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Will online summer camp work? A virtual path worth a try during coronavirus pandemic

For millions of kids and teens in America each year, summer camp is a cherished part of childhood. It’s often a young person’s first foray with freedom. Or maybe it’s a chance to run wild in the great outdoors, playing all day and splurging on s’mores around the campfire all night.

Whatever the case, it’s a moment in the short window of being a kid, when everyone involved can make lifelong friends and lasting memories – and parents can get a little break, too. 

But this year? 

“It’s another thing that COVID-19 has taken away,” parenting expert Jennifer Kelman says.

Kelman, a licensed clinical social worker and mom of 10-year-old twins, says she gets this question dozens of times every day, while she and many other families try to figure out what to do with summer camp plans. “With shelter-in-place orders, this pandemic has taken the connection away for children

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Six Flags Great Adventure Set To Reopen, With Changes, Limits

JACKSON, NJ — Six Flags Great Adventure will be reopening beginning July 3, now that Gov. Phil Murphy has allowed the state’s amusement parks to reopen, Six Flags officials announced Wednesday.

Murphy on Tuesday announced that amusement parks and water parks, along with playgrounds, could reopen as of July 2, with provisions that include a limit of 50 percent of capacity in attendance and other requirements.

The reopening of Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor will be gradual, with reduced attendance levels that are increased slowly, and extensive new safety measures.

“We have developed a comprehensive reopening safety plan that includes protocols designed by theme park and water park industry experts, along with best practices from top destination parks from around the world, which will allow guests to experience our parks in the safest way possible,” said Mike Spanos, president and CEO of Six Flags. “This ‘new normal’ will be different

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All the best 4th of July sales you can still shop right now

From apparel to Gravity blankets, the 4th of July is the perfect time to snag goodies at a discount.
From apparel to Gravity blankets, the 4th of July is the perfect time to snag goodies at a discount.

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The Fourth of July may have come and gone, but you can still score some huge savings on clothing, appliances, mattresses, electronics and more, thanks to plenty of extended and particularly patriotic sales from all your favorite retailers.

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With discounts on fridges and washing machines at Best Buy and deals on patio furniture, grills and décor at Home Depot and Wayfair, plenty of stores are still feeling the red, white and blue spirit. Ahead, find our roundup of all the best Fourth of July sales you can still shop this week to finally

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27 Best Online Furniture Stores to Bookmark Now

Wondering where to buy furniture online? There are tons of online furniture stores that make getting the perfect new ottoman or couch a breeze. On their sites, you’ll find gorgeous furniture and home decor in a wide variety of styles, plus fast (and often free!) shipping. Some of these retailers you’d expect to see (Target, IKEA, Crate & Barrel, etc.), but others (like Home Depot and Etsy) might come as a surprise. Discover the 27 best online furniture stores now!

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You already know Amazon has everything under the sun, but did you know that includes competitively priced furniture that looks way more expensive than it really is, complete with free delivery? The myriad filtering options help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether that’s a down comforter, a small-space humidifier, or a housewarming gift. Amazon is also the

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15 details that fans might have missed in the 1993 movie ‘Jurassic Park’

Several of Dennis Nedry's outfits parallel costumes from "The Goonies."
Several of Dennis Nedry’s outfits parallel costumes from “The Goonies.”

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  • Warning: There are spoilers ahead for 1993’s “Jurassic Park.”

  • Insider looked back at Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adventure classic, “Jurassic Park,” to round up all the hidden details and Easter eggs that fans may have missed.

  • Dennis Nedry’s outfits appear to have a connection to “The Goonies.”

  • The velociraptor kitchen scene has multiple references to “The Shining.”

  • The end credits contain a reference to Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi film, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Director Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic “Jurassic Park” was a smash hit when it came to theaters in 1993. It became the highest-grossing film ever at the time and spawned several sequels.

After multiple viewings, Insider rounded up some of the most significant details, Easter eggs, and Spielberg callbacks you may only catch if you’re playing close attention.

