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Berks Lanes – Sinking Spring

8 Feb

So glad that we decided to take the chance on bowling with two toddlers. It turned out to be a lot of fun and two whole hours passed by pretty quickly, which is a lot in toddler time !

Location: Berks Lanes 3190 Shillington Road Sinking Spring PA

Admission: We paid $10 per person bowling for the Saturday 3-5pm glow bowl. We paid for ourselves and our 2.5 year old. This included the cost of the shoe rentals.

* Reservations and highly recommended, you may not get in without them*

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Food & Drink: They are pretty strict about no outside food or drink, they have their own concessions with all the normal hot dog, hamburger type of things, they also have vending machines and a bar.

Berks Lanes also has an arcade near the entrance of the bowling alley and has optional bumpers on all of their lanes. Unfortunately I feel that the staff was a little less then pleasant,  perhaps they are used to dealing with teenagers but it was mostly families at the time that we were there. Other then this we did have a great time and will visit again in the future.

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you can find more information at www.berkslanes.com

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Philadelphia Auto Show

29 Jan

Our family had a great time at our first Philadelphia Auto Show this year. The venue was family friendly and very accessible from public transportation options. This is an event that we will certainly consider visiting again in the future ! Not to mention it was fun for daddy !

Location: The Pennsylvania Convention Center

1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107

Dates: January 19th-27th 2013

Cost: Adults: 12.00, Under 12- 6.00, Under 6- Free  * there is also a senior citizen discount during the week* There are many ways of getting free tickets for your family. Car dealerships often give away free tickets via their social media sites. We also ran into several people with extras that they were willing to give away.

A Special Thanks to Bergey’s Ford for our Auto Show Tickets

2013 Auto Show

2013 Auto Show

Getting there: from the reading area I feel that your best and only choice is to drive into the city of Philadelphia  Once in the city most of your parking options are going to run you $15-20. As with almost everything in the city. We decided to stay with family and take SEPTA’s regional rail to market street. Saving both gas and parking !  The market street station connects directly to the convention center.

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Accessibility The convention center it’s self is handi-capped accessible, which also means it is stroller accessible. We decided to go with our toddler sized carrier. Our girls almost never want to sit in the stroller unless we are outside. This also made getting on and off the train much easier !

Food: Their are basic concessions stands open. We packed our own snacks and only purchased drinks. There is no food allowed in the actual show room though so you have to eat it in the atrium like area. The convention center is also across from the Reading Terminal Market- a great indoor market that could be a lunch option.

Bathrooms: The bathrooms were well kept and mostly updated, believe it or not we did not have to wait in line for one and they have changing tables etc.

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City Park Playground

4 Aug

I have to admit, I have driven by this park countless times since it has been renovated and thought it would be really fun for the girls but because of it’s location I was unsure about visiting. After realizing how short of a walk it was from the band shell and the summer concert series I decided to walk down before one of the concerts.

Location:  City Park- Hill Rd & Constitution Way, Reading, PA 19602. It is also accessible from N.11th street.

Accessibility:

  • The playground is close to many walking and parking options and is also near the band shell and basketball courts that are in City Park.
  • There are paved trails leading into the playground and throughout the park. The only difficulty I encountered was with the steep walk back to the band shell after we were done playing at the playground !
  • Under the play equipment is that foam, soft play surface ( I don’t know the official name for it).

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Amenities:

City Park Playground is really a great place to play !

  • The play equipment is built more horizontally rather then vertically, which is a great relief to many parents with toddlers. I really feel as though even if my toddler mistook an opening for a slide and fell she would not have been badly hurt, unlike many other playgrounds we visit where the fall would be close to 6 or 7ft high !
  • There is also a large,spider web type climbing area and a handful of baby and full size swings.
  • The Playground has a few benches and some other places to sit with a small covered area towards the back.
  • I did not see a public bathroom or a portable bathroom.

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Ages: This Playground would be good for “cruisers” on up, because of horizontal build it does make it a great place to learn for younger ones. The climbing, spider web area is defiantly meant for 2+ and even at 2 you would really have to help them !

I would defiantly recommend this park as a great activity before another event at the band shell or in the City of Reading

Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party

29 Jul

I really always wanted to tote my babies along to some music events I just never actually thought we could pull it off ! Guess what ? We did it ! My husband and myself love music and the festival atmosphere. When we looked into the details of the 104.5 Summer Block Parties and saw all ages with an early start time… we decided to give it shot…

Location: The Piazza at Schmidts: 1050 North Hancock Street  Philadelphia, PA 19123

Accessibility: The venue was fairly easy to find (just follow the other people). We actually decided to bring the stroller (surprise surprize) but it  served us well at this venue and because of the plastic rain cover we have the girls stayed dry !. There were really no steps and everything was handicapped or stroller accessible.

Amenities:

  • Parking was not too terrible, we didn’t pay, and parked in the upper level of the superfresh parking lot that is across the street from the venue. There is an elevator in superfresh when you enter look to the left. As always there were parking lots looking for $ and some on street parking. I would seriously suggest checking the parking garage 1st.
  • Within the venue there are some vendors set up selling jewelry, clothes, drinks etc. The businesses surrounding vary from a 24hour diner, a coffee shop, gallery, recording studio etc. They are all accessable from the concert.
  • There are bathrooms located within the stores and shops

Ages: It really was all ages ! of course the normal concert atmosphere did exist but it was in the area that was closer to the stage. From about the halfway point and further back there were some people standing, others sitting in lawn chairs and even some like us with their kids ! babies, toddlers, children, adolescents.

Additional information: Going to a concert with my whole family is something that I dreamed about before I became a parent. Once I had the girls I just wasn’t sure it was the right thing, or the expected thing ( damn those expectations). While I cannot speak for all concerts I can say that the radio 104.5 concert series was a wonderful experience for my family and we plan to attend in the future !