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FREE LEGO Turkey at Lego Stores Today!

The LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build – LEGO Turkey: November 1, begins at 5:00pm until supplies last! Stop into the LEGO Store in King of Prussia Mall.

One day each month you can learn how to build a cool LEGO mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. A new model will be available every month and will be specially themed to that month – ask a Store Associate for details! Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children aged 6 to 14 only. Check with your local LEGO Store for dates and times.



Events: My Picks for Halloween Fun in Philly

This weekend is probably one of the most jam packed eventful weekends of the year! Get into the Fall/Halloween spirit with all of these great events, many free, all weekend long.

All Weekend

Owl’s Eye Hay Maze at Woodmere Art Museum

Owl’s Eye Hay Maze is open through October for families and children to enjoy on the grounds of Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. The maze is geared towards children ages 4-11. Admission is $8 per child ($6 members) or $20 for families of three or more. Flashlights for tours are available for an additional $3. For information, visit www.woodmereartmuseum.org or call (215) 247-0476.

Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square
As dusk draws near, Philly Mini Golf at Franklin Square becomes a magical playground with spooky tricks around every corner! Tickets: $8 (Adult) $6 (Child 12 and under).

The Count’s Halloween Party at Sesame Place
Join The Count and all of his Sesame Street friends for their very own Halloween Party! Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet, singing, and dancing! Don’t forget to wear your costumes! After all, what fun is a Halloween Party… without the costumes? The Count’s Halloween Party takes place in Dine With Me! Dinner includes Smoked Beef Brisket, Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Roasted Chicken, Pasta Marinara, Penne Pasta with Alfredo Sauce, Chicken Fingers, Hot Dogs, Mac N’ Cheese, Roasted Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Caesar Salad, and Assorted Beverages and Desserts. All dines are assigned seating, if you have a large party and would like to sit together please book under the same last name. Park admission ticket is required.

Trick or Treat Trail at Franklin Square
Come in costume for trick-or-treating and crafts. Plus, face painting and rides on the Lightning Bolt Express. Free from 10a – 5p on Sat and Sun.

Fall Festival at Eurokids Learning Community Center
Halloween spectacular live music, Story Play and Boo-tiful costumes show off from 10a – 4p on Sat and Sun. Free admission. Eurokids Learning Community Center is located at 1134 Pine Street Philadelphia PA 19107

Boo at the Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo is adding a little green to your Halloween with the return of Boo at the Zoo for two spooky weekends! Put on your favorite costume and join us for a creepy, crawly celebration. Enjoy treats and sweets while playing your favorite Halloween games, listening to live music and much more! Don’t forget to bring a recycled shopping bag or last year’s goodie bag to collect your treats! Sat and Sun 10a – 4p.

Boo Boulevard, Presented by PECO at Please Touch Museum
Please Touch Museum tranforms Enchanted Colonial Villiage exhibit into Boo Boulevard during “Healthy and Safe Halloween Month.” In Addition to animatronic characters from the former Lit Brothers department store, Boo Boulevard will feature festive fall decorations, spooky sounds, and items from PTM’s permanent collection of contemporary and historic toys. Exhibit open during regular museum hours. From now through Halloween Day.

Enjoy both Boo at the Zoo and Boo Boulevard at one low price with the ComBOO ticket package.

Halloween Flashlight Tours at Laurel Hill Cemetery
Laurel Hill Cemetery’s annual Halloween tours have become a mainstay of the season, but always have something new to offer. Guides will lead you along winding, dimly-lit pathways and through forests of gravestones and sculptures, as you learn about the history of this enchanting site. Along the way, you’ll meet some of Laurel Hill’s most restless spirits, as portrayed by talented local actors, the Not Ready for Afterlife Players. Attendees are advised to wear comfortable shoes, and to bring a flashlight!

After your tour, feast aside fire pits on cookies, hot apple cider and other spooky treats. Dubbed the Ultimate Sport Undertaker Vehicle, FYNLRYD (http://who2c.com/FYNLRYD), a 1947 Pontiac Hearse that has been modified as a street rod, will also be on display for your viewing pleasure. And, Halloweeners will have a chance to memorialize their visit to Laurel Hill within our “Phantom Photo Booth!” Hour-long tours will depart approximately every half-hour beginning at 7:00pm, and continuing until 9:30pm. $20/person Purchase your tickets here.

Friday 10/28

Free Scary Face Pancakes at IHOP
Get a Free Scary Face Pancake for kids 12 and under on Friday, October 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (one per child).

