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Lancaster County Car B-I-N-G-O!

Lancaster County Car Bingo is here! This handy car game will turn “are we there yet?” into a thing of the past, as kids keep their eyes out for commonly spotted items around the county. The passenger parent can even play along for family fun as you explore Lancaster.

Whether you’re driving in the country or city or a little bit of both, keep your eyes out and cross items off as you find them. Traditionally, five items in a row (diagonally, straight across or up-and-down) equals BINGO, but if you want more of a challenge, try to find all 24 items on the card. Your car, your rules!

Some items can be found on signs, while others can be found in the fields or along the road.

Before you hit the road, download and print the bingo cards for your kids, and get ready for a fun-filled drive around the county.

For little ones (age 3-6)

For older kids (ages 7+) – Version A

For older kids (ages 7+) – Version B

A kingdom for kids… and parents

Kids love amusement parks – everything from the rides and water attractions, to the food and live entertainment.  While most children of all ages thrive on the activity and craziness, many parents do not.  For those parents, I have two words for you:  Dutch Wonderland.

Dutch Wonderland is a 43-acre amusement park located right off Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster, not far from some of the most beautiful farmland in the county.  Boasting over 30 fun-filled rides, a wonderful water-play area, and fabulous live shows, the park is geared toward families with children up to age 12.  This year, the park celebrates its 50th anniversary.

In addition to the wide variety of rides, the entire park can be described as “clean and green.”   It is quite beautiful really, with gorgeous flower beds, plentiful areas for sitting, numerous trees to provide ample shade, and clean walkways.  Because of the layout of the park, and the fact they target younger children, you rarely experience long lines like you might at typical amusement parks.  In addition, there are lots of food and drink offerings, all reasonably priced.

Since my kids are teenagers, I thought I’d enlist the help of my good friend, 6-year-old Bailey, to tell me about her recent experience at Dutch Wonderland.

Bailey, what was your favorite ride at Dutch Wonderland?

“Turtle Twirl, because it went around in circles and I love it so much. It made me giggle a lot!”

How about your favorite food?
“The cookies and cream Dippin’ Dots.”  (Yummy….my kids always loved them, too!)

What was your favorite thing about the park?
“I rode the big roller coaster with my hands up after the third time!”  (Bailey’s mom told me they were able to ride each ride 3-4 times because of either no, or minimal, lines!)

How did you like Duke’s Lagoon waterpark?
“I loved it! I got to go down the slides. They were so awesome. I went down the big, black one that was dark. I didn’t think it was scary, but Mommy screamed. I liked going down the orange slide, too, in the play area and shooting water at people.”

As you can tell, Bailey had a great time at Dutch Wonderland, and I am certain you and your family will as well.  For more information, please visit www.dutchwonderland.com.

Dutch WINTER Wonderland

My wife and I always set aside an evening during the holidays to take the boys over to Dutch Winter Wonderland.  Dutch Wonderland is such a special place for young children during the summer it’s easy to overlook they have special hours during the fall for Happy Hauntings, and then again over the holidays as well.

The main attraction for us is always the Royal Light Show.  DW literally has tens of thousands of lights strung up throughout the hub of the park all synched to a stirring holiday soundtrack.  Make sure to take the sky ride, or take a drive with the antique cars to either get a birdseye view of the show, or drive right through the heart of it.

Of course, many of our favorite rides are open in addition to the holiday specific attractions.  My 2-year-old is a fan of Duke’s Dozers (miniature bulldozers), the Off-Road Rally (nice and tame Monster Trucks!), and of course taking a tour of the light be-decked park on their miniature train, the Wonderland Special!  The older boys (6 and 9 respectively) ride the Twister, hit up the bumper cars, and take a swing on the Space Shuttle (a space-themed Viking ship type ride).

If you have any budding young female royalty in your family, you might want to check out Storytime with the Princess.

With so much to see and do and at a great price, Dutch Winter Wonderland is another budding holiday tradition for the Evans family right here in Lancaster County.

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