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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Sesame Street April 3-7

The week ahead allows Philly kids to explore the world around them through cultural festivals,museum experiences, theatrical performances, and plenty of springtime fun.

Drop by Washington Square for a free outdoor Tinkergarten class or view the cherry blossoms all week long at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. Participate in the Delaware Art Museum's Glory of Stories program, take a gallery walk through the Philadelphia Museum of Art during Baby Bird Playdate, or drop the kids off for some fun at the Delaware Museum of Natural History for its Parents' Night Out. Take in a show this week such as Arden Theatre Company's The Light Princess or Ambler Theater's Puss In Boots by Family Stages. Or, see the gang from Sesame Street take the stage at The Liacouras Center. Be sure to head to the mall so your fur babies can get their pictures with the Easter Bunny and squeeze in an egg hunt before the weekend arrives.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

There's no joke about it. Mother Nature certainly has teased the Delaware Valley with a mild winter. Now, Philly families can finally embrace April and all the fun that awaits this spring. In our events calendar, families can find scientific fun at many local events associated with the Philadelphia Science Festival, multiple spring food festivals for foodies, Brick Fest for Lego lovers, Earth Day activities for the environmentally aware, and amazing consignment sales for those looking for a bargain.

But, wait! Easter arrives this month as well so be sure to check out our round ups of egg hunts, bunny brunches, train rides, and farm fun. Time to get out your family calendar and plan some family fun with our top picks for the month.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Shows, Cherry Blossom Festival April 1-2

It's no joke. An April Fool's weekend filled with museum experiences, theater productions, an amusement park opening, and cherry blossom festival awaits Philly families.

For starters, the Academy of Natural Sciences hosts its annual Animal Superhero Weekend, The Barnes offers its Free First Sundays , and The Brandywine River Museum presents its free PNC Arts Alive Family Programming. Bank of America® and Merrill Lynch® card holders can get free admission to many Pennsylvania museums such as the National Constitution Center and New Jersey museums such as the Garden State Discovery Museum throughout the weekend. After a museum visit, consider a trip to the theater. Younger children can enjoy Walnut Street Theatre's "Skippyjon Jones" while older kids can experience Arden Theatre's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

However, if your crew wants to get outdoors, consider visiting Storybook Land as it opens for the season. Or, experience the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival which features the opening of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden along with a host of cultural activities. Continue reading for our top picks. No foolin', it's a great line up of fun!

Hop Aboard the Easter Bunny Express: Train Rides for Kids Near Philly

Spring is in the air, and many of our scenic railroads are celebrating the season with Easter excursions. Families are invited to get outside after a long winter to enjoy a trip through the countryside with Peter Cottontail himself! We have rounded up several Easter-themed trains that are running special events for kids in the Delaware Valley.

Some of these trains include an Easter Egg hunt at the halfway stop. It is helpful to check whether the railroad provides a photographer and charges for a picture with the Bunny or if you can bring your own camera.

These Easter Bunny Trains can be the start of a great family tradition to celebrate the Easter holiday and to welcome Spring!  Be sure to check our calendar for more fun spring events.

15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

There are few things more satisfying than pulling a fast one on your own kid, but elaborate prepwork is sure to sap the fun out of any good April Fools' Day joke. In the past, we've shared ideas for old-school gags and creative tricks to play on children, but more recently, we've found that the very best pranks are also the simplest. Here, we run down 15 easy ways to show kids that when it comes to April 1st, at least, we still have the upper hand.

Easter Bunny Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner for Philly Families

To celebrate the season of spring, Philly families may want to offer their children the experience of visiting with the Easter Bunny. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are many opportunities to do just that. Kids have a chance to enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner with the bunny at a variety of locations including gardens, zoos, boats, and restaurants. Some events include photo-ops, egg hunts, or even a train ride!

Take a look at some of our favorite events happening this year. Be sure to book your reservation in advance as many of these opportunities sell out.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Music Class, Art Sessions, Storytimes March 27-31

This week's events calendar is filled with lots of great opportunities for Philly kids to spend quality time experiencing something new. From art opportunities to sing-alongs and storytimes, there are a variety of options to peak every child's interest.

Young ones can enjoy a musical sing along with Music Monkey Jungle at locations throughout Philly. Toddlers can bounce the day away at Skyzone or explore the outdoors with activities at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. Older kids can make art at Chester County Art Association's drop-in class while children under 4 can attend a Mommy and Me alternative.

With Easter just around the corner, perhaps you want to plan out which egg hunt, train ride, or farm experience your family hopes to visit this year. But, for now, continue reading for our top picks of this fun-filled week!

50 Things To Do in Orlando with Kids Other Than Theme Parks

Most of us know Orlando as the Theme Park Mecca, offering tons of memories at Disney World and Universal; but Florida's mega tourist destination offers a variety of fun things to do with kids of all ages other than the obvious options. Whether you live in Florida or are just visiting, Orlando is a great destination for families on both short and extended stays.

As a former Disney World cast member and Universal passholder, I could tell you a million and one ways to have fun at a huge theme park with kids, but we'll save that for another post. If you're looking for simple fun, unique experiences, and virtually no lines, Orlando still ranks as one of the world's most kid-friendly destinations.

The list below includes a little bit of everything. From canoeing to museums to themed dinners, these 50 fun spots offer a variety of family entertainment and "must do" activities for kids in Orlando, with or without a visit to the Mouse. Get ready to forego the theme park ticket and experience the real Orlando. 

Baby Animals and Easter Farm Fun for Philly Kids

Spring is always a fun time of year to visit local farms in the Philly suburbs—plants are starting to grow, baby animals make appearances, and Easter celebrations abound. Visitors may find egg hunts, hayrides, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny at some of these local events. Whether or not the groundhog was right about spring, all this fun on the farm will certainly remind families that real springtime weather is just around the corner.

Be sure to check our event calendar for even more Easter and spring break activities.

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