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Tuckerton Food Truck Fest Featured Flavorful Family Fun

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#Sponsored post whereby we were compensated to attend this event and provide our honest perspective. As always all content provided within strictly expresses my own opinion. Thank you to Real Mom Media for arranging this review.


Truckerton Food_Beer Fest

20150815_140935_resized(1)Every year for the past several years, we’ve been fortunate enough to experience something different at the Tuckerton Seaport & Bayman’s Museum.  Make no mistake that their is plenty to experience without the festivals but here we want to share the highlights of the most recent Tuckerton Seaport festival: Truckerton Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest. With over 20 food and beverage vendors… there was certainly something for everyone. From crepes and waffles to spingrolls and beef brisket… come on who wouldn’t have an amazing shove.your.face good time?  (Caution: Please be sure to drink plenty of fluids… these trucks put out some heat and standing under the sun in line… can kinda melt you. Seriously.)

Since it was just me and the little one, I really only had MY hands20150815_123312_resized to work with… seriously who wants to chance dropping a $14 lobster sandwich? So here’s a quick tip: bring a shallow box that you can carry all your yum-yum in while you go from one truck to another before settling on your blanket or whatever. Oh yeah that lobster sandwich on a melted butter roll… #Amaze and here’s a pic.

20150815_142326_resizedThere is so much education packaged into a trip to Tuckerton Seaport and you can read our earlier reviews the lighthouse, boathouse and Pirate Festival for a glimpse of all that is offered but regarding the Truckerton Food Festival, parents can highlight global cuisine like Jamaican, Italian, Polish, and others. Food festivals like this become a wonderful way to sneak in a little summer learning since everything is so tasty… or disgusting… but either way it’s educational.

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20150815_121822_resizedWe made a day of this event between all the good eats, the boardwalk along the water and miniature golf. We had plenty to keep us entertained. I even squeezed in a little nap. You see, after sizing up the food trucks and grabbing our first sample, we set out to find a small patch of shade… which we did behind a row of trucks. Since we packed our “Mom’s Tote Of Awesome” we had some low key things to do while we enjoyed being outside, stretched out on our blanket. I got a few minutes to snooze while Victoria colored and played with a new game, Riddle Cube.

So what did we nosh on?  Well, clearly we’re not food bloggers 20150815_120719_resizedcuz we forgot to snap pics of the yumminess except for the lobster above and the 1/2 drank cherry lemonade. Oops – you’ll just have to take our word it was all super yummy. Love this pic of Joey Fortman, Real Mom Media… I did say to stay hydrated. LOL

Anyway, our list of munchies included THE amazing spudwich by 1 Potato Two (a hollowed out potato filled with a choice of traditional sandwich items like cheese steak and turkey/cheese). We had the cheese steak version and I so badly wanted to get another for the road… but there was so much more to consider before declaring a favorite. HOT DOG – it isn’t a party without a good hot dog, right? Well Victoria certainly felt that way and hopped in line for Vito’s Hot Dogs all by herself. The cashier had to meet her around the back of the truck to hand it to her. She was very pleased with her purchase. Shore Shake whipped up some creamy milkshakes for us: chocolate, of 2015-08-22 13.22.56course and peaches and cream for the little miss. And yes, we sucked them down without getting a photo too. Waffles topped with Godiva chocolate, raspberry drizzle and fresh strawberries… how Victoria resisted this, I’ll never know. It was superb. And lastly we tasted a savory pierogi dish with rice and pork from Pompier Pierogi Flats.


BUT if you missed this festival… no worries. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum holds many events through out the year, in fact they have several events booked for the remainder of the summer like a concert, an antique car show, a boat show, a couple Farmer’s Market days and then the October event I’m waiting for: Haunted Seaport with live music, crafts, haunted boat rides and so much more. Grab your tickets here for Oct 22-24.

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Get Up Close & Personal with Bugs at Academy Of Natural Sciences

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 #Sponsored Homeroom At Home is proud to be partnered with The Academy of Natural Sciences to provide our readers with details on upcoming events, exhibits and programs. We were offered a complimentary family membership in exchange for media coverage.


Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

It seems the summer months bring the peskiest bugs to season. Flies that won’t quit twirling around your corn on the cob, bees buzzing in your ear… or beer and then there are those persistent ants!!  Yikes.

But everything’s got a purpose.

Here’s your chance to understand just how critical all insects are to our environment and food chain. The Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contributions flies, bees and ants provide, among other bugs.

