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4 • OUR LETTER 5 • NEED A MINUTE 6 • Q & A W/ P.T. REPTILES 12 • GIVEAWAY 14 • DATE NIGHT @ KALAHARI 16 • SNOWTUBING IN THE POCONOS

Amanda Kuhn

18 • CRAFT W/ COUNTRY HOME LEARNING

• Creative & Graphic Design

20 • POCONO FAMILY YMCA

Kelly Slinger

24 • WINTER FUN

• Copy Editor Jamie Bowman

26 • LOCAL FAMILY FEATURE

• Contributing Writers Jamie Bowman

28 • GET HEART SMART

Tom Eccleston

30 • KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

Amanda Kuhn

32 • MINI-THON

• Contributing Little Artist

34 • FREEFALL TRAMPOLINE PARK

Olivia Hensel

36 • NO KID HUNGRY 39 • CREATIVE LITTLE HANDS 40 • MOM-PRUH-NUR

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42 • EVENTS Designed for parents by parents, MeSee is a creative collaboration of everyday ideas to celebrate the joys, swerves and curves of parenthood. Published bi-monthly, each issue will feature people, places and things that attract, entertain and inform both kids and their parents. Learn more about upcoming events, local businesses, local families, unique crafts and internet finds, activities and other inspiring editorial to make you laugh, cry and relate.

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From MeSee I just want to salute all the moms and dads out there. I know it’s not anywhere near Mother’s Day or Father’s Day but it is winter and winter is looooooonnnng. For every snow storm that sends your schedule into a tailspin to the inevitable colds and sicknesses that will leave your kids home from school - we deserve some type of award… or medal… or a day off! This winter has been a challenge to say the least. Is it safe to say we’ve almost made it through? Mother Nature, if you’re listening, we could all use a break! Putting together this issue we’ve had the chance to discover some awesome new people and places. Spring might be on it’s way but before we head outdoors be sure to experience some indoor hot spots that are kid approved. FreeFall Trampoline Park and the Pocono Family YMCA are perfect for burning off some energy. Don’t let the cold weather stop you though, now is also a great time to try some outdoor activities like snow tubing. Read about these activities and more inside this issue. A special thanks to our cover artist, Olivia who crafted a masterpiece for this issue. We are always looking for more MeSee Mini Artists so break out the art supplies on those snowy days and let your kids create a masterpiece for us. You just might see it on the cover of a future issue! Take a picture and email it to amanda@meseemag.com, upload it to our Facebook page or drop it in the mail. We love seeing your kids’ works of art! We’re very excited for the upcoming Greater Pocono Kids Expo at Camelback Mountain & Resort! Mark your calendars; it will be a great opportunity for parents to discover all types of businesses dedicated to enriching, improving, and assisting the lives of kids and their families. Summer camps, party venues, dance studios, martial arts studios, healthcare, safety, day cares and more! A great time for both parents and kids! As parents we need to stick together, so drop us a line, tell us what you think, share your ideas with us! Until next time, goodbye and good luck - see you in the Spring!

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Q&A W/ PETER RUSHTON @

P.T. REPTILES

Peter Rushton, owner of PT Reptiles, has been entertaining

since, teaching about their role in nature and how important

and educating people about all things reptiles since 2001.

it is to understand and cherish them for the valuable role they

Customizing presentations for groups of all sizes, ages, and

play in our ecosystem.

expertise, Peter has been able to share his lifelong love of reptiles and give his students the opportunity to see, touch, and interact with some cool, cold-blooded creatures. If you’re looking for a fun and educational presentation for a school group or entertainment for some birthday party fun, Peter can customize his presentation to fit any scenario. Read on to find out more!

Over the past two decades, PT Reptiles has customized presentations for groups of all sizes, ages, and expertise in Ohio, and we are very excited to now be launching in PA. I’m also very, very proud that my oldest son Peter now carries the original - PT Ohio - that we started together way back when. He does his own programs and presentations. He’s amazing.

Tell us about PT Reptiles and the programs

How long have you been working with

you provide.

reptiles? What is your background?

I started PT Reptiles in 2001 in Columbus,

I’ve been working professionally with reptiles

Ohio, inspired by my two sons, Peter

for over 20 years, but my love for nature,

and Taylor. (They are the ‘P’ & ‘T’ of “PT

animals, birds, and fish has been a lifelong

Reptiles.”) When they were quite young, my

passion, like my children.

oldest son Peter (now 26) caught a snake in

Before becoming a FT Educational Presenter

our back garden and, like most children, had absolutely no fear and a love of nature – like myself. Most of our family time was spent outdoors, fishing, hiking, and exploring nature. What started out as a hobby for myself

& entrepreneur, my background in both the U.S. and England (I was born in London) was in business, sales, and marketing.

and my boys in 1997 officially became our family business in 2001 when my wife told me, “You love snakes. You love talking to kids about nature. This is your passion,

What interests you most about reptiles?

and you need to do what you love. Let’s build something around that.” We have

The most interesting thing about reptiles

been educating,

is how diverse they are in every way and

informing, and

how incredibly versatile they are in their

entertaining people

adaptations to ever-changing conditions in

of all ages about reptiles ever

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many morphs - adapting to where they live, what food supply is available, climate, predators, you name it. They can change their appearance, their heart rate, their diet, whatever it takes to survive. That some species are truly dinosaurs is a testament to their resilience, versatility, and ability to adapt to changing conditions on the ground. They are incredible.

What type of animals can your students expect to see?

The selection of animals we will bring out to your location may include snakes, lizards, tortoises, turtles, frogs and toads, spiders, and scorpions. We’ll meet any specific requests you have, both what to bring and what NOT to bring! Some crowd favorites include: ‘Shelby” (African Spur-thigh tortoise), “Avocado” (green Burmese python), “Mick” the monitor (lizard), and “Curly” (curly hair tarantula). “Blue” (bluetongued skink) is a longtime favorite and the honorary program closer, among others.

Are the programs interactive?

Absolutely!

Can students touch and experience the animals?

Yes! Audience volunteers can participate by holding and touching the animals during the presentation.

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What types of groups do your programs appeal to most?

Our audiences have ranged from 2-80+ in age, 10-300+ in group size, novice to expert, from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and hosted by public libraries, every kind of school, scouts, corporations, families, churches, and festivals. We’ve even worked with entrepreneurial groups, where we talked about snakes, but also about how to turn a passion (snakes) into a profession (educator/presenter/entrepreneur). What ALL groups do have in common is a deep curiosity and true interest in understanding these amazing creatures and the desire to learn about them in a hands-on, experiential environment while having fun.

