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Seventh Annual Kids’ Fishing Day at Black Hill Regional Park, MD

The 2014 winners! From L to R: Darius McFarlane caught the smallest fish (2.5 inches); Yuriko Watanabe caught the most fish (10); and Shayla Nguyen caught the largest fish (6.5 inches). Winners received a fishing rod, tackle box and Montgomery Parks "Complimentary Pass" as prizes. Image Courtesy of Montgomery PArks

The 2014 winners! From L to R: Darius McFarlane caught the smallest fish (2.5 inches); Yuriko Watanabe caught the most fish (10); and Shayla Nguyen caught the largest fish (6.5 inches). Winners received a fishing rod, tackle box and Montgomery Parks “Complimentary Pass” as prizes. Image Courtesy of Montgomery Parks

Get in on the fishy fun! Free cane pole to the first 25 kids registered, and prizes for the boys and girls who catch the biggest, smallest, and greatest number of fish. They’ll teach the kids how to bait a hook with worms, put their line in the water, and pull those fish in. They’ll also talk about the kinds of fish that swim in this lake, what they like to eat, and the best way to catch them. The first 25 kids who register will get a free cane pole! (They’ll email you.) Everyone else, don’t forget your fishing rod!

Saturday, June 20, 8:30am – 10:30am

For kids age 3-15 years old | Fee: $10 | Register at ParkPASS.org for Class # 320599

If June 20 doesn’t work for you, try out Kids’ Fishing Day at Lake Needwood on Saturday, June 6!

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/enterprise/park_facilities/boats/blackhill/blackhill_boating.shtm

Black Hill Regional Park
20920 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, MD 20841
Boathouse: 301-528-3466
Visitor Center: 301-528-3480


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PEEPSFEST is almost here! Win Trip to Universal Studios Hollywood!

Gail A Sisolak Copyright 2014.

Gail A Sisolak Copyright 2014.

Just in case you haven’t had enough sweetness during you holiday season, head out to the SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA to enjoy all things Peeps at the PEEPSFEST™. Enjoy this dynamic, interactive family event highlighting the beloved marshmallow confection. PEEPSFEST™ features two days of live music, art and PEEPS®-related programming. The event, presented by Just Born, Inc., the company that makes PEEPS®, and ArtsQuest, culminates Dec. 31 at 5:15 p.m. with the poplar PEEPS® Chick and fireworks to welcome the New Year!

December 30 – December 31, 2014 • view days & times
Venue: ArtsQuest Center
Price: Free (some activities may include a fee)
SteelStacks, First Street and Founders Way
Phone: (610) 332-3378
http://www.steelstacks.org/event/142/peepsfest-trade/#daystimes

Plus, one lucky entry will win a trip for four to experience THE DESPICABLE ME® MINION MAYHEM RIDE at Universal Studios Hollywood.

THE GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

A TRIP FOR 4
◾Round-trip airfare
◾3 day, 2-night stay
◾Tickets and front of line passes to Universal Studios Hollywood

http://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/promotions/minion-mayhem#

PEEPSFEST™ Schedule

Tuesday, December 30

Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
The PEEPS & Q’s Performance Series is presented by The Lesson Center.
• 10am – 3pm • Big Jeff and Magician – Eddy Ray
•3-4pm • Diorama Winner Announce
•10am – 4:00pm • NEW! The Lesson Center
Mini music lesson demonstrations Thelessoncenter.com

Fowler Blast Furnace Room
(2nd floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Dutch Springs
Kids activities including Rub a Dub Dub – Scuba in a Tub, PEEPS(R) Spaghetti Build and meet a Dog Sled team member. Complete the Dutch Springs word scramble map for a free Just Born sample!