Join The Academy on August 8 & 9 for an epic opportunity to get up close and personal with insects of all sorts, including a peak at real samples of bug vomit, poo and slime. There are so many events to take advantage of, including live cockroach and maggot painting, as seen in the video below from last year.

Here are some other highlights as provided by The Academy of Natural Sciences:

Photo Courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

Photo Courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

Roach Race 500: Cheer on your favorite roach as it tries to conquer three different tracks in the famous Roach Race 500! Every half hour, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Bug Picasso: Cockroaches and maggots create unique pieces of art by scurrying through trails of vibrant paint. 10:15-11 a.m., 12:15-1 p.m., 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Live Invertebrate Stage Show: “B-eww-tiful Bugs” will be the stars of our unique live animal show. 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Bug Walks: Join Academy entomologists on an expedition outside the museum to see what species of invertebrates live there. Hourly, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

Photo courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences

Bug Appétit: Enjoy culinary art with a buggy twist. Or, in other words, you get to eat bugs!!! Join Chef David George Gordon as he cooks up some tasty bug cuisine! Demonstrations in the Commons 11 a.m.-noon, 3-4:30 p.m.; Live show in the Auditorium at 1 p.m.

Meet the Entomologist: Talk with Academy entomologists and representatives from the American Entomological Society. Find out about current research projects and get an up close look at some specimens from our collections.

Crafty Critters: Create your own bug-themed craft to take home.

Bedbug Sniffing Dogs: Learn more about the bugs that bug us! Auditorium show at 3:30 p.m.; Demonstrations in Dinosaur Hall at noon and 2 p.m.

Story Time in Outside In: Story time will feature a bug tale, Marty the Moose, and a live animal. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased here and additional information on hours, parking, etc can be obtained by visiting The Academy of Natural Sciences. Don’t forget to check out their Animal Grossology exhibit (in it’s final weeks). You can see our review of this totally gross but engaging exhibit here.

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Step Back in Time with Jazz Age on the Delaware at the Glen Foerd Mansion

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#Sponsored post, whereby we were invited to a media preview for the Jazz Age on the Delaware event. All opinions expressed herein are strictly mine. Thank you Aversa PR & Event.


20150712_171713How often do you get a chance to emerge your child(ren) into a different time period… I mean “Back To The Future” style? Seriously, here’s your opportunity to leap back into the 20’s with Jazz Age on the Delaware this Saturday, August 1st from 11AM to 5PM.

20150712_185401 20150712_185143Not only will it be the party of all parties… but it will be held at the breath-taking Glen Foerd Mansion… on the waterfront. Stroll through the beautiful grounds, take a tour of the mansion or spread out a picnic blanket. No matter, it will be a day worth remembering.

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Dress in your period best attire and don’t forget your dance shows. Charleston lessons at 11:15 AM (VIP) and noon.  The event will feature authentic 1920’s bands and dancing. Music by Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, The Gin Canaries, and The Red Hot Ramblers with Chelsea Reed. Dandy Wellington, Old City Sweethearts and The Minsky Sisters will provide dancing entertainment.

20150712_165031Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic although snacks and beverages will be available for purchase by Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods and Catering. Vintage cocktails will also be available… and they are super delicious.

Food, shopping, music, drinks, fashion, games, dancing and entertainment… all set to the beautiful 1920’s era. Perfect for sampling a fun-filled time of American history. For more information, please visit Glen Foerd’s website. Ticket info, parking and entertainment details (including VIP passes) can all be obtained here. We’ll see you at the party.

#jazzagephilly @glenfoerd collage showcasing the wonderful talent of #yesteryear @koryaversa #jazzageonthedelaware #vintage #vintagestyle #1920s #roaring20s

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This was seriously one of the best Mother-Daughter outings I've shared with my little darling. We had an amazing time and look forward to next year @glenfoerd @koryaversa #jazzagephilly #jazzageonthedelaware #vintage #1920s #roaring20s #jazzagelawnparty #mother #daughter

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Middle Empire – Strategy Game Made Easy to Play

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Middle Empire
#Sponsored post whereby we were given a complimentary copy of Middle Empire for review. The contents of this post, opinions, etc are strictly my own. This post may contain affiliate links. #ad


A strategic game… made easy! Wait… What? When do you ever see that? Well, Middle Empire, a NateCo Holding’s game, has created a strategic game without all the fuss of setting up.  And even better yet, for those super busy families… the game play is estimated at 30 mins. In fact our games have only taken about 20 mins each.

