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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!

Family-Friendly Day Trips to Pennsylvania's Waterfalls

With fall just around the corner, and the cooler weather that comes with it, families are eager to venture out of their air conditioned homes for crisp air, beautifully changing leaves, and outdoor fun without the mosquitos and humidity. What better way to see the natural beauty of Pennsylvania than a day trip to one of this state's many enchanting waterfalls? We've compiled a list of some of the best waterfalls within a reasonable drive of Philly. Taking into account families with younger kids, all of these waterfalls are easily accessible from the road or with just a short walk on easy-to-navigate trails.

Blue Waters Antigua: A Luxury Spot for Family Vacations

Blue Waters Resort and Spa in Antigua is not your everyday vacation destination. This luxury spot is perfect for that special-occasion getaway, especially a multigenerational family vacation. With villas that can be configured for 1-6 bedrooms and a staff that makes sure everything goes smoothly, families can plan a truly get-away-from-it-all trip, including all the logistics and interests of a big-family vacation, and feel confident it will be a hit.

Antigua is known for its laid-back and friendly people, bright blue waters and 365 sandy beaches. Blue Waters Resort offers all that, with luxury suites, and service to boot. The staff is as friendly as it gets and bends over backward to make sure you are happy.

Montessori Preschools In and Around Philadelphia

Montessori learning is a great way to foster independence and teach kids a love of learning. Montessori schooling encourages your child's sense of curiousity and adventure. If you're interested in starting your child on the Montessori path, check out one of these great preschools. If you're looking for something a little bit different, be sure to visit our Preschool Guide and our Directory to find more awesome preschools in your area. Whether your kid loves nature, wants to learn a new language, or just loves to play, Mommy Poppins has all the info you need to choose the right preschool.

Suburban Indoor Play Spaces near Philly for Kids of All Ages

Indoor play spaces have a bunch of benefits – they provide fun out of the sun or rain or cold and offer a variety of activities, including those that wouldn’t be as safe or accessible outside like rock climbing. Take the kids to one of these great places to burn some energy whether they want to bounce, climb, or play sports. For play places specifically for toddlers and preschoolers, check here for Montgomery, Bucks, and Delaware counties.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Crafts, Movies, History August 15-19

Mid-August is upon us and the countdown to the end of summer and the start of a new school year is on. For some, there are only 2 weeks of summer left! So, make the most of these carefree days with activities that can be found in our Events Calendar.

Create an art project with the Chester County Art Association at Exton Mall or construct an Olympic torch at the American Swedish Historical Museum's Toddler Time. Enjoy a movie with baby at The Colonial Theatre or take the bigger kids to a $1 film at Upper Darby's Studio Movie Grill. Experience the Philadelphia Folk Festival with its puppeteers, storytellers, jugglers, and musicians or step back in time with a visit to Pennypacker Mills or Historic Philadelphia.

Read on for our top picks for the week ahead. Stay current with the latest activities by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Enjoy!

20 Things to Do with Kids in Historic Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is known for its rich history, and is the site of a turning point in the Civil War. History buffs can get lost for days wandering the battlefields, exploring the town, and immersing themselves in the life of the 1860s in carefully restored homes and museums. But there is more to Gettysburg than just the battlefields. Beautiful open spaces, rolling hills, quaint antique shops, a bustling college town, and fine dining make this an excellent destination for your next family trip. To help you make the most out of your vacation, we've compiled a detailed list of attractions and must-do activities to please everyone in your family.

A Review of Longwood Gardens' Nightscape

On August 3rd, Longwood Gardens’ latest evening spectacular Nightscape opened to the public. The trippy, amazingly choreographed sound and light extravaganza is definitely not your run of the mill evening out with the family- especially not for my family, as my husband and I have a three-year old son. Starting off with the fact that we were out way past bedtime (the light show in August doesn’t start until 9 PM when it is well past dark), this experience was easily going to go one of two ways: amazement and giggles or...well, you’re parents, you know the rest.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Animals, Culture, Peaches Aug 13-14

If school supplies on store shelves before the 4th of July is bad, Halloween candy in August is completely unacceptable! Don't get me wrong, I love pumpkin flavored coffee, cereal, and candy, too. But it is still SUMMER, people! Let's enjoy it now before we are shoveling out from under 2 feet of snow. (Did I actually say that?)

Thankfully, our Events Calendar is exploding with summertime fun. For the animal lovers in the family, consider a trip to The Academy of Natural Science's Bug Fest. Pet some farm animals at the Pennsylvania Dutch Festival held in the Reading Terminal Market. Watch the birds in the summertime sky at Churchville Nature Center, or get an up-close look at butterflies at the Watershed Butterfly Festival. Those seeking cultural inspiration can celebrate at the Delaware CCAC Chinese Festival in Hockessin or the Japanese Bon Festival in Ardmore. Or, check out one of the peach festivals happening this weekend such as Oasis Family Farm, Camden Children's Garden, and Peddler's Village.

Keep reading for our top picks for the week. Enjoy!

Philly Fitness Centers and Gyms that Offer Childcare

Working out is hard. It's ten times harder if you've got kids climbing all over you, or whining for snacks and screen time, or just plain crying. Let's be honest, we could all use a little time for ourselves anyway. For your health, and your sanity, check out one of these great gyms in the city that offer childcare. Drop your kids off for a morning of fun and play, while you sweat it out.

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