{special needs travel review} Fairmount Water Works

fairmount water works

I recently had the opportunity to visit the Fairmount Water Works and I can’t believe I’ve never gone before. I’m sure you know the building to see it, it’s the one right at the end of Boathouse Row near the Art Museum. I knew that there is a nice restaurant in there overlooking the river, […]

tips for seeing Monster Jam (+ chance to win 4 tickets for 2014)

monster jam logo

Ok, I said I would get this giveaway up and going today and I am. Whew! Back to school has me crazy this year. Anyway, I am just over the moon that I am doing yet another giveaway for Monster Jam tickets! Over the moon, I tell you! Why? Well, first, sentimental reasons. They are […]

{special needs travel review} Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

Brian emptying rocks out of his shoes while we visited the anthracite furnace.

Recently I took both of my boys up to Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. It is located in Berks County, in Elverson. From where we live it was about a 45-minute drive. It was a cool and cloudy afternoon for July so it was not a pool day. Since we were fresh off the heels […]

{special needs travel review} Hershey: Lodge, Chocolate World, Troegs

chocolate world

Last week I attended a conference at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. I will be summarizing some of the conference in a different post,  but I also wanted to use the opportunity to do a mini-review of some of what we visited while we were there. It’s a lot to cover three venues in one […]

insider tips for visiting Sesame Place~helping you make the most of your visit

a healthy and happy chance to see a parade

There is still plenty of time left in summer to visit Sesame Place. And with this fabulous weather we are having, what better time? I have been there so many times I can’t even count. I’ve learned many tips and tricks along the way and I’m sharing them with you. Some of these tips are […]

{special needs travel review} visiting Knoebel’s with a child with special needs or sensory needs


One of my favorite places to visit is Knoebel’s in Elysburg, PA. I have been going there ever since I was a toddler, and my (now deceased) grandmother even went there as a child. It’s that kind of place. Even though it’s a 2+ hour trek for us now, we make sure we get there […]

{special needs travel review} Rydin Hi ranch in the Adirondacks, New York

donkey on a fence

I recently traveled to upstate New York with my family for a week at the Rydin Hi Ranch. We had a great time, but I thought I’d share a few things I learned and did while we were there, in case you are thinking of visiting Rydin Hi with your kids, particularly if they have […]

what I’m missing out on this weekend~ #WyndhamWeekends

wyndham breakfast

This weekend I was supposed to be in northern New Jersey, spending the weekend with a few blogging buddies at the Hamilton Park Wyndham Hotel. But, first I had trouble finding a spot for the dogs, then I had a major car issue…the planets and the moon and the stars just weren’t aligning for us […]