Loft
(2nd floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Pinebrook Family Answers
Temporary tattoos and stickers
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Concern Professional Services
Snowman activity papers and bean bag toss
•10am – 4pm • The Literacy Center
Bookmark coloring activity
•10am – 4pm • Wildlands Conservancy
Fairy and wizard wand making
•10am – 4pm • FLYLVIA
FLYLVIA balsa wood planes and 4 ticket giveaways

Lee & Stella Yee Family Connect Zone
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4pm • Face Painting by Pleasant Valley Promotions
Price varies by design.
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Ed Youtz, Wood Turner
Spinning tops for kids; $5 per top.
•10am – 4pm • Five Star Home Foods
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Try Dye
Make your own Tie Dye Creations $10-$15
•10am – 4pm • Expanded PEEPSFEST™ Merchandise Area

Musikfest Café™
(3rd floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4pm • Family Disco Lounge feat. Baze and His Silly Friends
$5 for ages 17 and under, free for adults with ticketed kids. Dance the afternoon away as the Musikfest Café is transformed into a disco lounge. You’ll enjoy a family-friendly DJ, bounce house, balloon art by Tootsee and Friends & more.

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10:30am – 3:00pm • KIDS CINEMA sponsored by Spark Orthodontics
◦ Candy Craze: How PEEPS® Are Made video (10:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30 pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm)
◦PBS’ Sesame Street Celebrates New Year’s Eve Around the World (11:00am, 1pm, 3pm)

SteelStacks Campus
•10 – 4pm • PEEPS® Scavenger Hunt
Forms located at the ArtsQuest Center 1st floor information desk
Kids and adults alike are invited to search the PEEPSFEST™ campus including the ArtsQuest Center and PBS 39 for hidden PEEPS® Chicks. Once they’re all found and the race numbers they are wearing are recorded, families can turn in their completed scavenger hunt form and they’ll be entered into a drawing to win a PEEPS & COMPANY® $30 Gift Certificate.

Air Products Town Square
•10am – 4pm • Make Your Own PEEPS® S’mores
1 S’mores Kit, $2 | 3 S’mores Kits, $5
•10am – 4pm • PEEPSMOBILE®
Guess the weight of the PEEPSMOBILE®. Be the closest to the actual weight and you’ll win a PEEPS & COMPANY® $30 Gift Certificate!
•10am – 4pm • St. Luke’s University Health Network
Join St. Luke’s nurses on the HealthStar van to make your own first aid kit.
•10am – 4pm • PEEPS® Chick Ice Sculpture
•10am – 4pm • NEW! Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Hockey shoot inflatable and appearances by meLVin.

PBS39
•10am – 4pm • PEEPS® Diorama Competition (1st floor)
Vote for your favorite PEEPS® Diorama.

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
•1pm, 2pm, 3pm • NEW! Bethlehem Mounted Police
Appearances by Pharoah & Raven; with a special presentation on the horses.

Wednesday, December 31

Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
The PEEPS & Q’s Performance Series is presented by The Lesson Center.
•10am – 3pm • Dave Fry and Magician – Eddy Ray
•10am – 4:30pm • NEW! The Lesson Center
Mini music lesson demonstrations Thelessoncenter.com

Fowler Blast Furnace Room
(2nd floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4:30pm • NEW! Dutch Springs
Kids activities including Rub a Dub Dub – Scuba in a Tub, PEEPS(R) Spaghetti Build and meet a Dog Sled team member. Complete the Dutch Springs word scramble map for a free Just Born sample!

Loft (2nd floor ArtsQuest Center)

•10am – 4:30pm • Wildlands Conservancy
Fairy and wizard wand making
•10am – 4:30pm • Allentown Art Museum
Holiday exhibition themed hands-on activity
•10am – 4:30pm • FLYLVIA
FLYLVIA balsa wood planes and 4 ticket giveaways

Lee & Stella Yee Family Connect Zone
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10am – 4:30pm • Face Painting by Pleasant Valley Promotions
Price varies by design.
•10am – 4:30pm • NEW! Ed Youtz, Wood Turner
Spinning tops for kids; $5 per top.
•10am – 4:30pm • Five Star Home Foods
•10am – 4:30pm • NEW! Try Dye
Make your own Tie Dye Creations $10-$15
•10am – 4:30pm • Expanded PEEPSFEST™ Merchandise Area

Musikfest Café™ (3rd floor ArtsQuest Center )
•10am – 4:30pm • Family Disco Lounge feat. Little Rockers Band
$5 for ages 17 and under, free for adults with ticketed kids. Dance the afternoon away as the Musikfest Café is transformed into a disco lounge. You’ll enjoy a family-friendly DJ, bounce house, balloon art by Tootsee and Friends & more.

