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Consignment Shops for Kids & Teens in Montgomery County

Children's consignment shops are a great resource for parents looking to save money on kids' clothes and baby gear. Many of the resale boutiques in Montgomery County specialize in brand-name apparel, offering deep discounts on gently-used designer clothes. Consignment stores also give parents an easy, year-round option for selling outgrown items.

Read on for our roundup of kids' consignment shopping in Montco. Also be sure to check out our post about children's consignment shops in neighboring Bucks County and our two comprehensive lists of spring and fall consignment sale events.

25 Water Games for Kids To Play All Summer Long

Water games are an easy way to keep the kids entertained—and cool—this summer. From a simple water balloon toss to fancier DIY fun like sprinkler Twister, these outdoor games are sure to please all ages.

One year, I found myself home with both kids for a whole summer due to a shift in my career path, so we got pretty creative with the water games. There were 10 weeks to fill after all! Read on for our favorites—and you can also download this free printable with all 25 top water games for kids.

Need more free and cheap activities for the kids this summer break? Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep them busy (and tired out). Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List and Free Summer Fun Ideas. But their absolute favorites are the water games for splish-splashy, low-key summer fun.

A Tiny House Hotel Vacation Means Big Fun for Families

For traveling families, a tiny house rental can make the perfect hotel solution. It often comes with multiple beds without the cost of a pricey multiroom suite, as well as family-friendly amenities, such as stocked kitchens. It doesn't hurt that they're so very cute and often set among pretty landscapes, from beaches to forests and mountains. 

Tiny houses have grown in popularity in recent years as many of us try to reduce our footprint and that means a tiny house getaway is all the more accessible. There are now villages of tiny houses available for American vacationers. Tiny home resorts have cropped up, too, while some campgrounds and even urban areas have added a handful of rentable tiny homes to their grounds.

So pack light and check out these seven tiny house resorts that allow you and the kids to try on tiny living for size.

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.

Consignment Shops for Kids & Teens in Bucks County

With the change in season, parents are discovering that their kids' closets are overflowing with shirts that are too tight, dresses that are too short, and shoes that don't fit those little piggies anymore. Fortunately, Bucks County boasts a variety of stores where parents can turn those outgrown clothes into cash through consignment.

And if you're looking to refill the closet with new-to-you wears, the resale stores on our list also offer great bargain shopping. Most only accept high-quality, gently-used items so parents can outfit their little ones at a fraction of what you usually spend at the mall.

For more excellent deals, check out our list of spring consignment sales happening every spring and fall throughout the Philadelphia area. Don't forget to view our post featuring consignment shops in Montgomery County too!

Best of the Philly ‘Burbs: Our Favorite Pennsylvania Small Towns to Visit with Kids

While Philadelphia is a worthy destination–there are hundreds of family-friendly things to see and do, events to check out, and beautiful historic sites—sometimes you need a change of pace. And the truly great thing about living here is that whenever we need an excuse to get away, there are wonderful things to see and do across dozens of cute towns and boroughs in the area.

With school out, and hours to kill, it’s the perfect time to take a quick day trip or perhaps even a weekend getaway. Looking to slow things down and indulge in tasty treats? Visit Lancaster. Want to experience a quaint small town vibe? Drive to New Hope! Or would you rather take in some historic sites and nature walks? No matter your ideal out-of-town destination, these 12 suburbs are our favorites, and sure to make for an awesome excursion for you and your family

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

If your summer 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 for summer fun, 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 swimming lakes and bays. Read on for 10 of our favorites.

Music Classes for Philly Area Kids & Families

Kids march to the beat of their own drums, so why not help them keep their rhythm with some music classes? Some studies have shown that early music education helps children develop academic, physical, and social skills, and it also gives them an introduction to arts and culture. We have put together a list of music classes for kids in the Philadelphia area, but be sure to visit their websites for updated schedules. Visit our Classes Directory to keep up on the latest additions.

Fourth of July Weekend for Philly Kids: Fireworks, Festivals, and More Fun Things to Do

It's Fourth of July weekend! And, since this special summer holiday falls on a Thursday this year, many Philly parents find themselves with a four-day reprieve. What better way to celebrate our nation's freedom and independence than with fun-filled activities found in our events calendar!

Start off with an Independence Day celebration being held on the Parkway, in Peddler's Village, at a Park, or at the Plantation. Once the sun sets, watch the night sky illuminate in the city, in the suburbs, or down the shore. After Fourth of July events are over, families can load up baby in the stroller and wander about the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a Baby Bird Playdate, take the preschoolers to explore the Delaware Children's Museum during its discounted $5 After 5 PM event, discover fun facts with school aged kids at Penn Museum's Storytime Expedition, and try canoeing with tweens and teens at the John James Audubon Center. For family fun, head to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing for its weekend long Hispanic Fiesta, ride the amusements at the Norco Fire Company Carnival, or spend some time at a museum such as the Brandywine River Museum or the Barnes.

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

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