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About Me & My Family

We are a busy family with 3 kids and we don't sit still. When we aren't running off to scouts, dance, sports, etc., we really enjoy spending time as a family. If we have a day we will try to find someplace local to explore. If we have a weekend we go a little further. Give us a week and we can really pack it in. We are always on the lookout for family friendly destinations (especially hotels which seem so hard to find!). Our vacations are not spent floating in the pool...they are spent exploring the area to its fullest!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, energetic, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
Washington DC
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Washington DC
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Yellowstone
Favorite Vacation Memory
My daughter is such a pip and thinks the hotel is the destination. If we do sightseeing along the way she just keeps asking "when are we going to get to the hotel?" She loves checking out our new "home away from home" and she LOVES the fact that she gets to share a room with someone!!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
the car sick kid
Websites I Like:
www.lifeinthebatcave.com www.sixsuitcasetravel.com

BAT's Lists

Unusual Sleepover Spots in NJ for families

Have you ever wanted to sleep with a dinosaur? Have you ever wondered what it is like to sleep while out at sea? Check out these fun and unusual sleepover locales for families to enjoy.  

1. Battleship New Jersey
Climb aboard and see what it is like to bunk on a...
2. Field Station Dinosaurs
You better sleep with your eyes open because you'll...
3. Liberty Science Center
Camp ins are reserved for birthday parties and...

Family Friendly Theme Parks in PA: New additions summer 2014

Some family favorites amusement parks have some great new additions this summer! Take a look to see what is in store.  

1. Sesame Place
Cookies Monster Land is the newest in attractions at...
2. Hersheypark
Hershey Park is adding 3 new rides! Cocoa Cruiser is...
3. Dutch Winter Wonderland
An all new theme area, Exploration Island opens this...

Family Friendly Amusement Parks in NJ: Summer 2104 Updates

Amusement parks are a great way for families to have fun during the summer months.  New Jersey has a great new theme park opening, and many new and exciting things coming to existing ones!

1. Diggerland
This is a brand new construction themed theme park...
2. Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags debuts Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. Guests...
3. Morey's Piers
The Wave Swinger debuts on Adventure Pier which takes...

New York Family Campground Worth the Visit

Camping is a great way to travel as a family.  Finding truly special campgrounds that offer great events and activities is even better.  The kids are sure to love camping at these resorts.  

1. Hickory Hill Camp Resort
Parents, this campground has a spa. Do we need to...
2. Darien Lake Resort
Darien Lake is a vacation destination. From standard...
3. Lake George RV Park
Located in beautiful Lake George, this campground...

Family Campgrounds at the Jersey Shore

Camping is a wonderful family activity and today campgrounds offer many activities and amenities to make it a resort-like experience!

1. Holly Shores Camping Resort
Located conveniently to family activities in Cape May...
2. Ocean View Resort Campground
Large pool, kiddie pool, 2 arcades, miniature golf, 3...
3. Beachcomber Camping Resort
Daily activities in summer, arcade, sport courts, 2...

Kid Friendly Gardens in NJ

Taking a walk through a beautiful garden can be relaxing but did you know that many botanical gardens offer kid friendly and family programming?

1. Camden Children's Garden
This garden was designed just for kids to have fun...
2. New Jersey Botanical Garden
Enjoy strolling through the specialty gardens or take...
3. Frelinghuysen Arboretum
In addition to exploring the grounds, back pack to...

Train Rides With the Easter Bunny in NJ

Hop aboard and take a train ride with the Easter Bunny!

1. Black River Railroad Historical Trust
Easter Bunny Express: *Receive a treat from Peter...
2. Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Easter Bunny Train Ride and Egg Hunt Enjoy the banjo...
3. Pine Creek Railroad
Easter Express; take a ride with the Easter Bunny

Easter Celebrations in & near Philadelphia

Meet the Easter Bunny and celebrate the holiday with the kids.  

1. Linvilla Orchards
BUNNYLAND: Take a hayride to Bunnyland and visit with...
2. New Hope and Ivyland Railroad
BUNNY EXPRESS: During the 45 minute train ride the...
3. Shady Brook Farm
EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA: Bring your camera for pictures...

Dog Sledding in the Northeast

Dog sledding is a unique opportunity for families to enjoy.  Many outfitters provide kennel tours, hands on experience, and rolling carts for tours when there is no snow.  

1. Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel
Meet the dogs in this sled dog rescue kennel. All...
2. Eden Dog Sledding
Have a hands-on experience while learning about dog...
3. Dogsledding in the Poconos
Runs year round. Take a tour of the kennel and learn...

Olympic Vacations in Lake Placid, NY

If you have an Olympic athlete in training or just love all things related to the Winter Olympic games, check out these fun places to visit with the family.  You can learn about previous Olympics, participate in activities, and if you are lucky, catch a glimpse of athletes in training.  

1. Lake Placid Olympic Museum
This is a great spot to learn about this small...
2. Olympic Center Ice Arenas
Come enjoy a skate with the family where some of the...
3. Olympic Ski Jump Complex
Enjoy world class view from the top of the mountain...

Christmas activities in the Brandywine Valley of DE & PA

There are a lot of fun kid friendly activities to do around the holidays in the Greater Wilmington area.  

1. Wilmington & Western Railroad
Climb aboard the Santa Express on select dates in...
2. Hagley Museum and Library
During Christmas time, enjoy holiday decorations and...
3. Brandywine River Museum
During Christmastime the 2nd and 3rd floor are...

Train Rides With Santa in New Jersey and Philadelphia areas

All Aboard!  Take a train ride with Santa!

1. Delaware River Railroad Excursions
On the Polar Express Train Ride passengers get to...
2. Pine Creek Railroad
The Christmas Express with Santa Claus is a fun...
3. Black River Railroad Historical Trust
On the North Pole Express kids will get to meet...

Holiday Lights in New Jersey

Are you wondering where to take the kids to view some great light displays?  Read on for some great ideas.  

1. Boardwalk Hall
Enjoy the 3D light show projected onto the side of...
2. Storybook Land
Come see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Every night at 5pm...
3. Grounds for Sculpture
Stroll the grounds or take a holiday tram ride while...

Family Friendly Ski Resorts in Pennsylvania

When skiing with kids you may have different needs than other folks.  Here are a few spots that offer great amenities like ski schools, child care programs and other family friendly activities.  

1. Seven Springs Mountain Resort
When I sent out an inquiry looking for the best...
2. Whitetail Resort
Kids Mountain Ski Camp for kids age 4-12 years old;...
3. Liberty Mountain Resort and Conference Center
Children's Learning Center (peanut free!), Ski With...

Family Friendly Fall & Halloween Activities in New Jersey

New Jersey is full of Fall Fun for families!  Find hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses and more! Grab the kids for some festive family fun.  

1. Argos Farm
Sat & Sun 10am-dusk. Thurs & Fri. 2pm-dusk. Enjoy...
2. Halloween Haunted Hayride at The Historic Village at Allaire
Wander through the darkened historic village and see...
3. Westhaven Farm Inc.
Stop in on weekends for a hayride or to venture into...

Halloween Activities at Pennsylvania Amusement Parks

Pennsylvania is full of family friendly amusement parks.  In the Fall, many of them add a festive element of fun.  

1. Sesame Place
Guests can enjoy The Count's Halloween Spooktacular....
2. Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
weekends in October Choose from Boo fest for family...
3. Knoebels Amusement Park
Hallow-fun nights begin in October on Fri, Sat, Sun...

Outdoor Adventure Activities for the Family in New Jersey

Is your clan adventurous?  Check out river tubing, ziplining, surfing and more fun outdoor activities for the family to enjoy.  

1. Delaware River Tubing
Tubing, rafting, kayaking and canoeing are all...
2. Bay Cats
Rent kayaks, take a guided kayak eco tour, stand up...
3. Mountain Creek
Check out the Zoom Ziplines at Mountain Creek! 4...

Pennsylvania Ski Resorts With Summer Activities

Ski resorts aren't just for winter skiing and snow tubing any more! Many ski resorts offer fun activities over the summer months such as zip lining, challenge courses, hiking trails, mountain biking, water parks and more!

1. Roundtop Mountain Resort
Mountain Adventures features OGO balls, maze,...
2. Camelback Mountain Resort
Camelback Waterpark is open for the summer months to...
3. Seven Springs Mountain Resort
This resort offers year round fun. In the summer fly...

New York Ski Resorts With Summer Activities

Ski resorts aren't just for winter any more!  Families will enjoy festivals and outdoor adventures during summer months.  

