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Allentown PENNSYLVANIA Local Attractions

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Allentown, PENNSYLVANIA Full Details   Property# [546]    Attraction Type: AMUSEMENT PARK
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom!

Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom—two great parks for the price of one—features 200 acres of more than 100 rides and attractions for guests of all ages. Experience extreme scream-machines, including eight awesome roller coasters and state-of-the-art thrill rides. Get soaked by our tremendous

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Kid Friendly:YES
Non Smoking:NO
Forsale:NO
Handicap Access:YES
RVparking:YES

Philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA Local Attractions

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Philadelphia, PENNSYLVANIA Full Details   Property# [670]    Attraction Type: TOURS
Old City Philadelphia -- AudioSteps MP3 Audio Walking Guide

Let your own MP3 player take you on an AudioSteps walking tour of America's birthplace. Go back in time to colonial days as you follow in Ben Franklin's footsteps through Old City Philadelphia. We'll tell you about the founding of America and what's happeni

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Kid Friendly:YES
Non Smoking:NO
Forsale:NO
Handicap Access:YES
RVparking:NO

Pittsburgh PENNSYLVANIA Local Attractions

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Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA Full Details   Property# [724]    Attraction Type: MINI GOLF
Putting Edge Indoor Glow-in-the-Dark Fun Center

Take a Break from Reality at Putting Edge Indoor Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf Fun Center. It’s fun for all ages. Come play in our arcade or shop our unique glow merchandise. Book your Birthday Party or Special Event – We do it all!

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Kid Friendly:YES
Non Smoking:NO
Forsale:NO
Handicap Access:YES
RVparking:YES

Reading PENNSYLVANIA Local Attractions

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Reading, PENNSYLVANIA Full Details   Property# [342]    Attraction Type: SHOPPING
VF Outlet Village

VF Outlet Village in Reading, Pennsylvania, is located on the site of the former Berkshire Knitting Mills, which was once the largest hosiery mill in the world and operated from 1908 to 1975. The original VF Outlet store opened in 1970 in the east end of Big Red, as a means of disposing

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Kid Friendly:YES
Non Smoking:NO
Forsale:NO
Handicap Access:YES
RVparking:YES

Scotrun PENNSYLVANIA Local Attractions

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Scotrun, PENNSYLVANIA Full Details   Property# [534]    Attraction Type: WATER PARK
Great Wolf Lodge Poconos

Welcome to Great Wolf Lodge – The Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania. Great Wolf Lodge, the first new family resort in the Pocono Mountains in nearly three decades, is a first-class, full-service family destination resort designed to capture the atmosphere and adventure of the northwoods.

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Kid Friendly:YES
Non Smoking:YES
Forsale:NO
Handicap Access:YES
RVparking:YES

Woodward PENNSYLVANIA Local Attractions

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Woodward, PENNSYLVANIA Full Details   Property# [795]    Attraction Type: ROADSIDE ATTRACTION
Scenic Cave

Experience spectacular Woodward Cave, nicknamed The Big One. One of the largest caverns in Pennsylvania, its nickname reflects its five spacious rooms, one of which, The Hall of Statues is 200 feet long. Experienced guides conduct a well explained, easily walked tou

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Kid Friendly:YES
Non Smoking:NO
Forsale:NO
Handicap Access:YES
RVparking:YES

Tantrum-Free Vacations: 5 Creative Tips to Keep Your Sanity While Traveling With Your Children

Tantrum-free vacations: 5 creative tips to keep your sanity, travel with your children, and have a fun vacation, really!

You want to spend your vacation at a spa resort, your husband's idea of a good time is a weekend at the golf course, and your kids can't wait to test out the latest hot rides at the amusement park. Is there such a thing as a family vacation that makes everyone happy or are you destined to hearing the children grumbling from behind their DS, "are we there yet" while you're refereeing their arguments from the front seat?

No matter what age your children are, from tots to teens, vacations can easily become hijacked by whining, pouting, and full out screaming from kids and spouses too. So how can you have a tantrum-free vacation, keep your sanity while traveling with your children, and actually have a fun time?

Try these 5 sanity saving tantrum-free traveling tips:

1. Pick vacations that will have something each family member can enjoy. No, you don't have to sacrifice grown-up time to enjoy a happy family vacation. Choose a location that will have something for everyone, such as a family friendly cruise with kid themed activities and lots of adult amenities or the family resort with the water park that suits mom's desire to shop and dad's golfing needs. If you have more than one child share some special " vacation alone time" with each child, where they can spend time with mommy or daddy doing an activity they choose.

2. Many children have a difficult time with transitioning, going from one thing to the next, and for some children a vacation is overstimulating. They may have a difficult time with loud noises, new experiences, or may be sensitive to moving from one place to another. Often tantrums or meltdowns are a child's way of expressing that they are overwhelmed. A little preparation can help with the transitions. Share with your child images of where you are going and talk about what they will see and experience. They can even begin a scrapbook with images of their vacation before they leave and complete it when they return, so they have a feeling of control over the experience. Pack a few things in your child's travel backpack that will help your child with transitioning and waiting, such as favorite music on their mp3, favorite DVDs, a new coloring book, or a new toy. Remember to always pack snacks and juice or water; a hungry kid is a cranky kid (and that goes for adults too).

3. Adults need fun too. Hire a babysitter for a night on the town and you will model to your children the importance of taking care of your relationship. Ask the concierge about the babysitting services the hotel provides or recommends, or you can google babysitting agencies. Make sure that the sitters are screened for background checks, and that they are CPR and First Aid certified, then take some time to dance the night away. Also, book adjoining rooms for older children so you can have some alone adult fun time too.

4. Head off the meltdowns and tantrums at the pass. As a parent you notice the signs that a melt down is brewing. It could be whining, or attempts to agitate their siblings, and you know that these are the early warning signs that the tantrum storm is coming. Take a minute and breathe before you respond. Children pick-up on your emotional state and mirror it via the phenomena of mirror neurons meaning if they are agitated then you are likely to mirror their emotional response, which only amplifies their tantrum. Research suggests taking a deep breath allows you to increase the flow of oxygen to your brain, whereby you'll approach the situation from a calm and rational place, rather than reactive response. Take a breath, let your child know you understand how they feel, and then calmly talk with your child.

5. Take a break. Sometimes there is just so much that your child can experience in one day before they become overwhelmed. Create some downtime each day where they can just play in the pool or chill with their tunes. Be realistic for the developmental age of your child, and just how much activity is too much, and you will minimize exhaustion tantrums.

Vacations can be fun filled for the whole family when you use these sanity saving tantrum-free traveling tips.

Want more information on how to help your child manage their frustrations visit http://www.thecreativityqueen.com and download the free audio teleseminar: "Secrets Your Kids Really Don't Want You to Know: A Child Art Therapist Tells All" (*except for the confidential stuff).

Dr. Laura JJ Dessauer, ATR-BC, LCAT, the founder of the Creativity Queen, LLC, is a Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist and Certified Parent and Teen Coach. Laura brings over 23 years of experience working with families, children and teens in over 21 school districts. The Creativity Queen, LLC, Winner of SCORE Small Business of the Year, offers individual art therapy sessions and creative problem solving programs for both children and adults. Want more tools and practical creative strategies that work? Visit http://thecreativityqueen.com and get instant access to our FREE audio mini-course: Secrets Your Kids Really Don't Want You to Know: A Child Art Therapist Tells All. (*except for the confidential stuff)

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