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.














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.







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!
















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.





Friday, June 1, 2018

New Vision Theatres Announces Summer Kids Movie series!

New Vision Theatres has announced their Summer Kids Movie series! For just $4 receive a kids sized popcorn, fountain drink and ticket to see the selected movie of the week!  Movies will be shown at 10am on Thursdays for 8 weeks. 


The full schedule for the Allentown, PA location is listed below and can also be found here





To add each of these upcoming dates to your calendar click here for the full event listing! 








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.

Ultimate Summer Fun Guide - Things to do with kids in the Lehigh Valley


Summer is on the horizon! Each spring I get all of these awesome ideas for things we can do while the kids are out of school. My mind spins with day trips, local attractions, things to check out, pic-nic spots, and general awesomeness that would cement my place in history as the best mom ever.  Then the whirlwind of spring performances begin, end of the year picnics, closing programs,

recitals, teacher gifts begins, school end and BAM its July 30th and we have done NOTHING!



I'm hell bent on stopping the pattern this year and making a real plan to get out of the house and really enjoy the incredible region we live in. In the meantime I hope to write about each of our adventures and encourage other local families to take on some adventures of their own!  I'm sharing my summer planning process here on the blog to keep myself accountable and help other families enjoy some real fun this summer.

We have one long vacation planned and then will be hunkering down for the rest of the summer to explore, chill at the pool and enjoy ourselves.

I've prepared these awesome summer calendar sheets with incredible activities to do throughout the summer. Each month is customized with regional events and programs that happen throughout the summer and just fun stuff you can enjoy with your kids at home!





There are blank and pre-filled calendars in the link! 


I'm setting a goal to do one to two things per week these could be a day trip special activity or just a playdate.  We have a full list or reviews, links and even activities you can try at home on rainy days to plan out a full summer of fun!


This post contains affiliate links, read full disclosure at end of article
To kick of your summer check out some of these awesome day trip ideas and our reviews of each spot. 







          Turkey Hill Experience: Check out our full review here






Legoland Discovery Center: An awesome indoor adventure! 







Imagi Nation: A world just for kids! 



Mauch Chunk Lake: A beach within reach! 





Knoebels: Ten things to know!












Outdoor movies are a TON of fun. There's plenty of options to choose from many of which are free! Also don't forget to see the schedules for the two local drive in theaters in our area as well! 

















Additionally a number of theaters are offering affordable summer movies for children and their parents this summer each week. For just a few dollars you can cool off for the morning and enjoy a family friendly movie with the kids.









Time is running out to pick out a great camp for this summer! The kids will be out of school before you know it so don't get caught without a great camp program to keep them active! We're highlighting some of the Lehigh Valley's best camps!



The JCC of the Lehigh Valley just can't wait for camp to start.

Summer Camps at the JCC of the Lehigh Valley offer children and teens of all ages the opportunity to supplement their summer with a variety of activities ranging from sports and swimming to art and theater. Their Center Valley day camp program make surviving summer as a working parent a total breeze. Their speciality camps allow children to perfect their skills in a sport, or even travel the country in one of these incredible camps! 

Learn more about local summer camp options at the JCC at lvjcc.org/camp.



Creek splashes, views through animal eyes, all that is wild and in disguise. The magic of summer memory making comes alive with Wildlands! These half and full day programs feature themes to fit just about every interest. 

Children as young as 3 can sign up for camp! Extended day hours offer programming from 7:30am through 5:30 pm for working families. 




At Active Learning Centers, they do summer camp the way it used to be! Children spend most of their day outside playing. They have the opportunity to go to the swimming pool twice a week and they go on field trips once per week. Every child enrolled in camp will also have the opportunity to take a martial arts class each day at no extra charge. The only things you won’t find at this summer camp are TV’s and video games… this is Active Learning Centers!

Each week features a different theme and these themes are based upon leadership qualities. The activities of the week are designed to teach, encourage, and develop those traits in the children. From listening skills to problem solving, and courage to communication, this will be the most beneficial and fun camp you’ll ever find for your child. Contact them to inquire about signing up.



3-5 year olds will love having their own summer program for 6 weeks at Bright Beginnings Montessori in their exclusive pilot program. Space is limited to 10 families, so contact them soon to schedule a tour. BBMA is a brand new educational program specializing in educating children ages 3-5 utilizing Montessori principles. By doing a pilot program they are making the Montessori experience affordable while allowing Bright Beginnings to gain valuable information that will help their program grow. Click here to read more about the program and its requirements.




The camps will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for all days of the session. Baseball related activities will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with lunch taking place from 12-12:30 p.m. Boys and girls of all skill levels will have the chance to learn baseball and fundamentals from the future stars of the Philadelphia Phillies. Past camp instructors have included Rhys Hoskins, Cameron Perkins, Scott Kingery and others! Each day, members of the IronPigs coaching staff and select IronPigs players will teach the basics of the game and help all campers become better ballplayers!

Camp 1 (Ages 7-8): June 12-14. Camp Group Night, June 13.
Camp 2 (Ages 9-10): June 26-28. Camp Group Night, June 27
Camp 3 (Ages 11-13): July 24, 26-27. Camp Group Night, July 26


Camp is $165 per camper and includes the following:
Instruction on baseball fundamentals from Lehigh Valley IronPigs players and coaches
Two (2) tickets to a selected IronPigs game during your camp.
A daily lunch during each day of camp
On-field recognition prior to IronPigs game on your camp group night
Official 2018 Camp T-Shirt




Rising middle and high schoolers will be immersed in scientific investigation through these unique and educational camps. Their "Pathogens: Connecting the Microorganism Dots" camp provide rich experiences for students interested in health, medicine and biology. Students will obtain a unique perspective into Natural weather hazards through "Natural Disasters: A Geologist's View into the Hazards of our planet". Camps are scheduled to take place at the Lehigh Carbon Community College Schnecksville Campus. Click here to learn more or to register.






KIDS CO-OP’s No Bummer Summer Campis 12 weeks filled with tons of fun for children ages 3 through 12. No Bummer Summer Camp is perfect for the active child looking to have a summer they won’t forget. Their air-conditioned facility allows children to participate in different activities set up throughout the gym including crafts, healthy snacks (provided by KIDS CO-OP), tumbling, obstacle course, foam pit & fitness castle, trampolines, fun dance games, and much more! Kids also will enjoy slip-n-slides and water games outside as often as possible! On two afternoons each week campers head over to the Hanover Pool on their own Starbound Express Bus! Exciting theme-based field trips throughout the summer are also included. KIDS CO-OP offers a wide-range of day-to- day options and payment plans. Click here to learn more or to register!



Many local municipalities offer free or low cost summer playground or park programs that create a camp like atmosphere at your local park and supervised play for kids ages 6 + (ages vary by area)












Getting immersed in nature isn't too hard in the Lehigh Valley. There are a ton of places to explore! Here are a few highlights. To see even more outdoor adventure ideas click here





















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! Beading, weaving, 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!
















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.