Lots of new birthday party ideas posted here!
Dedham Community Theatre has added a movie for April Vacation week - Kung Fu Panda 3.
Two shows daily (11:45 & 4:45) beginning on Friday April 15th!
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Did you know that you can buy tickets to Lake Compounce (near Hartford in Bristol, CT) for up to 30% off at AAA? You can buy them online or at any AAA office.
If you buy the tickets at the gate, anyone over 52 inches high cost $42.99 but the AAA price is 30% off. That savings will buy lunch!! Just plan a few days ahead and save a bunch of cash - maybe to spend on gas...
You can even buy a season pass at a discount!
Looking for more discount tickets? Check out the Fun Pass!
Math Fact Cafe is a great website for elementary school math practice. They provide free printable math worksheets for school and home use. This includes generators for math drills, flashcards, time, word problems and money! Here are some of the features of Math Facts Cafe:
Fabulous for making math practice a little more fun - kids can even do the sheets online and check themselves!
Did you know that you can buy discount Canobie Lake Park tickets at Costco? In June 2011, regular admission costs $32 per person (over 48" tall) but you can buy the same ticket at Costco for only $24.99! That's over 20% off and can pay for lunch!
Just look for the section near the registers where they sell the Universal Orlando tickets and grab one of the cardboard cutouts for them to scan at the register.
Just remember that Costco only takes Discover & Amex...!
Looking for more discount tickets? See these discount tips on Lake Compounce, Disney World, CharlieCard Discounts, Story Land, Davis Farmland, Water Country and more!
Here's some info on two indoor water park hotels near Story Land in New Hampshire.
[See an Ideal Itinerary for Story Land here.]
Hampton Inn North Conway: We just returned from a trip to Storyland and this time we stayed at the Hampton Inn in North Conway. Our main goal was to see the indoor water park that is part of the hotel and for hotel guests only. It was great. They have a nice breakfast that is included with your room - a nice seating area near the lobby with tables and buffet type choices. We were there on a Friday and Saturday night and they also had family movies in the seating area at 8pm both nights. Free wifi too. The hotel itself was nicer than I expected, and the waterpark was loads of fun. There are two large 3 story waterslides - one enclosed and one open, one jacuzzi, and one waterplay area for smaller children with two slides of its own, a small frog slide and a larger curved waterslide - about 4 feet high. Chairs are all around the edges so parents can sit and watch - but most actually go in the big slides - they were really fun!
Kahuna Laguna @ The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort & Fox Ridge Resort
The Red Jacket has an indoor waterpark too. It features a 40,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art water wonderland. See some more info on Kahuna Laguna here. The water park is available exclusively to registered guests of Red Jacket Mountain View Resort or Fox Ridge Resort
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If you go to Story Land once this summer, this is worth it! This is the ONLY Story Land coupon I have ever been able to find - AND it has so much more.
The Breathe NH Children’s Fun Pass allows many discounts (some to children under the age of 12 FREE admission) to over 100 of New England’s finest family attractions when accompanied by an adult.
The Fun Pass costs only $32 with a value of over $1800. This gift can be used all year long in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont and is perfect for weekends and school vacations! Some of the more than 100 attractions include Davis Farmland, The Butterfly Place, Water Country, Loon Mountain, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Storyland and many more amusement parks, water parks, museums and theatres.
You can order your Children’s Fun Pass online! They accept MC/VISA/AMEX/DISC.
Looking for more discount tickets? See these discount tips on Canobie Lake Park, Water Country, Disney World, Lake Compounce, Amusement Park Discounts from the Big Y and find even more Discounts & Savings tips from FamilyZip here.
Ideal itinerary for those at least 3 hours from Story Land:
Buy your Children's Fun Pass before you go! With the Fun Pass you get a coupon for a free child's admission with the purchase of an adult's admission. With one trip to Story Land, the Fun Pass pretty much pays for itself!
Arrive Friday at 2 or 3 (after 3:00pm July 1 thru August 24, after 2pm all other operating months) so you can go in to Story Land right when you arrive and get a free return pass for the next day (or any day for the rest of the season).
Enjoy Story Land until 5 or 6 - burn off all that steam from the car ride! I recommend going to the popular rides when you arrive - antique cars, polar coaster, bamboo shoots, etc - since the crowds thin out at about 2 or 3.
Then go to the Red Fox for dinner. Great family-friendly restaurant 1 mile from Storyland with a kids' playroom and movie room too!