1. Hunter Mountain
Families will enjoy the festivals. Other activities...
2. Holiday Valley Resort
Enjoy the climbing forest, mountain coaster, aerial...
3. Windham Mountain Resort
Summer brings the Skyride and Adventure Park!...

Bring History Alive for the Kids in New Jersey

New Jersey is steeped in history and each area of the state has its own story to tell.  Through living history museums and historic villages, those stories can be brought alive to engage everyone in the family.  

1. The Historic Village of Allaire
Go back to the early 19th century in this iron...
2. Historic Cold Spring Village
Step back in time to the late 1700's and learn about...
3. Batsto Village
Learn about this bog iron and glass making community...

Military Discounts for Philadelphia Attractions

These attractions offer discounted admissions to those in the military as a thank you for your service.  

1. African-American Museum in Philadelphia
Buy one get one admission with military ID
2. Betsy Ross House
$1 off admission with military ID
3. Christ Church
1 free guided tour with a paid admission with...

Family Friendly New Jersey Beaches

With well over 100 miles of coast line in NJ there are many beaches to choose from.  Here are some favorites among families.  

1. Island Beach State Park
Mon-Friday $6 per vehicle to enter, weekends and...
2. Sunset Beach
This may not be the best bathing beach but it is the...
3. Belmar Beach
Daily beach badge $7, age 14 and under and active...

Free Family Friendly Activities in New York City

A trip to the Big Apple doesn't always have to have a big price tag.  Read on for some free ways to have fun in the big city.  

1. Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Families will love this 4 story interactive...
2. Central Park
A walk through the park is always free and lends...
3. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center @ Central Park
Offers a free exhibit on The Wild Garden: Discovering...

Free family friendly activities in Philadelphia

Have you ever heard the saying "the best things in life are free"?  Well here you go, some great family friendly activities do do while you are in Philadelphia.  

1. Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
The kids will love playing in this play house! Kids...
2. Fireman’s Hall
Open Tuesday through Saturday. Everyone in the...
3. Franklin Square
The square and the playground are free to enjoy....

Family Friendly College Towns: Princeton, NJ

I love strolling the streets of downtown Princeton and the campus of Princeton University.  The old buildings of the university are beautiful.  If you have the kids along for a family outing, check out some of these places!

1. Princeton University Art Museum
The museum features a self guided tour for families...
2. Terhune Orchards
Enjoy pick-your-own fruits and vegetables, a farm...
3. McCarter Theatre Center
Enjoy a show at the theater!

Spring Break with the Kids in Philadelphia

Whether you live near by or are traveling to Philadelphia for spring break, here are some ideas to keep the kids busy and happy!

1. Franklin Institute
Spring Break Camps: March 20-April 5 $60/day;...
2. Philadelphia Museum of Art
check out their fun family programs! Here is a...
3. Academy of Natural Sciences
March 20-April 2 9am-4pm $60/day ages 5-12...

Kid Friendly Pittsburgh

This past summer my family and I had the opportunity to vist Pittsburgh for the first time and I fell in love with a new city.  There are so many things to explore and many family friendly options to take the kids to.  Here are our Top 5 spots.

1. Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
We fell in love with this museum because it isn't a...
2. Carnegie Science Center
The kids loved that this museum is meant for them!...
3. Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
We loved that this is two destinations in one. We...

Snow Tubing in Northern NJ and Pocono Mountains in PA

Snow tubing can be lots of fun for the whole family!  Here are a few resorts in the area that offer snow tubing.

1. Campgaw Mountain
Weekdays at 4pm and 6pm online price $16, resort...
2. Mountain Creek
Thursday & Friday 4-9pm, $20 for 2 hr. session...
3. Camelback Mountain Resort
-20 lanes available -2magic carpet walkways to carry...

Ice Skating in Philadelphia

For some traditional Winter fun, lace up those skates and hit the ice!

1. Blue Cross River Rink
This outdoor skating rink is open 7 days a week,...
2. Penn State Ice Pavilion
This indoor rink offers public skating times,...
3. Laura Sims Skate House
Indoor rink, open year round. Public skate times,...

Ski Resorts in New Jersey

Skiing in New Jersey?  Why, yes!  We do have mountains!

