Build Your Own Scarecrow ~ Oct. 13th

The Harrison Township Recreation department invites you to build your own scarecrow in the parking lot of the  Mullica Hill Baptist Church on Saturday, October 13th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The cost is $20 per scarecrow which includes frames, hay and clothing.  Supplies are limited so come early for the best selection!

 

Cyber Safety Parent Night ~ Oct. 16th

Clearview Regional High School invites all parents to a Cyber Safety Parent Night presentation by Sgt. Tom Rich on October 16th from 7-8pm in the Toscano Theater at Clearview Regional High School.

Sgt. Rich is the creator and CEO of AlwaysConnected.org and is a certified police officer in the State of New Jersey. In his 22nd year of service, his entire career has been dedicated to children. Sgt. Rich has been traveling in the country for the past 10 years and has created programs like this one to help make a difference in the lives of children.

Sgt. Rich was recently featured on Good Morning America, Fox 5 New York, NBC 4 New York, and the Nancy Grace Show and at present has spoken to over 1,000,000 people across the United States and Canada about technology issues and cyber bullying.

For tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyber-safety-parent-night-with-sgt-tom-rich-tickets-50397560460

 

Raccoon Valley Swim Team, Dive Team & Swim Lessons

Raccoon Valley Swim Club located in historic Mullica Hill is gearing up for a great summer. Come join the fun!!

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If you’re looking for ways to keep your kids active this summer, Swim Team1check out the Masked Bandits Swim Team!

New this year, Raccoon Valley is offering a  Swim Team Only Membership option for those families who don’t need a full service membership, but are interested in Swim Team!  

Competitive swimming teaches the value of hard work, patience, persistence, and teamwork.  Not to mention the exceptional conditioning program that it offers athletes looking to stay in top shape for fall and winter sports!  

Some of the many other benefits of joining the Swim Team include: RVSC Pic3

·        Talented coaching staff with a combined 25 years+ experience
·        A fun and nurturing environment for all ages and abilities
·        Team activities that create lasting friendships and memories 

 

Swim Team Season runs from end of May through July with daily practices and meets on Saturday. All of our meets are “A” meets where every swimmer has the opportunity to swim at least 2 races.  You also have the flexibility to participate at a level that works for you and your schedule.

Want to hear more about the Swim Team? Please send an inquiry to raccoonvalleyswimteam@gmail.com!

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Raccoon Valley also offers a Dive Team! The team is thrilled to welcome Jay Soukoup as the new Dive Coach this year.  Jay is an accomplished diver who dove for RVSC and Clearview and won second place in the 1 meter championships last year.  He currently dives for TCNJ and is excited to be working with the team this summer. Dive Team Practice is weekdays Monday through Friday starting at 9AM. The Swim Team Only Membership option is open to families interested in Dive as well!

If you are interested in the Dive Team this summer, please send an inquiry to the Dive Team Coordinator Courtney.Gabriel@uphs.upenn.edu

Swim Lessons

Not yet ready for the Swim Team? Raccoon Valley Swim Club offers summer swim lessons in a safe andfeature_lessons10 supportive outdoor environment.  Raccoon Valley has both group and privatswim lessons to meet your family’s needs.

During the summer, RVSC offers group lessons for kids 3 and up, and private lessons for ages 2 through adults. Lessons at RVSC are open to everyone in the community – members and non-members alike.

**New Member Special:  Join by May 1st and receive 1 week of FREE Swim Lessons!

Check out the complete list of 2018 Membership Packages and Specials.  To join RVSC, just fill out the 2018 Application for NEW Members

Questions? email memberships@rvsc.org.

 

 

Raccoon Valley Swim Club ~ New Membership Options

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Conveniently located just off Main Street, right here in Mullica Hill, Raccoon Valley Swim Club features three pools, an elevated deck,  swim & dive teams, swim lessons, diving, sliding, basketball, tetherball, swings and loads of family fun!

The club is excited to share its 2018 Membership Packages including new member specials and an incentive for current members.  They are also hard at work on some great improvements to the club this spring!

2018 Full Membership Packages

Full membership provides unlimited full-season access to the club during regular hours, eligibility for children to join the swim and dive teams, discounts on use of the facility for social functions, volume discounts on guest passes, and discounts on swim lessons.

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Full Membership Dues range from $335 for one adult to $725 for a full family membership. *All new members must purchase bond shares. Each bond is a one time cost of $110.

NEW!! Swim Team Only  Packages (New Members Only)

Have your own pool? If your family doesn’t plan to use the pool outside of the Swim Team, this new membership option may work for you. Swim Team Only membership includes full access to the club at a reduced rate. It’s limited to the Swim Team Season: May through July.

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Swim Team Only Dues:  $375 for 1 swimmer, $450 for 2 swimmers and $500 for 3+ swimmers. *New members only. (1) bond share required. Swim Team Registration Fees are not included.

Limited Access Packages

Evening and August packages offer access to the pool during non-peak periods. $200 for one adult, $350 for a family.

Special Offers

  • Friend and Neighbor Special:    $50 off membership dues per family when 3+ members join together
  • Free Swim Lessons for new members: 1 week of free group swim lessons (join by 5/1)
  • Free Swim Bag and Guest Passes for new members: or 5 free guest passes for current members (join or renew by 4/15)
  • 10% off Senior Citizen/Military Discount: adults 60 and older or active military families
  • Referral Bonus:  $100 membership dues for existing members when you refer a new membership

 

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The Raccoon Valley Swim Team is proud to be competitive against some of the strongest summer swim programs in South Jersey and the Dive Team is a small but mighty group of divers!

More significantly, our coaching staff and parents stress personal improvement and team spirit as much as winning. Interested in the swim or dive team this summer?! Just reach out to raccoonvalleyswimteam@gmail. com

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There is no better investment in your kids than swim lessons! During the summer, RVSC offers group lessons for kids 3 and up, and private lessons for ages 2 through adults. Lessons at RVSC are open to everyone in the community – members and non-members alike.

For information on a 2018 membership for you and your family, please email memberships@rvsc.org.

 

 

 

Trip to American Girl Place NYC ~ April 26th

Bring your daughter and her favorite American Girl Doll for a special Bus Trip to the American Girl Place in NYC on Thursday, April 26th.  It’s the perfect way to spend the day together and a dream come true for little girls, especially if they have never been! Plus, transportation is covered so you won’t have to worry about driving and parking in the city.

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The bus departs at 8:30am and returns at 6:00p.m.  The trip includes lunch at 11am the American Girl Place and you’ll have plenty of time to shop, add activities like the doll salon or do some sightseeing in the city.

The cost of the trip is $145 per couple (parent and child) and $70 for each additional child.  Space is Limited!  Please call the Harrison Township Recreation Department at 856-223-8777 for reservations or additional information.

 

Disney Cruise Q&A with Vacation Planner Jennifer Elsworth

If you’re planning a Disney vacation, Mullica Hill resident Jennifer Elsworth is the ticket to making your trip magical and stress-free!   Jennifer works for a wonderful agency  which has the designation of Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and she pretty much eats, sleeps and breathes Disney (just ask her kids!)

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“My job is to help my clients have the best and smoothest vacation they can. I am there through the whole planning process and will guide them, book things for them, make an itinerary , etc.  I treat all my clients like they are part of my family and advocate for them. I am an extra brain that may suggest something you may not have thought of. “

Best of all, Jennifer is paid by the supplier (Disney), not by the client (you) so she doesn’t charge you anything for her services.  That said, she can only help clients who book through her.   Disney actually builds agency fees into their pricing so you’re not saving any more by booking on your own, and most of us agree we’d rather see that fee go to support a small business like Jennifer than right back to a big corporation (even Disney!)

We recently booked a trip with Jenn and sat down to pick her brain about the hottest Disney ticket in town…Disney Cruises.  Here’s what she had to say:

What makes a Disney Cruise special/different from a regular cruise?

It’s that Disney Magic of course! Disney does it right. You can expect that every design detail has been given attention.  Disney Cruise Line has also received numerous awards such as “Best Cruise Line” and it has been voted #1 for families.  But I personally think what makes DCL so special is the service! It has that special Disney touch that others can’t compare.

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That is definitely up to the client!  For first time cruisers a 3 or 4 day may be the right choice to get those feet wet! Disney Cruise Line has four ships. They are The Disney Dream, Disney Magic , Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder.

Disney Cruises have so many different destinations to explore such as the Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Canada, New England, California Coast, Mexican Riviera, Northern Europe and more! With ports out of New  York , Galveston, Port Canaveral, Miami and more, you are sure to find a cruise that fits your needs.

For what ages are Disney Cruises most appropriate?

Disney Cruises are appropriate for every age!  There is something for everyone.  I think when people think of a Disney Cruise, they think it’s just for kids.  But Disney does a fantastic job of catering to adults as well.  They have designated adults areas like pools, restaurants and bars just for that purpose! 

