Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Upcoming Event: Jazz Age on the Delaware

July is almost over, and we are getting really excited for what we consider to be one of the coolest events of the entire summer in Philadelphia.  If you have not yet heard of Jazz Age on the Delaware, it really needs to be on your radar, and if you have heard of it, we hope that you have purchased your tickets - they are going fast!  This much talked about 1920s lawn party arrives at the beautiful and historic Glen Foerd estate (we love this place!) right on the Delaware River on Sunday, August 1st from 11:00am to 5:00pm.  Daily Vacationer was lucky to get a sneak peek at their press preview, and what we saw there was pretty awesome!

This event promises to be an immersive experience into the world of the Roaring Twenties complete with music and dancing, food and drink, and games and shopping reminiscent of that era.  A variety of fantastic bands will be heating things up on the band stand while 20s dance styles will be burning up the dance floor (don't worry - they'll be teaching you the steps!).  Entertainment includes The Red Hot Ramblers with Chelsea Reed, The Gin Canaries, and Drew Nugent and The Midnight Society, as well as the dancing troupes The Minsky Sisters and Old Sister Sweethearts, while the master of ceremonies, Dandy Wellington, keeps the whole thing moving.
 
Bring your own picnic basket and purchase drinks and snacks from Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods and Catering (limited quatities) or pre-order food with your event tickets.  Art in the Age and Hendrick's Gin spirits will be on hand for vintage-inspired cocktails.  Those looking for an even more memorable experience can purchase VIP tickets and enjoy a jazz-inspired menu in the tented pavilion, a private bar with three complimentary cocktails, and more.  Events of the day also include fun lawn games, mansion tours, vintage shopping, antique automobiles, and a pie baking contest.  Jazz Age on the Delaware will certainly be the bees knees of summer in Philadelphia, so don't miss out on this fun and fantastic experience.


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(Children 12 and under are FREE)
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, July 17, 2015

Daily Vacationer Jr: Summer at the Garden State Discovery Museum

It's summertime again at the Garden State Discovery Museum, and their schedule is packed with fantastic deals and super fun events!  Groovin' and Grubbin' (a personal favorite of Daily Vacationer Jr) is back every Wednesday evening in July and August from 5pm to 8pm.  This FREE outdoor concert series takes place in the museum parking lot rain or shine with special performances from various kid-friendly musicians and amazing gourmet food trucks (check out their Events Calendar for the line up).  Groovin' and Grubbin' is laid back for the parents and exciting for the kids - the perfect way to spend a summer evening.  For more weekly fun, join the Discovery Museum every Monday at 5pm for Movie Monday.  Head to the Discovery Theatre to enjoy flashback classic kids movies that parents will love sharing with their kids.  Stop by J-Dogs CafĂ© for a special $2.50 popcorn and drink deal.  Come by on Tuesdays at 5pm for Trivia Tuesday - trivia specifically for kids!

(Did we mention that Monday thru Thursday after 5pm, the museum is only $5?!?!? EVEN ON EVENT NIGHTS!!)

The Discovery Theatre will also be performing two original shows this summer. "Villains on Vacation" finds out what your favorite fairy tale bad guys do on their day off (are they always so bad?), while "The Magic Playground" brings to life scripts written by kids based off the title (imagination and creativity at its finest).  "Villains on Vacation" runs July 7th thru the 30th, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 2pm with a special evening performance at 7pm on July 29th.  "The Magic Playground" runs August 4th thru the 27th, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 2pm with an additional performance on August 26th at 7pm.  Discovery Theatre performances are always included with the cost of admission.
 
On Sunday, August 16th from 6pm to 8pm, the Garden State Discovery Museum hosts another Open Arms event for a relaxing night of fun for children on the autism spectrum and their families to socialize and play in a safe and interactive environment.  This event is FREE and no pre-registration is required.
 
 
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Riverside Concert Series at Glen Foerd

 

 
What makes the perfect summer evening?  Dinner is over, the sun is on its way down, and the air is cooling off.  Where do you go?  What do you do to enjoy it?  This week, we took advantage of the amazing weather by heading over to hands down one of the prettiest spots in the city of Philadelphia.
 
The Glen Foerd Estate is a beautiful historical house on 18 acres of gorgeous grounds that run right along the Delaware River.  It's tucked away on the very edges of Philly, but the location is so quick and easy to get to from anywhere in the city as well as the suburbs.  We honestly had trouble remembering that we were only a short trip back to our home and not down south on vacation.  Absolutely stunning and peaceful, the Glen Foerd's grounds are open dawn to dusk everyday for FREE.
 
Although you definitely don't need a reason to visit this place, we had the pleasure of attending one of their fantastic Pay As You Wish Riverside Concerts - part of a series continuing throughout the summer.  Though it officially took place under their new outdoor banquet venue (complete with a nice sized dance floor), guests of all ages sprawled over the lawn in chairs and blankets.  From groups that gathered in large sociable circles with goodies brought from home and families dancing on the grass to couples out on a date and individuals enjoying the picturesque views, this event drew a great sized, good spirited crowd.
 
