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Great Places to Eat with Kids Near Camden Adventure Aquarium

Let’s face it, a day at the Adventure Aquarium can work up an appetite, especially if your experience is anything like mine: Frantically chasing my child through dimly lit exhibits to make sure he doesn't get away from me in his excitement. While there is plenty to eat at aquarium's newly remodeled Marketplace, an all-new eco-friendly dining experience with a focus on locally-sourced, seasonal options for the entire family. But if you want to explore more options, you’re in luck - there are a handful of local options within walking distance of the aquarium.

Avoid the Summer Slump: Spend the Night With Wild Animals and 4 Other Cool Ways to Keep Kids Learning While School's Out

Kids thrive on cool. And let's face it, "cool" and "learning" don't often go together. During the summer lull, this is even tougher to come by. And while fun on occasion, there are only so many times you can go to the library, a book store, or a museum. And if you have a tween like I do, you know that trying to pull your youngster from a favorite electronic or video game console is like trying to pull a cat off its scratching post. So, "cool"  definitely has to accompany any instructional activity, particularly when school's out.

With this in mind, here are five top programs in the Greater Philly area that'll keep your youngsters entertained and intellectually stimulated.

Cheap Swim Lessons in and around Philadelphia

There's no doubt about it, swimming is an important life skill. That's why it's essential to teach kids how to swim at an early age. Plus, it means you can worry a little less during those long summer days at the pool or beach. We've rounded up some great nearby swimming lessons that are also affordable. Get the kiddos in their swimsuits and goggles and head on out to one of these great swim classes.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Pirate Festival, Xtreme Bugs, Big Bounce July 7-8

If you need weekend inspiration, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has got you covered. Our jam-packed event calendar is exploding with ways to encourage imagination, creativity, and physical activity.

Grab an eye patch and a sword to head to the Wilmington Pirate Festival, where kids can make pirate crafts, see aerial pirate performances, and take tours of the boat, the Kalmar Nyckel. Pretend you are a prince or princess and explore Fonthill Castle as you learn what it was like to live there long ago. View oversized insects in a world of gigantic bugs at Academy of Natural Science or construct fairy houses or teepees in the garden at Morris Arboretum. Channel your inner artist by dropping by an art session or art museum. Burn off some energy (and calories) at The Big Bounce America or paddle down Perkiomen Creek. Still looking for more? Continue reading our top picks for an amazing weekend!

46 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Summer

The dog days of summer have arrived in the Delaware Valley! With less rigid schedules and more daylight hours, Philly families have time to create their own personalized Summer 2018 Bucket List, unique to their family. But, don't think you have to go it alone. Mommy Poppins has rounded up a ton of exciting summer activities such as nature programs, outdoor concerts, theater productions, educational opportunities (Bonus: The kids won't even realize they are learning) and free movies. There will be no time for children to be bored!

Be sure to browse our comprehensive post featuring amazing 100 Free Things To Do with Kids in Philly this Summer, as well as our ultimate bucket list, 100 Things to Do with Philly Kids Before They Grow Up. Make this summer the best one yet.

Free Beaches in New Jersey: No-Cost Family Fun in the Sun

If your fun-in-the-sun bucket list includes camp, vacation, and trips to our beloved Jersey Shore, summertime can be a season of major spending. Jersey Shore excursions are a must in the summer, but prices of beach badges and passes can really add up. Luckily, New Jersey is home to some free beaches—that's right, no admission fees required (though some do have parking fees). While some of these free beaches are found in popular vacation hotspots, other quieter and unguarded ones are located by lakes and bays. Read on for 10 of our favorites.

25 Beat-the-Heat Crafts for Hot Summer Days

Summer's here, the kids are out of school, and some days are made for staying indoors to relish in the A/C instead of weathering an outdoor event in 90+ temps and 85% humidity. The same old indoor activities can get boring for you and your crew though, so we've scoured our resources to bring together creative projects your kids are bound to enjoy. Make the day even more memorable and invite some friends over to join in the fun. 

Here's a list of 25 unique arts and crafts that can really help you stay cool (literally and figuratively) with your kids. Heads up, save your recyclables!

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

Get out your red, white, and blue gear for fabulous 4th celebrations and summer fun! School is out, festival season is charging along, and all the spraygrounds and splash pads are open. This month there is plenty to do to enjoy the summer weather. Check out events that are free or maybe sit down to enjoy a cold brew while the kids play, there are so many fun and unique ways to spend July in Philly. We've gathered 10 of our favorites here, but head over to our event calendar for a full listing of nearby events.

Looking for some everyday fun for the littlest members of your family? Try a visit to Dutch Wonderland or Sesame Place, both of which also include water park areas. Or head to the Jersey Shore for some much needed rest by the sea.

Need to beat the heat? Then try out any of these 25 indoors crafts and activities your family is sure to enjoy.

25 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this July

Festivals, fairs, and carnivals, oh my! This July, Philly families can create some awesome summer memories at any one (or a few!) of these great events. Classic carnivals and fairs offer the thrill of rides and the drool-worthy smell of funnel cake, while cultural festivals provide food and entertainment rich with tradition. Face-painting, balloon-twisting, music, and firework shows are part of many of these summertime events. Whether you attend an all-time family favorite or try a new event, make a festival, fair, or carnival a must-do item on this month's bucket list.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Wawa Welcome America, Festivals, Freedom June 30-July 1

With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, Philly families can get a jumpstart on celebrating freedom this weekend. The events calendar is packed with a ton of free activities as well as a few splurge-worthy events throughout the Delaware Valley.

Wawa Welcome America festivities are taking over the city. Children can learn through engaging Go 4th activities at the First Bank of the United States or the Fireman's Hall and Elfreth's Alley. Many museums offer admission for free this weekend, too, including the African American Museum in Philadelphia, The Barnes, Philadelphia History Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Looking for a party? Participate in a watermelon-eating contest at Peddler's Village's Red, White and Blue BBQ Bash, pet the animals at Kutztown Folk Festival, check out the family entertainment at Yachtstock RiverJam, visit the carnival at Freedom Festival.

Don't forget to pause and remember why we are celebrating our freedom with a powerful reading of the Declaration of Independence in Historic Philadelphia or Norristown Farm Park.

Dress up in your red, white, and blue and make it a great weekend!

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