New Theme Park Rides at Six Flags Great Adventure

New Theme Park Rides at Six Flags Great Adventure

Six Flags Great Adventures in Jackson, NJ is opening this week with wild new theme park rides: the massive 24-story-tall SkyScreamer extreme swing ride, a new Wild Safari tour, and Hurricane Harbor’s intimidating King Cobra racing tube slide. New theme park rides at Six Flags Great Adventure Six Flags Wild Safari For the first time…

Renaissance Fairs and Fun Festivals in the North East
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Renaissance Fairs and Fun Festivals in the North East

Rennaisance Fairs have been held around the US for the past fifty years, starting in New York City in 1957 with “A Christmas Masque of Traditional Revels”. This was later broadcast on TV as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and in 1971 was  established permanently  as Christmas Revels in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Then in 1963 a class in Los…

Area 51 – Extraterrestrials Sighted In Nevada
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Area 51 – Extraterrestrials Sighted In Nevada

Our strangest trip occurred not long ago along a desolate stretch of highway, in an endlessly empty landscape marked only by the passage of bullet-ridden cattle caution signs. We had ventured into a region steeped in myth and speculation, commonly referred to as… Area 51. The focus of countless conspiracy theories, Area 51 is a…

Magic for muggles – New Warner Bros. Studios London The Making of Harry Potter Tour

Magic for muggles – New Warner Bros. Studios London The Making of Harry Potter Tour

At Britain’s newest and biggest attraction, magic is everywhere. And so are golden snitches. It’s our job to find them amongst the detailed sets, props and costumes. Although just outside of London, The Warner Bros. Studios The Making of Harry Potter Tour feels a world away from muggle life as you ride on a broomstick,…

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New York City with Kids: Fun and Educational Things To Do, Family-friendly Hotels and Restaurants, and More!

Even though I lived on the Upper West Side for ten years, it’s a whole new experience to return to the Big Apple with my children. New York City with kids is a world onto itself. Seen through the eyes of a child, Gotham is a magical place, full of wonder and joy. The Albany…

The Hunger Games: Film Locations In North Carolina
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The Hunger Games: Film Locations In North Carolina

Believe it or not, Asheville, North Carolina is within road trip distance from Albany, NY – a very long, 12-hour drive – but doable. I have had the pleasure of driving to Asheville twice, both times for the annual Type A Parent Conference. And I would do it again for vistas of rolling green hills,…

Fun in Cambridge MA: Glass Flowers at Harvard Museum of Natural History
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Fun in Cambridge MA: Glass Flowers at Harvard Museum of Natural History

On a recent visit to Massachusetts for my teenage son’s day at MIT’s Spark program, my elementary-aged daughter and I were looking for fun things to do in the Boston area while he was in class, so we went for a visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History – HMNH in Cambridge. Among the…

Tourist Attractions To See with Kids Before They Grow Up

Tourist Attractions To See with Kids Before They Grow Up

Visiting a tourist attraction with kids can be a great way to learn about the world – its history, nature, culture, and so much more.Trouble is, often not much separates a tourist attraction from it’s less respectable cousin – the tourist trap. My children and I have been disappointed by a number of attractions that…

Visit the Newseum in Washington, D.C. with Kids

Visit the Newseum in Washington, D.C. with Kids

It’s billed as the world’s most interactive museum, “where five centuries of news history meets up-to-the second technology on America’s Main Street,”  but it was the low-tech displays of the Newseum which captured our imagination. With five densely packed levels of edutainment, this is not a museum that can be completely covered in one day. …