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Help your kids adjust to a move

Every year, about 14% of the U.S. population moves to a new home according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While some moves can be exciting for a family, others can be stressful when they are related to job loss, promotions, transfers or a number of other factors. Moving across town, across the country or even ...

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Tips for first-time campers and their parents

Sleep-away camp is a big deal for both campers and their parents, and it often brings feelings of excitement and anxiety. Is your child ready for it? “One way to gauge a child’s readiness for overnight camp is if the child has had successful overnight experiences away from home, at a friend’s or relative’s,” said ...

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5 tips for dining out with a toddler

If you haven’t yet successfully managed to navigate a meal out with your little one or are tired of eating out in places that serve your food in cardboard boxes, take heart. These five tips will help you make it through a restaurant outing with your toddler with your sanity intact. Choose wisely. You can ...

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Tips for creating the perfect study space for your child

When it comes to studying, good habits are only part of the equation. Where you study is actually just as important as how, according to educational experts. Here are five expert tips for creating the perfect study space for your child: Location. Location. Location. The experts agree that while an entire room dedicated to studying ...

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Questions to ask when choosing a summer camp

Despite an unusually warm winter, it’s probably a little too soon to start shopping for bathing suits and flip flops. But, believe it or not, it’s not too early to start thinking about summer plans for your kiddos. And, when it comes to picking out summer camps, Central Penn Parent’s got your back, with our ...

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10 Things You Need to Know About Whooping Cough

Last week health officials in Minnesota confirmed the death of an infant due to pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The baby died in November after a three-month hospitalization, according to published reports. A highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacteria known as bordetella pertussis, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ...

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5 important facts to teach kids about pet ownership

Kids instinctively love animals. Children begin learning about animal species, their habitats and behavior during elementary school, and this is when children also become more interested and involved in caring for family pets. They may even become pet owners for the first time at this age. Learning about animal care is fun for kids, while ...

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5 ways to help your child deal with stress

“Stress isn’t the same for all children, and it impacts everyone differently,” said Dr. Cheryl S. Al-Mateen, medical director of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. “In fact, in some cases this stress can even be traumatic. If left unnoticed, it can lead to real mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, self-harm and even substance ...

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Unstructured play time beneficial for kids

Unstructured play has become an important part of a child’s future development, but some American kids aren’t getting enough according to experts. Unstructured play is defined as play without predetermined rules of the game, and is often made-up on the spot and changeable. Unstructured play has been shown to strengthen the connections of the neurons ...

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Story Time with Alpacas

June 21 @ 10:00 am - August 12 @ 2:00 pm
Thu 05

Outdoor Week, Ages 12-14

August 2 @ 9:00 am - August 6 @ 3:00 pm
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The Jurassic Encounter

August 6 @ 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri 06

Return of the “Chocolate Town Special”

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm