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Canoeing and Boating with Kids: Great Places To Go Near Philly

Canoeing is a great way to expose kids to exercise and adventure all at once. If you're looking for a fun way to explore on a warm day, this is it. Some of these parks also offer beaches where you can go swimming in the lake to cool off when you're done! Check out our list of great places near Philly to go boating or canoeing with your family.

For more summer fun, don't forget to check out our Summer Guide- full of activities and fun for the season.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Ant Picnic, Puss in Boots, July 10-14

During the humid days of July, Philly families may be looking for ways to keep their minds off the heat. Whether it's cooling off at a splash pad or finding some A/C at a local museum or mall, there are many ways to make the most of the week ahead with activities found on our event calendar.

Spend some time indoors to learn something new. At The Academy of Natural Sciences' brand new exhibit, Backyard Adventures, kids can play indoor mini-golf, build with tools, and try to pollinate flowers. The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers its latest exhibit which features the amazing photography of Michael Nichols. Check out a $1 indoor movie, see a magic show that keeps audiences laughing, or go to a kid-friendly theater production. Once the sun begins to set, venture outside to eat a picnic among the bigger than life ants at Tyler Arboretum, play carnival games at the Malvern Fire Company Carnival, or see an outdoor movie at Wentz Park or Leeland Park.

Plan out all your fun by browsing through our event calendar. Stay cool!

Beat the Heat: 25 Ways to Stay Cool with Philly Kids this Summer

With heat wave after heat wave hitting us this summer, this weather is enough to turn even the sweetest kids into total grumps. And while staying in and enjoying your A/C has its perks, sometimes you need to get out of the house! Fortunately, no matter the weather, there are amazing places to go romp and play in the city and the suburbs that can help you beat the heat.

Check out our events calendar, and our list of family-friendly museums in the Philadelphia area for even more fun indoors and out!

70 Things To Do with Kids at the Jersey Shore

There's nothing better than lazy, relaxing summer days at the beaches of the Jersey Shore with its miles of sandy coastline. Of course, at some point the kids are going to want to get up and do and see something, right?

If you're looking for ways to keep the kids entertained during a vacation at the shore this summer, this list of 70 family-friendly activities for toddlers to teens all up and down the New Jersey coast should hit the spot. We've even included a number of FREE things to do.

For more fun down the shore, check out our Jersey Shore Guide, which includes information on amusement parks and water parks, top beaches, best boardwalks, and more.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Blueberries, Pirates, Pets July 8-9

A summer weekend in July offers the perfect opportunity to create lifelong family memories. Favorites may include visiting an amusement park, taking a tour of a local factory, splashing in the waves at the shore, or relaxing at a kid-friendly beer garden. Philly parents can turn to our event calendar which is jam-packed with food, frenzy, and furriness sure to delight Philly kids.

Taste a cultural feast at the Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing or enter a watermelon-eating contest at Pennridge Community Day. Pick blueberries at Linvilla and pack them for a picnic at West Chester Railroad's Summer Picnic Train Ride. Create your own pirate flag and write in invisible ink at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation or see pirate demonstrations and take a Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard tour at the Wilmington Pirate Festival. Round out the weekend by bringing your furry babies to Chestnut Hill's Petapalooza for a dip in the doggie pool while human kiddos can visit animals in the petting zoo.

To plan out your weekend activities, continue reading for the latest happenings in Philly and at the shore. Have fun making memories!

Storybook Land in New Jersey: A Magical Park for Preschoolers and Tots

If you’re looking for an enjoyable amusement park experience minus crazy thrill rides and super-sized crowds, take a day trip to Storybook Land in Egg Harbor. This charming spot, in operation since 1955, was created with younger children in mind—the rides and attractions are all geared toward the under-10 crowd, making it great for toddlers and big siblings alike.

Visiting is a bit like stepping into a fairy tale: as you walk through the wooded grounds, you encounter characters from nursery rhymes and classic children's stories, like Humpty Dumpty and Alice in Wonderland. Even if you didn't go there as a kid, as many New Jerseyans did, you're sure to fall under its nostalgia-laced spell. 

My husband and I recently visited for the first time with our two boys, ages 5 and 2, and we all loved it and will definitely go back. Storybook Land is No. 1 on our list of 30 Things to Do with NJ Preschoolers, with good reason. Read on for more about this sweet NJ gem.

Best Swimming Lakes near Philadelphia

There's no two ways about it: kids love swimming. Lake swimming is perfect for when the beach or the pool is too crowded, or when you just want to mix it up a bit. There are quite a few lakes nearby that offer great little beaches, picnic areas, and, of course, swimming. As an added bonus, most of these lakes are located in state parks, which offer lots of other great activities including camping and hiking. So get your bathing suits on, load up the car, grab the sunscreen, and head out to one of these great local swimming lakes.

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

If your fun-in-the-sun 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 in the summer, 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 lakes and bays. Read on for 10 of our favorites.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parties, Parades, Fireworks July 3-7

The 4th of July holiday week is upon us! From parties and parades to firework displays and non-firework alternatives, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia can help you make the most of this special summer holiday.

It is our country's birthday after all so why not begin with a party? Philadelphia's Historic District's Block Party provides children's activities such as wheelbarrow races and bubble blowing, America's Birthday Party with Betsy Ross allows guests to share cupcakes with Betsy Ross, and Party on the Parkway features ziplines, animal encounters, and a free concert by KIDZ BOP Kids. Take part in an all-American tradition and line up to see a 4th of July parade in Glen Mills, Radnor, Aldan, or Center City. After partying and parade-watching, lace up your running shoes to burn off the extra BBQ calories with a celebratory Firecracker, Bottle Rocket, or Sparkler Run at the Market at DelVal.

If your crew is heading to the shore, check out the Cape May Carnival, Stone Harbor Family Fun Night, or Wildwood Movies on the Beach.

With so many options, be sure to use the filter in our event calendar to search by age, location, and tags. Happy 4th everyone!

More Than S'Mores: Campgrounds with Extra Entertainment

Camping with kids is fun, but sometimes it can be hard to keep them entertained. These campgrounds offer a little something extra for a fantastic family adventure that is sure to keep the kids happy. Whether you want to visit amusement parks or enjoy extra campground amenities like splash pads and water slides, these destinations will make your camping trip even more special.

Bonus: A few of these campgrounds are nearby to some of caverns and coal mines.

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