Philadelphia

Shopkins Live! Brings Your Kids' Favorite Toy Collectible to the Stage

A new children’s musical featuring Shopkins, the tiny plastic grocery and household-themed collectibles with names such as Milk Bud, Choc Chips, and Heels, opens in September.

Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! kicks off its national tour in Buffalo, New York on September 14, stopping in more than 75 U.S. cities, including Mommy Poppins regions such as Boston, Long Island, Connecticut, Westchester, across New Jersey, Philadelphia, Houston, and the Los Angeles area.

The Best Museum Overnight Experiences in Philadelphia

There is nothing like experiencing everything Philadelphia has to offer with your children, except maybe enjoying some of them after dark. Spending a "night at the museum," sleeping by a shark tank or camping out at the zoo is truly a unique event for kids.

Some of these events are geared towards families, while others are great outings for scout troops or other large groups. Many can sell out ahead of time, so be sure to make reservations well in advance.

Here are some of the top attractions in the Philly area that offer overnights and some tips for parents to make it easier and more fun for everyone. 

 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Gardens, Festivals May 1-5

The month of May has arrived in Philadelphia! Family calendars begin to fill with weekday baseball games, track practices, and dance rehearsals. But, be sure to carve out some family time with many of the springtime activities found in our event calendar.

Visit the Academy of Natural Sciences to learn about winged animals. Explore the historic collections at the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights. Load the kiddos into the stroller to experience Winterthur Museum and Gardens. Or, head to Longwood Gardens to listen to stories and see the springtime flowers in full bloom. Treat the family to rides and cotton candy at Upper Makefield Fire Company Carnival.

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

The flowers are blooming and cold days are behind us! It's May. Full of bright spring colors and the promise of summer. I don't know about you, but I'm just thrilled that playground weather seems to be here to stay. Both Sesame Place and Dutch Wonderland officially open for the season and festivals and fairs abound! Not to mention all the fun our event calendar has in store for this month. From carnivals to crafts, there's a little something for everyone this month.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, Performances, Amusement Parks April 29-30

Bees buzzing, lawn mowers humming, birds singing, and the voices of children playing outside have become familiar sounds throughout Philadelphia. Now that spring is in full bloom, Philly parents can be sure our event calendar is set to deliver some springtime fun.

Head outdoors to play with slime, learn about DNA, and visit live animals at the Science Carnival. Go for a bird walk in the morning or plan to stargaze at night. Dance the day away with rockin' preschool tunes or expose kids to a new variety of music. Splurge with a visit to either Dutch Wonderland or Sesame Place since both parks celebrate opening for the season this weekend.

With so many events from which to select, be sure to use our filters to narrow down the options by age and location. Now, continue reading for our top picks.

A Visit to Amish Country: 13 Fun Things To Do with Kids in Lancaster

A trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, offers a surprising number of family activities, from farm visits and more country fun to train rides and cool museums. My family, including two little ones, recently tried to squeeze as much of the area's top attractions into a day trip as we could, and we're already planning a return trip to see more.

Whether you love that rural vibe or are just looking for an alternative to the standard beach-type of family weekend getaway, I can assure you that Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Amish Country make for a sweet destination with kids in tow. It's not just fields, pastures, and cows!

Read on for the top family sights, including The Science Factory, Strasburg Railroad, Dutch Wonderland, and even a train-themed hotel. 

Looking for more family getaways? Check out our travel guide with real parent reviews of resorts and destinations. Find more Pennsylvania family fun with our Poconos Guide.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Philly with Kids

There are so many wonderful ways to welcome spring in and around Philly, and Cinco de Mayo is one of the best. This list includes area events and specials, plus crafts, books, and even recipes that are creative, family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday while teaching kids about Mexican culture and tradition.  

Family-Friendly Escape Rooms Near Philadelphia

If you haven't heard of escape rooms, you've likely at least seen someone share a photo from one on social media holding signs that say things like, "I escaped!" It's a super fun rainy day, weekend, or even birthday party activity. Get locked in a room with a bunch of friends (and strangers) and find the clues to work your way out. What makes these rooms even more fun is the choice of themes- anything from classrooms to locker rooms, Harry Potter, and even the 1980s! We recommend you check websites for room themes, as these may be subject to change at any time. Not all escape rooms welcome kids, so we've rounded up some family-friendly escape rooms in the Philadelphia area. Don't forget to check out our post on family-friendly escape rooms in NJ.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Science, Arts, Nature April 24-28

Budding scientists, drama fans, and nature lovers can enjoy a variety of exciting activities found in this week's event calendar.

Engage young minds in scientific experimentation at local libraries throughout Philly. Taste test cookies in the Cookie Lab and Geek Out by participating in a science game show at Franklin Institute. Or, gaze into the nighttime skies at venues throughout the Delaware Valley to view constellations, planets, and other celestial bodies. Carve out some time in your week to take in a performance such as Charlotte's Web at The Playhouse in Wilmington or Cinderella's Glass Slipper at Collingswood Middle School across the river. Finish the week with nature excursions at Temple University's Earth Fest in Ambler or The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Tall Tree Playdate.

Make sure to consult our recommendations for spring activities throughout Philadelphia. Now, keep reading for our top picks for the week ahead.

Indulge Mom at these Philly Mother's Day Brunches

Brunch is the classic way to celebrate moms on Mother's Day. The city has so many Mother's Day brunches to choose from, and they often fill up so fast, it can be overwhelming to find a place that will be fun for both mom and kids. There are plenty of spring activities to do with the family, but brunch at one of these great places will leave mom happy, but still be plenty of fun for the little ones. However you decide to spend Mom's special day, purchase tickets or make reservations in advance, because many of these events sell out well before Mother's Day weekend rolls around.

If you're looking for something to do after brunch, check out our event calendar for more great ways to celebrate mom.

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