The charm and appeal of the new Peanuts movie spans generations, from the moms and dads who grew up reading the comics to the youngest who've only seen the TV specials. Sweet and entertaining, The Peanuts Movie (G) can be a great film for the whole family to see together—but does it retain the nostalgic glow of Snoopy and Woodstock without resorting to Lucy's jarring, outdated cries of, "Charlie Brown, you stupid idiot"? And is it worth seeing in 3D, or will the old 2D work just as well?
There are few sights more satisfying than a quietly coloring, fully focused child. Entering the four-story Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania, does not exactly replicate that peaceful scenario, but there’s no doubt that it’s a kid doodler’s paradise.
Part creators’ studio, part indoor playground, this kid entertainment center is bedecked in bold primary colors with smiling crayons beaming at you from every corner. It offers more than two dozen art-making stations using the full spectrum of Crayola materials—paints, clay, markers and yes, crayons—as well as more active entertainment like a multilevel play, bounce and climbing structure, a water table and a “Move and Groove” dance-like game.
When rain or cold weather keeps kids inside, it can be hard to keep everyone entertained. Of course, NYC offers plenty of amazing children's museums and exhibits, indoor play spaces and classes and activities where families can take shelter when bad weather arrives, but sometimes staying home can be just as much fun—if you know the right games.
Whatever the reason you're staying put, try one of these 50 indoor, boredom-busting games, crafts and other things to do with kids to turn a rainy day into a memorable one.
Star light, star bright… Mommy, I want to see the stars tonight! If you have a little Galileo on your hands, fear not. New Jersey is home to a myriad of majestic outdoor star gazing locations, as well as many public observatories and, yes, even astronomy clubs for the truly dedicated. With the proper equipment, information and planning, your family will get an up-close look at planets, star clusters and the Moon. Happy star-gazing, NJ!
If bad weather strikes on your beach vacation, don't despair. We have a list of great things to do to keep you from climbing the walls of your condo. From Atlantic City to Cape May, there are plenty of fun places to go at the shore with the kids besides the beach. So whether the rain is spoiling your beach day, you need a day out of the sun or just a change from the sand and surf, we have you covered.
New Jersey families are probably already big fans of our sponsor iPlay America, the indoor amusement park and arcade in Freehold. From the Extreme Laser Tag Experience and iPA Go-Kart Speedway to the multi-sensory 4D Movie Theater Experience (and these are just the tip of the iceberg), it’s a guaranteed good time for kids of all ages, including Mom and Dad! So it’s no surprise that it also happens to be an awesome place to host a special event. Whether it’s a child’s birthday celebration or a more formal party, there is a package to fit everyone’s needs and—most importantly—budgets.
So, your kids are longing for swimsuits, sprinklers and slides. Make their dreams come true, whether the weather is cooperating or not. Load up the iPod, the towels and the kids and take a short road trip to Sahara Sam’s Oasis in West Berlin, N.J. This (mostly) indoor water park is less than two hours from New York City and the 286,000 gallons of water keep 11 rides and tons of kids wet and wildly entertained, rain or shine!
We traveled with four parents, three boys and three girls ranging from 2 to 8 years old, so believe me, the place was well-tested. The kids were awed into silence (SILENCE, I SAY ) as we stepped through the door. But after those two seconds, they immediately got busy.
It’s rare that major, family trip-worthy attractions open in the area, but as of last Friday, we have a brand-new one in the Poconos: Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark. Camelback Mountain Resort is already one of the leading getaway destinations near NYC and Philadelphia for skiing and winter sports. In summer, it transforms into Camelback Beach and Camelback Mountain Adventures, which offer loads of outdoor fun including a water park, zip-lining, an alpine coaster and a treetop adventure course. Now, with the opening of Aquatopia, the largest indoor water park in the northeast, Camelback Resort offers even more year-round fun.
I was invited for a sneak peek of everything Aquatopia has to offer, and can share my been-there, done-that report as well as plenty of photos of what’s in store if you decide to visit. Plus, find out about some limited time grand opening deals you don’t want to miss.
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