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14 Philly Fringe Shows You Can Actually Bring Your Kids To

Philly Fringe Festival returns every year in September. With tons of independent productions exploding with talent and unique ideas, it's such a wonderful time to check out theatre, dance performances, and more in Philadelphia. If you have kids, it can be quite the challenge to find the right Fringe show. Many shows in the festival feature adult themes and content, and ocassionally even nudity, so just how do you navigate this amazing festival with children? Don't worry, we've made it easy by rounding up tons of great Fringe shows that are safe to bring the kiddos to. So get ready to see some spectacular shows like nothing you've ever seen before.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Labor Day Fun, Storytimes, Honey Festival September 4-8

Traditionally speaking, the day after Labor Day marks the first day of school for many Philly kids. But, just because school is starting does not mean that the fun has to end. Quite the contrary, as our event calendar is filled with many ways to spend time with the family.

Start the week off by celebrating Labor Day with roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink, touring the exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution, or visiting the penguins at Adventure Aquarium. Squeeze in time to listen to stories at free events held at Reading Terminal Market, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, or Smith. Older kids can enjoy spending the evening seeing the trains at the Marshall Steam Museum while kids of all ages can learn about honey-making at Glen Foerd during part of the Philadelphia Honey Festival. Don't forget about West Chester's Swingin' Summer Thursdays as well as University City's Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll.

Since summer technically doesn't end until mid-September, make the most of these sunny days by spending family time together. Because, before you know it, everything will be pumpkin-flavored!

Best Apple Picking Orchards for Philadelphia Families

We know it must be Fall when we feel that chill in the air, the leaves start to change color, harvest festivals abound and apple picking season begins. Pennsylvania is one of the country's top apple producing states, so we are fortunate to have a number of orchards in the area where we can enjoy this favorite Fall tradition. Many of the orchards host activities to extend the fun beyond apple picking - everything from tractor rides and corn mazes to moon bounces and music festivals.

There are several pick-your-own apple orchards and farms listed below, all within an hour's drive of Philadelphia. Because farm conditions and apple selection can vary throughout the season, it is recommended to call or check the website before visiting.

Labor Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Fairs, Festivals, History, September 2-4

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer for Philly families. Be sure to make the most of this three-day weekend with some of the amazing activities found in our events calendar.

This weekend features a variety of end of summer fairs and festivals. Learn about Medieval England with a trip to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair. Listen to a polka band and taste pierogies at the annual Polish-American Family Festival & County Fair. See the horses and ride the amusements at Ludwig's Corner Horse Show and Country Fair. For some free fun, cool off inside The Barnes Museum for its Free First Sunday or The Philadelphia Museum of Art during its Pay What You Wish admission.

Or, ramp up for the school year with an educational encounter. Experience the life of the Lenape with a visit to Churchville Nature Center. Learn about the Revolutionary War at the newly opened Museum of the American Revolution where kids under 12 get in free all weekend long. Witness a free military demonstration at Signers' Garden, hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and be inspired by tales of our Founding Fathers at the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches located throughout Historic Philadelphia.

Try squeezing in one more trip during this long weekend with a shore getaway, a jaunt to Amish Country, or a cross-state excursion to Pittsburgh. As summer comes to a close and families make way for soccer practice, piano lessons, and homework to begin, enjoy this weekend and make memories to last a lifetime.

After Hurricane Harvey: How to Help & Get Help After the Storm

You don't need us to tell you Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston. The Bayou City has quickly become just that—a submerged metropolis where people have been pushed from their homes, from hospitals, and from entire communities. While this historic storm has wrecked our home, good Samaritans have emerged from all corners of the Greater Houston area to help those in need.

Here are some ways anyone can help families and individuals affected by the storm, as well as ways for locals to search for help. Send us a note at houstoneditor@mommypoppins.com if you have any resources we do not have listed, and we can add them here. Stay safe, Houston. Together, we will pull through. #HoustonStrong

AMC Returns Favorite Disney Princess Movies to Theaters

Disney and AMC Theatres have joined forces to return some of the most popular princess-themed movies of years past to the theater this fall, including the original Beauty and the Beast from (gasp) 1991, and slightly more recent faves like the fiery, bow-and-arrow wielding redhead from Brave (2012).

If you have a gown-loving, but rambunctious little kid in your life, she or he may already know these flicks inside and out, but they were probably too young to catch them on the big screen. Tickets are already on sale for this princess movie fest featuring a diverse set of heroines, which will play in September and October at select AMC theaters across the country, so grab them while you can.

Read on for more info on how you can catch these six fairy tale heroes this fall. 

Best Montgomery County Parks and Playgrounds

Montgomery County has an abundance of family-friendly events and activities sure to keep the entire family busy and learning all year round. Across the county there are many beautiful parks, creative playgrounds and play spaces, and walking trails that can be enjoyed by residents and non-residents alike. We've rounded up some of our favorite parks and playgrounds in the area. Whether you live there, or your visiting for a day, there are plenty of great places to play!

Too hot, cold, or wet to play outside? Check out our favorite indoor play spaces in Montgomery County.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Music, Nature, Movies August 28-September 1

This time of year is filled with mixed emotions. Those that enjoy the freedom of summer with its lack of schedule are sad to see it go. But many parents (and some kids) are ready for the school year to return. As summer slowly comes to a close, make the week ahead memorable with the amazing experiences found in our events calendar.

Music lovers have many options. Learn how to play a ukulele at Fumo Library or listen to the sweet strum of the guitar at Wissahickon Library. Check out a drop-in class with Music Monkey Jungle at Old Pine Community Center, The Children's Boutique, Momo's Treehouse, or Tildie's Toy Box. Rock out at a concert at Philadelphia City Institute's Summer Concert Series, Penn Museum's Summer Nights Concert, or The Market at DelVal's Wine Concert.

Kids interested in science and nature can wander through the Enchanted Woods at Winterthur, explore the exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Natural History during its last Two Dollar Tuesday event, and be mesmerized by the fountain shows at Longwood Gardens. Don't forget to stop by Tyler Arboretum to say goodbye to the Big Bugs exhibit which concludes Tuesday. Save some time to chill out with a movie at Queen Memorial Library, The Colonial Theatre, or FDR Park.

Since September is just around the corner, be sure to plan a month full of fun with new, interesting, and unusual experiences. For now, keep reading and make it a great week!

September GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

The school year has begun and whether you're already missing summer, or relieved to have the kids out of the house- it's always bittersweet. Lunches need to be packed, there's homework to be done, and sometimes it can feel like there's not enough time in the days. Don't let September pass you by! We know you're busy getting back into the swing of things, so we've rounded up all the best events for Philly kids this month in one easy place. This month's fun includes free museum admission, the start of Fall activities, an annual Mushroom Festival, a visit from Thomas the Train, and more.

Sylvan EDGE STEM Classes (Almost) Too Cool for After-School

We're forever amazed by the things kids are learning to do these days. From coding to building robots, today's kiddos are mastering critical 21st century skills that will help them excel in school and, ultimately, their careers. And the best part of all is that places like Sylvan Learning have figured out how to make engineering, coding, and even math, fun. Sylvan Learning believes that engaging and interactive experiences during this pivotal time help nurture an early love of STEM, which can literally serve kids for a lifetime.

We recently took a bunch of kids to try out a Sylvan EDGE STEM program for an afternoon, and we couldn't believe what they created. Check out the video to see what your little learners could be doing at Sylvan.

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