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12 Things to See at Hersheypark Christmas Candyland

My family is a warm weather crowd. We don’t particularly like to go sledding or skiing or even hiking out in the cold. It’s just not our cup of tea. Thus, even though we’ve had season passes to Hersheypark for years, we have never gone during Christmas Candylane. Not even once. We go in the spring when the weather gets warm, all summer and fall, and then we stop except for an occasional trip to the zoo. Last weekend, when I was at the #SweetWelcome weekend, I experienced Christmas Candylane for the very first time. I was in awe.  First … Read more

Tips for Doing Hersheypark with Kids

Grace and Diego the sea lion performing a trick together at Hersheypark.

This is part three in a weeklong series filled with tips for making the most of a trip to Hersheypark. The first post focused on planning your visit, season passes (and why you might want to invest in them), and eating in the park. The second post focused on tips for The Boardwalk, Hersheypark’s waterpark. Today’s post focuses on two areas: doing the park with kids and rides to check out. This is not a sponsored post. Everything we’ve done in Hersheypark has been on our own dime. I’ve never been paid or comped for any visits. Hersheypark with Kids … Read more

Tips for Visiting Hersheypark’s Boardwalk Water Park

We love Hersheypark. We visit often, usually once a week, and I have amassed a wealth of knowledge over the years that I am happy to share with you. Most of these tips are true for any water park, so read on. On Monday, I shared my best tips for season passes, planning a visit, and eating at Hersheypark. Head over there for more general amusement park tips. This is not a sponsored post. Everything we’ve done in Hersheypark has been on our own dime. I’ve never been paid or comped for any visits. The Boardwalk at Hersheypark The Boardwalk … Read more

My Best Hersheypark Tips

Last week, we had Grace’s birthday party at Hersheypark. Instead of inviting 8 kids to our house, we let Grace invite 3 friends to join us at Hersheypark. We spent the same amount of money, and we had 12 hours all together walking our legs off in the park. It was a superlative birthday. My kids and I (and sometimes Joe) visit Hersheypark pretty much once a week all summer long. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you already knew this because you see tons of Hersheypark photos. Recently, I’ve gotten some comments asking for tips to make … Read more

Coping and Making Memories

It’s hard to make happy family memories with your kids while your mother is slowly slipping away. Impossibly hard. Questioning God hard. Crying alone in the dark late at night hard. It’s so unfair. Neither is it appropriate for my kids to see me moping through my life, mired in depression and self-pity. (Allie asks What happened? Why Mommy cryin’? Mommy sad? way more than I think is acceptable.) When we’re not otherwise occupied with camps or playdates or helping Grandma and Pappy, we spend a lot of time at Hersheypark. It’s a convenient escape. We hike up and down … Read more

The Little, Slow Roller Coaster

Hersheypark Lightning Racer

This post is not sponsored by anyone, just so you know. You know Grace. She has anxieties. Incidentally, when I was a teenager, our neighbor’s wiener dog had anxieties. They had to medicate him or else he chewed his fur off. How weird is that? Joe and Grace have been discussing roller coasters a lot. I guess it’s because she has grown tall enough to ride a lot of the roller coasters. So. Standing in line at the ferris wheel (which I loathe but always ride because my girls like it), Joe said to Grace, “You’re not ever going to ride roller … Read more