Warm weather is finally here! The sun is shining, the scent of sun block is in the air and grills are fired up wherever you go. Summer has officially begun and we can't be more excited about it. There are so many fun things for Philly families to do this month, it's hard to choose just a few. It's the peak of festival season, strawberries are ripe for the picking, Father's Day is just around the corner and outdoor concerts and movies are in full swing. Go on a hike or even pack a picnic; there's a huge variety of fun summery events this month.
Here are some of our top picks for the best things to do in the area this month (besides packing up and heading to the shore).
Philadelphia International Children’s Festival- Philadelphia
June 2-4, 2016
Hosted by Annenberg Center Live, the Philadelphia International Children's Festival is jam-packed with live performances and activities for kids. The festival includes stories and songs, theater and circus shows, as well as an outdoor fun zone with face painting and crafts.
Photo courtesy of Brandywine Strawberry Festival via Facebook
Brandywine Strawberry Festival- Coatesville
June 2-5, 2016
There's so much more than strawberries at the Brandywine Strawberry Festival. It has everything from rides, moonbounces, inflatables and fireworks. Kids 7 and under can enjoy Strawberry Land and kids 5 and under can enter the "Strawberriest Kid Contest."
Fete Day Celebration- Philadelphia
June 4, 2016
Take a look inside the historic homes on the nation's oldest residential street. Crafts, music and colonial games will also be available for entertainment.
Super Sunday- West Chester
June 5, 2016
Food, crafts, clowns and a visit from Dora and Clifford! This street festival in downtown West Chester is especially fun for smaller tots. It also features jugglers, a magician, rides and games.
Old Fashioned Picnic- Philadelphia
June 11, 2016
Enjoy a really unique Victorian Era picnic at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion. Play croquet, take Victorian-style photos and enjoy hot dogs, root beer and ice cream sundaes. Face painting, scavenger hunts, games and a magic show will also be offered. Admission is free and activities are pay as you go.
June 17, 2016
Smith Memorial Playground hosts this rain or shine outdoor kids' concert. Gates open at 5 PM. Bring a blanket and a picnic, or enjoy dinner from one of the many food trucks. The concert starts at 6 and features Lucy Kalantari singing family-friendly folk, jazz and rock music, as well as Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, a kindie rock band.
Day Out with Thomas- Ronks
June 18-26, 2016
This event is perfect for the train-loving kids in your family. Head out to the Strasburg Railroad for a 20-minute ride on Thomas the Tank Engine himself, and a chance to meet his friend Percy. Other Thomas themed activities will also be available.
Enchanted Summer Day- Winterthur, DE
June 18, 2016
Celebrate summer in the children's garden at Winterthur. Musicians, a storyteller and a magician will be providing entertainment for the little ones, and there will be plenty of crafts and activities as well as games. Ice cream will be available for purchase from Woodside Farm Creamery.
Father’s Day Fishing Derby- New Britain
June 19, 2016
A great way to celebrate Father's Day with the dad or grandpa who loves to fish. Children can participate with dads in this rain or shine catch and release event. Giveaways, prizes and awards will be given. Bring a bucket, poles, bait, nets and barb-less hooks. This event takes place 7:30 AM - 11:45 AM and is $7 per child or $13 for a family of 2 or more.
Antique Firetruck Show- North Wales
June 19, 2016
Another fun dad's day activity! Kids, dads and moms will all love checking out a variety of antique fire trucks. Families can also take a tour to see how the water-powered grist mill works.
Photo courtesy of Chester County Balloon Festival via Facebook.
Chester County Balloon Festival- Toughkenamon
June 24-26, 2016
See a hot air balloon in person, and even take a ride on one! Over 20 hot air balloons will be taking flight per day. There's also a wine and beer garden for mom and dad. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and free for kids under 6. Hot air balloon rides can be purchased online in advance or in person with cash. Credit cards are not accepted at the event.
New Castle County Ice Cream Fest- Wilmington, DE
June 25-26, 2016
This festival is all about that frozen dairy treat we all love: ice cream! Featuring vendors, live music, food, crafters and local creameries, ice cream lovers will go crazy for this event. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Bring cash with you as the admission gate is cash only as are some of the vendors. Even your family pet can come enjoy this event; leashed dogs are welcome.
Photo courtesy of Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Great American Backyard Campout- Philadelphia
June 25, 2016
Go camping with the family at Schuylkill Center. In conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation, The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is hosting the 12th Annual Great American Backyard Campout. Go hiking, sit around a campfire, go canoeing and meet animals from the Wildlife Clinic. Picnic dinner and breakfast are included and tent rentals are available. The price is a little steep, but the experience is worth it. Non-members are $40 per person, members are $32 per person and families of 5 or more can receive a discount.
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