Go to your hotel and relax!
Saturday: go to the Glen Junction Restaurant for breakfast at 7am/7:30am - it starts getting busy at 8. They also have takeout if it seems too busy. Cute breakfast restaurant with trains running around the ceiling. Kids love it. Alternative: Dunkin Donuts across the street.
Arrive at Story Land at 9am and give them your free return tickets and drivers license. Go to the popular rides first and enjoy the day! Good food options are available for lunch - including pizza, hot dogs, salads, pbj, carrot sticks and hamburgers. Before you leave Story Land that night, call Kringle's Country Store to order take out pizza to take back to your hotel. 603-383-6669.
After dinner, go to Trail's End Ice Cream [Rte 302 in Bartlett]. They have great ice cream and a huge playground for the kids to run around on, and Adirondack chairs for the parents. They have indoor seating too, in case it is cold or rainy.
Spend at least one night (otherwise everyone is really tired). We like the Villager Motel since it has big motel rooms with 2 queen beds, air conditioning, an area with a sink, fridge and microwave, then a separate shower and toilet area. Outside you have a picnic table, Adirondack chairs and lots of grassy areas to run around on. There is a nice, clean heated pool, three swings (one baby swing), and two climbing structures - a train and a pirate ship. Very reasonable rates. See TripAdvisor's reviews of the Villager Motel here
Other options are the two water park hotels near Story Land. We liked the Hampton Inn & Suites in North Conway because it has an attached, indoor water park. [See review of water park hotels near Story Land here.] Another great option is Kahuna Laguna, which is located within the Red Jacket Resort complex.
We have stayed at Luxury Mountain Getaways and the Sky Valley Motel but neither had air conditioning and we immediately regretted it. It is cooler in Glen, NH, but it still gets hot. I highly recommend a place that has a/c for summer visits.
When to go:
The best time to go is the second weekend they are open - there are absolutely no crowds and it is not hot yet. But check the website since they are open only on weekends at the beginning of the summer. Yes, it can be worth it to take the kids out of school. [There are only so many years you can go to Story Land since it is geared toward younger ones.]
What if it rains:
They sell ponchos for kids and adults and most of the rides still keep going. It is still pretty nice if it is not a total downpour. There are quite a few indoor shows [and stores] to visit when it rains.
If your kids like dress-up, you have to visit their Let's Pretend Imagination Shop. Princess supplies galore!
See information on two Waterpark Hotels near Storyland in New Hampshire.
Friends of the Dover Library to Hold Book SaleThe Friends of the Dover Library will be holding a giant book sale on Monday, May 17, from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the library.www.friendsofdoverlibrary.blogspot.com
View the warrant here: http://www.doverma.org/PDFs/2010-election-warrant.pdf
and stop by the Library Book Sale after!
Monday, February 15
11am and 1pm
February Vacation Magic Ark:
From his breathtaking levitation to his cutting edge Op-Art and screen illusions,Jason Bishop performs stunning and original state of the art magic.” Voted 2006 APCA Performing Artist of the Year, The Jason Bishop show is truly magical.
Tickets: $10; $9 JCC
Recommended for ages 4 and up
Need something to do on President's Day? Get tix to the Jason Bishop Magic show at the JCC! We went last year and it was quite good. The kids were mesmerized!
"Having Fun With Pyramids and Pharaohs" Saturday, January 30 10:30 am
Paulette Morin will provide an integrated, dynamic approach to exploring Egyptian life. Students will have the opportunity to unwrap a mummy, look at King Tut's tomb, try on Egyptian jewelery and more!
This presentation is a family presentation, especially suitable for grades 3-8.Need something to do this Saturday morning? Head over to the Sherborn Library and see "Having Fun with Pyramids & Pharaohs" for kids in grades 3-8!
Looking for some fun magazine subscriptions? Amazon has a bunch of magazine subscriptions for only $5.
This deal runs through the end of today - December 1st. Magazines available include:
How can you go wrong for only $5?
Cyber Monday started early at Verabradley.com - the Vera and Large Duffel for only $40!
Get 2 for $80 and get free shipping too!
valid from Sunday 11/29 – Wednesday 12/2
Looking for something fun to do? Check out the new Festival of Trees at Mass Hort at Elm Bank....Click on the link above to read the Boston Globe article, or go here for the official website.
