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The BFG: How Scary Is Disney's New Movie About Kid-Eating Giants? A Parent Review

Although The BFG isn't as well known as some of Roald Dahl's other books (like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda), it definitely has its share of rabid fans. If your family is among them, you'll be happy to hear that Steven Spielberg is quite faithful to the source material in Disney's new CGI/live-action hybrid, The BFG—though some of the Dahl darkness has been replaced by the director's signature wide-eyed wonder. Even so, for parents of younger children the question is, just how terrifying are those tot-eating giants? We've got the answer (and a photo in case you want to see how your preschoolers react), plus the scoop on whether it's worth splurging for IMAX 3D.

Philly Skateboard Parks That Young Skaters Will Love

There's no doubt about it; the city offers plenty of events and activities to keep kids entertained and busy over the summer. If you've got a skater in the house, here's a roundup of the area's most kid-friendly parks where they can go this summer to shred, cruise around, and watch experts go to town. Park regulars agree that morning is the best time of day to bring young or novice skaters, as it's less crowded. Weekdays are better than weekends, of course. And, if the park does get too packed, no worries--watching the older, more seasoned skaters do their thing is really fun, too.  

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Movies, Hoagies, Museums June 27-July 1

Back to school supplies have been spotted at local shopping centers. Uniform catalogs are being found in the mail. Seriously? Please, no... it seems like summer vacation has just started, and now this? Stay in the moment and enjoy this time of year with some help from our Events Calendar.

This week, Wawa is celebrating the USA with a variety of activities. From movies, to museums, to Go 4th activities, Philly families can enjoy all the festival has to offer. Once you have partied for America, take in a music class with Music Monkey Jungle, visit Central Park in Doylestown to hear a British Invasion Tribute, or make crafts at your local Michael's.

Keep up with the latest fun by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. For now, forget about school supplies and back-to-school shopping and see what fun awaits this week.

25 Things To Do with Kids in Palm Beach County, Florida

You might think of Palm Beach as a preppy playground for America’s elite. In truth, Florida’s largest county offers families an array of activities at a variety of price points.

If you want to explore nature on land or at sea, the 38 diverse cities and towns within Palm Beach County are loaded with eco-options. Of course, most people come here to frolic in the 47 miles of Atlantic surf, so slather on the sunscreen and schedule plenty of unstructured time to build sand castles and jump waves.

If you’re seeking a value vacation, you can score big summertime bargains. As the heat and humidity rise, resorts slash their room rates until just before Thanksgiving. Flights to Palm Beach International Airport take about two hours from New York or Philadelphia, with the journey from Boston adding on a few extra minutes. Book a nonstop flight and you can be here in less time than it takes to drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons on a Friday night.

5 Great Mini Golf Courses in and Around Philly

Miniature golf is one of those summertime activities that entertains the whole family. A putter, a brightly colored ball, and the possibility that your three year old will get a hole-in-one, and everyone is bound to have some fun. Although there aren't as many mini golf courses around here as at the shore, there are a few great spots to grab a putter and try your skills. Try one of these to add mini golf to the summertime mix of splash pads and spray grounds, pop up gardens and parks, and free outdoor movies and concerts

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Fishing, Fireflies June 25-26

Philly families can definitely tell it is the first official full weekend of summer 2016. Just take a look at this weekend's event calendar. Nothing screams summer more than the activities that appear in our jam-packed listing!

Start your weekend off by casting a line to see how the fish are biting, cool off with some tasty ice cream, take a hot air balloon ride over Southern Chester County, watch an old time baseball game, or pack up the sleeping bag for a family campout. Complete your picture-perfect summer weekend by catching fireflies.

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Dinosaurs, Harry Potter, Museums June 20-24

Summer camp, road trips, and water play are all ways Philly kids can look forward to spending the lazy, hazy days of summer. In addition to these traditional opportunities, children can experience some unique events this week as our Events Calendar is overflowing with fun.

Take a day trip to Reading Public Museum for an afternoon of dinosaur fun or Strasburg Railroad to visit Thomas the Tank Engine and his best pal, Percy. Explore the creek for wildlife at Norristown Farm Park or offer some community service at Riverbend Environmental Education Center. For a truly spectacular sight, admire local landmarks such as Glencairn Museum as they shine in beauty at night. And, for a truly spectacular sound, listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra as they pay homage to Harry Potter.

Continue reading for our top weekday picks, but be sure to browse through the entire calendar and June GoList as well. Enjoy the week ahead.

Top 30 Things to Do in the Adirondacks with Kids

The Adirondacks region is one of the most idyllic family vacation spots around. The enormous, pristine natural setting features numerous lakes and quaint towns sprinkled across gorgeous mountains. Visitors find the best of outdoor adventures as well as family fun attractions. My family stayed in Schroon Lake, a cute lake town that's a little more laid-back than nearby Lake George and centrally located to explore the region. We visited all the family-friendly attractions to pick the best things to recommend.

Of course, you could spend all your time hiking, boating, and enjoying whatever outdoor activities your family likes. There are tons of outfitters that will help you do those things so I only made a few recommendations for those types of activities. The below list is the best of the best for other family fun attractions in the Adirondacks. We really enjoyed Fort Ticonderoga, the Wild Center, and the Adirondack Museum, but if I had to pick just one must-do it would definitely be Ausable Chasm. The gorge is just phenomenally beautiful, and we really enjoyed walking and boating through it.

Find more family vacation ideas in our Adirondacks, Catskills & Hudson Valley Family Travel Guide.

Finding Dory: How Does It Measure up to Finding Nemo?

You certainly can't accuse Disney•Pixar of rushing things. The sequel to the 2003 animated classic Finding Nemo was 13 years in the making, so evidently the studio was more interested in getting it right than in making a quick buck. That philosophy shows in every aspect of this movie, from its breathtaking underwater visuals to its cute, quirky characters to its moving story, which flips the Nemo plot and has Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) searching for her long-lost parents. Although the heroine suffers from short-term memory loss, anyone who saw Finding Nemo will find the proceedings very familiar. The result is immensely enjoyable for both children and adults, with heartfelt messages about family, self-reliance, and perseverance.

But before you start pushing your stroller to the nearest cineplex, be warned: the PG-rated Finding Dory is a bit darker than its G-rated predecessor (notwithstanding the latter's Bambi-esque death of the mom sequence). Dory and her pals are frequently lost and stuck in scary situations. Can your preschoolers handle it, and—if you have older kids—is it worth splurging on IMAX 3D? No need to go on a fishing expedition: we've got watertight answers.

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