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May GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

The flowers are blooming and cold days are behind us! It's May. Full of bright spring colors and the promise of summer. I don't know about you, but I'm just thrilled that playground weather seems to be here to stay. Both Sesame Place and Dutch Wonderland officially open for the season and festivals and fairs abound! Not to mention all the fun our event calendar has in store for this month. From carnivals to crafts, there's a little something for everyone this month.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Spring Blooms, Science, Performances April 28-29

Just take a look at our jam-packed events calendar and you'll find the end of April sure brings a lot of springtime excitement to the Delaware Valley.

Start off the weekend in nature. Wake up early to see how the fish are biting during Lorimer Park's Kids' Fishing Clinic & Derby. Learn about honeybees and their vital role in the world at New Leaf Eco Center's Open Hive Days. See spring flowers in all their glory at Longwood Gardens. Free outdoor fun includes an opportunity to discover how wild animals make their homes during Newlin Grist Mill's free Pop-Up Naturalist Series, hikes at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's free Schuylkill Saturdays, and the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival's free, all-day Science Carnival. This culminating event offers live demos, hands-on activities, entertainment, and games for the entire family.

After outside fun, find a seat at a local show. This weekend, Philly families can chose from The Sound of Music, Aladdin, Jr., Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, and Snow White at Arden Theater (don't miss our recent review about this unique two actor performance).

Keep reading for more top picks for the weekend. Enjoy!

Review: Gaming with the Franklin Institute's Newest Exhibit

For the avid gamer in your family or for the nostalgic parent who wants to show off their Asteroids skills, Franklin Institute’s latest exhibit GameMasters, one of the many things new to Philly in 2018, gives gaming savvy families a fun way to spend an hour or two in the city. I recently took my young children to check out the new exhibit and here’s what we found.

Cirque Du Soleil's Volta Is an Artful Adrenaline Rush

Cirque du Soleil's Volta show, which just landed in the greater NYC area, is a feast for the senses. From a stirring score to exhilarating acrobatics and heart-stopping thrills, the newest Cirque spectacle captivated audience members of all ages at the performance my 10-year-old son and I saw Sunday afternoon under the Big Top at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where it will run through May 6.

Volta also plays at the Nassau Colesium on Long Island, beginning May 17, and at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, starting in July.

Destination Playgrounds: Where Philly Families Can Play All Day

When it comes to playgrounds and play spaces, Philly families are pretty lucky— with more than 10,000 acres of park and playground space in the city, getting to a playground from most urban locations, isn't too much of a challenge. And often, a few times down the slide or across the monkey bars may be enough to fill an entire hour or two, and you can even go on a playground crawl, if you are up for moving from spot to spot. But sometimes you want to pick one space and make a day of it. So for that we’ve created a list of the top playgrounds in the Philadelphia area where you can easily play the whole day away.

Target's Car Seat Trade-in Returns: Get the Details

Is it time to toss or upgrade your child's car seat? Beginning on April 22, Target will recycle your goldfish-crusted and stained old one and help you to save on a new model through its popular car seat trade-in event. As if we needed another excuse to go to Target, right? 

Whether you're expecting a new baby, or simply sizing up, read on for all the details on this year's trade-in program.

30 Things To Do in Austin, TX with Kids

As a native Texan, I can quickly rattle off about 100 obscure things that make Austin an amazing place for a family getaway. But on a larger scale, Austin, Texas, is widely known for several major reasons. Hailed as the live music capital of the world, Austin is home to one of the nation's most notorious music festivals, SXSW (South by Southwest), as well as the Austin City Limits Festival, and many smaller permanent live music venues throughout the city. Austin is a college town, home to The University of Texas campus, the second largest university in the second largest state in the country. It's also the state's capital, which means it is rich with historical sites, museums, and iconic landmarks. 

The city's popularity is booming thanks in part to the wide variety of culturally enriching activities available, especially for families. "Keep Austin Weird" is the city's unofficial mantra, and boy do they ever keep it weird...in the best way. This list of must-do family activities in the capital of the Lone Star State includes quirky toy shops, breathtaking outdoor sites, unique museums, and even a collection of old "junk" in one man's backyard. And don't forget, we also have awesome ideas for the best things to do with kids in other parts of Texas, including San Antonio and Houston.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Earth Day, Brick Fest, Philadelphia Science Festival April 21-22

Philly parents may be wondering what to do this weekend now that Mother Nature has finally brought some seasonally appropriate weather to the Delaware Valley. With Earth Day happening, the easy answer is get outside! Kids can join in a fort building contest at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, clean up invasive plants at Green Lane Park, or throw mudballs filled with flower seeds from the Colebrookdale Railroad's Mudball Express. Other options include making eco-friendly crafts at The Handwork Studio, experiencing Earth Science STEM activities at the Delaware Children's Museum, and conducting experiments at the Academy of Natural Science.

In addition to Earth Day activities, there are some fun festivals happening this weekend. Food, music, and a health fair await at North Penn High School's International Spring Festival. LEGO fans can build to their hearts' content at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center's Brick Fest Live. The Philadelphia Science Festival boasts a Food Science event, Science in the Park programming, and Be a Scientist! activities throughout the region.

Still looking for other ideas on how to spend the weekend? Filter our events calendar by age, location, and tags to find the perfect activities for your crew. For now, read on for our top picks, and make sure to share this list with anyone who hasn't quite figured out their plans just yet for this nice spring weekend.

Don Your Dresses and Crowns for a Medieval Fantasy Ball at the Please Touch Museum

On Sunday, April 22, Please Touch Museum is hosting a magical celebration with its annual Storybook Ball- Medieval Fantasy. This enchanted event transports guests back to the time of knights and ladies, princes and princesses. Step into a storybook ball and meet your favorite medieval characters like Sleeping Beauty, Maid Marian, and even a real knight in shining armor!

Night at the Museum: Sleeping Over in the Nation's Best Known Museums

Taking a road trip just to go on a sleepover probably isn’t something you’d think to do, but that’s about to change with the Smithsonian’s Sleepover Series. This summer, kids can experience an overnight adventure at one of three Smithsonian museums, each with its own adventure. Just a two hour drive from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. means you and your elementary- and middle school-aged children could solve a mystery, explore outer space, or sleep beneath a 50-foot whale.

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