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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!
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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 get 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 nearby? The heated water and warm temperatures are enough to get the whole family convinced you’re in a tropical paradise. And who could say no to that? There are plenty of indoor water parks within driving distance from 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.
250 Kalahari Blvd.
Pocono Manor, PA 18349
Drive time: 2 hours
The newest addition to the list of Pennsylvania’s indoor water parks is Kalahari Resort. Featuring over 100,000 square feet of indoor water park fun, Kalahari has 450+ rooms and suites, should you make an overnight part of the adventure. Kalahari’s water park features a retractable roof, meaning — the fun can continue in the sun when the weather shifts. Stand-up surfing, more than 10 water slides, a lazy river, wading pools for little swimmers, and more will keep the kids screaming and splashing while adults, if they choose, can enjoy lower-key fun in hot tubs and saunas.
193 Resort Drive
Tannersville, PA 18372
Drive time: 2 hours
You already love Camelback Resorts for skiing and other winter adventures, so why not stop by the indoor water park, Aquatopia, open exclusively to Camelback Lodge guests? This temperature regulated facility (expect a warm 84 degrees year-round) has seven pools, 13 slides, and the longest indoor watercoaster in the United States, the Storm Chaser. Families with children of different ages can keep everyone happy with the five age-appropriate water play areas. Thanks to Texlon’s transparent roof technology, visitors can enjoy sunlight and moonlight no matter the outdoor temps.
160 Cooper Road
West Berlin, NJ 08091
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 sip 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 check it out ourselves. Watch this video tour of Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park:
1 Great Wolf Drive
Scotrun, PA 18355
Drive time: 2 hours
Bear Track Landing at the Great Wolf Resort is one of America’s biggest indoor water parks. With six 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.
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, H2O000hh! 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.
2100 Lincoln Highway East
Lancaster, PA 17602
Drive time: 1 hour 20 minutes
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 for those who purchase packages with the nearby Econo Lodge North, Economy Inn, or Wingate by Wyndham.
915 Route 73
Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054
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!)
Best Attorney for Wills & Trusts
Best Language Program
Best SAT Prep
Best Services for Kids With Special Needs
Best Childcare Center
Best Overnight Camp
Best Nature Camp
Best Day Camp
Best Dance Studio
Best Gymnastics Classes
Best Art Classes/Camp
Best Music School
Best Theater School
Best Sports Program
Best Swim Classes
Best Party Planner
Best Indoor Play Space
Best Outdoor Attraction
Best Children’s Theater
Best Mommy & Me
Best Toy Store
Best Swim Club
Best Kid-Friendly Brunch
Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Best Family-Friendly Take-Out
Best Ice Cream
Best Spot for Date Night
Best Yoga/Pilates Studio
Best Pediatric Dentist
Best Urgent Care
Best Place to Give Birth
Best Lactation Consultant
Best Parenting Consultant
Best Specialty Market
Best Grocery Delivery
Best Professional Organizer
Best Hair Cut & Color
Best Hair Cut for Kids
Best Hair Removal
Best Women’s Boutique
Best Kids Boutique
Best Maternity & Newborn Photography
Best Family 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!
- 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
- 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
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Punch another circle from your construction/decorative paper and attach to the front of your ribbon with a few pieces of double-sided tape.
- 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.
- 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.
- Giveaways – small toys, candies, stickers, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Something For Everyone at Creative Clubhouse
Do you have artsy kids? Kids that love to get elbows deep in paint? Toddlers that love to express their artistic freedom? Creative Clubhouse should be the next membership on the top of your list! With a variety of open studio/drop in times, classes, Kindergarten enrichment, summer camp, and birthday parties your little ones won’t ever want to leave. All programming is available to members and non-members.
Membership: Purchasing an annual membership gives you free access to Open Studio Times, plus a discount on all Clubhouse programming.
Open Studio: A selection of open ended activities designed to stimulate and encourage your child’s creativity. This creative playtime offers education engagement for children of any age.
Classes: Paint & Play where children will be encouraged to get messy as they explore color and shapes through various art techniques. Explore, Create & Paint activities emphasize the process of art, and are designed to encourage self-expression and working independently. Creative Cooks is an engaging and delicious class that takes your child through the the process of creating one part of a five course meal, one course per week. Petite Picasso exposes children to famous works painted by artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Pollock. Afternoon Adventures is a two hour drop off class designed to encourage children to make a plan, problem solve, and create using various found objects. Music for Aardvarks, a refreshing alternative to the traditional music class for kids, all classes are based on Brooklyn musician/composer David Weinstone’s original songs, rhythms, and chants.
The Creative Corner Enrichment Program: An opportunity for children to learn beyond the kindergarten classroom. Designed to support your child’s growth and development, we explore and investigate a variety of developmentally appropriate topics and areas of study. We support social skill development, citizenship, and a love for nature. Our year consists of activities based around the children’s individual and group interests. We are the perfect complement to your child’s kindergarten school year.
Summer Camp: Designed to encourage children to explore, create and learn. Our qualified staff are enthusiastic and engaging while keeping your children safe in a nurturing environment. Flexible scheduling available.
Birthday Parties: Select an art, music or a custom themed spectacular. Utilize the bright, festive and spacious studio and enjoy a dedicated party helper so the whole family can enjoy the bash. Stroller friendly, kid safe & parent approved.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Coming to Plymouth Meeting Mall
Because it’s almost guaranteed that you have a serious LEGO fan under your roof, it’s time to start getting excited about Spring 2017: PREIT has announced that LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia will open at Plymouth Meeting Mall.
The brand’s brick-themed indoor attraction will be the only in Pennsylvania, and will feature 33,000 square-feet of hand-on fun for families with children aged 3-10. Visitors will get to dive into LEGO play areas, take master classes from a LEGO Master Model Builder, celebrate in style in party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, take in LEGO magic in the 4D cinema, and tour MINILAND, a display of iconic Philadelphia-area buildings and spaces built entirely out of LEGOs. You and your kids will even get a say in what buildings represent Philly when LEGO allows the community to nominate Philadelphia-area landmarks in a contest to be announced at a later date.
We have some time to sit and wait for this one, but true LEGO fans will surely be counting down the days until the grand opening. We know we are.