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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Halloween, Johnny Shortcake, Shell Show October 27-28

Philly families are in for a treat this autumn weekend since our event calendar is filled to the brim (of a witch's cauldron) with plenty of opportunities to break in those Halloween costumes before the main event. In fact, Philly kids can find candy at the market, at the zoo, in the square, at amusement parks, on a train, and in a cemetery. For a healthier alternative, consider heading to Smith for its Healthy Halloween event, running in a Halloween 5K, or taking a Halloween hike to burn off anticipated candy calories.

After pretending to be a goblin, ghost, spider, or scarecrow, take in a show at the Kimmel Center as Johnny Shortcake heads onstage, or see students from Upper Darby Performing Arts Center show off their talents at Showstoppers. Then, head to the Academy of Natural Sciences for the  Philadelphia Shell Show and reminisce about summertime or drop by Penn Museum for its annual Day of the Dead Festival.

For even more spooktacular ideas, keep reading for our top picks. And, kids, don't forget to save some candy for Mom and Dad!

Kids’ Cooking Classes? Taco Bout a Good Time!

Philly parents agree: There are a gazillion reasons to get kids cooking in the kitchen. Besides being a "hidden gem" STEM activity with its math and chemistry components, it hones motor skills, builds self esteem, teaches an important life skill, and makes kids more willing to try new foods (if they cook it, they will be much more likely to try it).

If you're already sold on the benefits of kids cooking and want to give your little chef more structured and professional instruction, then a cooking class can be a great addition to your extracurricular line up. Running anywhere from 45-90 minutes for a regular class and longer for workshops and winter break/summer camps, these classes are sure to impress parents with the skills their young ones learn. 

Keep reading below for some Philly area cooking classes designed with kids in mind.

Easy Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Kids

Maybe your daughter changed her mind about her Halloween costume for the bazillionth time. Or maybe your son got an invite to a last-minute Halloween party. Or maybe you're just a proud member of the Procrastination Club. Whatever your case may be, we’ve found the easiest Halloween costumes for kids that even a non-crafty mom or dad can pull together on the fly.

Most of the costumes on our list don't call for an arm's-length list of crafting supplies or Halloween props: Headbands, pom-poms, markers, solid t-shirts, and a glue gun can go a long way with a little imagination. In fact, these DIY kids' costumes are so easy, you might just have time to whip up a few frighteningly tasty Halloween treats, too.

7 Reasons Kids Love Longwood Gardens in Chester County

Longwood Gardens is a special Chester County destination for children and grown-ups alike. Every season it has something exciting to offer. In the fall, it’s tough to beat its array of colorful foliage, and kids enjoy the pumpkins and harvest activities. Winter brings a wonderland of festive lights and holiday displays.

Once spring and summer roll around, Longwood Gardens transforms into an oasis filled with incredible blooms, shady pathways, and outdoor events and musical performances in the Open Air Theatre. Visitors don’t have to be horticultural experts to appreciate everything Longwood has to offer. Here are seven reasons why kids (and adults!) can’t get enough of Longwood, no matter the weather.

9 Family-Friendly Fall Weekend Getaways Near Philly

Summer has come and gone and the days of vacation at the shore have passed. If you've still got some vacation days left, maybe you're thinking about taking a long weekend away. Or, maybe you'd just like to take a weekend to see the leaves change color and enjoy the beautiful weather before winter hits. We've rounded up some beautiful vacation spots nearby that are full of lovely fall activities and sights. If you're taking a longer trip, check out our 10 Family Road Trips Under 10 Hours Away post for more great ideas.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Witches & Wizards, Pumpkin Days, Archaeology Day October 20-21

Spooky, mysterious, and magical activities are beginning to creep into Philadelphia and onto the pages of our event calendar.

Start off the weekend with seasonal fun at one of the many options found in the Delaware Valley. Consider a trip to Chestnut Hill for its Wizard & Witches festivities. Kids can expect to make creepy crafts, see live circus performances, wander through a straw maze, view Mad Scientist demonstrations, and watch the annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament. Pumpkins Days at Tyler Arboretum allow visitors the chance to make a scarecrow, take a hayride, watch a magic show, and pick a pumpkin. When the sun sets, families can head to The Great Pumpkin Carve of Chadds Ford to experience the impressive carving talents as artists create remarkable pumpkin masterpieces.

If you are looking for educational fun, there are many opportunities. Those interested in music can enjoy Kimmel Center's free PNC Grow Up Great session focusing on jazz and musical theater. Celebrate International Archaeology Day at Penn Museum or Newlin Grist Mill as they both host a variety of unique and engaging activities. Older kids can take a Geology Walk at Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park to investigate fossils while younger ones can explore Peace Valley Nature Center searching for leaves and trees.

Enjoy this fall weekend in the Delaware Valley!

When Pediatric Urgent Care Can Save a Visit to the ER

It's past bedtime, but a barking cough and noisy breathing are keeping your toddler wide awake. Weekend soccer practice ends abruptly with a slide tackle right to your middle schooler's ankle. Your otherwise healthy teen is suddenly covered with welts from head to toe. The pediatrician’s office is definitely closed and panic starts to set in as you weigh whether the circumstances warrant an emergency room visit.

Well, as it turns out, there may be a better option. A pediatric urgent care center—like those operated by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Chalfont, Pa., Glen Mills, Pa., and King of Prussia, Pa.—can actually handle all of these problems and then some, including a number of illnesses and injuries you might think require an emergency department visit. And while many issues may feel ER-worthy to us worried parents, they might not meet the medical criteria that require a trip to the hospital. So, instead of booking it to the nearest emergency room or waiting for the pediatrician's office to open for your kiddo's next fever or fall, call your child’s doctor and ask if an urgent care for kids might be the best option. These facilities treat your child when you need it—on evenings and weekends—and how you need it—with special consideration for his or her needs.

You've Gotta See This!

This fall, you and the kids can check out an 800-pound pumpkin, trick or treat in Philly’s best Halloween neighborhoods, get lost in a corn maze…and see a giant sea monster! Set right in the heart of Philadephia’s Navy Yard, a super cool and unique art installation is happening now, but you’ve gotta be quick! It will be gone in just a few weeks. Want to check this art installation out for yourself? Read on for details.

Are Daycare Kids Better Behaved? This Study Says Yes

Torn between a nanny, daycare, or staying home with your kids? Choosing childcare can be a difficult—and deeply personal—decision for any family, and of course involves a number of factors, from costs to the length of your commute. A new study out of France suggests that daycare might offer some significant advantages in terms of our kids' development.

Researchers at Sorbonne Université in Paris followed nearly 1,500 kids from the womb to age 8 as they either attended a center-based daycare or were cared for by a nanny or family member. The daycare kids, particularly those who attended at least a year before the age of three, were less likely to have problems with peers and other emotional and behavioral issues, according to the researchers.

18 Things to Do Before Philly Kids Turns 18 in the Delaware Valley

Celebrating a child's birthday can be an emotional one for parents. After all, each birthday celebrates one more step towards growing up. Before you know it, your kiddo is 18! Wait, didn't I just bring this baby home from the hospital?  With only 18 birthdays before being considered an adult, there are certain experiences in and around the Delaware Valley every Philly kid should have. This way, when they fly from the nest, they can say, "Yeah, I've done that. I'm from Philadelphia."

Our picks are listed in no particular order. However some clearly are geared toward a younger set while others have a broader appeal to kids of varying ages. Read on to see how many of our 18 must dos your child has visited.

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