Watch our video below to see how easy it is to set up and play.

We’ve always been a board game kinda family. We enjoy classics like Monopoly or Yahtzee but our favorites are strategic games like Settlers of Catan. Middle Empire offers elements of Catan but plays in a much shorter time frame… Catan can take an hour and half vs 20-30 minutes. Like Catan, Middle Empire has opponents building roads and moving into adjacent spaces. Middle Empire’s board game regions were inspired by countries or regions of the Middle East of long ago.

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We have really enjoyed playing Middle Empire both as a 2 player game and 3 player game. Middle Empire offers enough variety to play again and again. It is designed for an older crowd (13 years +) and perfect for that naptime slot if you have both younger and older children. Again, we love the playing time is shorter than most strategy games… it allows us to squeeze in a game during an otherwise busy day.

Middle Empire is available for purchase at a special Middle Empireintroductory price of $27.99 with FREE SHIPPING. No coupon code is needed but this sale price is for a limited time. Although Middle Empire is available via Amazon, you must order directly through to secure the introductory price and free shipping.


NateCo Holdings is a local company with distribution out of Delaware. This is a sponsored post, whereby we were given a complimentary game for review. The opinions and text expressed herein are strictly my own. #sponsored


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Art Splash – Interactive Family-Friendly Children’s Art Program at Philadelphia Museum of Art

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While this article is sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art by way of complimentary program admission, the opinions expressed herein are strictly my own. #sponsored

Creative – Engaging – Inspiring:  Art Splash

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Art Splash is back for a third year… bigger and better than ever. We’ve had the privilege of attending this amazingly organized family art program each year. Evolving year over year but always true to being educational, creative and engaging for families, not just children.

Art SplashThis year’s program design is no disappointment with a new space in the former library, featuring a super cozy art lounge – perfect for reading, cuddling and building with blocks. drawing on blackboardThe Art Splash studio also features a huge wall chalkboard, allowing children to express their creativity and build off each others’ designs. And of course, no art studio would be complete with out workshop space for creating artistic projects.

Professionally executed, this Art Splash program has it all… a little something for everyone. This year’s theme was inspired by the children’s book A is for Art Museum, showcasing the alphabet through various famous pieces of art. This book has proven to be a successful concept in engaging children in art and has become the perfect backdrop for the newly created exhibition A is for Art Museum located adjacent to the Art Splash Studio.


The Art Splash program runs through September 7, 2015 and offers many components: art studio projects, interactive exploration, book signings and festivals. There is so much to consider that I suggest bookmarking the Museum’s Art Splash page to get all the details. Here are the highlight:

tablet pose with viaA is for Art Museum App. Guests can borrow a tablet from the Art Splash Studio equipped with an interactive and highly engaging self-tour tool. This app features art for each letter of the alphabet using way-finding technology to enable families to further explore the museum. art splash tabletThe tablets are protected in a sturdy hand-held case, designed for little one to carry. As you use the interactive map to find your way through the alphabet (not recommended to go ABC order, btw) the app will automatically sense when guests arrive in the room, offering a picture of the featured art piece for that letter. Families will then have clues, stories, history, activities, audio, etc elements to accompany the art. It’s all part of the adventure of discovering and “unlocking” the masterpiece art on display and participating as a family.  Brilliant.

art splash t is for treeA is for Art Museum Exhibition. Again inspired by children’s book by the same name, co-authored by Marla Shoemaker and Katy Friedland. The exhibit has three main sections: A for Animals, R is for Rivers and T is for Trees. Hands-on activities encourage children to get up close, pay closer attention to the details and offer their own creativity within the exhibit. a is for artMagnetic fabric leaves on a giant tree correspond with several pieces of artwork featuring nature and trees. Children are asked to select a leaf and match the color/pattern in the artwork adjacent to the mural tree. Hands-on activities such as these really embrace children’s tactical needs. No longer are all art museums consider “no touch”.

Splash Studio. “Let you creativity soar at the Splash Studio with new art projects throughout the summer.” (Press Release, Philadelphia Museum of Art)

June 30 – July12 R is for River
July 14 – 26 U is for Up Close
July 28 – August 9  T is for Trees
August 11 – 23  S is for Shadows
August 25 – Sept 7  A is for Animals


Family Festivals & Art Workshops. The Great Outdoors festival is being held on August 2 (10 AM to 5 PM) with the Okee Dokee Brother’s playing at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Seating is limited so get there early. There music inspires children and parents to go outside and be creative. Family Art Workshops are being offered July 18 & 25 for Painting Up Close; August 1 & 8 Clay Creatures and August 15 & 22 for Nature Prints. Registration is required and classes are in addition to museum admission prices.

