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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Strawberries, Trails, BrainQuest Party June 3-4

A June weekend is often filled with weddings, graduation parties, and dance recitals. However, Philly families should make time for some of the delicious and delightful activities found in our event calendar.

Strawberries are the star of the show at festivals held at a local orchard, farm, hospital, and school. Put on your hiking shoes and exploring the grounds at Newlin Grist Mill and the Upper Darby Trail in honor of National Trails Day. Or, walk along our country's oldest residential street on Fete Day. There is no doubt that the highlight of the weekend has to be the Summer BrainQuest Kickoff Party at Smith. Meet the people behind the scenes at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia during this family-friendly celebration complete with photo booths, children's activities, and face-painting. Be sure to get your tickets online.

Browse through our jam-packed calendar by filtering using age, location, and tags. Continue reading to view our top picks for the weekend ahead!

Birthday Party Entertainers to Take Your Party to the Next Level

So, you’ve decided to throw a birthday party and want to skip the hype of renting, and host the party yourself. Sure, you’re an excellent host and have the space to fit a handful of extra kids, but while you may be able to show off some pretty fantastic Pinterest skills, you might want to hire some extra entertainment. Philadelphia is full of local pros who can come to the rescue (some even in superhero costume no less) and take the party off the charts! From song and dance, to wild animals, to face painting, we have you covered! Also, if the idea of cleaning up after a handful of kids suddenly sounds like more work and less play, we have some excellent recommendations for places outside your home to throw an amazing birthday bash!

Rock and Roll Summer Camps for Little Rockstars

School is (almost) out for summer! But the school of rock is in session. This summer, if your child wants to forego the usual camp experience in favor of a chance to see what it is like to feel the limelight, then consider signing them up for a week (or an entire summer) packed with opportunities to perform some old fashioned rock and roll. Rock and roll camps give kids an opportunity to learn music, try their hand at different instruments, and even perform on stage for friends and family! Who needs swim lessons and hiking when you can learn how to shred?!

And be sure to browse our Camp Directory, for even more ideas- like art camp for the artists in your family!

June GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than to get outside and play! There are loads of fun activities in our event calendar this month, and our summer guide holds even more fun for Philly area kiddos. We've rounded up all the best strawberry picking, spraygrounds, free outdoor movies and concerts, and more! And if you're heading to the shore, we've got things to do with toddlers, best boardwalks, and best beaches.

Make sure you grab your tickets to kick off summer with Mommy Poppins at the Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party at Smith Memorial Playground! 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parades, Concerts, Movies, Festivals May 29-June 2

With a short work and school week ahead, there is no doubt Philly families are making room for extra fun.

To start, dress the family in red, white, and blue to celebrate Memorial Day with a parade in Wayne, Trappe, Media, Kennett, or Downingtown. Put on dancing shoes and get ready to jam to tunes at Chadds Ford Winery's Memorial Day Music Festival, West Chester's Swingin' Summer Thursdays, Bryn Mawr's Twilight Concert Series, or Shady Brook Farm's Wine Concert. Relax a bit either outdoors with kids of all ages or inside with babies in tow at the movies. With an entertaining and exciting line-up like this, families are sure to make some great memories this week.

Don't forget to mark your calendar for Mommy Poppins Philadelphia's Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party at Smith on June 3! Get your tickets today!

New Discovery at Sea Brings Science and Nature Themes to Princess Cruises

Cruises are fun. How can you beat a giant floating resort with entertainment, amusements, unlimited food, and fun at every turn? And that’s just on the ship. My favorite part of a cruise is waking up in a new location to explore.

Now, Princess Cruises is bringing more joy of discovery to your next vacation at sea with a new partnership. Teaming up with Discovery Channel, new Discovery At Sea excursions and on-ship programming bring to life the nature, wildlife, and history of each destination. We were hosted on the Grand Princess, sailing year round from San Francisco, and the first ship to offer the new Discovery at Sea programming.

Free Water Fun: Splash Pads and Sprinklers at Philly Area Parks

“If they’re crabby, put them in water.” The poem, How to Really Love a Child, offers these words of wisdom to parents of small children, and in the summer heat this couldn't be more true! But thankfully in Philadelphia, kids don’t have to be cranky to love a good splash in the summertime. In addition to being home to more public pools than any other city in the country, new spraygrounds and splash pads seem to pop up every year. These city spaces are a great way to cool off the little ones, get some exercise, and make the most of the hot weather without committing to a pool membership or water park passes. Here are a few of our favorite spots (new and old) in the Philadelphia area, many of which are already open for the season. Go ahead, jump in and prevent those crabby moments from creeping in!

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Horses, History, & Parades May 27-29

Traditionally, Philly families may spend this unofficial start of summer weekend by taking a trip to the shore, swimming in a lake, eating at a backyard cookout, or watching a parade honoring those who fought for this country. While all of those are amazing ways to spend the weekend, if you are looking for something new to add to your Memorial Day festivities, there are some 'must-do' activities in our event calendar.

Watch the horses race at the Devon Horse Show Grounds. Learn about American history with a visit to Historic Philadelphia; be sure to stop by a Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Bench, listen to a recitation of the Declaration of Independence, and see a colonial-inspired puppet show. Or take a moment to appreciate America's beautiful outdoors with a bird walk at Newlin Grist Mill, a boat trip along the Schuylkill River at Bartram's Gardens or a creek critter search at Norristown Farm Park and savor this land we call home. Check out the new fountain display at Longwood Gardens' Summer of Spectacle as it opens this weekend. With all of these options, it is sure to be a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Also, now's the time to get your tickets to our Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party next weekend. There'll be pony rides, face painting, games and activities. Plus, a Sesame Place giveaway. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Get your tix now!

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

As the school year comes to a close and extracurricular activities wind down, the festival, fair, and carnival season is just getting started! We've compiled a list of all the great festivals and fairs happening this June. From the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to annual traditions, there is something for every member of the family. So, get out your calendar and be sure to make time for the array of fun that awaits Philly families this month!

Free Outdoor Concerts Happening in Philly this Summer

Summer means warm weather which is the perfect time to head outdoors for easy, cheap and fun activities like free movies and concerts. Pack your chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket and the bug spray, and enjoy an afternoon or evening of free tunes. Here's our comprehensive list of the outdoor concerts happening in the Delaware Valley this summer.

For some of the more popular bands, the venues can get packed, so plan on arriving on the early side.

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