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20 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged

Obviously, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, summer plans are on hold until further notice. And for families who rely on camp during the warmer months, this can be problematic. Although traditional summer camps might be out of the question this year, there are plenty of virtual options that will keep kids of all ages entertained. Whether they’re looking to keep their academics sharp (hey, no one likes that pesky summer slide, right?) or just want some good, old-fashioned fun, these online summer camps will deliver.

Related: How and When Will Schools Reopen? Experts Outline the Possible Scenarios

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Camp PBS Kids

Children between the ages of 2 and 8 can get access to a slew of educational activities all summer long using PBS Kids’ website. Parents can also opt to get a daily newsletter that’s chock-full of fun activities based on age and

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Crowds flock to Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, ready to have some fun, masks in place

JACKSON, N.J. – It almost felt like a normal, blazing hot July day when the gates opened at Six Flags Great Adventure on Friday morning.

Almost.

This summer, of course, nothing is quite normal during the coronavirus pandemic. That much was clear as the first guests of the season, donning protective face masks, queued up to have their body temperatures checked before entering the sprawling theme park at 10:30 a.m. 

Friday marked the theme park’s first day in operation in months, according to the Asbury Park Press, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network. Opening day was reserved for members and season pass holders. The park opened to the general public Saturday.

The gates opened to a light morning crowd 30 minutes ahead of schedule. By lunchtime, the line of vehicles waiting to reach the parking area stretched outside the theme park and down Route 537 to the

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22 Side Gigs That Can Make You Richer Than a Full-Time Job

Earning extra money on the side can be easy when you know what types of opportunities to look for. Whether you want to pay off student loan debt, start saving for a big-ticket purchase or build up a fund for the future, finding one of the best side jobs out there is a great way to reach your goal.

Some side jobs pay so well that you might even consider giving up your full-time job to have more time to dedicate to these gigs. If you do these gigs regularly, you can earn a good living while still creating your own schedule and breaking out of the 9-to-5 grind.

Last updated: Feb. 1, 2020

Lawn Care Professional

Sign up as a vendor with GreenPal, a lawn care service and app that CEO Bryan Clayton describes as “Uber for lawn care,” and make money mowing lawns.“Many of our lawn care vendors

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2 people were caught on camera vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural in California, calling it ‘a leftist lie’

The police in Martinez, California, are on the lookout for a woman and a man who vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural on Saturday.
The police in Martinez, California, are on the lookout for a woman and a man who vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural on Saturday.

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  • A man and a woman were filmed Saturday vandalizing a freshly painted Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez, California.

  • The pair said they were “sick of this narrative” of racism and police brutality, adding, “It’s a leftist lie.”

  • Justin Gomez, who spearheaded the effort to create the mural, said he decided to do so after flyers promoting white supremacy were spotted in the Bay Area city.

  • “I wasn’t surprised that it was vandalized, but I was surprised by how brazen they were,” he said.

  • The police are investigating the case, with Chief Manjit Sappal saying “the damage to the mural was divisive and hurtful.”

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The police in Northern California are looking for a man and a

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Woodstock Cancels Concerts Amid Coronavirus Concerns

WOODSTOCK, GA — The City of Woodstock has announced that two upcoming events in the Woodstock Summer Concert Series must be postponed until the 2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. City council and parks and recreation staff feel the cancellations are warranted due to the difficulty in ensuring adequate social distancing at the Northside Hospital Cherokee Amphitheater.

The Ultimate Queen Celebration starring Marc Martel on July 31 and the Steep Canyon Rangers concert on Aug. 8 will both be postponed until the 2021 season. The Woodstock Summer Concert Series is a free event and no tickets are required to enter the amphitheater, which is part of a public park, The Park at City Center, in downtown Woodstock.

“We looked at making these concerts ticketed events in order to limit attendance in response to the pandemic which would require barricading the park and the amphitheater and increasing staff at entrances,”

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