Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Best Kept Secrets of Knoebels



Knoebels was really kind to us again this year and hosted our family again for another amazing visit.  We had a wonderful time in the part and are excited to change some our our favorite rides, food items and attractions!



It really never ceases to amazing me how really wonderful this place is.  I'm not an amusement park person - like really, its not my thing. But there is something special about Knoebels that just doesn't make it feel like an amusement park. Its really a lot more to me (and our family).  It is amazing to me to see how many of our friends build this place into their summer plans every year despite having one of the regions largest amusement parks quite literally in their backyard.


Last year we focused on sharing on top things you need to know before you go to Knoebels. This year I want to focus one some of my favorite hidden gems about this place.  Since there is a bit of know how required in order to find these hidden gems, we're excited to share these with you!


We have had multiple friends visit the park this summer some of whom we even unexpectedly ran into while we were there! Whenever people visit I was drop them a few tips on our favorite hidden gems. Knoebels offers some truly unique rides and food items - if you missed last year's write up on 10 things to know before you visit Knoebels make sure to take a look theres even more insider's information there!


Boom Its a Burger!

One of my favorite hidden food gems is the the Boom Shakla Laka Burger - its a mouthful both literally and verbally. Located at Phoenix Junction - and kind of on the outer end of the park this dining option is underrated in my opinion. You'll see far larger crowds elsewhere during the lunch rush but the burger really sets the bar high. Topped with an onion ring, and a tangy/spicy sauce and all the basic burger fixings this is a must have. You can also order with a chicken or veggie burger as the patty.  Phoenix Junction is an underrated food option in the park in our opinion. The crowds at the International food court can get pretty busy and while we LOVE the International for their vast and delicious options sometimes the kids (or you may not want to wait in lines to order).


Tiger Tails!

You'd never find this unless you were really looking. After seeing this treat posted on Instagram a few summers ago my sister and I hunted them down by asking a few staff members. The Phoenix Junction is also home to our favorite dessert treat - the Tiger Tail. A Sweet treat for just $2.50. These also are something that are pretty easy to grab in the evening hours (or any time) when the typical sweet spot stops are busy with lines! This hot pretzel is covered in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with caramel and chocolate and every bite is delicious!





Push Cart Fun!

Its easy to walk by this ride because its not flashy and doesn't have much flair but the attraction lies in the vintage charm it offers.  The hand cart ride in the kiddie section is such an old fashioned treasure. I can't think of anywhere else I've seen a ride like this.



It literally runs on the power of your kid's ability to crank the wheel. The track has a very satisfying clicking sound and built in hills that help the kids pick up a bit of speed as they go. All three of our kids (8, 5, and 3) were able to ride this and its adorable. Its one of their (and my) favorites.


Oh Pickles!

Deal alert! Pickle on a stick for $1 this just can't be beat! Its a refreshing treat on a hot day and the pickle is sizable too! We love these and you can find them at Totem Treats just on the end of the Kiddie area, near the band shell. I have also seem them offered in the small food cart across from the log flume.


Flying High!

I needed to let the kids have some say in their top picks - since they're the ones actually riding the rides. One of the most ridden this year were the Fighter jet airplanes (near the ferris wheel) Our middle kiddo last year rode like 3 rides the entire trip and really wasn't interested in riding much but these she liked and kept asking to go back to the "tiger planes" which we couldn't actually locate - we had no idea what she was talking about the other airplane ride we found in the kiddie area was NOT what she was looking for. The reason for this... these are not located in the kiddie section of the park. They're a newer ride and located on the outskirts of the park (near the whip). Make sure to track them down since there a bit off the beaten path.




Watch them Whip!

Kiddie Whip - This ride is so vintage and while the kids are happy to ride the adult version of this as well the intensity of this kiddie version is just prefect for a little thrill. The kids all rode this one many times and asked to go back over and over.






A Sweet Deal

A sweet treat at a sweet price! The Antonio sundae for $3.50 at the international - is a steal and offers a pretty darn good sundae for the money. It features vanilla ice cream, a cinnamon sugar coated fried tortilla shell, Caramel or chocolate sauce and whipped topping.  The Mill - Knoebels ice cream spot is often busy especially in the evenings so if you are looking for a great sundae without a wait stop by and grab one of these, you can choose to top yours with chocolate or caramel and the cinnamon tortilla is delicious.



     Bumper Car Fun!
Kiddie Bumper Cars - Auhentic Kiddie bumper cars aren't easy to find. These little cars run just the same way as the big ones and powering your own car is a pretty thrilling thing!


There tends to more aimless driving and turning in endless circles but these are really a blast and we're sure to hit them multiple times with each visit. Additionally watching the kids ride these might be more fun than the kids have while on the ride. Win win!


