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Pittsburgh Movers Know Fall Fun For Kids

Moving is stressful for the whole family. Our Pittsburgh movers travel around Pennsylvania, moving families and seeing how hard it can be on kids. They recognize the importance of helping kids adapt to their new surroundings. Thankfully, fall is the perfect time for you to take the kids out.Little Pittsburgh mover in a wagon moving a pumpkin

Kids can’t wait for the excitement that comes from apple picking, pumpkin carving, and candy eating. They know that soon goblins, princesses, and witches will scour the streets asking “Trick or Treat.” Add their excitement with the nice fall weather, and you have new explorers prepared for the adventure of exploring a new home.

Our Pittsburgh movers thought you’d might like their suggestions for more fun fall outings with your family. Here are a few places our local movers recommend you visit for your family fall adventure.

McDonald, PA.

Most of the year, it’s a farm and greenhouse. But when autumn leaves begin to turn, Bedner’s hosts a festival of fun every weekend through October.  Just a half-hour’s drive southwest of Pittsburgh, it’s ideal for kids two and older. Face painting, magic shows, a corn maze, hayrides— and more “pumpkin patch” activities than you can shake a corn shock at—make this a perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Wexford, PA.

Come hungry to Soergel Orchards, because you’ll want to sample many tasty treats. Just 15 miles north of Pittsburgh, this is one of the area’s most popular weekend destinations during the fall. Enjoy smoked wings, pulled pork, and roasted sweet corn. And it just wouldn’t be fall without a hot corn dog, would it? Of course, there’s more to life than munching. You’ll find horse drawn carriage rides, a bounce house, and spin art to occupy the kids, and much more.

Portersville, PA.

About 40 miles north of Pittsburgh, Cheeseman Farm offers a “Pumpkin Festival” on weekends, with hayrides, a farm animals petting zoo, and a hay maze. If your clan enjoys the scary side of fall fun, hop on a haunted hayride to the Fright Farm. Boo! (Maybe not for your littlest youngsters).

Gibsonia, PA.

Have you ever gone “pumpkin bowling”? Here’s your chance. About twenty miles north of Pittsburgh,  Harvest Valley Farm hosts a fall festival every weekend in October.  You can hop on a hayride,  take a knife to a pumpkin, and tap your foot to live music as you sip a cup of cider.

McMurray, PA.

About 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, Simmons Farm lets you not only pick your own pumpkin, but pick your own apples. The kids will enjoy pony rides and rubber duck races, and corn mazes. They also offer an “apple sling shot” in case you don’t want to eat all the apples you picked.

These are only a few of the many fall activities for kids you’ll find around Pittsburgh. For more, check out Bits of the Burgh or call our Pittsburgh movers. And have fun!

Discover Pittsburgh With Long Distance Movers

You just got a new job and had to worry about moving out of state. Then, you sorted through the long distance moving companies and found some cross country movers you could trust. Now you just have to worry about your family. What are you going to do once you get to Pittsburgh? How are you going to acquaint your kids with their new hometown? Trust the long distance movers of Weleski Transfer to help!

The Weleski family has been helping families adjust to their new homes for four generations. Over the years, we’ve worked with many families moving long-distance to the Pittsburgh area. Below are the top attractions that our team enjoys sharing with new members of the community:    Tigers that the long distance movers love visiting at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Wild Animals. Your brood is likely to simply go ape at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. It’s big—sprawling over 77 acres—and features about 4000 species of animals in their natural habitats. In September 2016, for the second time, Parents Magazine ranked this the fourth best zoo for kids in the country.  Hours vary by season, so check out the website to plan a visit to this awesome attraction.

Interactive Museums.  People love Pittsburgh, but kids especially love Pittsburgh for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. It’s an interactive wonderland and imagination igniter for kids of all ages—including you, Dad!  It’s located on the north side of the city in the Allegheny Center neighborhood, and it’s open every day from 10 am to 5 pm.

