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Family-Friendly Movie Theaters and Showings in Philadelphia

When was the last time you went to see a movie? I don’t mean on Netflix. I mean an actual movie theater experience? If you are a new mom, or the parent of a child who has sensitivities to light and sound, it’s probably been a while. And while indoor activities are all fun and good, sometimes you need to get out and see a movie with friends, your spouse or just you and the kid(s). Wait, see a movie with the kids? As crazy as it sounds, with a few local resources, you can get out with the little one in tow and enjoy a movie. No need to worry about how loud your child is, these movie venues are ready and excited to have you and your brood join them!

If you're looking for other fun activities for you and the kids, check out our Events Calendar to see all the latest happenings.

One-of-a-Kind Birthday Parties for Philly Kids: Race Cars to Mad Scientists

Philadelphia is full of exciting places to host birthday parties, including indoor play spaces, museums, parks and gardens. Make no bones about it, these are awesome places to host a birthday party! But if you are looking for something extra special that really fits your birthday kid’s personality, there are some extraordinarily unique spaces in Philly to host a one-of-a-kind birthday experience.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Amphibians, Mother Nature, Festivals Apr 16-17

Now that spring has sprung, Philly families can trade in sweaters and heavy winter coats for short sleeves and lightweight jackets. What perfect timing, as this weekend's Events Calendar is loaded with great ideas to spend time outside! Look for birds, frogs, dragonflies, and salamanders in nature, or celebrate our planet with a festival or clean-up efforts. Families can also take in the beauty of springtime flowers at Winterthur's Daffodil Show or run in Valley Forge National Historical Park's Young Patriots Kids Run. After spending time outdoors, sing and dance at a children's concert or get fancied up for an enchanted ball.

To plan out the rest of your spring days, be sure to check out our recent Earth Day post and Spring Festival listing. Stay current with the latest fun by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

Kids at Play Indoor Play Space Review

A new indoor play gym launched in Philadelphia this year! East Falls is now home to Kids at Play, a bright, shiny, 7,000 foot indoor playground and seriously cool entertainment zone that is easy on the eyes (specifically designed for children with sensory issues in mind), and invites creative play and exploration. We got a chance to check it out, and let me tell you, it is worth the trip! Read on for a full review (and check out other reviews of awesome spaces in Philadelphia).

Why Painter's Tape Is Your Friend and 133 More Parent Hacks

Do automatic-flush toilets scare your preschooler? Do you always forget to put a spare onesie in the diaper bag? Do you go crazy trying to get the crumbs out of your car’s cup holders? These are the types of real problems parents face every day. Who would know the solutions better than other parents? The just released book Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids written by Asha Dornfest, founder of the Parent Hacks website, and her community of parent hackers has the answer to these issues and, well, 131 more.

Parent Hacks is a decade of the cumulative knowledge of sleep-deprived parents. What I love about it is its down-to-earth take on everyday frustrations and issues. Because the advice comes from real parents, many of the solutions rely on clever tricks using everyday things you find around the house, rather than pricey products. It's frugal, real advice—and often hilarious, including the fun illustrations by Craighton Berman. There are a lot of hacks dealing with poop and other gross situations parents find themselves in, making it a great choice for those with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

We love this book so much that Mommy Poppins is helping to throw it a party. Read on to find out more about probably the most useful new parenting book around and how you can join us for a fun celebration if you are in NYC.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Paper Planet, Sesame Street, Grandparents Apr 11-15

Some believe it is wiser to spend time with children instead of spending money on them. I know my parents followed that advice. When I was a kid, all I wanted was the Barbie Dream House, but my parents thought going to see the production, Annie, would be the better decision. If you subscribe to the same philosophy, this week's Events Calendar provides many unique opportunities to share time with your kids that are plenty of fun for them, too. 

See those lovable furry monsters from Sesame Street at The Liacouras Center, experience a most unusual paper forest at The Kimmel Center and view the stars at West Chester University's Public Planetarium Show. Explore nature at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or Bucktoe Creek Preserve, or, spend the night at Penn Museum or The Philadelphia Zoo. Don't forget to include grandparents in making these memories as Delaware Children's Museum hosts its Grand Adventures.

Continue reading for our top picks for the week ahead. Be sure to stay current with the latest fun by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and liking us on Facebook. Have fun spending time with your kiddos this week.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Animals, Art Apr 9-10

Even though the weather forecast may predict otherwise, Philly families can tell spring is trying to arrive by paging through the Mommy Poppins' Events Calendar. To start, Morris Arboretum hosts its Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival both this Saturday and next, Camden Children's Garden features its Dino Day & Bug Bonanza Festival, and Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy holds its Stream Clean Up. Families ready to prepare for springtime wildlife can learn about toads at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, assemble a bird box at Wissahickon Environmental Center or build a butterfly feeder at Peace Valley Nature Center.

In addition to nature fun, children can tap into their creative side. Make a print screen kite at Second State Press, create graphic art at Delaware Museum of Art or learn about fabric painting at Philadelphia Magic Gardens. If there are science fans in the family, explore Delaware Children's Museum's Try Science or American Helicopter Museum's Girls' Science Expo.

Read on to see our top picks for the weekend but don't forget to browse through the rest of the calendar to see our complete listing. Enjoy!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: History, Fairy Tales, Sharks Apr 4-8

There is a lot of excitement in store for Philly families this first full week of April. Arden Theatre opens its performance of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales while Adventure Aquarium reveals its Shark Bridge at its Grand Opening. The Academy of Music presents Peppa Pig Live in the show's first ever U.S. theatrical tour.There's still plenty to do if you are looking for a shorter excursion in between errands and household chores. Consider making a craft, listening to stories or trying out a music class. But, for many, the most exciting thing happening this week is the NCAA Championship game on Monday night featuring Philadelphia's own Villanova Wildcats!

Stay up-to-date with the latest fun by following Mommy Poppins Philly on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, and liking us on Facebook. No matter how you spend your week, make it a great one!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Fishing, Performing Arts Apr 2-3

Now that most of the Easter candy is gone and kids are coming down off their sugar high, Philly families can get ready for the first weekend in April. If your family wants to enjoy the outdoors, see how the fish are biting this season at Media's Linvilla Orchards, Glen Mill's Newlin Grist Mill or Philly's Bartam Gardens. Visit Great Valley Nature Center for its Spring Meet and Greet, take a hike through Nottingham County Park, or head to Valley Forge National Historic Park for an outdoor history lesson.

After spending time in nature, check out one of the many kid-friendly performances this weekend. Hedgerow Theatre is producing Snow White while Walnut Street Theatre presents Freckleface Strawberry the Musical. Listen to a concert at the Kimmel Center, watch jugglers perform their tricks at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, or jam with a variety of Kindie bands at World Cafe Live.

Read on to see the rest of our top picks for the weekend. And, don't forget to check out our recently updated list of consignment sales for all your shopping needs. Have a fantastic weekend!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Spring Fun, Stories, Nature Mar 28-Apr 1

If your kiddos are off from school this week, our Event Calendar is ready with activities to help make it lots of fun. Now that it seems spring has sprung, little ones (and grown-ups, too) may be itching to get outside. This week provides many opportunities such as Linvilla Orchards' Story Time and Craft, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Seedlings, or Tyler Arboretum's Teeny Tiny Trackers. Other activities include free demo classes at The Creative Living Room and a celebration of presidents at the National Constitution Center. The week ends with April Fool's Day so be sure to check out our latest post with ideas on how to trick your kids this year.

Stay up-to-date with the latest fun by following Mommy Poppins Philly on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, and liking us on Facebook.

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