Sponsored by Fun Fieldz
 

Fun Fieldz specializes in bringing miniature, authentic sports fields to your location, for a unique big league experience. Their events appeal to kids of all ages, and are designed to get kids and adults alike involved in the festivities.

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Take your pick with wiffle ball, football, soccer, and a range of age appropriate game options. Services include complete set-up and clean-up of the sports fields, down to every detail. Add in the optional MC services, and a Fun Fieldz representative will enhance the experience with play-by-play announcements, music, and even the national anthem!

Remember your next event for years to come by letting Fun Fieldz take the ball game out to you!
For more information, visit funfieldz.com or call 610-772-7994.

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5 Philly-Area Indoor Water Parks To Escape To Until Summer

Pennsylvania is not known for its palm trees or year-round sunny beaches. So it’s no surprise that kids get the winter blues when they’re wishing to run outside, ride bikes, or just need some fresh air. But, what if instead of planning a costly trip to Florida, you pack up some swim suits and head to a indoor water park thats close by? The heated water and warm temperatures are enough to get the whole family to tag convinced you’re in a tropical paradise. And who would say no to that? There are plenty of indoor water parks within driving distance to the Main Line that will make you feel like you’re back on the beach with your feet in the sand until Mother Nature catches up.

Sahara Sam’s Oasis

535 North Route 73
West Berlin, NJ 08091
(856) 767 – 7580
Drive time: 30+ minutes

This is the closest indoor water park to the Main Line and Philadelphia area, just over the bridge to New Jersey. You’ll find indoor attractions (and some outdoor) that are open all year long. Float along the Nile Mile or race your friend in the Snake Eyes tubes. You can fit the whole family in the Mount Kilimanjaro tubes, or maybe you just want to rent a cabana and sib a margarita by the pool. This enormous indoor water park – complete with arcade and bar – will make you feel like you’re on vacation. We love the idea so much, we had to go check it out for ourselves. Check out this video tour of Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park:

Great Wolf Resort Waterpark

1 Great Wolf Drive
Scotrun, PA 18355
(570) 688-9899
Drive time: 2 hours

Bear Track Landing at the Great Wolf Resort is one of America’s biggest indoor water parks. With 6 pools, 14 slides, a lazy river, and a four-story tree house named Fort Mackenzie, this is one family vacation destination that would be on every kid’s wish list. The park is only open to guests at the Great Wolf Resort with stay and play packages available throughout the year. What makes this park so different? They have MagiQuest, an interactive adventure game in which players use their “magic wand” in special challenges. Sounds like a fun way to shake off the winter blues.

H20000hh! Indoor Waterpark

100 Moseywood Road
Lake Harmony, PA 18624
Drive time: 1.45 hours

Another indoor waterpark in the Pocono Mountains, located at the Split Rock Resort and Gold Club in Lake Harmony, H20000hh! has Pennsylvania’s first indoor flow river, Komodo Dragon. This is a great place for younger kids, with a separate play area and ‘Jungle Falls’ made exclusively for your littlest family members. For the daredevils in your group, try the Viper, Piranha, and Amazon Blast Slides that drop four stories (Eeek!). And for those of you who don’t dare to ever to do that, you can relax in the Lava Springs hot tubs.

Lancaster’s Caribbean Indoor Waterpark

2100 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 397-7781
Drive time: 1 hour 20 minutess

This Caribbean paradise is a great spot for your younger tikes. With splashing pools, dump buckets, obstacle courses, and fun floating tubes, this is a great place to show them their first indoor water park! Access to the park is limited, with first dibs from guests staying at the Budget Host Inn & Suites Hotel in Lancaster, but access is also available those who purchase packages with the nearby Econo Lodge North, Economy Inn, or Wingate by Wyndham.

Coco Key Water Resort

915 Route 73
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
(877) 494-COCO(2626)
Drive time: 45 minutes

This large indoor water park has rides, slides, and rafts to accommodate any age. Your family will have a blast on the slides of Parrott’s Perch, a collection of three slides surrounding their interactive play area, all with different height requirements for the smaller guests to teenagers. Their water basketball court sits in three feet of water making the family sport a little more challenging, and moms and dads can relax at the Palm Grotto indoor/outdoor spa. Come rain, shine, snow, or sleet!


Congrats! 2015 Main Line Parent LOVE Award Winners

You voted, and ladies and gentleman, here they are. Congratulations to our winners — we thank you for the amazing contributions you have made and for making our community family friendly!

