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Cape May’s Grand Hotel is a Perfect Jersey Shore Family Beach Getaway

With its beautiful sandy beaches, activity-filled boardwalk, and delicious kid-friendly restaurants, Cape May is a long-time beach vacation favorite for families. Located at the southern tip of the Jersey Shore, the iconic lighthouse and bayside sunsets provide picture-perfect memories off Exit Zero, while gingerbread-style Victorian houses and horse-drawn carriage rides add to the town's historic charm.

With all the makings of a perfect beach getaway at your fingertips, all you need for a Cape May vacation is a hotel reservation, and The Grand Hotel — an oceanfront hotel with awesome amenities — is a great choice for families. Read on to find our recommendations for the best things to do, best places to eat, and the best spots to stay in Cape May, NJ, and your next family beach vacation could be just a click away.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Animals, National Trails Day, Festivals June 1-2

Are you ready for the weekend? Mommy Poppins Philadelphia certainly is, and the Delaware Valley is abuzz with fun for everyone in the family. Our event calendar is jam-packed with animal lovers, outdoorsy types, and festival goers alike.

Start off by learning about aquatic animals at Tyler Arboretum, visiting the animals at Brandywine Zoo, or seeing K9 demos at Hoopes Park. If you missed the horses last weekend, catch them at the Devon Horse Show. For more outdoor fun, participate in National Trails Day with a hike at Mercer Meadows or Valley Forge National Historical Park.  Step back in time to discover a little history at Pennypacker Mill's Civil War Event, National Constitution Center's Civil War and Reconstruction Exhibit, or Elfreth's Alley's Fete Day. After the history lesson, get geared up for some festival fun such as Penn's Landing's Irish Festival, Linvilla Orchard's Strawberry Festival, and Please Touch Museum's Pride Festival.

No matter how you spend this first weekend in June, make it a great one!

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in June

The month of June brings sunshine, the smell of freshly mowed grass, blooming gardens, and carefree days now that school has almost ended. As great as that is, the extra free time can also easily empty a Philly parent's wallet. The cost of keeping the kiddos entertained can really add up. But keep those debit cards tucked away! Why? Because there is an enormous amount of free fun to be had throughout the Delaware Valley, and we've got the lowdown.

There are places to cool off, movies to watch under the stars, parks to hike and picnic, and outdoor concerts to dance and sing. On sunny days, kids can explore a 'new to you' destination playground such as Manderach Memorial Playground in Limerick or pack a picnic to visit Fort Mifflin during Freedom Blast. If clouds move in, families can retreat indoors to experience free museum fun at Rodin Museum, The Rosenbach, Franklin Institute, or American Swedish Museum. Escape to air-conditioned malls for free programming to keep little ones entertained such as Kids' MusicRound at Oxford Valley Mall.

No matter the weather, there are plenty of great ways to have fun without spending a dime!

Free Outdoor Summer Movies for Philly Families

Summer is the perfect time to spend quality time with family and friends, and nothing says "summer night" like attending a free outdoor movie under the stars. Many Philly families have made an outdoor film  a constant on their summer bucket list. But, if your family hasn't participated in this warm weather ritual before, no need to worry: Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some of the best locations to see free outdoor movies both in the city as well as the 'burbs.

Generally speaking, most films begin at dusk, but be sure to arrive early to locate the optimal viewing spot. Pack some snacks, a blanket (and bug spray, too), and then sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in or near Philadelphia.

Be sure to check back often for the latest free movie series announcements.

25 Fun Things to Do in Buffalo, New York with Kids

In Western New York, hugging the shores of Lake Erie, awaits Buffalo, the second largest city in the Empire State. Famous for its spicy chicken wings, this vibrant area is also known for its history, art deco architecture, great restaurants, and plenty of family-friendly fun, indoors and out. The nearby Niagara Falls usually attracts the most tourist attention, but do not skip a visit to Buffalo, which makes the list for being one of our favorite family getaways in upstate New York.

Below are nearly two dozen suggestions of kid-friendly activities for a great family trip to Buffalo, New York.

36 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this June

Philly family calendars are loaded with preschool closings, middle school move-ups, and graduation parties as another school year comes to an end, but the party is just getting started throughout the Delaware Valley! Amazing festivals, fairs, and carnivals are gearing up for spectacular events featuring food, amusements, music, and culture.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has compiled a comprehensive list of family fun events happening this June. From the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to annual traditions, there is something for every member of the family. Read through our list and make plans to experience the fun with family and friends.

Noom Review: 5 Things I Loved About the Noom Weight Loss Program (And Some I Didn't)

If you listen to podcasts as much as I do, you’ve probably heard ads for the weight loss program Noom, which says it uses psychology to help you lose weight and keep it off for good. I was curious to try it for myself, so when Noom reached out, I jumped at the chance to review it. I’ve used the program for two weeks now and below are the pros and cons of my experience so far.

Noom is not a diet and it doesn’t promise you’ll lose tons of weight fast. The goal of Noom is to teach you how to make better choices and build habits that you can maintain for permanent weight loss and better health.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Horses, History, Fireworks, & Parades

The unofficial start of summer has arrived in the Delaware Valley! And, while summer doesn't technically begin until mid-June, Philly parents and kids alike feel a sense of anticipation and excitement for Summer 2019 to begin. Create your summer bucket list this Memorial Day weekend by browsing our event calendar. Festivals, patriotic fun, outdoor movies, and amazing concerts are some must-dos. However, there are so many more options!

Experience the thrill of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair which features not only horse competitions but also amusement rides and traditional country fair eats. Those who love things on wheels can attend the grand opening of the Garden Railway Display at Morris Arborteum, ride a real train at Colebrookdale Railroad's Decoration Day Excursion or West Chester Railroad's Memorial Day Express, or touch a tractor, motorcycle, or construction vehicle at Neshaminy Mall. History buffs can listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence, learn stories at the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, or watch a military demonstration at Signers' Garden. Don't miss out on the many Memorial Day parades planned to remember those sacrificed for our country. Locations include Lansdale, Radnor, Kennett, Warminster, or Collegeville, just to name a few.

Gather up the kids and brainstorm your bucket list. Then get ready to make memories this Memorial Day!

Best Camp Clothing Labels and Name Tags for Kids' Gear

It's just one of those mundane chores that need to be done: labeling every article of clothing, towel, backpack, and other gear that will travel with your child to summer camp—or to school or daycare—in the hopes that when it inevitably gets lost, it will find its way home to you. Nothing's going to make this job of labeling camp clothes, baby bottles, or school supplies fun, but we've rounded up the whole range of different ways you can label your kids' stuff, from swimsuits to water bottles and sippy cups, with beautifully embroidered personalized labels to fun, custom name tags with cute, colorful designs, to ones you can make at home.

Here are a few the best name labels for kids' and baby gear that we've found, and yes, most all offer dishwasher-safe, easy peel-and-stick options!

Still searching for the perfect summer camp for your kid? Check out our local guide to summer camps near you.

Awesome Water Theme Parks Near Philadelphia

The theme of summer is always: keep cool. And what better way to stay cool and have fun than visiting a nearby waterpark. Slides, lazy rivers, surf simulators, whirpools, and even swim-up bars for the adults; we've got a list of great waterparks not too far from the Philly area. So grab your bathing suits and towels, and get ready for an adventure.

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