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Win a Family Fun Getaway to the Laurel Highlands

Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

 Summer is just around the corner, and the Laurel Highlands Sweepstakes is sure to start your vacation off with a bang. Enter for a chance to Win a Family Getaway for Four to Idlewild & SoakZone and Fort Ligonier.

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Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

You’ll have the perfect summer setting for tons of fun at Idlewild & SoakZone, named “Best Kids’ Park in the World” by Amusement Today, and Fort Ligonier, a reconstructed and restored French and Indian War fort. Get out and enjoy the warmer weather with the family, followed by a delicious meal at the Ligonier Tavern, a scrumptious treat at the Ligonier Creamery, and a relaxing stay at the Ramada Ligioner.

Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

The Summer Family Fun getaway package for four includes:

•4 tickets to Idlewild & SoakZone

•4 passes to Fort Ligonier

•1-night stay at the Ramada Ligonier

•$75 gift card to dine at the Ligonier Tavern

•$25 gift card to the Ligonier Creamery

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Click on the link and enter today! The winner will be notified in June.

http://www.laurelhighlands.org/deals/sweepstakes/

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Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands


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Mother’s Day at Longwood Gardens

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Image Courtesy of Longwood Gardens

Brunch is already sold out, but you still have the opportunity to buy timed admission tickets to the popular Mother’s Day event at Longwood Gardens. Take advantage of their extended hours and make reservations to savor a gourmet dinner in 1906, enjoy live music during the early evening, or take in a breathtaking sunset in the 86-acre Meadow Garden. Longwood’s outdoor Gardens will be in spectacular bloom and are expected to feature cascading wisteria, magnolia trees, and thousands of tulips.

1906 features a special prix fixe menu as well as à la carte options. Weather permitting, outdoor dining on the deck may be available.  Please feel free to stop by the dining room the day of your visit to check availability.  1906 is no longer accepting reservations.

On Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, 2015; open 9:00 am–8:00 pm.

The Café will be open 10:00 am–8:00 pm, no reservations necessary.

Performances in the Conservatory

Saturday, May 9, 2015

12:00–3:00 pm

Duo from Kennett Symphony of Chester County

5:00-7:00 pm

Gloria Galante’s Harp Duets

Sunday, May 10, 2015

12:00–3:00 pm

Duo from Kennett Symphony of Chester County

5:00-7:00 pm

Favorite opera arias from Opera Delaware soloists

http://longwoodgardens.org/


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Pennsylvania Now Has 10 beaches Designated As Clean Air Beaches

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Image Courtesy of DCNR

Outdoor enthusiasts have a new reason to enjoy beaches and swimming areas in Pennsylvania State Parks. Effective May 1, 2015, a pilot program prohibits smoking on the beaches and swimming areas of the newly designated state parks.

After a successful two-year operation of a pilot smoke-free beach and swimming area at one Pennsylvania State Park, the PA Bureau of State Parks has expanded the program to several other parks across the Commonwealth. Effective May 1, 2015, the pilot program prohibits smoking on the beaches and swimming areas of the newly designated state parks. For visitors who smoke and still want to use these beaches, designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes or other handheld lighted smoking devices. The pilot program received positive customer feedback for the improved air quality and the reduction of cigarette butt litter in the swimming area.

The current State Parks that have smoke-free beach and swimming areas are:

Many Pennsylvania state parks have lakes or pools for swimming. Splashing around in water is a great way to cool off on a hot day, and swimming laps is great exercise.

Beaches (except Presque Isle) are open to swimming from before Memorial Day to after Labor Day, unless otherwise posted, under the open swim policy–swim at your own risk. The exact opening and closing dates vary at each park. Swimmers should read posted instructions for regulations on swimming.

Pools are usually open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Lifeguards are on duty when pools are open.

For more information, visit: http://dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/recreation/swimming/index.htm


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Mt. Vernon Discount Tickets

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Image Courtesy of Mount Vernon

Trying to plan another snow day activity for kids out of school? Mount Vernon will open today, March 6, 2015 at 11 a.m., and they’re extending their special Teacher Work Day offer to local parents. On Friday, March 6, and Monday, March 9, pay for an adult admission and bring up to 2 kids ages 18 and under for free. Mention this offer at the gate or use promo code WORKDAY2015 to book online.


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Snow News is Good News for Poconos Dog Sledding

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Image Courtesy of Arctic Paws and SIH Photography

For a decidedly different twist to travel, book and adventure with Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours . Their premier dog sled adventure is located at Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Enjoy the team of professional and friendly huskies who take you on the pristine dog sled trails at Skytop Lodge to the Indian Ladder Waterfall. Best of all you and your family mush the sled (stand on the back and drive the dogs sled.)

They are open, operating and booked for this weekend, but still have a view spaces available for March 14, 2015

One hour tours include:
•Learning how to dog sled
•Meeting the amazing huskies
•Taking photographs
•Riding on the back of the sled and sitting in the basket
•Enjoying the incredible scenery on a pine tree lined trail to a waterfall

Schedule:
•Friday afternoons 2 – 4 PM (reserved for our Bring Your Own Dog Program)
•Saturday & Sunday 9 AM – 4 PM
•Presidents Day 16 February 2015 9 AM – 4 PM


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The 47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival, Lewes, DE

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Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware

The weather may be frightful, so think warm thoughts and brush off your kite building skills in anticipation of the 47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park on Friday, April 3, 2015.

