Monday, February 19, 2018

Zaycon Fresh: What to know before you buy!

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Finding great ways to save money on food for our family is always a priority in our household.  I'm an Aldi shopper at heart and usually stop there about twice a week for our staples. But I prefer to buy our meats elsewhere which keeps me bouncing from store to store each week stocking up on what we need.  


Zaycon Fresh delivers bulk farm fresh meats, poultry and seafood to towns near you for pick up every few months! To find a location near you click here to sign up for a free account and enter your zip code



I recently discovered Zaycon Fresh and really wondered could this be as good as it sounds? At first the pricing didn't look that fantastic to me. It seemed pretty on par with what I pay for the bulk packs about $1.99 per pound for boneless skinless chicken breasts) at Wegmans. Until I realized that they offer a ton of amazing promo codes on a regular basis and it is a fresher, higher quality product that they offer. Click here for the latest promo codes! My first order included 40 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts at just 99 cents a pound with their promo code! 


After reading more about the company and how they do business buying through Zaycon began looking better and better. They do a WAY better job than I can explaining it here. Take a look! 



        


It makes a lot of sense when you think about it! Prices better or comparable to the grocery store AND higher quality. Plus buying a lot at once will reduce your trips to the grocery store, saving time, gas and energy spent each week making sure your family has what it needs.



But what will I do with all of that meat and chicken? My best suggestion is to look up some great freezer meals. Prepare full meals with your fresh chicken and meats before your freeze it and now you are saving time in two ways! Here are a few links to some of my favorite freezer meal lists.



Another great tip is to whip up or purchase some of your favorite marinades and throw them in the bag with your chicken as your portion it out - you will be ready for easy grilling just by pulling your bag from the freezer.





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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Adventures in Legoland: Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia



We recently look a little trip down to Plymouth Meeting to check out the Legoland Discovery Center at the Plymouth Meeting Mall!

It has been ages since I visited Plymouth Meeting. My family used to go to the Ikea that used to be located on the same property on a regular basis when I was a kid and occasionally we would stop over at the mall before taking the Northeast Extension home.

All I remembered about the place is that it felt HUGE and it had a carousel inside.  All those things are still true, its still pretty big, theres still a carousel inside AND now it also has a major family attraction attached, the Legoland Discovery Center.




The Legoland Discovery Center is literally located inside the mall, which seemed odd to me initially - I had a hard time picturing how something so large could be fully enclosed in another building but it totally works and makes the attraction especially attractive for a cold, super hot, or otherwise ugly day, because not only is the attraction inside but its also attached to a giant mall that has restaurants, indoor play areas, a carousel and shopping that you can all access without going outside once you've entered the building.

                                   

                 


You must access the  Legoland Discovery Center from inside the mall, and because of the mall's size parking in a lot that is close by helps make getting there a bit quicker.  Its is super easy to get there from the Lehigh Valley. Take the NE extension of the Turnpike (476) South to Plymouth Road in Plymouth Meeting. Take Exit 333 from I-276 W and make a right into the mall parking lot.


When you pull in stay to the south (right) side of the mall and follow the road past Whole Foods and aim to part in the area that is circled. This will put you at the closest entrance to the center. The map above suggests parking in a different lot (which you can do but it involves walking into a building and then out again and into a different door - its confusing, but we did it and survived).  For directions from other locations besides the Lehigh Valley click here. Once you enter the mall just follow the signs.














The entrance is easy to find and sorts visitors into two lines, those who pre-purchase and those who want to buy their tickets on the spot.




 I highly suggest buying your tickets in advance (they are cheaper! ) plus it speeds up your arrival, because people who are already ticketed get to go through a different line.  This isn't a cheap family outing especially if you pay full price so plan to spend the day here. My best advice would be to arrive for their opening and enjoy the attraction until lunch, then grab some lunch in the mall or utilize the Legoland Discovery Center Cafe.  Once the kids have had a break just back in to do some of their favorite things again. 

Note: if you exit with the intention of coming back that day, you must confirm re-entry will be available with an employee, restrictions due to capacity limits may apply. 








You can also look into some even deeper discounts on sites such as Groupon.

