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Our friends over at Jimmy John's are FREAKS! You read that right. They are total freaks about fresh bread, meats, and veggies. They are obsessed with things normal people don't even think about and they're proud of it. Their latest obsession? BRAND NEW 9-Grain Wheat Sub. Just like all of their bread, the new wheat sub is baked fresh in store every day. Freakin' awesome, right? This is not your average wheat sub, people. It is made with the highest quality ingredients, including rye, flaxseed, quinoa, millet, oats, barley, amaranth, wheat and spelt PLUS molasses, honey, sunflower seeds and corn meal make it even more flavorful. Wheat Yeah! Freak Yeah! Jimmy John's new 9-Grain Wheat Sub is now available nationwide in both Original 8" and Giant 16" sizes. Try one with your favorite sandwich fixings. It goes great with a side of JJ's new Kickin' Ranch dip and some of their world famous sliced pickles.  MEAT. All natural, minimally processed, no artificial ingredients, and sliced fresh in store every day. PRODUCE. Locally purchased and freshly sliced in store every day. BREAD. Fresh baked in store every day. MADE FROM SCRATCH. Every single sandwich is made fresh when you order. 9-Grain Wheat Sub is the new way they roll over at Jimmy John's, so head on over today and check it out. You can even order online for pickup or delivery. 
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Discover the magic of color at Crayola Experience! More than 65,000 square feet of wonderful, whimsical adventures await your family at this one-of-a-kind attraction bursting with 25 hands-on experiences. FOUR floors of fun await with tons of creative inspiration, like: NEW! Meltdown - Color in a whole new way and make a melted wax painting. Drip Art - A new spin on an old classic: Use melted wax to make a swirly-whirly masterpiece. Color Magic - In this augmented reality experience, your coloring creation will come to life in front of you - don't forget to snap a selfie! Wrap It Up! - Name and wrap your very own Crayola crayon. Which means YOU will have your very own Crayola crayon, unlike any other! Be A Star - Everyone is a star at this coloring page photo booth! Kids can star in their very own coloring page along with some of Crayola's characters! Art Alive! - Watch your digital art come to life on huge projected screens! Crayon Factory - Watch how crayons are made in a live theatre show starring crayon buddies, Scarlet & Turk! Click HERE to check out all the attractions that Crayola Experience has to offer. PLUS they have a 2-story playground, Cafe Crayola and even a toddler area! The folks at Crayola Experience have created a destination for the imagination and the WHOLE family! But the fun doesn't have to stop there. Stay overnight at the Grand Eastonian Hotel - just 1 block away from the Crayola Experience with this awesome CertifiKID deal. Click HERE for more info.
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We've got the BEST DAY TRIP for your family! Located just a couple of hours from the Baltimore/Washington, DC Metro area, Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum is consistently recognized as one of the top children's museums in the country and an internationally recognized leader in "purposeful play." Please Touch Museum features TWO FLOORS of stimulating, interactive exhibits and fun learning opportunities all designed to promote creativity, imagination, deductive reasoning and critical thinking. Let your children lead the way as you follow their curiosity through these awesome exhibits! Hello from Japan! Learn about Japanese culture today through two playful and highly immersive trilingual exhibition environments – a kawaii streetscape and a peaceful Shinto shrine park area. Design a personalized mascot figure, dress-up and sing to a favorite karaoke song and crawl through the forest in the Shinto shrine area. Practice problem-solving skills and manipulation of 3-dimensional elements while building bridges and loading a Japanese city truck with construction materials. Exercise creative and digital literacy skills while learning how to write the names of fruits and vegetables in Japanese, read Japanese manga books and traditional kami stories, and compose wishes at the Wishing Tree. Practice early math skills while taking meal orders and playing cashier at the bento restaurant. (Exhibit open through September 3, 2018) Future architects, city planners and shopkeepers will love City Capers, an exhibit of Philadelphia’s cityscape featuring a construction zone, ShopRite Supermarket and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia medical center. Repair a car and fill its gas tank, jump into the driver’s seat of a SEPTA bus or become a highway toll collector at Roadside Attractions. Then stretch your legs in City Park, complete with a food vendor’s cart. Race sailboats, play with bubbles and discover animals in the high grass as part of River Adventures, an exhibit all about science, nature and weather. It's always tea time in Wonderland, where children can descend down the rabbit hole and weave through a hallway of doors and mirrors, riddles and optical illusions. