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Six Flags NJ: An Amusement Park with Big and Little Thrills

Braving the thrill rides at Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari in Jackson, NJ, is practically a rite of passage for kids who live in and around the Garden State. Perhaps for this reason, I wasn't 100-percent sure my young children (ages 2, 5, and 7) were old enough to fully enjoy it—but we decided to test the waters. And as I did my planning, I realized, "Holy cow! There's a ton of things to do at Six Flags!"

New Jersey's largest theme park, Six Flags is known for heart-dropping roller coasters like Nitro and Kingda Ka (the world's tallest coaster)—but there are also plenty of attractions geared toward the smaller set and those who enjoy tamer thrills. You can see zebras, giraffes, and other cool creatures on the Safari Off-Road Adventure; ride the Porky Pig Ferris Wheel in Bugs Bunny National Park; make a splash on the Saw Mill Log Flume; and much, much more. You also might want to set aside another day for Hurricane Harbor, Six Flags' massive water park.

Read on for details of our visit, along with tips for making your trip super-fun for kids of all ages. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Museums, Nature August 4-5

Hey Philly kids, are you ready to kick off August?  Yeah? Well, then bring on the festivals! Philly families can get into festival fun at the 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties or ACANA Festival at Penn's Landing, while the suburbs feature sweet, juicy peaches at Linvilla Orchards and the Harriton House, butterflies at The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association and farm animals and amusements at the Goshen Country Fair. If you're planning to be at the shore, celebrate summer in Cape May with beer, crabs, and family-friendly entertainment.

If your crew wants to check out a museum or two instead, there are many offering engaging and educational exhibits this weekend and even some with free admission! Art lovers can view the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art Splash exhibit (before you go, read our review). Outdoorsy types can explore Winterthur's Happy Campers Exhibit or Brandywine River Museum's First Sundays for Families event showcasing a nature theme. And, families with children on the autism spectrum can delight in Please Touch Museum's Play without Boundaries event allowing guests a sensory-friendly experience.

 For more ideas on how to spend the weekend, read for our top picks.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in August

It’s hard to believe that the last month of summer has arrived in the Delaware Valley. Now more than ever, Philly families must savor August because, before you know it, school will be back in session. There’s already Halloween candy lining grocery store shelves, for crying out loud! Thankfully, our event calendar is overflowing with activities that will help you savor summer and keep the kiddos entertained without breaking the bank.

Movie lovers can enjoy plenty of free films this month at venues both in the city and the suburbs. Those interested in nature can get outdoors to appreciate feathery friends, creepy crawlers, and blooming vegetation. Older kids can give boating a try at Bartram's Gardens or spend some time volunteering at Riverbend. Music fans can attend a variety of free concerts. The Mann hosts its Annual Young People's Concert while Alex & The Kaleidoscope performs at Lower Southamption Library, Ridley Library, and Media/Upper Providence Library. Throw in a bit of history with a visit to Historic Philadelphia's Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches or discover how Native Americans lived at Washington Crossing Historic Park. If you’re lucky enough to be down the shore, check out the free movies and lighthouse storytime events happening there.

For now, read on for some of our favorite free events and finish Summer 2018 off strong!

100 Awesome Kids Crafts for Creative At-Home Fun

Did you know that plastic milk jugs make awesome fairy houses, or that sugar cubes are a fun substitute for Lego bricks? Sometimes we all need a little push to get the creative juices flowing. Here is a mega list of 100 art projects that you can do with your kids in the comfort of your own home. From paper crafts to slime, from STEM activities to boredom busters, this list has something for everyone.

24 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this August

All summer, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has kept Philly families informed about the festivals, fairs, and carnivals throughout the Delaware Valley that should not to be missed. Now that August—and the soon-to-be unofficial end of summer—is upon us, there is no reason to think we'd leave you hanging. This month offers plenty of family-friendly fun. Some events feature sweet peaches, delicious crabs, and refreshing ice cream while others showcase rich culture filled with music and tradition. Still others offer a traditional carnival or country fair atmosphere. No matter which kind of fun your family selects, these events provide a wonderful opportunity to make fantastic family memories.

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

It’s nearly impossible to believe that summer starts to wind down this month, but not before families soak up the last bit of summer fun. And for this, August does not disappoint. We’ve rounded up 13 happenings around the Philly area that we think you and your kids will love.

Besides what’s on our list, don’t forget to catch a free outdoor movie or music concert before the season ends, cool off at an area splash pad, and find a place to unwind with a brew while the kids happily play close by or grab an ice cream cone. And as always, dive into our full events calendar for more  ideas for August fun.

Let Imaginations Take Flight at the American Helicopter Museum

From little two seaters to giant military helicopters, the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester (about 40 minutes east of Philadelphia), gives kids hands-on experience with rotary-winged aviation. Moms, dads, and grandparents alike will enjoy giving their little ones an hour or two of fun learning in a location that’s easy to get to, offers free parking, and isn’t a sensory overload. This museum is a regular on my list of things to do on hot summer days, rainy winter afternoons, whenever the grandparents come for a visit, or really anytime we want to get out of the house and look at fun “things that go.”

After having been to the American Helicopter Museum many times with my three children, here are my thoughts and some tips on making the most of your visit.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids:History, Science Exploration, Music Festival July 28-29

School has been out for weeks so it's easy for Philly kids to get out of their traditional learning routine. But what can you expect? After all, everyone needs a vacation! But, just because it's summertime doesn't mean there aren't plenty of amazing opportunities to discover new things. During this last weekend in July, kids of all ages can engage in hands-on opportunities and educational experiences found in our events calendar.

Start out with a history lesson. Families can visit Newlin Grist Mill to learn about tinsmithing, Pennypacker Mills to see an interactive exhibit about transportation in the 1900s, or Historic Philadelphia to hear stories about our great country at Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches located throughout the city. Love science? Hagley Museum's Science Saturday allows children to learn about the power of water while the Independence Seaport Museum's Citizen Science Lab teaches kids about ecology, biology, and chemistry. How about a little literature? Nothing can compare to some Shakespeare in Clark Park. Do you prefer art? Make crafts at Lakeshore or appreciate the exhibits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ready for some music? Listen to tunes on the Camden Waterfront at XPoNential Music Festival.

With events like these, your kids are sure to learn a lot while having tons of fun.

Make an Arts Splash this Summer with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Every summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art becomes one of the city’s can’t miss destinations for children. The museum offers an impressive array of family friendly programming year-round, but the annual Arts Splash program kicks things up several notches. Outside, the heat and humidity may continue to rise, but inside the museum, Arts Splash offers all kinds of cool—a reprieve from the scorching sun, new ways for kids to engage with modern art while, and amazing opportunities for folks of all ages to make their own art.

Recently, Mommy Poppins was invited to check out Art Splash. Read on to learn what we thought about the space, as well as how families can make the most of their time at the exhibit.

Philadelphia Babysitters Club: Where to Find Great Care for Your Kids

Oh the reliable, trustworthy, go-to babysitter. Parents seem to always be on the lookout for that unicorn in their life...a Mary Poppins, if you will. While this mythical beast may be impossible to find, the next best thing can be a reliable, trustworthy babysitting resource who can help you find the perfect match for your childcare needs (daily, date nights, or the occasional "me time" moments). We do a lot of coverage here of fun things for you to do with your kids—100s of things, in fact. From outdoor adventures to indoor playspaces, and everywhere in between—but when you can't (or would rather not) take along your kids, who can you count on to make sure they are well cared for? 

Fortunately, there are a ton of great resources to help you find coverage, from daily to last-minute. And we are happy to be your one-stop-shop for finding the babysitting service that works for you.

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