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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Witches & Wizards, Pumpkin Days, Archaeology Day October 20-21

Spooky, mysterious, and magical activities are beginning to creep into Philadelphia and onto the pages of our event calendar.

Start off the weekend with seasonal fun at one of the many options found in the Delaware Valley. Consider a trip to Chestnut Hill for its Wizard & Witches festivities. Kids can expect to make creepy crafts, see live circus performances, wander through a straw maze, view Mad Scientist demonstrations, and watch the annual Philadelphia Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament. Pumpkins Days at Tyler Arboretum allow visitors the chance to make a scarecrow, take a hayride, watch a magic show, and pick a pumpkin. When the sun sets, families can head to The Great Pumpkin Carve of Chadds Ford to experience the impressive carving talents as artists create remarkable pumpkin masterpieces.

If you are looking for educational fun, there are many opportunities. Those interested in music can enjoy Kimmel Center's free PNC Grow Up Great session focusing on jazz and musical theater. Celebrate International Archaeology Day at Penn Museum or Newlin Grist Mill as they both host a variety of unique and engaging activities. Older kids can take a Geology Walk at Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park to investigate fossils while younger ones can explore Peace Valley Nature Center searching for leaves and trees.

Enjoy this fall weekend in the Delaware Valley!

When Pediatric Urgent Care Can Save a Visit to the ER

It's past bedtime, but a barking cough and noisy breathing are keeping your toddler wide awake. Weekend soccer practice ends abruptly with a slide tackle right to your middle schooler's ankle. Your otherwise healthy teen is suddenly covered with welts from head to toe. The pediatrician’s office is definitely closed and panic starts to set in as you weigh whether the circumstances warrant an emergency room visit.

Well, as it turns out, there may be a better option. A pediatric urgent care center—like those operated by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Chalfont, Pa., Glen Mills, Pa., and King of Prussia, Pa.—can actually handle all of these problems and then some, including a number of illnesses and injuries you might think require an emergency department visit. And while many issues may feel ER-worthy to us worried parents, they might not meet the medical criteria that require a trip to the hospital. So, instead of booking it to the nearest emergency room or waiting for the pediatrician's office to open for your kiddo's next fever or fall, call your child’s doctor and ask if an urgent care for kids might be the best option. These facilities treat your child when you need it—on evenings and weekends—and how you need it—with special consideration for his or her needs.

You've Gotta See This!

This fall, you and the kids can check out an 800-pound pumpkin, trick or treat in Philly’s best Halloween neighborhoods, get lost in a corn maze…and see a giant sea monster! Set right in the heart of Philadephia’s Navy Yard, a super cool and unique art installation is happening now, but you’ve gotta be quick! It will be gone in just a few weeks. Want to check this art installation out for yourself? Read on for details.

Are Daycare Kids Better Behaved? This Study Says Yes

Torn between a nanny, daycare, or staying home with your kids? Choosing childcare can be a difficult—and deeply personal—decision for any family, and of course involves a number of factors, from costs to the length of your commute. A new study out of France suggests that daycare might offer some significant advantages in terms of our kids' development.

Researchers at Sorbonne Université in Paris followed nearly 1,500 kids from the womb to age 8 as they either attended a center-based daycare or were cared for by a nanny or family member. The daycare kids, particularly those who attended at least a year before the age of three, were less likely to have problems with peers and other emotional and behavioral issues, according to the researchers.

30 Fun Things to Do Over the Holiday Break with Philly Kids

With its train rides, holiday lights, and Philly area must-do activitiesChristmas is almost here and so is winter break. Having the kids around the house for a week (or more) can be great, but it can also be exhausting. With cold weather here to stay, getting out of the house may be a little tougher than usual, but Philadelphia has plenty of fun activities to keep kids busy. Check out Disney on Ice, history come alive at a museum, the world's largest underwater Christmas tree at the aquarium, or see a show at the Arden Theatre!

