family, Family Fun/ Travel

Dino Roar Valley!

The Dinos are here!!

Have you been to Dino Roar Valley yet? If no, you need to go!

There’s only ONE more T-Rex Tuesday left this season and it’s a great day to come. Mention code TUESDAY at the box office and you’ll receive Buy one, get one 50% off combo tickets!

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And On August 23, CDPHP will host DINO-STRETCH Mommy & Me Yoga at Dino Roar Valley.! How much fun it that!?

Expereicne yoga amongst 20 life-size dinos! This event is exclusive for CDPHP members, registration is free. Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/2Z5sESO

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Family Fun/ Travel

Dutch Wonderland – Lancaster, PA

Sponsored post: Life and Liz is a member of the Dutch Wonderland Summer Blogger program. All opinions are my own. 

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Over the weekend, we took a family trip to Pennsylvania. We had a family party to go to in Bangor so of course, we scheduled a trip to Lancaster to go to Dutch Wonderland. No visit to Lancaster is complete without seeing Dutch Wonderland!

For those who don’t know, Dutch Wonderland is a family amusement park that caters to young children. It’s know as the “Kingdom for Kids”, making it a perfect park for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as older children.

The park was made a reality by a young potato farmer-turner-Congress-Inn-owner named Earl Clark. With no amusement park experience, Clark began the park with just 4 rides. Over the years, the park has expanded to 43 acres with 35 rides, Duke’s Lagoon water play area, Exploration Island, live entertainment, games, and food!

The park is located along Route 30 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It’s a busy road, but there is a stop light to allow easy entrance to the park. If you’re staying overnight, there a plenty of hotel options nearby. There are several fast food and family friendly  restaurant’s close by as well.

Parking at Dutch Wonderland is $5 for general parking and $15 for preferred. It’s not a huge parking lot, so general parking is only a short walk to the park entrance. Preferred parking is in the lot right outside of the entrance. We parked in general parking, and with 4 children, we had no problems. It took roughly 4 minutes to walk from our car to the entrance. There was a line to get into the park, but it moved quickly.

Upon entrance to the park, we were greeted by friendly staff and a quick walk through the gift shop. It’s a straight walk which is nice that you’re not forced to walk through the whole shop. With small children, that can get messy quick! There are several “Am I tall enough?” charts for children to check their heigh to see which rides they can ride. They’re color coded, which is nice because children can easily remember what color they are. Even children who haven’t reached 30″ tall can still enjoy 11 rides at Dutch Wonderland! The majority of those rides are slow moving and gentle. They’re a great way to introduce little ones to amusement park rides. Our favorite ones were Duke’s Dozers, and the Merry Go Round.

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Once your child is over 30″ tall, the number of rides they can enjoy increases to 17 rides! My daughter loves planes, so her favorite was Sky Fighter. She felt like she was in a real airplane!

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There’s also a water park, Duke’s Lagoon, which is for all ages. The tropical island themed attraction includes water spilling coconuts, spectacular water geysers, and bubblers. There’s also a sitting area for parents and grandparents. If you’re planning on spending a long time at the water park, you can rent a personal cabana on their website.

The Prehistoric Path on the Exploration Island was a huge hit with my dinosaur loving children! There are over 20 life-like dinosaurs that can be enjoyed at your own pace. The area is mostly shady, which is nice when it’s a hot day. It’s a good break from the sun. It was one of the first spots we visited and we all enjoyed it!

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There are many big kid and family rides as well. Once your child is over 42″ tall, they can ride the majority of the rides in the park. The exception is the Kingdom Coaster which is a large wooden roller coaster for children 48″ tall.

There are several eateries inside the park that sell kid friendly foods, such as chicken tenders, pizza, and hot dogs. They’re reasonably priced too, so they won’t break the bank! Dutch Wonderland does not allow outside food or beverages to be brought into the park, with the exception of those with medical needs. If you’d like to enjoy your own food, there are picnic tables outside the park. You can get your hand stamped for easy re-entry.

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We had so much fun while visiting Dutch wonderland and can’t wait to return!

No matter the time of year, there is always something special to do at Dutch Wonderland. From Happy Hauntings in October, to Winter Wonderland in December, there’s always fun at Dutch Wonderland.

Find out more about Dutch Wonderland by visiting their website, dutchwonderland.com.

Giveaways

Color Me Rad 5K!

 

Who’s ready for a colorful time!?

