Philadelphia

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Philly with Kids

There are so many wonderful ways to welcome spring in and around Philly, and Cinco de Mayo is one of the best. This list includes area events and specials, plus crafts, books, and even recipes that are creative, family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday while teaching kids about Mexican culture and tradition.  

Family-Friendly Escape Rooms Near Philadelphia

If you haven't heard of escape rooms, you've likely at least seen someone share a photo from one on social media holding signs that say things like, "I escaped!" It's a super fun rainy day, weekend, or even birthday party activity. Get locked in a room with a bunch of friends (and strangers) and find the clues to work your way out. What makes these rooms even more fun is the choice of themes- anything from classrooms to locker rooms, Harry Potter, and even the 1980s! We recommend you check websites for room themes, as these may be subject to change at any time. Not all escape rooms welcome kids, so we've rounded up some family-friendly escape rooms in the Philadelphia area. Don't forget to check out our post on family-friendly escape rooms in NJ.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Science, Arts, Nature April 24-28

Budding scientists, drama fans, and nature lovers can enjoy a variety of exciting activities found in this week's event calendar.

Engage young minds in scientific experimentation at local libraries throughout Philly. Taste test cookies in the Cookie Lab and Geek Out by participating in a science game show at Franklin Institute. Or, gaze into the nighttime skies at venues throughout the Delaware Valley to view constellations, planets, and other celestial bodies. Carve out some time in your week to take in a performance such as Charlotte's Web at The Playhouse in Wilmington or Cinderella's Glass Slipper at Collingswood Middle School across the river. Finish the week with nature excursions at Temple University's Earth Fest in Ambler or The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Tall Tree Playdate.

Make sure to consult our recommendations for spring activities throughout Philadelphia. Now, keep reading for our top picks for the week ahead.

Indulge Mom at these Philly Mother's Day Brunches

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.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Brick Fest Live, Earth Day, Science Festival April 22-23

Living in the Delaware Valley offers many perks for Philly families such as historic Philadelphia, interesting museums, and, who is kidding who, amazing food! However, every spring, children and grown ups alike can look forward to some special annual experiences that can be found in our event calendar.

Anyone who loves building with little plastic blocks (not stepping on them, ouch!) is sure to be in Lego heaven at the annual Brick Fest Live. Celebrate Earth Day by biking down Pennypack trail, learning about the environment through play at Lardner's Point Park, visiting an environmental exhibit at the National Constitution Center, or participating in Narberth Park's NarbEarth Day. But, wait, the annual Philadelphia Science Festival is in full swing too! Opportunities include events such as Science in the Park.in which kids can participate in S.T.E.M. activities. Or deepen the experience in fields of ecology, farming, or architecture at events throughout the city.

With a jam-packed weekend of fun, be sure to narrow down your search using the filters. Now, continue reading for our top picks.

The Light Princess at Arden Theatre: A Parent's Review

This month The Light Princess made its stage debut at the Arden Theatre. The musical is adapted from the story written in 1864 by George MacDonald, which itself was loosely based off of Sleeping Beauty. Or perhaps inspired is the correct word as the stories are very much different except that they both involve the life-altering ramifications of a wicked witch's curse. Instead of cursed to sleep, the princess in this story is cursed without gravity—both of the physical and emotional sense. Creative costuming and stage play bring this whimsical story to life, with an original selection of songs and a clever look at what it means to grow up and gain empathy.

Museum of the American Revolution: Philadelphia's Newest Tourist Stop

Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, is now home to the first ever museum dedicated solely to the events and circumstances of the American Revolutionary War. This brings Philadelphia's museum and historic house count to well over 100! Set in Old City, the Museum of the American Revolution opens April 19, on the 242nd anniversary of the shot heard round the world which launched our country on its path to freedom. The setting couldn't be more perfect, sitting right in the heart of America's most historic square mile, with easy access to other remnants of our founding days. This is a true history lovers paradise, and the Museum of the American Revolution fits right in, offering a fresh and in-depth take on a war that literally made it possible for us to be here, as we are, today. We were very excited to get an early peek inside.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: American Revolution, Outdoor Adventures, Pete the Cat April 17-21

When Philly families consider the wide variety of opportunities for fun in and around the City of Brotherly Love, they can always count on our event calendar to deliver an exciting, educational, and entertaining line up.

Explore the brand new Museum of the American Revolution in Philly as it opens its doors for the first time this week. Use imagination and creativity during Abington Library's Scribble Bots experience. Recognize Earth Day by learning about the environment at Norristown Farm Park or Delaware Museum of Natural History. Get outside to discover daffodils, wood frogs.and other amphibians. Or, perhaps you are a fan of a zany feline named Pete? Check out TheatreWorks USA as they take the stage at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center to present Pete the Cat.

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!

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