Art Splash Author & Illustrator Series. “Your favorite children’s books come to life in this interactive series. Mingle with the authors and illustrators, and enjoy inspiring readings.” (Press Release, Philadelphia Museum of Art)

July 15 – Flotsam by David Wiesner
August 26 – Wolfie the Bunny by Anne Dyckman & Zachariah Ohora

Family Tours. Highly suggested, entertaining and educational Early Bird or Art Explorers family tours. These tours take you on a path through the museum to introduce children to pieces of art through discuss, music, drawing, story and more. Having been on a couple of tours, I must say these are definitely a highlight to our summer visits to Art Splash.

Art Splash 2015The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA. 215-684-7840


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Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus – A Show for All

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Circus Fun Photo courtesy of Homeroom At Home

Circus Fun
Photo courtesy of Homeroom At Home

There’s something magical about the circus. As a child I went twice to the Big Top and loved everything about the experience. As a mom, I wanted to provide this experience for my children since it is like no other. When my son was much younger, I took him to a couple smaller local circus productions. It was entertaining, comical and somewhat thrilling but nothing, wait let me clarify… NOTHING beats the excitement and thrill of the real deal: Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. Now years later, my daughter had the true pleasure of their “The Greatest Show On Earth” and couldn’t have been more elated.

Greatest Show on Earth Photo by Homeroom At Home

Greatest Show on Earth
Photo by Homeroom At Home

So what’s so amazing? Hasn’t everything already been done? Is it any different than when we were children screaming for our cotton candy? Well, the traditions of the circus is still very much the same – live animals showing off their individual talents (we loved the elephants best), clowns and acrobats and yes of course the cotton candy and snow cones , but here’s where things are different and better…

– Instead of clowns tripping over their own feet and fitting 7-13-18 or so into a dinky car, the comedy is less slapstick and more engaging.  At the Atlantic City show the “clown”  spoke and interacted with the other acts – it was so refreshing, although I still hold an artistic appreciation for the more traditional clown acts as well.

– The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus is constantly reinventing themselves with daring acts of never-seen-before amusements and entertainment.  So NO, it’s not all been done before and the newer acts are perfectly blended with the traditions of old.

– A lot of the thrill and excitement is generated by the sound effects and technology.  Sound being part of the background or used as a prop really compliment the experience.  Much like a hockey or basketball game, the filler songs and sound bits keep you energized and entertained while the next performance act is setting up.  Their sound production is top quality and has come leaps and bounds from my childhood circus experience.

–  Lights, lasers and technology have put this production over the top!!  The lighting and laser presentations truly enhance each part of the circus experience, making it bigger than life.  WOW – some of these acts lit up like nothing I’ve seen.

When you put all these elements together, the mystical and exciting music compilations coupled with colorful and strategic illumination to showcase amazingly talented and/or heart-warming performers… it truly is The Greatest (and most unexpected yet traditional) Show On Earth.



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Pirate & Privateer Festival in Tuckerton, NJ

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Turning Princesses into Pirates isn’t an easy task… but we managed and had an amazing time at the Tuckerton Seaport Museum’s Pirate and Privateer Festival. All decked out we consulted the map to start our voyage… affordable vendors, dancing, a boardwalk and boat making demonstration were just the start.

We enjoyed demonstrations from privateers and pirates including a very loud cannon firing. They also provided entertainment with sword and dual fighting, photo ops and discussions about pirating. They were so realistic – it was very authentic and entertaining. Inside, children enjoyed crafts, the surf museum and a climb to the lighthouse. Live music and plenty of food options rounded out our experience and we definitely look forward to joining these pirates again in the future.

Tuckerton is located on the Jersey Shore just 30 miles north of Atlantic City. This family friendly resort provides many accommodations including sign language and wheelchairs among other accommodations for programs and events. Please call 609-296-8868 at least two weeks prior to your visit.

They have a full calendar of events planned for this year – so pull out your planner because you’re not going to want to miss these. For a list please refer to our previous Tuckerton Seaport Museum article or their website  for more information.

I encourage you to expand your pirate adventures with games, books and role playing.  Homeroom At Home will be offering a full segment on pirates for Fall 2013.  In the meantime check out our own pirate day activities from last summer with the below videos.

