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Zip Lines and Adventure Ropes Courses for Kids in and Around NJ

Gear up for an outdoor adventure at one of New Jersey's newest treetop obstacle courses, or buckle up for a soaring ride on a zip line. Swaying bridges, wobbly balance logs, cargo nets, high wires, and rope ladders are among the features at some sky-high ropes courses, along with tree climbers and platforms built right into tree trunks. Many treetop courses are best for older kids and teens, but some also offer tykes courses that are closer to the ground.

We've rounded up some of the coolest of these zip lines and ropes courses in New Jersey, a few in Pennsylvania, and even a year-round indoor option just over the state line in Westchester. You'll find these parks at local zoos, amusement parks, down the Jersey Shore, and even at some of the Poconos family resorts.

Free Outdoor Summer Movies for Philly Families

Summer is the perfect time to spend quality time with family and friends, and nothing says "summer night" like attending a free outdoor movie under the stars. Many Philly families have made an outdoor film  a constant on their summer bucket list. But, if your family hasn't participated in this warm weather ritual before, no need to worry: Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some of the best locations to see free outdoor movies both in the city as well as the 'burbs.

Generally speaking, most films begin at dusk, but be sure to arrive early to locate the optimal viewing spot. Pack some snacks, a blanket (and bug spray, too), and then sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in or near Philadelphia.

Be sure to check back often for the latest free movie series announcements.

The Grove Resort and Water Park Is a Worthy Disney Alternative

When planning a family vacation to Orlando, Florida, you and the kids might have just one destination on the brain: Disney. But actually, as we’ve pointed out before, there’s more to Orlando than theme parks, including plenty of family resorts from which to choose.

If you’re looking off-park for a hotel, consider The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando. The 106-acre resort is just a few miles down the road from the entrance to Walt Disney World, but sits on a pretty tract of land set back from the major highways in a natural marsh and wooded landscape. It has all the favorite perks of a great family resort, including suites for housing extended family, pools, on-site restaurants, a spa, activities for kids, and even a water park.

We just returned from a long weekend at the resort and are happy to share our review.

5 Patriotic Day Trips to Historical Sites Near Philadelphia

No doubt, Philadelphia is chock full of history. From the Liberty Bell to the Franklin Mint, spooky old cemeteries and an abandoned penitentiary to battlegrounds and museums, much of America’s earliest history has roots right in the heart of the Delaware Valley.

But for families looking for places they might not have already explored or some fun, interesting, and mentally inspiring summertime excursions, we’ve rounded up five history-inspired day trips within a few hours’ drive of Philly. Consider this your historical day trip bucket list. No matter where you pick first, we wish you safe (time) travels!

Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families: Sandy Hook to Cape May

Make your New Jersey kid a beach baby and go "down the shore." New Jersey boasts 130 miles of shoreline and some of the prettiest beaches anywhere. Whether your family is looking for a busy boardwalk with children's rides, a beachside water park or sprinkler playground, towering lighthouses, toddler attractions, or something a bit quieter, the Jersey Shore has it. 

We've rounded up 10 of our favorite Jersey beaches, from a national park on the northern shore down to the busier southern beaches of Cape May and Atlantic City. So pack the car (and the kids) for a beach day trip or a long weekend—the summer possibilities are endless. And for more beach fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide, including a roundup of our favorite boardwalks.

Lights, Camera, Action! 8 Family-Friendly Shows Coming to Philly This Summer

Philadelphia is a city with lots of activities for kids with all kinds of interests. When it comes to entertainment, New York City is widely known for Broadway and its live entertainment scene, but you don't have to go to the Big Apple to catch a great show.

Whether your children are interested in getting on the big stage or in front of it, the city has a wonderful creative arts scene with something for just about every age group. In fact, Philadelphia has a summer full of must-see shows and performances that make for wonderful family outings. Check out these 8 live shows hitting Philly stages this summer that you and the family won’t want to miss.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Animals, Nature May 19-20

Philly families certainly have a big decision to make this May weekend.... which festival to attend! And, boy, is our event calendar filled with plenty of options.

There are festivals filled with tradition and culture. There are festivals with juicy strawberries or tasty rhubarb as the star of the show. Some festivals feature literary themes, while others showcase theater and storytelling.

After enjoying a festival or two, head into nature! Learn about tadpoles at Riverbend Environmental Education Center, frogs at Tyler Arboretum, sheep at Washington's Crossing Historical Park, or birds at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. Consider digging in the dirt at Newlin Grist Mill or spending time at Smith for some nature play.

So, text your friends, gather up the kids, and make some great spring memories together.

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