VIDEO: Our Visit to Knoebel’s – America’s largest free admission amusement park with Two Kids, 4 and Under

Last weekend the boys and I headed out on another adventure!

We made the 2+ hour trip from Philadelphia to Elysburg, PA for a day at Knoebels!

Knoebels is America’s largest free admission amusement park.

Yes, you read that right – FREE ADMISSION. 

Knoebels also has free parking, free entertainment and free picnic facilities. It’s all sorts of awesome because you can spend as much or as little on rides as you want! Super great if you want to do something fun but are on a budget – Knoebels makes it so easy.

Speaking of rides – there were SO MANY! I think 60+?! Seriously, so many rides. There were tons of great Kiddie Rides, Family Rides, Thrill Rides and more – definitely something for anyone and everyone of any age. My boys had an absolute BLAST!

Heres a video recapping our day, check it out and let me know what you think:

 

The wonderful folks at Knoebels hooked us all up with wrist bands so we could go on any and every ride we wanted, which was super awesome. The boys and I got to do so many cool things! I was so impressed with the amount of rides for everyone – SO MANY cool things for everyone to do. And since we went in September, we barely waited for anything, which was awesome.

It’s a little bit of a hike from Philadelphia but totally worth it to spend a day. On the day we went, it was open 12-8, which was perfect for us to have an easy morning, make our way there and then head back. The boys were champs and loved every minute of it!

Knoebels has lots of fun things going on all season long, for Halloween and the Holidays too, so if you are in the area, be sure to check it out!

Here are some more snaps from our day, but be sure to watch the video to see all the RIDES we enjoyed !

Thanks Knoebels for an awesome day! We can’t wait to come back again soon!

Canvas on the Cheap Review & Giveaway – Updating our Living Room Decor with a Fresh Canvas Print

I don’t know about you, but I’m not the most efficient when it comes to updating photos in our home.

Sure, I love to TAKE a million photos {a day} but the whole printing, framing, finding a spot for it, isn’t always top of mind. But because I love to take so many pictures, that I think are great, of my kids and all, I really should make more of an effort to display them around the house.

Possibly just figured out a New Years resolution for myself!

But I digress – I love pictures and I love to take them, it’s just not always the easiest for me to have my latest and greatest photos in the house.

Until my new friends {possibly BEST friends!} at Canvas on the Cheap completely hooked me up and made me fall in love with their service! Their canvas prints are out of this world incredible – and crazy reasonably priced!

Check it out:

Above is the photo I wanted to print – I love this picture of the boys playing on the beach in Bethany, DE this summer. I love their little silhouettes, I love the sand, the waves and the reflection of the sun.

It’s a beautiful thing. It was a beautiful moment.

And I wanted to bring that back to our home.

My friends at Canvas on the Cheap wanted to send me a brand spankin’ new 16 x 20 canvas print.  The hardest part was deciding what picture I wanted to use. But once I decided on that, it was super easy, efficient and QUICK!

Here’s how it turned out:

Beautiful, right?

This print is valued at over $135 – but right now, it’s on sale for under $20!

87% OFF, it’s CRAZY!

And can I just mention that something like this is probably the BEST holiday gift for basically anyone. Get on that before the December madness begins!

I’m so pleased with how it turned out and love how it looks in the space! The photo looks really beautiful between our front windows and I love how the light comes in each day and matches the light on the ocean!

A beautiful product at a great price for sure! I look forward to ordering more and sprucing up some other areas of our house with some new photos! A fresh photo definitely makes a room feel brand new + bright!

Thanks Canvas on the Cheap! I’ll be ordering again soon!

What room in your house would YOU love to spruce up with a new print?


Now as a little treat, I’ve got a fun GIVEAWAY for my readers!

Thanks to our friends at Canvas on the Cheap, up for grabs today is one FREE 11“ x 14” Canvas Print + FREE Shipping to one lucky reader!

To enter: 

Leave a blog post comment telling me what you would print and where you’d put it!

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A Look Inside the Water Works at the Hershey Lodge + The Boardwalk at Hersheypark Lazy River and Wave Pool Fun with Kids

Our End of Summer Extravaganza:

Day 1 at Dutch Wonderland

Day 2 at the Turkey Hill Experience 

Day 3 at Sesame Place

And the finale before going back to school – two days in Hershey, PA!

It’s funny, the day after school ended for the summer we picked up and spent the day at Hersheypark and two days before going back to school we said goodbye to summer with a BANG at Hershey.

What can I say, we love it there! And SO Much has changed with the boys over the summer – they’ve grown up so much, have gotten so big and both are now SWIMMERS so I thought that deserved an extra special treat before starting school.

They deserve it.

Most days!

This time, we stayed at the Hershey Lodge, because I wanted to have a day to spend at the Water Works! It’s an indoor water park that’s part of your stay at the lodge. It has a zero gravity entry, two Twizzler Twist racing slides, Reese’s Water Walk, and various spray + slide fun for smaller kiddos! We love it there because you can spend HOURS in the pool – it’s a great way to start or end your stay in Hershey, PA and because it’s indoor, its open all year long! Win!

Since the boys now both swim it’s a no brainer to take them to the Lodge so they can swim and play with each visit. Such a great perk to an overnight stay!

