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American Girl Live: Your Favorite Dolls Take the Stage in First-Ever National Tour

With two five-year-old girls in the family, the American Girl Doll phenomenon has overtaken our home—quite literally. We have dolls, furniture, books, and an extensive wardrobe I find myself slightly envious of. "Julie" and "Maryellen" have hobbies we talk about, preferences on activities, and are with us so often that I sometimes forget that they're not real-life pals of my daughters. So, as you can imagine, when I announced we would be going to the all-new, first-ever American Girl Live show, I was met with shrieks of excitement—followed by weeks of planning outfits, accessories, and hair-dos, for both them and their 18-inch sidekicks.

American Girl Live, featuring six of the iconic dolls and an all-girl cast (not to mention an all-female crew and creative team behind the scenes) will be touring the country in 2019, with stops that include New Jersey, ConnecticutPhiladelphia, Boston, New York City, Long Island, and Maryland. In keeping with the American Girl mission, the show is all about "girl power," a message that came through to my girls loud and clear when I took them (and Julie and Maryellen, of course) to the Capitol Center of the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire, one of the show's first tour stops.

Summer Art Camps for Philly Area Kids

Summer will be here before we know it, and many parents are starting to think about camps. If you have a budding young artist in your family, there is no shortage of camp options available for you in the Philadelphia area. From museums and neighborhood art leagues to paint-your-own ceramic studios, we have assembled a list to fit all levels of artistic ability. So, if your children have created enough crafts at home this winter and are ready for a new learning experience, read on for our ideas.

Be sure to browse our Camp Directory for even more ideas!

Annual 2019 Philly GoList: What To Do in 2019 with Philly Kids

With 2018 officially in the history books, Philly families can look forward to all the fun that awaits in 2019. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some of our top picks for the year. From annual activities such as the Philadelphia Flower Show. Invention Convention, and Paleopalooza to new opportunities like productions featuring American Girl Live at The Kimmel Center and Fly Guy: The Musical at the Walnut Street Theatre, there is much excitement happening throughout the Delaware Valley.

Please be aware that venues holding events later in the year are still updating details about their offerings. Please check back often for the latest information.

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.

25 Fun Things to Do with Kids in the Phoenix Area

At first glance, Phoenix might seem like just cactus and desert as far as the eye can see. Yet, there is so much more to this western city than scorching heat and golf. Families will find fantastic museums, unique attractions, such as a stunning desert botanical garden and a Butterfly Wonderland, as well as a fascinating history that makes this capital city come to life.

A trip to the Valley of the Sun makes a perfect winter getaway or spring break for sun seekers. There are water parks, pools, hiking, spas for the grown-ups and plenty of resorts from which to choose. We've already explored neighboring Scottsdale, Arizona, and now we want to take you on a tour of the 25 top things to do in Phoenix for families with kids. Whether you stay at a five-star resort or spend your vacation with family and friends, this gem of the Grand Canyon State has a little something for everyone.

7 Ideas for a Winter Getaway for Philly Families

The holidays are over and winter is officially here.  As the days, however slowly, start to lengthen,  we have been thinking about what to do (and where to go) this winter. Whether you enjoy skiing, building snowmen, or roasting s’mores, there are plenty of cold-weather winter activities to do. If you’re thinking of going away for a winter weekend, there are plenty of options for a quick road trip. 

Best Winter Baby Clothes and Gear for Cold Weather Survival

It’s no secret that winter babies require more gear and baby clothing than their summer siblings, especially those born in northern climates, such as Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

New parents should prepare to do battle with snowdrifts, chilling wind gusts that leave faces and fingers raw, and otherwise icy and wet conditions on the way to daycare, playdates, the local library, or wherever. Stock up on some of our favorite stroller blankets, footmuffs, toddler mittens, adorable baby snowsuits, booties, and winter hats before the real storms hit.

Cold weather protection doesn’t stop at the baby phase, of course, especially for those navigating city streets outdoors. “NYC kids stay in their strollers a bit longer than suburban kids, because they have to deal with the elements a lot more,” explains Carol Adams, owner of Torly Kid, a popular kids clothing boutique in Manhattan, by email. “I know I kept my kids wrapped in their 7 A.M. Enfant footmuff and covered the stroller with a wind protector until they were almost 5!”

Read on for our top picks of baby winter clothes and gear for keeping newborns and toddlers toasty—no matter the temperature.

Fun Philly Area Summer Camps for Preschoolers

For working parents of preschoolers, finding a summer camp can be particularly difficult because most places only accept campers who are age 4 or above. Whether you have to work over the summer, or you just want to send your toddler for some fun, we've got lots of great summer camps for you. Here's a list of places that have special camps for children ages 3 and sometimes under. Have older kids, too? Check out our Summer Camp Guide and posts about camps for art, STEM, and sports, too.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Performances, Nature January 12-13

Chilling temperatures can not deter Philly parents from offering opportunities for Philly kids to discover new activitieslearn facts about previously unknown topics, and have indoor fun. This weekend allows plenty of options that can be found in our events calendar.

Museums are a great way to escape winter weather while offering excitement and fun. Penn Museum offers its family-oriented Second Saturday event which features a "Let the Games Begin" theme while the National Liberty Museum hosts its monthly GiveBack Workshop, a chance to make and donate to Capes for Kids. Curious minds may be interested in learning about Vikings at The Franklin Institute's Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibit or Alexander Hamilton at the Museum of the American Revolution.

Those looking to see a show can find many from which to select. Charlotte's Web is on stage at the Arden Theatre, The Wizard of Oz can be seen at The Media Theatre, Seussical can be found at Delaware Children's Theatre, and the characters from Peter and the Starcatcher come to life at Wolf Performing Arts Center. Itching to get outside? Nature lovers can brave the weather to take a winter night hike at Tyler Arboretum or try a cross-country ski clinic at Norristown Farm Park.

Keep reading for more ways to have fun this January weekend.

Hit the Slopes! 20 Places to Ski (and Snowboard) Near Philly

Winter is here! That means it is finally officially time to hit the slopes! Pennsylvania is home to numerous mountains and resorts boasting ski-worthy lanes, steep slopes, and tons of options for snow tubing action as well.

Whether you are looking for big slopes or small, a chance to practice tricks, teach your kids, or even leave them with a sitter while you and your partner make it a day-date, PA slopes have it all! So pack on that winter gear and take a gander at some of the best places to enjoy a winter wonderland by ski, snowboard, or snow tube!

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