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Our Family Adventures: Academy of Natural Science

Did you know that the ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex was born with soft feathers just like a little baby chick?  Well neither did I until visiting the Academy of Natural Science in Philadelphia, PA. This is only one of the fun science facts that I learned throughout our visit.  The little one is in love with the dinosaurs at the moment so we had to check out the Dinosaurs Unearth exhibit at the Academy of Natural Science.  It kind of reminded me of Jurassic Park with all of the mechanical dinosaurs.

The museum is 3 levels of interactive learning and diorama’s of past and present creatures.  There is also a special section on the ground floor to peek in at the live animals.  Oh and I can’t forget about the butterfly room which was really cool. The top level of the museum has a play area for children to dress up and climb.  The little one was able to pet some of the live reptiles on this floor as well.  There are people stationed throughout the entire museum to answer your scientific questions so don’t be shy.

I’m not sure if it was a mother and daughter pair, but these two artist had chairs set up in front of the owl diorama sketching away.  So for the artist in you looking to capture nature, it is not a bad idea.

Here are some of our pictures throughout our visit to the Academy of Natural Science:

 

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For more information and fun activities going on at the museum visit www.ansp.org

This is not a sponsored post just me sharing our family adventure.

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Our Family Adventure: UniverSoul Circus

I am a little late in writing this post, but last weekend my little one and I went to the UniverSoul Circus with my parents.  Really we went because my mother used the little one as an excuse to go to the circus.  LOL!

This was my first time going to this interactive event so I didn’t know what to expect.  The first thing I noticed really caught me off guard.  There were activist posted outside the entrance handing out animal abuse flyers.  Fortunately the flyers did not have anything specific about the UniverSoul Circus so I felt a little better.  I think they were just protesting because the circus used elephants, tigers, and dogs in some of its acts.  Prior to this weekend I had not been to the circus since I was a little girl so if someone can tell me if animal abuse activist at the circus is a common thing, it would be very helpful.

Besides the activist, I will say it was an enjoyable show.  The venue was not as big as I thought it would be, which turned out to be a good thing.  The small arena allowed us to be very close to everything including the animals.  We sat in the first row on the second level and there were about four rows on the floor section in front of us.  Between these two sections, some of the clowns and other performers walked around to interact with guest.  Most of my pictures came out weird because of the lighting, but here are a few

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Elephant rides before the show.

The UniverSoul Circus had some great acts, but in my opinion the second half of the show was better than the first.  In my defense the second half was more circusey and yes I know that is not a word.  If you would like to attend this event you can go to http://www.universoulcircus.com/ for tour dates.

This is not a sponsored post; just me sharing our family adventure.

 

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Our Family Adventure: Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA

If you enjoy things medieval or just looking to get into the spirit of things for Halloween, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA is worth checking out at least once.  Although the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire starts in August, it wraps up its duration with a Halloween theme for the majority of October.  We took advantage of the “Halloween Days and Spooky Knights” event this past weekend.

There is something for all age groups at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA.  You will encounter cast members dressed in all sorts of fun medieval attire, including guest visiting the event.  You will find knights to princess and fairies to ghouls.  They even give out candy to the little ones during these fun filled Halloween weekends.  Now I spent the majority of my childhood growing up in Lancaster, PA and never took advantage of this attraction in my very own backyard, however, I once knew a girl that worked there because she was really into acting.  Just an FYI, Manheim is right next door to Lancaster if you are not familiar with the area, but I know longer live there.

If you take a trip to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, there are plenty of vendors so you can stock up on your medieval gear and swords so have fun shopping.   Also, you will find rides and games for the little ones and beer and wine for the adults, but no getting drunk since this is a family attraction. The majority of the games however are more geared towards older children or adults, like knife and ax throwing. There is plenty of food so you will not go hungry such wide selection, like pickles on a stick and huge turkey legs for the carnivore in you.  One thing that really caught my attention was the chocolate covered bacon.  Now I am a bacon lover, but I could not bring myself to try chocolate covered bacon.  With all of the demonstrations and stage shows, you will not be bored one bit.  Take caution with the stage shows because not all of them a child friendly.  We made that mistake and quickly realized it was not a show for the little one which was completely my fault.  I should have paid attention to the sign. Oh and make sure you stay till the end for the grand finally where the knights battle it out with some other surprises that I will not ruin for you.  Hey I can’t give it all away now can I?

With all of that being said, I’m sure your family will have fun just like we did.  So here is the kicker, plan to spend money at this fun filled attraction because it is not budget friendly.  I assumed we would have to pay for your typical things like food, games and souvenirs, but we also had to pay for the rides on top of the admission fee.  Depending on how many people are in your group, it can quickly add up so be prepared.  Prices may have changed depending on when you come across this blog post so I recommend visiting http://www.parenfaire.com/ for current rates.  I will say children under the age of 5 are free and there is a difference between the adult and child ticket.  If you purchase tickets online, you can take advantage of the online discount, but make sure you have a printer handy to print your tickets.  Also there are participating locations to pick up coupons if you plan to pay at the door so check the event website for details.  You cannot combine the coupons with the online discount FYI.  So I guess your admission is covering all of the stage shows and demonstrations.  Oh and last but not least, if you plan on purchasing bottles of wine, they do have a booth for you to do a wine tasting. You can pick up your purchases at the winery on your way out so you don’t have to carry them around.

Check out some of our pictures and if you do decided to take a trip to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, PA, make sure you stop back by and tell me all about it.

 

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Our Family Adventure: Shady Brook Farm

For the first time ever, our little family experienced picking pumpkins at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, PA. It was a fun filled event that took up our entire afternoon. Pumpkin Fest is currently going on from September 28th through October 31st of 2013. This festival is undeniably a place for younger children to enjoy. Keep in mind it is a farm so do not wear good shoes, since we ran into a few muddy spots.

There are multiple blow up bouncy attractions to choose from, but no shoes allowed on these play things so bring an extra pair of socks; unless you are ok with your child going bare foot. Other cool attractions are petting zoo stations, corn maze, Tryke Track, live entertainment, fall treats and more. And of course the main attraction, riding the hay ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your very own pumpkins. The pumpkins are .59/lbs. so don’t get too carried away like we did since it can quickly add up. Oh and last but not least you cannot leave without visiting the market to pick up some pumpkin ice cream, which was amazing.

The cost is $15 per person including children. If your child is big enough to play you gotta pay. Have no fear you can print $7 off coupons from Valpak and yes you can use a coupon for each person. Just make sure you keep clicking reprint so you get a different barcode for each coupon. The coupon is good up until October 31st although it gives dates for September in the heading. We had fun so I recommend it. To read more about Shady Brook Farms and see additional offers please visit www.shadybrookfarm.com.

This is not a paid advertisement, just something we enjoyed.

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