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27 Reasons for Families To Visit Wilmington, Delaware

There is so much to see and do in Wilmington, Delaware. And with its proximity to Philadelphia, families can consider making a day trip or a weekend stay. A straight shot down I-95 (and even accessible by Amtrak), this family-friendly city is a delight for parents and kids alike. From sites along the Riverwalk to museums and outdoor adventures, Wilmington will have you coming back for more. Here is our roundup of the top 27 things to do as a family in Wilmington.

Still not sure where to take your next day trip? Check out our city guides for more ideas!

Beyond the Goody Bag: 10 Great Birthday Party Favor Ideas for Kids

Whether you love them or hate them, party favors are still a huge part of any child’s birthday celebration. I happen to love figuring out favors for these festive occasions, because it’s creative and challenging—something I can happily pat myself on the back for, if done successfully. For that to happen, it needs to be equal parts pleasing for the kids and their parents, and either edible, memorable, practical, shareable, or charitable.

Do yourself a favor and read on for 10 ultra unique ideas to take your little guy or girl’s goody bag from basic to brag-worthy.

For more unique ways to fete your youngsters, check out our list of free ways to celebrate and 10 sweet alternatives to birthday cake, or learn how to create a DIY photo booth for the big event. Planning to celebrate your little one's first birthday soon? We've got ideas for your soon-to-be-turning-one babes, too. Whatever you're looking for, we’ve got birthday hints in the bag.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Cherry Blossoms, Science, Museums April 7-8

To the delight of Philly families, the month of April brings slightly longer days, warmer weather, and cherry blossoms to the Delaware Valley. This weekend, grown-ups and kids can celebrate spring at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, which features paper marbling experiences, tea demonstration, live music, and dance performances. If your family missed out on egg hunt fun due to the late spring snow, don't be disheartened! Many venues such as Shady Brook Farms and Oasis Family Farm extended their springtime offerings for an additional week.

Got kids who love learning about science? This weekend, there's loads of scientific fun to be had at Independence Seaport Museum's Citizens Science Lab. You can also explore sports science at Citizens Bank Park.

More into the social sciences and social affairs? Head over to Fonthill Castle to investigate history, pretend to be a continental solider at Valley Forge, or practice teatime manners with your doll at Mercer Museum.

And don't forget spring is a great season for consignment sales. So check out some of the area's best consignment sales to update your kids' wardrobes or sell pieces they no longer need. But first, read on for our top weekend picks, and have fun out there!

10 Places in Philly That Are Free for Kids Under 12

They say the best things in life are free -- and that includes family fun here in Philly! As winter finally moves out and spring moves in, getting the family out of the house and out for some fun around the city becomes easier.

But finding activities in the City of Brotherly Love for the entire family can get a bit pricey...unless you know where to look. The good news? We do! So with all the things Philly has to offer, there's no reason to let money be the reason that you miss out on a day of family fun. Check out these 10 fun and free activities in the Philly area, perfect for kids under 12. 

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

Discover 18 different ways to explore Philly and the surrounding areas in April (and that's no joke!) Mother Nature may have put us through the ringer with a very snowy start to spring, Philly families can finally 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, multiple spring food festivals for foodies, 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 will appreciate making memories with the family that won't drain the bank.

Easter kicks off the month, and celebrating families can watch a traditional Easter parade or participate in a free egg hunt. And as the weather breaks, nature lovers can take a hike, search for birds, volunteer with a garden clean up project, learn to fish, or participate in an outdoor classroom trial. 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.

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. 

Easter Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Easter Promenade, Egg Hunts, Nature

We're taking the guesswork out of your weekend, Philly families with 10+ family fun activities that are all about eggs, bunnies, candy, parades, and Passover celebrations, plus a few surprises, from theater productions to gaming, thrown into the mix. 

Start out collecting treats at egg hunts throughout the Delaware Valley. From high tech searches using GPS to more traditional hunts held at a market, a square, a state park, and a farm, Philly kids are sure to be delighted to fill their Easter baskets. If you still need pictures with the bunny, you can find him at Highland Orchards, The Radnor Hotel, Camden Children's Garden as well as on many train rides throughout the region.

Once goodies are gathered and pictures are taken, switch gears and find a seat at the theater. Walnut Street Theatre presents The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley while The Media Theatre features Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. Or, experience Franklin Institute's new exhibit entitled Game Masters.

Still unsure how to spend this holiday weekend? Keep reading below for our top picks!

Science & Technology Camps for Philadelphia Area Kids

The importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is becoming more and more apparent in our children's lives. Technology is everywhere, and STEM fields provide some of the most in-demand career opportunities (these careers are growing twice as fast as non-STEM ones!). But even if your kids are years away from that stage of life, STEM activities provide value and stimulation right now. They boost brain power, creative thinking, and problem solving. Plus, kids can learn to design video games, build LEGO robots, or even dissect a squid! How cool is that?

Fun and engaging summer camp programs in science and technology are plentiful in the Philadelphia area. All this is sure to make summer science anything but boring.

Visit the Mommy Poppins Camp Directory for even more great summer program options.

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