by Jeff Schreiber
With summer coming to an end in a few weeks here are 20 more things you can try doing with you family to get the most out of what summer we have left.
For more fun ideas to do with your kids this summer check out these other 2FunDads articles:
Indoor activities to do this summer with your children
Outdoor activities to do with your children this summer
Have any ideas? Post them below. The more the better because YOU CAN NEVER HAVE 2 MUCH FUN!
by Donny Yankellow
The summer is not for skiing! That is correct, but at Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, Pennsylvania a ski resort is the perfect place for a day of fun! No you won't be skiing or snowtubing, but you can biplane, do some ropes courses and climbing, get lost in a maze and go watertubing down the snowtubing hill! This is just a taste of what you can do at Ski Roundtop's Mountain Adventures.
This is the second year in a row my family has visited Ski Roundtop in the summer and it is a ton of fun! Each time we spent a minimum of 4 hours there. That amount of time is not due to a crowd (there was none either time), it was due to being busy and having fun!
The activities are located on what is normally the snowtubing hill and around it. The snowtubing hill is home to watertubing (take an inflatable tube down a wet watery slide) and the OGO Balls. What's an OGO ball. Its a giant inflatable ball that has a cavity inside with water in it. You go in and are pushed down the hill. I can't say if it is fun or not, we haven't tried it, but there is always a small line for that when we go up the hill for tubing.
Right near the hill is ziplining with a short and long option. Some of my family tried the smaller one and enjoyed it. There is also a wooded area with some climbing challenges, mini zip lines, and more!
You want more? How about a maze to walk through and bumper boats? They have them.
All of the above actives are included in the price which, at the time of this writing, is $40 per person. There is no time limit, and If you spend the day there like my family it is worth the price!
Check the Roundtop for restrictions, hours, and any other information. You can also see the live webcam and other pics on the site.
The site has a lodge for food and bathrooms and near the zipline there is a storage area. The food is not bad at all. Nothing special, but not bad (salads, pizza, burgers, yogurt, snacks and more) Lockers are available for $3/day and there are also cubbies.
From the Baltimore area the drive is about 75 minutes. It is well worth it for a day of fun with the family, because YOU CAN NEVER HAVE 2 MUCH FUN!
We'll be back in the winter for snowtubing...so keep your eyes open for our review of that!
by Donny Yankellow
The original release of Disney's The Lion King is on of my favorite movies, if not my number 1 movie. If someone asks what my favorite movie is, The Lion King pops to mind first without even thinking. I've seen the original release at least 20+ times. I've seen the broadway show twice, and have loved it. When the new "live action" version came out a few days ago it became a must see. Does it live up to the original? Not exactly, but it excels in other ways.
Overall, the new release is the same story. There are some subtle changes and additions that don't hurt the movie at all. Big fans of the original, like myself, missed certain scenes, but the movie did not hurt from them missing. (I'm not going to get specific to avoid spoilers, even though most people know the story.) The additional scenes and details add to the story and were very enjoyable- especially the jungle creatures.
The live animals look of the movie is amazing. The way the CGI realism of the animals has been pushed is amazing. You think you are looking at real animals, for the most part. There were occasions where my eye noticed a clear digital creature, but this was rare. The flamingos were the pinkest flamingos I have ever seen. As for Samba, Nala, and the rest of the characters they looked amazing! The manes on the lions looked like real hair. I noticed veins in the lions body. They truly looked real.
Now, I have read that the characters lacked emotion. This might be where the original wins me over. The cartoon in the original Lion King were full fo expression. In this release, a lot of the expression is not there. I noticed a subtle smile hear and there, but the exaggerated smiles of a cartoon were not there. Most of the expression from this new variation come in the form of body movements and the vocal talents, not from the faces. This is most evident in Rafiki, Poomba, and Timone. Does this ruin the movie? Not at all. I just wish there was a little more expression in the characters.
Be warned that the fight scene at the end and the big Mufasa death scene are more realistic and violent than the original version. Younger children might have issues with it. In my theater a little girl was screaming during the big fight with Scar at the end.
Overall, the new release of The Lion King is a must see for any Lion King fan. Personally, I think the original and the live stage shows are better, but this new version is still great. For a new generation it will be their first exposure to the movie and possibly only one. Your mileage may vary, but it is a fun movie to take the family to- especially on a hot summer day--and YOU CAN NEVER HAVE 2 MUCH FUN!
Have an opinion on The Lion King? What movies are you seeing this summer? Comment below!
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