11 Top Hotels with Outdoor Water Parks for Families with Kids

Kids generally love the perks of staying at hotels but add on a water park and that regular family getaway suddenly hits thrilling new heights. Think of all the family fun: lazy rivers right outside the door, a room nearby for naptime, instant ways to cool down, and no time wasted stuck in traffic to the local pool or beach.

We've rounded up 11 top U.S. hotels and resorts with water parks where families can chill out and cool off at the same time. Find great places to stay (and play) in Florida, Texas, California, and the East Coast.

10 Free Places to Enjoy Fall Foliage in the Philly Area

One of the most picturesque times of the year is finally upon us! Fall in Philly brings with it lots of awesome outdoor activities for kids, from apple-picking to Halloween haunts, and more, but if you’re looking for an afternoon of free family fun, why not simplify and take a drive, walk, or bike ride to glimpse the fall foliage? Even though Philly is known for its skyscrapers, the city is also home to ample green spaces, which provide a beautiful backdrop this time of year. Here are a few of our favorite spots:

Fall Consignment Sales for Philly Families

Preparing a kid's closet for the cool breezes of autumn can hit a Philly family right in the wallet. But, it doesn't have to. Purchasing children's clothes by shopping local consignment sales is one way to save some cash. Throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, consignment sales offer families a place to buy gently used clothing, toys, baby items, and other childhood staples for a fraction of the retail price. Additionally, when your kids grow out of their clothes or toys, consignment sales provide an opportunity to sell these items for extra money.

Consignment sale organizers can submit their events to our calendar by clicking here. For a list of spring consignment sales, check here.

Baby Shark Live! Tour Hits the Stage This Fall

Baby Shark Live!, a stage show based on that viral earworm of a song, is gearing up for a U.S. tour, hitting a city near your family this fall. Just in time for shark week, tickets for this fully-immersive concert are now on sale. We suspect seats will be going fast in cities such as Philadelphia, Boston, and NYC.

So what are you and your kiddos doo doo doo doo doo doo-ing this fall? The very first Baby Shark Live! tour will initially stop in over 30 cities and eventually 100. It's presented by the geniuses behind the sensational song, South Korean educational brand Pinkfong, and Round Room Live, the company behind Yo Gabba Gabba Live and PJ Masks Live. As if we all didn’t already have the insanely catchy song permanently stuck in our heads, there's definitely no hope for us now!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Trains, Museums August 3-4

Approximately six weeks of official summer has passed already and Philly parents may have heard the dreaded phrase, "I'm bored" a time or two. No one is going to be bored this weekend! Not if Mommy Poppins Philadelphia can help it. From toddlers to teen, this August weekend is sizzling with fun for everyone. There are variety of festivals featuring summertime fruit, butterflies, libations and crustaceans, culture, animals, and music happening throughout Philadelphia and the entire Delaware Valley

After attending a festival or two, young ones can enjoy the performance by Two of a Kind at Parkway Central Library's Sundays on Stage. Children who are interested in things that go can take a picnic train ride at West Chester Railroad or explore the antique automobiles at Marshall Steam Museum. Older kids can learn a bit of history at Valley Forge or discover more about Alexander Hamilton at the National Constitution Center. Everyone in the family can be inspired by the creativity found at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art Splash exhibit, with hands-on activities at the Barnes, and through stories at the Brandywine River Museum.

Can't decided what to do first? Read about the details of some of our top picks. Don't forget to browse our event calendar for additional ideas.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in August

It’s hard to believe that the last month of summer has arrived in the Delaware Valley. Now more than ever, Philly families must savor August because school will be back in session before you know it. For Pete's sake, Halloween candy is already stocked on grocery store shelves! Thankfully, our events calendar is overflowing with activities that will help you savor summer and keep the kiddos entertained without breaking the bank.