Groupon has had tickets for 1/2 off admission at Legoland Philadelphia in the past, the most recent offer is now sold out. We will update if additional offers are found!  

Annual passes are also available for families who'd like to visit many times!





When you enter Legoland Discovery Center They have a short themed ride that the whole family can hop on. Everyone gets to hold a magical wand that you can use to point at targets while on the ride to earn points. This was cute and a nice surprise! 


The Legoland Discovery Center is divided into a few different areas.  For the young ones there is a toddler area that features a small slide (pictured below), Large scale legos (pictured below) that are appropriate for preschoolers and toddlers to build with. This area also has a cool bubble feature (Pictured below) that my kids really loved. 




The space also features a number of different building stations that provide models for building, platforms and more. The one featured below was demonstrating how to build a sturdy structure.  The lego building mats were all mounted on earthquake simulators that shook your building are varying rates to put it to the test. 





They have a 4-D movie theater that shows a short lego themed film (similar in style to the LEGO movies) on a regular schedule. See the schedule when you arrive to fit this in to your visit. This may be a little bit too intense for little ones. 5+ are ideal and it might work well for some brave 3 or 4 year olds too.  Its not exactly scary per se but it was loud and there are "4-D" elements that appear like sprays of water, bubbles and puffs of air which startled my littlest one.







One of the neatest parts of the attraction, that my kids were really focused on was the indoor lego city. This this is a massive mini city filled with buildings that mimic famous scenes in Philadelphia
. You can find Gino's Steaks, the Reading Terminal Market, Lincoln Financial Field,  trains, taxis and a lot more. Children can interact with this exhibit by touching buttons that activate various features. 

Another hugely popular attraction was their indoor playground/climbing structure. This is basically a huge pirate ship playground that kids can play inside. It features climbing obstacles, tunnels and more. Children must be over 36 inches to enter.



You'll find tons of themed building stations, a create your own LEGO car and track equipped with a big slide that kids can ride down and race their cars to the bottom! 



There are a few life sized lego people which my kids thought were really funny. Most specifically this one because my name is Stephanie! 



There is a small cafe inside that has fast bites and a space for eating as well. We didn't eat here so I can't attest to the food or its quality but generally it appeared to be mostly kid friendly foods (soft pretzels, pizza etc.). I believe there were also some premade sandwiches in the cooler, but overall I'd probably opt to eat elsewhere if I had a choice, but its certainly a convenient option to get a quick bite in. 





We really did have a great time visiting Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia! Our visit lasted about 2.5 hours from start to finish and we only ended up leaving out of a need to get home for naps that afternoon.  For my kids the 2.5 hours wasn't long enough, they really did want to stay longer  and it was a struggle to get them to leave. 


The drive from the Lehigh Valley really was super easy and I would certainly go back again, my kids refer to it often and they enjoyed themselves. I would like to make plans to stay longer next time, especially since the admission prices are a bit steep.  If you have a lego obsessed kid you can do memberships to the facility which give unlimited admission for the year.  

I've heard feedback from people that they thought it would be larger or have more to offer, I didn't feel this way.  I thought the attraction had about what I would expect to see.  There was a lot to do even if your child isn't really into Legos (mine aren't).


If you visit please let us know by leaving a comment! 










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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. We have received tickets for free  to visit this attraction in exchange for our honest review. 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 with you you keep lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net running - 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. We love all of our LVFGS Families and thank you for your support.


Monday, December 18, 2017

Turkey Hill Experience: A Review



We've been working on expanding our resources for local families by reviewing more regional attractions! Who doesn't love a good day trip!? Over the past few months we've added reviews and information on the Blog about Hershey Park Christmas Candy Lane, Knoebels, Legoland Discovery  Center (coming soon!) and our next one features Turkey Hill Experience!



We took the kids out for a day trip to Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, PA a few months back to meet up with some college friends and to check out the attraction. I for one LOVE ice cream and have been interested in checking it out for a while.