There is no entry fee for competitors. The competitions are in three age categories: Children-Up to age 12; Teens-13-17 and Adults-18 & older. Within each age category, kite flyers are judged by the type of kite they are flying — home-made or store-bought. The Special Class awards include the Open Individual Ballet (free flight performance accompanied by music which the entrant provides), Individual Precision (compulsory figures including “The Square,” “The Mount,” and “Ladder Down” judged on technical execution), Most Senior Flyer, Youngest Flyer, Flyer Furthest From Home, Smallest Kite and Largest Kite.

The Highest Kite Award category is open to all ages and takes place at approximately 12:15 p.m. There is no charge to watch. Entrance fees apply for cars to enter Cape Henlopen State Park which will be collected at the entrance to the park – $5 per car for Delaware license tags and $10 per car for out-of-state tags. The Jolly Trolley will transport spectators at no cost to the competition field from the state park’s beach parking lot and handicap parking is available at the Seaside Nature Center parking lot.

For those who have not made their own kites and want to participate, Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites with amply space adjacent to the competition field to practice in advance of the competitions which begin at 10 a.m. Additionally, there are food vendors, a face painter and community organizations set up surrounding the field.

I may have to get my kites out. Back in the day, my high school had kite flying contests, and I took first place in two different categories two years in a row- once for smallest kite and once for highest flyer. Kite day was held half-day on a school day, and I missed about an hour of class winding my kite back in. If other students had known they would be excused from class, they might have entered.

Those kites are long gone, so I may take by dragon kite out for a whirl in 2015!

Schedule
10:00 am Registration begins
11:00 am Egg hunt
11:30 am Competition begins
12:30 pm First awards ceremony
1:15 pm Egg toss
1:45 pm Adult competition begins
2:15 pm Stunt flying demonstrations
2:45 pm Final awards ceremony
See more at: http://www.leweschamber.com/event/great-delaware-kite-festival#sthash.1BBHV2ih.dpuf


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Dinosaurs of the Deep Invade New Jersey

Get the jump on the all things dinosaur in anticipation of Universal’s new movie, Jurassic World, scheduled to open in June of 2015 by visiting the Adventure Aquarium’s new limited time exhibit, Dinosaurs of the Deep.

Enormous prehistoric marine reptiles that ruled the primeval seas more than 100 million years ago are taking over Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront starting January 16, 2015. For a limited time only, five thousand square feet of large-scale skeletons, ancient fossils and more than 20 life-size replicas will be on display throughout the aquarium to teach guests about the most intriguing sea monsters that ever existed – from massive pliosaurs and prehistoric armored fish to the whales, sharks and turtles that inhabit our oceans today.

Come face-to-face with life-sized replicas of some of the most ferocious and feared species that ever lived, including a 42-foot Elasmosaurus, 20-foot Kronosaurus, 21-foot Zygorhiza, 16-foot Dunkleosteus.

Image Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Image Courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Meet the 34-foot full scale Liopleurodon, one of the ancient oceans’ most dangerous predators, whose teeth were 4-inches long. The larger-than-life exhibit will also feature a replica fossil of a Tylosaur still stuck in stone and a life-sized coral reef teeming with trilobites and prehistoric fish.

Interactive dioramas and educational stations situated throughout the aquarium help guests learn about the enthralling world of ancient aquatic life through hands-on exploration. Along the way, visitors get the chance to touch a horseshoe crab at the “Touch a Living Dinosaur” exhibit and become a paleontologist by examining fossils of a variety of shark species and the largest sea turtles that ever lived.

Discover and learn more during your visit by taking in special programming. Check out some of the shows and talks available exclusively during Dinosaurs of the Deep. All live programs are included with general admission.

Ocean Realm: An Evolutionary Tale
Travel back 400 million years during the Devonian Period when sharks and fish made their first appearance on Earth. During this live show, guests will hear from an Animal Experience Specialist who will discuss the evolution of these living fossils and bridge the connection between the ferocious marine reptiles of Dinosaurs of the Deep with the animals on exhibit today inside Ocean Realm. Monday – Friday 1:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm Ocean Realm Theater

Sea Turtle Chat
Learn more about history’s greatest animal navigators! Their appearance may have changed little since the 200 million years when they first appeared on Earth, but a closer look will show just how drastically they’ve evolved. During daily Sea Turtle Chats, an Animal Experience Specialist will explore these differences and how ancient sea turtles compare to our loggerhead and green sea turtle species. Daily live chats; Ocean Realm Panoramic Window

Elasmosaurus Q&A
Get to know the massive 42 foot monster of the deep that’s taken up residence in the Rotunda! The Elasmosaurus was the largest of Plesiosaurs, measuring an average 46 feet long and weighing 2 tons. Adventure Aquarium biologists will discuss the Elasmosaurus and the amazing facts scientists have learned about this extinct species. Daily live chats; Rotunda

Shark Life in Jurassic Waters
Sharks have ruled the oceans for over 450 million years. During this live show, Adventure Aquarium biologists will discuss the evolution of these incredible species, including the great white shark and megalodon. Learn where fossilized evidence of sharks have been found, dive into some of the reasons how sharks were able to survive five mass extinctions and understand more about the connection between ancient and modern sharks. Monday – Friday 12:15 pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm; Shark Realm

Liopleurodon Q&A
An Animal Experience Specialist will be on hand daily to answer questions about the larger-than-life Liopleurodon. Gather under ‘Lio’s’ massive jaws to learn more about this incredible prehistoric monster, and to find out why he was known as the ‘biggest and baddest’ of his day. Daily live chats; Dinosaurs of the Deep Gallery

To learn more or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.AdventureAquarium.com