18 Things to Do Before Philly Kids Turns 18 in the Delaware Valley

Celebrating a child's birthday can be an emotional one for parents. After all, each birthday celebrates one more step towards growing up. Before you know it, your kiddo is 18! Wait, didn't I just bring this baby home from the hospital?  With only 18 birthdays before being considered an adult, there are certain experiences in and around the Delaware Valley every Philly kid should have. This way, when they fly from the nest, they can say, "Yeah, I've done that. I'm from Philadelphia."

Our picks are listed in no particular order. However some clearly are geared toward a younger set while others have a broader appeal to kids of varying ages. Read on to see how many of our 18 must dos your child has visited.

Best Kid-Friendly Hotels for a San Diego Family Vacation

Whether you're driving down from Los Angeles or flying in from afar, a weekend in San Diego is the perfect getaway to find rest and relaxation all year long. The SoCal destination offers a wide array of family activities to keep everyone entertained, in between the requisite visits to Seaworld, Legoland, and the Safari Park. Here, we round up eight of our favorite spots to kick back and unwind in this picturesque beach town.

Football Widow Survival Guide: Philly Kids' Activities a Parent Can Handle Alone

Ah the crisp air of fall! With it comes pumpkin-flavored everything, fall festivals, and this thing called “football” starts. Maybe you didn’t grow up in Philadelphia or maybe you’re just not a sports fan. Either way this whole Eagles-fandom thing can seem over-the-top. And as Jason Kelce so eloquently expressed last year, Eagles fans don’t really care if you don’t get it. But if you are married to a fan, dating a fan, or a co-parent with one, Sundays from September through (at least) December can sometimes feel a little like you are doing this parenting thing solo.

So what is a non-fan to do on a Sunday when more than half the city is pinned to their TVs? Actually, this is one of my secret favorite things about living in Philadelphia. When football is on, the top places to go feel like a Tuesday afternoon (aka, no crowds) and our go-to places sometimes feel like a new experience we get to explore. So if you, like me, have had to set boundaries on the E-A-G-L-E-S chant, then join me in some of my favorite Sunday adventures.

21 Halloween Movies with Kid-Friendly Thrills and Chills

Are the kids excited for Halloween? Build on their anticipation with a family Halloween movie night that brings all those witches, ghosts, and goblins to life!

Pop some popcorn or whip up an on-season batch of scarecrow snack mix and candy corn punch while you settle in for a cozy night on the couch with one of these top Halloween movies. It's the perfect family-friendly nightcap to fall days spent apple and pumpkin picking or puzzling your way out of a corn maze.

With so many spooky films available to rent or stream, it can be hard to choose the right one for your family. From preschool to preteen, our list of the best Halloween movies for kids has something to put everyone in the Halloween spirit.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Minefaire, Boo at the Zoo, Bookfest October 13-14

Fall weekends can become monotonous if you let them. Settling in from the activity of the summer, moms and dads may be more tempted to check things off their to-do list, like cleaning, food shopping, and home projects, rather than focus on family time. But it's vital for Philly families to make time for fun. Thankfully, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia can help. Our event calendar provides plenty of ideas for family fun. Whether you can spend an entire day, or just carve out a bit of time, Philly kids appreciate the moments together.

Do your kids love Minecraft? All weekend long, gamers can immerse themselves into the world of building blocks at the Greater Oaks Expo Center. Animal lovers can visit the lions, giraffes, and monkeys at The Philadelphia Zoo or Elmwood Park Zoo during their Boo at the Zoo events. Those who want to get outdoors can play on the playground during David Pincus Extra Fun Day at Smith, see the birds overhead at Riverbend, or take a hayride in Center City at Reading Terminal Market's Harvest Festival. Museum goers can participate in scavenger hunts at Penn Museum, learn about colorful chromatography at Hagley Museum, or celebrate the uniqueness of families at Please Touch Museum's Outfest.

Do the bathrooms need to get cleaned? Does the laundry need to be washed? Yes! But make time for what is most important... spending time with a kid you love.

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