Ever since my kids saw the stop-motion animated film Chicken Run set in a very tightly-run chicken coop, they’ve been obsessed with factory tours. The precision and organization of a factory assembly line is fun to watch and, despite the repetition, doesn't get tedious (unless you happen to work there). Going behind the scenes and seeing how products are made is always interesting, though I admit my family is partial to food factory tours that culminate in sampling the finished product.
Here is a list of six sweet (and salty) food factory tours that are fun and educational for kids, all located in the Northeast. Some are easy day trips from the tri-state area. Others require a weekend and make great destinations for any upcoming school breaks.
If you thought Atlantic City was only slot machines and cocktail waitresses, think again.This South Jersey seaside city is reinventing itself as a family destination.
My kids and I took an overnight vacation to Atlantic City last spring, with winning results.The kids were excited to walk the actual streets whose names they recognized from frequent games of Monopoly.We headed over to the boardwalk, and though it was too cold to swim, there were lots of activities to keep the kids entertained.We had a great time visiting the emporium of the weird and freaky, Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum.We hit the famed amusement park, the Steel Pier, and had a ball on the rides and trying our luck at the arcade games.
My family and I recently spent a great afternoon at the Silverball Museum Arcade.Located on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey, it is home to 200 pinball machines and arcade games. No problem if you or your kid becomes addicted to the flashing lights and the sound of the ricocheting metal ball, because unlimited play is included with your admission.No quarters are needed at this hands-on museum. You can try as many of the machines as you like, as many times as you like.
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