Storybook Land Diploma New Jersey Amusement Park for Kids
Storybook land sleeping beauty
Storybook land card maze
Storybook Land 60th Birthday
Storybook Land Trashcan
Mama at Storybook Land
Storybook land Alice in Wonderland
Storybook land amusement park outlives it’s founder, Ester Fricano (read more about the amazing life story of Ester Frianco’s creating Storybook Land and legacy here….RIP Ester.). This blog post is about all the fun we just had at Storybook Land, which looks like it was gingerly placed in the Forrest, says one Mom in the park. This New Jersey amusement park located close by the New Jersey shores is perfect for a day trip. It is easy to see everything at this 60 year old park (yup Storybook Land is celebrating its 60 birthday this year and a prominent birthday cake is front and center when you enter the park) is kept new looking with regular updating and lots of artistic creativity that one would expect from a park based off of children’s literature. To celebrate Storybook Land’s 60th Birthday there will be a parade, character meet & greet and more from noon – 4pm July 11 & 12. Once you buy your tickets, one doesn’t feel nickel and dimed. Starting with free close parking and the ability to bring in your own food as well as the park being more about the experience than merchandising and upselling the children are less inclined to ask for sweet treats and soviegners. Of course there is tucked away shops blended in throughout the park to grab a refreshment and soviegners if you choose, but it’s not so that my child even thought to ask every few minutes as is the situstion with many other amusement parks. Out of sight, out of mind so we got to enjoy what we came for, which was the attractions and the feeling like we were surrounded by some of our favorite children’s books. No matter how many cars in parking lot, never any lines for the rides, says a local Dad.
Anyone, including our children diagnosed with sensitive skin that get Eczema induced by allergies to the sun should not find an issue at this New Jersey Amusement Park thanks to the mature trees and lanndscape that provides plenty of shade throughout this park. Storybook Land isn’t just a Summer attraction. The season opens in March with early ticket sales and passes. The Easter Bunny visits with and egg hunt, Christmas in July, Classic Car Shows, Pirates & Princess Adventure Weekend, an Alice IN Wonderland Tea Party, Trick-or-Treating and Santa’s Visit is just some of the fun planned during the season. Just to Highlight Two Off Season Events: Storybook Land also is known for its South Jersey Christmas Tradition starting mid November running through Christmas as Santa appears in his chimney 5pm, waves his magic wand and turns on over one million lights for all to enjoy the rides, attractions and snack bars. Check Storybook Land Website for Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade date/time. October 1-22nd enjoy Halloween Fun with Haystacks, Cornstalks, Pumpkins and Fall Fun at Storybook Land culminating with Trick-or-Treat Weekend where free bags are give with paid admission to the park for kids in costume. Check website for Halloween at Storybook Land. Read more about New Jersey Attractions HERE.
SUBURBAN SQUARE BRINGS SPOOKY FUN TO FAMILIES WITH SCARE AT THE SQUARE EVENT Oct 25th.
Free event offers Pumpkin Decorating, Balloon Artists, Face painting, Musical Performances and more
Join Suburban Square some Halloween family fun at the Scare at the Square event on Saturday, October 25 and enjoy a variety of festive, FREE, activities including:
-Trick-or-Treating and Pumpkin Decorating in the Main Courtyard
-The Cat’s Pajamas Performance (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
-Cookie Decorating sponsored by Williams Sonoma, located in the storefront courtyard (10:00 a.m.)
-Balloon Artists and Face Painting
Don’t forget to enter to win a Suburban Square gift card by taking a selfie in front of the fall display in the Upper Courtyard, located outside the Times Building, using the hashtag #ScareAtTheSquare. Upload your selfie on Facebook and tag @Suburban Square to be entered to win!
WHEN & WHERE:
Suburban Square, Main Courtyard
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Located in Ardmore, Pa., Suburban Square is the Main Line’s premier shopping destination. Offering a distinct combination of local boutiques and upscale name brand retailers including Lululemon, Kate Spade New York, Apple, Williams Sonoma, Bluemercury, and Barbour, Suburban Square offers something for everyone. This open-air lifestyle center is also home to a Trader Joe’s, gourmet Farmers Market and curated restaurant row.