Movie lovers can enjoy plenty of free films this month at venues both in the city and the suburbs. Those interested in nature can get outdoors to appreciate feathery friends, blooming vegetation, and roasted marshmallows. Budding scientists can drop by free workshops such as Young Science Hour or Grow Up Green at Sister Cities Park while kids who enjoy STEAM can attend a free learning session at the Richmond Library. Older kids can give boating a try at Bartram's Gardens or take an encryption workshop with TechGirlz.

There are plenty of free concerts this month. The Mann hosts its Annual Young People's Concert while Rose Tree Park, Fischer's Park, White's Road Park, and Gorgas Park provide audiences many opportunities for live music throughout the remainder of the summer. Round out the fun with a festival at Penn's Landing for ACANA Festival in the beginning of the month and the Festival of India mid-August. If you can carve out some time for a daytrip to the beach, check out these free Jersey shore spots, free movies, and lighthouse storytime events happening there.

For now, read on for some of our favorite free events and finish Summer 2019 off strong!

Virginia Beach with Kids: 25 Things to do on a Family Vacation

Virginia Beach is a perennial favorite getaway for East Coast families and travelers, beloved for its sandy oceanfront and 3-mile-long boardwalk. The beach and Atlantic surf have kept kids entertained for ages.

The length of the beach translates into always being able to find a spot for your towel and beach umbrella, even at the height of summer, and the decidedly G-rated atmosphere in Virginia's largest city, including a ‘no cursing on the beach’ rule, means there's plenty of family-friendly activities and spirit. Take the kids bike riding, for a round of mini golf, or to the aquarium. 

With hotels that accommodate a range of budgets, no-frills eateries, and free entertainment, Virginia Beach is a top pick for families craving a beach vacation. Colonial Williamsburg is also nearby, or you can add-on a visit to Washington, DC with the kids or another Virginia city, such as Richmond. Here’s what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Virginia Beach.

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

It’s nearly impossible to believe that summer starts to wind down this month, but not before families soak up the last bit of summer fun. And for this, August does not disappoint. We’ve rounded up 13 happenings around the Philly area that we think you and your kids will love.

Besides what’s on our list, don’t forget to catch a free outdoor movie or music concert before the season ends, cool off at an area splash pad, and find a place to unwind with a brew while the kids happily play close by or grab an ice cream cone. And as always, dive into our full events calendar for more  ideas for August fun.

40 Things To Do with Kids on a Rainy Day at the Jersey Shore

Not every summer day can be a sunny beach day, even at the Jersey Shore—but there are plenty of indoor spots where families can find rainy day fun.

From Asbury Park to Cape May, we've put together a list of shore activities that will get you off the beach and out of your condo or hotel room. So whether the rain is spoiling your beach day, you need a day out of the sun, or just a change from the sand and surf, we have you covered.

For more entertaining activities this season, check our list of 70 Best Things To Do at the Shore all summer.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Music Festival, Car Show, Fairs July 27-28

How is it possible that July is drawing to an end? Before you know it, school supply commercials will be airing and parents will nagging, correction- gently encouraging, Philly kids to complete summer schoolwork assignments. Ugh! But for now, it is essential for Philly families to make the most of their fleeting free time with activities found in our events calendar.

There are lots of options on tap this weekend. Music fans can enjoy a weekend of performances along the Camden waterfront at XPoNential Music Festival. Automobile enthusiasts can see cars revy their engines at the Car Show & Street Festival on Passyunk Avenue. Kids and parents alike can experience a good old-fashioned country fair at Kimberton Fair or see the farm animals at Gloucester County 4-H Fair. Those interested in nature can investigate creek life at Norristown Farm Park or Green Lane Park. History buffs can visit Newlin Grist Mill to learn about 18th century trades, experience life of the Lenape at Churchville Nature Center, or head to Historic Philadelphia to listen to stories brought to life by storytellers at Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches located throughout the city. Older kids can appreciate a little Shakespeare in Clark Park while the younger set can see Storybook Musical Theatre's Princess and the Pea at Gratz College Theater.

For even more ideas, read the rest of our round up and browse through our calendar filtering for location, age, and tags.


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