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Easter Bunny Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner for Philly Families

To celebrate the season of spring, Philly families may want to offer their children the experience of visiting with the Easter Bunny. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are many opportunities to do just that. Kids have a chance to enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner with the bunny at a variety of locations including gardens, zoos, boats, and restaurants. Some events include photo-ops, egg hunts, or even a train ride!

Take a look at some of our favorite events happening this year. Be sure to book your reservation in advance as many of these opportunities sell out.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Music Class, Art Sessions, Storytimes March 27-31

This week's events calendar is filled with lots of great opportunities for Philly kids to spend quality time experiencing something new. From art opportunities to sing-alongs and storytimes, there are a variety of options to peak every child's interest.

Young ones can enjoy a musical sing along with Music Monkey Jungle at locations throughout Philly. Toddlers can bounce the day away at Skyzone or explore the outdoors with activities at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. Older kids can make art at Chester County Art Association's drop-in class while children under 4 can attend a Mommy and Me alternative.

With Easter just around the corner, perhaps you want to plan out which egg hunt, train ride, or farm experience your family hopes to visit this year. But, for now, continue reading for our top picks of this fun-filled week!

50 Things To Do in Orlando with Kids Other Than Theme Parks

Most of us know Orlando as the Theme Park Mecca, offering tons of memories at Disney World and Universal; but Florida's mega tourist destination offers a variety of fun things to do with kids of all ages other than the obvious options. Whether you live in Florida or are just visiting, Orlando is a great destination for families on both short and extended stays.

As a former Disney World cast member and Universal passholder, I could tell you a million and one ways to have fun at a huge theme park with kids, but we'll save that for another post. If you're looking for simple fun, unique experiences, and virtually no lines, Orlando still ranks as one of the world's most kid-friendly destinations.

The list below includes a little bit of everything. From canoeing to museums to themed dinners, these 50 fun spots offer a variety of family entertainment and "must do" activities for kids in Orlando, with or without a visit to the Mouse. Get ready to forego the theme park ticket and experience the real Orlando. 

Baby Animals and Easter Farm Fun for Philly Kids

Spring is always a fun time of year to visit local farms in the Philly suburbs—plants are starting to grow, baby animals make appearances, and Easter celebrations abound. Visitors may find egg hunts, hayrides, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny at some of these local events. Whether or not the groundhog was right about spring, all this fun on the farm will certainly remind families that real springtime weather is just around the corner.

Be sure to check our event calendar for even more Easter and spring break activities.

Largest Indoor Water Park in the US Opens at Kalahari Poconos

It’s official. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains is now home to the country’s largest indoor water park.

In early March the African-themed resort completed a more-than-100,000-square-foot addition to its existing indoor water park, bringing the total to 220,000 square feet, more than double its largest competitor in the Poconos vacation region, and besting the record-holder, its own Kalahari resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

The news arrives just before school kids head off for spring break, making it likely welcome news for families looking for a quick water-themed getaway, or even a day trip as Kalahari allows day-pass entry to its water park.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Play-A-Palooza, Scavenger Hunt, March 25-26

As the month of March draws to a close, Philly families start to notice signs of spring found in our jam-packed events calendar. This weekend's fun includes egg hunts, outdoor excursions, park openings, and many consignment sales.

Begin the weekend with some waffles at the American Swedish Historical Museum. Once bellies have been fed, find your favorite basket and search for Easter eggs at community egg hunts in Aston and Telford. Search for signs of spring at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park or look for artwork that reflects the theme of the Harry Potter book series at Watson Adventures' Wizard Scavenger Hunt held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stop by Smith Memorial Playground as it opens for the new season at Play-A-Palooza. Finish off the weekend by seeing one of Philly's favorite local kindie bands, BESTIE winner Lolly and YoYo at Parkway Central Library. Keep reading to see what other top picks await this weekend.

10 Tips to Organize a Community Easter Egg Hunt

When my son was nearly two, I was excited to start new traditions, especially around the holidays. And while it was easy to come up with activities for us, like decorating Easter eggs, I had a hard time finding an Easter Egg Hunt that I felt would be age appropriate for him. I knew he wouldn’t quite get the point of the hunt, and might even possibly be trampled by older kids. I also wanted a tradition that we could count on year after year, creating a lasting and memorable experience.

I didn’t grow up with local Easter traditions, and occasionally times like the holidays make it harder to feel connected. So I decided to do something about it. I organized a neighborhood hunt for my son and the other toddling tots I've grown to know and love from neighborhood mommy meet-ups. The egg hunt has been such a hit that we have repeated it every year, and each year we've found more ways to make it special and grow the participation into a true neighborhood event where we all make new friends, build memories, and enjoy some true village parenting.

So, here are my 10 tips and tricks for organizing a great, easy community Easter egg hunt!

Easter Egg Hunts Around the Philadelphia Area

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail.... As Peter Cottontail makes his way to the Delaware Valley, Philly kids should find their favorite basket and get ready to search high and low for eggs at these local Easter egg hunts. Most of these egg hunts are outdoors. In the event of questionable weather, please be sure to check directly with the organizers to see if they have a rain date (all of our event listings link to official websites). Also, make sure to click through to our events calendar for exact times since many hunts have multiple time frames based on age.

The majority of these egg hunts are FREE and are a great way to welcome spring and create Easter traditions with your kids. Be sure to also check our Easter Bunny Express post for info on special holiday train rides and our Easter Fun at Farms post featuring plenty of photo ops, animal visits, and outdoor fun.

Spring Break Camps for Philly Area Kids

Spring break is an opportunity for Philly families to recharge their batteries and find time for reprieve. However, some parents may still need to work a day or two while the kids are off from school. Find fun for your school age children with some of the amazing camps available throughout the Delaware Valley. We have rounded up many excellent camp opportunities to keep children engaged in nature, art, science, and drama. With such variety, Philly kids are sure to have a great spring break. For those luck enough to have off a day or two during break, be sure to browse through our events calendar and schedule time for family fun.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Founder's Day, Stories, Museums March 20-24

It's official. Spring arrives this week in the Delaware Valley. Philly families can expect many wonderful ways to celebrate as can be seen in our events calendar.

Explore Norristown Farm Park for signs of the new season as it offers little ones a chance to notice sprouting grass and budding trees. Listen to stories and sing songs to welcome spring at Suburban Square. Take advantage of Founders' Day at the Academy of Natural Sciences and view the butterflies in the butterfly pavilion. Or, splurge to hear the frogs croak at the Museum's Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. Be sure to prep for spring by checking out all the upcoming consignment sales in your area. Now, keep reading to see our top picks for the week ahead.

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