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Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in April

Don't let April showers or the family fun budget get you down! Our events calendar is exploding with amazing and educational events throughout the Delaware Valley. Philly parents will appreciate making memories with the family that won't drain the bank.

Easter kicks off the month, and celebrating families can watch a traditional Easter parade or participate in a free egg hunt. And as the weather breaks, nature lovers can take a hike, search for birds, volunteer with a garden clean up project, learn to fish, or participate in an outdoor classroom trial. Girls who love technology can learn how to make a website, design a mobile app, or explore machine learning. Babies can enjoy one of the many Read, Baby, Read programs while older kids can explore science during the Philadelphia Science Festival's Neighborhood Science After School programs or learn about constellations at Star Parties held at venues throughout the area.

Continue reading to find our top picks for the month ahead and then add a few to your family's schedule, without spending a dime. 

Easter Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Easter Promenade, Egg Hunts, Nature

We're taking the guesswork out of your weekend, Philly families with 10+ family fun activities that are all about eggs, bunnies, candy, parades, and Passover celebrations, plus a few surprises, from theater productions to gaming, thrown into the mix. 

Start out collecting treats at egg hunts throughout the Delaware Valley. From high tech searches using GPS to more traditional hunts held at a market, a square, a state park, and a farm, Philly kids are sure to be delighted to fill their Easter baskets. If you still need pictures with the bunny, you can find him at Highland Orchards, The Radnor Hotel, Camden Children's Garden as well as on many train rides throughout the region.

Once goodies are gathered and pictures are taken, switch gears and find a seat at the theater. Walnut Street Theatre presents The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley while The Media Theatre features Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. Or, experience Franklin Institute's new exhibit entitled Game Masters.

Still unsure how to spend this holiday weekend? Keep reading below for our top picks!

Science & Technology Camps for Philadelphia Area Kids

The importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is becoming more and more apparent in our children's lives. Technology is everywhere, and STEM fields provide some of the most in-demand career opportunities (these careers are growing twice as fast as non-STEM ones!). But even if your kids are years away from that stage of life, STEM activities provide value and stimulation right now. They boost brain power, creative thinking, and problem solving. Plus, kids can learn to design video games, build LEGO robots, or even dissect a squid! How cool is that?

Fun and engaging summer camp programs in science and technology are plentiful in the Philadelphia area. All this is sure to make summer science anything but boring.

Visit the Mommy Poppins Camp Directory for even more great summer program options.

Spring Consignment Sales for Philly Families

As all parents know, children outgrow their clothes at an alarming rate. One way to avoid breaking the bank each season on a new wardrobe is by shopping consignment sales. Each spring, these weekend mommy markets pop up all over the Philadelphia area and offer families a great way to buy gently used clothes, shoes, toys, baby gear, and other items at a large discount off retail. Consignment sales are also an opportunity to sell outgrown items for some extra cash.

23 Spring Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families

Spring is here and so is festival season. Philly families look forward to a springtime season filled with festivals, fairs, and carnivals. Whether you're in the city or the 'burbs, it is definitely worthwhile to put some of these events on your family's calendar. The variety is remarkable- from science to art, from nature to culture, from food to fitness, there is truly something for everyone. Bad weather can impact some of these outdoor events so be sure to check directly with the venue if the weather seems questionable. 

For more fun things to do this season, check out our Spring Fun Guide for Philly Families. Now, browse through our list below and get ready for a great spring!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Egg Hunts, Animals, Spring Holidays March 24-25

Despite this week's nor'easter, spring has officially sprung in Philadelphia! As the Delaware Valley tries to bid winter a final farewell, Philly families can look forward to many exciting ways to spend the start of the spring season.

Eggs, eggs, eggs are EVERYWHERE, and Philly kids can find them in the dark, at a cemetery, on the farm, in a museum, or at a park. Just be sure to bring a basket. Hopefully, with warmer weather approaching, children can spend time outdoors exploring nature, learning about beautiful birds, and investigate facts about zoo animals. In advance of the spring holidays, prepare for Passover by discovering the science behind matzah making. Or, plan some spring break fun with the help of our day trips guide.

Browse through our jam-packed events calendar by using the tags, age, and location filters. For now, read on for the top picks and make this first spring weekend a great one!

25 Things We Are Excited To Do With Philly Kids this Spring

Springtime in Philly is the perfect time to get outdoors and find some new adventures with your littles. Spring brings so many great activities and fun events for Philly families to do. For many, spring heeds the opening of lots of outdoor play spaces like Diggerland and Sesame Place. It's also a time for blooming flowers, festivals, and the pick-your-own season at area farms and orchards.

Take a look at our events calendar for more springtime activities.

Can You Visit Legoland on a Disney World Orlando Vacation?

Planning a theme park vacation in Orlando, Florida? Disney World and Universal are the common highlights of an Orlando trip, but there are several other tempting theme parks in the area. If your family has Lego lovers—especially if they're between the ages of 2 and 12—Legoland Florida is a great add-on to an Orlando vacation. But with only so much time and a limited budget, the big question is, "Is it possible to go to Legoland and Disney World on one trip to Orlando?"

Easter Egg Hunts Around the Philadelphia Area

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail.... As Peter Cottontail makes his way to the Delaware Valley, Philly kids should find their favorite basket and get ready to search high and low for eggs at these local Easter egg hunts. Most of these egg hunts are outdoors. In the event of questionable weather, please be sure to check directly with the organizers to see if they have a rain date (all of our event listings link to official websites). Also, make sure to click through to our events calendar for exact times since many hunts have multiple time frames based on age.

The majority of these egg hunts are FREE and are a great way to welcome spring and create Easter traditions with your kids. Be sure to also check our Easter Bunny Express post for info on special holiday train rides and our Easter Fun at Farms post featuring plenty of photo ops, animal visits, and outdoor fun.

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