Bring your own chair (blanket, food, friends, family, etc.) and Pay What You Wish for one of the best summer concerts in Philadelphia this season (plus amazing goodies available to purchase from The Dining Car).  And remember, you can enjoy the grounds for FREE everyday or book a guided mansion tour running 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Check out their Calendar of Events to see what's coming up in the next few months and start planning your visit now.  A trip to the Glen Foerd Estate is a must for history buffs, nature lovers, and explorers of the Philadelphia area!
 
 
 
Thursday, July 16 - Blackbird Society Orchestra
1920-30's hot jazz

Thursday, August 20 - MB Swings
Swing music with a modern twist
 
Concerts run from 7pm to 8pm



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Penn Museum Summer Concert Series

PM @ Penn Museum is back with a full line up of amazing bands during the Summer Nights Concert Series.  Every Wednesday evening from June 17th to September 2nd beginning at 5pm, enjoy a spectacular outdoor concert with a fun cultural flair.  The $10 ticket also includes admission to the entire museum (kids 5 and under, museum members, PennCard holders, and Penn  Health System Employees are FREE)!

Daily Vacationer checked this series out last summer, and we were not disappointed.  Guests of all ages from young to old were spread around the gorgeous Stoner Courtyard, enjoying each other's company and the wonderful music.  The mood was festive and fun, with people relaxing in any place that looked comfortable: grass, chairs, stone walls, and along side the fountain.
 
The Summer Concert Series deserves a visit from everyone this season.  In the heart of University City, at one of Daily Vacationer's favorite museums, this event is the perfect way to spend a summer evening.  And even though it's nearly impossible to tear yourself away from the festivities outside, make sure you take advantage of the included museum admission to explore inside the Penn Museum.  The archeology and anthropology exhibits are fantastic, and the historic building itself is breathtaking!  Our favorites: the Egyptian Sphinx (because how we can not love a real Sphinx?), the China Gallery in the Rotunda (that ROOM!), and the current special exhibit, Native American Voices (love the storytelling campfire).
 
Check out the full line up of bands for the summer
and schedule your night (or nights) to go!

Event will be held indoors in case of inclement weather.
 
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Upcoming Event: A Day Out with Thomas


(Strasburg Rail Road)
Thomas the Tank Engine returns to Strasburg Rail Road from June 20th to June 28th for one of the most popular and exciting family train events of the year: A Day Out with Thomas!  Introducing new generations to the fun of railroads, Thomas and his friends on the Island of Sodor work together to be Really Useful Engines while learning lessons about cooperation and putting differences aside.  Loved by children (and adults with fond childhood memories) all over the world, getting the chance to meet Thomas face to face is an experience that no one should miss.  This year, Thomas is bring along his best friend, Percy for even more excitement and good times (we're pretty thrilled about this!).  With them, will be the Chairman of the Railway himself: Sir Topham Hatt and a whole ton of special events and activities to enjoy around the Strasburg Rail Road Train Station.  Daily Vacationer Jr highly recommends that Thomas and Friends enthusiasts take the time to ride both Thomas and Percy during this unforgettable experience.

(Strasburg Rail Road)
As always a train ticket at Strasburg Rail Road not only gets you a ride on one of the coolest historic railways in the country, but also includes lots of activities around the Train Station (and there's even more to do during A Day Out with Thomas, so plan to spend the day!).  The Pint-Sized Puffer Belly and LO&S (motorcar) will be available for rides, as well as the hand powered Cranky Cars.  In addition there will also be viewings of Thomas and Friends videos and Thomas storytelling, temporary tattoos, wooden train tables and the Imagination Station to explore, and a great photo opportunity with Sir Topham Hatt.  Visitors can also make a stop at the special Thomas Gift Shop.  It's the best place we've ever seen to bring the fun of Thomas the Tank Engine home with you (and it's open on regular days too!).
Bring the family, bring the camera, and don't miss your chance to meet the Number 1 Blue Engine and his best friend, Percy, at A Day Our with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road!
 
Ticket Information
(We recommend buying in advance as tickets tend to sell out for this event)

Thomas Train - $21 - Ages 2 and up.  (Under 2 ride free but must sit on a lap) Includes Thomas train ride and all activities.

Percy Package - $26 - Ages 2 and up. (Under 2 ride free but must sit on a lap) includes Thomas Train ride, Percy Train ride and all activities.

Combo - $28 - Includes Thomas Train Ride, a ride on a coach class car on the regular excursion train and all activities.  Ages 3 and Up. (Under 3 ride free on the excursion train and do not need the combo ticket but are still required to purchase a Thomas ticket if they are 2 and up)

Strasburg Combo + Percy - $31 Includes Thomas Train ride, Percy Train ride, a ride on the regular excursion train and all  activities.  (Under 3 Rides free on the regular excursion train and should purchase the Percy Package to include all three rides)

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Daily Vacationer Jr: Calling All Superheroes

One of things that we love best about the Garden State Discovery Museum is their commitment to making their events as awesome as possible.  The dedicated staff are always coming up with fantastic ideas for special events that take experiencing the museum to the next level of fun and interaction.  Daily Vacationer Jr had an absolute blast at their annual Calling All Superheroes event on May 15th, where superheroes of all ages gathered to practice their superpowers and help stop the villains  from taking over the museum!

