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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Mess Fest, Educational Fun July 25-26

Are you the "mean mom" or the "unfair dad" who makes your kid practice math flashcards and keep a reading log over the summer? There certainly is no harm in learning during these hot, hazy and humid summer months. (It's actually good for them.) But, why not try out an activity that will keep kids learning without them even realizing it? Mommy Poppins' Events Calendar is overflowing with activities that allow kids the fun they want while providing the educational component that parents seek.

Spend the weekend at the Franklin Institute's Mess Fest where science experiences get sloppy. Learn about the history of planes during war times at Fort Mifflin's Airplane Day. Discover the world of fine arts at the Kimmel Center's PNC Grow Up Great or Organ Demonstration. Or, explore being a sustainable design engineer at the Delaware Children's Museum's Junior Engineer workshop.

Continue reading for the top picks for the weekend ahead. Be sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and like us on Pinterest and Facebook and follow us on Twitter. No matter what you do this weekend, we hope you and your kids will learn something new!

5 Day Trips with Water Features: Lakes, Beaches and Water Parks Close to NYC

As the city hits a full summer boil, many of us are looking for a little escape, preferably one where we can dunk our roasting selves in some sort of body of water. Whether you prefer cool beach waves, an afternoon of kayaking or tubing along the river or maybe dashing down a winding water slide, water features provide instant relief to sweltering summer heat.

While I love getting out of the city for a weekend trip, sometimes all the planning, packing and finagling of kids' sleep schedules can really take a toll. Instead of an extended stay, why not sneak away for a quick day trip? Luckily you don't have to go far. We've rounded up five destinations under two hours from NYC by car, so you'll be back before bedtime!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trees, Fireflies, Tie-Dye July 18-19

I'm bored... two little words every parent dreads to hear during these summer months. Thankfully, our Events Calendar can handle this situation should it arise in your home.

Play under the Tall Trees at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, uncover artifacts at Newlin Grist Mill's Public Archeology Program or catch lighting bugs at Tabora's Firefly Festival. Spend some family time at a Tie Dye Festival, Tree House Festival or Music Festival. With this weekend's line-up, there is no way to be bored!

Be sure to have our boredom-busting weekly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox each Thursday morning. Now keep reading to discover all the fun that awaits you and your family this weekend.

Yoga Classes for Philly Area Kids & Families

Kids and yoga are a perfect match. Yoga can help them learn physical and mental balance, teach them self-control and awareness, and get them moving—all while having fun doing it. From Center City to Chester County, children of all ages can get excited about the yoga classes available just for them. Check out some of the area’s most popular choices, as well as a few that are off the beaten path. Plus, don’t forget to keep up with our Classes Directory for new locations that might pop up.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Blueberries, Trains, Fiesta July 11-12

Summer is in full gear as Philadelphia families enjoy backyard barbecues, rounds of flashlight tag and weekend trips to the shore. Yet there is always more fun to be had during these carefree summer days. Delaware Valley residents can rely on the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar to keep the entire family entertained with unique and interesting activities.

Stop by Penn's Landing to celebrate Latino culture at the Hispanic Fiesta, visit Morris Arboretum to see Thomas the Tank Engine and his Sodor friends hit the railways or dance to the tunes of the Imagination Movers at Sesame Place. Or, check out one of the many blueberry events being held this weekend. Peddler's Village, Linvilla Orchards, Oasis Family Farm and Camden's Children's Garden all have festivals honoring this sweet summer fruit.

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Kids Can Become S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents at the Marvel Experience, an Interactive Virtual Attraction

Unfortunately, on July 5 the company announced that The Marvel Experience tour has been suspended until further notice, so Philadelphia was its last stop. It will not be coming to NYC in August. It's hard to escape Marvel superheroes. With the Avengers movies, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show (and its Agent Carter spin-off) and real-world branded experiences like the Marvel Universe Live! arena show, chances are your kids (and you) know all about Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Coulson and all the other characters that make up this multifaceted and high-tech fictional universe. Now there's a new immersive attraction that invites audiences to become part of the action. At The Marvel Experience, you don't just watch these heroes, you join them as you're recruited to help save the world. My kids and I decided we were up to the challenge. Here's what we thought of our virtual Marvel adventure, plus important tips for families who plan to go.

Highland Orchards in Chester County: 5 Reasons to Make a Family Day Trip

Undoubtedly, the simplest of activities can often make the best memories for our young children. Visiting an area orchard or farm is an easy, low-cost outing and a great way to bring the little ones closer to nature. Highland Orchards, a Chester County farm market and pick-your-own field, provides fresh air, fresh food, and fun times for families all year round. During the warmer weather, families can take advantage of its outdoor activities, including pick-your-own strawberries, a playground, and a spot to feed animals. Fall is the height of apple picking and hayride season, and in the cold months, Highland Orchards continues its open hours in the farm market, where kids and grownups can enjoy the freshly baked pies and other baked goods (and other tasty free samples!)

This summer, don’t miss an opportunity to go to Highland Orchards for eating, playing, or even taking a structured tour of the grounds. Check out the top 5 reasons why it’s worth a drive to the Chester County countryside for a visit.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Tall Ships, Outdoor Concerts, Nature June 27-28

Ah, the summertime bucket list. You know, activities that every family plans to do over school break? Since this weekend concludes the month of June, it's a wake-up call to start crossing a few off your list with the help of our Event Calendar.

Hit a summer fest such as the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival. See an outdoor concert at Roxborough's Gorgas Park, Bryn Mawr's Gazebo or Media's Rose Tree Park. Or explore nature with a trip to the Schuylkill Environmental Education Center's 50th Anniversary Picnic or Riverbend Environmental Education Center's Stream Stomp.

Read on to see the rest of our top picks for the weekend so you can make every moment of summer count. Have fun!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Flag Day and Nature Activities, June 13-14

Our nation celebrates Flag Day this Sunday. Since Philadelphia is the birthplace of our flag and its creator, Betsy Ross, it's fitting that we highlight Old Glory in our weekend post.

Throughout Historic Philadelphia, families can learn about the history of our country's flag. Festivities begin at the Betsy Ross House, where a 13-star flag is raised. Afterward, watch the Grand Parade as it marches from the National Constitution Center to Independence Hall, learn flag etiquette and enjoy a performance by the Spirit of Liberty Sky Diving Team.

In addition to flag fun, families can enjoy the outdoors in many ways this weekend. Have a Victorian-style picnic at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, search for Awesome Amphibians at Upper Perkiomen Valley Park, examine trees in The Millennium Grove at Norristown Farm Park or watch the Brandywine Polo Club play a match.

Be sure to check out our Event Calendar and our June GoList for even more options. However you choose to spend your weekend, make it a memorable one!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Strawberries, Science and Family Shows June 6-7

The school year is quickly coming to an end. Preschools are having their closing ceremonies, spring sports are winding down and our family obligations are lightening up a bit. With more free time, how can parents keep their kids entertained? By checking our Event Calendar, which is exploding with fun for everyone. This weekend, Shady Brook Farm, Linvilla Orchards and Plymouth Meeting Friends School are all hosting strawberry festivals. For options that are both entertaining and educational, try Fairmount Water Works' Science Saturday, Hagley Museum's Walking Tour and the Academy of Natural Sciences' Tiktaalik Day. Or take in a show like The Secret Garden Musical at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center or Hedgerow Theatre for Kids' Storytime: The Wizard of Oz.

Keep up with the latest happenings throughout the Delaware Valley by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter and Pinterest. Don't forget to check out our top picks for the entire month in our June GoList, too!

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