You work with both public and private groups, correct? Not just schools, camps, and education groups, but parties as well?

Yes, that’s right. I work with schools, libraries, daycares, camps, church groups, corporate events, and fundraisers. I also do personal/private bookings such as family birthday parties, showers, family reunions, and holiday gatherings of all kinds. It’s a real honor to be part of these family milestones…and also pretty cool to see how creative so many families get with “reptile cakes.” Some unusual bookings have included, a Mensa group, a baby shower, a surprise birthday party for a 70-year-old dad, and a homecoming dance. Some of my creatures and I have even been in a heavy metal rock video for MTV2’s Monsters Ball. (I never could have imagined that one!) Here in the Poconos, I’ve been privileged to support local chapters of the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life,” and the Rotary Club’s “Concert in the Park.” Though I am just getting underway with our new adventure here in PA, starting a new chapter and new business, I could not be more excited. Most special to me are the programs I’ve done for children (and adults) who are developmentally disabled. It’s amazing how animals can reach people, no matter their health, age, mental or physical capacity. It’s truly wonderful to be able to bring nature’s creatures to those who would never have had the chance to get out and experience them on their own. MeSee Magazine • 9


Is there a particular age group or gender that

parents. It’s a privilege to now help her care for Mum, or as

enjoy your programs, or do they appeal to

you call her, Mrs. Bullock. I guess what PT Reptiles is really

everyone?

all about is family. PT Ohio started as a way to take care of, and spend time

Pretty much everyone. Young and old, boys and girls. Even many different cultures. An international homeschool group was

with, sons Peter and Taylor. PT Pennsylvania now launches as a way to take care of, and spend as much time as possible, with my mum-in-law, Isabelle Bullock.

fascinating because of the many languages I

You asked what makes PT Reptiles unique, but I should tell

heard in the audience, but by the end they all

you that what I have found here in the Poconos is a very

spoke reptile!

family-focused community, filled with great people and a warm welcoming atmosphere. I look forward to meeting all of you and introducing PT Reptiles to Pennsylvania. It is the last

How frequently do you get new animals?

We are constantly acquiring new animals for program participation, as well as adopting and rehoming displaced animals.

move we will make and already feels like home.

P.T. REPTILES, PA PO Box 371 | Cresco, PA 570.234.8410 | peter@ptreptilespa.com ptreptilespa.com | facebook.com/ptreptilespa

What is something unique that you would like our readers to know about PT Reptiles?

The reason I left Ohio and am starting new in PA is because my wife, Cherylyn, had been caretaking for her father (since passed) and continues to care for her mother, now 92, for years. (Some of you may know ‘Mum’ as your former teacher at Barrett Elementary.) Cherylyn is also a graduate of Barrett Elementary and Pocono Mountain. She stayed in Ohio to help raise Peter & Taylor before heading back home to Barrett to care for her 10 • MeSee Magazine


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DATE NIGHT

staycation By: Jamie Bowman

Between the sub-zero temperatures, post-holiday exhaustion,

spa service, you are welcome to enjoy the Hydro Escape,

and snow days, you probably feel like you could use a

complete with a spacious jacuzzi and herbal-infused steam

vacation. But when an exotic getaway just isn’t in the cards,

room. And trust me, guys, you definitely want to get in on

opt instead for a staycation. That’s right, it’s time to pretend

this spa day experience. Couples Massage, anyone?

you’re a tourist! Head to Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Pocono Manor for a little relaxation and rejuvenation. (And no, we won’t judge you for leaving the kids at home!)

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STEP THREE: EAT UP At Kalahari, a variety of dining options are available to you without ever having to leave the resort. Choose from classic Italian dishes at Sortino’s Italian Kitchen or casual American

For a true staycation experience, spend the night at Kalahari.

favorites at Ivory Coast Restaurant. For a truly unforgettable

With its authentic African style, Kalahari will have you feeling

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like you’re on a safari, not surrounded by snow. While it may

favorite. The filet mignon is incredible and the shareable

seem superfluous to stay at a hotel in your hometown, think

sides are more than enough for two. I never leave Kalahari

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(Try the Kalahari Big 5 - yum!) And don’t forget the most

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P O C O N O S By: Jamie Bowman

Searching for a winter activity the whole family will love? Look no further; the answer is simple - snowtubing! Let’s be honest, snowtubing is awesome. And here in the Poconos there are plenty of great locations to partake in this not-so-extreme sport. The best part? No experience necessary!

Plan a visit to Blue Mountain for hours of fun. Save $5 per ticket by ordering your tickets online in advance, or purchase a season pass and enjoy snowtubing all winter long. Blue Mountain is also happy to host school field trips, where students can learn about physics firsthand! Blue Mountain Resort Palmerton, PA www.skibluemt.com

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Valentine LOVELY

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• Valentine greetings first appeared in the 15th Century. • The oldest valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415. • By the 17th century the tradition of exchanging cards or letters began with people in Great Britain and eventually caught on in the United States. • Before printed cards, it was quite common for friends & loved ones of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or hand written notes. • In 1840, Esther A. Howland, known as "The Mother of the Valentine," began selling the 1st mass produced valentines in the United States. These beautiful valentines were elaborate creations of ribbons and real lace with colorful pictures know as "scrap." • Soon after Esther A. Howland's valentines were mass produced, a major consumer holiday had emerged.

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FACTS

• Today, Valentine's Day is one of America's most popular holidays with more than 62% of the population sending greeting cards each year. • According to the Greeting Card Association, it is estimated that 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are sent each year. That's more than any other holiday except for Christmas. • Chocolates & flowers are considered some of the most popular forms of valentines to exchange. More than 35 million boxes of heart-shaped chocolates are sold and more than 250 million roses are produced for the holiday in a typical year. • Today, jewelry has become a very popular form of valentine. Nearly 20% of Americans spend roughly $4 billion on jewelry annually for Valentine's Day.