The parking lot was place to learn to fly with various bounce houses taking visitors soaring to new heights, while the close by zip line was a popular place to enjoy some superhero speed.  Guests also got to fine tune their web slinging and wall smashing skills with silly string and cardboard bricks (POW! ZAP!).  Hands on crafts of masks, cuffs, and shields were available to design and put together.  We also enjoyed the novelty of creating your own comic strip.  Fun photo ops were everywhere with "head in the hole" comics and a large collection of grown up superheroes who never tired of stopping to pose and chat with guests
 
Everything was going well until it was brought to our attention that there were villains in the museum! Lex Luthor, Poison Ivy, Cat Woman, and Harley Quinn had been doing diabolical deeds throughout the exhibits (like leaving Kryptonite in the Dinosaurium and taking over the Farm Stand with Ivy), and it was time for the visiting superheroes to stop them!  After gathering in the theater to receive information and instructions, heroes were given flashlights to search the now dark museum for the villains and their henchmen.  Excited shouts and exclamations rang in the darkness as the bad guys were discovered and brought back to the jail.  (We will take the opportunity here to brag that, yes,  WE were the ones to capture Lex Luthor himself!)
 
Calling All Superheroes was a thoroughly fun and well-run event, from the delicious eats available (pizza and healthy snacks, as well as amazing homemade dessert creations) to the sense of humor and commitment to character from both the heroes and villains on staff.  A lot of great memories were made, and we definitely plan  on returning next year for another exciting evening.  Even playing in the regular exhibits was made extra special that night with everyone feeling confidant in their capes.  But, of course, you don't need to wear a cape to make the Garden State Discovery Museum extraordinary.  We believe a visit here is always anything but ordinary.



 
Looking for more fun at the Garden State Discovery Museum?
Check out their Upcoming Events!
(Their FREE outdoor concert series, Groovin' and Grubbin', starts up on July 1st)!
 
Calling All Superheroes was presented by
Bertucchi's Italian Restaurant, J-Dogs, Kidsville News,
and The Flying Lyons Cape Company.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Academy of Natural Sciences: Animal Grossology

Things are going to be pretty disgusting this summer at the Academy of Natural Sciences, and by disgusting, we mean downright slimy, smelly, and squishy!  Animal Grossology oozes it's way into the museum starting May 16th until August 30th and will certainly be leaving a lot conversation about gross subjects behind.  The exhibit is fun, interactive, and a great way to learn about those topics that are usually looked at as inappropriate to talk about.

We love how Animal Grossology is set up so that even the more squeamish of visitors get to have a good time.  You're welcomed by a friendly parrot who explains how natural everything that you are about to see is and how humans are really the oddity when it comes to our bodily functions (standing in line to go to the bathroom??).  From there guests begin with more benign stations about hairballs, the different colors of blood out there, and owl pellets.  Everything is hands on, and before you know it, you're learning about blue blood and helping the cat get a hairball out.
 
Right in the center of the exhibit is a cow demonstrating how these common farm animals have very uncommon digestive workings (four stomachs for a very good reason!).  From there we were drawn next to the upbeat "Slime Game" where contestants listen to a panel of animals talk about themselves and then choose who they think is the slimiest before the correct answer is revealed.  Right next door the Grossology Zoo was a very popular part of the exhibit.  Read and listen to learn all about different dookie and then use the triggered binoculars to match the poo to the animal who did it.
 
Another popular part of the exhibit was the Belch-a-Baby where you not only discover what animal burps out its own young, but you can help try to get their babies to safety.  We also thought the Scents station was pretty clever.  Smell some really natural stinks and learn what they mean and how they got there.  Nearby, visitors discover the horror of how long tape worms can actually grow (including an unsettling time pulling a rope to see just how long that is - ew!).
 
As strange as it sounds, we really enjoyed the Vomit Slurpers station with the HUGE friendly housefly who is all too ready to tell visitors all about where he gets his food from.  The station that we wound up being the most squeamish about was the Blood Sucker Blow-Up.  If you've ever encountered a mosquito, leech, or tick, you'll understand why.  Fortunately this was toward the end of the exhibit, so by that time we were pretty desensitized to any kind of yuck.
 
Believe it or not, Animal Grossology completely normalizes (and even makes fun) the usually avoided topics of slime, blood, poop, and vomit.  Just like the more appealing parts of nature, even disgusting bodily functions are there for a reason.  For even more gross, visit the exhibit on Wednesdays for live dissections of worms, urchins, squids, and even a cow's eye, and check to see when the Cart of Curiosity is coming around.  (And don't forget to take the quiz at the end of the exhibit - were you paying attention or just going EW!?).

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