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Life is Peachy at the Queen Creek Peach Festival

Life is Peachy at the Queen Creek Peach Festival
Where can you toss peach pits, gorge yourself on peach pie and compete in a peach gunny sack race?   Schnepf Farms (map), the largest organic Peach grower in the state is home to the annual Queen Creek Peach Festival in Queen Creek, Arizona.  For good old fashioned fun, pick your own peaches and join in on the lip-smacking taste testings of everything peach on May 8th, 9th,15th and 16th. The event is free to the public and if you haven’t been to Schnepf Farms you and your family will love...
April 24th, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: chef demonstrations, family fun, festival, food

Bubblefest XIV

Bubblefest XIV
Experience a spectacular bubble show for both children and their parents at this year’s Bubblefest XIV with Guinness World Record holder Fan Yang. Fan Yang will display his mastery of “bubble art”, manipulating them to create an array of bubbles that will amaze you and your children. Because of it’s popularity in New York, this famous Bubble show has come to the West Coast and also shown much attraction as the largest event of the Discovery Science Center. Some highlights of...
April 5th, 2010 | Joannaline C. Young | Read More | Comments: 1
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Rachel, the Pig who Lives at the Pike Place Market

Rachel, the Pig who Lives at the Pike Place Market
One of the most popular “residents” of Seattle’s Pike Place Market is Rachel, a bronze pig weighing in at 550 pounds.  This unofficial mascot of the Market lives at the corner of Pike Place beneath the Public Market Center sign. Rachel first arrived at the market in 1986.  She was designed by Georgia Gerber, a local artist, and was modeled after a real life prize-winning pig of the same name.  She was an immediate hit with the kids who are free to climb all over her.  And she’s quite...
March 27th, 2010 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
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Future Holds More Fairy Tales, More Fantasyland

Future Holds More Fairy Tales, More Fantasyland
Some call it spring cleaning.  In the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort it is more like spring building, and a lot of it. Groundbreaking has taken place on a three year construction project, beginning the largest expansion ever for the Magic Kingdom theme park (map) as the size of the Fantasyland section will be greatly enhanced. Currently the home of Cinderella and her showcase castle, when all construction is completed by 2013, guests to Fantasyland will be able to visit their favorite princess...
March 26th, 2010 | Jenni Ingersoll | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: family fun, featuredarticle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney

Have a Hopping Good Time at Bunny Bounce

Have a Hopping Good Time at Bunny Bounce
Have a hopping good time at this year’s Bunny Bounce at Woodland Park Zoo.  The fun-filled day of activities is planned with kids eight and under in mind, and offers egg hunts, arts and crafts, bunny encounters, and egg-citing zoo programs. Egg hunts are scheduled based on age groups, and are on a first-come, first-served bases.  Children should bring their own bag or basket for the hunt. Toddlers (ages 3 and under) can hunt for eggs any time in the picnic shelter area.  The toddler hunt is...
March 25th, 2010 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
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Downtown Disney Areas Offer Build It Yourself Experiences

Downtown Disney Areas Offer Build It Yourself Experiences
Shopping usually isn’t high on a child’s list of fun things to do, unless that shopping somehow involves them.  Downtown Disney areas of Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World have several interactive options that couldn’t involve young shoppers more. A growing trend in the shopping experiences is the make-it, customize-it, build-it, design-it yourself option.  Not only is it popular, it is a lot of fun for kids and puts them squarely in the driver’s seat of shopping. At...
March 24th, 2010 | Jenni Ingersoll | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Disneyland, Downtown-Disney, family fun, Shopping, Walt Disney World

Washington Nationals Home Opener April 5th

Washington Nationals Home Opener April 5th
A three-game home stand versus the Philadelphia Phillies kicks off the Washington Nationals 2010 MLB baseball season in Washington DC on Monday, April 5th, 2010. And while tickets for the Nats opening day may be tough to find, tickets for the next two home games on Wednesday and Thursday are still available. Last season, the Nats had the worst record in MLB baseball with just 59 wins to 103 losses (.364), a full 34 games back at the end of the season. The Nationals won just 41% of their home games...
March 12th, 2010 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: baseball, family fun, featuredarticle, sports

Spokane’s Antique Carousel in Riverfront Park

Spokane’s Antique Carousel in Riverfront Park
Looff carousel in Spokane's Riverfront Park Take a ride on the Riverfront Park Carousel, also known as the Looff Carousel  and you’ll get a chance to grab a brass ring with each revolution.  Well, not actually a brass ring – it’s a plastic one – but there aren’t many carousels around that boast of a 100 year history.  This antique carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of the finest examples of hand-carved wooden carousels. The carousel was built...
February 28th, 2010 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: family fun, featuredarticle, parks, Spokane

