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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Egg Hunts, Consignment Sales April 13-14

This springtime weekend brings outdoor fun to the Delaware Valley. Philly families can visit an arboretum to see the spectacular cherry blossoms or participate in an education program to learn about water. Kids can dig in the dirt at Newlin Grist Mill's Public Archaeology Day or explore interactive displays about planet Earth at Ambler's Earthfest. Support furry friends by running (or walking) in a 5 K (or 2 K) or get creative and enter the Children's Daffodil Contest at Winterthur.

On the other hand, discover something new at one of the fabulous museums in the region. For starters, it's opening weekend for Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Exhibit at Franklin Institute. Mercer Museum presents its annual Dolls Day Out, Science History Museum hosts a free workshop through TechGirlz on how to Save the Planet through Crowdsourcing, the Academy of Natural Sciences welcomes Animal Superheroes, and Penn Museum features the theme, Cards, Dice, and Dominoes, during its Second Saturdays event. Other indoor options include Family Fest at Parkway Central Library and the Literacy Carnival at South Philadelphia High School.

Don't forget to purchase deeply discounted new-to-you spring clothes at local consignment sales and hit a few of the fantastic egg hunts around town, many of which are free. Read on for more ideas and make it a great weekend!

These STEM Summer Camps Are Creating a Generation of Inventors

Curiosity, critical thinking, and a collaborative attitude might be three attributes all parents aspire to see in their children. These are also traits fostered at STEM summer camps where the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math are turned into hands-on group and individual projects. Whether your teen is itching to found the next hot tech startup or she’s just into robots or maybe biology, summer camp offers kids a great place to explore these subjects in-depth, away from the pressures of the classroom.

We’ve put together a list of some of the top science and tech camps that offer sessions in multiple cities and states across the country. Some offer programs for kids as young as 6; some are more focused on coding and computer science, while others include “STEAM” programming with design, music, writing, and other creative pursuits on the roster. All emphasize hands-on collaboration aimed at creating the next generation of engineers and inventors. In many camps, kids will also gain presentation skills, leadership traits, and most likely, the confidence to stick with these sometimes difficult subjects and tasks...even when they fail. 

10 Teen and Tween Activities To Make Them Like You for a Minute

When it comes to entertaining a Philly tween or teen, it can be challenging to find activities that aren't too babyish and have the appropriate amount of cool. Philly parents must dive deep into their former adolescent-selves to be reminded of what was cool when they were a tween or teen. Thankfully, hanging out at the mall or going to the movies aren’t your only options! We have rounded up some ideas for those struggling on ways to connect with these tween/teen creatures... other than by text and emoji.

100 Things to Do in New England with Kids Before They Grow Up

No matter where you live, exploring New England with kids ought to be on your short list of family vacation goals. Steeped in history and natural beauty, the Northeast offers families a chance to learn about the earliest Americans, frolic on snow or sand, and enjoy all sorts of old-fashioned fun, from farm-fresh ice cream to vintage carousels.

Drawing from our carefully curated lists of the best things to do with children in Boston and Connecticut as well as the inside scoop from parents in Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, we've come up with 100 things to see, do, and eat with kids in New England. It includes our favorite beaches, children's museums and amusement parks, charming New England towns with kid-friendly activities, ski and holiday trips, and top seasonal events and carnivals. One thing is for certain: You'll be wicked glad you visited Yankeeland.

15 Family Road Trips Under 10 Hours Away

Taking a vacation with kids can be tricky, especially when it comes to traveling. Flying can be stressful and expensive, and if you're anything like me, it may be your least favorite mode of transportation even without kids. Sometimes, half the fun and adventure of the vacation can be getting there! Road trips can be a great way to bond with your family, so we've rounded up a few awesome places that are less than a 10 hour drive from Philly. As an added bonus, you can travel to a few of these places by train, too!

Target's Car Seat Trade-in Returns: Get the 2019 Details

Is it time to toss or upgrade your child's car seat? Beginning on April 22, Target will recycle your expired, damaged, or just yucky goldfish-crusted and stained 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.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Cherry Blossoms, Science, Performances April 6-7

The first weekend in April brings plenty of excitement to the Delaware Valley. Along with milder temperatures and more daylight, Philly families may notice budding blossoms, chirping birds, and hidden eggs. So, too, does our events calendar features flowers, feathered friends, and egg hunts.

Start off the fun by celebrating spring at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to beautiful blooms, visitors can expect to see traditional and contemporary Japanese activities such as martial arts demos and dance performances. Nature lovers can look skyward for birds who are migrating back to the area and fisherman can cast a line to see how the trout are biting. Kiddos who are eager to search for eggs can collect treats at PAWS Discovery Farm, Norristown Farm Park, Villanova University, or Willow Grove Romp-N-Roll while children who want a visit with the Easter Bunny can find him at the zoo, on a train, or on the farm

Other highlights in our weekend calendar include scientific exploration and theater performances. Young scientists can investigate the world of rocks and minerals at the annual Rock & Mineral Expo at Churchville Nature Center or head to the Independence Seaport Museum for its weekend Citizens Science Lab. On the other hand, theater goers can see Paw Patrol Live! on stage at the Academy of Music or catch The Adventures of Princess Truheart at The Delaware Children's' Theatre.

Still looking for more? Read on for great ways to spend the weekend.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in May

The month of May provides perfectly mild weather, the kind of weather that puts even the grumpiest toddler or moodiest teen in a pleasant, hopeful mood. Similarly, Philly parents are sure to be delighted with both the weather and the free (or nearly free) events that can keep the entire family entertained. From playground trips to picnics at city and suburban parks, families can make lasting memories while being budget-friendly.

We have rounded up some of our favorite economical options including free admission festivals, nature exploration opportunities, musical experiences, and deeply discounted museum discovery. Of course, we can't forget about Mom so be sure to carve out some time mid-May to celebrate Mother's Day by making an art project together or hiking through scenic Lorimer Park. At the end of the month, it's time for the red, white, and blue! Honor those who have served at local Memorial Day parades in Warminster, Downingtown, or West Grove.

Free fun is always best with family and friends, so gather up the crew and get ready to entertain on a budget!

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

Discover 13 different ways to explore Philly and the surrounding areas in April (and that's no joke!). Philly families can embrace all the fun this season holds. Easter arrives early in the month so be sure to check out our round-ups of egg huntsbunny brunchestrain rides, and farm fun. But the adventures and fun don't stop there. Peruse our events calendar for exciting science activities with many local events making up the annual Philadelphia Science Festival, loads of springtime festivals, Brick Fest for Lego lovers, Earth Day and Arbor Day activities for the environmentally aware, and amazing consignment sales for those looking for a bargain.

Time to get out your family calendar and plan some family fun with our top picks for the month. Life is good in April!

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in April

Don't let April showers or the family fun budget get you down! Our events calendar is exploding with amazing and educational events throughout the Delaware Valley. Philly parents are sure to appreciate making memories with the family that won't drain the bank.

As the weather breaks, nature lovers can take a hike, search for birds, or learn to fish. Girls who love technology can learn how to make a website, design a mobile app, or explore machine learning. Babies can enjoy one of the many Read, Baby, Read programs while older kids can explore science during the Philadelphia Science Festival's Neighborhood Science After School programs or learn about constellations at Star Parties held at venues throughout the area. Easter provides plenty of free springtime activities including the annual Easter parade while Earth Day on April 22 provides lots of opportunities to celebrate our beautiful planet.

Continue reading to find our top picks for the month ahead and then add a few to your family's schedule, without spending a dime. 

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