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.

Amazing Water Park Deals for Spring Break or Family Summer Vacation

Spring break and summer vacation deals have stormed in like a March blizzard, and there are big discounts to be had for family travel.

Awesome water parks like Atlantis, the new Nickelodeon resort in Punta Cana, and Beaches Turks & Caicos are slashing prices on trips booked in March. Plus resorts in Orlando, Punta Cana, Vegas, and Hawaii are a few more bargain options on tap for early spring. If you prefer your water fun indoors, all Great Wolf Lodge properties are promoting legitimate spring savings. We even threw in a few East Coast spring ski resort bargains.

Read on for our roundup of family getaway deals, but act fast; these offers will be gone faster than a melting snowman on a hot spring day.

25 Things We Are Excited To Do With Philly Kids this Spring

Springtime in Philly is the perfect time to get outdoors and find some new adventures with your littles. Spring brings so many great activities and fun events for Philly families to do. For many, spring heeds the opening of lots of outdoor play spaces like Diggerland and Sesame Place. Spring also brings blooming flowers, festivals, and pick-your-own season.

Take a look at our events calendar for more springtime activities.

Cool New Rides Coming to East Coast Amusement Parks in 2017

If you have a houseful of theme-park thrill-seekers—or if you are one yourself—we've got good news: With summer on the horizon, amusement parks along the East Coast have big plans in the works.

We've rounded up 10 new attractions scheduled to debut in 2017. Read on for details, including locations, opening dates, and height requirements, and start plotting your summer travels today.

Just Between Friends Consignment Sale Coming to Glen Mills

“Solving growth spurts. Saving budgets.” Um, you can say that again!

Head to upcoming Just Between Friends’ award-winning children’s and maternity consignment sale in Glen Mills and your wallet will definitely thank you. Stocked with 160,000 new and gently-loved items, shoppers can expect to find tons of toys, books, shoes, games, baby gear, outdoor equipment, clothes (baby to teen!), and more at 50-90% off retail prices. Considering how quickly our little ones grow and how badly we want to give ‘em the best of the best, this much-loved sale is a budget-watching mama’s dream come true. Oh, and if you’re looking to make a little cash you can register to consign at the event too. Out with the old, in with the new-to-you.

Beauty and the Beast Parent Review: Disney's New Live-Action Feature

Regardless of whether this movie gets raves or pans, if you have a princess-obsessed child in your home chances are you're seeing this movie in the theater—probably opening weekend. So let me get right to the good news: my 11-year-old daughter and I, both fans of the 1991 animated original, quite enjoyed Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. It is, perhaps, overly faithful to the source material. But hey, if it ain't broke, right?

There really was no reason for Disney to reinvent this classic, since the sight of Hermione—er, Belle in her frilly yellow dress will probably catapult this movie to the top of the box office. However, this isn't a soulless brand-expanding cash grab, either. For all of its familiarity, Beauty and the Beast is lovely to look at and listen to, with a smattering of new songs and a fairly subtle injection of progressive politics.

Is it good for preschoolers? Is it worth splurging for IMAX? Be our guest and read on for our honest opinions.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: OrKIDS, Spring Consignments, St. Patrick Day March 18-19

Many Philly families may be ready to kiss wintertime goodbye. And, even though this year's winter was milder than usual, Philadelphia is ready to welcome the new season thanks to many of the spring-like events popping up throughout the Delaware Valley.

View the exquisite orchids on display at Longwood Gardens, dig in the dirt to find artifacts at Newlin Grist Mill, or wander through the Grounds For Sculpture to take in the beautiful outdoors. Then, be sure to check out some of the many spring consignment sales going on this weekend. On the other hand, perhaps you want to savor some St. Patrick's Day fun. Celebrate with a treasure hunt and hike at Lock 60 at the Schuylkill Canal Park or enjoy an Irish menu along with Irish dancing and music at P.J. Whellhan's Pub and Restaurant in Blue Bell.

Stay connected to all the excitement by searching our events calendar using the filters for age and location. Now, go out and have a great weekend!

Vegan and Gluten-Free Bakeries in Philadelphia

Let's face it, lots of kids (and parents) have allergies and special diets, and sometimes satisfying that sweet tooth can be a challenge. Whether someone is the family has Celiacs and you've gone gluten-free or you're family is vegan (or lactose intolerant), there are still plenty of places in the area serving up delicious treats. From donuts to cookies, cupcakes and birthday cakes, you can find just about anything to fit your needs.

Summer Art Camps for Philly Area Kids

Summer will be here before we know it, and many parents are starting to think about camps. If you have a budding young artist in your family, there is no shortage of camp options available for you in the Philadelphia area. From museums and neighborhood art leagues to paint-your-own ceramic studios, we have assembled a list to fit all levels of artistic ability. So, if your children have created enough crafts at home this winter and are ready for a new learning experience, read on for our ideas.

Be sure to browse our Camp Directory for even more ideas!

Philly Area Birthday Parties for Animal Lovers

For kids who love animals and have birthdays, and let’s be honest, that’s just about every kid, there are two ways to have special guests of the four-legged variety: at home or somewhere else. Traveling petting zoos will bring the animals with them, but if having a small menagerie at home isn’t appealing, consider hosting a birthday at a zoo or farm. There are many great options for outdoor, indoor, and at home birthday parties in the Philadelphia area for every type of animal-loving kid. 


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