Disclosure:  Homeroom At Home is proud to partner with Tuckerton Seaport Museum to support the Stronger Than The Storm initiatives.  This post was a sponsored post by which Homeroom At Home was compensated.  The thoughts and opinions expressed here are strictly mine.

Check out these other articles from this fun filled day at Tuckerton with Delco Deal Diva, Whatever Works, A Girl Gone Mom and Couponing 4 a Difference.  We had a wonderful time hanging out with Kelly, Cindy, Heather and Denise and their families.

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You Be The Chemist Challenge 2013

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Last year Homeroom At Home had the pleasure of attending the National You Be The Chemist Challenge held at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, where we met some of the contestants and their families. Here’s a look back at last year’s You Be The Chemist Challenge.

As this year’s National YBTC Challenge approaches (June 24th), we are excited to learn more about the program, competition and education efforts of the Chemical Educational Foundation. While the national competition holds a lot of excitement, especially since we’re coming right up on the date – the excitement isn’t just getting started, but in fact, students across the US have been enjoying this chemistry program’s fun for months.

So what’s the program if it’s not just competition?

The Chemical Educational Foundation established the You Be The Chemist program as a creative way for educators [note: I include parents in this category] to present and teach concepts of chemistry and science to students in a way that they will not only understand but truly get excited about. The YBTC program consists of the YBTC Challenge (competition), YBTC Activity Guide for educators/parents and YBTC Essential Elements, a hands-on workshop to help teachers enhance classroom experience in using the YBTC program materials.

The Chemical Educational Foundation’s mission in creating the entire You Be The Chemist program was “designed to enhance K-8 science education by introducing the science of chemistry as it relates to our everyday lives and to the study of other sciences” with goals as follows according to

  • Enhance science education through innovative techniques, such as hands-on activities and chemistry competitions

  • Inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and chemical industry leaders

  • Effect long-term change in the general public’s understanding of, participation in, and general acceptance towards chemistry and the chemical industry

  • Provide opportunities for collaborative initiatives between chemical industry members and the communities in which they operate

The You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Challenge engages children in grades 5th through 8th in a peer-based “interactive academic competition in learning important chemistry concepts, scientific discoveries, and laboratory safety.” An excerpt from states that the Challenge offers the following benefits:

  • Introduces students to the central role of chemistry in all of the sciences and in their everyday lives.

  • Uses the drama of competition to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

  • Provides educators with an exciting way to educate their students and assess their learning.

  • Encourages parents to participate in their child’s education.

  • Allows industry members to connect with their community and actively show their support for science education.

Sounds like fun – how do you get started?

The Chemical Educational Foundation makes it easy to get connected with an existing YBTC group or to start your own. Click here to find out more information. Note, however, that schools aren’t the only place that groups are formed, but local science clubs or the Boy Scouts are examples of other groups that have taken advantage of this opportunity. Make sure you read the guidelines for competition rules and such. Resources are available by clicking here for the study materials.

What is the incentive for making it to the National competition?

The upcoming National YBTC Challenge will be held again at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. This is an exciting time for the students who’ve won their regional and state challenges and are preparing for this final round. But it is so much more than that… more than a competition on several levels. The students that are participating in the national competition have the opportunity to meet with chemical industry leaders, educators and businessmen and women. They have the opportunity to visit with local science attractions and celebrate their accomplishments in a welcome dinner and a celebration dinner both held at local science museums. The package is an amazing opportunity for those who’ve earned a place at the national competition level – oh yeah – and there are participant prizes!

And what if competitions aren’t our thing or my children aren’t old enough for the YBTC Challenge?

Parents, you can download the material and activity guides (grades K-4 or 5-8) for your own family science fun. Perhaps with a couple of cousins or neighbors – select a few simple projects for the kids to enjoy and learn together. The materials are comprehensive, making the lesson easy with everyday household items and enjoyable for grown-ups and students alike. The educator’s Activity Guide is an excellent resource for weekend or summertime learning fun. I particularly appreciate the section on “Tips for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)” as the tips are just as applicable for parents wanting to engage their children in such topics, as well as teachers. Parents, you hold a tremendous amount of influence when it comes to educating your children – I encourage you to tap into that power and see where your collective interests and efforts take you.

In addition, The CEF site offers “Newton & Kelvin’s Laboratory” with interactive web activities, games and online flashcards for the Periodic Table.

Resources for this post include the variety of materials provided by the Chemical Educational Foundation website. This is a non-sponsored post, whereas I was not compensated. All the opinions expressed herein are strictly mine.

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