Splash and Play!
The Crystal Pool at Knoebels is something we've never really taken advantage of before in past visits. Either the weather wasn't ideal or the kids really weren't into it. This year though we made a point to spend time time here and the kids really had a blast. 

The splash area is really fun. Something to keep in mind with this element of the park is that if its hot it will get crowded. We visited on a pretty warm and sunny day and got there around the time the doors open (11am) and stayed until about 2pm, which was plenty of time of us. After about 2pm the place will get busier so if you prefer a more low key crowd we recommend visiting early in the day. 



I had in my mind for some reason that the pool passes here were expensive, which is why we never really took time to go there while we were visiting - they really aren't. I believe our whole family got a full day's admission for around $28.  You can upgrade for unlimited water slide riding as well for a few extra dollars or purchase individual rides as you like.  We definitely will be back here in the future.


   










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lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net only exists because of hours upon hours of work that comes directly from the heart of a mom who wants to make the Lehigh Valley a better place to raise your family. Because of our effort we publish a resource that makes your life as a parent easier, makes the Lehigh Valley more welcoming to a family new to the area and helps make the Lehigh Valley a more vibrant and engaging place for families to grow and live. We received single day passes to Knoebels in exchange for this blog article. All information included in this article is completley out opinion and has not been influenced in any way. In order to make it possible to continue doing this we must find ways to generate income orb e compensated for our work. At times you will see posts from sponsors who pay us a fee to help them spread the word about their business or event. Barters and fees that we receive from our sponsors and affiliates help make the website the best it can possibly be, they put food on our family's table and allow us to keep doing what we do! By patronizing the businesses who support us and by choosing to opt in to offers we share you keep lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net alive - making it possible for us to continue to provide information and engaging content for years to come. Without you and without our valued sponsors the website could not continue to operate. Opinions expressed in this article are 100% honest and real and are not in any way altered based on sponsorship agreements, barters or payments we have received as a media partner. We love all of our LVFGS Families and thank you for you support.


                                             

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

4th of July in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton





We've got your guide to fun on the fourth in the Lehigh Valley! 

Theres TONS of events, activities and fireworks to check in Allentown, Bethlehem Easton and beyond all throughout the Lehigh Valley this year! 



The celebrations aren't just limited to the 4th of July this year either! With the holiday falling on a weekday celebrations are spilling into the weekends before and after the fourth making it easy to enjoy lots of different celebrations and festivities and multiple fireworks displays if you like!















Check out all of these great local festivals to celebrate our nation's independence! 

Stay at Home Independence Day Festival - Jim Thorpe

Heritage Day - Easton

Allentown's 4th of July Festival


Woodstone Country Club -  Danielsville


Kutztown Folk Festival 







 










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lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net only exists because of hours upon hours of work that comes directly from the heart of a mom who wants to make the Lehigh Valley a better place to raise your family. Because of our effort we publish a resource that makes your life as a parent easier, makes the Lehigh Valley more welcoming to a family new to the area and helps make the Lehigh Valley a more vibrant and engaging place for families to grow and live. In order to make it possible to continue doing this we must find ways to generate income from our work. At times you will see posts from sponsors who pay us a fee to help them spread the word about their business or event. This article contains affiliate links from businesses that give us a very small portion of your purchase should you decide to purchase from them. Barters and fees that we receive from our sponsors and affiliates help make the website the best it can possibly be, they put food on our family's table and allow us to keep doing what we do! By patronizing the businesses who support us and by choosing to opt in to offers we share you keep lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net alive - making it possible for us to continue to provide information and engaging content for years to come. Without you and without our valued sponsors the website could not continue to operate. Opinions expressed in this article are 100% honest and real and are not in any way altered based on sponsorship agreements, barters or payments we have received as a media partner. We love all of our LVFGS Families and thank you for you support.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Zaycon Fresh Shut Down !?


So we learned yesterday evening that Zaycon Fresh has seemingly completely shut down all operations. This announcement with zero notice and certainly no warning signs (other than a few recent orders being delayed). I was receiving e-mail promotions to purchase product as recently as 2 days ago! 

I trusted this company and shared this company with other families because what they offered worked really well for us. Now though I am stuck in a position much like many others where I paid hard earned money for a product I will not ever see. Its extremely disappointing and angering to say the least.


I am heartbroken that I've shared this company with many families who follow our site and blog and that they ultimately didn't make good on what they promised.  The best I can do right now is share the best information I can scrape together would be helpful for anyone who still has pending orders.