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas
(1st floor ArtsQuest Center)
•10:30am – 3:00pm • KIDS CINEMA sponsored by Spark Orthodontics
◦Candy Craze: How PEEPS® Are Made video (10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm)
◦PBS’ Sesame Street Celebrates New Year’s Eve Around the World (11am, 3pm)
•12:10, 1:10, 2:10pm • Lehigh Valley Zoo presentation

SteelStacks Campus
•10 – 4:30pm • PEEPS® Scavenger Hunt
Forms located at the ArtsQuest Center 1st floor information desk
Kids and adults alike are invited to search the PEEPSFEST™ campus including the ArtsQuest Center and PBS 39 for hidden PEEPS® Chicks. Once they’re all found and the race numbers they are wearing are recorded, families can turn in their completed scavenger hunt form and they’ll be entered into a drawing to win a PEEPS & COMPANY® $30 Gift Certificate.

•12:30pm • Mascot Dash
Sponsored by Red Robin
Featuring popular area mascots! Starts at the ArtsQuest Center.
•12:40pm • Kids Fun Run
Sponsored by Red Robin
Different age groups compete in a 50 yard dash. Tickets can be purchased on site day of event, $10 per child. Begins at the ArtsQuest Center.

•1pm • PEEPSFEST™ 5K (Starts at the ArtsQuest Center)
Registration/Packet pickup begins at noon
Sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network and Red Robin
Run, jog, or walk your way into the New Year with the PEEPSFEST™ 5K. Prizes awarded to the overall winners and in each age category. The first 500 to register receive a long-sleeved race shirt and goodie bag.

Air Products Town Square
•10am – 4:30pm • Make Your Own PEEPS® S’mores
1 S’mores Kit, $2 | 3 S’mores Kits, $5
•10am – 4:30pm • PEEPSMOBILE®
Guess the weight of the PEEPSMOBILE®. Be the closest to the actual weight and you’ll win a PEEPS & COMPANY® $30 Gift Certificate!
•10am – 4:30pm • St. Luke’s University Health Network
Join St. Luke’s nurses on the HealthStar van to make your own first aid kit.
•10am – 4:30pm • NEW! Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Hockey shoot inflatable and appearances by meLVin.
•10am – 4:30pm • PEEPS® Diorama Competition (1st floor)
Vote for your favorite PEEPS® Diorama.

Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks
•1pm, 2pm, 3pm • NEW! Bethlehem Mounted Police
Appearances by Pharoah & Raven; with a special presentation on the horses.
•4:30pm • PEEPS® New Year’s Eve Party
Kid friendly rock band We Kids Rock gets the PEEPS® party started and pumped up for the PEEPS® Chick Drop.
•5:15pm • PEEPS® Chick Drop and Fireworks
Join us as we celebrate this uniquely Bethlehem tradition – the dropping of a 4.5-foot tall, 85 lb. lighted PEEPS® Chick and fireworks to welcome in the New Year!


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Zombie Shoot-Out at WV Penitentiary in Moundsville, WV

Image Courtesy of West Virginia Penitentiary

Image Courtesy of West Virginia Penitentiary

West Virginia Penitentiary has added a thrilling new attraction to the fall line-up of fun with their Zombie Paintball. Zombies are loose on the South Yard, and it’s up to you to save the town at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, WV. Grab one of their stationary paintball guns and do your best with live, unarmed zombie targets. From 7:00 p.m. until closing, zombies will be waiting for you. Zombie Paintball runs concurrently with the Dungeon of Horrors and the North Walk.