Here’s my latest video I put together with a look inside the Water Works at the Hershey Lodge along with our fun at The Boardwalk at Hersheypark, specifically the Lazy River {Intercoastal Waterway} and Wave Pool {The Shore} – these were two things we had never done at Hersheypark before, so I wanted to share with you what it’s like for two kids – aged 4.5 and almost 3!

Check it out here and let me know what you think:

Spoiler Alert: They had a blast.

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And if you want to get all caught up on our Hershey adventures, here are a few posts you can check out:

Video: Our Stay at The Hotel Hershey / Christmas at Hershey / Hersheypark in the Dark / 30+ Rides {in ONE DAY} at Hersheypark / Springtime in Hersheypark

Fun Fact: The Water Works has a great Cocoa Cabana which has great sips and eats for everyone to enjoy while the kids play!

Be sure to check out the video to see Graham’s latest trick { a back flip – ha!} along with a close call of him jumping off the side of the pool backwards. It hurts me to watch it, every time I cringe!

And for fun, here are some more snaps of our two days at Hersheypark. Because we were staying at the Lodge, we were able to get into Hersheypark 5 hours before it closed the night before {FOR FREE!} Anyone can do it when you stay at a Hersheypark resort! More on that in this post!

Can’t wait for our next visit to the Sweetest Place on Earth!

When is your favorite time to visit Hershey?

Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer?!

More than Just Summer Fun – Our Favorite Rides & Shows at Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA – With Two Kids 4 and Under

End of Summer Extravaganza:

Day 1 at Dutch Wonderland

Day 2 at the Turkey Hill Experience 

outfit details:  overalls {on sale!} / swimsuit / hair twist / sunglasses / sandals

Day 3 of our End of Summer Extravaganza included a stop at Sesame Place!

It’s sort of part of our an end of summer tradition, this is the third year in a row that we’ve gone at the end of August, because it’s a great time to go! Some schools are already back in session, which makes it less crowded, but it’s also a great time to know a season pass holder – because they can get $10 guest passes, which is what we did! Tickets to Sesame Place are usually $65+ {woah!} so $30 for all 3 of us for a day of fun – I’m in!

Flash back to THIS POST for Brooks’ first visit as a toddler!

// On Oscar’s Rotten Rusty Rockets

Ok, first up – our favorite rides!

Every single ride at Sesame Place is for kids. Which is great because there is so much the littles can all enjoy.

The only bummer {for me} was that I had to go on all of them with the kids. Bouncy and spinner rides aren’t my favorites and at other theme parks the boys can easily and happily ride them together or solo. I wasn’t a fan of having to go on so many myself – but obviously I’ll do it for the kids!

Another bummer was since I was there with two kids by myself, MOST of the rides were for 2 passengers, so I would have to ride it once with one kid, while the other kid waited with the ride operator and then swap. So an added bonus was that I got to ride the ride I didn’t want to ride twice.

Awesome.

Favorites:

Brooks’ Pick: Blast Off {picture below}

Graham’s Pick: Captain Cookie’s High C’s Adventure {photo above}

Mama’s Pick: Watching any ride from the side! Ha!

Another fun thing worth mentioning is the Monster + Mini Monster Club House – this is a large play area where the kids can run, climb and explore, which the boys LOVED chasing each other in.

Along with the Snuffy’s Slides, which is a kids-only {mom win!} double slide in Elmo’s World!

// on Captain Cookie’s High C’s Adventure

But compared to other theme parks for kids, there aren’t as many rides at Sesame Place – it’s more of a waterpark, with LOTS of water fun and great shows!

We always take breaks throughout the day to see all the fun shows, which is a great way to get out of heat. Let’s Play Together and Elmo the Musical are always amazing to see.

Pro Tip: For Elmo the Musical, make sure you get in line EARLY or you will miss it for sure, it’s always packed!

Our FAVORITE show – definitely a Can’t Miss if you are visiting Sesame Place is the Neighborhood Street Party Parade.

Pro Tip: Bring a towel to save your spot and get there an hour early to make sure you get a good spot! 

We brought towels to save our spot, grabbed ice cream as a little treat and got great seats for watching the parade, which is totally worth it because it gets CROWDED!

The parade itself is super fun and interactive. All the characters come out to sit and dance, it’s a good time and worth it to see for sure. And the boys LOVED being in the front so they could really see everything easily.

Pro Tip: Extra Large lollipop will keep little babes waiting patiently for the parade to start

Site Note: Not sure he deserved it. BUT he did share it with me, so thats a win.

After the parade we made our way over to some of the water park fun. There are a few great splash pads for kids of all ages, which my boys really loved.

There’s also a wave pool {kid sized}, lazy river and a bunch of water slides for the kids to enjoy! Sesame Place has great things for kids all year long, but let’s be real – it’s all about the H20!

On the day we visited there were a bunch of food trucks on property, I got this awesome brisket sandwich, which was such a win because the park food is…park food. This sandwich was delicious and it’s great they invite local trucks to come by!

We had an AMAZING day at Sesame Place! The boys loved it and it was a great way to spend one of the last days before the end of summer and back to school!

Maybe we will be back for one of their seasonal Halloween or Christmas events – Have you been?

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