Viewing Days: November 21 thru December 4 (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Hours: weekends and the day after Thanksgiving: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Other days: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Special note: December 4th the Festival will close at 7 p.m so winners can be notified.
General Admission: $7 for Adults, Children under 12 FREE!
Children age 14 or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
For a while, Math Fact Cafe and other websites were helping.... but that meant my computer was occupied.
Then we found FlashMaster.... imagine a DS-sized handheld for practicing math facts. It can go anywhere and believe it or not, the kids actually like it...!
One nice feature for parents is that you can review the results of your child's last 9 sets of problems (ie: 15 correct out of 15 attempted on level 7 - 100% correct)
It seems like we are getting some great pre Black Friday deals already! Amazon is having deals each day this week starting tomorrow.... and even right now:
If you were planning on getting a Wii and Wii Fit Plus for the holidays, Amazon has a great deal right now.
This offer is good until Nov. 22 11:59 PM Pacific time. Limit one per customer. To qualify, check out with all three of the items in your cart. The price of the gift card will be discounted during check out.
Peter Sylvester will be offering a great opportunity for parents and their children this December! On three Friday’s in December you will have the opportunity to “Drop and Shop” and get all your Holiday Shopping done without the kids around! On December 4th, 11th, and 18th Peter Sylvester will host the program in the Caryl School from 5:00 – 8:00pm for children in grades K-5. Your kids will be entertained by “Jim the DJ Guy” with music, games and many prizes. The night will be capped off with pizza.
Both the kids and I are excited for these new Drop & Shops on Fridays in December.... A DJ & Pizza - nice...!
It seems like the last book just came out... and here's the next installment already! The new 39 Clues book (The 39 Clues Book 6: In Too Deep) came out yesterday!!
Fabulous books - kids devour them! They are really fun... I'm even making my way thru them too... they are good!
Reading it to your class? Check out some cool educator resources available here
Wednesday, November 11
8:30am – 3pm
A day of outdoor adventure including ropes course and rock climbing activities, trail hiking and GPS exploration, nature exploration, mountain biking (for those with bikes), and field games. Pre-registration is required by Friday, November 6. Cost: $65.
Need something fun to do on Veteran's Day? Send the kids to Hale Reservation's Adventure Day! Click above for more info!
Looking for a fresh & local turkey this year? Check out these local turkey farms for the best turkey ever! The Natick Farm needs your order early - they sell out fast!
Thanksgiving Turkeys: Massachusetts Turkey Farms.
The Central MA Convention & Visitors Bureau has a great Davis Farmland coupon on their website.
Buy one admission, get one free!
Click on the Fab 5 pdf link on the website above to print it out and have some fun!
Donations may be made in Tim and Michelle's memory to the :
Worthy Children's Education Fund,
c/o Rockland Trust,
attn: Cheryl O'Donnell,
76 North St.,
Medfield, MA 02052.
If you love the Kid's Place in Needham, click on over to BuyWIthMe today and get $20 worth of activities for only $10!
BuyWithMe - Just $10 for $20 to Put Toward Any and All Activities at The Kid's Place
The fourth annual Old Home Day Craft Fair will be held Sunday, Oct. 4, in the Great Hall of the Dover Town House. Proceeds will benefit the Dover Historical Society.
Some of the exhibitors have appeared in previous Old Home Day craft fairs, while many are new exhibitors.
Craft Fair hours will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Since the fair will be indoors, it will be held rain or shine.
Again this year, there will be a Craft Fair Program so that all who attend the fair will have a copy of the floor plan as well as all of the exhibitor business cards. Door prizes will be awarded near the end of the craft fair. You do not need to be present to win.
All items exhibited at the craft fair are designed, created or crafted by the person selling them.
Exhibitors at the Craft Fair will include the following:
The craft fair is one of many activities planned at Dover’s Old Home Day. A much-anticipated celebration, Old Home Day is well attended by residents of Dover and surrounding towns. Other events will include the Old Time Exhibition Baseball Game; the Antique Car Show and Parade; silhouette artist Carol Lebeaux; open houses at Caryl House, Fisher Barn and the Sawin Museum; Modern Yankee Blacksmith; old-fashioned children’s games; the Grange Supper; and more.
New this year will be the cake sale and ceremony for disposal of unserviceable flags.
$3 donation requested - children under 12 free. Proceeds to benefit the Dover Historical Society.
