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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: May Day, Festivals, Paw Patrol May 5-6

Philly parents, are you ready for a great weekend? One that will leave the kids wondering what they did to deserve such fun? Well, this weekend is that kind of weekend, and our event calendar is filled with out of this world options. Some might even make you feel as if you've been transported back in time.

So get the kids, get out of the house and get going! Head to Doylestown to imagine what it would be like to live in a castle, engage in colonial games and activities at Pottsgrove Manor, and experience rich culture at Franklin Square's Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival or Kennett Square's Cinco de Mayo Festival. Celebrate the month of May at Everhart Park's May Day Festival of the Arts. Or, splurge to see Paw Patrol Live! take the stage at the Merriman Theater.

Be sure to share our top picks with your neighbors, friends, and family because making memories together is what weekends are all about!

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in May

The month of May supplies us with perfectly mild weather, the kind of weather that, after the longest winter on record (or at least it felt like it!) puts even the grumpiest toddler or moodiest teen in a pleasant, hopeful mood. Philly parents, too, aren't immune to the effects of this month either and will be delighted by the variety of free fun that spring has in store throughout the Delaware Valley. From tot lots and playground trips to picnics at city and suburban parks, families are sure to make lasting memories, and if you're looking for budget-friendly fun, it can be found in the most economical way.

We have rounded up some of our favorite free (or nearly free) 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! Recognize Memorial Day at local parades in Warminster, Media, or Downingtown.

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

25 STEM Activities Easy Enough for Preschoolers

STEM activities are all the rage in education right now, and for good reason. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) – and the Arts for STEAM – are crucial to kids’ learning and our future. But how to get your younger children interested?

They might not be ready for coding, but many preschoolers under age 5, and even toddlers, can enjoy some basic STEM principles through play. Although one of my family’s admitted guilty pleasures is relaxing with a little screen time, I was inspired by the upcoming national Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6, 2018) to take my daughter on a STEM binge instead.

We built an apple boat, a toothpick-marshmallow castle, attempted a pom-pom drop, and indulged in baking soda science. Read on for a list of 25 tried-and-true screen-free STEM activities to do with your preschooler.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Spring Blooms, Science, Performances April 28-29

Just take a look at our jam-packed events calendar and you'll find the end of April sure brings a lot of springtime excitement to the Delaware Valley.

Start off the weekend in nature. Wake up early to see how the fish are biting during Lorimer Park's Kids' Fishing Clinic & Derby. Learn about honeybees and their vital role in the world at New Leaf Eco Center's Open Hive Days. See spring flowers in all their glory at Longwood Gardens. Free outdoor fun includes an opportunity to discover how wild animals make their homes during Newlin Grist Mill's free Pop-Up Naturalist Series, hikes at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's free Schuylkill Saturdays, and the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival's free, all-day Science Carnival. This culminating event offers live demos, hands-on activities, entertainment, and games for the entire family.

After outside fun, find a seat at a local show. This weekend, Philly families can chose from The Sound of Music, Aladdin, Jr., Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, and Snow White at Arden Theater (don't miss our recent review about this unique two actor performance).

Keep reading for more top picks for the weekend. Enjoy!

Camden Children's Garden Welcomes Little Explorers

On the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, tucked right next to Adventure Aquarium, is a darling outdoor play space and garden center that makes for a perfect afternoon. Whether you live in New Jersey, across the river in Philadelphia, or are just passing through, the Camden Children's Garden is truly a special place, as my 5- and 1-year old children and I discovered on a recent visit. 

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

From fireworks at Sesame Place to strawberries in Peddler's Village and Mother's Day brunch at Elmwood Zoo, 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!

Review: Gaming with the Franklin Institute's Newest Exhibit

For the avid gamer in your family or for the nostalgic parent who wants to show off their Asteroids skills, Franklin Institute’s latest exhibit GameMasters, one of the many things new to Philly in 2018, gives gaming savvy families a fun way to spend an hour or two in the city. I recently took my young children to check out the new exhibit and here’s what we found.

Cirque Du Soleil's Volta Is an Artful Adrenaline Rush

Cirque du Soleil's Volta show, which just landed in the greater NYC area, is a feast for the senses. From a stirring score to exhilarating acrobatics and heart-stopping thrills, the newest Cirque spectacle captivated audience members of all ages at the performance my 10-year-old son and I saw Sunday afternoon under the Big Top at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, where it will run through May 6.

Volta also plays at the Nassau Colesium on Long Island, beginning May 17, and at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, starting in July.

Destination Playgrounds: Philly Parks and Playgrounds Worth a Drive

When it comes to playgrounds and play spaces, Philly families are pretty lucky— with more than 10,000 acres of park and playground space in the city, getting to a playground from most urban locations, isn't too much of a challenge. And often, a few times down the slide or across the monkey bars may be enough to fill an entire hour or two, and you can even go on a playground crawl, if you are up for moving from spot to spot. But sometimes you want to pick one space and make a day of it. So for that we’ve created a list of the top playgrounds in the Philadelphia area where you can easily play the whole day away.

Target's Car Seat Trade-in Returns: Get the Details

Is it time to toss or upgrade your child's car seat? Beginning on April 22, Target will recycle your goldfish-crusted and stained old one and help you to save on a new model through its popular car seat trade-in event. As if we needed another excuse to go to Target, right? 

Whether you're expecting a new baby, or simply sizing up, read on for all the details on this year's trade-in program.

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