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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Concerts, Ice Cream July 15-16

Mid-July offers the perfect opportunity for Philly families to check things off of their summer bucket list. This weekend's event calendar can certainly help cross off a few items.

If attending a festival is a must-do for your clan, take a ride to Peddler's Village for its Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival, experience ziplines, moonbounces, and music at Turks Head Music Festival, or catch Tastykakes to celebrate the storming of the Bastille at Eastern Penitentiary's Bastille Day Festival. Want to see a free concert? Grab a blanket or chair and check out the musical line-ups at Rose Tree Park, Upper Merion Township Park, or Penn Township Park. But, quite frankly, nothing says summer more than ice cream! Be sure to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a delicious treat at your favorite ice cream sweet spot.

No summer bucket list? No problem! Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has got you covered with top picks for the weekend and month, as well as an entire activity guide for the whole summer. So get ready to check off lots of family fun from your list.

Family Getaway to Wildwood, NJ: Beach, Water Parks, Rides

Along the Jersey Shore, beaches and boardwalk offer endless summer fun for kids, but each shore town has its own personality, top sights, and vibe. So how do you know which is right for your family?

We’ve explored nearly all of them, from Cape May at the southern point, on up to Asbury Park. I just returned from a family trip to Wildwood and its action-packed boardwalk and Morey’s Piers with a bazillion rides, multiple water parks, games, and so much more. It’s busy and chaotic, but exudes retro charm thanks in part to its Doo-wop-themed diners and local customs like when the whole boardwalk stops in its tracks at 11am to raise their hands to their hearts as the national anthem plays over the loudspeaker.

Read on for all the details on what to expect from your summer getaway to this Jersey Shore hot spot.

The Ultimate Guide to Ice Cream Shops in Philly and the 'Burbs

The heat and humidity of the Delaware Valley can sometimes be unbearable. What better way to beat the heat than cooling off with some delicious frozen treats! We have rounded up some sweet spots to visit throughout the summer months- just in time for National Ice Cream Day on July 16. A few places even have special events for the occasion so read on to discover some of our favorite places to get ice cream. The bigger question is-- which flavor will you chose?

Canoeing and Boating with Kids: Great Places To Go Near Philly

Canoeing is a great way to expose kids to exercise and adventure all at once. If you're looking for a fun way to explore on a warm day, this is it. Some of these parks also offer beaches where you can go swimming in the lake to cool off when you're done! Check out our list of great places near Philly to go boating or canoeing with your family.

For more summer fun, don't forget to check out our Summer Guide- full of activities and fun for the season.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Ant Picnic, Puss in Boots, July 10-14

During the humid days of July, Philly families may be looking for ways to keep their minds off the heat. Whether it's cooling off at a splash pad or finding some A/C at a local museum or mall, there are many ways to make the most of the week ahead with activities found on our event calendar.

Spend some time indoors to learn something new. At The Academy of Natural Sciences' brand new exhibit, Backyard Adventures, kids can play indoor mini-golf, build with tools, and try to pollinate flowers. The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers its latest exhibit which features the amazing photography of Michael Nichols. Check out a $1 indoor movie, see a magic show that keeps audiences laughing, or go to a kid-friendly theater production. Once the sun begins to set, venture outside to eat a picnic among the bigger than life ants at Tyler Arboretum, play carnival games at the Malvern Fire Company Carnival, or see an outdoor movie at Wentz Park or Leeland Park.

Plan out all your fun by browsing through our event calendar. Stay cool!

Beat the Heat: 25 Ways to Stay Cool with Philly Kids this Summer

With heat wave after heat wave hitting us this summer, this weather is enough to turn even the sweetest kids into total grumps. And while staying in and enjoying your A/C has its perks, sometimes you need to get out of the house! Fortunately, no matter the weather, there are amazing places to go romp and play in the city and the suburbs that can help you beat the heat.

Check out our events calendar, and our list of family-friendly museums in the Philadelphia area for even more fun indoors and out!

70 Things To Do with Kids at the Jersey Shore

There's nothing better than lazy, relaxing summer days at the beaches of the Jersey Shore with its miles of sandy coastline. Of course, at some point the kids are going to want to get up and do and see something, right?

If you're looking for ways to keep the kids entertained during a vacation at the shore this summer, this list of 70 family-friendly activities for toddlers to teens all up and down the New Jersey coast should hit the spot. We've even included a number of FREE things to do.

For more fun down the shore, check out our Jersey Shore Guide, which includes information on amusement parks and water parks, top beaches, best boardwalks, and more.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Blueberries, Pirates, Pets July 8-9

A summer weekend in July offers the perfect opportunity to create lifelong family memories. Favorites may include visiting an amusement park, taking a tour of a local factory, splashing in the waves at the shore, or relaxing at a kid-friendly beer garden. Philly parents can turn to our event calendar which is jam-packed with food, frenzy, and furriness sure to delight Philly kids.

Taste a cultural feast at the Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing or enter a watermelon-eating contest at Pennridge Community Day. Pick blueberries at Linvilla and pack them for a picnic at West Chester Railroad's Summer Picnic Train Ride. Create your own pirate flag and write in invisible ink at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation or see pirate demonstrations and take a Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard tour at the Wilmington Pirate Festival. Round out the weekend by bringing your furry babies to Chestnut Hill's Petapalooza for a dip in the doggie pool while human kiddos can visit animals in the petting zoo.

To plan out your weekend activities, continue reading for the latest happenings in Philly and at the shore. Have fun making memories!

Storybook Land in New Jersey: A Magical Park for Preschoolers and Tots

If you’re looking for an enjoyable amusement park experience minus crazy thrill rides and super-sized crowds, take a day trip to Storybook Land in Egg Harbor. This charming spot, in operation since 1955, was created with younger children in mind—the rides and attractions are all geared toward the under-10 crowd, making it great for toddlers and big siblings alike.

Visiting is a bit like stepping into a fairy tale: as you walk through the wooded grounds, you encounter characters from nursery rhymes and classic children's stories, like Humpty Dumpty and Alice in Wonderland. Even if you didn't go there as a kid, as many New Jerseyans did, you're sure to fall under its nostalgia-laced spell. 

My husband and I recently visited for the first time with our two boys, ages 5 and 2, and we all loved it and will definitely go back. Storybook Land is No. 1 on our list of 30 Things to Do with NJ Preschoolers, with good reason. Read on for more about this sweet NJ gem.

Best Swimming Lakes near Philadelphia

There's no two ways about it: kids love swimming. Lake swimming is perfect for when the beach or the pool is too crowded, or when you just want to mix it up a bit. There are quite a few lakes nearby that offer great little beaches, picnic areas, and, of course, swimming. As an added bonus, most of these lakes are located in state parks, which offer lots of other great activities including camping and hiking. So get your bathing suits on, load up the car, grab the sunscreen, and head out to one of these great local swimming lakes.

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