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the Statue of Liberty’s arm and torch, made out of toys and other “found objects.” Baseball bats. Skis. Even a Rocky Balboa bobblehead doll! At the Please Touch Garden, healthy eating, recycling and sustainability are on the menu, taught in part by playing with worms, making seed balls and donning costumes for dramatic play. Junior engineers can assemble, schedule and operate their own trains at Centennial Exploration, as well as gaze in awe at the 20-by-30-foot model of Philadelphia's 1876 Centennial Exhibition grounds and its 200 structures. Build an imaginary world out of giant foam blocks at Imagination Playground. Young astronauts will love Space Station where they can pretend they are a space shuttle pilot or launch their own rocket! Don't forget to take a ride on the Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel (included with this CertifiKID admission deal!), which features 52 hand-carved wooden animals and 1,296 lights! Your admission also includes FREE access to Please Touch Museum's many daily educational programs, including theater shows, story times, sing-a-longs and special S.T.E.M. programs. Click HERE to view daily calendar of activities. "Great Day Trip! I've been here several times and I love it more each time I go! There is so much to stimulate young minds without being overwhelming. I think the breakup of the rooms helps with that." - kbially, TripAdvisor Review, Jan. 8, 2017 "The Please Touch Museum never disappoints! It was one of my favorite places as a kid and is now my favorite place to visit with children! From classics like the real SEPTA bus and working store to newer exhibits like Alice's Wonderland and the life-sized floor piano, a trip to the Please Touch Museum is always a good idea." - Melissa L., TripAdvisor Review, Sept. 12, 2016
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Nothing brings a smile to a child’s face like cute and cuddly animals. Now imagine a “land” full of furry farm animal friends ... oh the smiles! Nestled in picturesque Adams County Pennsylvania, not far from the historic Gettysburg Battlefield, the Land of Little Horses Farm Park is a magical place where the young and young at heart can enjoy a family friendly day in the country. The park is a stage where daily displays of fun and laughter are on the play bill. Inside the climate controlled arena, the stars of the park -- fun loving animal stars that is -- will share their talents to the delight of their guests. Get a feel for farm life by taking part in hands-on activities such as grooming or bathing some of the four legged residents or petting and feeding the barnyard inhabitants. The staff will be on hand to give insight on what it takes to pull together the day to day operations of the park. Displays and special events give guests a chance to get up close and personal with the many animal friends. Make sure to include a visit to the Hobby Horse Café for lunch or a snack and a stop in the Hobby Horse Gift Shop is sure to please the animal lover on your list! Photo Credit: Lindsay Jones. Click HERE for her Real Mom Review.
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End your summer (or start your school year) on a high note with this exclusive deal for CertifiKID Families! Crack into a 100% authentic Maryland Seafood experience with an Ultimate Family Feast from local favorite, Cameron's Seafood. When you place an order from Cameron's Seafood, you're purchasing quality products from the largest family-owned and operated fresh seafood retailer in the state of Maryland, with over 30 years of experience and multiple store and food truck locations. Enjoy fresh, never frozen seafood from shore to door in less than 24 hours. You choose your delivery date and every order is carefully packaged to keep everything cool until you get home. If you have lived in or visited the state of Maryland you know that being a "crab snob" is a real thing. Marylanders take their seafood VERY seriously and there are few things that gets them more excited than tearing into a bushel of delicious blue crabs encrusted with Old Bay seasoning - it's a social event among family and friends.  What's so special about Maryland Blue Crabs, you may ask? To survive the winter months, Chesapeake Bay crabs have to build up extra fat stores, which gives them a sweet, buttery flavor you won’t find in other types of crabs or in blue crabs from other waters. With this deal, enjoy $93 Off your Ultimate Family Feast including: Half bushel (2.5 - 3 dozen) Male #1 Maryland crabs 1 lb. spiced shrimp 2x 4 oz. Maryland crab cakes 32 oz. crab meat bisque 4 crab mallets 6 crab bibs Crab paper Crab seasoning FREE 1-2 Day Shipping to Local & Regional Zones (includes all East Coast states)  Our very own CertifiKID Mom (and crab enthusiast), Amy Flynn, recently ordered the CertifiKID Ultimate Crab Family Feast for her family, and created the video below to show you exactly what you'll get. Check it out!
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At Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark & Party Center's 33,000-square-foot, black-lit fun zone, kids learn a new way to skate: carpet skating. Instead of lacing up rollerblades or hopping on a skateboard and cruising over concrete, kids strap smooth, plastic plates onto their shoes and glide across safe carpeted surfaces. They glide down slides, shoot over obstacles, and even show off on ramps and rails, navigating the carpet park as though they were wearing actual skates. Best of all, the activity is easy to master, and instructors provide guidance until kids are ready to glide off on their own.
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Adrenaline flows freely inside Laser Storm Pittsburgh's laser-tag battleground as teams of players wage infrared war over objectives and bases. In addition to hosting laser battles, Laser Storm offers an arcade filled with skee-ball, three big-screen arcade games, and other ticket-spewing machines. Any tickets won in the arcade can be used to purchase prizes from a well-stocked booth or attached to a fishing line to lure laser-tag enemies out of their hiding spots.