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POCONO

YMCA

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The Answer to Your Winter Blues As I sit in the lobby of Pocono Family YMCA, I feel motivated,

from ages 4 and up with swimming available to children

energized, and excited. People of all ages are bustling in

as young as 2 years old. There are also art classes and

and out, chatting with friends, greeting friendly faces with big

workshops, programming for teens, programs for families,

smiles and familiarity. Groups of kids are walking through

and an endless list of fitness and gym classes available

with their classmates, laughing and talking in line. Looking

to adults. It became clear to me why all the members I

around the room I see a sign above the registration area that

observed were in such good spirits.

says “Dive-In Movie.” Watching a movie while swimming? A child’s dream come true! On this freezing cold, wintry day I can’t wait to learn more about all the activities the Pocono YMCA has to offer.

In addition to giving you and your children a chance to get active and have some positive experiences, the Pocono Family YMCA also offers high-quality, licensed child care programs that demonstrate and teach values. Each child will

When Natasha Moore, Membership and Marketing Director

be able to understand and demonstrate the four core values:

for the Pocono YMCA, joins me in the lobby I immediately

caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. With the goal of

ask her to tell me more about the Dive-In Movie. She

stimulating the children’s physical, intellectual, emotional,

explains that the Dive-In Movie happens every other Friday

and social development, the YMCA’s child care programs

night and everyone is welcome, including members and

meet the developmental needs of each particular age group.

non-members who must pay a small fee. I’m already excited,

During the summer months, a variety of specialty camps are

knowing that my own children would LOVE to get in some

offered, with everything from sports and adventure to arts

winter swim time, when Natasha proceeds to tell me more

and STEM. You can also utilize their Child Watch services

about all of the great programs and activities families can find

if you need to take some time for yourself and fit in a fitness

at Pocono Family YMCA.

class or adult program.

Finding things to do with your kids, especially during the

What makes the Pocono Family YMCA different? The Y is

winter months, can be a challenge, so sitting in the YMCA

a non-profit, cause-driven organization dedicated to youth

lobby felt like striking gold. While access to the pool caught

development, healthy living, and social responsibility. They

my immediate attention, the extensive sports and recreation

know that a strong community can only be achieved when

programs for kids of all ages only further intrigued me. Gym

we invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. Building

& swim, soccer leagues and clinics, adaptive sports, and

strength together, individually and as a community, is at the

volleyball are just some of the available activities, all ranging

core of what the Y does. Much of this is accomplished by the

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FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT | FOR HEALTHY LIVING | FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

hard work of the dedicated and committed YMCA staff team and support from the community. The Pocono Family YMCA is also one of the only gyms or family centers that offers financial aid. In order to make the facilities available to everyone, the Y strives to make sure each individual or family is able to be a member and make the most of the membership. But you don’t need to be a member to be a part of the Y; non-members are welcome, too. For more information on membership types and costs, visit the Pocono Family YMCA website. Like any non-profit, the YMCA relies on your help to remain an integral part of our community. Whether you volunteer your time, make a donation, or participate in programs, your involvement is what makes it possible for the YMCA to offer

Upcoming Events: February 10 Sweetheart Dance, for girls & their heroes February 24 Kids & Adult Indoor Triathlon (ages 3-103) March 10 March Madness Basketball Tournament March 24 Making a Difference Gala March 31 Family Egg Dip Event

the community and its youth these unique experiences. For more information on upcoming events, membership details, specific schedules and programs, and to learn how to get involved, visit the Pocono Family YMCA website, Facebook page, or stop in and let a friendly staff member assist you. My kids and I will see you at the pool!

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WINTER fun by: Tom Eccleston

D

on’t let snow bury you in a frozen tundra. Instead,

cure yourself of cabin fever by taking advantage of

public. Here, all ages and skill levels are greeted with

Mother Nature’s seasonal bounty.

lessons and rentals. A cozy Adventure Center punctuates the

Whether its’s downhill or cross-country skiing, snowtubing, ice skating, or some simple sledding, the Pocono Mountains offer up a fine mix of sporting activities. And escaping to one of our resorts may be just the ticket for warding off the doldrums. By visit’s end, your chill factor will be replaced by a toasty inner glow. Skytop Lodge opened its chateau-style doors in 1928, and has spent the intervening decades transforming a 5,500 acre spread into the penultimate playground for generations of families.

experience with warm-up fuel like cocoa and s’mores.

Thirty miles north, through the winding roads of Hawley, is Woodloch Pines, a vast expanse of family fun waiting to be savored. Plan a day of traversing wilderness trails on snowshoes or defying gravity in a fast-flying snowtube. Just don hats and gloves, and let the resort staff supply your equipment. But there’s a new kid in town who commands attention. Starting this winter, a rink with a synthetic ice surface will allow four seasons of skating. “It’s nearly 9,000 square feet,” explains Erica Bloch, public relations manager at the

The crown jewel among its offerings is a toboggan run, which

Pines. “We think this new facility will pack enough punch

propels users down a vertical drop, and over a densely

to keep our guests entertained year-round.” Thrill seekers

ice-covered lake. According to Christy Ranallo, Skytop’s

can also give the white caps at Big Bear a rigorous workout.

sales and marketing director, this is the winter sport that

The Lackawaxen ski resort pairs with Woodloch to offer

intrigues vacationers the most. “Tobogganing either excites

overnighters complimentary lift tickets and other discounts.

or intimidates, with little middle ground,” she laughs. “The sheer height and speed elicit a range of emotions.” The property also makes use of its onsite trout stream by offering ice fishing, which is also available through lakes stocked with largemouth bass, perch, and pickerel.

Of course, when it comes to snow-covered trails, Camelback is the granddaddy of them all. There are 35 runs, to be precise, and they cover an astounding 166 acres of Tannersville. The longest of these, a behemoth called the Nile Mile, is over 5,250 feet of groomed bumps and glades.

On nearby terra firma, there are ski and snowboard

With such intense fire power, it’s no wonder this is the

amenities, the Lodge’s only winter activities open to the

premier ski destination in the Poconos.

