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Beauty and the Beast Parent Review: Disney's New Live-Action Feature

Regardless of whether this movie gets raves or pans, if you have a princess-obsessed child in your home chances are you're seeing this movie in the theater—probably opening weekend. So let me get right to the good news: my 11-year-old daughter and I, both fans of the 1991 animated original, quite enjoyed Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. It is, perhaps, overly faithful to the source material. But hey, if it ain't broke, right?

There really was no reason for Disney to reinvent this classic, since the sight of Hermione—er, Belle in her frilly yellow dress will probably catapult this movie to the top of the box office. However, this isn't a soulless brand-expanding cash grab, either. For all of its familiarity, Beauty and the Beast is lovely to look at and listen to, with a smattering of new songs and a fairly subtle injection of progressive politics.

Is it good for preschoolers? Is it worth splurging for IMAX? Be our guest and read on for our honest opinions.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: OrKIDS, Spring Consignments, St. Patrick Day March 18-19

Many Philly families may be ready to kiss wintertime goodbye. And, even though this year's winter was milder than usual, Philadelphia is ready to welcome the new season thanks to many of the spring-like events popping up throughout the Delaware Valley.

View the exquisite orchids on display at Longwood Gardens, dig in the dirt to find artifacts at Newlin Grist Mill, or wander through the Grounds For Sculpture to take in the beautiful outdoors. Then, be sure to check out some of the many spring consignment sales going on this weekend. On the other hand, perhaps you want to savor some St. Patrick's Day fun. Celebrate with a treasure hunt and hike at Lock 60 at the Schuylkill Canal Park or enjoy an Irish menu along with Irish dancing and music at P.J. Whellhan's Pub and Restaurant in Blue Bell.

Stay connected to all the excitement by searching our events calendar using the filters for age and location. Now, go out and have a great weekend!

Vegan and Gluten-Free Bakeries in Philadelphia

Let's face it, lots of kids (and parents) have allergies and special diets, and sometimes satisfying that sweet tooth can be a challenge. Whether someone is the family has Celiacs and you've gone gluten-free or you're family is vegan (or lactose intolerant), there are still plenty of places in the area serving up delicious treats. From donuts to cookies, cupcakes and birthday cakes, you can find just about anything to fit your needs.

Summer Art Camps for Philly Area Kids

Summer will be here before we know it, and many parents are starting to think about camps. If you have a budding young artist in your family, there is no shortage of camp options available for you in the Philadelphia area. From museums and neighborhood art leagues to paint-your-own ceramic studios, we have assembled a list to fit all levels of artistic ability. So, if your children have created enough crafts at home this winter and are ready for a new learning experience, read on for our ideas.

Be sure to browse our Camp Directory for even more ideas!

Philly Area Birthday Parties for Animal Lovers

For kids who love animals and have birthdays, and let’s be honest, that’s just about every kid, there are two ways to have special guests of the four-legged variety: at home or somewhere else. Traveling petting zoos will bring the animals with them, but if having a small menagerie at home isn’t appealing, consider hosting a birthday at a zoo or farm. There are many great options for outdoor, indoor, and at home birthday parties in the Philadelphia area for every type of animal-loving kid. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Stories, Plays, St. Pat's March 13-17

The week after Daylight Savings Time always throws my family for a loop. Thankfully, Philly families can compensate for the lost hour by focusing on some exciting, entertaining, and engaging activities found in our events calendar.

Attend storytime at Parkway Central Library, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, or Morris Arboretum. See a performance such as Storybook Musical Theater's Puss 'n Boots or Unionville High School's Mary Poppins. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by listening to The Irish Tenors as they sing unforgettable Irish music at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center or by attending the Newtown Irish Festival to eat Irish foods, see Irish step dancers, and get a twisted balloon creation.

2017 Philadelphia Bestie Guide: Parenting Resources Winners

Philadelphia families, you have spoken! In 2017 we asked you all to weigh in on Philadelphia's Besties—the best family businesses and resources in categories that range from best restaurants, parties, activities, and more. With all the great family fun experiences and resources in Philadelphia, it was hard to choose just 24, but you were up to the task! Each winner was selected from a competitive crop of 10 nominees in each category.

A special thank you to the Bestie Sponsors, and congratulations to the four lucky voters who were picked at random to enjoy some amazing prizes!

The votes are finally in, and we couldn't be more excited about our winners. We've grouped them into three winning categories: Parenting Resources, Enrichment Programs, and Family Fun. 

Without further ado, here is your guide to the best of family-friendly Philadelphia, the 2017 Philadelphia Besties!

Best Family Fun Winners | Best Enrichment Programs Winners 

2017 Philadelphia Bestie Guide: Enrichment Program Winners

Philadelphia families, you have spoken! In 2017 we asked you all to weigh in on Philadelphia's Besties—the best family businesses and resources in categories that range from best restaurants, parties, activities, and more. With all the great family fun experiences and resources in Philadelphia, it was hard to choose just 24, but you were up to the task! Each winner was selected from a competitive crop of 10 nominees in each category.

A special thank you to the Bestie Sponsors, and congratulations to the four lucky voters who were picked at random to enjoy some amazing prizes!

The votes are finally in, and we couldn't be more excited about our winners. We've grouped them into three winning categories: Enrichment Programs, Family Fun, and Parenting Resources. 

Without further ado, here is your guide to the best of family-friendly Philadelphia, the 2017 Philadelphia Besties!

Best Family Fun Winners | Best Parenting Resources Winners 

2017 Philadelphia Bestie Guide: Family Fun Winners

Philadelphia families, you have spoken! In 2017 we asked you all to weigh in on Philadelphia's Besties—the best family businesses and resources in categories that range from best restaurants, parties, activities, and more. With all the great family fun experiences and resources in Philadelphia, it was hard to choose just 24, but you were up to the task! Each winner was selected from a competitive crop of 10 nominees in each category.

A special thank you to the Bestie Sponsors, and congratulations to the four lucky voters who were picked at random to enjoy some amazing prizes!

The votes are finally in, and we couldn't be more excited about our winners. We've grouped them into three winning categories: Enrichment Programs, Family Fun, and Parenting Resources. 

Without further ado, here is your guide to the best of family-friendly Philadelphia, the 2017 Philadelphia Besties!

Best Enrichment Programs Winners  | Best Parenting Resources Winners

Spring is in Full Swing with these Delicious Philly Food Festivals

Warm weather is in the air, flowers are starting to bloom... spring is almost here! There's no better way to experience and celebrate the season than getting outdoors taking in the sights, scents, and smells of the fresh food festivals that pop up in Philadelphia and in the region.Take a deep dive and tempt your taste buds with fresh foods, some locally grown, and festivities that are great family-fun. Here's a round-up of spring food festivals you can sink your teeth into, including a few that feature pick-your-own opportunities.

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