Meet the Animals: 6 Great Animal Farms and Petting Zoos near Philly

This spring and summer, there's so much to do to get outside: festivals, parks, spray groundsamusement parks, and more. But your little animal lover might be craving some one-on-one time with some cute and cuddlies, and there's no better time to visit the local petting zoo or animal farm than summer. Luckily, there's a handful of great places in the area for just that.

Zip Lines and Adventure Ropes Courses for New Jersey Kids

Gear up for an outdoor adventure at one of New Jersey's newest treetop obstacle courses, or buckle up for a soaring ride on a zip line. Swaying bridges, wobbly balance logs, cargo nets, high wires and rope ladders are among the features at some sky-high ropes courses, along with tree climbers and platforms built right into tree trunks. Many tree-top courses are best for older kids and teens, but some also offer tykes courses that are closer to the ground for the grade-schooler crowd.

We've rounded up some of the coolest of these zip lines and ropes courses in New Jersey, a few in Pennsylvania, and even a year-round indoor option just over the state line in Westchester. You'll find these parks at local zoos, amusement parks, down the Jersey Shore, and even at some of the Poconos family resorts.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Circus, Concerts, Festivals May 15-19

At times, running a household can feel like a circus act. Chasing toddlers, organizing car pools, and running errands can drain any Philly parent. Push the pause button this week to embrace some of the exciting and entertaining activities featured in our event calendar.

To start, head to Neshaminy Mall for rides, games, and carnival treats. Enjoy a visit to Kettle Kitchen Village for its Rhubarb Festival. Watch entertaining circus, theater, and musical performances at the Annenberg Center LIVE's Philadelphia International Children's Festival. Or, check out the family-friendly LuLu Shrine Circus as performers presents its 76th annual show. End the week with some meditative family yoga, relaxing jazz music, or an outdoor concert.

Be sure to browse our May GoList with amazing options for the entire family all month long. So, load the kids in the car and experience the fun that awaits.

30 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Summer

Believe it or not, summer is fast approaching. If you're ready to say goodbye to the snowy days of winter and the rainy days of spring, we've got tons of activities to get you and your littles outside and moving. Whether you like music, picking strawberries, or just lounging around, we've got something for you.

We've rounded up the top 30 things we're most excited to do with the family this summer. How many of these 30 items do you think you can do before summer ends?

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Teas, Trains, Music, Nature May 13-14

A mother's work is never done. From short-order chef to Algebra tutor to chauffeur, moms are always there for Philly kids. So, why not celebrate all these special people with some of the many activities found in our event calendar?

To honor mom, consider taking her to a Mother's Day brunch or Mother's Day tea. Hop onboard a special train ride at West Chester Railroad or take a boat cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Sneak in a little history lesson with a visit to Valley Forge to learn about colonial army moms or witness what civil war times were like at  Encampment Day at Brandywine Battlefield Park. For additional options, listen to Irish tunes at Parx Casino Picnic Grove or musical theater numbers at the Kimmel Center. Spend time outdoors at Clark Park for its annual May Fair or Camden Children's Garden for its Beautiful Birds, Butterflies, and Cinco de Mayo Festival.

Browse through the rest of our top picks for the weekend. Also, don't forget to check out our May GoList filled with fun for the entire month. Have a Happy Mother's Day!

A Lesson of Love: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at People's Light

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at the People's Light in Malvern is a life-affirming, rollicking adventure that both kids and parents will love. Dancing, live music, shadow puppetry, and a much-loved toy rabbit invite kids’ interest, while the superb acting and heart-touching life lessons make the story one the whole family won’t soon forget.

Grounds for Sculpture: A Hidden Gem in New Jersey

With 42 acres of gardens and sculptures, the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, is perhaps not your typical family museum or park outing. Yet, even my 2-year-old was fascinated with the various art we discovered, including many pieces that towered well over both of our heads! Plus, he absolutely loved being outside and walking around the grounds, which are built on a portion of the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds.

Situated just outside of Trenton, and just over the state line from Pennsylvania, the garden draws in visitors from all over. There are fun surprises hidden around seemingly every corner as you explore the grounds: a spray of mist, a lotus pond, little bridges, peacocks, and more. Whether you're 2 or 92, this outdoor museum likely holds something exciting for everyone.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Chinese Lantern Festival, UNIVESTival May 8-12

With household chores and work commitments, Philly families may find it challenging to find time to stop and smell the roses. However, families wanting to escape the daily grind can look forward to an amazing line-up of excitement this week.

The City of Brotherly Love comes to life with glowing lanterns and Chinese culture at Franklin Square's Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival and Spruce Street Harbor Park opens for the season with its first annual UNIVESTival event. Little ones can embrace the outdoors with a visit to a park, garden, or arboretum while older kids participate in an art workshop or music experience. Finish off the week with a family sleep-over experience at Delaware Museum of Natural History's Dinosaur Night or Franklin Institute's Camp-In.

So, forget about the laundry and put down the paperwork. It's time for some family fun!

We Ate Meal Kits for A Month – Here's What We Learned

I tried every meal kit, and it wasn't at all what I expected.

I am a meal planning fanatic (yes, spreadsheets and all). So I was curious to try out the new trend of meal kit delivery services to see if they really make family dinnertime with kids easier. And because I’m completely compulsive, I signed up for every single meal kit option out there, so that my family ate only meal kits for five weeks. Want to know how it went? 

After cooking dozens of meal kits, here’s my obsessive, totally non-sponsored rundown of the best and worst. If I didn’t answer your question here, feel free to check out my meal kit review videos on Facebook and leave a question there. 


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