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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Earth Day, Brick Fest, Philadelphia Science Festival April 21-22

Philly parents may be wondering what to do this weekend now that Mother Nature has finally brought some seasonally appropriate weather to the Delaware Valley. With Earth Day happening, the easy answer is get outside! Kids can join in a fort building contest at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, clean up invasive plants at Green Lane Park, or throw mudballs filled with flower seeds from the Colebrookdale Railroad's Mudball Express. Other options include making eco-friendly crafts at The Handwork Studio, experiencing Earth Science STEM activities at the Delaware Children's Museum, and conducting experiments at the Academy of Natural Science.

In addition to Earth Day activities, there are some fun festivals happening this weekend. Food, music, and a health fair await at North Penn High School's International Spring Festival. LEGO fans can build to their hearts' content at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center's Brick Fest Live. The Philadelphia Science Festival boasts a Food Science event, Science in the Park programming, and Be a Scientist! activities throughout the region.

Still looking for other ideas on how to spend the weekend? Filter our events calendar by age, location, and tags to find the perfect activities for your crew. For now, read on for our top picks, and make sure to share this list with anyone who hasn't quite figured out their plans just yet for this nice spring weekend.

Don Your Dresses and Crowns for a Medieval Fantasy Ball at the Please Touch Museum

On Sunday, April 22, Please Touch Museum is hosting a magical celebration with its annual Storybook Ball- Medieval Fantasy. This enchanted event transports guests back to the time of knights and ladies, princes and princesses. Step into a storybook ball and meet your favorite medieval characters like Sleeping Beauty, Maid Marian, and even a real knight in shining armor!

Night at the Museum: Sleeping Over in the Nation's Best Known Museums

Taking a road trip just to go on a sleepover probably isn’t something you’d think to do, but that’s about to change with the Smithsonian’s Sleepover Series. This summer, kids can experience an overnight adventure at one of three Smithsonian museums, each with its own adventure. Just a two hour drive from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. means you and your elementary- and middle school-aged children could solve a mystery, explore outer space, or sleep beneath a 50-foot whale.

Snow White at the Arden Children’s Theatre: A Review

Walk into the Arden Theatre, and step right into a unique version of the Enchanted Forest. The stage is set simply: A house, trees, a table, a stool, and a trunk of clothes, but what unfolds over the course of an hour is a bit of interesting, although at times chaotic, magic as this entire adaptation of the classic tale of Snow White is brought to life by just two actors.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Free Fun April 14-15

Ever so slowly, the Delaware Valley awakens (finally!) to the season of spring. Flowers take their first tentative peeks up through the Earth, birds sing their sweet songs, the trees begin to bud and bloom, and sunny days are brightening the mood of many Philly kids with the chance to play outside. Similarly, our event calendar is bursting with springtime fun.

Get outdoors and search for feathered friends, experience a different park, wander through the garden, give orienteering a try, or visit a festival. Afterwards, retreat inside to a local museum. Harry Potter fans can explore The Philadelphia Museum of Art while young scientists can experiment at the Delaware Children's Museum or Hagley Museum.

Between indoor and outdoor fun, squeeze in a trip to one of the many consignment sales held throughout the region. Looking to save even more money? The Kimmel Center, Newlin Grist Mill, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Second Street Press all offer free programming this weekend.

Whether the weather is sunny or rainy or blessing us with yet another fluke snow, make it a great weekend, inside and out! And remember, the best adventures are spent with friends so share this post and round up some companions for your weekend excursions.

10 Great Day Trips for Philly Families

When a day without a music lesson, soccer game, dance class, or scout meeting presents itself, Philly parents must be ready with ways to keep the kids entertained. Thankfully, the Delaware Valley offers an abundance of day trip options for Philly families. From amusement parks to educational museums to outdoor gardens, there is something for everyone. We have rounded up some of our very favorite day trip destinations. Read through our list to find some ideas for your next day trip, and don't forget to share this post with a friend who might need inspiration of their own.

27 Reasons for Families To Visit Wilmington, Delaware

There is so much to see and do in Wilmington, Delaware. And with its proximity to Philadelphia, families can consider making a day trip or a weekend stay. A straight shot down I-95 (and even accessible by Amtrak), this family-friendly city is a delight for parents and kids alike. From sites along the Riverwalk to museums and outdoor adventures, Wilmington will have you coming back for more. Here is our roundup of the top 27 things to do as a family in Wilmington.

Still not sure where to take your next day trip? Check out our city guides for more ideas!

Beyond the Goody Bag: 10 Great Birthday Party Favor Ideas for Kids

Whether you love them or hate them, party favors are still a huge part of any child’s birthday celebration. I happen to love figuring out favors for these festive occasions, because it’s creative and challenging—something I can happily pat myself on the back for, if done successfully. For that to happen, it needs to be equal parts pleasing for the kids and their parents, and either edible, memorable, practical, shareable, or charitable.

Do yourself a favor and read on for 10 ultra unique ideas to take your little guy or girl’s goody bag from basic to brag-worthy.

For more unique ways to fete your youngsters, check out our list of free ways to celebrate and 10 sweet alternatives to birthday cake, or learn how to create a DIY photo booth for the big event. Planning to celebrate your little one's first birthday soon? We've got ideas for your soon-to-be-turning-one babes, too. Whatever you're looking for, we’ve got birthday hints in the bag.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Cherry Blossoms, Science, Museums April 7-8

To the delight of Philly families, the month of April brings slightly longer days, warmer weather, and cherry blossoms to the Delaware Valley. This weekend, grown-ups and kids can celebrate spring at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, which features paper marbling experiences, tea demonstration, live music, and dance performances. If your family missed out on egg hunt fun due to the late spring snow, don't be disheartened! Many venues such as Shady Brook Farms and Oasis Family Farm extended their springtime offerings for an additional week.

Got kids who love learning about science? This weekend, there's loads of scientific fun to be had at Independence Seaport Museum's Citizens Science Lab. You can also explore sports science at Citizens Bank Park.

More into the social sciences and social affairs? Head over to Fonthill Castle to investigate history, pretend to be a continental solider at Valley Forge, or practice teatime manners with your doll at Mercer Museum.

And don't forget spring is a great season for consignment sales. So check out some of the area's best consignment sales to update your kids' wardrobes or sell pieces they no longer need. But first, read on for our top weekend picks, and have fun out there!

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