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But, despite a reputation for catering to diehard powder hounds, Camelback boasts plenty of novice to intermediate skiing for family pursuits. The majority of trails, in fact, are geared toward the entry-level weekend warrior. And, to accompany these slopes is a system of 16 lifts that whisk riders to their downhill and tubing lures in a jiffy. At Palmerton’s Blue Mountain Resort, safety takes top billing. Select employees, trained by the National Ski Patrol Association, not only provide security on the slopes, but also present lessons for school groups and ski clubs. The Mountain, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, has thrived in recent years, bucking the trend of dwindling

practice their junior jumps, while mom and dad take on the intermediate groomers,” says Heather Schiffbauer, the property’s marketing director. Season passes allow a broad clientele to bask in their surroundings. “They can ski and tube as much as they possibly can.” Staying at Split Rock Lodge, in adjacent Lake Harmony, yields an advantage. JFBB sells vouchers to Split Rock, who incorporates them into special deals for their stayovers. A tale of two settings – austere accommodations and rugged sports -- distinguish Pocono Manor as another luxe getaway.

outdoor destinations. “We have the only park in the Poconos

Start your day honing those triple axel moves for this month’s

with family-sized snowtubing,” boasts Melissa Yingling, Blue’s

Pyeongchang Olympics, and end it in a horse-drawn sleigh

marketing specialist. The facility has nearly 40 lanes that are

ride. Throw in a bit of snowmobiling, perhaps some sledding

over 1,000 feet long, so everyone can coast at exhilarating

and trap shooting, and an itinerary is set. Erin Calpin,

speeds. A range of moguls and terrains run the gamut from

marketing manager at the Manor, feels it’s about having

Lazy Mile to Razor’s Edge, guaranteeing skiers and boarders

something for everyone. “Full-day family programs are here

a keen on-the-snow experience. “Outdoor enthusiasts can

for the asking. Diverse activities are what keeps our guests

really get their fill here,” Yingling notes.

happy.”

If you’re located in a place called White Haven, then skiing

And some of that happiness must be geared toward one of

has to be part of the equation. Where family-friendly terrain

the region’s most unique offerings: dog sledding. Coordinated

goes, Jack Frost Big Boulder more than satisfies.

by Arctic Paws, an hour-long session engages participants in

At a moment’s notice, staffers are ready to fire up their snow guns to sculpt the perfect slopes for running. “Kids can

dog mushing and first-hand training. “It’s our ultimate ode to Old Man Winter,” says Calpin.

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Family Feature Local

The Van Winkle Family

What is your favorite thing to do together as a family?

Mom

LAURIE-ANN

Anytime we are together as a complete family is always a plus in my book! Having four kids, the oldest two being teenagers, means constant on-the-go running for me, so I treasure any time we are all together, no matter what we might be doing. However, my most favorite thing to do as a family is when we are able to take a vacation together so that we can unplug from the craziness of our daily schedules and just enjoy each other’s presence. 26 • MeSee Magazine

Dad

SEAN

When we go on vacation with just us – no friends, no relatives, just the wife, kids, and me. Both camping in the woods or cruising the Caribbean are two of my favorite activities to do with my family. The family bonding time and experiences that go with that make incredible memories.


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Jadelyn

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My favorite thing to do with my family is when we have Family Movie Night. We all squish together on the pull out couch. We eat snacks and watch a movie. We pick on each other if someone cries and laugh together when something funny happens.

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Camryn

Seasonal favorites, timeless classics or even

AGE 13

I love when our family goes to restaurants and eats together as family. This helps us bond and spend time together. I also like to watch the College Softball World Series when we are

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out at restaurants because we are a softball loving family. That is our crazy life, but I wouldn’t change it for anything!

Mackenzie

AGE 9

We have a special tradition that when it’s someone’s birthday, we have a birthday dinner to celebrate. I like this because the birthday person gets to pick if they to go out to dinner or if they want a special meal cooked for them. Also, the birthday person gets to open presents and our family gets to see their expressions since we are all together.

Alexis

AGE 5

I like to celebrate holidays with my family, especially at Christmas. We are all together and I give my sisters presents that they can open, and they give me presents too!

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GET HEART

smart

by: Rhianna Cenci, RD, LDN ۰ Retail Dietitian, Kinsley’s ShopRite of Brodheadsville

EVERY SINGLE DAY your heart works hard for you. In fact, the average human heart beats roughly 2.5 billion times throughout a person's life! This February is American Heart Month. Why not celebrate by doing something nice for your heart? Here's how...

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Go red for heart health! Red fruits and vegetables, like cherries, red grapefruit, red grapes, raspberries, strawberries, beets, red bell peppers, and tomatoes, contain essential nutrients and antioxidants, such as lycopene, that help promote heart health. Choose whole grains and beans. Whole grains and beans provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Some great options include wholewheat bread, quinoa, whole-wheat pasta,

than 300mg per day of cholesterol from foods for healthy individuals or 200mg per day for anyone who already has high cholesterol. And don't forget, being "heart smart" isn't just about the foods we eat. There are other ways to be kind to your heart. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, regular physical activity, and de-stressing can all be extremely beneficial to your heart. So, which heart healthy habit will you try this February?

bran, oats, chickpeas, black beans, red kidney beans, and even new and unique grains like teff, freekeh, and amaranth. Limit your sodium intake. Too much sodium can elevate blood pressure, which can stress the heart by making it work harder. Experts recommend consuming less than 2,400mg per day for healthy individuals and 1,500mg per day for anyone who has been diagnosed

B R O D H E A D S V I L L E

with or is at risk for high blood pressure. You can reduce your sodium intake by reading labels and choosing no-salt-added or low-sodium versions of your favorite products. Also try seasoning meals with salt-free herbs and spices instead of salt. Replace “unhealthy” fats (saturated and trans fats) with “healthy” fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats). Saturated fats (found in foods like butter, red meat, and whole milk) and trans fats (found in many pastries and donuts and some fried foods) raise blood cholesterol levels, which can build up and block arteries over time. Monounsaturated fats (found in olive oil and avocados) and polyunsaturated fats (found in salmon and walnuts) work the

RHIANNA CENCI

opposite way, helping to lower blood cholesterol levels when they are eaten in place of “unhealthy” fats. What about foods that contain dietary cholesterol? New studies are showing that cholesterol that is found naturally in foods like meat, poultry, dairy, and egg yolks (foods made from an animal product) does not have much effect on raising blood cholesterol levels. However, it’s important to realize that many foods that are high in dietary cholesterol also tend to be high in saturated fat, which does raise blood cholesterol levels. The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend no more

RD, LDN, Retail Dietitian at Kinsley’s ShopRite in Brodheadsville You can find Rhianna doing free individualized nutrition counseling in the store and free community presentations for organizations like Boy/Girl Scouts, senior groups, Chamber of Commerce, local gyms, etc. She also offers kids' cooking classes, recipe and new item demonstrations/tastings in the store, store tours, and Culinary Workshops (alongside a Chef). She is available to answer customer questions, just stop by her office in the store, set up an appointment, or call/email her.

