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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Renaissance Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Horses May 4-5

April showers bring May flowers as the saying goes. So, too, is our event calendar blooming with springtime fun. This weekend features many festivals and fairs celebrating spring and the new month of May, horse events, and cultural festivities recognizing Cinco de Mayo.

Kids can dance around the colorful Maypole and play colonial games at Pottsgrove Manor, explore the times of cannons, moats, and castles at the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire, play in the KidsZone at South Street Spring Festival, or watch artisan demos at Everhart Park's May Day Festival of the Arts. Children who love science can learn about DNA and watch experiments at the free Science Carnival along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Kids who adore horses can see the ponies jump in Radnor Hunt Pony Club Jumper Show or race on stick ponies at Winterthur's Point-to-Point. Round out the weekend with delicious food and rich culture of Cinco de Mayo at the annual festival in Kennett Square.

Make sure to text your friends and attend these events together. You know the saying, the more the merrier!

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in May

The month of May provides perfectly mild weather, the kind of weather that puts even the grumpiest toddler or moodiest teen in a pleasant, hopeful mood. Similarly, Philly parents are sure to be delighted with both the weather and the free (or nearly free) events that can keep the entire family entertained. From playground trips to picnics at city and suburban parks, families can make lasting memories while being budget-friendly.

We have rounded up some of our favorite economical options including free admission festivals, nature exploration opportunities, musical experiences, and deeply discounted museum discovery. Of course, we can't forget about Mom so be sure to carve out some time mid-May to celebrate Mother's Day by making an art project together or hiking through scenic Lorimer Park. At the end of the month, it's time for the red, white, and blue! Honor those who have served at local Memorial Day parades in Warminster, Downingtown, or West Grove.

Free fun is always best with family and friends, so gather up the crew and get ready to entertain on a budget!

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

From fireworks at Sesame Place to strawberries in Peddler's Village and Mother's Day brunches around the Delaware Valley, there's so much to do in Philly and its suburbs this May! Get outside and play all day, or for rainy days, head indoors and check out some Philly museums for free

Want more ideas? Read on for 14 family-friendly events, and then head over to our event calendar to see what fun May can bring. Festival and fairs, nature and playtime, there's something for everyone this month!

Secrets of Atlantis: 10 Tips for a Bahamas Family Vacation with Kids

Like many kids, my boys started begging to go to Disney around the time they could walk. Once they were swimming, however, the object of their spring break fantasies became Atlantis—the Bahamas mega-resort known for its gigantic water park, marine life encounters, and luxe casino. For years, unsure whether a place nicknamed "Vegas by the Sea" was the best choice for a family vacation, my husband and I brushed aside their pleas. But after another harsh Boston winter, we broke down and booked a trip, figuring our boys were at the ideal ages—12, 10, and 7— to appreciate all the 'tweeny bopper fun that Atlantis offers (and for which it charges big).

We had a fun-packed five-day stay, and along the way, accumulated plenty of advice for other families who are considering an Atlantis trip, including whether or not it is a kid-friendly destination. Here are the main things moms and dads should know to make sure their vacation in Paradise (Island) lives up to the hype.

Find more top places to stay on vacation in our Hotels & Resorts Guide for Families.

Indulge Mom at these Philly Mother's Day Brunches

Mother's Day is a time for Philly kids to pause and celebrate all Mom does for the family. One classic way to show her how much you love her is by taking Mom to out to eat. There are many options both in the city and in the 'burbs. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to find a venue that will be fun for both Mom and kids. So, we have rounded up plenty of choices including brunches, lunches, teas, and dinners that can entertain the kiddos while making Mom feel special. After all, Moms don't want to do dishes on Mother's Day! No matter what you pick to do for Mom's special day, call or email ahead to make reservations, because many of these events sell out well before Mother's Day weekend rolls around.

If you're looking for something to do after brunch, check out our event calendar for more great ways to celebrate mom.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Science, Earth Day, BrickFest April 27-28

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia's events calendar is exploding with fun this April weekend. Throughout the Delaware Valley, families can expect scientific exploration, outdoor experiences, and LEGO fun.

Begin with the annual tradition of the Philadelphia Science Festival. Activities start on April 26 and run through May 4. There are plenty of venues hosting events, most of which are free. On Saturday, kids can participate in hands-on STEM activities at Clark Park and Hunting Park or learn about pond ecology at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education while Sunday offers the chance to Be a Scientist! at local venues throughout the region or play with bubbles at Rail Park. After participating in science fun, clean up planet Earth during events hosted at Fonthill Castle or Norristown Farm Park. Delaware Museum of Natural History is also hosting an Earth Day event. Then, head to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center for Brick Fest Live! Grown ups and kids alike can enjoy building cars for the BrickFest Speedway, play games in the Video Games Arena, and help create the world's largest LEGO® mosaic.

Planning ahead for summer vacation? Be sure to check out our latest post on family road trips and recently updated family-friendly campground post.

Top 10 Delaware County Playgrounds Your Family Needs to Check Out

Delaware County, often referred to as Delco, may be on the small side, but it is one of the most populous counties in the state as many families of young children are opting to live or move to Delco for the beautiful parks and trails. And with this abundance of young families and parks comes loads of fun playgrounds to choose from. A great bonus is many of these playgrounds are ideal for families with multiple children, supporting various ages and stages. While there are a ton to choose from, a few are real standouts and worth the trip even if you don't live in the area—here are our top 10 picks!

Orlando with Teens: Top 15 Things to Do at the Theme Parks and Beyond

I used to think of Orlando as a destination for little kids, but I discovered Orlando is even better with teens. Amusement parks are so much more fun when you can go on all the rides and don’t have to worry about the dreaded “theme park meltdowns.” My big kids were also able to pack in lots of other adventures and hipster shopping areas as we explored all the fun there is in Orlando beyond the theme parks.

We spent our recent spring break in Orlando with two teens and had a blast.

From Page to Screen Explore Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at the Franklin Institute

The exhibit to see in the Philadelphia-area this year is the new Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at the Franklin Institute. A vast, immersive experience featuring more than 300 original artifacts—including costumes and movie props--the exhibit takes you on a journey that feels more like an experience than a trip to the museum. While the big budget movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are a prime feature, you don’t have to be Team Captain America to enjoy this exhibit. I was delighted to get the opportunity to explore this 15,000 square-foot exhibit with my superhero-loving five-year-old and I can’t stress enough that this is an exhibit you won’t want to miss. Read on for the full review.

Easter Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Easter Promenade, Egg Hunts, Nature

Philly families can count on Mommy Poppins Philadelphia to take the guesswork out of your holiday weekend. That's right! We have the low down on eggs, bunnies, candy, and parades, with a few surprises from museums to festivals to  monster trucks thrown into the mix. 

Begin the weekend collecting treats at egg hunts throughout the Delaware Valley. From high tech searches using GPS to more traditional hunts held at a market, a square, a state park, and a farm, Philly kids are sure to be delighted to fill their Easter baskets. If you still need pictures with the bunny, you can find him at Highland Orchards, Elmwood Park Zoo, Camden Children's Garden as well as on many train rides throughout the region.

Once goodies are gathered and pictures are taken, switch gears by exploring a museum. The Academy of Natural Sciences has its Mythic Creature Exhibit on display while the Benjamin Franklin Museum offers free admission to learn about this important Founding Father. For additional fun, head to Cherry Street Pier to listen to music during the Tiny Room for Elephants Festival or stop over to the Linc to see the big trucks show their stuff at Monster Jam.

Still unsure how to spend this holiday weekend? Keep reading below for our top picks!

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