Free Outdoor Summer Movies for Philly Families

Enjoying an outdoor movie under the stars should be on every family's summer bucket list in Philadelphia. Watching an alfresco film on a big screen is a relaxing way to spend a balmy evening with family and friends. Bonus: All of these flicks are free!

Films usually begin at dusk, but be sure to arrive early to stake out a good spot. Some series offer music or other live entertainment before the movie, and a few even provide free popcorn. So pack some snacks, a blanket (and bug spray, too), sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in or near Philadelphia.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Art, Science May 22-26

How can you resist the amazing line-up that the Delaware Valley has in store for Philly families this week?

Little ones who seek outdoor fun can listen to nature stories, hike the trails, learn about worms, or explore the properties of water. For the art lover, there are plenty of opportunities to make crafts, create masterpieces, or tour art museums. Budding scientists can wander throughout the Franklin Institute during its Community Night or discover the world of minerals and gems at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Splurge with a trip to see a show or root for the home team at a baseball game.

Celebrate the beginning of summer with Mommy Poppins Philadelphia at our Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party at Smith. Be sure to click through to get tickets and start the season off right!

A Day At The Fair: Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Review

If you live in the neighboring areas, you've almost definitely heard of The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. You've probably even watched the horses loading in and the ferris wheel going up. If you haven't heard of it, The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is a week and a half long event that kicks off the summer every year and is tons of fun for the whole family. It's a unique experience and it offers a little something for everyone, including some really fun events.

Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families: Sandy Hook to Cape May

Make your New Jersey kid a beach baby and go "down the shore." New Jersey boasts 130 miles of shoreline and some of the prettiest beaches anywhere. Whether your family is looking for a busy boardwalk with children's rides, a beachside water park or sprinkler playground, towering lighthouses, toddler attractions, or something a bit quieter, the Jersey Shore has it. 

We've rounded up 10 of our favorite Jersey beaches, from a national park on the northern shore down to the busier southern beaches of Cape May and Atlantic City. So pack the car (and the kids) for a beach day trip or a long weekend—the summer possibilities are endless. And for more beach fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide, including a roundup of our favorite boardwalks.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Italian Market Festival, Strawberries, History, May 20-21

During this May weekend, Philly parents can find many ways to spend quality family time together. For starters, there are quite a few springtime festivals to enjoy. Eat delicious Italian foods in South Philly, appreciate the beauty and splendor of the Asian culture in Franklin Square, nibble on strawberry treats at Peddlers' Village, delight in children's entertainment at Annenberg Center Live, or applaud children's authors and literature at Big Blue Bookstore's Literary Festival.

After festival fun, spend some one-on-one time making art at Exton Square Mall, learning about weather at Fairmount Water Works, or trying a mindfulness class at Ahimsa House. Or, consider stepping back in time to simpler days where children can learn how soap is made at Newlin Grist Mill, wool is spun at the Thompson-Neely House, and horseshoes are created at Merion Friends Meeting House.

Don't forget to browse through our entire event calendar. With all of these options, be sure to use the filtering options to help narrow down events by age, location, and tags. Now continue reading for our top weekend picks.

Meet the Animals: 6 Great Animal Farms and Petting Zoos near Philly

This spring and summer, there's so much to do to get outside: festivals, parks, spray groundsamusement parks, and more. But your little animal lover might be craving some one-on-one time with some cute and cuddlies, and there's no better time to visit the local petting zoo or animal farm than summer. Luckily, there's a handful of great places in the area for just that.

Zip Lines and Adventure Ropes Courses for New Jersey Kids

Gear up for an outdoor adventure at one of New Jersey's newest treetop obstacle courses, or buckle up for a soaring ride on a zip line. Swaying bridges, wobbly balance logs, cargo nets, high wires and rope ladders are among the features at some sky-high ropes courses, along with tree climbers and platforms built right into tree trunks. Many tree-top courses are best for older kids and teens, but some also offer tykes courses that are closer to the ground for the grade-schooler crowd.

We've rounded up some of the coolest of these zip lines and ropes courses in New Jersey, a few in Pennsylvania, and even a year-round indoor option just over the state line in Westchester. You'll find these parks at local zoos, amusement parks, down the Jersey Shore, and even at some of the Poconos family resorts.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Circus, Concerts, Festivals May 15-19

At times, running a household can feel like a circus act. Chasing toddlers, organizing car pools, and running errands can drain any Philly parent. Push the pause button this week to embrace some of the exciting and entertaining activities featured in our event calendar.

To start, head to Neshaminy Mall for rides, games, and carnival treats. Enjoy a visit to Kettle Kitchen Village for its Rhubarb Festival. Watch entertaining circus, theater, and musical performances at the Annenberg Center LIVE's Philadelphia International Children's Festival. Or, check out the family-friendly LuLu Shrine Circus as performers presents its 76th annual show. End the week with some meditative family yoga, relaxing jazz music, or an outdoor concert.

Be sure to browse our May GoList with amazing options for the entire family all month long. So, load the kids in the car and experience the fun that awaits.

30 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Summer

Believe it or not, summer is fast approaching. If you're ready to say goodbye to the snowy days of winter and the rainy days of spring, we've got tons of activities to get you and your littles outside and moving. Whether you like music, picking strawberries, or just lounging around, we've got something for you.

We've rounded up the top 30 things we're most excited to do with the family this summer. How many of these 30 items do you think you can do before summer ends?


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