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kids

Cooking with your kids is a great way to spend

IN THE

KITCHEN

time together, doing something you both might enjoy. Sure, you may end up with extra flour and sprinkles on the floor. You might have some egg shells in your batter and some added “flavor” from sticky fingers reaching into the bowl, but let’s not focus on that. Let’s focus on the fun! Cooking with your kids helps them build basic skills, like counting and measuring. It allows them to explore their senses and also boosts their confidence. So tie on the apron and ignore the mess. Here are some fun recipes for you to try!

Flower Shaped S’more Pie Pops by One Little Project These little cuties are fun to make and fun to eat! Choose a cookie cutter, whether it’s a flower or a snowman, and fill it with all your s’more favorites. Like any good s’more, it’s best served warm when the chocolate is still gooey and creeps out the sides!

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Peanut Butter Haystacks by Aunt Bees Recipes An old-time favorite, these quick and easy treats require only four ingredients and are easy to make with even the littlest chef.

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Caramel Apple Sticks by Craft Berry Bush What kid doesn’t like to dip things in caramel or chocolate…then M&Ms…..then sprinkles? Fill some bowls with all their favorite treats and let the fun begin. Perfect for some one-on-one time but also fun for a party, kids will enjoy this delicious snack and you can rest assured that they’re getting that apple a day.

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Crescent Roll Pizza Roll Ups by Written Reality Let’s be honest, you can roll just about anything up in a crescent roll and expect it to taste amazing, right? This delicious dish can serve as a snack or a meal…. or both! With only a few ingredients and not a lot of mess, these roll ups are great to make with children of all ages.

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Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists by Just a Taste Soft pretzels are a favorite in my house but my go-to has always been the Super Pretzels found in the grocery store freezer. Twisting and rolling the dough is sure to be a crowd pleaser, so next time you’re looking for a quick and easy snack to grab, whip up some of these.

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by: Jamie Bowman

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S

omething incredible is happening at Stroudsburg

chooses you. Once it does, you realize there’s nothing you

High School. Students are raising thousands of

would rather do. We are conquering childhood cancer and

dollars to help children battling cancer. They’re

there is no better feeling,” says Jasmine Dey, SHS Junior and

donating their time, talents, and dance moves for a cure.

Overall Executive. In addition to the hundreds who dance, a

Mini-THON: hundreds of students, twelve hours, one mission.

leadership team works tirelessly all year long to raise money

So what exactly is Mini-THON? Let’s go back to where it

and ensure the final event goes off without a hitch.

all began - Penn State University. If you know anything

Last year, students at SHS raised a staggering $100,292.80.

about Penn State, you’ve probably heard of THON - the

After spending 12 hours on her feet, SHS Senior and Overall

largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Year after year,

Executive, Kelsey DeSchriver, recalls the emotional moment

Penn Staters spend the year raising funds leading up to

of the big reveal. “The one word that comes to mind is hope.

an epic dance marathon. The money raised through THON

When I found out how much money we raised, I immediately

benefits Four Diamonds, an organization whose mission is

flashed back to the time I spent in the hospital. I imagined all

to “conquer childhood cancer by assisting children and their

of the sad faces turning to smiles. I imagined those bald-

families through superior care, comprehensive support, and

headed patients becoming strong, future dancers.”

innovative research.” In an effort to get even more students involved, Mini-THON was born. Today, hundreds of schools around the country host their own Mini-THONs, all with the same mission. In 2014, Stroudsburg High School hosted its first Mini-THON, and the dedication of the participants is something you have to see to believe. As if studying for exams and learning to drive isn’t enough, students are devoting themselves to a truly selfless cause. But of all the extracurricular activities, why Mini-THON? “You don’t choose Mini-THON; Mini-THON

This year’s Mini-THON is set for May 11 and students are aiming for the $100,000 mark. But regardless of the dollars and cents held up at the end of the night, one thing is certain: participants will have learned priceless lessons in empathy and philanthropy. For more information about Stroudsburg High School’s Mini-THON or to donate, visit sburgminithon.com. For business sponsorships, contact Mini-THON Co-Advisor Jamie Bowman at jbowman@sburg.org.

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I know the scene well. The kids are running around the house screaming, toys are covering every surface. You contemplate forcing them out into the frozen tundra to expel some energy, but the time it takes to put on their snowsuits won’t be worth the 8 seconds they play outside. What to do? It’s times like this that the best solution is to break out of the boredom and get out of the house. Not sure where to go or what to do? When in doubt, jump it out!

KID FREEFALL Let your toddlers and young children bounce and bop around the entire park! Every morning, FreeFall Trampoline Park opens its doors exclusively to children ages 6 and under during Kid FreeFall hours, so your little ones can jump safely without any bigger kids around to squash and stomp their fun.

FreeFall Trampoline Park is the area’s largest indoor entertainment center, featuring 33,000 square feet of wall-towall trampolines. That’s right, wall-to-wall, so no worrying if your child will fall off the edge of the trampoline and break a limb! Fun attractions, including three dunk hoops, dodgeball courts, bungee swings, a mechanical bull, a “Launch Zone” air bag, and an 8-person battle game called Meltdown, give your kids an adrenaline pumping adventure! Not only is this a great way for your kids to burn some energy, it’s fun for adults too! If you’d rather leave the jumping to your kids, guests can enjoy spectating from comfortable seats with free wifi, vending machines, and big screen TVs. Not just an escape from cabin fever, FreeFall is also a great spot to host a birthday party. For more information

FRIENDS & FAMILY Grab your kids and all of their friends! Every Monday, families receive a discount when purchasing 3 or more jump tickets!

SPECIAL NEEDS NIGHT On select Tuesday nights, each month from 4-6 p.m., FreeFall Trampoline Park is open exclusively to those with special needs and their families.

CLUB FREEFALL

on FreeFall and all they have to offer, visit them online and check out their calendar of events. Here are just a few of

Providing a safe but fun activity for teens on the

their ongoing activities…

weekends, Club FreeFall is the ultimate trampoline dance party for teens ages 12-18. Club FreeFall turns the lights low and the music up and gives teens access

SPECIAL NOTE: Please note that FreeFall Trampoline Park

to the entire park “after dark!” Club FreeFall runs every

will have adjusted holiday hours on 2/19, 3/29 and 3/30.

