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Back to School and Back on the Field

Tweet From now till a week into January, hundreds of thousands of college football fans will be in the stands or glued to their television screens every Saturday (and some Thursdays, and Sundays, and so on.) College sports are so unique – cities and towns that may not have a pro sports club have hometown [...]

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Summer Fun on the Farm

Tweet Our home state of Pennsylvania is largely farmland, with agriculture being the number one industry here. Farms are spotlighted several times in August in our area alone, starting with the Central PA Local Foods Week and Farm Tour; a week of special events followed by a day of intimate tours of area farms. The [...]

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A Need for Special Needs Toys – Why We Love Fun and Function!

Tweet This week in our hometown of State College, Penn State is hosting the National Autism Conference – a conference that provides “comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist educators, other professionals, and families in developing effective educational programming for all students with autism spectrum disorders.” For 5 days, family members, physicians, educators and more attend various [...]

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Kidtivities™—Summer Arts and Crafts Projects

Tweet If you live near our store in downtown State College, be sure to stop by this summer for some crafty fun! When kids participate in Kidtivities™ at Growing Tree Toys, we provide supplies and personal attention so that each child can create an awesome project such as a plaster pet, green shopping bag, paper [...]

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Top Eleven Family Festivals this Summer and Fall

Tweet There’s no rest from “fests” here in State College! Fresh off of the celebration of the 4th is Arts Fest! Officially known as the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, thousands of alumni, families, and fans trek back to Happy Valley to meet up with the locals for summer fun. Of all the crafts, [...]

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Here’s to a Fabulous Fourth!

Tweet With 4th of July 2010 on Sunday, the nation is really celebrating with a full three- or four-day weekend of patriotic spirit! In our home of State College, PA, the (naturally) annual 4th Fest has occurred in some form since 1927, and is considered one of the largest all-volunteer Independence Day celebrations in the [...]

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