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50 Things to Do in Baltimore with Kids: Where to Eat, Play, and Stay in Charm City

Baltimore is an incredibly kid-friendly city. The walkable Baltimore Inner Harbor offers the impressive National Aquarium, family-friendly restaurants, museums and science centers, and more fun things to do.

Sports fans will find the pro-leagues Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles to cheer on, and if you have a transportation lover, the city is heaven with train museums and boats galore. It’s proximity to Washington, DC, doesn’t hurt either. It’s easy to visit both cities in one trip, taking advantage of all the free admission opportunities in the nation’s capital.

Here's our list of 50 fun things to do with kids in Baltimore, Maryland, from attractions to festivals, restaurants and even a few hotel suggestions for when you're ready to crash. Check out our other City Guides for more family travel ideas.

Swim Philly Pop-Up Pool Project: Public Pools with a Fun Twist

The heat of summer is upon us. Kids haven't been out of school that long yet and already they're getting fidgety. One of the many great things that Philly has to offer its communities is the sheer number of free public pools- there are over 70 outdoor pools! Philadelphia has more outdoor public pools per capita than any other city in the country.

If you're looking for more free water fun this summer, be sure to check out our roundup of the city's free spraygrounds.

20 Things to Do with Your Preschooler in Philadelphia this Summer

Entertaining a preschooler is no joke, especially if they have moved on past their nap times! Some parents are truly excellent at coming up with daily plans for their little ones, exposing them to all the arts and sciences and play, making creative quiet books, and other Pinterest-worthy activities. Whether you are excellent at curating preschooler activities or not, you can always count on Philadelphia's selection of parks, playgrounds, and programming throughout the city to expand your little one's interests and experiences. If you want to beat the heat or embrace the summer swelter, here are 20 spots that are sure to be family favorites for you and your crew this summer:

11 Crazy Awesome Pool Floats for Kids and Babies on Amazon and Target

Long gone are the days of the boring rectangular pool float that popped almost as soon as you finally filled it with air. Today's kids can hit the pool with a fabulous float in almost any design they can imagine, from the Millennium Falcon to a giant slice of pizza to on-trend unicorn floats. The best part? Parents can order these pool toys all online at either Target.com or Amazon. Check out our list of 11 crazy awesome pool floats for babies, kids, and teens in summer 2019.

Find more ways to cool down this summer in our Beaches, Lakes, and Pools Guides.

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: FatherFest, Airplane Day, Flag Fest June 15-16

Philly families are sure to notice that this weekend's events calendar is filled with fun focused on Dad. After all, he helps Philly kids out in so many ways such as assisting with homework, teaching how to throw a curve ball, and driving the kiddos to extracurricular activities. Is he adventuresome? Musical? Outdoorsy? History Buff? Economical? No matter what kind of Dad you've got, we've got some fun in store for you.

Impress Dad with a helicopter ride at the American Helicopter Museum during FatherFest or watch the planes take off and land during Fort Mifflin's Airplane Day. Those who like music can listen to the sweet sounds of the Kimmel Center organ or rock out to a little Grateful Dead at Ardmore Music Hall. Dads who like nature can check out the piggies at Ross Mill Farm, participate in a nature scavenger hunt at Norristown Farm Park, or camp out at Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Be sure to visit Historic Philadelphia and take part in its Flag Fest festivities including Stars and Stripes Saturday. And, don't miss free fun such as Public Archaeology Day at Newlin Grist Mill and Father's Day Read-a-Thon at the Community Education Center. Plus, Dad gets in free at Diggerland and the Academy of Natural Sciences. See, Dad, we are saving you money!

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia wishes all of the Philly guys out there a great Father's Day weekend.

Build-A-Bear Has a New Pay-Your-Age Contest, without the Lines

Making a puffy, fuzzy DIY toy at Build-A-Bear is a great experience, especially for a birthday gift, but those bears are far from free. So it was no surprise last year that the company's big Pay-Your-Age Day (5 years old, get any toy for $5) resulted in lines not only out of the stores but out of the buildings—and lots of angry parents when lines were shut down. The good news? Build-A-Bear is doing the popular event again, but doing it differently this year.

Asheville with Kids: 40 Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC, is a popular destination for visitors, including families, with so many fun things to do like the Biltmore Estate, a thriving food and arts scene, a Vanderbilt mansion with extensive grounds, and its kid-friendly local breweries. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the plentiful hiking trails, waterfalls, and swimming holes. I frequently visit my sister’s family in Asheville and get to explore this charming Southern city with my young nephew, so I wanted to share the inside skinny on the best family-friendly attractions, restaurants, and what to do in Asheville with kids.

Find more family fun destinations in our Family Travel City Guides, and be sure to check our picks for North Carolina's best beaches for families.

How Can I Find Free Summer Meal Programs for Kids?

Many parents rely on the free breakfast and lunch available through the local school system to keep their kids' engines running—but what happens in the summer? Thankfully, there are still free meal programs available when school lets out.

Parents will find free breakfast, lunch, and sometimes afternoon snacks and more meals served up at certain parks, schools, community centers, hospitals, and elsewhere this summer. Many of the summer meal programs are federally funded through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program, but administered by local organizations, cities, or states. Read on for tips on how to find a free kids meal near you.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Creek Critters, Festivals June 8-9

As the school year winds down, Philly families gear up for summer mode. Likewise, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia notices the shift in seasons as movies under the stars, concerts in the park, and an increase in outdoor activities fill our events calendar.

Those who like water can head outdoors with boots to splosh about with creek critters at Lorimer Park or hike around Upper Schuylkill Valley Park in search of frogs. If you prefer being above the water than below, try steering a canoe in the Perkiomen Creek or take a boat ride along the Schuylkill River. Once you have had your fill of animals and water fun, turn your attention to the many festivals going on this week. Families can expect carnivals with amusement rides, events featuring beloved comic book characters, and festivals rich in tradition, culture, and delicious food.

So, how will you spend your weekend? Keep reading for additional ideas, then text your friends and make plans for a fabulous weekend.

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