Not-So-Scary Halloween Bash at Little Treehouse
This special event is fun for the whole family as kids can come to the Treehouse dressed in their costumes. All princesses, pirates, mummies and ghouls can enjoy our Halloween kids menu featuring spooky (but healthy and yummy) items such as Brains and Eyeballs (spaghetti and meatballs) and pumpkin shaped pizza. Children will be able to create a fall craft, dance to Halloween music and have a costume parade. All guests in costume will go home with a special Halloween gift. The fun is from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, with the parade starting a 6:00pm. Members of the Little Treehouse can enjoy this event for free. Non-members pay regular admission rates. For more information: 215-247-3637 or www.treehouseplaycafe.com

Cirque Du Soleil Quidam Bus Tour
Kick-off All Hallows’ Eve on Friday, October 28, 2011 with Cirque Du Soleil and the South Street Headhouse District. During this tour stop, families will be able to watch the performers and have a chance to win a variety of prizes including the opportunity to create video postcards that can be sent to friends and family. The street-side show will take place from 5pm-9pm on Passyunk Ave. (between South Street and Bainbridge).

The Lawn Chair Drive-In Screening of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Come out to Race Street Pier Columbus Boulevard at Race Street on the Delaware River from 7p – 9p. In conjunction with the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and the Friends of Race Street Pier, Lawn Chair Drive-in will host a screening of the 1956 classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Guests are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and picnics but no glass will be permitted.

Saturday 10/29

Annual Pumpkinland Event
On Saturday, October 29, 2011 Philadelphia children will be able to experience the city’s only downtown pumpkin patch at Pumpkinland. Spend the day in the District and enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, a pumpkin decorating activity, kids rock band performance, music and giveaways courtesy of B101, children’s and doggie costume contests, face painting, a roaming magic act, balloon art, and more! The event will take place from 10am-1pm under the Historic Headhouse Shambles located on 2nd Street between Pine and Lombard.

Smith’s Halloween Party
Come out to Smith Memorial Playground from 10a – 1p for games, crafts, activities, treats, and a costume parade. This event is free for members, or $10 per child at the door for non-members. Not a member? Make a contribution of $50 or more here: http://smithkidsplayplace.org/inddonor/

Halloween in Manayunk
Bring your family and friends to trick AND treat safely in the quaint shops and restaurants along Main Street in Manayunk from 12p – 4p. Participating merchants will be marked with a bale of hay, a potted mum and a small pumpkin!

Fall Festival at Plymouth Meeting Mall
Celebrate the changing of the seasons with family fun at Plymouth Meeting Mall’s Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Center Court. From interactive games to pumpkin decorating, there will be several festive activities for children of all ages in addition to arts and crafts, prizes and more. The South Philly Vikings of the Philadelphia Mummers will have a special craft and costume station, and the Eagles Pep Band will be strolling around inside and outside on the Plazas. The Fall Festival is free and open to the public.

Pumpkinfest at Franklin Square
Fall-themed fundraiser features trick-or-treat trail, cupcake decorating, unlimited carousel and mini-golf, appearances by WHYY characters, Philadelphia Eagle Winston Justice and more. 3p – 6p. Advance tickets are $35/person; $125 family four-pack; historicphiladelphia.org for tickets.

Rittenhouse Row Family Halloween Celebration
10am-Noon: Start your Trick or Treat adventure at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut Street, to register and be judged for the costume contest, enjoy special Halloween activities and pick-up the official trick or treat map. 10am-5pm: Trick or Treating All Over Rittenhouse Row. Costume contest winners will be announced at noon. Register in advance at events@rittenhouserow.org
Spooky Tours at Stenton Mansion
Something spooky has taken over James Logan’s Stenton for Halloween…the exact day Mr. Logan died in 1751! If you dare, take a frightfully fun tour exploring the mysteries of Stenton mansion and the Logan family! Though the house has been empty for many years, for one afternoon the old residents will return to visit their beloved Stenton…If you make it out of the mansion alive, have fun painting a pumpkin to take home! Light refreshments will also be served. 12p – 4p, Free!
Halloween at The Bellevue
Come dressed in your favorite costume and create your own Treat Bag downstairs at The Bellevue Gourmet Food Court from 11a – 2p. Then go trick-or-treating at The Shops and Gourmet Food Court at The Bellevue. Children’s specials available, so stay for lunch! Hope to see you at The BOO-vue!

Sunday 10/30
Trick or Tweet: A Halloween Nestival!
Wrap-up your weekend by taking your little ones to participate in a few not-so-spooky “nestivities” including food, cupcake decorating, decorate your own Halloween tote, Zoo on Wheels, face painting, Monster Mash freeze dance, scavenger hunt and other Halloween fun. The event will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at Nest Philadelphia located on 1301 Locust Street. Cost is free for members and $10 for non-members. Visit www.nestphilly.com for more information.

