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7 Awesome Summer Camps for Teens & Tweens

Summer can be a unique opportunity to indulge a new interest, fine tune one's skills, or continue one's academic pursuits, sometimes even for college credit. With so many camps from which to choose, a little research, such as our posts on writing camps, tech camps, sports camps, and arts camps, can help.  This list includes unique camps almost exclusively for teens and tweens. For more summer camp ideas for kids of all ages, check out our comprehensive camp guide

Passover with Kids: 10 Slightly Irreverent Ways To Make Seders Fun

As religious holidays go, Passover is pretty user-friendly. It can even be a great holiday for inviting non-Jewish friends to join in, since the primary activities are eating, storytelling, and playing with food—all universally appealing. From a kid perspective, though, it can sometimes feel like a whole lot of sitting around waiting for something better to eat than parsley. Extra verses of Grandpa singing Dayenu may have been enough to keep the party entertaining when we were kids, but let's face it, the bar has risen a little since then. To keep the retelling of the slaves' delivery out of Egypt lively for the next generation, we've collected 10 creative ways to make a Passover seder fun for kids. This is not your mama's seder, but it should help to hold everyone's attention until the matzo balls arrive.

It's Consignment Season, Clean Your Closets and Cash In

It's finally getting warm out, spring is in the air, and you are probably starting your spring cleaning tasks! If those tasks include clearing out your kid's closets and attempting to downsize the growing mass of post-holiday toys, then you are in luck—spring is peak consignment sale season! While it might be tempting to just toss the growing pile of clothes and toys, but what you have on your hands is a treasure trove. With proper planning and a little effort, you can turn that pile into a cash advance on your next big purchase, or use it to restock your child's growing wardrobe needs.

Here are our top tips for making your consignment efforts worthwhile:

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Sesame Street April 3-7

The week ahead allows Philly kids to explore the world around them through cultural festivals,museum experiences, theatrical performances, and plenty of springtime fun.

Drop by Washington Square for a free outdoor Tinkergarten class or view the cherry blossoms all week long at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. Participate in the Delaware Art Museum's Glory of Stories program, take a gallery walk through the Philadelphia Museum of Art during Baby Bird Playdate, or drop the kids off for some fun at the Delaware Museum of Natural History for its Parents' Night Out. Take in a show this week such as Arden Theatre Company's The Light Princess or Ambler Theater's Puss In Boots by Family Stages. Or, see the gang from Sesame Street take the stage at The Liacouras Center. Be sure to head to the mall so your fur babies can get their pictures with the Easter Bunny and squeeze in an egg hunt before the weekend arrives.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

There's no joke about it. Mother Nature certainly has teased the Delaware Valley with a mild winter. Now, Philly families can finally embrace April and all the fun that awaits this spring. In our events calendar, families can find scientific fun at many local events associated with the Philadelphia Science Festival, multiple spring food festivals for foodies, Brick Fest for Lego lovers, Earth Day activities for the environmentally aware, and amazing consignment sales for those looking for a bargain.

But, wait! Easter arrives this month as well so be sure to check out our round ups of egg hunts, bunny brunches, train rides, and farm fun. Time to get out your family calendar and plan some family fun with our top picks for the month.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Shows, Cherry Blossom Festival April 1-2

It's no joke. An April Fool's weekend filled with museum experiences, theater productions, an amusement park opening, and cherry blossom festival awaits Philly families.

For starters, the Academy of Natural Sciences hosts its annual Animal Superhero Weekend, The Barnes offers its Free First Sundays , and The Brandywine River Museum presents its free PNC Arts Alive Family Programming. Bank of America® and Merrill Lynch® card holders can get free admission to many Pennsylvania museums such as the National Constitution Center and New Jersey museums such as the Garden State Discovery Museum throughout the weekend. After a museum visit, consider a trip to the theater. Younger children can enjoy Walnut Street Theatre's "Skippyjon Jones" while older kids can experience Arden Theatre's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

However, if your crew wants to get outdoors, consider visiting Storybook Land as it opens for the season. Or, experience the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival which features the opening of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden along with a host of cultural activities. Continue reading for our top picks. No foolin', it's a great line up of fun!

Hop Aboard the Easter Bunny Express: Train Rides for Kids Near Philly

Spring is in the air, and many of our scenic railroads are celebrating the season with Easter excursions. Families are invited to get outside after a long winter to enjoy a trip through the countryside with Peter Cottontail himself! We have rounded up several Easter-themed trains that are running special events for kids in the Delaware Valley.

Some of these trains include an Easter Egg hunt at the halfway stop. It is helpful to check whether the railroad provides a photographer and charges for a picture with the Bunny or if you can bring your own camera.

These Easter Bunny Trains can be the start of a great family tradition to celebrate the Easter holiday and to welcome Spring!  Be sure to check our calendar for more fun spring events.

15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

There are few things more satisfying than pulling a fast one on your own kid, but elaborate prepwork is sure to sap the fun out of any good April Fools' Day joke. In the past, we've shared ideas for old-school gags and creative tricks to play on children, but more recently, we've found that the very best pranks are also the simplest. Here, we run down 15 easy ways to show kids that when it comes to April 1st, at least, we still have the upper hand.

Easter Bunny Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner for Philly Families

To celebrate the season of spring, Philly families may want to offer their children the experience of visiting with the Easter Bunny. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are many opportunities to do just that. Kids have a chance to enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner with the bunny at a variety of locations including gardens, zoos, boats, and restaurants. Some events include photo-ops, egg hunts, or even a train ride!

Take a look at some of our favorite events happening this year. Be sure to book your reservation in advance as many of these opportunities sell out.

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