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10 Teen Philly Activities To Make Them Like You for More Than a Minute

When it comes to entertaining a Philly tween or teen, it can be challenging to find activities that aren't too babyish and have the appropriate amount of cool. Philly parents must dive deep into their former adolescent-selves to be reminded of what was cool when they were a tween or teen. Thankfully, hanging out at the mall or going to the movies aren’t your only options! We have rounded up some ideas for those struggling on ways to connect with these tween/teen creatures... other than by text and emoji.

Beyond Strawberries: Best Places to Pick Your Own Blackberries, Peaches, Cherries, and More this Summer

The Pick-Your-Own season is bookended by strawberries in the spring and apples in the fall, but what do you do with all those months in between? Pick everything else, of course! The Delaware Valley's many farms and orchards are great spots to haul out the family on nice weather days and haul home buckets, baskets, and bushels of fresh summer fruits, and some sweet memories, too. Many of these farms host summer festivals, family activities, and special events to really round out the day so be sure to search our events calendar for details. For now, read on for our list of the best Philly area farms and get pickin'.

100 Things to Do in New England with Kids Before They Grow Up

No matter where you live, exploring New England with kids ought to be on your short list of family vacation goals. Steeped in history and natural beauty, the Northeast offers families a chance to learn about the earliest Americans, frolic on snow or sand, and enjoy all sorts of old-fashioned fun, from farm-fresh ice cream to vintage carousels.

Drawing from our carefully curated lists of the best things to do with children in Boston and Connecticut as well as the inside scoop from parents in Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, we've come up with 100 things to see, do, and eat with kids in New England. It includes our favorite beaches, children's museums and amusement parks, charming New England towns with kid-friendly activities, ski and holiday trips, and top seasonal events and carnivals. One thing is for certain: You'll be wicked glad you visited Yankeeland.

15 Family Road Trips Under 10 Hours Away from Philly

Taking a vacation with kids can be tricky, especially when it comes to traveling. Flying can be stressful and expensive, and if you're anything like me, it may be your least favorite mode of transportation even without kids. Sometimes, half the fun and adventure of the vacation can be getting there! Road trips can be a great way to bond with your family, so we've rounded up a few awesome places that are less than a 10-hour drive from the greater Philadelphia metro area. As an added bonus, you can travel to a few of these places by train, too!

Target's Car Seat Trade-in Returns: Get the 2019 Details

Is it time to toss or upgrade your child's car seat? Beginning on April 22, Target will recycle your expired, damaged, or just yucky goldfish-crusted and stained one and help you to save on a new model through its popular car seat trade-in event. As if we needed another excuse to go to Target, right? 

Whether you're expecting a new baby, or simply sizing up, read on for all the details on this year's trade-in program.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Cherry Blossoms, Science, Performances April 6-7

The first weekend in April brings plenty of excitement to the Delaware Valley. Along with milder temperatures and more daylight, Philly families may notice budding blossoms, chirping birds, and hidden eggs. So, too, does our events calendar features flowers, feathered friends, and egg hunts.

Start off the fun by celebrating spring at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to beautiful blooms, visitors can expect to see traditional and contemporary Japanese activities such as martial arts demos and dance performances. Nature lovers can look skyward for birds who are migrating back to the area and fisherman can cast a line to see how the trout are biting. Kiddos who are eager to search for eggs can collect treats at PAWS Discovery Farm, Norristown Farm Park, Villanova University, or Willow Grove Romp-N-Roll while children who want a visit with the Easter Bunny can find him at the zoo, on a train, or on the farm

Other highlights in our weekend calendar include scientific exploration and theater performances. Young scientists can investigate the world of rocks and minerals at the annual Rock & Mineral Expo at Churchville Nature Center or head to the Independence Seaport Museum for its weekend Citizens Science Lab. On the other hand, theater goers can see Paw Patrol Live! on stage at the Academy of Music or catch The Adventures of Princess Truheart at The Delaware Children's' Theatre.

Still looking for more? Read on for great ways to spend the weekend.

Storybook Land in New Jersey: A Magical Park for Preschoolers and Tots

If you’re looking for an enjoyable amusement park experience minus crazy thrill rides and super-sized crowds, take a day trip to Storybook Land in Egg Harbor. This charming spot, in operation since 1955, was created with younger children in mind—the rides and attractions are all geared toward the under-10 crowd, making it great for toddlers and big siblings alike.

Visiting is a bit like stepping into a fairy tale: as you walk through the wooded grounds, you encounter characters from nursery rhymes and classic children's stories, like Humpty Dumpty and Alice in Wonderland. Even if you didn't go there as a kid, as many New Jerseyans did, you're sure to fall under its nostalgia-laced spell. 

My husband and I recently visited for the first time with our two boys, ages 5 and 2, and we all loved it and will definitely go back. Storybook Land is No. 1 on our list of 30 Things to Do with NJ Preschoolers, with good reason. Read on for more about this sweet NJ gem. And find even more fun for little ones in our roundup of Great NJ Amusement Parks for Toddlers and Preschoolers.  

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

Discover 13 different ways to explore Philly and the surrounding areas in April (and that's no joke!). Philly families can embrace all the fun this season holds. Easter arrives early in the month so be sure to check out our round-ups of egg huntsbunny brunchestrain rides, and farm fun. But the adventures and fun don't stop there. Peruse our events calendar for exciting science activities with many local events making up the annual Philadelphia Science Festival, loads of springtime festivals, Brick Fest for Lego lovers, Earth Day and Arbor Day activities for the environmentally aware, and amazing consignment sales for those looking for a bargain.

Time to get out your family calendar and plan some family fun with our top picks for the month. Life is good in April!

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in April

Don't let April showers or the family fun budget get you down! Our events calendar is exploding with amazing and educational events throughout the Delaware Valley. Philly parents are sure to appreciate making memories with the family that won't drain the bank.

As the weather breaks, nature lovers can take a hike, search for birds, or learn to fish. Girls who love technology can learn how to make a website, design a mobile app, or explore machine learning. Babies can enjoy one of the many Read, Baby, Read programs while older kids can explore science during the Philadelphia Science Festival's Neighborhood Science After School programs or learn about constellations at Star Parties held at venues throughout the area. Easter provides plenty of free springtime activities including the annual Easter parade while Earth Day on April 22 provides lots of opportunities to celebrate our beautiful planet.

Continue reading to find our top picks for the month ahead and then add a few to your family's schedule, without spending a dime. 

Spring Break Activities for Philly Families

Maybe you're considering a vacation this spring break, or perhaps staying local works out better this year. Whether near or far from home, trying to find fun ways to entertain your kids when school's out can be a challenge. We've got you covered. Check out these ten Greater Philly activities that will keep your kids engaged this April (and hopefully offer you some enjoyment too).  

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