Amazing Views. The Duquesne Incline is an engineering marvel that takes you up the side of Mt. Washington. When you reach the observation deck, you’ll see a fabulous panorama of the city and its three rivers. Is it the most beautiful view in America? You decide. The ride operates from early morning to after midnight every day.  You’ll find it on the southern bank near the three-river confluence.

Water Adventures. With three rivers, Pittsburgh is famous for river fun. Which includes enchanting river boat cruises. The view of the city from the river is unforgettable. Choose from several kid-themed packages—the pirate voyage dinner cruise is a favorite. Embark on your family river adventure at Historic Station Square, on the southern shore of the Monongahela River.

Pittsburgh Tours. Just Ducky Tours gives you an exciting excursion over land and water. You’ll enjoy a fully narrated tour through the city in a WWII amphibious vehicle.  Your adventure starts at Station Square with departures every 90 minutes from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm, April through November.

This is by no means a complete list of things to do in Pittsburgh. If you’d like more suggestions, call our long distance movers. Start budgeting for your post-move adventure today by getting a free online quote!

Moving Tips for Going Back to College

School’s about to start. Time to get moving!

It’s time to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer and get going back to campus. The new semester is about to start, and you want to be ready on day one to rock your way to the top of the dean’s list. But first, you’ve got to pack up and move into your dorm or apartment.

If you are returning to school and you followed our tips for moving out, moving in should be just as easy. Most of your things are neatly packed, waiting for you to pick from storage and take to your new place. If you’re a freshman, chances are you are packing up your bedroom at home. This may even be your first move ever. No sweat! You can make it easy with a little planning.Girl going back to college

College housing is typically compact. (Think “squeezed.”) If you’re used to close quarters at home, you may already be a master at organization. If not, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your space.

Be ready for weather changes.  You won’t need those woolen socks and down jacket until the cold winds start to blow. Pack your winter threads separately and it will be easier to manage your wardrobe. Plus, you’ll know where those sweaters are when you start needing them!

Hang, stack, and hide. Organizer accessories can help you “create” more usable space. Here are a few places you can stretch your space in:

  • Closet organizers. Create space out of thin air with a stack of drawers for clothes or a sheet of clear plastic storage pockets for shoes and purses. These are lightweight and easy to install—just hang them on the rod and they’re good to go.
  • Milk Crates. Grandpa used these plastic cubes back in the day for his vinyl LPs. They’re still useful today for transporting books, CDs, kitchen items. They’re sturdy, stackable, and versatile in a variety of colors.
  • Plastic Bins. You can find a variety of sizes, and configurations for plastic storage containers. They’re an inexpensive way to get added utility from odd spaces at the foot of your bed or even under it. Locking casters (wheels) add versatility.
  • Plastic Hooks. A great way to get added space on walls or on the inside ends of cabinets. Just peel and stick. Hang your keys, jacket, dust pan, flyswatter, or other items. When it’s time to vacate, they peel off easily and leave no trace. (Building managers love them.)

Get Squared Away.  With everyone else moving in, things can get a little crazy—competing for time in the elevator and navigating crowded hallways. It’s okay to take a breather once you get everything into your room. But you’ll feel better if you unpack and finish the job before lights out.

Want more moving tips? Call us! We’ll help with the move so you might make it to that 8am class on time!

Childproofing Your Move

You’ve heard that moving is stressful (if you’ve ever moved, you know this is true) and it only gets more stressful if you have to deal with little ones when they become tired, bored, or cranky. When the movers arrive and start to work, even children who are normally “good as gold” can become a handful. A little forethought and preparation can help you childproof your move—and keep you from having to play zookeeper on moving day.

Mom and Child Packing

1. Go “Off Site.” Packing and loading may take up to a day or more, depending on the size of your move. If the kids are in school or in daycare, problem solved. If they are not, maybe you have a parent or a sibling who can watch them or even come to your home and keep them entertained while you attend to business.

