Tweens & Teens

10 Great Day Trips for Philly Families

When a day without a music lesson, soccer game, dance class, or scout meeting presents itself, Philly parents must be ready with ways to keep the kids entertained. Thankfully, the Delaware Valley offers an abundance of day trip options for Philly families. From amusement parks to educational museums to outdoor gardens, there is something for everyone. We have rounded up some of our very favorite day trip destinations. Read through our list to find some ideas for your next day trip, and don't forget to share this post with a friend who might need inspiration of their own.

Step Into Harry Potter, The Magic Castle, and Narnia at Storyteller's Cottage

Storyteller's Cottage is the place for the book loving, imagination-driven, creative and inspired child. A one-of-a-kind destination for kids, the owners have taken a turn-of-the-century home and turned it into a place where children can dig deeply into their love for all things books. Love Harry Potter? Come to a class in the Magical Castle Common-room. Adore knights and swords? There's a special classroom for you behind the hidden door in the wall. Love Narnia? Yes. There is a wardrobe! And while you are in town check out the other cool things to do as well.

Visiting Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet at the Yale University Art Gallery

Did you know you could visit Van Gogh, Picasso, and Monet in the Elm City? Yup. Right on the corner of York and Chapel streets, you’ll find a collection of more than 200,000 works of art in the oldest art gallery in the western hemisphere. And yes, we know what you're thinking. Should you really take your four year old to a gallery? The answer is yes, you should. In fact, Yale offers a number of family-friendly guides and programs inviting you and your four year old to take a closer look at art

9 Things to do in New Braunfels, TX with Kids Besides Schlitterbahn

Located just about three hours west of Houston, the historic town of New Braunfels is a hot spot for weekend getaways. This is especially true during the spring and summer months when Texan families flock to the iconic original Schlitterbahn Waterpark. While we absolutely love slipping and sliding down the signature tube chutes at Schlitterbahn, during our last few family trips to New Braunfels we have discovered many of the other family-friendly activities that this quaint town has to offer. No trip to the hill country is complete without swimming, hiking, or floating at the area's many lakes and rivers, but we found that these activities really go above and beyond what you'll find on a typical vacation itinerary. 

Whether you want to explore an underground cavern, peruse a museum, or catch a drive-in movie, New Braunfels has it all. From toddlers to teens and anyone in between, there is plenty to discover for everyone in your family the next time you visit the New Braunfels area. 

27 Reasons for Families To Visit Wilmington, Delaware

There is so much to see and do in Wilmington, Delaware. And with its proximity to Philadelphia, families can consider making a day trip or a weekend stay. A straight shot down I-95 (and even accessible by Amtrak), this family-friendly city is a delight for parents and kids alike. From sites along the Riverwalk to museums and outdoor adventures, Wilmington will have you coming back for more. Here is our roundup of the top 27 things to do as a family in Wilmington.

Still not sure where to take your next day trip? Check out our city guides for more ideas!

Summer Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals in the New Haven Area

Those "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are just about here, and some of the most memorable moments are spent at festivals where the air is filled with laughter, the aroma of cotton candy, and the twinkling lights of carnival games.

Summer always seems to go by way too fast, so be sure to fill yours with adventure and fun before the chilly days descend upon us once more. Many towns across the New Haven area will bring your weekends to life with live music, exciting entertainment, traditional cuisine, thrilling rides, and plenty of fried dough.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and Hartford County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

Roller Skating Rinks for Kids in NYC and the 'Burbs

All city dwellers seem to go crazy for ice skating season, but once the ice thaws and spring is upon us, where's a skater to go? It's time to introduce the kids to the old-school art of roller skating at one of these rinks within city limits and just beyond.

In addition to retro skating fun, many of these spots offer extras, including arcade games, bounce houses, and party packages. So lace up your skates and get moving at these rinks!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Crawfish, Houston Children's Festival, April 7-8

Crawfish festivals are officially taking over the Mommy Poppins calendar, and we could not be more excited for some tasty mudbug action this weekend. However, we also know that peeling crawfish isn't for everyone, so it's a good thing the museums around town are having their heyday, too. For anyone whose kids are in need of vaccinations or dental check-ups, we recommend heading over to Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center for free immunizations and dental screenings.

We're also excited to announce the opening of a brand new park at the San Jacinto Battleground. Juan Seguin Memorial Park is packed with plenty for the kids to do, making a trip out to the Battlegrounds even more fun for the family. 

As you plan out your week and weekend, make sure you look at our event calendar for daily inspiration and our April GoList for activities that span the entire month. We would also love to highlight any events we may have missed, and invite anyone and everyone hosting an upcoming event to submit your event to our calendar. Once we get your submission, we'll take it from there! By signing up for our weekly newsletter you can have all of our posts delivered right to your inbox. 

Now, roll up your sleeves, grab your calendar and pen, and start planning out this weekend's events!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Theater, Disney, Nature

Finish up spring break strong with an infusion of culture on Long Island stages. Watch the Moscow Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty or Plaza Theatrical Players take on Peter Pan in Bellmore. Matt the Music Man heads to Nassau Community College, and that wily Peter Rabbit is at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson. Minnie and Mickey are even traveling to Long Island for Disney Live's Doorway to Magic all weekend long.

Hop over to our April GoList to find more seasonal entertainment. Mark your calendars and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids. Pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities this month.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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