Springtime Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families

Spring is here and so is festival season. Philly families look forward to a springtime season filled with festivals, fairs, and carnivals. Whether you're in the city or the 'burbs, it is definitely worthwhile to put some of these events on your family's calendar. The variety is remarkable- from science to art, from nature to culture, from food to fitness, there is truly something for everyone. Bad weather can impact some of these outdoor events so be sure to check directly with the venue if the weather seems questionable. Now, browse through our list below and get ready for a great spring!

7 Fun Party Places for Car- and Train-Obsessed NYC Kids

Long before my kids laid eyes on Pixar movies, they were obsessed with cars. Big ones, little ones, toy ones—as long as they were fast and sleek, they'd want to play with them or, better yet, ride in them.

Growing up as public-transit-taking New Yorkers also means a healthy obsession with trains. So no matter the mode of transportation that piques your kid's interest, we've got a party recommendation for you. We've rounded up seven party places in or near NYC where kids can enjoy car- and train-centric activities, from driving go-karts, calling all aboard on a vintage train, and even slot-car racing. Best of all, there's no driver's license required.

5 Simple But Cool Slime Recipes to Make with Kids

As a child of the 80s, slime ranks pretty high in my archive of childhood memories. It was the stuff that made Ghostbusters awesome, and many of my childhood dreams involved running through an obstacle course getting covered with the stuff. Yet somehow the slime of the new millennium is even cooler. Even better that you can make it in the comfort of your own home with a few simple ingredients. Check out more cool boredom busters and crafts to do with kids.

Cruising Down the Houston Ship Channel

If there's one thing that I've come to appreciate as a native Houstonian, it's that there is no shortage of rich and varied cultural experiences waiting around every corner. One solid example of this is the Sam Houston Boat Tour, which takes passengers on a FREE 90-minute guided tour of the Houston Ship Channel. I took this tour several years ago with my husband and parents and was eager to take my transportation-obsessed son when the opportunity arose. 

Fun & Free Easter Weekend Events for LA Kids: All About Eggs, April 15-16

Look! Under that tree: it’s an Easter egg hunt! And there’s another, behind the bushes! Wait, I see dozens of them: they’re listed in our Easter egg hunt roundup! Grab your basket and collect them all (but make sure you leave enough for the other mommies).

See, here’s the deal: There is literally an egg hunt on every block, every corner, every square inch of Los Angeles this weekend. And every egg that you find?  You open it up and—surprise!—it tells you about another egg hunt. Some egg hunts are in gardens; some are in malls; some are on the farm; some come with breakfast. (Eggs and breakfast? Weird.)  

Actually, the trick this weekend is going to be not finding an egg hunt. There are a few other things out there: you might luck onto kid rockersbubblescomets, maniacal animalsslammin' poetryfree parks, and clean sands and...

EggsEggy egg eggsLots and lots of eggs.

Hop on over to our most egg-citing picks for this weekend…

Easter Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Bunny Brunches & Egg Hunts, April 15-16

Happy Easter and Passover from Mommy Poppins Houston! This weekend, hop right into an Easter egg huntbrunch with the Easter Bunny or maybe even sneak in a Crawfish Festival too! 

We recently added a new roundup of swim lessons and camps for this summer as well as free and cheap summer camps around Houston. Check out our camp guide where you will find tons of ideas for kids of all ages, including dance camps, overnight campsoutdoor camps, music and theater camps, science camps, art camps, and more. 

For more family fun ideas, our event calendar has things to do every day, and our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? For great posts like this delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Read on for more things to do this weekend. 

Easter Weekend for Philly Kids: Easter Promenade & The Great Egg Hunt April 15-16

By mid-April, Philly families notice birds building nests, hyacinth, daffodils, and cherry blossom showcasing their colorful beauty, as well as frogs singing their croaky tunes, and sprouts of ever-so-slightly greener grass bursting into view. And in turn, the pages of our event calendar are enlivened with springtime happenings.

Climb aboard for a train ride at Strasburg Railroad, The Colebrookdale Railroad, or New Hope & Ivyland Railroad for a trip with the Easter Bunny. Take a wagon ride at Highland Orchards. Search for Easter treats at local egg hunts in Franklin Square, Ridley Park, East Goshen Township or Awbury Arboretum. Dig to discover artifacts at Newlin Grist Mill's Public Archaeology Program. Or, participate in a Philadelphia tradition by watching the Easter Promenade as Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail welcome springtime to the Delaware Valley.

Perhaps, though, Philly kids may be more curious about what they might find in their baskets on Easter morning. Peeps? Chocolate bunny? Jelly beans? No matter how you find your basket filled, have a "Hippity, Hoppity, Happy Easter Day."


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