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31 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this June

Philly family calendars are loaded with preschool closings, middle school move-ups, and graduation parties as another school year comes to an end, but the party is just getting started throughout the Delaware Valley! Amazing festivals, fairs, and carnivals are gearing up for spectacular events featuring food, amusements, music, and culture.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has compiled a comprehensive list of family fun events happening this June. From the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to annual traditions, there is something for every member of the family. Read through our list and make plans to experience the fun with family and friends.

50 Must-Do Activities on Cape Cod With Kids this Summer

Ahhh-The Cape. From the moment you cross over the Sagamore Bridge, you are on Cape Time. Say good-bye to stress and uncomfortable shoes and hello to family-time and flip flops! Cape Cod is famous for its legendary seafood, pristine beaches, charming main streets, and a seemingly endless supply of children's activities, making it a perfect family vacation destination. You can spend your days splashing in the water or building sandcastles, and your nights mini golfing with pirates or watching future major league baseball stars play. Or, you can head out on the open water to catch glimpses of astonishing sea life. I have spent just about every summer of my life here, forming some of my most enduring childhood memories. It's a tradition I am thrilled to carry on with my family. 

June GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

This spring may have brought freak snowstorms and lots of rain, but now we turn our warm sunny thoughts to summer where kids can stay outside and play all day. From strawberry picking, splash pads and splaygrounds, to free outdoor movies and concerts, Mommy Poppins is your go-to for what-to-do in the Philly area this month. 

Headed to the shore? We've got things to do with toddlers, best boardwalks, and best beaches. Looking for day trips to historical places or planning a big trip to celebrate summer vacation? We've got those, too. 

Get started on your June planning with 13 of our Top Picks below, and from everyone here at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia...Welcome, Summer!! 

Free Outdoor Concerts for Philly Families

This summer, there are lots of things Philly families can do that are heavy on fun but lean on the budget, especially when it comes to the many summer concert series happening from the city to the suburbs. Our comprehensive list of the outdoor concerts includes plenty of options throughout the Delaware Valley. Venues hosting some of the more popular bands can get packed, so be sure to arrive on the early side.

Read through the post to discover a favorite venue, band, or genre of music. Text some friends, gather up the kids, pack some chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket, and the bug spray. Find the perfect spot for your family and friends, sit back, and relax to the sweet sounds of summer at these free local concerts.

Nickelodeon Punta Cana: All-Inclusive Caribbean Resort with a Side of Slime

If your dream vacation is one where the kids are out of their minds with fun, while you sip piña coladas by your private plunge pool, have I got a place for you. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, gives little ones all the fun of a theme park visit while providing adults with a luxurious, all-inclusive vacation that doesn’t leave you needing another getaway when you get back.

From the best rooms, pools, experiences, and eats, read on for our review of everything you need to know to enjoy your Caribbean family vacation at Nick Resort Punta Cana.

Free Water Fun: Splash Pads and Sprinklers at Philly Area Parks

“If they’re crabby, put them in water.” The poem, How to Really Love a Child, offers these words of wisdom to parents of small children, and in the summer heat this couldn't be more true! But thankfully in Philadelphia, kids don’t have to be cranky to love a good splash in the summertime. In addition to being home to more public pools than any other city in the country, new spraygrounds and splash pads seem to pop up every year. These city spaces are a great way to cool off the little ones, get some exercise, and make the most of the hot weather without committing to a pool membership or water park passes. Here are a few of our favorite spots (new and old) in the Philadelphia area, many of which are already open for the season. Go ahead, jump in and prevent those crabby moments from creeping in!

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Horses, History, Fireworks, & Parades

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. And, boy, does the City of Brotherly Love have some fun in store for Philly families! A horse show and country fair, festivals, patriotic fun, outdoor movies, amazing concerts, two newly certified autism center venues: a zoo and an amusement park to explore, and of course trips down the shore...this summer holiday kickoff is ripe with possibilities.

Start off the weekend by experiencing the excitement of the Devon Horse Show complete with horse competitions, amusement rides, and traditional country fair eats. (Don't forget to buy some Devon fudge.) Then, head to the waterfront to see fireworks and the tall ships sail into Penn's Landing or visit Morris Arboretum for the grand opening of the Garden Railway Display.  While nearby historic Philadelphia, hear the Declaration of Independence read by History Makers, learn stories at the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, or watch a military demonstration at Signers' Garden. Carve out some time to remember those serving our country with a parade in Lansdale, Radnor, Kennett, Warminster, Media, or Collegeville.

Keep reading for more ideas on how to spend this extra-long weekend. Enjoy!

Zip Lines and Adventure Ropes Courses for Kids in and Around NJ

Gear up for an outdoor adventure at one of New Jersey's newest treetop obstacle courses, or buckle up for a soaring ride on a zip line. Swaying bridges, wobbly balance logs, cargo nets, high wires, and rope ladders are among the features at some sky-high ropes courses, along with tree climbers and platforms built right into tree trunks. Many treetop courses are best for older kids and teens, but some also offer tykes courses that are closer to the ground.

We've rounded up some of the coolest of these zip lines and ropes courses in New Jersey, a few in Pennsylvania, and even a year-round indoor option just over the state line in Westchester. You'll find these parks at local zoos, amusement parks, down the Jersey Shore, and even at some of the Poconos family resorts.

Free Outdoor Summer Movies for Philly Families

Summer is the perfect time to spend quality time with family and friends, and nothing says "summer night" like attending a free outdoor movie under the stars. Many Philly families have made an outdoor film  a constant on their summer bucket list. But, if your family hasn't participated in this warm weather ritual before, no need to worry: Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some of the best locations to see free outdoor movies both in the city as well as the 'burbs.

Generally speaking, most films begin at dusk, but be sure to arrive early to locate the optimal viewing spot. Pack some snacks, a blanket (and bug spray, too), and then sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in or near Philadelphia.

Be sure to check back often for the latest free movie series announcements.

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