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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, see Irish step dancing, listen to Celtic music and 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!

Big Bounce America Brings Inflatable Fun for Kids This Summer

Kids, grab your best pair of socks and your most breathable T-shirts, because you've got some bouncing to do. The Big Bounce America, billed as "50 percent activity, 50 percent dance party," is coming to a location near you this summer. 

Featuring 20,000-square-feet of inflatable fun, what's billed as the world's largest bounce house and its colorful surrounding village, offer something memorable and enticing for every age group. Besides the bouncing, there's even a water slide and a massive ball pit. It will hit a number of Mommy Poppins cities in the next few months, including Boston, the NYC suburbs, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Texas, and even one of our favorite family vacation spots—Orlando.

We've got the scoop on what to expect, ticket info, and must-know info about this new family attraction.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Peking Acrobats, Parades, March 10-11

Whether you are in the mood to wear ruby slippers, sneakers, Irish step dancing shoes, or be barefooted, there is no doubt that our jam-packed events calendar is ready with the perfect size, style, and fit for your entire family.

Kids and grown ups alike can check out performances such as The Wizard of Oz and The Peking Acrobats on stage this weekend. Experience one of the many parades celebrating Irish culture, music, and dance held throughout the Delaware Valley. On the other hand, if you prefer some exercise, lace up your running shoes for the Philadelphia Leprechaun Run or hiking boots to explore nature along the Schuylkill Trail. Keep your eyes peeled for magical leprechauns, The Easter BunnyAlice in Wonderland and friends, and The Cat in the Hat as they are all making appearances throughout the region.

With so many options, we have rounded up our favorites, many of which are free. So, if the shoe fits, wear it and make it a great weekend!

Snow Games and Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids Beyond Sledding

Cold temps usually make kids want to stay inside for baking, eating, crafting, their devices and maybe even DIY science experiements. But add a dose of fun and it’s easy to draw them out into the white stuff for snow day activities.

Once the wind has died down and it's safe to hit the local park or your backyard, there are myriad outdoor winter activities to be had on even the bleakest of winter days. With serious snowfall, you can build a snow fort or maze, and with sub-freezing temperatures, kids can try to blow frozen bubbles or even make colorful ice gems! Read on for more outdoor winter boredom busters to try come the next school snow day.

5 Ways to Mark Women's History Month with Philly Kids

As the birthplace of American freedom, Philadelphia is known for its historic sites, most of which offer family-friendly programming and hands-on learning for little ones. It’s fitting then that the City of Brotherly Love provides ample opportunities for engaging education when Women’s History Month rolls around.

Here are a few of the best ways to help your kids observe Women's History Month in Philadelphia.

Hop Aboard the Easter Bunny Express: Train Rides for Kids Near Philly

Spring is in the air, and many of our scenic railroads are celebrating the season with Easter excursions. Families are invited to get outside after a long winter to enjoy a trip through the countryside with Peter Cottontail himself! We have rounded up several Easter-themed trains that are running special events for kids in the Delaware Valley.

Some of these trains include an Easter Egg hunt at the halfway stop. It is helpful to check whether the railroad provides a photographer and charges for a picture with the Bunny or if you can bring your own camera.

These Easter Bunny Trains can be the start of a great family tradition to celebrate the Easter holiday and to welcome Spring!  Be sure to check our calendar for more fun spring events.

Top Children's Science Museums Across the US for Families

Whether you're raising an aspiring astronaut, pint-sized paleontologist, or just a curious kid, science museums provide the perfect blend of education and entertainment. No matter which part of the country you call home, chances are you're near a science center that offers opportunities for hands-on exploring and learning. And if not, it's the perfect stop on your next family vacation.

Check out these top 10 STEM centers, from Boston to Chicago to Los Angeles, where education and entertainment come together to create an experience your family won't soon forget.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in March

As March settles into the Delaware Valley, Philly families can expect lots of great opportunities for free fun. Cooler weather fades to milder temperatures warranting many outdoor events, while holidays such as St. Patrick's Day and Easter provide a plethora of excitement and anticipation.

This month, kids can play in the Playhouse, have a tea party with Alice in Wonderland, explore a museum, take a computer class, experience Dr. Seuss fun, and hike through nature. There is truly something for everyone in the family.

With so many options, it may be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, we rounded up some of our favorite free activities. Now, get out your calendar and schedule some budget-friendly fun for your family. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Paleopalooza, Flower Show, Free Fun March 3-4

Philly families greet the month of March with excitement and wonder as the Delaware Valley welcomes exciting annual traditions back for yet another year.

As always, kids can count on the Academy of Natural Sciences to host its annual two-day Paleopalooza festival which features prehistoric exploration including a fossil dig and live reptile demos as well as new activities to commemorate this event's 10th anniversary. At the same time, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show opens its doors and invites families to experience beautiful garden displays created by designers from all over the country. This year's theme is "Wonders of Water."

Those looking for some free weekend fun can build a periscope, learn how maple syrup is made, explore a museum, take a technology class, or see a puppet show. For the rest of our top picks, keep reading and make it a great weekend!

Finding Pho in Philly: 10 Kid-Friendly Pho Finds

Whether you spend your time searching for ways to feed your picky little eater, or struggle to catch up with your kids' more-adventurous appetites, Philadelphia offers plenty of family-friendly dining options. If you're looking for a meal to satisfy your family's varied taste buds, pho may be the way to go! 

The Vietnamese soup is simple enough—noodles, broth, meat and spices—for kids who don't like to veer too far down the creative culinary path, but flavorful enough for those who do. You can find pho in Philly (say that a few times fast!) pretty easily, but, in a city known for its restaurant reputation, you don't want to settle for anything less than the best, so we've rounded up a few standouts.

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