The drive out from the Lehigh Valley is super easy - a simple drive out 222 will take you about an hour and a half to get there.  We found it was really easy to find because honestly there really isn't much else that exists in Colombia, PA. Parking was easy, we were able to park right on site and walk right up to the entrance. I believe on days when it is busier they do utilize a shuttle service for patrons in case parking in the moderately sized lot is at capacity. Take a look at directions to the facility here.

Plan your Visit
Check their annual calendar for open dates and hours, take note of holiday hours/closing dates. Then you'll need to choose exactly what you want to do while you are there! There are a few different options for things to do while you visit Turkey Hill Experience! Choose from "The Experience" "The Taste Lab' and their "Tea Discovery"


The Experience
This is the largest part of the attraction and where you can really spend the most of your time. Keep in mind that this isn't a true factory tour but an 'experience' similar but smaller in scale to what Crayola Experience offers in Easton as in it is not an actual working factory.  Children can try on their own hat (see above) and practice sorting flavors.

  

  You will find interactive exhibits that teach children about how Ice Cream and Turkey Hill's famous Iced Tea is made. Unlimited ice cream tasting of some of their classic flavors (they're different each time you visit!) and tea tasting.  You will also find science information about how ice cream is made, experience sniffing out different flavors and you can even star in your own ice cream commercial.


There is indoor place space for toddlers including a slide, and small ball pit. Children of all ages can easily enjoy the exhibits, though older ones will certainly get more from it than younger ones, theres definitely fun to be had by all. Ages 2+ would be ideal.


Within the Experience you can also sample delicious Turkey Hill iced teas too!

The Taste Lab 
A make your own flavor experience!



This is booked separately from your regular ticket and really should (highly suggested) be booked in advance because this is popular and the spaces are limited and fill quickly especially on the weekends.




You'll add flavoring, mix ins and combine it all to make your own signature flavor. My only criticism of this part of the visit was that it wasn't truly "ice cream" but soft serve. In my opinion it doesn't really count as "ice cream" and doesn't taste as good either.



The reasoning behind using soft serve is that it is softer and easier to stir than a traditional hard ice cream would be, which I understand but that also creates another problem.  My additional minor criticism is that the portions are quite large and due to the experience of creating  and mixing the flavor taking up a bit of time my kids were mostly left with soup by the end. They definitely enjoyed the process but very little got eaten and there was no way to take it home and keep it cold.


Criticisms aside I do still highly recommend including this in your visit because it extends the time you get to spend there and it really is fun for the kids.



Tea Discovery
Learn all about the history of tea while you sip and sample a wide variety of tea flavors and types. We didn't experience this option while we visited, as our average group age seemed a bit young to appreciate it. But what fun for a tea lover. You can learn more about this option for your visit
here



We definitely enjoyed our visit to Turkey Hill Experience and recommend it as a great day trip for any season. 
Questions???
Leave us a comment and we will get back to you! 








Disclosure:
Absolutely no compensation was received in exchange for this article. We visited this attraction on our own accord and paid full price admission, we also will not receive any type of compensation should you decide to visit. We have shared this information solely for the benefit of local families. The reviews and opinions are completely ours and have not been influenced by Turkey Hill Experience.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hershey Park Christmas Candylane




The craziness of the holidays can make it hard to schedule in some real quality family time.  I'm terrible at planning holiday outings because I often get caught up in the craziness of the season and our weekends fill up FAST in December with family birthday events, decorating, tree hunting, and more. So we took one of our last unbooked free weekends for a little family field trip to experience Hershey Park's Christmas attractions.

We're excited to share some tips and tricks for visiting the park during the season and share all of the different attractions you will be sure to not want to miss.



Ticket Savings Tips
  • Get in the night before your purchased visit day for FREE - Just present your ticket at the main entrance 2.5 hours before closing the night before your visit and enjoy a fun-filled evening! Most daily tickets qualify for this offer.  Admission at 7:30pm for 10pm closings or 6:30pm for 9pm closings.
  • There is LOTS to fill your visits with! Book consecutive day tickets for even bigger savings and MORE fun! Packages for 2 or 3 day visits are available to reserve online
  • Thinking of staying over? Book a local hotel or stay at one of Hershey's signature lodging options - Hershey Lodge or The Hotel Hershey you can bundle your trip include your stay, tickets and additional attractions
  • Chocolate World attractions, the tour here is free but they've added some additional offerings that are paid.  These are available in a bundle pack at a pretty decent discount.