Image Courtesy of West Virginia Penitentiary

Image Courtesy of West Virginia Penitentiary

The Dungeon of Horrors is filled with new and thrilling experiences this year. Over 10,000 people each year are introduced to one of the scariest places behind bars. In The Dungeon of Horrors you can experience the fright of being locked in a cell, the fear of being lost in a maze, and the terror of an eerie walk through the dungeon of horrors. Will you manage to keep up with your group and not get separated? Do you have what it takes to make it through? Don’t worry, our actors will be there to help you along. (Snicker.) Warnings and rules apply; take them seriously. Especially the one about live bats.

The North Walk will take you through the oldest part of the former West Virginia Penitentiary. It is also known as the area with the most paranormal activity, a place where murders, violence and brutality were common everyday occurrences. This was where the most dangerous inmates were housed, the maximum security area, North Hall; the inmates called it – The Alamo.

Image Courtesy of West Virginia Penitentiary

Image Courtesy of West Virginia Penitentiary

You will enter this part of the prison through the “Administration Building” and the “wheel” – these areas have been closed to the public for years and only opened for the Haunted House season. The North Walk is not an attraction, but a flashlight tour of an area that was once considered one of the bloodiest institutions in the nation.

There are no actors on the North Walk. It’s just your group, your tour guide, a flashlight, and a few tales from the past. The areas that you will visit include: North Hall, the Boiler Room, The Infirmary, and The Psych Ward.

If these events sound a little too intense for the younger members of your family, the WV Penitentiary has a Kid’s Night on Monday, October 27th, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Designed for children ages 1 – 6, the trick-or-treat style event, allows children to spend time gathering goodies from several tables, playing games, taking pictures on a fire truck, face painting, and having fun.

Family Night, October 28th, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. is designed for Kids ages 7-12. The “Lil Dungeon of Horrors” is a scaled-down version of the haunted house specifically designed for younger children that might not be ready for the “full” Dungeon. They do not recommend anyone under the age of 13 to attend the regular season Dungeon of Horrors.

The actors will NOT be in full costume and will respect smaller haunted house attendees. Use the phrase “Monster Be Good”, if it gets too scary!

http://www.wvpentours.com/tickets.htm


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Harry Potter Festival in Philadelphia, PA

The Harry Potter Festival transforms Chestnut Hill into a magical world on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Business Association)

The Harry Potter Festival transforms Chestnut Hill into a magical world on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Business Association)

Mid Atlantic Harry Potter fans don’t need to travel to Orlando, Florida or England to get their Harry Potter fix. On October 17-18, the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA will play host to a weekend’s worth of spellbinding events at the Harry Potter Festival , where there will be wizardry and wonder in the air.

Enjoy an enchanting weekend of wizards, potions, spells, scavenger hunts, falconry, wizard chess, parades and more.

The popular event features familiar characters from the world of Harry Potter, special activities for fans of all ages, live entertainment, food and more. Hunt for Horcruxes, watch local colleges face-off at a Quidditch tournament and more during the magical weekend celebration.

The 4th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament is one of the highlights of the annual Harry Potter Festival Weekend in Chestnut Hill. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill College)

The 4th Annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament is one of the highlights of the annual Harry Potter Festival Weekend in Chestnut Hill. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill College)

Beyond flavors from the world of Harry Potter, Chestnut Hill neighborhood businesses and shops on and around Germantown Avenue also transform into familiar locales from Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade like Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, Weasley’s Wizarding Wheeezes and many more.

On Friday, the weekend begins with the official Harry Potter Conference with presentations that are free and open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m.

After the literary events, starting at 7 p.m., pop in and out of pubs on a Chestnut Hill Pub Crawl.

Tickets for the pub crawl go on sale Wednesday, October 1; scoop up passes quickly since the crawl has sold out in past years.

Harry Potter Festival Schedule

Friday, October 17

Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College

The Pub Crawl begins at 7:00 p.m. and is a ticketed event. Tickets go on sale October 1st.