The Valley Courtyard First Annual Fall Festival
Fun for the entire family: shopping, candy for the trick or treaters, facepainting, a PONY, vendors, and much, much more. A portion of the proceeds from AddicTreasures will go to the Huntingdon Valley Junior Womens Club. Tell your friends and plan to join us! The Valley Courtyard is located in Huntingdon Valley, PA 2525 Huntingdon Pike Huntindon Valley, PA 19006

Free Cookies for Kids in Costumes at Bredenbeck’s Bakery
Bring your costumed cuties in for a free cookie on Sunday from 2p – 4p

Halloween Crayola® Pumpkin Patch Event at Michaels
Celebrate Crayola® style! FREE Make-It Take-It. Ages 3 and up from 1p -3p. While supplies last.

O’Doodle’s Annual Halloween Parade
O’Doodle’s, in Chestnust Hill, will once again hold it’s annual Halloween Parade this Sunday – October 30th at 1pm. Come early and get a FREE Professionally photographed Portrait by their favorite Photographer and “Phriend” Becka Leatherman. She will be available from 12:30 to 3pm for Photo Sittings – the glossies will be available for pick the following weekend.

Northern Liberties Halloween and Fall Festival at Liberty Lands Park
Come out from 2p – 5p to this very popular event, featuring hayrides, candy, pumpkins, hot cider, a fire truck, kids in costumes, and more!

Monday 10/31
Healthy and Safe Halloween Day, Presented by PECO at Please Touch Museum
All day, children are invited to trick-or-treat in the most unique neighborhoods in all of space and time! Please Touch Museum presents a healthy and safe Halloween in PTM’s themed galleries. Kids can dress up like an astronaut, put on a tool belt in Busy Build, or dress for a tea party in Wonderland.

WAIT! THERE’S MORE!! For these events, events at your local Philadelphia Free Library and more please visit my Events Calendar.



Event & Giveaway: Straight No Chaser Returns to Atlantic City!

On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act. By the end of 2010, the group will have sold more than 225,000 tickets to 160 shows, more than half of which sold out in advance. Over the summer, the group held a hugely successful residency at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, where they performed 40 shows in 8 weeks.

This fall, Straight No Chaser bundled the albums HOLIDAY SPIRITS and CHRISTMAS CHEERS with a never-before-commercially released DVD, “Live In New York: Holiday Edition” to create ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS, a 2-CD and DVD box set. You can see them perform these hits live Friday November 25th & Saturday November 26th 2011 at Caesars Circus Maximus Theater in Atlantic City. Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm and is for 21+ Ages.

Tickets are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, Caesars Box Office or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. For more info on Straight No Chaser please visit www.sncmusic.com.

***WIN IT!!***
I’m giving away a pair of tickets to each show.



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Free: Affiliation Day at The Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University will host Academy/Drexel Affiliation Day on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 10 AM – 4:30 PM. Free and fun for the public, Affiliation Day offers free museum admission and activities to celebrate the completion of an affiliation agreement between the Academy and Drexel. The historic affiliation promotes learning, discovery, and civic engagement in the natural and environmental sciences, creating an internationally recognized powerhouse in scientific research and education.

Pose for pictures with Mario the Dragon and the Academy’s Triceratops mascot. Get your face painted, and make dinosaur and dragon puppets to take home. Meet Academy and Drexel scientists at a dozen activity tables. Visit Dinosaur Hall to see dinosaur skeletons on display, including Tyrannosaurus rex; hunt for dinosaur bones in the Big Dig hands-on exhibit; and watch fossils being prepared for study in the Fossil Prep Lab.

Affiliation Day Activities

  • Fantastic Fish

Find out how Academy scientists learn about the health of local streams and rivers by studying fish. See the notorious snakehead fish up close, and learn how to tell a fish’s age.

  • Chemical Connection

Find out how organic chemists test fish, crabs, and sediments for toxic chemicals like PCBs and DDT.

  • Algae Up Close

Peer through a microscope and marvel at the diversity of diatoms, or single-celled algae collected from area coastal streams. Diatoms are important indicators of water quality and produce about 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe.

  • Discovering Snails

Academy scientists will demonstrate sorting techniques and display the equipment and resources they use to identify and image snail specimens, some of which are less than one millimeter in length.

  • Plant Preparation

Can you make beautiful plants last? Learn how to prepare a botanical specimen just like an Academy scientist does! Specimens can be delicate and can take up to 15 minutes each to prepare.

  • Fishes: Then and Now

Think like an Academy ichthyologist! Learn about the diversity of modern and fossil fishes from the Bahamas, North and South America, and Mongolia.

  • Mammal Skull Identification

Can you identify some local mammals just by looking at their skulls? Discover the secrets of the skulls and find out how to tell them apart!

  • Fossil Hunt

Help Academy scientists find 365-million-year-old fossil fish preserved in rocks from roadcuts in Pennsylvania.

  • A Natural Partnership

Examine specimens from the fossil record and the present day to discover how animals cooperate with each other and create homes for other organisms.

  • Get Creative

Make your own Dinosaur or Mario the Dragon sock puppet to take home.

