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50 Things to Do on a Martha’s Vineyard Summer Family Vacation

Martha's Vineyard is a place out of time. Celebrities and presidents vacation alongside ordinary folks who populate the island year-round. Elegant boutiques share sidewalks with rusty bait shacks. You won't find water parks or go-karts, but there's still plenty to do with kids on this island off the coast of Cape Cod. Many of the highlights of your stay will be local fairs, parades, and even ball games that tend to bring the community together. Or you may just choose to lounge on the magnificent beaches and sample cold treats from the local ice cream stand. Every family will soak up the island culture in its own way, but here are 50 ways we're pretty sure you can't go wrong when vacationing on the Vineyard. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, BBQ, Fireworks July 1-2

With a boom, a sparkle, and a sizzle, the first weekend in July unleashes its many patriotic celebrations, perfect for every Philly family.

Eat a traditional Fourth of July BBQ with Elmo, Zoe, and the gang from Sesame Street at Sesame Place. Or, indulge in a Red, White, and Blue BBQ Bash at Peddlers' Village. Visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Constitution Center, Brandywine River Museum, or The Barnes Foundation for free. Celebrate our nation's birthday by stepping back in time to learn how to write with a quill pen or to see how soldiers lived during the Revolutionary War. End the weekend with firework fun at Ridley Park, Nottingham County Park, or Longwood Gardens.

Navigate through our event calendar by filtering for age, location, and tags. Now, keep reading for additional family fun.

25 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this July

Some of summertime's best family memories are made at festivals, fairs, and carnivals. This month you can experience classic carnival fun, cultural opportunities, or musical entertainment. Whether you attend an all-time family favorite venue or try a new event, be sure cotton candy, funnel cake, live music, and fireworks are a part of your family fun this month!

Kid-Friendly Outdoor Dining in Philly

One of my favorite indulgences as a parent is finding a spot to enjoy a night out that pleases the whole family- and as a bonus, I don't have to cook or clean up! When the weather is nice, outdoor dining is pretty much the only way to go. The kids can be as loud as they want (or nearly so), and I am more likely to enjoy the entire meal without having to take a break to explain about inside voices and not running around the table. A definite go-to, especially in the summer, are beer gardens and pop-up dining destinations that not only have kid-friendly menus, but often family activities and attractions. However, there are many go-to spots that don't quite fit the beer garden genre. Here is a roundup of the most family-friendly ones in the city that have enclosed, or nearly enclosed outdoor seating.

If you're in the mood for a beer garden dining experience, we've got a round-up for that, too. You can also check out our pop-up garden round-up for more outdoor fun.

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.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: FREE Fun, Wawa Welcome America June 26-30

With the arrival of summer, Philly parents may be wondering how to keep children engaged in fun without breaking the bank. This week's top picks are all FREE and are sure to put a smile on your face and your wallet.

First, stop into your local library for free programming such as Parkway Central Library's Baby and Toddler Story Time, Wissahickon Library's Guitar Story Time, Fumo Family Library's Mindful Meditation, or Media Library's Captain Underpants Party. Then, make crafts at Linvilla Orchards or Monkey Fish Toys. Dance and sing along at a free outdoor concert at White's Road Park, Debarth Amphitheater, or Narberth Park. Best yet, Wawa Welcome America arrives in town this week! During the festival, young and old can take advantage of free museum admission, Go 4th learning opportunities, and free hoagies, too.

However you spend the week, keep it fun and keep it free! Read on for additional no-cost activities below.

24 Firework Displays to Celebrate the 4th of July in Philly and at the Jersey Shore

Nothing says Independence Day like a great fireworks display. Philadelphia knows how to celebrate the birth of America. Start with what's being billed as the largest free concert in the United States with Party on the Parkway, where part of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be shut down and a lineup of great bands will play before a spectacular fireworks display above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If being one of the thousands celebrating in the streets isn't your idea of a perfect 4th of July, there's a spectrum of events in many of the suburban towns around Philly like the Narberth Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks. Whether enjoying a local band and fireworks in your nearby park or joining the throngs on the Museum Mile, don't forget to bring your chairs, blankets, coolers with snacks, and a few activities to keep the kids entertained until the sky turns dark.  

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Food, Nature, Balloons, June 24-25

Now that summer has arrived and the days are longer, the race begins to fill the time with fantastic family fun. Thankfully, this weekend's options do not disappoint Philly parents as our event calendar is overflowing with excitement to please the most diverse tribe.

Begin the weekend with food! Start with delicious blueberry pies and jellies or sweet raspberry creations. Indulge in mouth-watering ice cream and then burn off the extra calories with a nature walk or colorful 5K. Celebrate summer with an arts festival, a midsommarfest, or an old-fashioned baseball game. Appreciate nature with an overnight campout, bug hunt, or boat ride. Be sure to carve out time to experience the Chester County Balloon Festival and appreciate the beauty of hot air balloons, the fun of remote controlled airplanes, and the excitement of the Kids' Zone.

Continue reading for additional top picks for this summer weekend. Make it a great one!

See How It's Made: Best Factory Tours Near Philadelphia

There's something so cool about seeing how things are made. Whether it's going behind the scenes at Crayola, watching yummy chocolate being poured into molds, or seeing coins minted, it's really intriguing to see everyday items take shape. There are plenty of great places in the area where you can do just that. Read on to see our favorite factory tours and find out how things are made!

Registration for Apple Camp, Apple's FREE Three-Day Summer Camp, is Open Now!

If you've got an 8-12 year-old interested in STEM or movie-making, hurry up and run to the nearest computer; Apple has just opened registration for its free three-day camps. Located at different Apple store locations in the Delaware Valley, these camps won't last long and are 100% free, so we wanted you to be the first to know!

For more camp information and ideas, check out our Camp Guide and Directory.

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