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Best Montgomery County Parks and Playgrounds

Montgomery County has an abundance of family-friendly events and activities sure to keep the entire family busy and learning all year round. Across the county there are many beautiful parks, creative playgrounds and play spaces, and walking trails that can be enjoyed by residents and non-residents alike. We've rounded up some of our favorite parks and playgrounds in the area. Whether you live there, or your visiting for a day, there are plenty of great places to play!

Too hot, cold, or wet to play outside? Check out our favorite indoor play spaces in Montgomery County.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Music, Nature, Movies August 28-September 1

This time of year is filled with mixed emotions. Those that enjoy the freedom of summer with its lack of schedule are sad to see it go. But many parents (and some kids) are ready for the school year to return. As summer slowly comes to a close, make the week ahead memorable with the amazing experiences found in our events calendar.

Music lovers have many options. Learn how to play a ukulele at Fumo Library or listen to the sweet strum of the guitar at Wissahickon Library. Check out a drop-in class with Music Monkey Jungle at Old Pine Community Center, The Children's Boutique, Momo's Treehouse, or Tildie's Toy Box. Rock out at a concert at Philadelphia City Institute's Summer Concert Series, Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert, or The Market at DelVal's Wine Concert.

Kids interested in science and nature can wander through the Enchanted Woods at Winterthur, explore the exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Natural History during its last Two Dollar Tuesday event, and be mesmerized by the fountain shows at Longwood Gardens. Don't forget to stop by Tyler Arboretum to say goodbye to the Big Bugs exhibit which concludes Tuesday. Save some time to chill out with a movie at Queen Memorial Library, The Colonial Theatre, or FDR Park.

Since September is just around the corner, be sure to plan a month full of fun with new, interesting, and unusual experiences. For now, keep reading and make it a great week!

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

The school year has begun and whether you're already missing summer, or relieved to have the kids out of the house- it's always bittersweet. Lunches need to be packed, there's homework to be done, and sometimes it can feel like there's not enough time in the days. Don't let September pass you by! We know you're busy getting back into the swing of things, so we've rounded up all the best events for Philly kids this month in one easy place. This month's fun includes free museum admission, the start of Fall activities, an annual Mushroom Festival, a visit from Thomas the Train, and more.

Sylvan EDGE STEM Classes (Almost) Too Cool for After-School

We're forever amazed by the things kids are learning to do these days. From coding to building robots, today's kiddos are mastering critical 21st century skills that will help them excel in school and, ultimately, their careers. And the best part of all is that places like Sylvan Learning have figured out how to make engineering, coding, and even math, fun. Sylvan Learning believes that engaging and interactive experiences during this pivotal time help nurture an early love of STEM, which can literally serve kids for a lifetime.

We recently took a bunch of kids to try out a Sylvan EDGE STEM program for an afternoon, and we couldn't believe what they created. Check out the video to see what your little learners could be doing at Sylvan.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Superheroes, Circus, Harry Potter August 26-27

What do superheroes, tacos, Harry Potter, and the circus all have in common? These are the themes of our top picks for the upcoming summer weekend in the Delaware Valley!

Start off the weekend with a trip to the Please Touch Museum as it hosts a plethora of super-duper activities. Children can make crafts in the superhero alter ego craft station, pretend to be superheros in the imaginative play corner, and march in a superhero parade. Then, take a break and refuel with some Mexican cuisine at the Delaware Taco Festival. Do you like tomatoes on your tacos? If so, don't miss Linvilla Orchard's Tomato Festival. Complete your meal with a sweet ending by celebrating the flavors of chocolate and vanilla or partaking in some sweet summer melon. Once energized by delicious festival foods, head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art as it features Watson Adventures' Wizard Scavenger Hunt. Participants learn about the exhibits and art within the Museum referencing fun facts about Harry Potter. Conclude family fun with a stop at Morris Arboretum to see the circus trains on display now through Labor Day weekend.

For more fantastic fun, browse through our events calendar and search using age, tags, and location filters. Make it a great weekend!

Philly Playground Crawl: How Many Can You Visit in Just One Day?

The dog days of summer are coming to an end. You can almost smell the fall in the air, and humidity levels are dropping (hooray!). Which means it is time to check off that summer bucket list before the kids head back to school and the days get shorter. One way to celebrate time with your kids is to take a page from your college days and go on a crawl—only this time, hit up the best parks and playgrounds in walking distance. There are plenty of great parks to play in, but we picked a few neighborhoods and areas that have some of the best parks in walking distance. Grab the stroller, pack a lunch (or follow our advice on where to get lunch), and get crawling!

PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero Landing at a Theater Near You

Grab your mask and activate your animal amulets: PJ Masks is coming to a stage near your family this fall, and its stars need your help to save the day.

The latest in a line of TV-to-stage adaptations, the first PJ Masks live theater show stars Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko in a 60-plus North American city tour, including shows near Mommy Poppins readers in Connecticut, New York City, Philadelphia, Texas, and Los Angeles.

Indoor Play Spaces for Babies and Toddlers in Montgomery County, PA

From moon bounce centers to indoor toddler playgrounds to swing set superstores, Montgomery County has plenty of inside play options for babies and preschoolers. Whether your goal is exercise for the kiddos, creative stimulation, peer social opportunities, or just to escape the confines of the house, our list of indoor play spaces is certain to have a fit for every family.

Be sure to also check our lists of indoor play in Bucks County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia. Many of these play centers are well worth the drive from Montco.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Solar Eclipse, Free Fun, History August 21-25

At long last, the solar eclipse occurs on Monday! Although Philadelphia isn't among the prime viewing locations, it is still a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see this celestial phenomenon. Luckily, there are many local spots hosting solar eclipse events such as Independence Seaport Museum, Franklin Institute, Wagner Free Institute of Science, Brandywine Creek State Park, and Myrick Conservation Center.

After checking eclipse-watching off your lifetime bucket list, savor some free summertime fun. See an outdoor movie at The Dell or Pennypack on the Delaware, watch the Summer Mummers entertain the crowd at Powell Lane Plaza, partake in a Tinkergarten Trial Class at Wooden Park, or jam to live music at Kerr Park. Explore the life of Benjamin Franklin with a free visit to Benjamin Franklin Museum. In addition, kids can participate in free programming such as Barnacles and Bullets at the New Hall Military Museum and Colonial Stations situated throughout Historic Philadelphia.

Reality-check... the school year is just around the corner. Combat back-to-school jitters with a trip to Bucks County Children's Museum and be sure to check out a few consignment sales to update your kids' wardrobe with clothes for the season. For now, continue reading for our top weekday picks.

Fall Consignment Sales for Philly Families

Preparing a kid's closet for the cool breezes of autumn can hit a Philly family right in the wallet. But, it doesn't have to. Purchasing children's clothes by shopping local consignment sales is one way to save some cash. Throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, consignment sales offer families a place to buy gently used clothing, toys, baby items, and other childhood staples for a fraction of the retail price. Additionally, when your kids grow out of their clothes or toys, consignment sales provide an opportunity to sell these items for extra money.

Consignment sale organizers can submit their events to our calendar by clicking here. For a list of spring consignment sales, check here.

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