SIMON BRINGS FREE FUN LAB TOUR TO FAMILIES, OCT 12th AT OXFORD VALLEY MALL
Oxford Valley Mall Provides Parents and Kids with an Interactive Event that Encourages Fun through PBS, Care Bears™ Strawberry Shortcake™ and More
Langhorne, PA — Kids and parents can plan to have a blast as the Simon® Fun Lab Tour rolls into town this weekend. The tour will be making its way across Pennsylvania, stopping at Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne, PA on Sunday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Simon Malls’® Fun Lab tour offers families around the country a fun and immersive experience with hugely popular and loved kids brands. The interactive events will feature activities hosted by Oxford Valley Mall, Simon, PBS, Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake. Families can walk through engaging themed “Fun Zones” featuring exciting activities for kids of all ages, including:
PBS Fun Zone – There’s always something new to discover when you visit the PBS KIDS Fun Zone! Stop by and explore the newest digital apps from WILD KRATTS and DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD; get up and get moving with CURIOUS GEORGE’S Monkey Jump game; and play and imagine with the newest PBS KIDS toys. With PBS KIDS, anytime is learning time, and learning has never been more fun.
#ShareYourCare with the Care Bears! – Happy? Silly? Caring? Show off your personality just like the Care Bears do when you create your very own Belly Badge! Once you make your badge, get your picture taken with it and post it to the #ShareYourCare wall. Get a peek at the new Care Bears home entertainment from Lionsgate, and make sure to check out the softest and most cuddly, huggable Care Bears plush ever that will be on hand from Just Play.
It’s a Berry Good Time with Strawberry Shortcake – Do you have a Berry Best Friend? Visit the Strawberry Shortcake friendship bracelet making station and create a special, one-of-a-kind piece for your sweetest friend! There will be lots of Strawberry Shortcake toys to play with as well from The Bridge Direct, plus previews of the new Strawberry Shortcake DVD from Fox Home Entertainment. Kids will also get a chance to try out all the new Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake apps at the iPad station.
Game Zone – Test your skills at Corn Hole, Plinko, Spin Wheel and other strategy thinking games for the chance to win prizes and for some friendly family competition.
“Simon’s Fun Lab tour aims to deliver families an enjoyable hands-on experience in a safe environment that’s close to home,” said Jim Malervy, Director of Marketing at Oxford Valley Mall. “This year’s set of super fun offerings will give kids the chance to get creative and energized in a controlled, family-friendly place.”
The Simon Fun Lab is one of several educational entertainment programs and seasonal events held throughout the year in conjunction with the Simon Kidgits Club®. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit www.simon.com/kidgits. For more information about Oxford Valley Mall, please visit or http://www.oxfordvalleymall.com
About Oxford Valley Mall
Oxford Valley Mall is a two-level, super-regional mall located at the intersection of East Lincoln Highway and Oxford Valley Road in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Oxford Valley Mall has more than 150 retailers and is anchored by JCPenney, Sears and Macy’s. For additional information on Oxford Valley Mall, visit http://www.oxfordvalleymall.com
or follow the mall on Twitter @[OxfordValleyPA](http://www.twitter.com/OxfordValleyPA)
or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/shopoxfordvalleymall.com
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit [simon.com](http://www.simon.com)
About PBS KIDS
PBS KIDS, the number-one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit [pbskids.org](http://www.pbskids.org), pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.
About Care Bears
First introduced by American Greetings in 1982, Care Bears has become one of the world’s most popular and beloved children’s properties, known to children and adults through consumer products, greeting cards, and an animated CGI television show. The Care Bears share hearts and hugs with children, helping them understand feelings and emotions through love, music, belly badge magic and Care Bear hugs.
About Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake debuted in 1980 as a line of social expression products, as well as toys, videos, games, crafts and books. Today, the little girl with the big personality is winning the hearts of a third generation of consumers on multiple platforms.
About AG Properties
AG Properties (AGP) is the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation. Built upon the successful re-launches of Care Bears™ and Strawberry Shortcake™ licensed products, AGP develops multi-platform campaigns for its properties through digital media, entertainment, marketing and merchandising. In addition to Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake, AGP’s active classic brands include Holly Hobbie™ and Madballs, as well as new properties Boofle™, Packages from Planet X™ and Twisted Whiskers™. Children can experience AGP online at http://www.agkidzone.com
For more information on AGP, visit http://www.agpbrands.com
Back to School at Montgomery Mall with Teen Vogue
August 24th, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m
SIMON INVITES STUDENTS AND FAMILIES TO PREPARE FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR WITH “ABC’S OF STYLE” EVENTS AT MONTGOMERY MALL
Simon and Teen Vogue with Special Offerings throughout August and the main event Sunday, August 24th, 12pm-4pm at Montgomery Mall in Pennsylvania.
