32 Spring Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families

Spring is here and naturally so is festival season. Philly families look forward to a springtime filled with festivals, fairs, and carnivals. Whether you're in the city or the 'burbs, it is definitely worthwhile to add some of these events on your family's schedule. The variety is remarkable. From science and art to nature to culture, there is truly something for everyone. Rainy weather may impact some of these events since most are outdoors so be sure to check directly with the venue if the weather seems questionable. 

So, click on your family calendar, text some friends, and make plans to attend some of this great events this spring!

Insider’s Guide to Haines, Alaska: 21 Top Things to Do with Kids

Alaska is a dream destination on many family travel bucket lists. The way most people experience the state is to hop on one of the many cruises that travel up the Inside Passage. Cruising is particularly suited for Alaska travel because the scenery from the ship is beautiful and the destinations are hard to reach otherwise. But, as with many things in travel, the easiest road often passes by the best destinations.

Haines, Alaska, is one of those gems that is often missed by family cruisers. If you have the option to take a cruise that stops in Haines, or can take an excursion to Haines (an option from Skagway), I highly recommend it. Or, if you want to plan your own Alaska trip, you could easily spend a week in Haines without running out of amazing things to do with the kids, from bear watching and fishing to exploring some really unique museums.

20 Affordable Summer Camps for Philadelphia Families

Two months. That’s how long your student has off from school for the summer. While you could see this as a great bonding time with your kids (and it is!), there is one problem: it’s just so. much. time! That’s where summer camps come in to save the day. Teaching your kids new skills, helping them form new friendships, and burning off the copious amounts of energy.

But summer camp can be a major burden on the wallet. Fortunately, there are a number of local summer camps and programs that make enrollment much more manageable. Whether they want to learn more about science and technology, grow as an artist, or gain skills on the field, there is an affordable camp for every age and interest.

To help you make your selections, we’ve rounded up a great list of free or affordable summer camps (using the cap of $350 per week as the highest limit) that you can use to help keep your kids entertained and engaged all summer long. Most camp registrations are on a week to week basis.

Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farms in the Philadelphia Area

The start of strawberry picking season is a sure sign that summer is right around the corner. Spending a day picking this sweet fruit at a local orchard or farm is a great activity for families. It teaches kids about their food sources, connects everyone with nature, and makes for a fun outdoor experience, and some of the sweetest memories can be made nibbling on fresh strawberries out in the fields.

We have compiled a list of farms in the Philadelphia area that offer strawberry picking, as well as a few activity-filled strawberry festivals. Read our tips before you go to help make your day at the farm even more enjoyable.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Parades, Leprechauns, Consignment Sales March 16-17

The luck of the Irish has arrived in the Delaware Valley this weekend. Philly kids can search for leprechauns, listen to Celtic music, take a St. Patrick's Day train ride, and see an Irish dance performance. Many parades are set to march down the streets of Levittown, Springfield, Wilmington, and Conshohocken so be sure to grab the perfect viewing spot. Afterwards, head to an Irish festival at Green Parrot Restaurant Pub & Patio or Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant & Pub.

While there certainly is a lot of St. Patrick's Day fun, the weekend isn't all about the Irish. Harry Potter fans can search through the Philadelphia Museum of Art on a themed scavenger hunt. Those interested in meditation and yoga can participate in St. Alban's Mindfulness Day. Girls can learn about coding at First African Baptist Church while kids interested in archaeology can spend time digging at Newlin Grist Mill. Don't forget to get a jumpstart on updating the kids' closets for spring at the many consignment sales going on this weekend. Hopefully, you'll catch some good deals, if you aren't able to catch a leprechaun.

25 Things We Are Excited To Do With Philly Kids this Spring

Springtime in Philly is the perfect time to get outdoors and find some new adventures with your littles. Spring brings so many great activities and fun events for Philly families to do. For many, spring heeds the opening of lots of outdoor play spaces like Diggerland and Sesame Place. It's also a time for blooming flowers, festivals, and the pick-your-own season at area farms and orchards.

Take a look at our events calendar for more springtime activities.

Star Wars, Potter, and More New Theme Park Rides at Disney and Beyond

Amusement parks are a spring break and family vacation staple. From coast to coast, amusement and water parks abound, offering fun and thrills to parents and children ranging from toddlers to teens alike.

While there's never any shortage of excitement, having an opportunity to check out new attractions only adds to the kids' enjoyment. Take a look at which popular destinations are introducing everything from state-of-the-art roller coasters to gentle kiddie rides, and which are celebrating the opening of entirely new sections of their already-enticing parks in 2019. We've rounded up new rides (including water park fun) from California's Disneyland to Orlando, Florida and even along the New Jersey Shore boardwalks and in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Texas.

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

Spring is in the air, and Easter is on the way! Many of the area's scenic railroads celebrate the season with excursions that include springtime fun. We have rounded up several Easter-themed trains that are running special events for kids in the Delaware Valley and beyond. Some of these trains include an Easter Egg hunt at the halfway stop so be sure to bring along a basket. 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.

Plan out your Easter train ride with this helpful list. For additional options, don't forget to check out nearby New Jersey train rides as well. So, Philly families, get ready to climb aboard. The Easter Bunny awaits!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Maple Syrup, Irish Fun, Museums March 9-10

Daylight Saving Time is this weekend. You know, it's the dreaded time of year when we spring forward the clocks and lose an hour. With one less hour of free time, Philly families must make the fun count with a little help from our event calendar.

Wake up to delicious maple syrup at Peace Valley Nature Center or Washington Crossing State Park. Afterwards, burn off the sugar at the Philadelphia Leprechaun Run. Speaking of the Irish, there is a prelude to St. Patrick's Day fun this weekend. Families can gather for Philadelphia's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade which is held along Market Street and wraps up between 16th-20th along JFK Parkway. Once the performers are done, head to Malvern for Sober St. Patrick's Day, a family-friendly event featuring kids' activities, dancing, and prizes.

In addition to maple syrup and St. Pat's fun, museums throughout the Delaware Valley are hosting a variety of activities. Penn Museum welcomes visitors to its Music of the World event while the National Constitution Center invites scouts to complete badge work at its Girl Scout Day. Philly kids can also learn about chemistry at Delaware Children's Museum, press printing at Second Street Press, and orchids at Longwood Gardens.

So, don't forget to push those clocks ahead. At least on the positive side, Philly families can look forward to more light from now until the fall. Make it a great weekend!

Ski Free All Spring with the 2019 Ikon Pass - And Save $100 on Kids’ Passes

If you hit the slopes at least one week a year, a ski pass can mean serious savings for your family. Ikon Pass is an annual ski pass that gives you access to over 30 skiing and snowboarding destinations across 12 states, 4 Canadian provinces, and 4 continents. And even better, if you buy your pass now, you get this year’s spring skiing for free!

While you might think of skiing as a quintessential winter activity, the higher temps, longer days, and shorter chairlift waits make spring break the perfect time for a family ski trip. Whether you're a bunch of black diamond die-hards or some of your gang's still all about the bunny hill, an Ikon Pass will definitely help you make the most of spring on the slopes—and since the pass for the 19/20 season literally just went on sale, you can use it for the rest of this season, as well as all of next year.


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