Beadazzled is located on North Charles Street, near the Walters Art Gallery. On entering the store, you are greated by a beautiful array of beads, findings, and decor items. Some beads are sold by the strand, others by the piece. So you can get just the number of accent beads you need.
Typical bead shop prices. Friendly staff. All of the latest bead styles, including Swarovski, hand-made glass beads, and handmade stone beads. And feel free to ask questions about assembly!
Our train-obsessed toddler loves this place!
The Cagney Train (a small steam-powered ride-on) Cranky Cars, and a big real full-sized steam engine "train ride to Paradise" (PA). 4 shops with trains toys, parts and books. A small diner, a fudge shop.
When Thomas The Tank Engine comes to visit twice a year, the town is packed with 60,000 people. There is no room to see Thomas, see the cranky cars, see the cagney, etc. Just jam-packed chaps!
So come on a non-Thomas day, even if your toddler is Thomas-obsessed. Real trains are fun!
If you do n gauge modeling, HO, O or bigger, this is a great place to visit. Lots of cars, tracks, parts, buildings, etc. And twi huge layouts. Jam packed with TRAINS. Very friendly staff.
Sorry, no BRIO or Thomas the Tank Engine!
My 2.5 year old lego-nut loved it. For this age, start with the kids train and play equipment in the kids area. We were there 2 days. My dear son spent 1-2 hours each day in the water-table area. Filling a plasic bottle, the pouring it in another table. THere was a shady, comfortable bench for me.
When he got tired and cranky, he napped (while being rocked) in the baby nursing room one day. The next day, we took the fairy tale water ride, and he became calm. Because ther was no line, we went around three times. He had fun!
For ages 3+, be sure to check out the build your own race car area. You sign in to get wheels, and there are lots of lego parts available to make your own. I could play for hours!
PROS: Lego educational fun for toddlers!
CONS: Food is very expensive :-(
I think this is run by Penn State students. A really nice place. Attractive historic building. Several dining and meeting rooms. The perfect place for an event or a wedding. On the PSU campus.... so you can walk to everything.
I used to get my fuel oil from them. ANd they also did an oil-to-gas changeover for me. New furnace, new hot water heater, newly installed gas lline. It all want very smoothly and at a resonable price. It is very comforting to have a new furnace, not a 40 year old beast! Thank you!
Very close to Penn State! Walking distance to campus and to the town. Friendly staff, reasonable prices. Rooms are always clean. Free local phone calls, free parking, and a nice Italian restaurant on site.
Be prepared for lots of traffic on game weekends. (and be sure to make reservations well in advance for football!) Walking distance to additional restaurants.
Miss Penn State?well why not take another class. Lots of choices here. Both on line and in person. World-class facilty. Helpfull staff. Fairly reasonable pricing.
And be sure to ask your employer about tuition reimbursement!
OK, so I have never swum here. But I did kayak in it :-)
2 or three huge pools. A deep diving pool with obervation window. Used for SCUBA classes. and a walkway overhead, where dozens of treadmills are used by industrious students.
The biggest pool complex I have ever seen!
PSU is the #1 provider of degrees in the US. If you are in-state, consider it strongly. Lots of regoinal campuses. And the big Penn State campus.
If you are worried about state school vs. Ivy League, be aware you can always do the Ivys for grad school. (on assistantship) PSU has good education at a lower cost!
And hundreds of thousands of satisfied alums!
PROS: Great ice cream at the creamery!
CONS: Too many keg parties!