Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Movies, August 29- September 2

By the end of August, Philly parents may be feeling conflicted. One part yearns for the structure and routine that the school year provides. The other part wants to soak up every remaining bit of summertime fun. Whether your kiddos are getting back on a schedule or you have one more week of freedom, our Events Calendar can provide many way to spend your time.

Explore the exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Natural History during its Two Dollar Tuesdays. Wander through the fairy garden at Winterthur as it hosts Terrific Tuesdays. Cool off with a visit to your local library and create a novel, read to a dog, listen to a story, or play a game of chess. Gather some friends and escape to the bowling alley. End the day by watching the stars in the summer sky at Green Lane Park, seeing a free movie at The Dell Music Center, or checking out West Chester's Swingin' Summer Thursdays.

Continue reading for our top picks for the week. Narrow down your options searching by age, location, and type of activity. Enjoy!

Things to Do in Silicon Valley: A Kid’s Guide to Tech and Science Fun

“What would you do with kids in Silicon Valley?,” people asked me when they heard we were planning on spending a few weeks there this summer. Sure, the nerd capitol of America doesn’t sound that thrilling at first. But just as we have to thank the geeks and nerds for bringing us great stuff like the smart phone, the internet and Pokemon Go!, having all those squares concentrated in one place means San Jose, Palo Alto, and the surrounding towns are jam-packed with some pretty awesome stuff for those of us who appreciate the geekier side of life.

Whether your family members are true technology buffs or just love a good science museum, there’s loads of fun from Santa Cruz to Palo Alto to get your geek on. Here are the top things to do in Silicon Valley for science and technology-loving kids:


Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trains, Festivals, Nature August 27-28

For many, it's the last weekend of summer. Say goodbye to carefree days and hello to homework and hectic schedules. Wait a minute, not so fast! There is an entire weekend ahead for Philly families with plenty of fun in our Events Calendar.

For the train lover in the family, there are many options. Visit Morris Arboretum as they welcome the circus to the Garden Railway. Experience a Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Railroad. Or, climb aboard to find a seat on the West Chester Railroad for a relaxing Summertime Picnic Train Ride. Those who appreciate good eats are in for a treat. Fairmount's Philadelphia Jerk Festival, Linvilla Orchard's Tomato Festival and the Ukrainian American Sports Center's Ukrainian Folk Festival all happen this weekend. Finish off the weekend by exploring Upper Schuylkill Valley Park for its Butterfly Celebration and ChesLen Preserve for its Tinkergarten Nature Play event.

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Family-Friendly Fall Fun Runs and Races in Philadelphia

Whether you have been able to whether the weather to stay in shape this summer or not, the cool crisp air of Fall is almost upon us. And with fall, comes many opportunities to get out and run! Which might be why Fall is one of the best seasons for family-friendly runs. These runs can not only encourage physical health awareness for you and your kids, but help you bond over a shared goal, and possibly learn about a cause or charity that may be a great learning experience for your kids. If you have fun on these runs, keep training for the later festive fall Turkey Trots and Santa Runs!

10 Free Back-To-School Apps Every Parent Needs

Sending the kids back to school is akin to setting those New Year’s resolutions in January. It’s a clean slate and a period (however brief) of good intentions. Make the most of this optimism with these 10 smartphone and tablet apps to help you stay organized, help lend a hand with homework, and even help add some extra learning fun.  

We talked with teachers, principals and other educational experts about their favorite apps, and then we gave them a try to see how they worked. What follows is a list of our front runners, all designed to help you and your family get the school year off on the right foot. The best part? All of these apps are free. 

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Museum Exploration August 22-26

With hot August weather in full force, Philly parents must balance indoor and outdoor play while still providing opportunities to learn and discover. This week's Event Calendar provides both nature exploration and museum fun sure to keep the entire family happy.

For outdoors types, children can explore a creek at Peace Valley Nature Center or the grounds at Tyler Arboretum. Teens can volunteer to help clean up the property at Riverbend Environmental Education Center while families can experience the beauty of nature and light at Longwood Garden's Nightscape.

After being outside, cool off with a visit to a local museum. On select days this week, the Delaware Museum of Natural History offers $2 admission and the Benjamin Franklin Museum offers free admission. Young toddlers can listen to stories and music while learning from the gallery exhibits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Baby Bird Playdate session. Preschoolers can learn about different scientific topics at the Academy of Natural Science's Tiny Tot Explorers workshop.

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Family Travel Deals for Labor Day and Early Fall Getaways

Summer may be coming to an end, but that needn’t put a damper on your vacation plans. We have Labor Day weekend still to go, and don't forget that many public schools will be closed for the Jewish holidays and Columbus Day in October, perfect timing for a quick fall getaway.

There are deals for travel to Orlando, Connecticut, Maine, Washington, D.C. and other family-friendly destinations. The Caribbean is a great value in the fall and nonstop flights have your toes in the sand fast. Why, there’s a luxury hotel deal in London that may lure you to journey across the pond. Read on for fall 2016 travel deals, and don't forget to check out our family travel section for more getaway ideas.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Star Wars, Airplanes, Pirates August 20-21

If truth be told, the Olympics have taken over at my house these last few weeks of summer. It has been exciting to see all of the athletes compete and to see many accomplish their goals of winning an Olympic medal. However, as the games conclude, the realization that the start of school is around the corner reminds Philly families that days for summer fun are limited. Thankfully, there are many of options, as evident from our jam-packed Events Calendar.

Meet Star Wars characters from a galaxy far, far away at the Please Touch Museum. View old-fashioned cars and airplanes at New Garden Flying Field's Festival of Flight. Search for hidden treasure at Fort Miflin's Pirate Day. Or, explore a different culture at the Festival of India, Caribbean Festival, or 40th Street Summer Series.

Feel like an Olympic athlete trying to race through this weekend's activities? Narrow down your focus by searching by ages, tags, and location. Now keep reading for this weekend's top picks and go for the gold!


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