9 Best Florida Beach Vacation Destinations for Families

Sure, we all love a good spa resort or ski trip, but if the relentless winter has worn you down, know that there are balmy breezes, sandy beaches, and palm trees awaiting you in Florida

February's rounding the bend and spring is not quite ready to make an appearance; I can't think of a better time to the south for a fun family vacation—maybe for the kids' spring break from school. As a mother of two little ones living in Florida, I know the best spots for families on both coasts. Check out my favorite beach destinations for little and big (that means you!) kids alike.

20 Philly Museums You Can Go to for Free

Museums are a great way to spend a family weekend, but if you don't have a membership, admission can add up quickly, especially if you have a large family. Thankfully, Philadelphia and its suburbs are home to a number of museums where kids can learn and play all for free. Not all of these museums are free all the time, so make sure to check for details about dates and times.

Whether your little ones are interested in art, science, history, or even shoes, Philly’s museums will have something to satisfy them (and you!).

Day Trip to NJ's Adventure Aquarium: What's New and Best to See

With the grip of cabin fever feeling stronger every day—the struggle is real—the search for ways to get the kids out of the house in winter becomes a bit more desperate. Indoor play spaces are great for whiling away a frigid day, but what if we tempted you with a more exotic destination, somewhere warm and humid, but still within a short drive?

That place is Brazil, by way of Camden, New Jersey. (Stay with us.) Piranha Falls, the centerpiece exhibit at Adventure Aquarium, is a full-on immersion into the vibrant ecosystem along the Amazon. We're talking two waterfalls, hundreds of native plants, abrupt thunderstorms, and a school of spectacular-looking piranhas. The kids will be awed. You'll be transported. Everyone leaves a little refreshed—at least until you step back out into the bitter cold. 

Read on to learn more about some of Adventure Aquarium's most impressive attractions, which include the East Coast's largest collection of sharks, a couple of charming hippos, and several ways to get up close and personal with sea creatures. And, if your visit to Adventure Aquarium happens to spark a new interest in life under the sea, check out our rundown of the Best Aquariums for Your Next Family Vacation.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Performances January 20-21

Yes, the Eagles are only one game away from the Superbowl! But, before Philly families settle down to watch the game and cheer on the birds, be sure to participate in some of the exciting activities found in our events calendar.

Speaking of birds, nature lovers can count feathery friends at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Hikers can lace up their boots for a winter walk at Green Lane Park or Lower Merion Conservancy while animals lovers can investigate how animals survive the winter elements at Hibernia Park and Bucktoe Creek Preserve. For those seeking indoor fun, visit a local museum for special programming or exhibits like Please Touch Museum's Immigrant Alphabet or Franklin Institute's Terracotta Warriors. Or, retreat to the theater and see Delaware Children's Theater's production of Madagascar, Wolf Performing Arts Center's The Phantom Tollbooth, or Arden Theater's Peter Pan.

Read on to see the rest of our top picks for the weekend. And, FLY EAGLES FLY!

50 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff

Children are born scientists. They're always experimenting with something, whether they're throwing a plate of spaghetti on the wall, blowing bubbles in the bath water or stacking blocks into an intricate tower only to destroy it in one big swipe. As they get older, you may decide to enroll them in a FREE online coding class to get a leg up in today's digital world. But you can actually do some pretty mind-blowing, hands-on science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house.

Don't worry if you never made it past biology: These 50 science activities are super-easy and a lot of fun to boot, as kids are exposed to a wide variety of scientific concepts. It's a great way to spend quality time together as a family and who knows, mom and dad may end up learning a new thing or two, too.

Find more at-home fun in our Boredom Busters guide for families.

100 Things To Do in Philly with Kids Before They Grow Up

All parents know how quickly the years seem to pass as we watch our babies grow into big kids. At Mommy Poppins Philadelphia, our mission is to help families make the most of this precious time with their children, finding the best events and activities to enrich their lives and create special memories right here in the City of Brotherly Love.

That is why we have compiled a list of the top 100 things to do with kids in the Philly area before they grow up. With a city so rich in culture, history, recreation, world-class museums, theaters, zoos, parks, and annual festivals, the time to get out and start exploring is now!

25 Reasons To Take A Family Trip to Harrisburg PA

When many of us think about Harrisburg, PA, our minds immediately take us to the state capitol, politics, or maybe just a turnpike exit—not necessarily the stuff long weekend family trips are made of. However, given the time to map out an itinerary, the Hershey-Harrisburg area is a fabulous destination for families to enjoy, beyond HersheyPark and Pennsylvania’s political hub.

Here are our top 25 picks for must-see spots in Harrisburg and the surrounding area. We recommend planning out your visit, rather than just winging it when you arrive. You’ll be able to park and walk to some of these places, but as in any city, parking and navigating an unfamiliar area can be a challenge. If you’re making a long weekend out of it, consider staying in a hotel outside the city so you can easily access everything within the city limits, as well as the suburban spots.

Looking for more fun in the area? Visit nearby Lancaster!

Winter Festivals for Philly Families

Before cold winds, freezing temperatures, and shorter days lead to the wintertime blues, Philly families can turn to our event calendar which is loaded with many amazing winter festivals to keep spirits high while we await warmer weather.

This round up includes some of our favorites held in the city as well as the surrounding suburbs. Families who appreciate the outdoors can delight in festivals that include ice skating and snowboarding. Foodies can partake in festivals featuring chocolate, chili, or maple syrup. And, animal lovers can learn about wintertime wildlife. So, bundle up and browse through our list to find the perfect festival for your family to enjoy this winter season.

MLK Jr. Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Invention Convention, Service

For most Philly kids, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday provides a long, three-day weekend. Thankfully, Philly families can turn to our jam-packed events calendar to find creative and educational ways to spend the time together.

Recognize Dr. King by serving the community through artwork and inspiring letters, or by cleaning up a nature preserve, neighborhood street, or park.  Explore one of the many museums hosting MLK Day programming such as the National Museum for American Jewish History, National Liberty Museum, or National Constitution Center. Philly parents who don't have the day off from school can check out one of the day camp opportunities for their kids at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, The Center on Central, Briar Bush Nature Center, and Arden Theatre.

Other weekend activities include outdoor fun at Tyler's Hot Chocolate and Hike especially for dads and daughters, artistic sessions at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, and scientific experimentation at Hagley Museum's Invention Convention. However you chose to spend the weekend, make it a great one!


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