Making the Most of your Visit!
  • This isn't rocket science but chances are its not going to be a balmy 50 degrees when you visit, so bundle up, the walk from the parking lot is pretty long (they do have shuttles you can use). Dress the kids in layers, pack mittens, hats and scarves, we definitely should have had more for our kids to wear (it was REALLY cold!). 
  • Schedule some indoor activities interspersed throughout the day to break up the cold if it is especially chilly. 
  • Plan your day based on what you specifically want to do. We didn't do this well and missed out on doing a few things the kids really would have loved. So grab a brochure (pictured below) and check the show times, character visits and other schedules so you can make the most of your day. 
  • There is also an interactive app that may be helpful during your visit! You can download it here.
  • If you can plan to do more than one day! There is really a TON of stuff to see and experience and its easy to spend two full days exploring. 


Sweet Lights . Hershey Park . Chocolate World


Hershey Sweet Lights are a beautifully decorated path of seasonally themed lighted decor. Travel in the cozy warmth of your own car as you drive through a winding path of holiday glow. Tune your vehicle's radio to their station and watch as lights dance along with the music!



These are open to visitors every night from November 10th- January 1st. Check out a preview of the experience! Here's a short video of our visit to the Sweet Lights. *If you present your admission ticket at guest services at Hershey Park you can get Sweet Light admission for one car for just $18.15 (+ tax) and some change. Note: Admission tickets to Sweet Lights is less Monday-Thursday!


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Hershey Park is decked out in hundreds of thousands of festive holiday lights, decor and offers incredible themed food, drinks and treats everyone will love.  Its the amazingness of Hershey Park with a holiday twist. Experience 50 of their awesome rides plus additional attractions and entertainment including visits with Santa.


Their evening light show inside of the park - NOEL. After dark this display if 200,000 dancing lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas music goes off nightly at starting at 5 PM with show times every half hour.


                     


Ice skating near Santa's Reindeer Stables. For just $3 per skate rental (personal skates are not allowed) you can skate inside the park! While you are skating you can visit with Santa's reindeer (Roudolph too!) who are housed right nearby!



Music Box Christmas: An Enchanted Journey
We had the chance to see this from the front row, thanks to some friends we tagged along with who showed us the ropes while there for the first time! My children were mesmerized. 


The production was impressive to say the least. The performers were talented, the music was lovely and familiar and the dancing was great as well. The show is offered a number of times throughout the day, if you visit definitely try to make plans to see it. You can see the full schedule with dates and times here. 





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So Much More! 

                

We found that once we arrived there were even more activities and entertainment than we were able to read about online. Character experiences, storytime and the "Our Friends From the Sea" show were all great surprises. What is a more time honored holiday tradition than making Christmas cookies!?! Visit the Cookie workshop in Hershey Park at Kissing Tower Hill to buy a cookie and take part in dressing it for the season and catch a cozy storytime!










Before you go don't miss everything Hershey's at Chocolate World! Their Free Chocolate Tour includes a full history on Hershey's, interactive displays, and a chocolate treat to finish it off!



Additional attractions in the facility include a chocolate tasting experience, a 4-D Theater, gift and coffee/cocoa shop and a create your own candy bar experience. These attractions are tickets and can be purchased in a bundle for a discount.

You can also grab tickets for the Hershey Trolley Works Tours at Chocolate World! Trolley Works even has a special Sweet Lights Tour!

We (sadly) weren't able to squeeze an a visit here on this trip (see exhausted 5 year old below), but promise to come back and give it a full review soon!





 Don't be fooled by my kids' faces (I made the mistake of waiting to take these until the end of the day and 2.0 was super tired and chilly).... We had a great time visiting Hershey Park and the Sweet Lights




We hope you'll consider checking it out and making it part of your family's holiday experience this year!








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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 no affiliate links but we have received tickets for free in exchange for our honest review. 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 with you you keep lehighvalley.findandgoseek.net running - 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. We love all of our LVFGS Families and thank you for your support.