Friday and Saturday from 9-11 p.m.

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In America today, 1 in 6 kids faces hunger. Working with

“We can't save up, can't have dreams of buying a house or

local partners across the country, No Kid Hungry is ending

going on vacations. There's nothing really to look forward to,

childhood hunger by ensuring that kids get the food they

just struggle every day.”

need, like healthy breakfast at school and free meals during the summertime.

The new report, based on a series of surveys and focus groups of low-income parents and their children, shows that

As the divide between the haves and the have-nots grows

three out of every five children from low-income families

wider in America, too many children on the wrong side of the

(59%) have come to school hungry at some point in the last

line are going without enough food, according to a new report

year. For 1 in 10 children, it happens regularly.

from No Kid Hungry. The report – Hunger in Our Schools – breaks new ground in our understanding of hunger and poverty in the United States. Though many comprehensive studies examine and track larger trends, this report is the first to look directly at how children and their parents experience hunger. No Kid Hungry’s research revealed that almost half (48%) of low-income parents say they can’t afford enough food for their kids each month. And almost a quarter (23%) say they’ve cut the size of their children's meals because of lack of money. “It's living paycheck to paycheck, needing things that we have to go without,” said Teresa Lee Hardy, mother of eight. 36 • MeSee Magazine

In addition to children and parents, No Kid Hungry surveyed teachers, principals and school staff, and they confirm this reality. Three out of four educators (74%) see students who regularly come to school hungry because they are not getting enough to eat at home. 43% of these see hungry students arrive nearly every day. “My focus is different when I’m hungry,” said Don Corlley, age 16. “Of course I'm gonna be thinking about food. I'm gonna be thinking about which one of my classmates got food, I'm gonna be thinking about which one of them might share their food.”


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A Problem We Know How to Solve No child should go hungry in a generous nation with plenty of food. But effective programs already exist that could reach every kid. They’re funded by the federal government and run through local schools across the country. “No Kid Hungry and other organizations have identified these programs as the solution to feeding every kid in America,” said Billy Shore, founder and CEO of No Kid Hungry. “We know that it works. We’ve seen the data, and – more importantly – we’ve seen the smiles on kids’ faces.” Together, these four school-based programs can feed every hungry child in America:

After school meals: Breakfast after the bell:

When you make breakfast part of the regular school day – served to kids in class instead of in the cafeteria, early in the morning – you can reach a LOT more kids. Studies show that children from low-income families who eat school breakfast are significantly more likely to do well on tests and miss less school.

Not every child needs a meal before they go home. But many do – 82% of teachers worry that their students may not have enough to eat at home. For those kids, an afternoon meals program at school makes a huge difference.

Summer meals:

Lots of kids depend on school meals – meals that disappear during the summer. Today, just 17% of children eligible for free summer meals are getting them. But more and more

Free lunch:

Our oldest and most effective school meals program; more than half of low-income parents (52%) say their child relies

schools are opening their doors in the summer to provide free breakfast and lunch to all who need it.

on free or reduced-price school lunch every day. (Because

“Having them eat breakfast and lunch at school is a

the national school lunch program is so well-established, No

lifesaver,” explained Hardy. “It saves a lot of food in the

Kid Hungry’s program work, grants and advocacy efforts are

house. If I had to pack their lunch every day or pay for it …

largely focused on the other three programs.)

that would just be really a struggle for us.” “We're so thankful that they get to eat at school.”

About No Kid Hungry No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need.

For more information visit www.nokidhungry.org

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events

Winter Beer Festival Tap into fun at our 2018 Winter Beer Festival! Join us on

Nature by Night Flashlight Tours

February 3rd to experience happiness in a glass and sample beers from breweries such as Rusty Nail, Nimble Hill, Yards, Fat Tire, Heavy Seas, and Victory. Tickets include a keepsake tasting glass, beer tastings, great food, ice skating

The best part of a slumber party is staying up at night!

on the lake, and live entertainment. Tickets are $55 per adult

Wear your favorite jammies and roam the world’s habitats

and $10 per child or designated driver

in an after-hours tour of the Schisler Museum and McMunn Planetarium.

Skytop Lodge

One adult per family is required to remain throughout the

skytop.com

visit. Event includes flashlight tour, planetarium film, craft, and goody bag. Flashlights are provided, but you may bring your own or use a cellphone. Ages 4-13. Non-member pricing: $20 per adult/child pair; $5 for each additional family member. Member pricing: $20 per family (choose adult/child at registration) Schisler Museum First Fridays: February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. quantum.esu.edu/museum

Dive-In Movies Swim or bring your own inflatable to the pool and watch a movie at the same time! Families of all ages are invited. Visit Facebook or the Pocono Family YMCA for the movie lineup. $2 Members, $3 Program Members, $5 Non-Members Pocono Family YMCA Every other Friday, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. poconoymca.org

Fresh Kids of Bel-Air

February 3, 12 p.m.

Shawnee Mountain Super Scout Sunday The 2nd Annual Super Scout Sunday offers prime snow conditions at discounted scout pricing. Lift ticket, equipment, "Learn To" ski/snowboard packages, meal discounts, and commemorative patches are available to all scouts and their immediate families. No minimum ticket purchase required. Online sales only; limited tickets available. Shawnee Mountain February 4, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. shawneemt.com

Mozzarella Madness Workshop What a fun night this will be! Learn how to make mozzarella from scratch, then make your own mozzarella log with our selection of herbs, oils, and additives. You may not want to share when you get home! This workshop makes a great "date night" too! Ages 12+, $30/Person. Registration and prepayment is required (570) 730-4944 Kitchen Chemistry February 4, 12 p.m. kitchenchemistry.com

The Fresh Kids of Bel­-Air have come together to put on the dopest live ’90s show in the country and perform the '90s hits you loved when you were still rocking butterfly clips and feeding your Furby. Seriously, they are all that and a bag of chips! Tickets can be purchased at the Penn's Peak Box Office (walk-up only), Roadies Restaurant (walk-up only), or through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit the website or call 866-605-PEAK. Penn’s Peak February 3, 7 p.m. pennspeak.com

Family Sleepovers @ The Da Vinci Science Center Bring the entire family for an overnight adventure at the Da Vinci Science Center! Participate in labs, explore the exhibit floor, and witness an unforgettable Live Science Show! $12.95 for guests ages 3+ The Da Vinci Science Center February 9, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. www.davincisciencecenter.org

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Crystal Cabin Fever Come one, come all to the greatest show on earth...IN ICE! Every year at Sculpted Ice Works, experiences are created that uplift the human soul and bring people together with beautiful displays of ice that are larger than life! This year the circus is coming to Lakeville, PA with the 12th annual Crystal Cabin Fever - Under the Big Top! Bring the whole family for a fun trip down the 50-foot ice slide and enjoy a warm cup of hot

Couples Night: Valentine Sip & Paint Party! Join Country Home Learning & Art Center for a fun night with your special sweetie. Includes all supplies and materials, full instruction, music and candlelit tables, baked goods, desserts, a chocolate fondue station, and more. B.Y.O.B /

chocolate. See you there!

