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Easter Weekend for Philly Kids: Easter Promenade & The Great Egg Hunt April 15-16

By mid-April, Philly families notice birds building nests, hyacinth, daffodils, and cherry blossom showcasing their colorful beauty, as well as frogs singing their croaky tunes, and sprouts of ever-so-slightly greener grass bursting into view. And in turn, the pages of our event calendar are enlivened with springtime happenings.

Climb aboard for a train ride at Strasburg Railroad, The Colebrookdale Railroad, or New Hope & Ivyland Railroad for a trip with the Easter Bunny. Take a wagon ride at Highland Orchards. Search for Easter treats at local egg hunts in Franklin Square, Ridley Park, East Goshen Township or Awbury Arboretum. Dig to discover artifacts at Newlin Grist Mill's Public Archaeology Program. Or, participate in a Philadelphia tradition by watching the Easter Promenade as Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail welcome springtime to the Delaware Valley.

Perhaps, though, Philly kids may be more curious about what they might find in their baskets on Easter morning. Peeps? Chocolate bunny? Jelly beans? No matter how you find your basket filled, have a "Hippity, Hoppity, Happy Easter Day."

Fun Philly Area Summer Camps for Preschoolers

For working parents of preschoolers, finding a summer camp can be particularly difficult because most places only accept campers who are age 4 or above. Whether you have to work over the summer, or you just want to send your toddler for some fun, we've got lots of great summer camps for you. Here's a list of places that have special camps for children ages 3 and sometimes under. Have older kids, too? Check out our Summer Camp Guide and posts about camps for art, STEM, and sports, too.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Spring Break, Egg Hunts, Peeps April 10-14

Woo hoo! Spring break has arrived in the Delaware Valley. And although spring break fun from a parent's point of view may be different than the fun of yesteryear, Philly families can rely upon our jam-packed events calendar for intriguing and entertaining opportunities sure to delight everyone in the family.

Start the week off with a visit to see the Easter Bunny at local farms, orchards, or railroad stations. Search for hidden treats in Langhorne, Doylestown, Yardley, or Broomall. Or, view creative ways to play with your treats at Big Blue Marble Bookstore's Peep Diorama Contest. Conclude the week with a little yoga and some sweet Friday Nights music.

LEGOLAND's New Florida Beach Retreat Resort: Luxury among LEGOS

New accommodations open this weekend at LEGOLAND's Florida Resort. We had a first look at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, and not only can we attest that this new, village-style vacation resort in Central Florida lives up to its promise of fun in the sun; we can even explain how LEGOLAND has created a "beach resort" miles from the sea.

Brand-New LEGOland Discovery Center Opens Near Philadelphia

LEGOland Discovery Center at Plymouth Meeting has been building up to be the destination for every nearby LEGO-loving kid. From 9-foot tall replicas of city landmarks, to a 4D cinema, Ninjago training camp, and more, brick lovers from all over are excited about this brand-new attraction. My almost 5-year-old daughters have asked to go back multiple times a day, every day since we visited.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, History, Egg Hunts April 8-9

It's springtime, and Philly families can rejoice in the excitement that fills the Delaware Valley. This weekend, children and grown ups alike can find a variety of fun in some of the most unusual and unsuspecting places.

Visit Citizens Bank Park for science fun with a side of baseball at the Philadelphia Science Festival's Science in the Ballpark. Find a shovel to uncover fossils at Camden Children's Garden's Dino Day and Bug Bonanza Festival. Or, enjoy the cherry blossoms at Morris Arboretum's Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival. Slip in a history lesson with a visit to learn how chocolate was made in colonial times, a walk down the nation's oldest residential street, or an experience with old-fashioned screen printing. Be sure to carve out some time to squeeze in one of the many area egg hunts. Traditional, non-traditional, daytime, or nighttime, there is something for every family to enjoy.

With a jam-packed events calendar like this, be sure to narrow down your options by filtering by age and location. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay current with the latest springtime fun in Philly.

7 Awesome Summer Camps for Teens & Tweens

Summer can be a unique opportunity to indulge a new interest, fine tune one's skills, or continue one's academic pursuits, sometimes even for college credit. With so many camps from which to choose, a little research, such as our posts on writing camps, tech camps, sports camps, and arts camps, can help.  This list includes unique camps almost exclusively for teens and tweens. For more summer camp ideas for kids of all ages, check out our comprehensive camp guide

Passover with Kids: 10 Slightly Irreverent Ways To Make Seders Fun

As religious holidays go, Passover is pretty user-friendly. It can even be a great holiday for inviting non-Jewish friends to join in, since the primary activities are eating, storytelling, and playing with food—all universally appealing. From a kid perspective, though, it can sometimes feel like a whole lot of sitting around waiting for something better to eat than parsley. Extra verses of Grandpa singing Dayenu may have been enough to keep the party entertaining when we were kids, but let's face it, the bar has risen a little since then. To keep the retelling of the slaves' delivery out of Egypt lively for the next generation, we've collected 10 creative ways to make a Passover seder fun for kids. This is not your mama's seder, but it should help to hold everyone's attention until the matzo balls arrive.

It's Consignment Season, Clean Your Closets and Cash In

It's finally getting warm out, spring is in the air, and you are probably starting your spring cleaning tasks! If those tasks include clearing out your kid's closets and attempting to downsize the growing mass of post-holiday toys, then you are in luck—spring is peak consignment sale season! While it might be tempting to just toss the growing pile of clothes and toys, but what you have on your hands is a treasure trove. With proper planning and a little effort, you can turn that pile into a cash advance on your next big purchase, or use it to restock your child's growing wardrobe needs.

Here are our top tips for making your consignment efforts worthwhile:

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