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Free Movies in the Park 2015 in Gloucester County, NJ

Free Movies in the Park 2015 in Gloucester County, NJ

Gather the family and bring your blankets and chairs to catch a free movie anywhere throughout the county all summer long.

Wednesday show dates will have a Thursday rain date, Friday show dates will have a Saturday rain date, unless otherwise noted. All shows begin at Dusk (8:00-8:30).

Movies are provided by the county and titles are chosen by each municipality.

Friday, May 8 

Dolphin Tale 2

East Greenwich Township

Samuel Mickle School, 559 Kings Hwy., Mickleton

 Friday, May 22   

Dolphin Tale 2

Borough of Westville

Galbraith Park, River Drive

Friday, May 29        

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Harrison Township

Ella Harris Park, 155 Commissioners Rd.

Friday, June 5           


Deptford Township

Fasola Park, 12 Sycamore Lane

Friday, June 12     


National Park

ACA Fields, Hessian Avenue

Friday, June 19               

The Boxtrolls

Borough of Clayton

Sandelier Park, 125 North Delsea Drive

Friday, June 26

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Woolwich Township

Locke Avenue Park, 56 Locke Avenue

Friday, July 10      

The Boxtrolls

Woodbury Heights

500 Elm Avenue

Wednesday, July 15

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life


Stewart Lake Park, 235 East Red Bank Avenue

Friday, July 17       

Annie – It’s A Hard Knock Life

Washington Township

Washington Lake Park Amphitheatre, 626 Hurffville – Cross Keys Road

Wednesday, July 22           

The Lego Movie

Borough of Wenonah

Wenonah Park, East Mantua and South West Avenues


Wednesday, July 29           

Dolphin Tale 2

Logan Township

125 Main Street, Bridgeport

Friday, July 31        


Greenwich Township

Memorial Park, Memorial Avenue   Gibbstown

Wednesday, August 5   

Into The Woods

James G. Atkinson Park

138 Bethel Mill Road, Sewell

Friday, August 7    


Borough of Glassboro

New Street Park, 410 East New Street

Wednesday, August 12         

The Boxtrolls

Mantua Township

Chestnut Branch Park, 545 Main Street

Friday, August 14     

**Rain Date – August 19


Monroe Township

Monroe Township Public Library, 713 Marsha Avenue

Friday, August 21            


West Deptford

Riverwinds, 1000 Riverwinds Drive

Wednesday, August 26    


South Harrison Township

Stewart Park, 67 Ferrell Road, Mullica Hill

Friday, August 28         

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Borough of Pitman

Sunset Auditorium, Laurel Ave

Wednesday, September 9    


Franklin Township

Malaga Lake Park, Malaga Road

Friday, September 11     


Borough of Paulsboro

Fort Billings Park, North Delaware Avenue

Friday, September 18     

Muppets Most Wanted


Swedesboro Lake Park, 701 Park Avenue

Friday, September 25   

Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Elk Township

Elk Township Park, 700 Whig Lane Road

Gloucester County Movies in the Park

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Fish Free in Maryland June 6, 13 and July 4, 2015

Image Courtesy of Maryland DNR

Image Courtesy of Maryland DNR

Everyone is encouraged to grab a rod, get outside and take advantage of Maryland’s excellent angling opportunities during free fishing days June 6, June 13 and July 4. No license or trout stamp is required to recreationally fish in state waters on these days. Maryland also features 23 unique license-free fishing areas, where anglers can fish without a license throughout the year.

As always, anglers must adhere to regulations, including size and possession limits, which are available online in the digital 2015 Maryland Fishing Guide. Printed copies of the guide are offered at most Maryland tackle shops and at the seven regional DNR Service Centers.

Anglers 15 years old and younger do not need a license to fish year-round.

The Department of Natural Resources invites young anglers to keep up-to-date on youth fishing events by joining the free Maryland Youth Fishing Club. DNR also hosts an active online Maryland Angler’s Log where anglers of all ages share their photos and fishing experiences.

Anglers looking for fishing guides or charters should visit the Map of Licensed Charter Boats & Fishing Guides to find a nearby pro.

While you are fishing, keep in mind that catching a fish meeting or exceeding the minimum Angler Award size for that species will earn you a certificate and an invitation to the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale at Sandy Point State Park in September, where you may win a prize. To enter, simply take your fish, or a clear photo of your fish if you released it alive into the water, to an Angler Award Center (participating tackle store) to have the species and size confirmed and to receive your ticket and registration information. Catch and Release entries require a photo clearly showing the length of the fish measured on or next to a measuring tape.

Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources 


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American Visionary Art Museum Announces Kinetic Sculpture Race Date Change


Sweeping an astonishing collection of awards, Tick Tock the Croc was awarded Grand Mediocre and Art by the judges, People’s Choice by the people, and Marine Posse Favorite by the Kinetic Kayak Rescue & Repair teams. Image Courtesy of

Sweeping an astonishing collection of awards, Tick Tock the Croc was awarded Grand Mediocre and Art by the judges, People’s Choice by the people, and Marine Posse Favorite by the Kinetic Kayak Rescue & Repair teams. Image Courtesy of


One of the wackiest, fun-filled, free family activities is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 14, starting at 11:00 a.m., at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Totally human powered works of art have been designed to travel on land, through mud, and over Baltimore Harbor waters at the prompting of the AVAM. Those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to join in the madness over the last 14 years have missed a folly -illed afternoon cheering on teams of eccentric artists and lunatic geniuses. They’ve teamed up to craft mobile art machines out of bicycles, gears, old flotation apparatuses and whatever other nonsense they can find in their garages, basements or recycling centers. The devices can be simple, small crafts, piloted by one brave soul, or over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots.