2. Safe at Home. Professional movers are keenly aware of safety. Still, a potential for mishap exists whenever and wherever work is being done. If your children are present during packing or unpacking, be mindful of scissors or box cutters. Keep chemicals and cleaning solutions you may be using out of reach. And keep the kids safely back from crew members carrying heavy or bulky items.

3. Establish “Kid Central.” Consider dedicating one room, perhaps a rec room or bedroom, as “Kid Central,” and provide some entertainment options. Games, a few favorite toys, and coloring books. Kids love to color, and our company even provides crayons and Atlas coloring books with pictures about moving. Or, let them “help” the movers by beautifying the outside of some boxes with artistic masterpieces.

4. Plan for Snacks and Naps. You’ll want to be prepared to take care of grumbling tummies. Keep a variety of healthful snacks and refreshments on hand—fresh fruit, crackers, milk, and juice. Keep some with you during the trip to the new home. And remember, a good nap can go a long way toward putting a cranky kid in a more agreeable mood.

5. Keep Things Positive. Kids are extremely intuitive and subject to stress themselves. They take their cues from you. Keep their spirits high with mentions of things they can look forward to at their new home. Maybe there’s an awesome playground right down the street, or the new backyard has a perfect spot for making a fort. Maintain a positive attitude around them and they will have a positive attitude, too!

When you’re ready to start planning your childproof move, contact us at 1-888-224-3330 or get a free moving quote today!

For even more tips, check out our “Tips for Moving with Kids” video, and “Tips for Moving with Children” blog post.

Tips for Moving with Children

Family Moving In - Moving Tips for Moving with KidsWhat happens when moving with kids? The answers are as different as kids themselves. Some may be ready to wave goodbye to the old place with both hands. Others may be on a hair trigger for mutiny at the very mention of moving.

Keep in mind that kids are people, too. Respect their feelings, but be sincere. With that in mind, here are a few ideas that may help you get the right psychology going for your brood.

Younger kids are generally easier to enthuse about moving, especially if they are not yet acculturated to the world outside the home. Something as simple as a coloring book about moving day can help them look forward to the adventure. You might even draw a picture and talk about how strong men with a big moving truck are going to take your furniture to your new home. Little ones tend to take emotional cues from mom and dad. If you’re genuinely excited, chances are they will be, too.

Older kids, those in middle school or high school, can be a tougher sell. Some may even feel a little resentful, especially if they will have to leave a boyfriend or girlfriend behind. Or if they are looking forward to a special event, such as a school bash.

Total agreement may be elusive, but seek it anyway. Try to loop your kids into the decision-making where you can. Maybe they can be part of the house-hunting process. If not, a family visit to the new home can quell worries. Many properties nowadays can be viewed online, some even have video tours. Focus on the good and look for the positives. (Your new room is pretty cool. We have a lot less grass to cut now. The people next door have a daughter your age.)

Online tools like Google Earth can be a great way to create some excitement about the new neighborhood. Sit down together at the computer. Trace the route to your new home. Zoom in. What’s the neighborhood look like? Any swimming pools? Potential places for skateboarding? Parks or playgrounds? Trace the route to school. Where are the ball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts?

Explain to the kids that now is a good time to go through their things and weed out the old, outgrown, or broken stuff. Maybe they’d like to donate things to their school or a local charity. Or they could sell them and generate a little extra cash. Get the whole family involved in a moving sale with proceeds going into the kitty for next year’s vacation.

Saying goodbye to friends can be the hardest part about moving. Maybe you could throw a little get-together for everyone. A going away party, maybe, with good friends as guests of honor. Give them maps with your contact information. Or maybe a special “let’s-stay-in-touch” memento. Talk about the good times you’ve all had and remind everyone the best is yet to come. When you’re moving forward, life is always an adventure. No amount of distance or time can ever take away true friendships.