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Best Montgomery County Parks and Playgrounds

Montgomery County has an abundance of family-friendly events and activities sure to keep the entire family busy and learning all year round. Across the county there are many beautiful parks, creative playgrounds and play spaces, and walking trails that can be enjoyed by residents and non-residents alike. We've rounded up some of our favorite parks and playgrounds in the area. Whether you live there, or your visiting for a day, there are plenty of great places to play!

Too hot, cold, or wet to play outside? Check out our favorite indoor play spaces in Montgomery County.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Camp Out, Apples, Museum Day Live!, September 22-23

Even though pumpkin flavored everything has been lining grocery store shelves for weeks, autumn officially arrives this weekend. It's time for hoodies, football, and apple treats in addition to plenty of fall fun found in our event calendar.

Philly families can welcome the new season by building a scarecrow, wandering through a straw maze, or participating in an apple pie eating contest. Outdoorsy families can learn how to pitch a tent and build a campfire at a family camp-out while animal lovers can see a monarch release and live animal demonstrations. Or, find a spot along the banks of Core Creek Park to watch the boats from the Bucks County Dragon Boat Festival zip by. For indoor fun, families can explore many local museums. This weekend, certain participating museums offer two free tickets to celebrate Museum Day Live! while the Benjamin Franklin Museum provides free admission to recognize National Public Lands Day.

For more ideas on how to spend the weekend, continue reading for our top picks.

Indoor Play Spaces for Babies and Toddlers in Chester County

There's only so much time a parent can spend inside the house if they don't want the kids to completely lose their minds. That's when a little socialization and a change of scenery is a great idea! While a trip to the local park or library for story time can be great, there are a few ways to change it up with other indoor play spaces. Our list of indoor play areas in Chester County is here to help. Be sure to also check out our roundups of indoor play spots for little ones in BucksMontgomery, and Delaware Counties as well as Philadelphia.

Interactive “Crash, Splash, or Moo!” Invites Young Readers to Play Along

My daughter and I have read Bob Shea’s brand new Crash, Splash, or Moo! so many times now that I’m pretty sure I could transcribe it here from memory. But instead of giving away the much-anticipated outcomes of the interactive book that plays out like a totally wacky quiz show, I’ll tell you why it’s quickly become “The Song that Never Ends” delivered in book form to our household.

25 Best Events this Fall for Philly Preschoolers and Toddlers

Cooler air, changing leaves, and houses adorned with pumpkins and mums are strong indicators that the season of fall has begun in the Delaware Valley. Philly preschoolers can look forward to lots of autumn excitement found in our events calendar. From fall festivals and apple picking to corn mazes and Halloween fun, little ones are sure to embrace this time of year. Our list includes activities such as picking the perfect pumpkin, taking a scenic train ride, enjoying nature, or splurging with a trip to an amusement park. Keep reading for our favorite fall-themed fun specifically with toddlers and preschoolers in mind.

Indoor Play Spaces for Babies and Toddlers in Bucks County

Parents of babies and toddlers all know that getting out of the house to burn off energy can be essential to surviving the winter months. Fortunately, Bucks County has plenty of drop-in play spaces where little ones can jump, climb and get creative without making a mess in your home!

We have a few free indoor play areas on our list, but don't forget one of the best no-cost options: Your local library. Many libraries go beyond your basic story times for kids and have large children's areas filled with blocks, puzzles and other toys to keep little ones occupied.

Read on for our list of Bucks County indoor play and be sure to check out our lists of indoor play options in Philadelphia, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County as well.

Best Kid-Friendly Hotels for a Los Angeles Family Vacation

Finding bliss and relaxation on vacation is so much easier when the kiddos are happy. Whether you're visiting Los Angeles, housing out-of-town guests, or indulging in a staycation (though we can recommend some kid-friendly hotels all around the world), why not choose a hotel that caters to the smallest guests? These LA resorts offer a little slice of paradise, family-friendly amenities, and unique experiences that might make you want to ditch that faraway destination and spend the weekend in SoCal. The best part is watching the kids have a blast, too.

7 of the Best Campgrounds near Philly to View the Fall Colors

With Labor Day behind us, it's time to welcome in fall. What better way to embrace autumn than to get the family together for a weekend camping trip? Within a few hours' drive of Philadelphia, you'll find great spots where you can pitch a tent, rent a cabin, or park an RV and enjoy the changing foliage and cooler weather. Unwind and get your kids out in nature--hiking, fishing, and bicycling. If you're able to get cell reception, try a geocaching app for a twist on the traditional scavenger hunt. And don't forget the s'mores!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Superheroes, Faerie Fest, Trains September 15-16

Philly kids are sure to be all smiles this September weekend as our event calendar is filled with amazing activities. Superheroes and faeries fly into the region ready to entertain. Thomas the Tank Engine barrels down the tracks. And a variety of festivals provide plenty of opportunities to make lasting family memories.

Quite a few weekend events have autumnal themes, even though technically it's the last official weekend of summer. Families can take a wagon ride to the apple orchard during Apples Fun Days at Shady Brook Farm, build a scarecrow at Peddler's Village, or learn about colonial traditions at Evans-Mumbower Mill's Fall Mill Festival.

Be sure to prepare the kids for the change in season by shopping some of the regions best consignment sales. Check back often as new sales are added regularly. For now, read about the fun that awaits Philly families and get ready to make autumn memories with your loved ones.

Apple Recipes to Make with Kids: Making the Most of Apple Picking Adventures

What do with all those apples? Whether we've plucked our bounty from an orchard or market, there comes a time each fall when we feel like we'll never make a dent in our fall harvest. That's why we at Mommy Poppins decided to pull together our favorite family recipes for using up all that red, green, and gold goodness. After you've checked out an apple picking spot in Boston, New YorkPhiladelphia, Los AngelesNew Jersey, Westchester, or Connecticut, set aside a cozy morning or afternoon to prepare one or two of these family-friendly treats with your little sous-chefs.

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