Sunday, December 4, 2016

Big Changes Coming to Kalahari Resorts in the Pocono Mountains



If you ever visited  Kalahari Resorts before, you will want to plan a return trip. If you haven't been there before, it's time to start planning your trip.

This past week I got a sneak peak of all the new things coming to Kalahari Resorts.  The resort will truly have something for everyone in you family, no matter what age they are.

This March, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains will become the home to America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark – dethroning the current title holder, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in Sandusky, Ohio.



The indoor waterpark will have 8 new slides

    Screaming Hyena:
    A trap-door start that drops into a near-vertical plunge.

    Sahara Sidewinder:
    An indoor looping waterslide that takes guests on a 250-plus-foot journey.

    Kenya’s Korkscrew: Zig-zag slide

    Zig-Zag Zebra: Tunnel slide
    Cheetah Race Mat Slide:
    Challenge your friends to see who gets down the hill fastest

During this expansion, Kalahari has added 520 rooms. They also added a few suites so you can bring your whole family and even your extended family, with the option of 3 bedroom suites or five bedroom suites. With the addition of these suites, you will have plenty of room to relax and spend holidays or special occasions with your family.

Kalahari will be adding some new dining options too. I had the chance to try samples of food that will be served at the restaurants and guest will be in for a special treat. This is not your typical resort food, you will be enjoying gourmet food.




Double Cut Charcoal Grill/Liquor Bar:
Kalahari’s signature steakhouse experience featuring: premium cuts of meat, craft cocktails, family style sides and more



Sortino's Italian Kitchen:

The menu will include: wood-fired pizza, Italian family dining, a large variety of wines and more. 





Marrakesh Market:
Grab and go convenience bazaar style shopping, unique gifts, authentic-African items and everyday needs.

Even more family fun:

If you get tired of the waterpark you will be able to check out the new virtual reality experience, The Arena.  Guest can step into the virtual reality and play with other guests.

If you want some outdoor adventure check out Gorilla Grove Treetop Outdoor Aerial Adventure Park (now open)

Kalahari Resorts continues to be a top-notch family friendly resort for families looking for a weekend getaway or a family reunion.   





Disclosure: Thanks, Kalahari Resorts for arranging for our complimentary stay to facilitate this article. As always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Year With Frog and Toad at The Arden Theatre



Looking for the perfect show to take the kids to this holiday season? You definitely need to check out A Year With Frog and Toad at The Arden Theatre now through January 29th.

You may be familiar with the books written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel. When my children were younger Frog and Toad adventures were a staple in our household. It was exciting to see their adventures come alive on stage at The Arden.


"A Year With Frog and Toad follows the unlikely friendship between cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad through four fun-filled seasons. Their friendship blossoms and grows as they learn many life lessons along the way. Filled with musical numbers that will make you laugh and cry."

There are many lessons in the show. The main lesson is friendship. It is about compromising and working together. Another lesson that the snail teaches is to never give up. The snail was given a job and no matter how long it took him to do the job he was going to get it done!


The great thing about seeing a show at The Arden Theatre is how they include the kids. At the end of the show, there is a Q & A session, kids, and even adults can ask questions about the actors or even see how different props move on stage. After the Q&A session, the cast stands in the lobby for pictures and questions.


Get you tickets early the show is selling tickets fast for this popular duo!




A Year With Frog and Toad includes weekday matinee performances for students and weekend performances for families. Single ticket prices are $18 - $36, with discounts available for groups of 20 or more, seniors, students, military, and educators. Arden Children’s Theatre 2-play subscriptions are available for $26 - $50.


Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, visit www.ardentheatre.org or walk-up at the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Delaware County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 2, 3, & 4

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 2nd, 3rd, & 4th
                



Friday

1.  Santa Comes to Town 
to light the tree in Bryn Mawr 


2. Get into the holiday spirit at Christmas in Wayne


3. Arasapha Farm Holiday Hayride




Saturday 

4.  Christmas at the Farm at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation


5. Holiday Celebrations around the World at the Penn Museum

6. Santa Saturday at the  H. K. Furness Free Library

7. Pictures with Santa & Cookie Decorating at Middletown Library


8. Head to Michaels KIDS CLUB  to make it Merry Gingerbread House event



Sunday  

9.  Hop on board the Santa Express along the West Chester Railroad


Bonus Events

Go on an adventure with Frog and Toad at Arden Theatre Company

Miss Jackie's Super-Duper Fun Crafts and Storytime at Barnes & Noble 

Arctic Adventure & Rainforest Explorers at Delaware Museum of Natural History


* Check out our calendar for more ideas

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Nutcracker Performances in the Area



December 17th & 18th 

The Philadelphia Dance Academy’s Nutcracker is an expertly choreographed and beautifully executed masterpiece that is as family friendly as it is unique. This “Children’s Nutcracker” showcases the breadth of talent being cultivated within the studios of the academy, with soloist and semi-soloist roles being played by pre-teen and teen ballerina’s in training.

December 9 10 a.m.
December 10 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
December 11 2 p.m.
December 15 10 a.m.
December 17 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.
December 18  6 p.m.


Performance are at The Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University

A magical tea time with the cast!

Sat, Dec 10th, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Sun, Dec 11th, 2015 at 12:30 pm


Sun, Dec 17th, 2015 at 12:30 pm


Join Clara, The Sugar Plum Fairy and many other characters of The Nutcracker for a special pre-performance tea party full of delights! Enjoy tea sandwiches, fruit tray, cookies, favors and don't forget to bring your camera! The Tea is held at The Philips Memorial Library. Simply walk downstairs to the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall for the performance of The Nutcracker!

Be enchanted by the Philadelphia region's most beloved holiday tradition,George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. For 46 years, families have created yuletide memories with Pennsylvania Ballet's production of this classic tale. The simple story of a girl, a gift, and a fanciful dream is made magical by opulent sets and costumes by Peter Horne and Judanna Lynn and the impassioned artistry of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers. The renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir raises their voices with the magnificent Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra to bring Tschaikovsky's unforgettable score to life.




Tea with the Sugarplum Fairy
Join the star of Philadelphia's most anticipated holiday tradition for a magical afternoon of tea and tutus. Enjoy a delectable buffet and photo opportunity with the Sugarplum Fairy and experience a captivating matinee performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™! .


Sunday, December 11 at 2:30 pm


Saturday, December 17 at 12 pm


*photo courtesy of Brandywine Ballet Company

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Theater/ Holiday Shows




Carve out some family time this holiday season by catching some great shows that are happening in the Philadelphia area this holiday season.


The Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars
December 16th & 17th

The Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars – a performance group featuring the region’s most talented teens – brightens the holiday season with the family show.

Audiences of all ages will enjoy the Shooting Stars as they light up the stage with the annual Holiday Show



November 25th - December 24th

This year marks our 23rd annual presentation of the classic Dickens tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from miser to man who honors Christmas in his heart, as adapted by internationally known playwright Nagle Jackson. Come find out why this has become a Delaware Valley holiday tradition.


Murray the Elf and the Case of the Terrifying Tinsel

December 17th - 29th

Act II Playhouse in Ambler presents the world premiere of Murray the Elf and the Case of the Terrifying Tinsel, a new comedy for kids and their families, from Dec.17-29


"Winnie-The-Pooh's Christmas Tail at the Media Theater

November 12th - December 31st

There's a lot of goings on in the Hundred Acre Wood, especially because of Eeyore. It seems he has lost his tail so everyone gets into the act to help find it in "Winnie-The-Pooh's Christmas Tail", which is at The Media Theatre November 12 to December 31. The hour long musical has performances on Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon each weekend, but there is no show on Christmas Day because Winnie-The-Pooh and the gang will be resting.


November 23, 2016-January 29, 2017

Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this charming musical that promises to delight the whole family!






December 23rd - January 2nd

Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley’s spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!

*photo courtesy of Arden Theatre