With the new school year fast approaching, Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, and Teen Vogue, the number one source of fashion, beauty and pop-culture news for trendsetting teens, are hosting a series of back-to-school events across the county to prep young shoppers before they head back to class. The main event, known as the “ABC’s of Style,” will take place nationwide at more than 80 shopping centers, helping families enjoy the all-too-common task of shopping for seasonal must-haves. Montgomery Mall will be joining the back-to-school fun with its “ABC’s of Style℠” event on Sunday, August 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., offering a number of fun-filled activities including a LIVE performance by indie pop band AJR.
“This is an exciting time of year and as Montgomery Mall is the center of fashion in Montgomery County, teaming up with Teen Vogue elevates our back-to-school shopping season into a true fashion and entertainment experience that helps parents and students alike get set for the upcoming school year,” said Ashley Pompei, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Montgomery Mall.
Montgomery Mall’s ABC’s of Style events will include will include a variety of elements to give students the social shopping experience they seek. Created to keep young shoppers’ preferences top-of-mind, featured events will include:
- Exclusive Style Guide: Get early access to an exclusive style guide from Simon and Teen Vogue, featuring fashion looks curated by style experts. Following the event, shoppers can also pick up a guide at Montgomery Mall’s Guest Services or access it online at www.simon.com/mall/montgomery-mall.
- Fashion Show: View the hottest trends of the season on the runway and receive first-hand fashion advice from Teen Vogue Beauty Style Expert, Lauren Cosenza and Clothes Encounters fashion blogger Jenn Im.
- Special Musical Performance: Enjoy a “meet and greet” and live musical performance by indie pop trio AJR, who got their musical start as kids busking in Central Park and Washington Square, singing Jackson 5 covers, and, later, their own material.
- Mall-Wide Discount Offers & Samples: Play free interactive games, watch a sneak peek of Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY, get up-close and personal product demonstrations and walk away with free giveaways from St. Ives, Simple, Q-tips and Coca-Cola. Attendees can also pick up a SWAG bag at the registration table filled with other goodies and offers (while supplies last).
“We are thrilled to once again be collaborating with Simon during the all-important back-to-school shopping season,” said Teen Vogue Vice President and Publisher, Jason Wagenheim. “Through this alliance, we’re able to bring relevant and authentic fashion content to Simon.com and into consumers’ everyday mall experience—starting with Teen Vogue‘s Back-To-School Saturdays, but with much more to come. Simon’s ‘ABC’s of Style’ events are really the perfect complement to our BTSS initiative and we’re looking forward to bringing the excitement to many Simon shopping centers nationwide throughout the month of August.”
In addition to offering on-mall events, Simon will launch several digital-focused back-to-school elements that give students and their families the tools to
gear up for school and stay connected to Montgomery Mall. Join the digital fun and participate through:
- #FoundAtSimon: Share your back to school look via Twitter or Instagram before December 31, 2014 using #foundatsimon and #contest and one lucky winner per month will receive a $500 Simon shopping spree! For official rules and prize descriptions, visit simon.com/foundatsimonrules.
- ABC’s of Style Instant Win: Play the fun mobile game on your phone and enter to win prizes from your favorite brands and stores instantly before September 15, 2014. Text PLAY to 74666 for a link to start or go to simon.com/instantwin from your phone. For official rules and prize descriptions, visit simon.com/instantwinrules.
Simon’s ABC’s of Style events, presented by Unilever brands St. Ives, Simple and Q-tips in association with Coca-Cola and Fox’s new fall series RED BAND SOCIETY, also launch the shopping centers’ collaboration with Teen Vogue for its “Back-To-School Saturdays” initiative, chock full of offerings throughout the month of August.
Back to School at Montgomery Mall
For more information about Simon malls ABC’s of Style events, visit www.simon.com.
About Montgomery Mall
Montgomery Mall is a super-regional Simon shopping center located at the intersection of Routes 309 and 202 in North Wales, PA that serves the nearby communities of North Wales, Lansdale, Hatfield, Horsham and Montgomeryville. Montgomery Mall’s 116 stores address everyday fashion, family and home needs with department store anchors JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears, specialty stores for jewelry to women’s apparel to sports including Dicks Sporting Goods, and daily grocery shopping at Wegmans. For additional information, visit shopmontgomerymall.com or follow us on Twitter @MontgomeryMall or on Facebook at facebook.com/MontgomeryMallPA.
About Simon Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.