1. Contact Them (or try at least)
There is an e-mail account listed on the now shuttered website. Are you going to get a response from them? probably not. But send one anyways. Note your ordered product, order date, expected delivery date and total charges in the e-mail, provide screen shots of receipts if you can. Leave them the best information possible so that they CAN contact you if they try. Is it likely that you're going to get a prompt e-mail from a friendly customer service rep, NO. But doing this gives you the ability to say you tried to contact them which is important in the next course of action.
Questions@zayconfresh.com


2. Figure out what they owe you.
How many orders were placed that you did not receive? Check your e-mail confirmations for orders. I was completely focused on the charges for the chicken order I placed for the fall that the order I had pending for ground beef for nearly double the amount almost completely slipped my mind. Knowing what they owe you is important. If you can't find the information in your e-mail go online to look at your credit card or bank card statements for their charges.


3. Dispute the charges
In today's day with online banking this can be super painless (it took me less than 5 minutes). Most credit card companies allow you to do this online very easily. If you don't manage your cards or banking online give the credit card company or bank a call and tell them what has happened. Once you have located the charge in your statement look for a menu of possible account actions and follow the steps to dispute the charges - generally you will be stating that the charge was cancelled without delivery or without refund.



4. Wait
It is unfortunate in these kind of circumstances that waiting it out is probably going to be involved. Waiting is going to be part of the scenario regardless - with an official response from Zaycon and a response from the credit card companies. These things can take some time. It is a monumental task for Zaycon to begin refunding the thousands of pending orders and while I probably know as little as you do, assuming that they will do this is is a prompt fashion is probably not likely.  


I am an "glass half full" kind of girl and like to think this company is going to do right by everyone who trusted them with they money, but there is no guarantee. It seems this business grew beyond its ability to fulfill its promises and the fact that this happened with no immediate plans or solutions to their customers is really unsettling.  I plan to update this post as new information is shared. I am sorry to every family who has been left with an order unfulfilled and look forward to sharing more information about resolving these issues with this company as soon as possible.














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lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net only exists because of hours upon hours of work that comes directly from the heart of a mom who wants to make the Lehigh Valley a better place to raise your family. Because of our effort we publish a resource that makes your life as a parent easier, makes the Lehigh Valley more welcoming to a family new to the area and helps make the Lehigh Valley a more vibrant and engaging place for families to grow and live. In order to make it possible to continue doing this we must find ways to generate income from our work. At times you will see posts from sponsors who pay us a fee to help them spread the word about their business or event. This article contains affiliate links from businesses that give us a very small portion of your purchase should you decide to purchase from them. Barters and fees that we receive from our sponsors and affiliates help make the website the best it can possibly be, they put food on our family's table and allow us to keep doing what we do! By patronizing the businesses who support us and by choosing to opt in to offers we share you keep lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net alive - making it possible for us to continue to provide information and engaging content for years to come. Without you and without our valued sponsors the website could not continue to operate. Opinions expressed in this article are 100% honest and real and are not in any way altered based on sponsorship agreements, barters or payments we have received as a media partner. We love all of our LVFGS Families and thank you for you support.







Thursday, June 7, 2018

Coding and Technology Camps for Kids in the Lehigh Valley


Still seeking the perfect camp for the summer for you child!? Maybe they are not into nature, art or sports and are looking for something a little bit different.  A number of local programs are currently offing coding, STEM and technology camps that might be the perfect fit for your future scientist or engineer!













Still searching for something!? There is always something going on to be found on the event calendar! You can stop by anytime you like to look for something to do and we are always new and exciting things going on throughout the summer!

























Sponsorship/Affiliate Disclosure: 
lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net only exists because of hours upon hours of work that comes directly from the heart of a mom who wants to make the Lehigh Valley a better place to raise your family. Because of our effort we publish a resource that makes your life as a parent easier, makes the Lehigh Valley more welcoming to a family new to the area and helps make the Lehigh Valley a more vibrant and engaging place for families to grow and live. In order to make it possible to continue doing this we must find ways to generate income from our work. At times you will see posts from sponsors who pay us a fee to help them spread the word about their business or event. This article contains affiliate links from businesses that give us a very small portion of your purchase should you decide to purchase from them. Barters and fees that we receive from our sponsors and affiliates help make the website the best it can possibly be, they put food on our family's table and allow us to keep doing what we do! By patronizing the businesses who support us and by choosing to opt in to offers we share you keep lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net alive - making it possible for us to continue to provide information and engaging content for years to come. Without you and without our valued sponsors the website could not continue to operate. Opinions expressed in this article are 100% honest and real and are not in any way altered based on sponsorship agreements, barters or payments we have received as a media partner. We love all of our LVFGS Families and thank you for you support.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

8 Summer Fun Activities to Beat Boredom!






There are going to be those days where the weather doesn't work for outdoor activities or everyone just needs a chill day at home away from the heat.  I can put money down on how quickly my kid is going to be begging for "something FUN!".  I like to stock up (and hide) on a few things the kids love to do at home but are special treats - not our normal arts + crafts or toys we usually pull out. Here are some of our favorites.  ALL of these products are items we use and love. We would never share, post or write about something we wouldn't purchase or use in our own home!


