December 27, 2014 |
After almost three months of delays, the water park at Camden's Kroc Center is expected to be fully operational Friday, in time for local kids' winter school vacations. The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, a $90 million building on Harrison Avenue that is run by the Salvation Army, opened in early October with much fanfare after nine years of planning. But until this week, bureaucratic holdups had prevented the center from using the 11,000-square-foot indoor water park's splash buckets, fountains, water slide, and other features.
April 28, 2014 |
While Ilya and Yan Girlya were planning Diggerland USA, the "construction-themed adventure park" they are building in Berlin Township, the brothers consulted experts, including a trio named Aiden, Dylan, and Bianca. Ilya's two boys, 8 and 4, and Yan's daughter, 7, reached pretty much the same conclusion as conventional focus groups: The $8 million, 14-acre, action-packed attraction is a child's dream come true. After all, few kids of any age would pass up a chance to ride, drive, or operate a life-size Tonka toy - like the ones that gave me so many happy hours in the 1960s.
November 27, 2012
This is a tough time of year for the No Fun League, and it has little to do with convent-school rules over end-zone celebrations or players taking off their helmets. No, some of these games are just not, uh, inspiring. (Take for example, tonight's episode of Monday Night Football featuring the 2-8 Kittens vs. the 3-7 Chicks - or, Panthers vs. Eagles, for those of you still watching.) We've long advocated adding some extra elements to the games to liven them up - 12th-man ninja players springing up from hidey-holes to make tackles, or an NHL-NFL cross-promotion played on ice with high-sticking allowed.
September 1, 2012 |
The same ticket will get visitors access to roller coasters and rhinos - and a closer look at exotic wildlife - in a 2013 revamping of Six Flags Great Adventure that its owners claim will create the world's largest theme park. By combining the park's 350-acre Wild Safari and 160-acre traditional amusement area, Great Adventure will be about 10 acres larger than Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, officials said Thursday at the Jackson Township, N.J., destination. In the new Safari Off Road Adventure section, guests will interact with some of the 1,200 animals that had been seen in Wild Safari.
July 27, 2012
Have outdoor fun and receive tips on how to save lives and prevent child drowning by signing the Water Watcher Pledge at Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park. Adults 18 and over who take the pledge will receive free spectator admission in honor of Pool Safely Week through July 29. Beginning Friday, the Sambulance Safety Squad from the park's nonprofit educational safety program will give out pool and water safety information. Those who sign the Water Watcher Pledge promise to apply pool safety in their lives.
October 19, 2011 |
With winter on the way, ski resorts across the region are preparing for their busy season. But at Sno Mountain, the electricity has been turned off for weeks. The resort's online ski-pass-ordering feature worked Tuesday, but repeated calls to Sno Mountain's toll-free ordering number and administrative office rang over and over with no answer, no voice mail and no answering machine. An iron gate blocked vehicles from entering the resort's sprawling parking lot. No staff vehicles were visible.
September 30, 2011 |
Families and children with special needs can enjoy a Sunday evening of water fun at Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park. During the three-hour event at the park in West Berlin, N.J., which begins at 6 p.m., children and adults can ride the slides, float on the lazy river in inner tubes, take family raft rides, and take part in other amusements. Doc Bresler's Cavity Busters will distribute literature on dental services for children. For guests with sound sensitivities, there will be special space, and arcade games at the park will be turned off. Guests with special dietary needs can bring their own snacks, and the park's café will be open.
July 24, 2011 |
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The Twin Cities boast a major attraction that is not even inside their borders: a mall. A big mall. Last year, about 42 million people visited the Mall of America, officially in the suburbs, at the end of Minneapolis' Hiawatha high-speed trolley line, about 25 minutes from downtown. The light-rails, as they're called, leave you off inside one of the parking garages, only feet from a mall entrance where the newly renovated Sea Life aquarium, wholly different from the old aquarium, greets you. About 18 million of those visitors were out-of-towners.
July 3, 2011 |
We're in Day 16 of life with Mother Mary, which is now a countdown, like the Iran hostage crisis. I'm waiting for the cable company to rescue me. Until they get cable to the cottage, Mother Mary watches TV at my house, with the volume on 86. That's the highest number of the volume on my TV, and it's not a number you should know. It's like having a car that goes 130 miles an hour. You don't need to drive that fast. Mother Mary does. UNDERSTAND? ALSO, ARE YOU GETTING UP?