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Mama Chrissy’s Backyard Is Now an Extension of the Rest of the Home
My Personal Backyard Makeover in Lambertville New Jersey by Michael Ghiggeri from Ghiggeri Environmental Gives Mama Chrissy & Daughter More Living Space to Enjoy
Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper Starts My Backyard Project
It all started when I rented this quaint house in Lambertville last Summer. Soon after I moved in, Lambertville NJ was voted as 1 of the 15 most prettiest towns in the US by Forbes Magazine. My backyard did not help Lambertville achieve this special honor. When I opened my back door I saw this….
I asked around for a reputable landscaper through all my online and offline communities and networks, and I found Michael Ghiggeri, from Ghiggeri Environmental as being highly recommended, especially as an Environmental Landscaper in New Jersey . Michael met me at our home within days of me reaching out. He listened to how I wanted to use the postage size backyard space, and he saw the potential of giving me exactly what we wanted, for the price I needed. I was amazed at how easy it was for him to look past the tall weeds, oversize bushes, broken planters, busted fence sections with various things in random locations as he started pointing out ideas right then and there to deliver exactly what my daughter & I wanted. He knew we wanted our backyard to be an extension of our home and personalities, as well as fulfill the need for my daughter and myself to play in the dirt together, planting some annuals, vegetables and spices.
Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper Works on My Backyard Project
Since our space is small, Michael suggested using a trellis for the back fence area where we can grow cucumbers and other vegetables that will grow upward on a trellis. Building it himself, saved money and we got exactly what we needed to bring the Zen feeling and the trellis fit perfectly in the space he designed for. Michael could tell from my home, personality and speaking with me that I wanted a tranquil, low maintenance, Zen backyard with comfortable living room-like furniture, a water feature, and a fire pit to roast marshmallows or keep warm on a chilly evening. The fire pit we choose can also serve as a grill or cooler. The water feature is powered by a small solar panel. If you know Lambertville, you know most of the backyards are tiny, square spaces, so I was asking for a lot in a very little space. His first order of business would be to completely clean out the backyard space of everything that had to go. As Michael is an Environmental Landscaper, it’s important for him to recycle things from job-to-job which helps him keep costs lower than competitors. For example, I needed a few more blue slates and he had some extra from another job that was removing blue slate. In return, I had to remove a big, beautiful butterfly bush, because whoever planted it in this small space, didn’t realize how big this magnificent beauty would grow. I had several butterfly bushes in my previous home that I just loved, so it was hard letting this bush go, but I’m sure Michael found a home for it in someone else’s project. I feel better knowing things removed from my backyard weren’t thrown away. I’ve always had a reverence for all things living, so throwing away a living bush would not work for me.
Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper After Images of My Backyard Project
I can’t wait for all the days my daughter and I can go out back this Spring and enjoy our new space! If you would like to hire Michael, call or email him now. He is busy, but will make time for you! Tell him you heard about him through MamasLittleHelper.org
Amazing as I watched Michael transform my weed-fest into a Zen atmosphere for me, my daughter and our guests!
Ghiggeri Environmental works in Hunterdon, Somerset, and Mercer Counties NJ, and also Bucks County PA. Serious Inquiries may contact Michael by phone at 908-399-9428 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arden Theatre Company presents Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
My daughter and I were thrilled to get opening night tickets to see The Cat in the Hat at The Arden Theater in Philadelphia.
Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
Based on the book by DR. SEUSS
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
Directed by DOUG HARA and STEVE PACEK
Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
On the Arcadia Stage
April 16 – June 22, 2014
Single Tickets Tickets: $16-$36
Groups of 20+
You can get tickets HERE: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=22337&event_val=E137&schedule=list
It was a fun filled night for the press and their children!
We got to do some fun crafts and activities prior to the show.
My kiddo LOVED being crafty and it was a great warm up for what to expect!
The show is just long enough to keep the little ones interest and it’s so entertaining! I was impressed with the Q&A session for the kids after the show. The actors go out of their way to make them feel involved. We really enjoyed it!
The Arden Theater is the perfect venue to introduce your kiddos to acting and the theater experience. Check out their classes!
ARDEN DRAMA SCHOOL
Theatre Training for Kids & Teens
Classes are designed to enhance the experience you and your family have at Arden Children’s Theatre while providing theatre education and training to children of all ages. Our diverse programming, taught by theatre professionals, encourages collaboration and active imaginations. Interactive and fun, our classes teach kids to work together, boost their self esteem, develop skills, and broaden their horizons. Whether you are looking for 8 week commitment, a one day workshop Arden Drama School has something for everyone!