Want to celebrate these awesome businesses with us? Join us for the 2015 Main Line Parent LOVE Awards Winner Celebration, May 28, 2015, from 7-9:30 pm at The Radnor Hotel! Grab your ticket to the party today! (If you’re a winner and you’re just finding out about this honor, CONGRATS! Please check out this message!)

Tickets-Banner-MLPBest Travel Agent

2 Disney Chicks

Best Attorney for Wills & Trusts

Tobey Law Offices, LLC

Best Tutor

Brooke Choate

Best Language Program

LingoKids

Best SAT Prep

Ivy Experience

Best Services for Kids With Special Needs

In-Sync and Social

Best Childcare Center

New Gulph Children’s Center

Best Overnight Camp

URJ Camp Harlam

Best Nature Camp

Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Best Day Camp

Haverford Area YMCA

Best Dance Studio

Philadelphia Studio Ballet

Best Gymnastics Classes

JK Gymnastics

Best Art Classes/Camp

Creative Clubhouse

Best Music School

Music Training Center

Best Theater School

Wolf Peforming Arts Center

Best Sports Program

Next Level Sports

Best Swim Classes

ISR Southeastern PA

Tickets-Banner-MLPBest Birthday Party Entertainer

O’Boy! Organic

Best Bakery

Twelve Baskets

Best Caterer

JPM Catering

Best Party Planner

Seal Events

Best Indoor Play Space

Lulu’s Casita

Best Outdoor Attraction

Longwood Gardens

Best Children’s Theater

Upper Darby Summer Stage

Best Mommy & Me

Born to Burpee

Best Toy Store

pucciManuli

Best Swim Club

Conestoga Swim Club

Best Kid-Friendly Brunch

Kettle

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Christopher’s a Neightborhood Place

Best Family-Friendly Take-Out

Home Cooked

Best Ice Cream

Village Treats

Best Spot for Date Night

Table Tours

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio

Belly Pilates

Tickets-Banner-MLPBest Pediatrician

Gordon Klinow Pediatric Associates

Best Pediatric Dentist

Rose Tree Dental Group

Best Urgent Care

ExpressMed of KOP

Best Orthodontist

Hill Orthodontics

Best Dermatologist

Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology


Best ENT

Dr. James Reilly

Best OB/GYN

Dr. Scott Bailey

Best Place to Give Birth

The Birth Center

Best Doula

Delco Doula Birth Services

Best Chiropractor

Bloom at KOP Family Wellness

Best Acupuncturist

Meredith Murphy

Best Lactation Consultant

Dana L. Ehman, Mother Born

Best Parenting Consultant

Family Strength Coaching

Best Vet

Pets First Veterinary Center

Best Specialty Market

Minnie and Moon

Best Grocery Delivery

Instacart

Best Housecleaner

Welcome Home Cleaning

Tickets-Banner-MLPBest Interior Designer

Kimberly Barr Interior Design

Best Landscaper

Gwendolyn Johnson Design

Best Contractors

JP Custom Home Construction

Best Plumber

McColgan Plumbing & Heating

Best Professional Organizer

Carrie’s Essential Services

Best Realtor

Real Estate by Katie Kincade

Best Hair Cut & Color

Concihairge

Best Hair Cut for Kids

Hairs To You Salon

Best Hair Removal

Main Line Center for Laser Surgery

Best Mani/Pedi

Blooming Nails, Wayne

Best Facial

Harmonia Healing Arts Spa

Best Women’s Boutique

Parisienne Ladies Boutique

Best Kids Boutique

Hatch

Best Maternity & Newborn Photography

Chase and Ella

Best Family Photography

Bonnie Raley Photography

 

The Main Line Parent LOVE Awards are based on reader-generated nominations and determined by reader voting.


Pin The Ribbon on the Horse Race Day Game

In Issue 10 we showed you how to get ready for race days with a derby party right at home. That included some festive games for young and old alike, including this cute riff on Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Here’s everything you need to get the games started!

Materials

  • Print out of horse head poster (download now)
  • Paint, colored pencils, markers or crayons – however you’d like to color in your horse!
  • Construction/decorative paper
  • Cardstock or thin cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1.5-2” Circle punch (optional, but very convenient!)
  • Temporary glue dots or regular tape
  • Wax paper

How to

  1. Visit your local print shop and print the horse head image – it’s setup to be a 18×24” poster. Bring your horse to life by coloring him in. (Hint – if you choose to paint your horse, we recommend mounting the print on poster or foam board to help it stay flat.)
  2. For each ribbon, measure out and cut two strips of construction/decorative paper that are 2” wide x 6” long. Accordion-fold the strips, making even pleats as you go along. Connect the two strips on one end with double-sided tape, placing the tape on the “upward fold” of the first strip and then connecting underneath on the “downward fold” of the second strip.
  3. Fan out your accordion to create an almost-complete circle. (It easiest to do this with it flat on a hard surface.) Connect the circle together by repeating step two on the open ends. If you find the circle is a little too tight for your liking, cut and fold an extra piece of paper and add that in – you won’t be able to see it!
  4. Punch a circle (or trace something the right size and cut out) from your cardstock or thin cardboard. Decide what you want to be the front side of your ribbon and put that side face down. Hot glue the cardboard circle to the back of your ribbon. Turn it over and press gently to make sure that all the folds are well attached.
  5. Punch another circle from your construction/decorative paper and attach to the front of your ribbon with a few pieces of double-sided tape.
  6. Measure and cut another strip of construction/decorative paper measuring 2” wide x 8-10” long. Fold the strip so that it overlaps slightly and makes an upside-down ‘V’ shape – this will become the tails to your ribbon. Use a piece of double-sided tape to adhere the tail to the back of the ribbon.
  7. Repeat steps 2-6 until you have the desired number of ribbons. Shortly before you’re about to play the game, put either rolls of tape or temporary-stick glue dots on the back of the ribbons so they will stick to the horse photo. Stick the ribbons to pieces of wax paper to keep things sticky without sticking together until you’re ready to play.

Stick the horse poster on the wall, find a bandana to cover eyes, spin a few times, and stick the ribbon on the horse!


Party Time! Make Your Own Balloon Piñatas!

Piñatas are every kids idea of a good time. Parents, well, those sticks and blindfolded whacks can raise your blood pressure. Instead of battling blows and tearing a poor paper maché creature to shreds, allow all party-goers to get in on the action with personal balloon piñatas. Easy to make, easy to pop, and so much cooler than a plastic baggie.

Materials

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  • Balloons
  • Markers
  • Giveaways – small toys, candies, stickers, etc.

How-to

balloon_step11. Blow up your balloon slightly. Stretch open the end of the balloon between two fingers and carefully insert the candy, toys, stickers, etc into the balloon.

balloon_step22. Once everything is inside the balloon, finish blowing it up to your desired size and tie off the balloon. Repeat until you have the desired number.

balloon_step33. Write names on the balloons or just decorate them to coordinate with your event/party.

balloon_popped4. Distribute and POP!

 

Balloon Pinatas

 

Photos by AleX Miller.


All Aboard! Fun Outings for Train-Loving Kids

Many children have a fascination with trains. The way they transport items, get people where they need to go, the variety of trains to look at — what’s not to like? There are many ways to encourage your child’s love of trains, and we’re lucky enough to live in an area where we can get around by train — from a day trip to just running errands! Here are some great things to do with your little train fans.

Strasburg Railroad

A trip to this vintage spot in Ronks (by Lancaster) on any day delivers pint-size-friendly train love, from a mini pump train to a full-size steam engine that pulls you through the charming country. For a special treat, check out Day Out with Thomas, a special event that occurs a few times a year (next one is June 20-28!) and children can actually ride on Thomas the Train! The railroad also hosts a variety of events for train lovers of all ages, as well as an Easter Bunny- and Santa-themed rides. You can even make a whole weekend out of it — the Strasburg Railroad is located right by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and The Choo Choo Barn, which houses a large model train exhibit.

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad 

Located in New Hope, PA, this railroad takes you through the Bucks County countryside aboard a restored 1920s passenger train, pulled, of course, by a gleaming steam locomotive. The line also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including family dinner with a round trip ride to Lahaska. Each month, the dinner theme is different so check out the website if you have some picky eaters. New Hope & Ivyland Railroad also offers hourly excursions daily and can host birthday parties for up to 45 people.

West Chester Railroad 

Your kid prefer the diesels? The West Chester Railroad offers 90-minute train rides along the Chester Creek pulled by refurbished 1960s engines. The line is perfect for an afternoon tour, birthday parties, or special events, like their special upcoming Father’s Day ride. From June to September, sign up for one of the weekly Summer Picnic Specials — pack your own lunch and enjoy a meal in the sunshine before heading back to the station!