21+. Call today to reserve your spot; space is limited.

Sculpted Ice Works, Lakeville

Country Home Learning & Art Center

February 9 - 25, Recurring weekly Sunday, Monday, Thursday,

February 10, 6 - 9 p.m.

Friday, Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

countryhomelearning.com

sculptediceworks.com

Monster Jam Triple Threat Series

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Featuring the eight most intense athletes of Monster

Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave,

Jam, Wilkes-Barre fans will witness a fierce battle for the

explore a beaver lodge, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore

championship with each competitor using customized, high-

this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on

powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam

natural history, sustainability, and the local environment. No

ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks.

registration required. $2 per person

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

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February 9 - 11 mohegansunarenapa.com

The Wonder of Butterflies Witness “The Wonder of Butterflies” with The Butterfly Lady, Mari Gruber, from the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary. Discover new things about all the marvelous species of butterfly. Learn about differences between the butterfly and the moth, the life cycle and anatomy of a butterfly, and more! Free children passes to the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary available while supplies last! The Da Vinci Science Center February 10, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

February 10, 1 - 4 p.m. peec.org

The Loft Demo Day Continue celebrating the New Year at Camelback Mountain as they host The Loft’s Ski Demo Day! Tents will be set up in the base area featuring the latest ski equipment from top brands like Salomon, Atomic, Volkl, Rossignol, and K2. In order to demo equipment, guests must have a valid driver’s license and a valid credit card. Any guest under the age of 18 must have a parent signature to demo products. Camelback Mountain

www.davincisciencecenter.org

February 11, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sweetheart Ball

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

For girls and their heroes, join the Pocono Family YMCA

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®

for this awesome fundraiser. Create lifetime memories!

– winning Broadway musical, from the creators of The Sound

Commemorative photo, ice cream sundae bar, dancing and

of Music and South Pacific, that’s delighting audiences

refreshments provided. $25 per couple, $5 each additional girl

with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush

Pocono Family YMCA February 10, 6 - 8 p.m. poconoymca.org

www.skicamelback.com

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2018 Daddy/Daughter Safari Princess Gala the glass slipper, the masked ball, and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood

Presented by HJP Park & Open Space, the theme of

as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most

this year’s 5th Annual Princess Gala fundraiser is "Safari

beloved songs, in this hilarious and romantic Broadway

Princess Gala.” Cost will be $22 per person. Formal attire is

experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream…

required (royal escorts need a tie). Doors will open for check-

or a really great pair of shoes.

in and pre-gala pictures at 4:00 p.m. Gala doors will open at 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. No moms allowed. Every Princess will

State Theatre for the Arts

receive a tiara and be publicly announced as she enters the

February 16

ball room. NO WALK-INS night of this event, you MUST be

statetheatre.org

pre-registered. Registration forms are at www.hjpparks.org or

Adventure Aquarium Live Science Shows Travel to the North and South Pole with the Center for Aquatic Sciences at the Adventure Aquarium. During three live shows, see a real narwhal (a.k.a. unicorn of the sea!) tusk, touch a polar bear pelt, observe a live shark, and learn about everything in between! Included with admission or membership. Reservation not required. The Da Vinci Science Center February 17, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. www.davincisciencecenter.org

Winterfest in Downtown Stroudsburg Come out and watch as Downtown Stroudsburg is transformed into a winter wonderland! Enjoy food and beverages at participating restaurants, cool discounts at downtown shops, ice sculptures, live ice carvings, and plenty

stop in our office. Deadline for signed registrations is Feb. 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. or when SOLD OUT. Princesses ages 3 14 yrs are welcome. There is no rain/snow date. No refunds. Kalahari Resort February 18, 5 - 7:30 p.m. www.hjpparks.org

French Macaron Making Class Learn how to make these exquisite French pastries! Each student will make a batch, learning all the tricks to a successful recipe! Space is limited so register early. $35 per student. Call the shop or stop in to register. Payment and registration must be done in advance. No cancellations 72 hours prior to the class. This class fills very fast! Kitchen Chemistry February 18, 12 p.m. kitchenchemistry.com

of winter-themed activities. Downtown Stroudsburg February 17, 10 a.m.

Jim Thorpe Winterfest Downtown Jim Thorpe hosts the 24th annual WinterFest on President's Day Weekend, February 17 and 18, 2018. A mix of train rides, family activities, special shopping and dining promotions, and popular performances marks a weekend of winter fun in the Pocono Mountains.

African Penguin & Friends from the Lehigh Valley Zoo Learn about exotic animals with the Lehigh Valley Zoo. During two live shows, watch and learn about the African Penguin and what makes it different from its South Pole cousin. The penguin won’t be alone; the Lehigh Valley Zoo will bring some of its friends too! Included with admission or membership. Reservation not required. The Da Vinci Science Center

Jim Thorpe

February 18, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

February 17 - 18

www.davincisciencecenter.org

jimthorpe.org

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Sugarbush outside of Marshall’s Creek. Cost: $6/adult and

Live Sled Dogs from Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours Continue the tradition of bringing your family to see our furry friends from the Arctic Paws Dog Sled Tours! Learn how these adorable canines train, the different roles of the dog team and become a Musher during three live shows. Included

$4/children under 12; all members of the EE Center and all tree sponsors attend FREE of charge. Meesing Sugarbush March 3, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. mcconservation.org

Pinkalicious the Musical

with admission or membership. Reservation not required. The Da Vinci Science Center February 19, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. www.davincisciencecenter.org