2013: Go Ask Alice (winner of the People’s Choice award) Image Courtesy of

2013: Go Ask Alice (winner of the People’s Choice award) Image Courtesy of

Pilots (“Kinetinauts”) compete for the most coveted GRAND MEDIOCRE EAST COAST CHAMPION AWARD (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, BEST BRIBES and more. The all-day race kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at American Visionary Art Museum.

The museum’s staff worked closely with city officials to secure a new date for its annual competition of human-powered works of art, which has always been dedicated to the delight, communal participation; peace and love of Baltimore. This year’s race will be sporting an “Out of This World” theme in tribute to The Hubble Space Telescope, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at AVAM.


For all official Kinetic Sculpture Race updates, follow:




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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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Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands                                                                       

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

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Image Courtesy of Laurel Highlands

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Tubing Down the Delaware is Officially Open at Bucks County River Country

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Image Courtesy of Bucks County River Country

 The weather is great, the sun is out and it’s a spectacular weekend to get out and have some family fun. Take Mom to Bucks County River Country for a Mother’s Day adventure everyone can enjoy. River Country has been the Delaware Valley’s Tubing Capital for 35 years. 

Tubing the waters of the Delaware offers a chance to relax floating past some of the most beautiful scenery in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Observe wildlife, and the surrounding cliffs and rock formations. No paddling is required, just relax and let the current pull you along. It is a great way for families, friends and groups to stay cool and enjoy the outdoor sun. 

The Delaware River has been referred to as the “Eden of the East” with waters that are a refreshing. 

Life jackets are mandatory for children 12 years old and younger and is mandatory for non-swimmers and anyone with a health condition. Nothing beats the heat better than a tubing adventure. 

No longer just a black inner-tube, River Country’s standard tubes are custom manufactured with dual chambers (for safety.) They have tubes in four different sizes, to accommodate most people. New in 2014 was their Snuggle Tube, a double tube that people share. 

Check their coupon page for special discount days. 

Bucks County River Country

2 Walters Ln

Point Pleasant, PA 18950

Phone :(215) 297-5000

Fax: (215) 297-5643


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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 for Class # 320599

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

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


Enjoy the Really Big Toys at Diggerland USA in NJ

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Image Courtesy of Diggerland, USA

When I graduated from college, I went to work as a project engineer for an oil company. Over the years, I have driven ditching machines, backhoes and front loaders. Fast forward a few years (cough, cough) and I’m now in a profession where I no longer get to play with the really big toys.

Diggerland, USA which opens on Saturday, June 14, 2014, gives all frustrated engineers, Tonka Truck fans, and toy enthusiasts the opportunity to drive, ride, and operate heavy machinery in a safe family-friendly environment. Four Diggerland Adventure parks currently exist in the United Kingdom.

Diggerland incorporates the hands on operation of machinery for the entire family. Children and parents alike have the opportunity to drive skid-steer loaders, backhoes, tractors, mini dumpers, and small excavators. All the equipment has either been modified for use on a course or made stationary by design for operation in designated excavation areas. An amusement engineering marvel and staple attraction for the park, Spin Dizzy, booms the arm of a 20 ton JCB JS220L excavator up and down while spinning in circles with 8 passengers harnessed into the seats of a modified bucket attachment. In The Backhoe Adventure, 4 riders and a ride marshal climb aboard the cab of a modified JCB 3CX backhoe for a mystery tour while taking turns behind the wheel of the machine.

Image Courtesy of Diggerland, USA

Image Courtesy of Diggerland, USA

Other attractions include rock climbing, multiple train rides, a ropes course, an arcade, and a swamp buggy attraction. Smaller guests will enjoy the playground equipment in the Kid Zone, or may opt to take a ride up on the Sky Shuttle, a JCB 540 Telehandler capable of moving 15 guests at a time 5 stories into the sky.

Diggerland USA is located off Cooper Road via Route 73 in West Berlin, NJ, about 20 minutes from Philadelphia or one-hour from New York. The facility is positioned directly behind Sahara Sam’s Oasis.

Beatrix Potter Puppet Play

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I never could resist alliteration!

The weather is frightful, and parents of cooped up kids may be looking for a fun family activity again this weekend. The Beatrix Potter tales were a family favorite when we were kids–I almost have the Tale of Timmy Tiptoes memorized since I read it so many times. Puppet and Potter fans should check the Puppet Co. Playhouse in Glen Echo, MD for a special treat.

What are these two bad mice up to? Find out in “Tales of Beatrix Potter.” There are just two more weekends – tomorrow and Sunday at 11:30 and 1:00, and next week Friday at 10:00 and 11:30, and Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 and 1:00. Tickets are just $10 (kids who have not reached their 2nd birthday are free) and may be purchased online with no service charge!

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Best Egg Hunt Ever!

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Everyone seems to have egg hunts in spring, and let’s face it; they’re all variations on a theme. If you’re looking for a family outing that will provide the kids with something more than a sugar rush, check out the Fossil Egg Hunt at the Calvert Marine Museum on March 30 starting at 10:30 a.m. Designed for children age 3-8, the kids are divided into two groups to give everyone a fair chance at the goodies. Best of all, participants get to keep the fossils. Bring your own basket for egg collecting. Free with museum admission.

 Also at the CalvertMarineMuseum, enjoy learning about otters, the merry prankster of the mammal world, on April 1 for a fun April Fools Day activity. Sign up for the Otter Breakfast and learn about otter enrichment, habitat, and the mischief these mammals get into with their playful curiosity. Go behind the scenes to talk with a keeper and observe a feeding. 

A continental breakfast will be provided as part of the fee. Children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult to participate. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Fee is $15 per person, $10 for members and includes museum admission. Call 410-326-2042 ext. 41 to register.  Program begins at 9 a.m.

 Calvert Marine Museum Society

Solomons, MD


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