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Summer STEM Activities for Tweens

We’re finally on summer break! Yes, of course fun is in order, but it’s also important to keep the kids engaged and learning. You hear a lot about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and it is easier than you think to include these types of activities over summer vacation. All of these summer STEM activities are on the agenda for …

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Fonthill Castle {Doylestown, PA}

On our last trip to the Philadelphia area, we visited and toured Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA. This palatial castle was built in the early 1900s by Henry Chapman Mercer and is filled with antique ceramic tiles and thousands of other objects he collected during his lifetime. Mercer was an archaeologist, anthropologist, scholar, antiquarian and …

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The Franklin Institute {Philadelphia, PA}

When we take a road trip, it’s most often to Philadelphia. Both of my sisters live there, so it’s our go-to family vacation spot, and there’s so much to do that we’re always finding something new to explore. This time, we visited The Franklin Institute downtown. This was the museum we were trying to visit when we ended …

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Spring Break Day Trips in the DC Area

Spring break day trips are a great way to get out with the family and explore your area. Whether you’re a DC local having a staycation or are visiting us from another part of the country, these sites are great for school-aged kids and tweens: DC and Close-by Theodore Roosevelt Island This little-known National Park …

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Monticello & Michie Tavern {Charlottesville, VA}

We took a pretty drive through the autumn leaves to Charlottesville, Virginia, home of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the Michie Tavern. It’s a little over two hours from DC to Charlottesville, and you can make the trip longer (but much more interesting) by traveling on Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park. Monticello itself is located …

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