Color me Rad 5K is coming to Ballston Spa at the Elms Family Farm on September 14th!! Historically, running has only been acceptable when trying to escape the law, the truth, personal responsibility and grizzly bears. Instead of running FROM something, get ready to run FOR something at this year’s Color Me Rad.

Have you ever participated in a race? Fun Run? Let me know in the comments!

If running isn’t your thing, feel free to walk, jog or push a stroller. Color Me Rad is all about getting out and sharing some Happy, Healthy & Together with your favorite running buddies.

And guess what? I’m giving away 4 free tickets to any race below! Enter the Rafflecopter Below!!

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Color Me Rad 5K – Albany – Sept 14th
Color Me Rad 5K – Virginia Beach Sportsplex – Sept 29th
Color Me Rad 5K – Wichita – Sept 7th

For a limited time, you can SAVE 15% OFF Color Me Rad RACE REGISTRATION Code is below. So if you don’t win a giveaway, you can still save 15% off the race registration!

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I’ll see you all there!

 

life

Bountiful Blessings

I’ve always dreamed of owning a farm. Acreage, chickens, goats, a bountiful vegetable garden, a beautiful flower garden. But alas, I only have 1/4 acre, and it’s mostly shade.

I’ve had echinacea and mint growing for years but I’ve been too busy to try to harvest them. I never knew what to do either. But this year I decided to do it. I cut a few echinacea and a bunch of mint. And now I have them hanging up in my house to dry. I’m really excited for the end result! Can we say mint tea? Yes please! 😄.

We have a small chicken farm here. 20 chickens. They’re fun. The kids love them. I love the fresh eggs we get every day! If you’ve never had farm fresh eggs, you’re really missing out. They’re so much better than store bought eggs!

And the berries!! I’m so excited about these berries! We’ve always had black raspberries but this is the first year for red raspberries. A bird much have dropped a seed because they just randomly sprouted up in the back yard! There was an invasive vibe growing back there, along with other weeds. I’ve worked hard to remove all the weeds to really give this berry bush a chance to thrive, and it has! There’s easily 100+ berries growing and I couldn’t be more delighted! It’s a small reminder to me that God will provide and give you all the desires of your heart. 💜

Do you have a farm or garden? I’d love to hear about it!

family

Summer is for s’mores

Summertime is officially here! And summertime calls for s’mores.

I’ve got a lot of hungry mouths to feed this summer and it’s not always idea to make a fire outside. Let’s be honest, it’s hot! 90 degrees and 90% humidity is NOT s’mores weather!

I decided to treat the kids to indoor s’mores this week. They were delicious! Ooey and gooey just like on a campfire!

It’s also berry season around here! A mysterious raspberry bush has been growing in the back yard and no one knows how it got there! I think a bird must have dropped a seed. Who knows! All I know is now we have several red raspberry plants growing! I couldn’t be happier! My children all love raspberries. They could eat them everyday but they’re so expensive. We have black raspberries, those have been around for years. But the red ones are new! I’m delighted to be able to just go in the back and pick some for them! They’re absolutely delicious too!

Happy summer everyone!

Events, family

Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series

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The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents free summer fun for children with the Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series. This year they are launching into SPACE! to explore everything from music to crafts!

Join them for an out-of-this world Space Carnival! Make a UFO at our craft station, dance to the space themed playlist, and snap a picture in the photo booth, complete with planet and star props. Face painting, games, books, and so much more – join them for this exciting kick-off to the series!

The Hall is also partnering with a local charity group, Troy Street Soldiers. Every Thursday night in Barker Park, they share a free meal for anyone in need, and distribute food, household goods, and clothing. The Hall will be requesting and collecting donations of children’s books, clothing, and food to help assist their program.

The Hall will present a new performer or activity in Barker Park, located on the corner of 3rd and State Streets in downtown Troy, every Thursday at 11 AM, starting July 11 through August 29!

For more information on The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, check out their website at http://www.troymusichall.org 

Events, family

Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival

Get ready for the Saratoga Balloon & BBQ Festival this weekend!

6 BBQ chefs, firing up the smokers and grills
30 hot air balloons, ready to launch over the Adirondack Mountains
75 Exhibitors in the Marketplace: Arts, Crafts, Specialty Goods, and Sundries

Don’t miss the 6th Annual Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival (formerly the Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival) at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. This family-friendly event celebrates the best of the capital region with food, live entertainment, shopping, kids activities, and balloons!

June 21-23 2019!

For more information, check out their website balloonandbbq.com

I’ll see you there!