The Bales of Cornwall Hay Maze at Woodmere Art Museum

Film Showing: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone at Teenagers. Inc. Center

Saturday, October 18

Harry Potter Festival & Quidditch Tournament

The Quidditch Tournament begins at 10 a.m. at Chestnut Hill College

9:45 a.m.-Opening Ceremony: Chestnut Hill West Septa Station with The Hogwarts Express
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•The “Hunt for the Horcrux” activity

•The Bales of Cornwall Hay Maze at Woodmere Art Museum
Scarecrow Walk at Morris Arboretum

•Complimentary Knight Bus Trolley transports Wizards and Muggles all over town

•Defense Against the Dark Arts classes

•Sorting Hat Demonstration

•Hedwig’s Hollow Selfie Park at Buckley Park

plus
•fortune tellers
•face painters
•magicians
•caricatures
•games and activities
•specialty food, drink and retail promotions
•Musicians, *Photo Booth*

Be sure to check out Harry Potters Guide to Philadelphia


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Boo at the Zoo for Family Friendly Halloween Fun in Philly

The Philadelphia Zoo is adding a little green to your Halloween with the return of Boo at the Zoo for two spooky weekends.

Image Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

Image Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

Put on your favorite costume and join us for a creepy, crawly celebration. Enjoy treats and sweets while playing your favorite Halloween games, listening to live music and much more.

• Do you know why Halloween is an orangutan’s favorite holiday at the Philadelphia Zoo? Be sure to visit the Sustainable Palm Zone during Boo at the Zoo to find out.

• Take a walk through the Philadelphia Zoo’s not-so-scary Extinction Graveyard to learn about the extinction of species around the world. You’ll be shocked to see that some of your favorite creatures could be extinct in the wild in 15 years.

• Enjoy festive fall offerings throughout the Zoo: hot apple cider, Children’s’ Halloween Sippers filled with a Witch’s Brew, reusable Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat bags and much more! Pick up a Boo at the Zoo map at the entrance for all the details.

• Set out on a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and discover your favorite animals in the form of life-size scarecrows.

http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/Explore/Upcoming-Events/Boo-at-the-Zoo.htm

October 18, 19, 25, 26
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Explore the Work of Brian Selznick in Wilmington, DE

Save the date for this exciting event!

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Eye peeping through the #5, inside view with Hugo looking out for the Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2007. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Pencil on watercolor paper, 11 x 8 inches. © 2007 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. Eye peeping through the #5, inside view with Hugo looking out for the Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2007. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Pencil on watercolor paper, 11 x 8 inches. © 2007 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

Brian Selznick single handedly changed the way I think about books and storytelling when he published his award winning novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Like many, I was utterly charmed by the fictional Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station. In 2008, Selznick was awarded the Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was made into the Oscar award-winning film Hugo (2011), directed by Martin Scorsese.

Selznick’s illustrations animate the imaginations of children and adults with his blending of illusion, history, and adventure. As a result, I am looking forward to the upcoming…

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Summer Fun on Maryland’s Ice-Cream Trail

Opportunity to Win Free Ice-Cream

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

Image Courtesy of Maryland State Parks

I’ve been on beer, wine, whiskey, bourbon and quilt trails, but I have never seen an ice cream trail. Now, Maryland has a trail everyone can enjoy. Maryland has eight dairy farms that offer fresh, delicious on-farm ice cream (from Washington County in Western Maryland to Worcester County on the Eastern Shore). Together, they make up the Maryland Ice Cream Trail.

First, download your passport and start eating ice cream. (I know it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. 🙂 )

http://marylandsbest.net/wp-content/uploads/IceCreamTrailBrochure-2014.pdf

Visit each of the 8 farms on the trail, answer a question and get a passport stamp at each stop. Once you have completed your passport, mail it in to the address on the passport. All completed passports will be submitted into a drawing.

If they pull yours out, you will win a $50 gift certificate to the creamery of your choice. In addition, you will receive DVDs of the first season of Maryland Farm and Harvest, a new Maryland Public Television series that highlights agriculture in Maryland, and a copy of the acclaimed cookbook Dishing Up Maryland by Lucie Snodgrass.

And incredible bragging rights!

There is no purchase necessary. Visit each creamery from now until September 15th and you may be named Maryland’s 2014 Ice Cream Trail Blazer.