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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, Outer Space, Ice Cream August 25-26

For some Philly kids, this weekend marks the end of Summer 2018 as the school year starts next week. For others, there are an additional seven carefree days before classroom learning begins again. Whatever the case for your family, make the most of this last weekend in August with the many possibilities found in our events calendar.

Nature lovers can search for birds at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove or Newlin Grist Mill, discover the beauty of butterflies at Tyler Arboretum or Upper Schullykill Valley Park, and learn about wildlife and plant life through hands-on demonstrations at Winterthur.  If you'd prefer indoor activities, be sure to check out Please Touch Museum's Space Odyssey Weekend which features intergalactic storytimes, scientist meet-and-greets, and out-of-this-world craft projects. Or, consider a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to experience some Harry Potter themed fun.

But, there is no doubt about it that the cherry on top of this weekend is the Chocolate and Vanilla Festival at Camden Children's Garden . Consider checking out some local ice cream shops in your neighborhood by checking out our ultimate ice cream guide. Yum!

Continue reading for the rest of our top picks for the weekend ahead.

Reading Terminal Market with Kids: 4 Ways to Enjoy this Busy Indoor Market

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, next to the Convention Center, Chinatown, and Independence Mall, Reading Terminal Market is a bustling indoor market, full of great vendors and delicious food, and a must-see for city goers. From fantastic pastries to famous sandwiches, beautiful bouquets of flowers and pantry stock-up items, the market should be on Philly families’ bucket list (it’s on ours!). Add to that its close proximity to Suburban Station with its access via Regional Rail, and Reading Terminal Market becomes even more enticing.

Read on to make the most of your visit to Reading Terminal Market with four ideas to have fun in this busy city spot.

25 Fun Things to do in San Francisco with Kids

With its famously steep hills, iconic sights, and many kid-friendly attractions, San Francisco is chock full of family fun. Unique thrills like a ride on the clanging cable cars, a ferry trip across the bay to visit a fabled island prison, amazing experiential food spots are some of the only-in-San Francisco experiences that kids and adults will love. Hands-on museums, a bayside aquarium, and enormous parks round out the family fun.

Read on to discover our best bets for family fun on a trip to San Francisco. And for more Bay Area fun, check out our list of things to do in Silicon Valley with kids

Fall Consignment Sales for Philly Families

Preparing a kid's closet for the cool breezes of autumn can hit a Philly family right in the wallet. But, it doesn't have to. Purchasing children's clothes by shopping local consignment sales is one way to save some cash. Throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, consignment sales offer families a place to buy gently used clothing, toys, baby items, and other childhood staples for a fraction of the retail price. Additionally, when your kids grow out of their clothes or toys, consignment sales provide an opportunity to sell these items for extra money.

Consignment sale organizers can submit their events to our calendar by clicking here. For a list of spring consignment sales, check here.

Music Classes for Philly Area Kids & Families

Kids march to the beat of their own drums, so why not help them keep their rhythm with some music classes? Some studies have shown that early music education helps children develop academic, physical, and social skills, and it also gives them an introduction to arts and culture. We have put together a list of music classes for kids in the Philadelphia area, but be sure to visit their websites for updated schedules. Visit our Classes Directory to keep up on the latest additions.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Pirates, Aviation, Sports Day August 18-19

Despite the fact that back to school shopping and summer homework may loom over many families throughout the Delaware Valley, there are still a few weekends in August to enjoy. So, instead of preparing for the start of the school year, procrastinate a big longer with some exciting activities found in this weekend's event calendar.

Start off by learning about pirates at Fort Mifflin or 18th century living at Pottsgrove Manor. Those interested in aviation can watch a remote controlled airplane demo at Festival of Flight or discover the contributions that helicopters have made on society at the World Helicopter Day Celebration. Experience rich culture at, not one, but two festivals which are part of PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing. On Saturday, guests can celebrate India's Independence Day while Sunday offers the chance to discover the food, music, and dance of the 14 islands that make up the Caribbean. Conclude the weekend with some friendly athletic competition at Franklin Square's Family Sports Day, just in time for the start of football season.

For now, don't worry about pencils, notebooks, book bags, and uniform pants. Message your friends and plan to hit some of the great events happening this weekend.

15 Studios Where Kids Can Take Dance Classes in the Philly Area

Dance studios and classes come in a variety of styles for all ages. Some focus on fun and fitness while others trend toward competition and professional training. Many offer classes starting with Mommy & Me for the youngest dancers, and expand their variety as children get older and more skilled. Whether the aspiring dancer is into ballet, jazz, tap, modern, or hip hop, this list has something for everyone from Center City to the 'burbs.

Vancouver With Kids: 30 Great Things To Do as a Family

One of Canada’s most ethnically diverse and densely populated cities, Vancouver, British Columbia is the crown jewel of the country's West Coast.

Less than an hour by car from the border with the United States, Vancouver is the gateway to the Pacific Rim and draws visitors from all over the world. It’s not just the city’s location that makes people flock there, but also the stunning backdrop of mountains, temperate weather, and world-class parks and amenities.

With the ocean and mountains within a short drive, Vancouver is a veritable outdoor playground. This cosmopolitan city is waiting for your next adventure. With a favorable exchange rate in Canadian dollars, free public parks, and an easy-to-navigate public transportation system, Vancouver offers great value and seemingly endless and unforgettable experiences.

Nature Preschools and Kindergartens in Philadelphia

Over the last few years, nature preschools and outdoor education have received some serious attention. The concept allows kids to learn all or most of their lessons in the great outdoors-- no matter the weather. Lessons often incorporate the outdoors and feature plenty of adventurous activities such as hiking, canoeing, climbing, and ropes courses. What's awesome about this trend is that kids get to spend tons of time outside instead of sitting in a classroom. In addition, it also teaches kids practical outdoor survival skills. Some of these forest schools even go all the way through 12th grade. While it's still a relatively new phenomenon (and maybe not for the faint of heart), the Philadelphia area has multiple options. 

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