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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Consignment Sales, Homeschool Days, Dance March 6-10

As March begins, Philly families may notice one big clue that spring's around the corner: consignment sales are infiltrating our events calendar! There are plenty of sales throughout the Delaware Valley to get your kiddos stocked with spring and summer clothes for the season. But, if your kids are like mine, trying on clothes is probably the least exciting thing to do. Intertwine fashion with fun at some of the exciting activities this week.

Start the week off with some delicious pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day at your local IHOP. Listen to stories at Linvilla Orchards and then enjoy the weather with some free play at Linvilla's Playland Playground. Learn about North America at Penn Museum's Homeschooler Day or explore nature at Bucktoe Creek Preserve's Drop-In on Nature Playgroup. If there is a dancer who likes the Dance Mom series in your house, you won't want to miss Children's Book World's The Maddie Diaries event.

There's only one more week to share the love, Phillly, and win a stay at Camelback Resort by voting for your favorite BESTIE. Make it a great week!

From Parades to Pubs: St. Patrick's Day Events for Philly Families

Being home to one of the longest continuously held St. Patrick's Day parades, Philadelphia certainly knows how to celebrate the luck of the Irish during the month of March. However, it's not all about pub crawls and green beer. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are opportunities to learn about Irish history, dance to an Irish jig, sing along to Irish music, listen to Irish stories, search for hidden leprechauns, and, of course, watch a traditional St. Patrick's Day parade! We have rounded up a list of exciting activities worth a pot of gold. So, get the family ready and have some fun this St. Patrick's Day. Sláinte!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Paleopalooza, Paw Patrol, Bank of America Weekend March 4-5

Now that March has arrived in the Delaware Valley, Philly families can take part in many annual traditions. This weekend, children can enjoy The Academy of Natural Sciences' annual two day fossil festival called Paleopalooza. Active families can take one last spin on the ice as Blue Cross RiverRink closes for the season. Nature lovers can visit John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove for its annual Sapsucker Festival featuring delicious samples of sweet syrup as well as live animal demonstrations.

On the other hand, consider adding a new experience to your family calendar. Fans of Paw Patrol are wowed by Ryder and his friends as they take the stage at the Merriam Theater. Those interested in science can explore Fairmount Water Works to learn about diatoms at Science Saturday. And, history enthusiasts can learn proper soldier marching techniques at Valley Forge Historic Park. Finish out the weekend with a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its Set Sail Family Festival, The Michener Museum for its Family Drawing Days, or one of the local Philadelphia area museums offering free admission for Bank of America card holders.

There's only one more week left to vote for your favorite Philly BESTIE for a chance to win a stay at Camelback Resort!  Now, keep reading to see all the fun that awaits this weekend.

Car Seat Safety Checks for Philadelphia Parents

Installing a new infant car seat can be confusing. There are a lot of rules when it comes to car seat safety, and sometimes it can seem overwhelming. Is it in tight enough? Is it straight enough? Are the straps set correctly? Only about 5% of parents get it right on their own- and about half of the 95% who did it wrong have older kids and have done it before. Sometimes, just having a second pair of eyes looking at your baby's seat can alleviate all your concerns. Car seat safety checks are a great (and free) resource for parents. It never hurts to get checked out. That's why we've compiled a list of places in the area who offer free car seat safety inspections regularly, so you can have a little peace of mind. We recommend calling ahead of time as most are by appointment only.

Crafty Kids: Philadelphia Classes & Workshops for Creators

Making things with your hands is one of those activities where patience, focus, and determination result in a tangible and potentially usable object. Craft classes are another opportunity like dance, technology, theater, or writing classes to give kids a creative way to express themselves. Here are awesome places where creativity is valued and encouraged and will result in bracelets, skirts, ceramic bowls, wood boxes, or an artwork that any parent will be happy to display.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Seuss, Stories, Swim Night February 27-March 3

February comes to an end this week. But, this weather has made it seem like it ended weeks ago! Our events calendar is exploding with activities for everyone in the family.

Get ready to celebrate the beloved children's author Dr. Seuss with birthday celebrations featuring stories, crafts, and games at Katharine Drexel Library, Wynnefield Library, Queen Memorial Library, and Cobbs Creek Library. Load up the stroller for a Squeaky Wheels tour of Winterthur. Visit Smith in the playhouse for its Family Mornings or see what's hopping at the Academy of Natural Science's Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibit and grab a bite to eat nearby afterwards. Finish out the week with a dip in the pool at Fitness Works.

Be sure to browse through our recently released March GoList to plan family activities for the month ahead. And, don't forget to cast your vote in our Philadelphia Besties for your chance to win FREE admission to Diggerland USA and Sahara Sam's.

March GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

Spring is almost here! The weather is turning, and it's the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some quality family time. Get outside, take a walk, and enjoy nature and all the newly blooming flowers. Enjoy some ice cream on a sunny day. With spring comes all the great consignment sales that Philly area families love- perfect for stocking up for a new babe, or for outfitting those ever-growing toddlers. Easter doesn't come until April this year, but there's always St. Patty's Day to celebrate! 

Although, maybe we still have time to get that one big snow day in! Hurry up, and check all the winter fun off your list before it's too late. As always, check our event calendar for even more fun things happening this March!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Maple Sugar, Dr. Seuss, Performances February 25-26

Philly families have been spoiled with some delightful spring-like weather this February. Fill the beautiful weekend ahead with extraordinary fun that can be found in our events calendar.

Start the day off with a pancake breakfast at Tyler Arboretum or Churchville Nature Center as they both celebrate maple sugar season. Or, perhaps you prefer Green Eggs and Ham... Then get ready for Dr. Seuss story times held at Barnes & Nobles in Rittenhouse Square, Exton, and Bensalem, or Dr. Seuss' Birthday Bash at King of Prussia's Lakeshore. Finish off family fun by seeing a show such as Miss Nelson is Missing at Bristol Riverside Theater or The Jungle Book presented by the Pennsylvania Ballet II at Prince Theater.

Parenting Win! Cast your vote in our Philadelphia Besties for your chance to win FREE admission to Diggerland USA and Sahara Sam's. It's a win-win, just like our top picks for the weekend.

Where to get Fasnachts, King Cakes, Paczki, and Donuts for Mardi Gras in Philadelphia

Whether you call it Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday, one thing is clear- the best way to celebrate is with some delicious sweet treats! The King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition where a plastic baby is baked right inside the cake! Whomever receives the lucky slice, gets to host the next party (or at least get next year's King Cake). The Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate Fasnacht Day by getting rid of all the fat in the house before Lent, which means yummy donuts (and the tradition states that if you don't eat one, you won't have a very good year). Paczkis are the Polish version of the pre-Lent donut. No matter what you call it, we've found all the best places around town to grab your special treat.

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