 Mad Mattr is similar to kinetic sand but with a finer, more dense texture. The "Mattr" forms into bricks with this little kit and you can build with them. I promise your kids will be obsessed with this stuff.  It is much easier to manage than Play Doh and a lot more fun.









Go analog with a set of walkie talkies! MY kids LOVE these, they play hide and seek and give each other clues to find their hiding spaces.  The "talk' to each other while they are in the same room, which is hilarious. The range on these is pretty great and could even work with neighbors close by. Additionally these are a great more durable alternative for keeping in touch while on vacation at the beach if you are trying to unplug you can use these to radio down to family for a drink or snack from the beach house!



Depending on how old your kids are Pools and slip and slides might be a bit out of reach just yet but water tables are one of my favorite go to summer toys for kids under 3. Plus if you are brave enough a vinyl table cloth (for water proofing) and a few towels make these easy to use inside!  We have the one pictured above and my kids have played with it for years.




These Melissa and doug travel books  are wonderful for both at home and traveling. They are mess free and offer hours of entertainment for the car while traveling, in hotels, at the pool or just while having a quite day at home. The water wow versions are like small aquadoodle pads that can be used over and over just by filling the small pen with water.  Aqaudoodles are awesome too especially for at home. 


I'm that mom who buys those giant school activity books to keep up with skills over the summer. If you are also that mom you can grab these at the Dollar Tree! They also have flash cards there and you can easily stock up to successfully annoy your children all somer long for under $20.  They seemed to have more books geared towards younger children at the location I visited. We have these ones which I grabbed last summer for my older kiddo.


Waterbeads are a blast and quite the sensory experience! Fill a bin or water table with these and the kids will entertain themselves! We absolutely LOVE these and they're great fun indoors or out.



I love buying some small storage bins and stocking them up with random materials - recyclables like toilet paper tubes, beads, pipe cleaners, glue, tape, rubber bands and more. My kids call ours "the boxes of fun". They use them to "build projects" glue, tape, color and combine materials to make whatever they want. Its kind of an open ended kid of craft kit that kids can use however they like.  



Bracelet making is one of those timeless things every kids should spend time doing in the summer! Beadingweaving, or using rubber bands. Grab some materials and spend an afternoon teaching them all the tricks you learned when you were in summer camp back in 1993!



The Spark Kitchen Sink and Just Like Home Kitchen Sink run on 2 AA batteries and pumps water through the back of sink like a champ. It recycles the water over and over and kids can easily turn it on and off using the little faucet handle.




I believe it to be the only toy sink/kitchen item that actually has working water that does not require hand pumping to make it flow. The Little Tykes Splish & Splash Sink which also seems super cute is similar but the child or parent needs to pump the water by hand to get it to flow.


These things are now coming back into stock regularly so keep an eye on Walmart.com or click here for a direct link to try and grab one! They also are available a few other places including Amazon.



We have a whole board of awesome activities from bloggers who specialize in crafts and fun stuff to do with kids including a few featured by a fellow local blogger - Inner Child Fun. Create your own board or just follow ours and fun something your kids will love. 






Still searching for something!? There is always something going on to be found on the event calendar! You can stop by anytime you like to look for something to do and we are always new and exciting things going on throughout the summer!
















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lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net only exists because of hours upon hours of work that comes directly from the heart of a mom who wants to make the Lehigh Valley a better place to raise your family. Because of our effort we publish a resource that makes your life as a parent easier, makes the Lehigh Valley more welcoming to a family new to the area and helps make the Lehigh Valley a more vibrant and engaging place for families to grow and live. In order to make it possible to continue doing this we must find ways to generate income from our work. At times you will see posts from sponsors who pay us a fee to help them spread the word about their business or event. This article contains affiliate links from businesses that give us a very small portion of your purchase should you decide to purchase from them. Barters and fees that we receive from our sponsors and affiliates help make the website the best it can possibly be, they put food on our family's table and allow us to keep doing what we do! By patronizing the businesses who support us and by choosing to opt in to offers we share you keep lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net alive - making it possible for us to continue to provide information and engaging content for years to come. Without you and without our valued sponsors the website could not continue to operate. Opinions expressed in this article are 100% honest and real and are not in any way altered based on sponsorship agreements, barters or payments we have received as a media partner. We love all of our LVFGS Families and thank you for you support.