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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.

Family-Friendly Farm Stays: Meet the Animals and Work the Farm

Farm stays provide guests of all ages with a taste of farm life. Whether by milking cows and collecting eggs, or gathering fresh fruit from a pineapple plant for breakfast, families who choose to stay at a farm hotel, which might be cabin, house, or even a tent, will likely have more fun than Old MacDonald led you to believe is possible.

Time your farm stay with the kids for spring, summer, or even fall. Check out which seasonal activities might be going on before picking the dates of your farm vacation, as well as the location. We've rounded up 10 of our favorite farm "hotels" around the country, from Maine to Texas to California.

I've found that farmer-hosts have a strong desire to educate little farmers on how to live a more sustainable and balanced life. Unplug, relax, and enjoy the fruits of a hard day’s work around a campfire. Lessons learned on these farms will stay with you long after you return home. 

Find more vacation ideas and weekend getaways in our Family Travel Guide, or check out your local Farm Fun Guide for local petting zoos, harvest festivals, and pick-your-own fun.

Top St. Patrick's Day Parades and Events for Philly Families

Being home to one of the longest continuously held St. Patrick's Day parades, Philadelphia certainly knows how to celebrate the luck of the Irish during the month of March. However, it's not all about pub crawls and green beer. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are opportunities to learn about Irish history, see Irish step dancing, listen to Celtic music and Irish stories, search for hidden leprechauns, and, of course, watch a traditional St. Patrick's Day parade! We have rounded up a list of exciting activities worth a pot of gold. So, get the family ready and have some fun this St. Patrick's Day. Sláinte!

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in March

As March settles into the Delaware Valley, Philly families can expect lots of great opportunities for free fun. Cooler weather fades to milder temperatures warranting many outdoor events, while holidays such as St. Patrick's Day provide a plethora of excitement and anticipation.

This month, kids can play in the Playhouse, explore a museum, taste maple syrup, take a computer class, experience Dr. Seuss fun, and hike through nature. There is truly something for everyone in the family.

With so many options, it may be a bit overwhelming. Thankfully, we rounded up some of our favorite free activities. Now, get out your calendar and schedule some budget-friendly fun for your family. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Paleopalooza, Flower Show, Read Across America March 2-3

The first weekend in March is here and, with it, many annual traditions as well as plenty of new activities to please both Philly kids and parents alike.

Each year, children look forward to Paleopalooza at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The two-day festival showcases rarely exhibited fossils, a special paleontologist presentation, guided tours of Dinosaur Hall, and educational displays. The annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show arrives to Philadelphia this weekend as well! This tradition inspires families with its amazing creations of garden displays featuring the theme, "Flower Power." Others who are ready to think about summer fun may want to take a trip to A.C. for the Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show where kids can participate in a Touch-A-Boat exhibit and build their own toy boat.

Philly families may notice activities featuring books and themes from the beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss, in our event calendar. Sure enough, Read Across America is celebrated this weekend, too. Philly kids can listen to stories with the Cat in the Hat at Uno's in Oaks, try throwing a strike at North Bowl's Dr. Seuss Day & Book Drive, hear Dr. Seuss favorites and make crafts at Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library, or play Seuss games at The Coventry Mall.

Still looking for more ideas? Keep reading our top picks for the weekend ahead.

March GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

Here comes the sun, Philadelphia! Spring is right around the corner. This month is full of the taste of sweet maple syrup, beautiful flowers, and we can't forget- leprechauns! As the cold starts to break, we can count on plenty of ways to get outdoors and play this month.

Although, you never know, maybe we still have time to get that one big snow day in! Hurry up, and check all the winter fun off your list before it's too late. As always, check our event calendar for even more fun things happening this March!

A Parent's Review: Mythic Creatures at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Prepare to enter a world of make believe and monsters. Venture into the abyss and enjoy the fun that comes from interacting with creatures you've only heard of in stories. Featuring dragons and mermaids, unicorns and monsters, the new exhibit at the The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns  and Mermaids, is an excellent demonstration of the way cultures all over the world have embraced many similar myths and fantasies. The question is "Why?" Did our ancestors really live in a world of magic or was it their way of explaining the inexplicable? I went with my daughter to learn the answer. Below is our review and a primer for your adventure to this fantastical exhibit!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Maple Syrup, Swing @ the Kimmel, Mardi Gras

Much fun is on tap this February weekend!  Get ready to enjoy sweet maple syrup, nature encounters, a unique virtual reality experience, Mummers fun, and free activities found in our event calendar.

Start off with breakfast. After all, it is the most important meal of the day! And, this time of year is best suited for pancakes and syrup since many locations throughout the Delaware Valley host maple sugaring events. Venues include Wissahickon Environmental Center, Churchville Nature Center, and Norristown Farm Park. Once filled with delicious sweetness, explore the outdoors with a Bird Walk at Newlin Grist Mill, Waterfowl Watch at Green Lane Park, or Owl Prowl at Bucktoe Creek Park.

For an extraordinary thrill, head into the city for Swing @ the Kimmel, a free virtual reality experience for kids 10 and up. Be sure to note that this is the last weekend for this attraction. Looking for fun that includes the little ones in the family? Check out Mummers costumes, photo booths, and face-painting at the Mummers Mardi Gras Festival held at 2300 Arena. Additional noteworthy highlights include free weekend fun such as Songwriters Showcase at Bryn Mawr College, Sundays on Stage at Parkways Central Library, and TechGirlz programming at Indian Valley Public Library, just to name a few.

Read on for out top picks on how to spend the weekend...

21 Wacky Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Kids

“If we didn’t have birthdays, you wouldn’t be you. If you’d never been born, well then what would you do?” Thank goodness Dr. Seuss’ birthday comes once a year—and it always gives us great reason to cheer!

On March 2, we’ll celebrate literacy and Seuss with fun crafts, treats, and other activities in honor of the literary rhyming master. Dr. Seuss’ birthday kicks off a nationwide reading celebration known as Read Across America Day. Schools, libraries, and community centers across the country observe the day with read-alouds, crafts, and Seuss-a-rific treats!

Use this list of 21 zany activities to commemorate the day at home with the kids. Whether you want to start it off with some green eggs and ham or plan your next family vacation to the birthplace of Dr. Seuss himself, there is something for everyone on this list of Dr. Seuss-themed crafts, recipes, and activities—no matter how small. 

Pennsylvania Maple Sugaring Season Events

It's maple sugaring season! And, if you have ever wondered what all the fuss was about when it comes to the run-of-the-mill syrup versus the true-blue maple, now is your chance to find out. The official tree-tapping season kicks off in February, but sugarings and tastings run through March across the state of Pennsylvania. Our list consists of demos in which visitors can watch an actual tree tapping to day-long experiences including syrup tasting to weekend festivals. Many are local events but some could require an overnight. Keep reading to check out what the syrup season has to offer!

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