Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and Ice Rink Opening at NJ's American Dream in October

In one month, American Dream in East Rutherford, NJ, just outside of NYC, will officially open its doors—well, two of them, at least. The Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park and the Rink at American Dream will kick off the shopping and entertainment complex's grand opening on Friday, October 25.

Visitors will have to wait a bit longer for the DreamWorks Water Park, which is scheduled to open on Wednesday, November 27, and the Big SNOW indoor snow park, which debuts the following Thursday, December 5.

American Dream's stores, restaurants, and more attractions—including the Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center, KidZania experiential learning center, luxury movie theater, and 300-foot observation wheel—are set to open in March 2020.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in October

Autumn is the time of year when Philly families can enjoy the crisp October air, take a hayride, pick apples from the orchard, select pumpkins from the patch, and get ready for one of the most exciting nights of the year, Halloween. While some activities can be expensive, there are so many cost-effective ways to enjoy the change in seasons on a budget.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up plenty of options to keep everyone in the family entertained while saving money. This month features free experiences including a hands-on building project, a photography workshop, and science day festivities.  Outdoor activities include bird watching at Riverbend, boating on the Schuylkill River, playing among the trees at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and even a haunted hayride at Green Lane Park! Towards the end of October, plenty of free Halloween fun awaits Philly kids so be sure to review our recently updated post to find great ways to get multiple uses out of those adorable and spooky Halloween costumes.

For now, keep reading for free fun for the month ahead.

Candytopia Philly: An Epic Candy Playground Pop-up Opens Downtown

Candytopia, an immersive, candy-themed pop-up experience opened September 20 in downtown Philadelphia. The experiential art exhibit lets visitors explore more than a dozen rooms that are set up with interactive displays, games, and yes, plenty of candy to sample. Candytopia has been touring the country for the last year, stopping in major cities and amassing selfie-snapping fans as it goes—more than 1 million have visited Candytopia. Now it's Philly's turn!

Mommy Poppins editors in NYC, as well as Houston, and Los Angeles have all raved about the experience but have a few tips to offer for those visiting the popular pop-up with kids. Read on for what to expect from Philadelphia Candytopia, which includes new installations unique to the City of Brotherly Love. Bonus: Kids ages 3 and under are FREE.

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend: Harvest Festivals, Culture, Museums September 28-29

As the Delaware Valley bids the month of September a fond farewell, fall fun is gearing up for Philly families throughout the region. From festivals and cultural experiences to museums and free fun, both parents and kids are sure to enjoy making the most of this time of year.

Delicious foods that signify fall's arrival come to mind. As expected, apple and pumpkin harvests are the theme to many a festival. Plenty of area farms and orchards provide Philly kids the chance to enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkins picking. In addition to autumn experiences, families can learn about the rich culture of Korea at Morris Arboretum, the vibrant tradition of the Puerto Rican people during the Puerto Rican Festival Parade, or the olden days at Harriton Farmstead Fair. For indoor fun, consider a visit to Hagley Museum to learn about science, the National Liberty Museum to participate in Lila Liberty's Hero Quest, or the Benjamin Franklin Museum to experience a bit of colonial history.

Looking for more? Browse through our jam-packed events calendar. Be sure to filter using tags, ages, and location to find the perfect family outing for you.

19 Science Fair Projects for Kids from K to Middle School

Crafting the perfect science fair project is a right of passage for most elementary-school kids. The ideal experiment involves a few key ingredients, a little bit of parent involvement, and can be completed in under two weeks.

Traditionally, science fairs take place in fifth grade, but many schools are now incorporating STEM experiments into the curriculum as early as kindergarten, so we've put together a list of 19 easy science fair project ideas, ranging from the tried-and-true “exploding volcano” to extracting DNA from a strawberry. There are chemistry science projects for 5th grade and plenty of hands-on, get messy ideas for the youngest inventors.

