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Registration for Apple Camp, Apple's FREE Three-Day Summer Camp, is Open Now!

If you've got an 8-12-year-old interested in STEM or movie-making, you'll want to act fast; Apple has just opened registration for its free three-day camps. Located at Apple store locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, these special annual camps and are 100% free—and they will fill up fast, so we wanted you to be the first to know!

For more camp information and ideas, check out our Camp Guide and Directory.

Citizens Bank Park on the Cheap: Tips for Enjoying a Phillies Game Without Going Broke

Whether you're Philly born and bred or a transplant, you know how much our city loves its sports teams, and memories made at the ballpark are priceless...well, almost. Catching a game was easy and cheap before the kids came along. Nowadays, though, trying to fit a game or two into the budget with the entire family can be a challenge. But don't write off Citizens Bank Park just yet. Check out our tips to help you visit the ballpark this summer, make some great memories (who doesn't smile when they think of the Phanatic, the Phillies' wacky green mascot from the Galapagos Islands?), and enjoy a fun day out that won't break the bank.

'American Girl Live' Brings Beloved Characters to the Theater

For American Girl fans, dressing up the perennially-popular dolls and visiting the store or cafe may be the ultimate treat. But things are about to get even more exciting as the iconic characters take to the stage for the first time in American Girl Live, an all-new musical for kids featuring original songs and wholesome, heartfelt fun.

Although the show won't start touring North America until January 2019, tickets are already on sale for certain shows, including those visiting Mommy Poppins cities and states, including theaters in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Boston, and Connecticut. (Sounds like tickets to a performance could be the perfect gift this holiday season, Mom and Dad.)

Beyond Strawberries: Best Places to Pick Your Own Blackberries, Peaches, Cherries, and More this Summer

The Pick-Your-Own season is bookended by strawberries in the spring and apples in the fall, but what do you do with all those months in between? Pick everything else, of course! The Delaware Valley's many farms and orchards are great spots to haul the family on nice weather days and haul home buckets, baskets, and bushels of fresh summer fruits, and some sweet memories, too. Many of these farms host summer festivals, family activities, and special events to really round out the day. Read on for our list of the best Philly area farms and get pickin'.

10 Must-See Dinosaur Theme Parks and Attractions for Kids

If your kid is fascinated by dinosaurs, chances are everything in your home revolves around the prehistoric creatures, including your family vacations. Your nearby natural history or kids' science museum is a great bet for a quick trip to study major fossil displays. For an even bigger thrill, families might want to check out one of the many outdoor dinosaur parks, from full amusement parks to nature walks and mini fossil digs.

We've rounded up a list of 10 great places for dinosaur lovers across the country. These dinosaur-themed attractions offer up-close encounters with lifelike creatures, thrilling rides, impressive fossils, and more fun things to do and see for kids, including dino-theater.

For more family vacation ideas—that may, or may not, involve dinosaurs—check out our United States Family Travel Guide.

Take a Trip Back in Time With Revolution Place, Philly's Newest Kid-Approved Space!

What was Philadelphia like 250 years ago in the time of the Revolutionary War? That’s the question "Revolution Place,” the new discovery center at the Museum of the American Revolution hopes to answer for kids, especially those aged 5-12 years old. This new exhibit has been a goal of the Museum since it opened a year ago, and the space creates a next level hands-on museum for kids who are interested in playing dress up and learning about history. I had a chance to check out the new feature with my two little ones (aged 1 and 5 respectively). Read on for our review, and be sure to check out other great museums for families in Philadelphia!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Totally Turtles, Airplane Day, PIFA Street Fair June 9-10

This June weekend offers Philly families some unbelievable opportunities right here in the Delaware Valley. Nature lovers, aviation fans, and festival goers are sure to find plenty of excitement in our event calendar.

Animal lovers can learn about turtles, terrapins, and tortoises at the Academy of Natural Science, slithering snakes at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park, and creek critters at Green Lane Park.

If you like being on the water, consider exploring the Perkiomen on a canoe ride. Or, if you prefer being in the water, splash about at a local splash pad or sprinkler park.

On the other hand, perhaps flight is what excites your crew. Visit Fort Mifflin for its annual Airplane Day which features the opportunity to learn about flight basics, hear pilots from the control tower, and watch planes take off and land at the airport.

Speaking of up in the air, don't miss the aerial performers from Transe Express featuring Nobuntu which is part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. The festival culminates with a big street fair along Broad Street and is not to be missed.  Other festivals happening this weekend include Please Touch Museum's Pride Family Festival, Odunde Festival near Graduate Hospital, and St. Anthony's Italian Festival in Wilmington. 

Keep reading for even more ideas for fun!

Get a Free Chromebook 2GB for All your Summer Family Screen Time

Don't get us wrong. We're all about avoiding summer brain drain by keeping kiddos engaged with swim lessons, crafts, drama camps, and robotics clubs. But with all that busyness—plus parents' packed work and home calendars, which don't slow down just because it's school vacation—we'll take any opportunity to fit in some quality time with our kids. And what beats spending a sun-showery afternoon catching up on your family's favorite TV shows, or blasting the AC and curling up on the couch to watch a movie on a hot summer night? I doubt I'm the only one who has fond childhood memories of picking out a video tape and kicking back with the whole crew and some microwave popcorn...

Verizon Fios gets it. And that's exactly why they're sweetening the deal for anyone looking to make the switch before school lets out, by offering new customers a free Samsung Chromebook 3 (2GB) or $200 credit toward other Samsung tech, including all 2018 UDH TVs over 40" or 2018 Soundbars, select Samsung tablets, earbuds, fitness trackers, and more. For just $79.99 a month (plus taxes, equipment charges, and other fees with Auto Pay and paper-free billing) you'll get the super reliable Fios Gigabit Connection, a Custom TV package, and phone service for two years with a two-year agreement and price guarantee.

You Sip, They Play: 4 Delaware Valley Wineries that Are Family-Friendly

Usually, the only time parents seem to get a chance to enjoy a glass of wine is after the kids are tucked into bed. But the rolling hills of Delaware Valley are teeming with vineyards, and some of the onsite wineries are even, dare we say, kid-friendly. This is especially true during the spring, summer, and fall when the weather is nice enough for families to take advantage of the wineries’ outdoor spaces.

Some wineries are more geared towards families than others so we’ve compiled a list of four Delaware Valley wineries that you can add to your warm weather list of places to go. 

Outdoor Games and Toys to Make Your Kids' Summer a Hit for Cheap

When the temperatures soar and school lets out, it’s time to break out the outdoor games for the kids. Whether trying to keep them entertained at the beach, a backyard BBQ, or just at the park, parents everywhere know that an engaging outdoor toy for toddlers to teens can be the perfect antidote to the inevitable “We’re bored” summer refrain with which we’re all so familiar.

Unfortunately, just walking into your nearest retailer and grabbing the most interesting looking outdoor game off the shelf doesn’t always work out. It could end up overly complicated, not age-appropriate, break upon contact—or even worse: not hold their attention! So we at Mommy Poppins rounded up our favorite summer toys for kids from over the years, including water games, and even tested out new ones, to bring you this list of more than a dozen, inexpensive options to play with your kids this summer.

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