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Pioneer Tunnel invites visitors to see an anthracite coal mine up close. In order that they might be able to assist guests in their educational journeys, seasoned tour guides—who are former miners themselves—lead groups into the earth, or skirt Manahoy Mountain on a miniature steam locomotive to admire the surrounding natural landscape. After their official tours, visitors can relax with burgers at the Jellybucket Cafe, or climb the nearby playground equipment.
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In theory, a family could visit Fun Fore All once a week for two months and always find something new to do. During one visit, they might play one of the 60+ available arcade games; during the next, they might wander around the four-story jungle gym Ballocity or use a round of bumper boats to decide who has to pay that month's yacht insurance. Fun Fore All offers both seasonal and year-round activities. One of the most exciting and newest attraction is the XD Dark Ride. It is designed to entertain the whole family and includes riding, running, flying, and falling through different worlds. XD Dark Ride is a 3D experience and a game at the same time; participants can blaster to score points and compete in getting the highest note. The year-round attractions include an arcade, Ballocity—a three-story play area outfitted with 30-plus interactive features, including a four-story slide and guests can stay properly fueled for all this action, too, thanks to a snack bar stocked with sandwiches, pizza, wings, and wraps.
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The CitySightseeing Skyline Cruise offers stunning views of famous attractions like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, and more. Enjoy the weather and concessions while taking in amazing sights from the outdoor decks. The Hop-On Hop-Off Cruise with Ripley’s admission package from CitySights NY combines the pleasure of sightseeing with the excitement of discovering interesting and bizarre artifacts from around the world. Once on board, tour goers get unparalleled views of famous attractions like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenwich Village, and more. With 4 convenient hop-off stops in various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, customers can get up-close and personal with some of NYCs unique neighborhoods. Pier 11 provides access to South Street Seaport and Battery Park. Hop off in DUMBO, Brooklyn for fantastic views from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Hop off at Pier 78 to explore exciting Times Square and the Theater District. Once in Times Square, check out Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. Enjoy two whole floors full of outlandish artifacts and interactive displays.
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What was once farming and mining land is now the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, an idyllic green space just 10 miles from the heart of the Steel City. Founded and maintained by dedicated horticulturists, the garden is a living museum, filled with trails cut through leafy woodlands, a relaxing lotus pond, and a meadow filled with flowering dogwood trees. In addition to nature, the garden also contains hints of its past lives, including a scenic event space within a vintage barn dating from the 1870s. The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is closed on Mondays. See their full hours here. Photo credit: Brenda Cischke
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Coming face to face with King Kong and swinging side by side with Spider-Man are all in a day’s work at Universal Orlando Resort™. In three amazing theme parks, guests find adventure awaiting them with thrilling coasters and hilarious shows set in the worlds of their favorite on-screen heroes and villains. At Universal Studios Florida™, take on the new ride Fast & Furious – Supercharged™, coming Spring 2018. Then, experience the magic and wonder of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™ as guests escape from the goblin-run bank of Gringotts™ in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™. Guests with a Park-to-Park admission ticket can hop on the Hogwarts™ Express* to journey to Universal’s Islands of Adventure™. There, they’ll land in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™, where they can sip Butterbeer™ in the tavern or visit the halls of Hogwarts™ castle itself. In Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, visitors can also explore other island worlds, including Marvel Super Hero Island and Jurassic Park™.
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CHOCOLATE !! Need we say more? Get to know the man behind America's chocolate empire and the town that bears his name at The Hershey Story Museum on Chocolate Avenue in downtown Hershey. How did Milton Hershey go from bankruptcy to brilliance, tranforming chocolate from a luxury to an everyday treat? How did he create a community and why did he give away his fortune...twice? That's the Hershey story. NEW! Also included in your admission price is the chance to experience the following special exhibit: The Hershey Story is geared toward families with lots of hands-on things to do and fun, engaging, interactive exhibits to explore. Learn how Milton Hershey perfected his recipe for chocolate and developed the iconic Hershey's Kiss, then see a working Kiss wrapping machine! The Museum's Apprentice Program helps kids explore the museum "scavenger hunt-style". Using a discovery guide, kids journey through the museum looking for specific items, answering questions and solving short puzzles. At the end they’ll get a commemorative Hershey coin and a personalized newspaper printout (for an additional $3 fee).  After you're done exploring, we bet you will be hungry for some...CHOCOLATE! Head to the Museum Shop where you can purchase and indulge in a wide variety of delicious Hershey's candy products and other fun novelties. If you're still HUNGRY for more, there is even more chocolaty fun to be had for an additional cost. Adults and kids alike can indulge in Tastings at The Hershey Story. While the adults sample exotic warm drinking chocolate from around the world, kids will get their own mug of warm milk and chocolate stirring lolly. The Chocolate Lab is a fun and informative class for ages 4 and up. Led by in-house chocolate gurus, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at chocolate pouring and decorating, and of course when it's all over, taste your delicious take-home chocolate creations.