Ultimate Guide to Halloween Events for Philly Kids

When it comes to Halloween, every kid knows it is all about the treats! As this spooky holiday settles into the Delaware Valley, Philly families must capitalize on every opportunities for sweet, scary, and downright terrifying fun that can be found in our event calendar. So, put on your Halloween costume, grab a plastic pumpkin bucket, and check out the ultimate Halloween activities for the witches, ghosts, and ghouls in your haunted house.

Don't forget to plan out the rest of your fall family fun by viewing our Fall Activity Guide including the best fall events for preschoolers and perfect fall family weekend getaways. For now, get spooked with our ultimate list below.

Richmond, VA with Kids: 50 Fun Things to Do in Richmond

Richmond’s place in U.S. history is distinct, and many of the best things to do in Richmond, VA, include a stroll past monuments or an icon central to America's origins. One of the oldest cities in the nation, Richmond was the capital city of the Colony of Virginia. It was the site of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech in 1775, and during the American Civil War, Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy.

Today, Richmond is known as the River City, and more colloquially as RVA, and there are plenty of modern attractions and things to do for kids and families. While the deep history is evident in monuments, battlefield sites, and the architecture, Richmond is also home to an expansive parks system, 550 aces of river shoreline, and a growing small business economy, including delicious Richmond restaurants,  breweries, fun festivals, children's museums and science centers, as well as a nearby theme park, Kings Dominion. 

To help you navigate this incredible Southern city, we’ve put together a list of the 50 best things to do in Richmond with kids, as well as a guide to the area.

The Best Fall Pumpkin Picking for Families in the Philly Area

There's no better way to celebrate harvest season than with a special adventure to a pumpkin patch. Urban families can find pumpkins as close as Franklin Square in Philadelphia, or take a beautiful drive to a suburban farm. Looking for more than just pumpkins? Not to worry; every pumpkin patch offers additional family fun, such as festivals, hayrides, corn mazes, playgrounds, and apple cider tastings— all while searching for the perfect pumpkin.

12 Online Tutoring Services to Help Kids Get Ahead in School

Online tutoring services for kids and teens are readily available at the click of a mouse, making these sites the perfect, in-a-pinch solution for hectic family life.

Perhaps it's 9:30pm on a Thursday, and your 10-year-old has been struggling for over an hour with a particularly tough math question. Maybe math was never your thing. His anxiety is building, yours is through the roof, and you have no idea where to turn...

Kids can get help with core school subjects, specialized classes and subjects, SAT tutoring, and yes, online math tutors, usually instantly, through online tutoring sites. Most offer tutoring chat via text, video, and audio, connecting tutor with student for help or extra practice with just about anything, from chemistry to languages, such as an online Spanish tutor. Some services even run 24/7. So whether your first grader needs help with reading or your high school student wants to pull up that AP calculus grade, consider checking out one of these 12 online tutoring platforms.

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend: Candytopia, Museum Day Live! September 21-22

The season of autumn officially arrives in the Delaware Valley this weekend. That means it is time for fall wardrobes, football, apple treats, and fantastic family events that can be found in our events calendar.

Philly families can embrace the start of the new time of year by building a scarecrow at Floral & Hardy of Skippack, making crafts and getting faces painted at terrain's Autumn Bounty Festival in Glen Mills, or wandering through a Straw Maze at Woodmere. Festival goers can watch the boats race by during the Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival, see martial arts demonstrations at the Korean Festival & Harvest Celebration, or listen to outdoor tunes at Linvilla Orchards during its Arts & Music Festival. Museum enthusiasts can take advantage of the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! opportunity, a chance to visit a variety of local museums for free (2 tickets per family). Those who love candy, and, frankly who doesn't, can experience Candytopia which opens this weekend in Philly. Sweet, right?

Do you know what else is sweet? Getting the low-down on the latest and greatest baby and parenting info! New and expectant parents should mark their calendars for The Mother of All Baby Showers at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, September 25.

Until then, read on for our top picks for this fall weekend.


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