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11 Crazy Awesome Pool Floats for Kids and Babies on Amazon and Target

Long gone are the days of the boring rectangular pool float that popped almost as soon as you finally filled it with air. Today's kids can hit the pool with a fabulous float in almost any design they can imagine, from the Millennium Falcon to a giant slice of pizza to on-trend unicorn floats. The best part? Parents can order these pool toys all online at either Target.com or Amazon. Check out our list of 11 crazy awesome pool floats for babies, kids, and teens in summer 2019.

Find more ways to cool down this summer in our Beaches, Lakes, and Pools Guides.

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: FatherFest, Airplane Day, Flag Fest June 15-16

Philly families are sure to notice that this weekend's events calendar is filled with fun focused on Dad. After all, he helps Philly kids out in so many ways such as assisting with homework, teaching how to throw a curve ball, and driving the kiddos to extracurricular activities. Is he adventuresome? Musical? Outdoorsy? History Buff? Economical? No matter what kind of Dad you've got, we've got some fun in store for you.

Impress Dad with a helicopter ride at the American Helicopter Museum during FatherFest or watch the planes take off and land during Fort Mifflin's Airplane Day. Those who like music can listen to the sweet sounds of the Kimmel Center organ or rock out to a little Grateful Dead at Ardmore Music Hall. Dads who like nature can check out the piggies at Ross Mill Farm, participate in a nature scavenger hunt at Norristown Farm Park, or camp out at Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Be sure to visit Historic Philadelphia and take part in its Flag Fest festivities including Stars and Stripes Saturday. And, don't miss free fun such as Public Archaeology Day at Newlin Grist Mill and Father's Day Read-a-Thon at the Community Education Center. Plus, Dad gets in free at Diggerland and the Academy of Natural Sciences. See, Dad, we are saving you money!

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia wishes all of the Philly guys out there a great Father's Day weekend.

Build-A-Bear Has a New Pay-Your-Age Contest, without the Lines

Making a puffy, fuzzy DIY toy at Build-A-Bear is a great experience, especially for a birthday gift, but those bears are far from free. So it was no surprise last year that the company's big Pay-Your-Age Day (5 years old, get any toy for $5) resulted in lines not only out of the stores but out of the buildings—and lots of angry parents when lines were shut down. The good news? Build-A-Bear is doing the popular event again, but doing it differently this year.

Asheville with Kids: 40 Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC, is a popular destination for visitors, including families, with so many fun things to do like the Biltmore Estate, a thriving food and arts scene, a Vanderbilt mansion with extensive grounds, and its kid-friendly local breweries. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the plentiful hiking trails, waterfalls, and swimming holes. I frequently visit my sister’s family in Asheville and get to explore this charming Southern city with my young nephew, so I wanted to share the inside skinny on the best family-friendly attractions, restaurants, and what to do in Asheville with kids.

Find more family fun destinations in our Family Travel City Guides, and be sure to check our picks for North Carolina's best beaches for families.

How Can I Find Free Summer Meal Programs for Kids?

Many parents rely on the free breakfast and lunch available through the local school system to keep their kids' engines running—but what happens in the summer? Thankfully, there are still free meal programs available when school lets out.

Parents will find free breakfast, lunch, and sometimes afternoon snacks and more meals served up at certain parks, schools, community centers, hospitals, and elsewhere this summer. Many of the summer meal programs are federally funded through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program, but administered by local organizations, cities, or states. Read on for tips on how to find a free kids meal near you.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Creek Critters, Festivals June 8-9

As the school year winds down, Philly families gear up for summer mode. Likewise, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia notices the shift in seasons as movies under the stars, concerts in the park, and an increase in outdoor activities fill our events calendar.

Those who like water can head outdoors with boots to splosh about with creek critters at Lorimer Park or hike around Upper Schuylkill Valley Park in search of frogs. If you prefer being above the water than below, try steering a canoe in the Perkiomen Creek or take a boat ride along the Schuylkill River. Once you have had your fill of animals and water fun, turn your attention to the many festivals going on this week. Families can expect carnivals with amusement rides, events featuring beloved comic book characters, and festivals rich in tradition, culture, and delicious food.

So, how will you spend your weekend? Keep reading for additional ideas, then text your friends and make plans for a fabulous weekend.

Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark: Next-Level Family Fun in New York's Catskills

Billed as the biggest indoor water park in New York state, the Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark is finally open! 

Since we first learned about this exciting new indoor water park in the Catskills more than a year ago, our New York-area families have been anticipating its grand opening, which took place in April. 

Eager for a weekend getaway, I recently visited the family-friendly resort for an overnight stay with my 5-year-old daughter. Sitting on two beautiful acres, with 318,000 gallons of water running through it, and 80,000-square-feet of water attractions—plus lots of splashes and sprays—the Kartrite does not disappoint.

June GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

This spring may have brought lots of rain, but now we turn our warm sunny thoughts to summer where kids can stay outside and play all day. From strawberry picking, splash pads and splaygrounds, to free outdoor movies and concerts, Mommy Poppins is your go-to for what-to-do in the Philly area this month. 

Headed to the shore? We've got things to do with toddlers, best boardwalks, and best beaches. Looking for day trips to historical places or planning a big trip to celebrate summer vacation? We've got those, too. 

Get started on your June planning with 13 of our Top Picks below, and from everyone here at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia...Welcome, Summer!! 

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