For further information, see the Old Home Day Web site: www.DoverOldHomeDays.org.
Coco Key Discount Tickets
Is it raining or just too hot to go to the beach? Try Coco Key Waterpark in Danvers or Fitchburg. MassValuePass gives you a great $10 discount on tickets. Expires 8/30/09
More info here:
CoCo Key Water Resort
Brockton Rox Discount Tickets
Do you love baseball but don't want to send a million dollars to go in to Fenway? Try the Brockton Rox! MassValuePass gives you a big bargain with buy one get one free box seat tickets! Expires 8/30/09
More info here:
Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery
Want to go for a drive? Take a trip down to Westport and visit Westport Rivers Winery - if you print out a free MassValuePass, you can get 2 free wine tastings!! Expires 8/30/09
More info here:
In case you need to renew (or start) your Real Simple subscription, Amazon is having an amazing sale - only $5 for a year of Real Simple!
Great deal for a fun magazine....
Sale price is available thru Saturday, July 18th only!
I didn't know CVS had a Photo Site....They have a nice perk that won't last long - 50 free prints just for registering!
Considering I have at least 3 CVSes close to me, this will be an easy way to print some of my millions of digital pics!
Even though I have a bit more space than I used to for my vegetable garden, this is still my favorite book - Square Foot Gardening.
It gives you great plans for very efficient gardens and pairs plants that work together.... :)
Time to Get Planting!!
I happened to pick up a "Summer Solutions" booklet at Shaws the other day and if you like Coco Key Water Resort, they are worth a gold mine! In the back are coupons for $10 off each full day access pass to Coco Key Water Resort in Danvers, Fitchburg or Waterbury, CT! Full Day pass costs vary from $30-$40, so this is a good deal!
This deal is good thru 12/15/09, so you can even save your trip for a super cold day! Or go on a day this summer that is 100 degrees outside! :)
Complete details in the booklet available at Shaws. Here's some of the info:
Advance online reservations required. Enter promo Shaws09 to receive discount. Valid for arrivals thru December 15, 2009 at any Coco Key New England Resort- MA/CT. Excludes Saturday arrivals, holidays & events, not combinable with other discounts or coupons. Advanced online purchase required to guarantee admittance. No walk-ins. Maximum 3 discounts per order.
I have a lot of plants... vegetable garden, potted plants, hanging plants. This means lots of watering. I had heard about rain barrels to "harvest" rain water from your downspouts, but was dubious.
Well, I broke down and bought a not-so-bad-looking rain barrel last week and am THRILLED with it! Some rain barrels are these big green or brown barrels, but I found one at Gardener's Supply Co that is plastic but looks like it is made out of pottery, so it doesn't look so bad near my patio.
My downspout had a link at the right height for the smaller "Rainwater Urn" so it was an easy install - no sawing off of the downspout.... But my small "downspout diverter" that I got at Lowe's to make the downspout pour water into the Urn was our big question.... would it fall off once the water started pouring down? And how much water would we get at all? Would it be worth the $150 for this big hunk of plastic?
Well, we got a rainstorm on Sunday afternoon and my 45 gallon urn is almost FULL. We watered the entire garden and all the plants with it and we still have water in it! wow. This rainwater barrel actually has a little spigot so even the kids can fill up buckets and watering cans from it. Right now they still think its fun - so I have watering helpers.... we'll see how long that lasts!
It's going to rain some more this week so we're all set for water for the garden for a while. I am totally sold and am already thinking about getting another one! Reuse rainwater, go green AND save money!
We're so sad we missed Megan McDonald in Wellesley last week, but I figured (correctly) that it would be CRAZY! Ah well, next time. But over April vacation we did have some cartoon lessons from Judy's illustrator Peter Reynolds... fabulous!!! Watch for more of those at the Blue Bunny in Dedham!
We did love meeting Jeff Kinney at the Blue Bunny on Saturday though! We only had 68 people in front of us!
my favorite part of the article:
"All of which begs the question: Are raucous parties endemic in Dover? Not exactly. ..."
Book 5 in the Percy Jackson series - The Last Olympian - comes out on May 5th!! Just in time for summer reading!!
B&N's summer reading club is fun because when your kids read 8 books, they can get a book for free!
Just go to the website below and download the reading journal:
Then bring it to a Barnes & Noble near you and your child can pick a free book from a list of titles. The program runs from May 26, 2009 thru Sept 7, 2009.