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SeaWorld Orlando Guests are immersed in wonder at SeaWorld Orlando, where the aquatic world comes alive like no place else. Experience the predator power of MAKO, Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster. Take a plunge down the world’s tallest river rapids drop on the all-new Infinity Falls. Climb aboard and ride the mighty Manta. Witness the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring show One Ocean and experience one-of-a-kind attractions, thrilling coasters and up-close animal interactions. Aquatica Orlando From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark Orlando, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind waterpark is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 42 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. New for 2018, get ready to brave the three-in-one thrills of Ray Rus, an action-packed water adventure the entire family can enjoy together. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay The ultimate adrenaline junkie’s paradise, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a unique blend of thrill rides, award-winning entertainment and one of the nation’s largest zoos. Challenge a 335-foot drop tower, Falcon’s Fury or race like a cheetah across the Serengeti Plain on Cheetah Hunt. Busch Gardens’ latest attraction, Cobra’s Curse, takes a spin on family thrills with this one-of-a-kind spin coaster, featuring a 70-foot vertical lift and a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations. Adventure Island Tampa Bay Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa, Adventure Island is 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and chills, tropical surroundings for guests of all ages. Race down rapids, dig your toes into the sand or relax all day. New in 2018, vow to vanish down an epic 70-foot drop on Vanish Point, Adventure Island’s newest free-fall slide.
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Beginning March 30, 2018... If you have a train lover in your house, we have the PERFECT day trip for you! Tucked away in the countryside in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is a hidden gem dedicated to the world of TOY TRAINS... Located just a little over an hour outside Philadelphia, less than 2 hours from Baltimore, and less than 3 hours from the Washington, DC area, National Toy Train Museum is a mecca for toy train lovers of ALL ages! Dedicated to the history and preservation of toy trains, the Museum is designed to satisfy the serious collector, as well as the young enthusiast. Designed like an old-time train station, the Museum features the latest in exhibits and LED lighting and features: A massive toy train collection featuring models from the 1800's to the present. Six operating, interactive train layouts in G, Standard, O, S, HO Gauges and a new new LEGO™ display! All of the layouts are designed to be kid friendly with the main features at eye level.  A train you can run with an app on your phone! Visitors of all ages will be captivated by the expansive layouts and wide variety of interactive accessories and controls. With literally thousands of toy train cars to pick from, old or new, steam or diesel or electric, large or small scale, metal or plastic, you simply have to see them in person to appreciate the magnitude of the collection. Strasburg is known as "Train City" because it is also the home to the historic Strasburg Rail Road, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Choo Choo Barn. You can spend an entire day here enjoying trains of all kinds! Quaint downtown Strasburg, historic Lancaster City, Lancaster County Pennsylvania Dutch attractions, and nearby shopping outlets make this a great trip for the whole family! Make it a FUN overnight getaway and stay just 5 miles away at the beautiful Greystone Manor B&B in Lancaster to enjoy all that AMISH COUNTRY has to offer. Click HERE for a special deal from CertifiKID, which includes a 1-night stay PLUS hot breakfast and a S'Mores Package! Check out this video to see the fun that awaits your train lover at National Toy Train Museum! <br />
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After twenty years as a Master of Bubbles, in 2007 Fan Yang brought his unique brand of bubble artistry to the Big Apple and has since wowed bubble lovers of all ages. The Gazillion Bubble Show  is truly is a family affair for Fan: his wife Ana, son Deni, daughter Melody, and brother Jano all can be found on stage in New York and around the world performing their bubble magic. Audiences are delighted with an unbubblievable experience, awashed with a bubble tide, and some even find themselves INSIDE a bubble. Mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects, and momentary soapy masterpieces will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again.    BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW AND PLAN AN UNFORGETTABLE FAMILY WEEKEND IN NEW YORK CITY!  The Gazillion Bubble show's  appeal extends well beyond the stage, including appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show", "The Dave Letterman Show", "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly", The Ellen Degeneres Show", "Fox and Friends", "The View", "CBS Sunday Morning", "The Today Show", FOX, NBC, ABC, CW11 as well as television stations all around the world. "It is simply UNBUBBLIEVABLE!" The Gazillion Bubble Show...."It will BLOW your mind!!!"  

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