Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Culture, History Sept 17-18

A weekend in mid-September traditionally offers Philly families many fall festivals. This year is no different. Our Events Calendar is jam-packed with a variety of great festivals celebrating the arrival of fall.

Throughout the entire weekend, families can view the scarecrows on display at Peddlers' Village's Scarecrow Festival, enjoy live music at Linvilla Orchards' Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival, or taste apple treats at Oasis Family Farm's Apple Festival. Learn about a different culture by experiencing the Delaware Art Museum's Korean Festival and Harvest Celebration or Penn's Landing's Mexican Independence Day Festival. Or dust off your fairy wings for Rockwood Park's Faerie Fest.

After festival fun is through, make sure your kids have cooler weather gear for the season by stopping by one of the many consignment sales being held this weekend. Check out our latest update of Fall Consignment Sales to find a location near you. Have a great weekend!

Where to Get Fit with Baby: Mommy & Me Fitness Classes

It’s hard to make the time to get back into shape after baby arrives, and maybe even more so once that bundle of joy begins to crawl and walk. Try one of these gyms that offer babysitting, or if you're not quite ready to leave baby, check out a Mommy & me fitness classes. Moms bring their babies, some snacks or toys, water bottles, and enjoy time with the baby while stretching, strengthening and nurturing their bodies. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Storytime, Nature, Constitution Day September 12-16

The quiet of September has entered many homes throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. As the children now head off to school, the silence in the house can be deafening. But, then...the kids return from school! Not quiet for long, right? Keep the kids engaged with lots of educational and exciting activities found in our Events Calendar.

Listen to stories at Longwood Gardens and Newlin Grist Mill. Try a free Music for Aardvarks demo class at Major Moment Studio, First Unitarian Church, or Philadelphia Dance Theatre. Explore nature with a Harvest Moon Walk at Peace Valley Nature Center. Wander through the Philadelphia Art Museum during its Pay What You Wish opportunity, or examine our nation's Constitution on Constitution Day at the National Constitution Center as it offers free admission.

Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom, so read on to see all of the options available this week.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Grandparents, Sept 10-11

There is no reason to be bored this September weekend. From mushrooms to apples, and art festivals to historical fun, there is something for everyone in the family. And, don't forget Nana and Pop! This weekend, Philly families celebrate Grandparents' Day, and many venues throughout the area are recognizing all grandparents do for their families with some great events.

Start the day with a Grandparents' Day Brunch at Franklin Square. Take the grandparents to the National Museum of American Jewish History free of charge, or to Morris Arboretum for a discounted rate. End the day with free amusements for grandparents at Camden Children's Garden's Hefty Harvest & Scary Scarecrows event.

Stay up to date with the latest happenings throughout Philly and the entire Delaware Valley by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have a great weekend!

Kid Cuts: Best Places for Baby's First Haircut in Philadelphia

Getting the first haircut is a big milestone moment. Will you excitedly cut off those baby locks as soon as possible in favor of a more refined 'do? Mark it with the first birthday? Or even wait until they are old enough to tell you that they demand a haircut. Whatever your choice of timing, when you are finally ready to make the appointment, you want to make the experience a positive one. You might want to start with asking if your stylist does child haircuts, especially if you have a good relationship. But if that's not in the cards, there are plenty of choices in Philadelphia.

Woof! PAW Patrol Live Coming to a Stage Near You

Pups! PAW Patrol is headed to the stage for a live national tour hitting 90 U.S. cities, including NYC, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, Connecticut, the Los Angeles area, and Texas. The hit Nickelodeon animated show featuring a pack of curious and adventure-loving dogs opens in October, but tickets are already on sale for many locations.

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue, a Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group (the same folks behind Sesame Street Live) co-production, will rely on live actors in costumes, although producers tell us that it will also incorporate the popular Bunraku puppet styling. The “pups” will sing and dance on all four legs.

Read on for more details on this new brand-new children’s theater production.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Honey, Animals, Nature, September 5-9

With school starting for many Philadelphia children, the realization that summer is over can no longer be denied. But, just because September is here doesn't mean the fun has to end! Our Events Calendar has many great ways to add some excitement to the week ahead.

Learn about bees and how they make honey at the Philadelphia Honey Festival. Uncover new facts about the endangered African penguin at Adventure Aquarium. Visit Longwood for its exhibit, Nightscape, or Marshall Steam Museum for its Evenings at the Museum event. Take little ones on a Squeaky Wheels tour through Winterthur. Afterwards, parents can relax a bit in a comfy seat to watch a grown-up movie in a baby-friendly environment at Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

If you happen to find some extra time on your hands, clean out the kids' closets and participate in one of the many consignment sales throughout the area this fall. Now, read on for the top picks for the week.

30 Things To Do in the Florida Keys with Kids: Dolphins Plus a Whole Lot More

When talking Florida Keys with kids, it's best to point straight at the dolphin in the room. Swimming with dolphins is without question one of the biggest draws in the Keys for families, and while the experience is not cheap, it is the stuff that bucket lists are made of. I confess that I grew up watching Flipper (I say "confess" because a few of you just worked out how old I am), and I've harbored a secret desire to catch a ride from a dolphin ever since. My kid got to live that dream a whole lot younger than I did when I discovered that Key Largo is barely an hour's drive from Miami and an easy add-on to a Florida vacation. Continuing to Key West adds another three hours along the Overseas Highway, a drive touted as one of the most beautiful in the country, stretching over water for seven straight miles at one point.

Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling: Finding a Homeschool Group

If you're thinking about homeschooling, your first concern is probably how your kid will ever see other kids. It's normal to worry about feeling isolated and not knowing what to do or where to go, but don't. Your kid will be socialized, I promise. I was homeschooled from 5th grade all the way through high school, and I struggle more with maintaining adult relationships now than I ever did with friendships then, and trust me, it has nothing to do with the fact that I was homeschooled. Homeschooling has changed so much in the 10 years since I was homeschooled. While the resources are still a bit lacking, there are definitely more families homeschooling now for more of a variety of reasons. Whatever your reason may be, whether your jumping in for preschool or high school, starting out can be daunting and hard. The first thing you'll want to do is find a good group, which may offer classes, get togethers, and field trips.

Mommy Poppins hopes to become a great resource for homeschool families, so stay tuned for our series of articles on different homeschooling topics.

5 Educational After School Programs for Philadelphia Kids and Teens

The school year is upon us, which, for some, means normalcy is returning. For those who work late and need to extend school hours, or for kids interested in further pursuing their passion for science or the arts, after school programs are great. These programs are the perfect way to keep kids entertained in those late afternoon hours while continuing to further their education. Keep those brains working a little longer with some of these awesome programs.


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