Fun at the Farm

Fun at the Farm
Visiting Auckland isn’t complete without making a trip to a farm or two, and best of all, staying and working in one. Being Aotearoa’s largest city, Auckland has all the facilities and amenities of urban living, but with the surprises and adventures of farm living, as well. Farmstays offer the opportunity to experience genuine Kiwi farming first hand, with accommodation to include farm tours and animal activities. At the Drury Farm, hosts Ross and Lyndy share their gladly share their...
February 27th, 2010 | theaucklandguide | Read More | Comments: 0
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Free Pancakes to Celebrate National Pancake Day

Free Pancakes to Celebrate National Pancake Day
You’ll flip for this deal, as IHOP offers you a FREE short stack (three) of their famous buttermilk pancakes to patron who visit on National Pancake Day. The occasion started four years ago as a way to raise money for local charities, and since then the event has raised over 3 million dollars from its efforts.  Last year alone saw $1.3 million dollars raised, and despite a sagging economy, hopes are to raise even more this year. It’s a worthy cause, so consider getting the family together and...
February 16th, 2010 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: family fun, Food & Beverage, special offers

All Aboard 36th Annual Model Railroad Show

All Aboard 36th Annual Model Railroad Show
Model railroad enthusiasts will gather at the Pacific Science Center for their annual long weekend of locomotive heaven.  This year’s event, the 36th annual, will feature dozens of detailed, creative scenic layouts sure to capture the imagination of enthusiasts of all ages. Remember the fun of building a railroad track for the train you got for Christmas?  This show is all that – and more.  You’ll find model railroad displays in every building of the science, and the layouts, displays and...
January 11th, 2010 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: family fun, Pacific-Science-Center

A Disney Souvenir You Will Cherish, Hands Down!

A Disney Souvenir You Will Cherish, Hands Down!
Do  these souvenirs sound familiar?  A t-shirt that commemorates the vacation destination and is worn a few times, until it shrinks?!  Or the light-up spinny-thing that is so cool in the dark, until it gets caught in sister’s hair?!  Take heart, as I have uncovered a souvenir that will withstand the test of time. A new “hand art” vendor  has recently opened a kiosk at Downtown Disney, creating framable souvenirs you will actually cherish. Customers place their...
December 27th, 2009 | Jenni Ingersoll | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Downtown-Disney, family fun, souvenir, Walt Disney World Resort

Kid’s Stuff: Abracadabra at Cosmocaixa

Kid’s Stuff: Abracadabra at Cosmocaixa
Cosmocaixa is the city’s science museum, a popular destination for families. Geared mostly towards kids, Cosmocaixa offers rotating expositions and interesting permanent expositions including a detailed underwater forest. Outings in Barcelona. Regina Winkle-Bryan Abracadabra is currently on at the museum, an exposition that looks into the mysterious art of optical illusion. How are we able to tell fact from fiction, reality from magic? Abracadabra answers these questions plus offers magic games...
December 6th, 2009 | thebarcelonaguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: abracadabra, Cosmocaixa, family fun, science

Get Lost…in a Massive Corn Maze

Get Lost…in a Massive Corn Maze
The Corn Maze in The Plains, in suburban The Plains, Virginia, covers 5 full acres of corn fields and offers a barnyard of fun, afternoon live entertainment, as well as weekend hayrides and a picnic area.  The multipath corn maze is designed to confuse and confound children and adults alike as they attempt to navigate from one end of the maze to the other. While navigating the maze with your flag and survival guide, search for clues  and complete the map to find you way out.  If you get lost,...
October 28th, 2009 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
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Disney On Ice in Two Seattle Area Locations

Disney On Ice in Two Seattle Area Locations
Disney comes to Seattle next month, with its new show, Disney on Ice’s Worlds of Fantasy.  It’s four of your favorite Disney stories in one show: Disney on Ice captivates and charms audiences Thrilling speed and stunts with Lightning McQueen, Mater, and the whole crew from CARS. An enchanting undersea experience with the Little Mermaid. The Circle of Life with the Lion King. The magical world of Pixie Hollow, with Tinker Bell and the other Disney fairies All these favorites Disney scenes and...
October 24th, 2009 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 1
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Celebrate Seattle Hawaiian-Style at Seattle Aquarium

Celebrate Seattle Hawaiian-Style at Seattle Aquarium
I’m just back from a quick trip to Hawaii,and upon returning found out about the new “Only in Hawaii” fish and coral exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium.  Designed to provide in depth information about the Pacific Ocean’s coral eco-systems, environmental sustainability and marine sanctuaries in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. the exhibit will be part of the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit.  It opens Monday, October 26th. To celebrate the opening of the exhibit, the Aquarium is hosting a special...
October 21st, 2009 | Mary Jo Manzanares | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: aquarium, family fun