This spring and summer, there's so much to do to get outside: festivals, parks, spray grounds, amusement parks, and more. But your little animal lover might be craving some one-on-one time with some cute and cuddlies, and there's no better time to visit the local petting zoo or animal farm than summer. Luckily, there's a handful of great places in the area for just that.
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at the People's Light in Malvern is a life-affirming, rollicking adventure that both kids and parents will love. Dancing, live music, shadow puppetry, and a much-loved toy rabbit invite kids’ interest, while the superb acting and heart-touching life lessons make the story one the whole family won’t soon forget.
Brunch is the classic way to celebrate moms on Mother's Day. The city has so many Mother's Day brunches to choose from, and they often fill up so fast, it can be overwhelming to find a place that will be fun for both mom and kids. There are plenty of spring activities to do with the family, but brunch at one of these great places will leave mom happy, but still be plenty of fun for the little ones. However you decide to spend Mom's special day, purchase tickets or make reservations in advance, because many of these events sell out well before Mother's Day weekend rolls around.
If you're looking for something to do after brunch, check out our event calendar for more great ways to celebrate mom.
For working parents of preschoolers, finding a summer camp can be particularly difficult because most places only accept campers who are age 4 or above. Whether you have to work over the summer, or you just want to send your toddler for some fun, we've got lots of great summer camps for you. Here's a list of places that have special camps for children ages 3 and sometimes under. Have older kids, too? Check out our Summer Camp Guide and posts about camps for art, STEM, and sports, too.
LEGOland Discovery Center at Plymouth Meeting has been building up to be the destination for every nearby LEGO-loving kid. From 9-foot tall replicas of city landmarks, to a 4D cinema, Ninjago training camp, and more, brick lovers from all over are excited about this brand-new attraction. My almost 5-year-old daughters have asked to go back multiple times a day, every day since we visited.
Summer can be a unique opportunity to indulge a new interest, fine tune one's skills, or continue one's academic pursuits, sometimes even for college credit. With so many camps from which to choose, a little research, such as our posts on writing camps, tech camps, sports camps, and arts camps, can help. This list includes unique camps almost exclusively for teens and tweens. For more summer camp ideas for kids of all ages, check out our comprehensive camp guide.
With summer just a few short months away, it's time to figure out where the kids will go to camp. Depending on their interests, there's STEM camps, theater camps, arts camps, and sports camps. Read on for a list of the favorite sports camps in and around the Philadelphia area, and check out our summer camp guide for more inspiration.
For kids who love animals and have birthdays, and let’s be honest, that’s just about every kid, there are two ways to have special guests of the four-legged variety: at home or somewhere else. Traveling petting zoos will bring the animals with them, but if having a small menagerie at home isn’t appealing, consider hosting a birthday at a zoo or farm. There are many great options for outdoor, indoor, and at home birthday parties in the Philadelphia area for every type of animal-loving kid.