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Great Summer Day Trips for Philly Families

When a day without a music lesson, soccer game, dance class, or scout meeting presents itself, Philly parents must be ready with ways to keep the kids entertained. Thankfully, the Delaware Valley offers an abundance of day trip options for Philly families. From amusement parks to educational museums to outdoor gardens, there is something for everyone. We have rounded up some of our very favorite day trip destinations. Read through our list to find some ideas for your next day trip, and don't forget to share this post with a friend who might need inspiration of their own.

24 Summer Camp Snacks for Kids That Aren't Boring

Packing for summer camp means gathering up the towels, swimsuits, water bottles—labeling everything!—and finally, ensuring your kid has a healthy snack to power them through an action-packed day.

After a year of making school lunches for kids, it might feel overwhelming to come up with creative summer camp snacks, especially if you have a picky eater who turns up their nose at the likes of a cheese stick or tube of yogurt. So we came up with two dozen camp snack foods to woo both kids and parents with cooling, energizing, and (mostly) healthy snacks.

We separated the list into four handy sections: high-protein snacks, fruit snacks, no-refrigeration required, and allergy-aware and nut-free snacks for kids. Some might be more suited to a post-camp nosh but most can be packed up and sent out the door to summer camp with your kid.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Juneteenth, Thomas, Turtles June 22-23

With the arrival of the summer solstice, Philly families can officially welcome the Summer of 2019 to the Delaware Valley. And, there is no better way to soak up the fun than at some of the amazing summer events happening throughout the region.

Festivals are in full gear. Begin by remembering the lives and legacies of African ancestors with a Juneteenth Musicfest & Parade at Malcolm X Park or Freedom Family Festival: Juneteenth celebration at Please Touch Museum. Learn about the rich traditions of a different culture with a visit to American Swedish Historical Museum for Midsommarfest, Reading Terminal for Caribbean Day, or the Chinese American Community Center for its annual Chinese Festival. Gamers can experience the latest innovations in video games at the Too Many Games Festival while adventuresome types can splurge on a hot air balloon ride at the annual Chester County Balloon Festival. Fans of the famous blue engine named Thomas can visit him and his pal, Percy, at Strasburg Railroad and animal lovers can learn about hard-shelled creatures at Academy of Natural Sciences.

Still looking for more? Keep reading for our top picks for Saturday and Sunday and be sure to make the first official summer weekend a great one!

4th of July Fireworks Displays in Philly, Suburbs, and at the Jersey Shore

See the 4th of July fireworks in Philadelphia, the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed! There are plenty of family-friendly Fourth of July festivals in and around Philly and we've rounded up our favorites, including the big Wawa show and concert at Eakins Oval and along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Gather along the Delaware River at either the Philly or Jersey side to see fireworks burst above the water.

If your crew prefers the suburban fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July, there are plenty of options. Some Fourth festivals include parades, while others boast live entertainment. Heading down to the Jersey shore for the Fourth of July? We have you covered with fireworks at the beach, including Wildwood.

No matter where you watch the fireworks, be sure to bring a blanket, lawn chair, and some snacks. Then, sit back and be mesmerized as the sky lights up - red, white, and blue. Happy Fourth!

50 Things to Do in Baltimore with Kids: Where to Eat, Play, and Stay in Charm City

Baltimore is an incredibly kid-friendly city. The walkable Baltimore Inner Harbor offers the impressive National Aquarium, family-friendly restaurants, museums and science centers, and more fun things to do.

Sports fans will find the pro-leagues Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles to cheer on, and if you have a transportation lover, the city is heaven with train museums and boats galore. It’s proximity to Washington, DC, doesn’t hurt either. It’s easy to visit both cities in one trip, taking advantage of all the free admission opportunities in the nation’s capital.

Here's our list of 50 fun things to do with kids in Baltimore, Maryland, from attractions to festivals, restaurants and even a few hotel suggestions for when you're ready to crash. Check out our other City Guides for more family travel ideas.

Swim Philly Pop-Up Pool Project: Public Pools with a Fun Twist

The heat of summer is upon us. Kids haven't been out of school that long yet and already they're getting fidgety. One of the many great things that Philly has to offer its communities is the sheer number of free public pools- there are over 70 outdoor pools! Philadelphia has more outdoor public pools per capita than any other city in the country.

If you're looking for more free water fun this summer, be sure to check out our roundup of the city's free spraygrounds.

20 Things to Do with Your Preschooler in Philadelphia this Summer

Entertaining a preschooler is no joke, especially if they have moved on past their nap times! Some parents are truly excellent at coming up with daily plans for their little ones, exposing them to all the arts and sciences and play, making creative quiet books, and other Pinterest-worthy activities. Whether you are excellent at curating preschooler activities or not, you can always count on Philadelphia's selection of parks, playgrounds, and programming throughout the city to expand your little one's interests and experiences. If you want to beat the heat or embrace the summer swelter, here are 20 spots that are sure to be family favorites for you and your crew this summer:

11 Crazy Awesome Pool Floats for Kids and Babies on Amazon and Target

Long gone are the days of the boring rectangular pool float that popped almost as soon as you finally filled it with air. Today's kids can hit the pool with a fabulous float in almost any design they can imagine, from the Millennium Falcon to a giant slice of pizza to on-trend unicorn floats. The best part? Parents can order these pool toys all online at either Target.com or Amazon. Check out our list of 11 crazy awesome pool floats for babies, kids, and teens in summer 2019.

Find more ways to cool down this summer in our Beaches, Lakes, and Pools Guides.

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: FatherFest, Airplane Day, Flag Fest June 15-16

Philly families are sure to notice that this weekend's events calendar is filled with fun focused on Dad. After all, he helps Philly kids out in so many ways such as assisting with homework, teaching how to throw a curve ball, and driving the kiddos to extracurricular activities. Is he adventuresome? Musical? Outdoorsy? History Buff? Economical? No matter what kind of Dad you've got, we've got some fun in store for you.

Impress Dad with a helicopter ride at the American Helicopter Museum during FatherFest or watch the planes take off and land during Fort Mifflin's Airplane Day. Those who like music can listen to the sweet sounds of the Kimmel Center organ or rock out to a little Grateful Dead at Ardmore Music Hall. Dads who like nature can check out the piggies at Ross Mill Farm, participate in a nature scavenger hunt at Norristown Farm Park, or camp out at Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Be sure to visit Historic Philadelphia and take part in its Flag Fest festivities including Stars and Stripes Saturday. And, don't miss free fun such as Public Archaeology Day at Newlin Grist Mill and Father's Day Read-a-Thon at the Community Education Center. Plus, Dad gets in free at Diggerland and the Academy of Natural Sciences. See, Dad, we are saving you money!

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia wishes all of the Philly guys out there a great Father's Day weekend.

Build-A-Bear Has a New Pay-Your-Age Contest, without the Lines

Making a puffy, fuzzy DIY toy at Build-A-Bear is a great experience, especially for a birthday gift, but those bears are far from free. So it was no surprise last year that the company's big Pay-Your-Age Day (5 years old, get any toy for $5) resulted in lines not only out of the stores but out of the buildings—and lots of angry parents when lines were shut down. The good news? Build-A-Bear is doing the popular event again, but doing it differently this year.

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