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Please Touch Museum – A Day Trip to Philadelphia

All summer long, I’m featuring day trips around the Harrisburg, PA area. Our last trip was to the Adventure Aquarium in Philadelphia. This week’s trip was to the Please Touch Museum, also in Philadelphia. (And we stopped at IKEA on the way home, if you’re interested.) The girls were super excited for the Please Touch Museum. Allie had never been there, and Grace had been only once when she was 4. She couldn’t remember much at all. Tickets for the Please Touch Museum are $17 per person over the age of one, and parking is around $20 if you park … Read more

Adventure Aquarium – A Day Trip to Philadelphia

My family has been having quite the busy summer. This was the first time since 2009 that I didn’t create a summer to do list – because we didn’t need one. We’ve been going, going, going, not even making it to Hersheypark as much as we’d like. We’re too busy. One of the things we’re busy spending our time on is traveling. I love the quote above; it reminds me of the value of experiences with my kids. Because we’re going on day trips, I am going to share some central Pennsylvania and Maryland day trips with you. You may … Read more

Authentic Chinese Food

We went to Philadelphia for an overnight mini vacation the weekend before school started. Joe was working an odd shift and had Thursday and Friday off, so we left at 7am on Friday and came home late on Saturday night. We packed a lot of fun into two days and one night. I’ll write about all that as soon as I process the 700 pictures that I took during the trip. It won’t be any time soon because the start of the new school year and our impending weeklong vacation have me busier than I care to be. One event … Read more

The Time I Planned a Trip to Philadelphia & How You Can Do It Better

Visit Philly - Liberty Bell

When I was 19 or so, I planned a trip to Philadelphia for myself, my sister, my mom, and my 7-year-old niece, who was visiting for her yearly August vacation. Both my sister and I were in college, and we didn’t have a lot of extra money, so we decided to pack everything we wanted to see – and trust me, we I had a long list – into a single day. The plan was simple: drive down, have fun, and drive home. Well. We drove down. The drive is easy, almost all on the PA Turnpike. We found an inexpensive parking … Read more

Visit Philadelphia in 2014

Quiz time. I promise that you know this guy. Who is he? He is often called “the only President of the United States who was never President of the United States” and “the first American.” He may be the most influential American in the history of America. He quit school at age ten (because of family finances) but read voraciously throughout his life, educating himself on a very wide variety of subjects. He established the Library Company of Philadelphia, now home to over half a million rare books and pamphlets, the first volunteer firefighting company, and the first hospital in … Read more

It Was Supposed to Be A Quick Walk

My Grandma’s house is nearly 200 years old. She’s lived there for almost fifty years, in the middle of more than a hundred acres of former farmland. It’s beautiful and peaceful and fun to explore. On the way to Grandma’s house last week, I told Grace about the cave. The cave is the stuff of legend and folk lore. The story I’ve always been told is that the man who built my the farm house was married to an Indian woman who wouldn’t sleep in the house. She needed somewhere to sleep, and so he built a two-room cave for … Read more