1. Mountain Creek
Kids Kamp is available for ages 4-7 years old....
2. The Hidden Valley Club
Snow Sports school is available starting at age 4 for...
3. Campgaw Mountain
Snow Tubing and skiing for the family. Ski and Snow...

Holiday Lights in Philadelphia

Take the kids to enjoy the festive holiday lights.  

1. Macy's Holiday Light Show at Macy's Center City Philadelphia
Through December 31. Come enjoy a holiday light show...
2. Comcast Center
Through January 1. Come be amazed by the largest LED...
3. Franklin Square
Franklin Square lights up the night with festive...

Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms near Philadelphia, PA

Choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree is such a fun tradition!  

1. Indian Orchards
You choose, we cut. Limited supply so please call...
2. Linvilla Orchards
Take a hayride to the fields and select your tree!...
3. Boswell Christmas Tree Farm
Tree varieties available: Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir,...

Volunteering As a Family in Philadelphia

These organizations provide volunteering opportunities for your whole family.  Check in with them to see how you can help!

1. Kids 4 Change
This organization is the brain child of an 11 year...
2. Greater Philadelphia Cares
Individuals, families and groups can all get involved...
3. Cradles to Crayons
They offer volunteer opportunities for families and...

Safe (& free!) Trick-or-Treat Spots in & around Philadelphia

Don't want to take the kids door to door?  Check out some of these family friendly places to trick-or-treat, or as my daughter says, treats please, no tricks :)

1. Philadelphia Premium Outlets
OCTOBER 26 Trick-or-Treat at participating stores on...
2. Radnor Township Community Building
OCTOBER 26 Trick or Treat at the township building...
3. Pretzel Park
OCTOBER 27 Celebrate Halloween in Manayunk! Face...

Zoos & Aquariums for the Kids around Philadelphia

Have an animal lover in your house?  Take them to one of these great animal experiences.  

1. The Philadelphia Zoo
Come and visit America's first zoo! Look into their...
2. Insectarium
Philadelphia's only museum dedicated to bugs and the...
3. Academy of Natural Sciences
Observe butterflies in the tropical garden and visit...

Zoos, Aquariums, & Bugs the Kids Will love in NJ

Have an animal lover in your house?  Take them to some of these fun places for a family outing you'll all enjoy.  

1. Adventure Aquarium
The kids will love all the touch tanks and the...
2. Jenkinson's Aquarium
Located on the boardwalk but open year round. Check...
3. Atlantic City Aquarium
This aquarium is on the small side so you won't need...

Children's Birthday Party Spots at the Jersey Shore

Looking to be parent of the year and throw a great birthday party for you child and his/her friends?  Check out some of these fun places!

1. BounceU
Bounce your way to a good time! Party Packages range...
2. Insectropolis
Have a Bug Bash! This 1 1/2 hour party includes...
3. Jersey Shore Pirates
Have a paRRRRty pirate style! Take a private cruise...

Fun Kid-Friendly Day Trips from Philadelphia

Looking to get out of the city for the day?  Try some of these fun family friendly spots.  

1. Sesame Place
Located just 30 minutes from the city, the younger...
2. Dutch Wonderland
Located approximately 1 1/2 hours outside the city,...
3. Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Approximately a 1 1/2 hour drive from the city,...

Fun Spots to Inspire the Artistic Child in NJ

Do you have yourself a budding artist?  The following places are some fun spots they can create new projects and be inspired by others.  

1. Grounds for Sculpture
Walk among the beautiful sculptures of emerging...
2. Newark Museum
Kid and family programs including summer camp,...
3. Hot Sand Glassblowing Studio
The Hot Sand Glass Studio offers demonstrations,...

Kid-Friendly Pirate & Medieval Adventures in NJ

Do your kids have a fascination with pirates?  Do they think knights are brave?  Explore some of these fun spots with the kids! Advance reservations are needed for all experiences listed.  

1. Dark Star Pirate Cruises
Take on your pirate identity and climb aboard the...
2. Jersey Shore Pirates
Ahoy mateys! Become a pirate for a day aboard the...
3. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Choose your favorite knight and route him on as he...

Fun Spots for Kids who Love Space & Astronomy in NJ

Check out these planetariums which offer lots of different shows and educational experiences.  

1. Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Many family programs are offered including seasonal...
2. Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College
Come view the stars! Many family oriented shows...
3. The Longo Planetarium
All programs will begin with a live tour of the night...

