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Stowe, Vermont with Kids: 30 Fun Things to Do in Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont is a haven for kids and families looking for outdoor adventures whether the mountains are blanketed with groomed snow for skiing, summer wildflowers for camping and hiking, or fall foliage. 

The mountainside village—arguably the prettiest in the Green Mountain State—is home to Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, where much of the activity is centered. From hiking, biking, and zip-lining in the summer and fall to skiing, snowshoeing, and skating in winter and early spring, Stowe, Vermont is a year-round destination. You'll also find Stowe hotels eager to cater to families, such as the Stowe Mountain Resort, the Lodge at Spruce Peak (formerly Stowe Mountain Lodge), and the Trapp Family Lodge (of Sound of Music fame).

Read on for some of our favorite things to do with kids when we're lucky enough to find ourselves in "the Aspen of the East." 

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

Yes, we're back to school, but that definitely doesn't mean the fun of the season has ended. Squeeze the last bit of summer out of September and then turn right around and enjoy the first glimpses of fall. While this month can feel especially busy as you try to get back into the swing of the school year routine, we've made having fun easy for you with our top picks for September all in one place. So round up the family and get going, from free museum admission to the start of Fall activities, an annual Mushroom Festival, a visit from Thomas the Train, and more.

Labor Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, History, Summerfest

As the last few days of August fade into September, Philly parents begin to understand the reality that summer unofficially ends this weekend.And, what a great summer it was! Throughout the Delaware Valley, Philly families have played at the playground, taken swimming lessons, eaten ice cream, watched outdoor movies, and visited nearby small towns. How can Summer 2019 be over already?

Thankfully, Philly kids have one more weekend to enjoy summertime fun found in our events calendar. If your family wants to hit a festival, you can step back in time with a visit to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival, learn about sustainable living at the Blue Corn Green and Organic Festival, see the area's finest horses at Ludwig's Corner Horse Show and Country Fair, or explore the rich tradition of the Polish culture at the Polish-American Festival. Those interested in history can head to Historic Philadelphia to listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence or a story at the Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches or see a military demonstration, Wander over to the Museum of the American Revolution for some Back to School fun plus free admission for kids 12 and under. Finish up the weekend with a visit to the waterfront for its last weekend of BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest.

Keep reading for more ways to enjoy Labor Day weekend before summer disappears!

65 School Lunch Ideas: Back-to-School Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

Chances are you've had a healthy, well-packed school lunch delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the end of the school day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words, "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra on organic jelly and freshly ground peanut butter. And if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 65 answers to the question of what to pack in a successful school lunch.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in September

Now that September is here, Philly parents may be wondering how to keep their kids entertained without breaking the bank. After all, recovering from summer expenses can be rough. Thankfully, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up plenty of free events and activities to keep Philly kids learning and discovering as we transition into the season of fall.

This month features many free outdoor experiences. Kids can hike through Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, identify trees at Green Lane Park, boat along the Schuylkill River at Bartram's Gardens, and search for constellations at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Community events such as Caln Community Day and Bryn Mawr Day provide family activities such as fire truck rides, mini-golf, and live music.

After spending time outside, take a break and head indoors to some of the area's best museums. The Barnes, Museum of the American Revolution, Please Touch Museum, Franklin Institute, National Museum of American Jewish History, and National Constitution Center all offer free or deeply discounted admission.

As the weather changes from hazy, hot, and humid to brisk and cool, don't forget to find great bargains for the kids at local consignment sales. Our Fall Consignment Sales post is regularly updated with the latest sale information.

With so much to do this month, it’s time to open up that calendar app on your phone and start scheduling some fun (and free!) activities.

40 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this September

Summer 2019 comes barreling to a halt this month, which can leave Philly families conflicted. How has summer flown by so quickly? We weren't finished with our Summer Bucket Lists! But, despite the fact school and fall activities may be upon us, Philly parents and kids alike can try to keep summer fun alive in the first half of September (technically it's summer until September 21), while welcoming fall towards the end of the month with some amazing festivals, fairs, and carnivals. After all, who doesn't love pumpkin-flavored everything?

There are festivals to surely satisfy your appetite and make your mouth water. There are festivals that celebrate the culture and traditions, whisking you to Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Poland all while staying in the Delaware Valley. Other events feature classic carnival amusements and still others prepare for the change in season with scarecrows, pumpkins, and fall fun.

Keep reading for family-friendly events that will help your crew celebrate September.

St. Augustine, Florida: 25 Best Things to Do with Kids

Florida has its “Emerald Coast,” its "Space Coast," its “Treasure Coast,” and even its “Forgotten Coast.” But unless you spend time in its northernmost section, you might be unaware of its “Historic Coast,” home of the haven of St. Augustine.

About an hour south of Jacksonville, whose sizable airport services most major carriers, sits America’s oldest city. St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, is one of but a handful of American cities to have the flags of five nations fly above its buildings at one time or another. (Bonus points if you can name the countries: Answer below.)

To visit the city’s charming cobblestone streets and seemingly ancient architecture is to be reminded of Florida’s multicultural history. Of course, these days visitors are better welcomed than the 17th-century pirates who sailed in for plunder; these days, St. Augustine opens its doors to all types of boaters, pilots, campers, cyclists, and even the occasional camping and RV vacationers.

Best Apple Picking Orchards Near Philadelphia for Kids

We know it must be fall when we feel that chill in the air, the leaves start to change color, harvest festivals abound and apple picking season begins. Pennsylvania is one of the country's top apple producing states, so we are fortunate to have a number of orchards in the area where we can enjoy this favorite Fall tradition. Many of the orchards host activities to extend the fun beyond apple picking - everything from tractor rides and corn mazes to moon bounces and music festivals.

There are several pick-your-own apple orchards and farms listed below, all within an hour's drive of Philadelphia. Because farm conditions and apple selection can vary throughout the season, it is recommended to call or check the website before visiting.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, Outer Space, Ice Cream August 24-25

Philly kids are in for a treat this August weekend. Our events calendar is overflowing with fun for everyone in the family. From outdoor opportunities to indoor exploration, families must make time for it all.

Nature lovers can take a boat ride on the Schuylkill River or canoe along the Perkiomen Creek. Admire the beautiful butterflies at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park or snap photos of bugs and blooms at Green Lane Park. After embracing the outdoors, head inside to learn about outer space the Please Touch Museum's Space Odyssey Saturday event, see robotics and STEM demos at Robotstock at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, or experience the world of comics at Keystone Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Finish off the weekend with some ice cream fun at the Chocolate and Vanilla Festival held at Camden Children's Garden. If you don't have time to cross the bridge, check out our ultimate ice cream guide and grab some ice cream near you.

No matter how you spend the weekend, make it a great one!

25 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Fall

Summer is over, there’s a chill in the air, and the kids have settled into the school year. Before we know it, we’ll be talking holiday shopping and snow days! Until then, there’s plenty of time to take the children to some of the coolest playgrounds, check out the latest museum exhibits, and enjoy everything Philly has to offer.

We've rounded up the top 25 things we're most excited to do with the family this fall. With so many fun activities to squeeze in before the holidays, the days of crisp, autumn air will fly by in a flash!

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