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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Car Show, Fantastic Beasts, Outdoor Fun July 29-30

As the month of July slips away, Philly families can savor plenty of summertime fun that can be found in our overloaded event calendar.

For families interested in music, check out Camden Waterfront's weekend-long XPoNential Music Festival with an extensive line-up of talent taking the stage throughout the weekend. Love classic and custom cars? Then, be sure to head to South Philly for the annual Car Show & Street Festival. Tween and teen fans of the book, Fantastic Beasts, can dream up their own magical worlds while little kids can listen to mystical stories at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore's Fantastic Beasts Weekend.

Perhaps your clan wants to get outdoors. Put on a life jacket and paddle down the Schuylkill River. Show off speed and agility at Your First Mud Run at Morey's Pier. Grab some binoculars to look for feathered friends in the sky or wait until nightfall to view stars and other celestial bodies. Finish up the weekend with delicious ice cream treats at Reading Terminal Market.

Still looking for a quick day trip or weekend getaway? Consider exploring a local waterfall or underground cavern, swimming in a nearby lake or a free Jersey beach, taking a road trip to Pittsburgh, or crossing the river for some amusement park fun. Whatever you choose, make it a great weekend!

Diggerland: A NJ Amusement Park for Construction-Loving Kids

If your kids can't get enough of trucks and dirt, head to Diggerland USA, a construction-themed amusement park in West Berlin. Diggerland is a child's construction-site fantasy, with a setup designed to fulfill the dreams of little builders ages 2 and up.

My 2-year-old son and I recently took the ride to West Berlin to see what it was all about, and we had a blast. However, we'll probably wait another year before returning so as to avoid the temptations of the rides he wasn't big enough to go on just yet. That said, if you're looking for a unique alternative to traditional amusement parks this summer, a trip to Diggerland is definitely in order. 

Get Moving: Free Outdoor Workouts for Philly Families this Summer

Whether you're trying to get back into shape or stay in shape, working out is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only does it keep parents happy and healthy, but it teaches kids how to keep moving and be healthy. If you're looking for a little extra motivation, check out these FREE workouts around the city this summer- bring your little kids with you in the stroller or have older kids join in!

Looking for mommy and me classes? Check out our round-up of Where to Get Fit With Baby.

20 Things Your Kid Can Do to Support the Paris Climate Accord

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Dr. Seuss

When it comes to making a difference in our world, even grown-ups can feel pretty small sometimes. It's hard to imagine that a single act could really change much of anything. But looking at the big picture can help. Imagine if everybody on your street did the same small things every day. And imagine if each of those neighbors told a friend, who started doing those small things, too. Before long, all of those individual little acts start to add up to big change. With the U.S. government's recent decision to back out of the Paris Climate Accord, an agreement in which individual countries pledge to do their part to curb global warming, now more than ever we need to think of ways we can start living a little lighter. Set aside a half-hour with your child and read this list of simple things kids and parents can do, together, to support the efforts and spirit behind the Paris Climate Accord.

25 Water Games for Kids To Play All Summer Long

Due to a recent shift in my career path, I'm staying home with my kids this summer—all 10 weeks of it! There will be no camp to tire them out or sitter to entertain them. Luckily, we have access to one thing really works for filling out long summer days: water. My kids—and yours, I bet—like to get wet.

Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep the kiddies busy. Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List and a few from the list of '70s Outdoor Games. But their absolute favorites are water-based, like the 25 cool and splishy-splashy activities below. 

Top Paintball Fields for Teens and Tweens Near Philadelphia

While you might not normally think about paintball as a great way to get into the "great outdoors" the fact of the matter is, paintball parks are typically acres of land where your kids will basically get a chance to play an epic game of hide-and-seek with some hilarious, if slightly painful, consequences. Your teen or tween may already be a fan, or you might be trying to find some way to burn off their excessive energy. Either way, you are in luck because the Philadelphia suburbs has some great fields, many of which are family-friendly.

Tubing and Water Rafting Adventures for Philly Families

One of my fondest family-bonding memories was setting out on our first whitewater rafting adventure. I was nine, barely old enough for the rapids my family picked, so when I helped steer the boat past a "dangerous rock" (as our guide put it) I felt incredibly important. The entire day was fun, we worked together as a team, and we still talk about our adventures to this day. All this to say, whitewater rafting is seriously one of the most fun things I can think of to do as a family. Second only to our many adventures tubing. Nothing beats a day on the river, floating, swimming, and basking in the sun. Occasionally catching a little rapid and racing to see who can get to the best spots first.

If you are tired of these 90 degree days and looking for some spectacular fun outdoor activities, we have you covered with our picks of the best rafting and tubing spots in the area. For more water fun, check out our roundup of spots to go canoeing and boating near Philadelphia.

If you decide to head to the Poconos for your water adventures, check out our list of 61 Things To Do in the Poconos for more fun places to check out while you're there.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Balloons, Magic, Fairs, Carnivals July 24-28

Summertime means laid-back schedules and no schoolwork for Philly kids. However, for Philly parents, this carefree time of the year can present a dilemma... How can I keep the kids occupied (especially if there's no camp this week)? Leave it to Mommy Poppins Philly to round up some great ideas for the week ahead.

See entertaining balloon tricks at the Colonial Theater or watch spectacular juggling and magic acts at White's Road Park. Try your luck at carnival games at the Midway Fire Company Carnival or the Cochranville Fire Company Carnival. Head to the Kimberton Fair for rides, 4H demonstrations, and even pig races! Sing and dance along at an outdoor concert held at Narberth Playground, Central Park, or along the Camden Waterfront.

Need more ideas? Browse through our event calendar to find all the summer fun that is to be had.

24 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this August

If visiting a summertime festival, fair, or carnival is on your summer bucket list and it has yet to be crossed off, look no further. Here is our round-up of Delaware Valley's August fun. These festivals, featuring entertaining live music, delicious foods, rides, and culture, will not disappoint. So take a look and be sure to visit some of these events with your family this month.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Water Fun, Festivals, Theater Shows July 22-23

Lots of summertime fun awaits Philly families this weekend! Whether you're visiting the Jersey Shore, enjoying sweet treats at a local festival, or taking in some theatre, our event calendar is exploding with excitement.

Learn about the properties of water and how its energy is harnessed for power at demonstrations held at Hagley Museum. Get soaked in a melted snowstorm by the fire company at Byers' Choice's Christmas in July event. Splash around at one of the sprinkler or splash pads throughout the Delaware Valley, check out a pop-up public pool, or splurge with a visit to a water theme park. After drying off, visit a tasty festival such as the Sweet Corn Festival at Oasis Family Farm, Sweet Corn and Blackberry Festival at Linvilla Orchards, or the Honey Festival at The Harriton House. Wrap up the weekend by seeing a theatrical performance such as Grease or Fiddler on the Roof.

With so many choices, everyone in the family can share in all the fun summer 2017 has to offer.

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