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You Sip, They Play: 4 Delaware Valley Wineries that Are Family-Friendly

Usually, the only time parents seem to get a chance to enjoy a glass of wine is after the kids are tucked into bed. But the rolling hills of Delaware Valley are teeming with vineyards, and some of the onsite wineries are even, dare we say, kid-friendly. This is especially true during the spring, summer, and fall when the weather is nice enough for families to take advantage of the wineries’ outdoor spaces.

Some wineries are more geared towards families than others so we’ve compiled a list of four Delaware Valley wineries that you can add to your warm weather list of places to go. 

Outdoor Games and Toys to Make Your Kids' Summer a Hit for Cheap

When the temperatures soar and school lets out, it’s time to break out the outdoor games for the kids. Whether trying to keep them entertained at the beach, a backyard BBQ, or just at the park, parents everywhere know that an engaging outdoor toy for toddlers to teens can be the perfect antidote to the inevitable “We’re bored” summer refrain with which we’re all so familiar.

Unfortunately, just walking into your nearest retailer and grabbing the most interesting looking outdoor game off the shelf doesn’t always work out. It could end up overly complicated, not age-appropriate, break upon contact—or even worse: not hold their attention! So we at Mommy Poppins rounded up our favorite summer toys for kids from over the years, including water games, and even tested out new ones, to bring you this list of more than a dozen, inexpensive options to play with your kids this summer.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in June

The month of June brings sunshine, the smell of freshly mowed grass, blooming gardens, and carefree days now that school has almost ended. As great as that is, though, the extra free time can also easily empty a Philly parent's wallet. The cost of keeping the kiddos entertained can really add up. But keep those debit cards and sawbucks tucked away! Why? Because there is an enormous amount of free fun to be had throughout the Delaware Valley, and we've got the lowdown.

There are places to cool off, movies to watch under the stars, parks to hike and picnic, and outdoor concerts to dance and sing. On sunny days, kids can explore a 'new to you' destination playground such as Kids Castle in Doylestown or Manderach Memorial Playground in Limerick. If clouds move in, families can retreat indoors to experience free museum fun at the Franklin Institute, Penn Museum, National Constitution Center, Eastern State Penitentiary, and American Swedish Museum. Malls also offer free programming to keep little ones entertained. Dress like a superhero and fly to Exton Square Mall or jam out with Kids' MusicRound at Montgomery Mall.

No matter the weather, there are plenty of great ways to have fun without spending a dime!

Family Getaway to Hershey, PA: Hersheypark, Chocolate World, Zoo

While there are plenty of family vacation options in our area, my family's destination of choice this year was Hershey, Pennsylvania. The town, smack dab in the center of the state, has been dubbed the Sweetest Place on Earth thanks to the region's namesake chocolate factory and iconic candy bar. 

The main attraction, Hersheypark, is the perfect short-week or long weekend getaway solution for kids who aren't ready for a long car, train, or plane trip. It’s just over three hours away from the New York City area and barely two hours from Philadelphia. (Tip: Leave before dawn and the kids will sleep through half of it).

I was hesitant that my 5- and 2-year-old boys would be too small to enjoy the trip, but Hershey offers much more than just roller coasters. There's water park fun, a zoo and gardens, chocolate galore, and plenty of great places to stay, including right on site with the treat-filled amusement park. There are even additional family sights in nearby Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Here is a breakdown of the top sights to see with kids.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Strawberries, Festivals, National Trails Day June 2-3

This first weekend in June is definitely not a snooze! The Delaware Valley is hosting a multitude of amazing events that are sure to make taste buds delight, voices sing, and feet get moving with a hike or bike.

Since it is strawberry season, begin the weekend by enjoying with some jam, jellies, pies, and preserves at Shady Brook Farm, Linvilla Orchards, or Johnson's Corner Farm. Extend strawberry fun at Plymouth Meeting Friends School's Strawberry Festival or Brandywine Strawberry Festival, both offering games, amusements, and entertainment for the whole family.

Speaking of entertainment, Philly families can listen to tunes at Roxborough Music Festival and Penn's Landing's Irish American Festival. Or, make your own instruments at National Liberty Museum. Then, get out into nature by celebrating National Trails Day at Valley Forge, Newlin Grist Mill, Tyler Arboretum, Kent Dog Park, or Forbidden Drive.

But, wait, there's more! Keep reading for additional ideas and search our events calendar filtering by age, location, and tags. Make it a great weekend!

31 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this June

Philly family calendars are loaded with preschool closings, middle school move-ups, and graduation parties as another school year comes to an end, but the party is just getting started throughout the Delaware Valley! Amazing festivals, fairs, and carnivals are gearing up for spectacular events featuring food, amusements, music, and culture.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has compiled a comprehensive list of family fun events happening this June. From the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to annual traditions, there is something for every member of the family. Read through our list and make plans to experience the fun with family and friends.

50 Must-Do Activities on Cape Cod With Kids this Summer

Ahhh-The Cape. From the moment you cross over the Sagamore Bridge, you are on Cape Time. Say good-bye to stress and uncomfortable shoes and hello to family-time and flip flops! Cape Cod is famous for its legendary seafood, pristine beaches, charming main streets, and a seemingly endless supply of children's activities, making it a perfect family vacation destination. You can spend your days splashing in the water or building sandcastles, and your nights mini golfing with pirates or watching future major league baseball stars play. Or, you can head out on the open water to catch glimpses of astonishing sea life. I have spent just about every summer of my life here, forming some of my most enduring childhood memories. It's a tradition I am thrilled to carry on with my family. 

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

This spring may have brought freak snowstorms and lots of rain, but now we turn our warm sunny thoughts to summer where kids can stay outside and play all day. From strawberry picking, splash pads and splaygrounds, to free outdoor movies and concerts, Mommy Poppins is your go-to for what-to-do in the Philly area this month. 

Headed to the shore? We've got things to do with toddlers, best boardwalks, and best beaches. Looking for day trips to historical places or planning a big trip to celebrate summer vacation? We've got those, too. 

Get started on your June planning with 13 of our Top Picks below, and from everyone here at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia...Welcome, Summer!! 

Free Outdoor Concerts for Philly Families

This summer, there are lots of things Philly families can do that are heavy on fun but lean on the budget, especially when it comes to the many summer concert series happening from the city to the suburbs. Our comprehensive list of the outdoor concerts includes plenty of options throughout the Delaware Valley. Venues hosting some of the more popular bands can get packed, so be sure to arrive on the early side.

Read through the post to discover a favorite venue, band, or genre of music. Text some friends, gather up the kids, pack some chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket, and the bug spray. Find the perfect spot for your family and friends, sit back, and relax to the sweet sounds of summer at these free local concerts.

Nickelodeon Punta Cana: All-Inclusive Caribbean Resort with a Side of Slime

If your dream vacation is one where the kids are out of their minds with fun, while you sip piña coladas by your private plunge pool, have I got a place for you. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, gives little ones all the fun of a theme park visit while providing adults with a luxurious, all-inclusive vacation that doesn’t leave you needing another getaway when you get back.

From the best rooms, pools, experiences, and eats, read on for our review of everything you need to know to enjoy your Caribbean family vacation at Nick Resort Punta Cana.

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