  • How do they do that?

When it comes to running across a ceiling or sticking a landing, Spider-Man can’t compete with most geckos. Geckos don’t have suction cups, hooks, or glue—they stick by molecular attraction. Explore the adaptations of gecko feet during this engaging experiment.

  • Incredible Invertebrates

Get up close and personal with spineless creatures! Investigate the differences between arthropods and other invertebrates, and meet live invertebrates as well as specimens from around the world.

  • Naturalist Presentations

Join our teacher-naturalists as they explore natural history in informal and interactive presentations involving live animals. 11 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm.

  • Amazing Adaptations

Find out how furs, feathers, fins, and skulls help animals adapt to their environments. Even meet a live animal or two!

  • Face Painting

Get your face painted as your favorite fun, friendly, or ferocious dinosaur, or become a Mario the Dragon look-alike!

The Academy of Natural Sciences is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103.



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Check out this Winnie The Pooh Widget!

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, for the latest adventure featuring the world’s beloved bear, Winnie The Pooh! Join Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Christopher Robin, Owl, Kanga, Piglet, Eeyore, and all of the classic characters you know and love when Walt Disney Pictures releases Winnie The Pooh on DVD and Blu-Ray October 25, 2011!

In this widget are two different quizzes one for you and one for your child! Now you can see which character best fits your personality and so can your children with a quiz just for them!

The Winnie The Pooh widget also has an awesome assortment of games and activities so you and your family can have your own adventure! Download coloring sheets, exclusive “Pooh” cooking recipes, party ideas, crafts, games and more!




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Alphabuyer – Group Buying, for Your Bills

Remember this name because it could become the new way of paying your bills. Alphabuyer is a FREE group buying site for energy providers. Similar to the way that other group buying sites work, Alphabuyer goes out and negotiated the best rates for electricity, natural gas, and heating oil across PA and NJ. With that said, the more buyers there are for each offer it will potentially lead to lower rates for the larger the groups.

Searching for the best rates in your neighborhood is made easy by searching by your zip code. Once you find your offer everything is simply broken down for you. You can also calculate your savings as well before you purchase the offer.

Something I really love when purchasing an offer is that the fixed rate is guaranteed and will be a fixed rate for 12 months plus there are no cancellation fees. Since the end of rate caps for PECO customers, electricity is now based on electric market pricing. If you’ve been putting off making the switch, Alphabuyer is a great start for making a decision.

After you’ve bought your offer Alphabuyer will contact you 60 days prior to Agreement Term ending, so that you can sign up for a new deal. Otherwise, your price may switch to a variable plan at the discretion of the supplier your chose in your offer.

Although at this current time it’s just electricity, natural gas, and heating oil that can be found on Alphabuyer expect offers for mobile phone service, gasoline for your car, online media streaming services, internet services and other monthly subscription services.

Again it’s FREE and I highly recommend signing HERE today!

For more information please visit www.Alphabuyer.com.


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Deal: Just $10 for In-Studio Photo Shoot plus One 8×10, Two 5x7s, and Eight Wallets at Picture people

Check out today’s photogenic deal from Picture People! For just $10, get an in-studio photo shoot plus one 8×10, two 5x7s, and eight wallets (a $54 value). Find a nearby location HERE. Take advantage of this deal now HERE.

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Recipe: Thai Curry Chicken with Red Curry Paste

On a rainy, windy and cold day like today I was really craving Thai Curry Chicken. A hot and spicy but a little sweet Thai stew. I check out a bunch of different recipes online and I just decided to make one my way with what I had. It was the perfect quick dinner. It came out great and had many requests for the recipe. I thought I’d share it with everyone. Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken Breasts sliced into strips
  • Handful of Green Beans (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 Large Yam (I used white yams )
  • 1 Small onion (sliced into strips)
  • 1 can Coconut Milk (don’t shake can)
  • 1 Can Chicken Stock
  • 1 Tablespoon Red Thai Curry Paste (in the asian aisle) add more if you want it more spicy
  • 1 Tablespoon of Corn Starch
  • 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Fish Sauce (in the asian aisle)

Heat pot on medium/high

Open the coconut milk and you will should see all the thick cream on the top half and liquid at the bottom. Scoop that out into the hot pan, add 1 tablespoon Curry Paste, Fish Sauce and Brown Sugar. Blend until sugar is dissolved and is at a boil.

In the coconut milk can with the rest of the liquid add corn starch and dissolve. Pour into pan with chicken stock and mix. Add onions and yams. Bring to boil then take down to medium heat for 10 mins to cook the yams. Sauce should be thick.

After 10 mins bring it up to high and add chicken then green beans and red bell peppers. Bring back down to medium heat and cook until chicken is done.

You can also add canned baby corn and bamboo shoots at the end if you’d like.

Have it with rice or alone or dip french bread in the broth :)