Newtown Square Railroad Museum

Duck into this small but dedicated museum and to check out various train cars and learn the history of local rail lines. Call to confirm hours/dates, but the museum will be open on weekends starting this spring. And save the date for their community festival, October 3, 2015.

SEPTA

Do you live near a SEPTA stop? How about a day trip into the city, or out of the city? Riding SEPTA with your children has the added bonus of teaching little ones about getting around via public transportation and reducing your carbon footprint. If you ride the train downtown be sure to visit 1234 Market Street for SEPTA memorabilia, gifts, train displays, and exhibits!

 

Photo courtesy DiscoverLancaster.com.


Fun to Go: Mobile Party Services That Bring Entertainment To You!

It’s summertime and you’re throwing a shindig. You’re shindig-throwing royalty, and you always know what to do. You’ve done it all, from DIY centerpieces to insanely creative themes and worked yourself to the bone to entertain you and your children’s guests. It’s time to take a break and let someone else bring the fun for a change! For this summer and beyond’s fétes — be it a fourth of July extravaganza, a child’s birthday, a themed celebration — let mobile party companies come to you and bring the fun.

We’ve got your bases covered – -from fitness and athletic parties, puzzles, inflatables, fun with food, and more, there are plenty of mobile parties to come to you!

  1. FunFieldz
    FunFieldz “bring the ball game out to you.” Looking to jazz up your lawn for the fourth of July barbecue with a game of wiffle ball, or add a soccer game to your athlete enthusiast child’s birthday bash? This company will bring the game to your door, along with a themed banner, a tee shirt, and recently they’ve teamed up with Creative Cakes by Robyn to customize your party even down to the dessert.
  2. Bricks4Kidz 
    Bricks4Kids is a fun and engaging way to spice up your child’s birthday party with Lego model building that is fun and good for their brains! With fun themes and plenty of party packages to choose from for any budget, Bricks4Kids is a great mobile party option. Custom parties include Star Wars themes, to Mine Craft, or a Just 4 Girls party.
  3. Beanie Bounce Party Rentals 
    You name it, and they’ll make it a party! From inflatables, carnival games, entertainers, and yummy food options, this is a classic way to add zest to your summer bash. Their trained professionals will make certain everything is set up for you before the party and take it down when it’s all over. No stress for you!
  4. Fabulous Faces Face Painting and Balloon Twisting
    Looking for a reputable face painter to turn your little ones into Spiderman, a fairy, or fierce lion? Fabulous Faces Face Painting and Balloon Twisting is a, well, fabulous choice.
  5. O’Boy Organic! 
    Ready for your children to get creative with locally grown, seasonal ingredients for their next party? Think no further than O’Boy Organics! Indulge your budding foodie with a cooking party for children at the venue of your choice. This 2015 LOVE Awards Best Party Entertainer winner lives up to expectations, providing not only fun but life lessons and skills.
  6. Wondergy 
    These self proclaimed “science people” will bring the experiments to you! They offer a variety of shows for your birthday party needs — get our geek on with lasers, robots, cool science, and even skate science! Your children will learn while being amazed and entertained.
  7. Magic by Poly
    Whether it’s a children’s party, an upscale cocktail party, or a special occasion, Magic by Poly is a stupendous way to add a little magic and humor to the evening. This award-winning magician is well versed in slight of hand whilst mingling with your guests as well as putting on an amazing show.
  8. TeamLiz
    TeamLiz will get your children moving, grooving, and getting fit with parties at the venue of your choice through organized games and fun play. There are plenty of packages to choose from, as well as venues TeamLiz is affiliated with to make your party planning all the easier. The bonus? The nap they’ll surely need afterwards!

Metro Kids Club Coming to Narberth

In the market for a new location for your children to head after school for recreational programs? You’re in luck! Metro Kids Club, the reputable South Street Philadelphia business that hosts after school classes such as dance, gymnastics, karate, and yoga to children of varying ages, is coming to the Main Line July 13!

Like their sister location, the brand-new Narberth outpost, located at 950A Montgomery Avenue, will offer afternoon classes and drop-in classes, plus occasional pajama parties, mini camps, and before-school programs, making it a perfect destination for busy parents with active children.

No need to wait ’till July if you want to get involved — registration is now open for both summer programming and the fall session.

You can also get a peak at the new venue during their Grand Opening party on June 30, from 4-7 pm. Check out the new space and meet some of the staff while the kids enjoy snacks, face painting, and even a chance to try out some moves in the gymnastics area.