Fun Places to Cool Off the Kids at the Jersey Shore

Hot weather got you down?  No worries, here are some cool places to cool off.  

1. Sprayground at Dorbrook Park
Come splash around for FREE at this water...
2. Michael J. Tighe Park
Inside the park is a Splash Pad! Purchase a...
3. Breakwater Beach
Kids of all ages will enjoy this water park....

4th of July Celebrations in Philadelphia

Celebrate our nations birthday in the place where it all started!  Fireworks and events mark this special day in our nations history.  

1. Great Plaza at Penn's Landing
Saturday June 30 and Saturday, July 7th Concert...
2. Independence Hall
July 3rd 8pm Date: July 3, 8 p.m. Details:...
3. Independence Day Parade
The parade kicks off at 11am at 5th and Chestnut...

Family Fun in New Jersey State Parks

New Jersey has an extensive network of state parks in which to explore nature via hiking, taking to the water, exploring historic sites and more.  Here are some of the tops in offering up some family fun.  

1. Allaire State Park
With trails to hike, a playground to play on,...
2. Island Beach State Park
Unspoiled beaches, trails, an interpretive center,...
3. Washington Crossing State Park
See where General Washington and his men crossed the...

Minor League Baseball in New Jersey

NJ may not boast it's own major league baseball team but that won't stop us from enjoying the game!  Minor league teams offer a more affordable and family friendly environment for families to enjoy baseball.  Check out these great teams!

1. Lakewood Blue Claws minor league baseball
Family Friendly info: *Kids Eat Free Nights...
2. Camden Riversharks Minor League Baseball
Family Friendly info: *Family seating section...
3. Trenton Thunder Baseball
Family Friendly info: *Boomer's Kids Club *Kid's...

Children's Museums in New Jersey

Children's museums are designed for the littlest ones in the family with their hands on exhibits and fun learning stations.  

1. The Garden State Discovery Museum
Open daily 9:30am-5:30pm. Extended hours available...
2. Imagine That!
They provide educational fun for preschool and young...
3. New Jersey Children's Museum
Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. Offers mini-camps in summer...

Take the Kids to a Pick Your Own Farm in New Jersey

Picking your own fruits and vegetables is more fun than eating them!  Best practice for pick your own farms is to call ahead to ensure they are currently picking.  Be sure to dress for being out on the farm, old shoes, sun protection and bug spray!

1. Emery's Berry Farm
This organic farm offers Blueberry Picking from mid...
2. Hallocks U Pick Farm
Strawberries & Peas: late May-June Kohlrabi &...
3. DeWolf's U Pick Farm
Broccolirab April and October Strawberries Mid...

Fun Overnight Experiences for families around Philadelphia

Have you always wondered what happened at the zoo or a museum after the lights go out at night?  This may be your chance to find out!  The following is a list of some fun places you can book an over night experience.  

1. The Philadelphia Zoo
The Roars and Snores Overnight Program offers several...
2. Penn Museum
40 Winks with Sphinx program is offered to kids ages...
3. Battleship New Jersey
Live like a sailor! The overnight experience...

New Family Attractions for 2012 in New Jersey

New is exciting.  New is fun.  We have one brand new attraction opening its doors and some old favorites adding some new attractions.  

1. Field Station Dinosaurs
Grand Opening: May 26 2012 Dinosaurs are invading...
2. Six Flags Great Adventure
New for 2012: Sky Screamer (for the high thrill...
3. Breakwater Beach
New for 2012: Two awesome rides off of one tower!...

Great Places to View Wildlife in Cape May, NJ

Cape May County is one of the top birding spots in North America.  Introduce your kids to the joys of exploring and learning about nature at some of these great locations.  

1. Cape May National Wildlife Refuge
birdwatching, photography, multiple trails
2. The Nature Center of Cape may
Children's Nature Classes, Family Programs, Tours,...
3. Cape May Bird Observatory
Weekly bird walks, boat tours, educational programs

Mother's Day Brunch and Outings in NJ

Take mom someplace for her special day.  

1. iPlay America
Mother's Day Brunch May 13 held in the adjoining...
2. Trenton Thunder Baseball
May 13 Mother's Day Brunch 12:30-2 $31 per ticket...
3. Boardwalk Hall
Mother's Day Music Fest Saturday, May 12, 2012 at...