Is childcare available on board to give parents a break? For what ages?

While the adults take some relaxing time, there are kids clubs to keep the children very entertained. There are clubs for all ages! The have the Oceaneer’s Lab and Club (ages 3-12). The Edge is geared toward the tweens (ages 11-14) and Vibe is perfect for the teen crowd (ages 14-17). There is also a Small World Nursery on board (with an hourly cost) for ages 6 months to 3 years.  All clubs have plenty to do that for that age group and are fully supervised.

What are the rooms like on Disney Cruises?

Disney Cruises have some of the largest state room of all the cruise lines. Most include a split bathroom which will allow for more than one person to get ready at a time. … so no fighting over the bathroom! Disney Cruises also have many connecting rooms on board which is great for a large family especially if you have tween/teens!

What is included on  a Disney Cruise? 

Disney cruises include meals (breakfast, lunch,  dinner, soft drinks, snacks and ice cream), Character meet and greets, Youth clubs, Broadway caliber shows such as Beauty and the Beast, new Disney movies, fun activities like the Aquaduck, Fireworks at sea (one of the only cruise lines to do this) and taxes and port fees. You should always compare the final prices for cruises. The other cruise lines may have some sexy rates but consider what is included and what you need to add.

We heard there is a Star Wars themed cruise. Is that true?IMG_2610

Yes! How cool is that?  Star Wars Day at Sea is perfect for any Star Wars fan. Just imagine watching fireworks  at sea set to the Star Wars Score.  They have Star Wars character experiences and even Jedi training. It’s only one day of your trip, so it also works for the members of the family who aren’t into Star Wars.  Disney Cruises have other special sailings like Marvel Day At Sea, Halloween on the High Seas, Thanksgiving at Sea, Very MerryTime  and New Year’s Eve.

 How far in advance do  you recommend booking?

I recommend booking a Disney Cruise as soon as prices are released to get the best pricing. Special itineraries like the holiday cruises sell out quickly. Disney Cruises never sail empty!

See, we told you Jenn is a wealth of knowledge on all things Disney!  Whether your ready to set sail on a Disney Cruise (or visit a Disney Park) reach out to Jennifer Elsworth to see how she can help!!

Jennifer Elsworth
World of Wishes Travel, An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
jennifer@worldofwishestravel.com
Facebook.com/wowjennelsworth
443-528-9340

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discounted Ski Tickets from Harrison Twp. Recreation

Did you know that the Harrison Township Recreation department offers discounted ski tickets for local ski resorts as well as discounted tickets to the Adventure Aquarium?

Big Boulder/Jack Frost – up to $9 off per ticketskiing_xcountry_cute_rgb1

Blue Mountain – up to $9 off per ticket

Mountain Creek – up to $19 off per ticket

Looking for a warmer indoor activity?  They also offer discounted tickets to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden – save up to $7 off the regular admission price.

For more information visit the Recreation Dept website or call 856-223-8777

Mommy & Me and Fit Mom classes at Fit to Dance

Fit to Dance Studio offers two great dance and fitness classes for Moms and kids:

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The Mommy & Me toddler dance program, for boys and girls ages 1½ to 2½, lets students take a movement and music class with Mommy, Daddy or caregiver close by. A new eight week session begins the week of November 13th and Fit to Dance is offering a

**Free Trial on Wednesday, November 15th at 10:30 a.m.**

Mommy & Me classes will be held Tuesdays at 6:15p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30a.m. Tuition for the 8 week session is $80.

This 45 minute class focuses on dance movement, hand-eye coordination, stretching, counting, rhythm and other basic dance techniques that are great for early child development, building self esteem and self confidence.  Children will learn the basics of dance, while engaging in hands-on movement activities essential to proper development and social skills.

Fit Mom Fit Mom Class

Moms, this is your chance to get your workout in and bring the kids along!  The Fit Mom class combines strength and vitality in this morning workout for moms.  Moms of all fitness levels are welcome from beginners to advanced.

Fit Mom classes are held Mondays & Wednesdays @ 9:30am.

Your children of all ages will quickly become your little workout buddy by joining you for fitness fun in this class. Experience a workout that will challenge your aerobic and core strength with weights, polymeric exercises, and conditioning circuits. 

 

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For more information on these classes and more visit www.fit2dancestudio.com

Fit to Dance Studio is located at 1 s. Main Street, Mullica Hill