Cavalier Voices Cabaret Special Event: J.T. Lambert Cavalier Voices Fundraiser Support this award winning small choir that has toured New York City, Pittsburgh, Disney World, Baltimore, New York City, Boston and the world choir games in Cincinnati, Ohio. Open seating, no tickets required. Suggested $8 donation at the door. Shawnee Playhouse February 22, 7 p.m. theshawneeplayhouse.com

Kids Indoor Triathlon Come and participate with us in this fun, family-oriented fundraising event. Show your kids that supporting a charity can be fun and fulfilling! All events are timed activities. Age 3-5: swim 5 minutes, bike 5 minutes, run 5 minutes Age 6-9: swim 5 minutes, bike 5 minutes, run 5 minutes Age 10-13: swim 5 minutes, bike 5 minutes, run 5 minutes Pocono Family YMCA February 24, 8 - 10 a.m. poconoymca.org

Based on the popular children’s book, Pinkalicious is a story brought to life on stage. Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Charming and funny, this show is always enjoyed by State Theatre audiences of all ages. State Theatre for the Arts February 25 statetheatre.org

Preston & Steve’s Cardboard Classic 2018 Join us on the tubing hill for all the Preston & Steve Cardboard Classic craziness! See the wonderment of creativity that YOU, our loyal listeners, produce out of cardboard, tape, string, and glue. Cheer on your favorites and enjoy the epic fails! Rules & registration: wmmr.com/ event/preston-steves-cardboard-classic-2018 Prizes for Best Design: - 1st place: $1,000 - 2nd place: $500 - 3rd place: $250 Jack Frost Big Boulder March 2, 10:30 a.m. www.jfbb.com

Ecozone Discovery Room!

Public Maple Sugaring Day

Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave,

The 41st Public Maple Sugaring Day will feature a tour of the

this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on

Sugarbush, including stops to learn about Native American

natural history, sustainability, and the local environment. No

and early pioneer methods of making maple syrup, our

registration required. $2 per person.

explore a beaver lodge, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore

evaporator process, and methods of identifying and tapping a maple tree. After the tour, everyone will get a chance to taste

PEEC

some of our syrup on freshly made pancakes! The event

March 3, 1 - 4 p.m.

runs from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and is located at the Meesing

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Cabin Fever Workshop Looking for something "egg"-citing to jump start your spring? Join the Friends of Quiet Valley for a day filled with fun spring crafts, good food, and good times. This workshop provides the opportunity to make up to two crafts and enjoy a homemade lunch of soup, bread, and dessert! No prior experience is required! Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm March 10 quietvalley.org

Military Appreciation Weekend at Shawnee Mountain In an effort to honor the brave men and women defending our freedom and our great nation, Shawnee Mountain is pleased to announce Military Appreciation Weekend. As a special thank you, all active, retired, reservists, and their immediate families (spouses and children 18 years and under) will receive FREE lift tickets and FREE ski or snowboard rentals for any or all of the three days. Also, group lessons and SKIwee children's lesson programs will be made available at a 50% discount. All military and their immediate families are

Chili & Wing Cook-Off

welcome to enjoy any 2-hours of snow tubing for only $17

Come taste the best Wings & Chili in NEPA as restaurants

Veterans who possess a valid DD-214 or active driver’s

and individuals face off in this delicious cook-off! Proceeds Benefit The Chamber of the Northern Poconos. Tickets $20

per session all weekend. Active military cardholder and/or valid dependent cardholders must be present for purchase. license with veteran’s designation logo are eligible for the military discount. As a special bonus, those attending Military

at the door.

Appreciation Weekend are welcome to enjoy the Costume

Silver Birches

on Sunday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. Military/photo ID required

March 4 silverbirchesresortpa.com

Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade Join us in downtown Scranton to celebrate the day when everyone is Irish! If you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or simply like to celebrate, come join us in Scranton. Since 1962, the St. Patrick’s Parade Day Association of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania has conducted this nationally acclaimed parade the weekend before the feast of St. Patrick. The “rite of spring” provides enormous stimulation for the young and young-at-heart.

Carnival Day and Parade taking place at Shawnee Mountain for all offers. Call 570-421-7231 ext. 229 for more info. Shawnee Mountain March 16 - 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. shawneemt.com

Painting Day at Country Home Learning & Art Center: Lucky Shamrock Plate & Mug Join Country Home Learning & Art Center for this special workshop! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and create your own lucky shamrock plate and mug. Includes all supplies,

Parade Day Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral begins at 10 a.m.

materials, St. Patty’s snack and green refreshments,

The Brian P Kelly memorial 2-mile footrace starts at 11 a.m.

instructions, glazes, and firing. Learn how to clear glaze your

The parade steps off at 11:45 a.m.

items in Shamrock Green Gloss!

Downtown Scranton

Country Home Learning

March 10

March 17, 12 - 2 p.m.

stpatparade.com

countryhomelearning.com

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DIY Birdfeeders Spend the morning putting together your own unique and

are welcome to bring your own supplies. Cost: $5 PEEC March 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. peec.org

Costume Carnival Day Join Shawnee Mountain Ski Area for the 34th Annual Costume Carnival Day. Those in full costume will receive a FREE same day lift ticket. You do not need to wear the costume skiing. A costume parade and judging will be held with great prizes in several categories. Full Costume must be worn to ticket window for FREE lift ticket. Shawnee Mountain March 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. shawneemt.com

Little Eco Explorers: Frogs

2018 Grea ter

in time for spring. We’ll provide everything you need, but you

Pocono

custom birdfeeder, from a variety of recycled materials, just

K expo idS VendoRs

RESERVE YOUR BOOTH TODAY! Showcase your business or service at the 2018 Pocono Kids Expo and have the opportunity to interact with local families face to face. Parents want the best for their children. If you offer something special to local families, now is your chance to show it off!

A fun, hands-on program for young children! Join us for a story, craft, and activity focusing on frogs. Call for details. $5 per child. PEEC March 24, 10 - 11:30 a.m. peec.org

Salamanders, Frogs, and More!

April 28th Saturday, 10am - 6pm April 29th Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Amphibians are stirring in the woods! Join us as we explore nearby breeding pools for salamanders, frogs, and egg masses. We’ll provide nets and collection jars for gentle, upclose study. Wear boots and clothes that can get muddy or wet. Cost: $5

CaMeLback ResoRt 193 Resort Drive • Tannersville, PA 18372

PEEC March 24, 1 - 3 p.m. peec.org

For more information visit poconokidsexpo.com or contact info@poconokidsexpo.com

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