52 School Lunch Ideas for Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

Chances are that by now you've had some healthy, well-packed lunches delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the school end of the day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra money on organic jelly and freshly ground peanut butter. And if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 52 answers to that question!

25 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Fall

Summer is over, there’s a chill in the air, and the kids have settled into the school year. Before we know it, we’ll be talking holiday shopping and snow days! Until then, there’s plenty of time to take the children to some of the coolest playgrounds, check out the latest museum exhibits, and enjoy everything Philly has to offer.

We've rounded up the top 25 things we're most excited to do with the family this fall. With so many fun activities to squeeze in before the holidays, the days of crisp, autumn air will fly by in a flash!

Grandparents' Day in Philly: Time to Send the Kids to Grandma's

Whether you call them Grandma, Granddad, Nana, or Poppop, grandparents add an enormous amount of value to the life of a child. They're the best babysitters, treat sharers, spoilers, and we love them so. And what better excuse than Grandparents Day (September 9) to send the kids out for some fun with their grands...and get some time to yourself! To help you and the extended family out, we've rounded up some wonderful ways to celebrate grandparents. From sporting events to nature excursions, there is something for everyone. Keep reading to discover all the ways to show Mom Mom and Pop how much you love them this Grandparents Day. So, #DoSomethingGrand, #TakeAGrandie and make #GrandparentsDay special for the loved ones in your family.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in September

Now that September is here, Philly parents may be wondering how to keep their kids entertained without breaking the bank. After all, recovering from summer expenses can be rough. Thankfully, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up plenty of free events and activities to keep Philly kids learning and discovering as we transition into the season of fall.

This month features many free outdoor experiences. Kids can hike through Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, identify trees at Green Lane Park, boat along the Schuylkill River at Bartram's Gardens, and search for constellations at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Community events such as Caln Community Day, Exton Park Community Day, and Bryn Mawr Day provide family activities such as fire truck rides, mini-golf, and live music.

After spending time outside, take a break and head indoors to some of the area's best museums. The Barnes, Museum of the American Revolution, Please Touch Museum, Franklin Institute, National Museum of American Jewish History, and National Constitution Center all offer free or deeply discounted admission.

As the weather changes from hazy, hot, and humid to brisky and cool, don't forget to find great bargains for the kids at local consignment sales. Our Fall Consignment Sales post is regularly updated with the latest sale information.

With so much to do this month, it’s time to open up that calendar app on your phone and start scheduling some fun (and free!) activities.

Labor Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, History, Summerfest

The unofficial end of summer has arrived in the Delaware Valley as the event calendar flips to September. Sure, for the last few months, Philly families have watched outdoor movies, listened to free concerts, felt the breeze fly through their hair a they zipped on a roller coaster, and smelled the salty air at the seashore. But, we just aren't ready for Summer 2018 to end! Thankfully, there is one more weekend to remake a favorite summer memory or try an unmarked item on your Summer Bucket List.

If your family wants to hit a festival, there are several to check out this weekend. Step back in time with a visit to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival, see the area's finest horses at Ludwig's Corner Horse Show and Country Fair, or explore the rich tradition and history of the Polish culture at the Polish-American Festival.  History buffs can head to Historic Philadelphia to listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence or a story at the Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches or see a military demonstration, Wander over to the Museum of the American Revolution for some Back to School fun plus free admission for kids 12 and under. Don't forget to visit the waterfront for its last weekend of BlueCross RiverRink Summerfest.

Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend!

34 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this September

Summer 2018 comes barreling to a halt this month, which can leave Philly families conflicted. How has summer flown by so quickly? We weren't finished with our Summer Bucket Lists! But, despite the fact school and fall activities may be upon us, Philly parents and kids alike can try to keep summer fun alive in the first half of September (technically it's summer until September 21), while welcoming fall towards the end of the month with some amazing festivals, fairs, and carnivals. After all, who doesn't love pumpkin-flavored everything?

There are festivals to surely satisfy your appetite and make your mouth water. Would you care for pizza with mushrooms and sausage, perhaps with a side of pickles? There are festivals that celebrate the culture and traditions, whisking you to Brazil, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Poland all while staying in the Delaware Valley. Other events feature classic carnival amusements and still others prepare for the change in season with scarecrows, pumpkins, and fall fun.

Keep reading for family-friendly events that will help your crew celebrate September.

How to Pick a Daycare That You Actually Love

Whether it's your first child or your third, finding the best daycare option for your family comes with its share of challenges. Most parents are looking at factors like cost, hours, location, safety, and child-teacher ratio, but of course, another major requirement is an environment that's warm, inviting, and family-friendly. While trying to find the perfect daycare can make any parent anxious, the relationships and beautiful memories you'll create as a family will make all the effort worthwhile.

To help guide your search for the right daycare, we reached out to childcare program directors, Mommy Poppins editors, teachers, and professional moms to collect their stories and consolidate their advice. These daycare veterans have had time to reflect on their choices, and are ready to share their wisdom and lessons learned, which, together with your area's Daycare Listings, can help you pick a daycare that you actually love.

September GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

Yes, we're back to school, but that definitely doesn't mean the fun of the season has ended. Squeeze the last bit of summer out of September and then turn right around and enjoy the first glimpses of fall. While this month can feel especially busy as you try to get back into the swing of the school year routine, we've made having fun easy for you with our top picks for September all in one place. So round up the family and get going, from free museum admission to the start of Fall activities, an annual Mushroom Festival, a visit from Thomas the Train, and more.

Best Apple Picking Orchards for Philadelphia Families

We know it must be Fall when we feel that chill in the air, the leaves start to change color, harvest festivals abound and apple picking season begins. Pennsylvania is one of the country's top apple producing states, so we are fortunate to have a number of orchards in the area where we can enjoy this favorite Fall tradition. Many of the orchards host activities to extend the fun beyond apple picking - everything from tractor rides and corn mazes to moon bounces and music festivals.

There are several pick-your-own apple orchards and farms listed below, all within an hour's drive of Philadelphia. Because farm conditions and apple selection can vary throughout the season, it is recommended to call or check the website before visiting.

10 Must Do Activities Before Summer Slips Away

In the beginning of summer, many Philly families create a summer bucket list. You know, a list of summertime "to-do's" that provide fun, entertainment, and even some educational value. As August enters its last days, it's imperative to make the last days of summer count. If you didn't make a bucket list (or can't even find it), no worries. We have rounded up our top 10 activities that every Philly family should try to experience before school schedules take over. Read on and get cracking - there isn't much time left!


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