Summer Museum Exhibits for the family in Pennsylvania

Museums often host special exhibits that are only available for a set time.  This list features some of the best that will be available for the summer of 2012.  Be sure to check ahead for exhibit times and prices since they often vary from the regular museum.  

1. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion features 40...
2. James A. Michener Art Museum
Offering of the Angels: Treasures from the Uffizi...
3. Franklin Institute
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times...

Fun Places to Explore Science & Technology in PA with kids

Do your kids have a passion for science?  Do you like to learn how things are made and work?  Have a fascination with dinosaurs? Then these are some of the top places for you to visit.  

1. Carnegie Science Center
Hands on Exploration Station perfect for kids of all...
2. Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

3. Franklin Institute
-Kid Science Exhibit - The kids will love the Giant...

Lighthouses of New Jersey

Lighthouses have been guiding sailors for hundreds of years.  New Jersey is home to the oldest operating lighthouse.  Climb to the top and witness some amazing views and take in some history while you are there.  

1. Absecon Lighthouse
This is New Jersey's tallest lighthouse and offers...
2. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Our family visits here every year. Pack a lunch and...
3. Cape May Lighthouse

Take the Kids to an Earth Day Event in NJ

Earth Day should be EVERY day but it is recognized and celebrated each year in April.  Find a fun event perfect for your family.  

1. Manasquan Reservoir - Environmental Center
Saturday April 21 11-5 crafts, boat rides, nature...
2. Deep Cut Gardens
Sunday, April 22 12-4 Spring plant walks, learn...
3. Jenkinson's Aquarium
Party for the Planet! Sunday, April 22 1-4pm Join...

Earth Day 2012 events in Philadelphia

Grab the family and celebrate Mother Earth with these fun and educational events.

1. John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
April 21 8am-noon Darby Creek Clean Up Day Meet...
2. Academy of Natural Sciences
Academy Earth Day Saturday, April 21 11-4 Visit...
3. National Constitution Center
Earth Day Celebration Sun April 22 12-5 Mon April...

A Family Fun Filled Week on Long Beach Island, NJ

Long Beach Island is made up of several small towns and is packed full of family fun.  While there are a few hotels/motels scattered on the island, rental vacation homes are more readily available and probably the best way to go for a family.  Ship Bottom and Beach Haven are 2 of the most popular towns for families to stay in.  

Try out this sample itinerary to help guide you in a week of activities.  I left arrival and departure days open to allow you to unpack/pack, settle in and relax a bit!

1. Alliance for a Living Ocean
MONDAY AM start the week off with a kayak...
2. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
MONDAY afternoon Climb the lighthouse, walk the...
3. Long Beach Island Museum
TUESDAY AM Pop in to learn the history of LBI. Be...

A Week in Cape May, NJ With the Kids

Sure vacations are fun but planning them can sometimes be a challenge.  Take a look at this sample itinerary to help keep your entire family entertained throughout your week's stay.  

1. Victorian Motel
Great location overlooking Washington Street Mall....
2. Camelot Motel
Steps from the beach. Basic motel rooms start at...
3. Cape May Point State Park
DAY ONE: Start your week off in Cape May by exploring...

Rainy Day Family Fun at the Jersey Shore

Rain got you down?  No worries, there is still plenty of fun to be had!

1. iPlay America
If the rain is keeping you from the boardwalk then...
2. BounceU
Kids bouncing off the walls? Have them bounce their...
3. Sparkle Diva Studios CLOSED
Treat your little princess to a day of beauty.

Top Restaurants to take the Kids in Disney World

These restaurants are all at the top for keeping the kids engaged and providing some fun experiences.  

As with all Walt Disney World Restaurants, it is best to make reservations in advance.  

1. 'Ohana - Disney's Polynesian Resort
This makes it to the TOP of my list for the delicious...
2. 50's Prime Time Cafe - Disney's Hollywood Studios
Take a step back into the 50's in this themed...
3. The Crystal Palace - Disney's Magic Kingdom
Kids of all ages will take delight in dining with...

Indoor Water Parks in New Jersey

Looking to escape the cold to some tropic temperatures while staying close to home?  Try an indoor water park.  A sure way to help beat the Winter Blahs.  

1. Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Waterpark
Free standing water park open to the public....
2. CoCo Key Water Resort
Overnight packages available with adjoining hotel.
3. Montego Bay Resort
Make your winter getaway!

Indoor Water Parks in Pennsylvania

Beat the Winter blahs with some tropical temperatures close to home!

1. Great Wolf Lodge
Fun for the whole family! Features cozy cabins and...
2. Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark Resort
Something for folks in the western part of the state!
3. Caribbean Lancaster
Close to outlets shopping and many family friendly...

Indoor Water Parks in Wisconsin

Wisconsin boasts a ton of indoor water parks and this is just a small sampling.  

1. Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park
Features an underwater Atlantis theme and indoor as...
2. BLUE HARBOR RESORT AND SPA
lots to do for the entire family
3. Crawdaddy Cove Indoor Water Park
this is one of the smaller indoor water parks but it...

Indoor Water Parks of Lake Erie Shores of Ohio

Looking for some tropical fun when outside is anything but tropical?  Try an indoor water park.

1. KALAHARI RESORTS
an all seasons resort with plenty to do, the indoor...
2. Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky Oh
This resort features family fun for everyone!
3. Castaway Bay Resort
A tropical-feeling resort the whole family can...

Family Friendly New Year's Events in Philadelphia

Our little ones may like to party to ring in the new year but can't hold on until midnight.  Luckily, many family friendly places are catching on!  The list features some New Year's Eve celebrations as well as New Year's Day fun.

1. Please Touch Museum
Count down to Noon! Celebrations at 12 and 1pm on...
2. Blue Cross River Rink
Two New Year's Eve parties! First from 5-7pm, 2nd...
3. Franklin Square
New Year's is for kids too! Come see the dropping of...

Family Friendly New Year's Eve Celebrations in New Jersey

Your little one may not be able to hang until midnight but luckily there are both day and evening activities available for family members of all ages!

1. First Night Ocean County
12-5pm, activities along the boardwalk, finish with...
2. The Garden State Discovery Museum
New Years at Noon event! Count down to 2012 kiddie...
3. Battleship New Jersey
Board the ship for the best view of the fireworks...

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree near Dover, DE

Grab the family and head to the farm for this fun tradition!  Don't forget your camera to capture the moment when you find the perfect tree.

1. E-Z Acres
2. Loblolly Acres
3. Schreppler's Fir Tree Acres

Atlantic City With Kids

We adults may go to Atlantic City to gamble, grab a show and a great dinner however, there are some great family things to do!

1. Absecon Lighthouse
My husband has always been intrigued with lighthouses...
2. IMAX Theatre at Tropicana
This was our second time at the IMAX and we saw a...
3. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum
This was our second visit to Ripley's and we were...

Father's Day Indoor fun in Jersey

Weather not cooperating on dad's big day?  No worries!  There are plenty of fun things to do inside!

1. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum
This was our second visit to Ripley's and we were...
2. Liberty Science Center
There are so many hands-on exhibits that the kids are...
3. Robert J. Novins Planetarium
The newly renovated planetarium is open once again...

Father's Day Outdoor Fun in Jersey

Spend the day together taking in nature and the beauty of the day.  Take in a ball game, soak up the sun at the beach or hit the trails!

1. Lakewood Blue Claws minor league baseball
The Lakewood Blue Claws baseball games are a great...
2. Cattus Island County Park
If my oldest son could live here I think he would...
3. Allaire State Park
This is a great place to unwind and explore a little...

Make Father's Day a Weekend Getaway!

Treat dad like the king he is and treat him (and the whole family) to a weekend of fun and relaxation!  Here are my top 3 picks that the whole family will love.

1. Woodloch Pines Resort
My family and I recently spent a few days at Woodloch...
2. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Campground
Looking for a change from the hotels? Then this is...
3. Willow Valley Inn and Suites
What a difference time makes, and not in a good way....

Top Ways to Start the Christmas Season (NJ/NY/PA)

Looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit?  

Find a local production of the Nutcracker.  What can be a better way to celebrate Christmas?

Take a walk around New York City to see the beautiful window displays.  While you are in New York, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a "don't miss".  

1. Elf the Broadway Musical
A fun way to kick off the holidays!
2. Storybook Land
Come see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Tell them your wish...
3. Koziar’s Christmas Village
Next best thing to the North Pole itself!


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