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Fun Family Day Trip to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm: A Parent's Review

For most people, spending a day at the farm evokes images of milking cows, harvesting corn, or shearing sheep. At Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Lancaster County, the day involves food, laughter, games, a corn maze, and pig races, as well as an educational experience on a working farm. Plus, there’s even a good chance visitors can get a glimpse of a passing train from the Strasburg Railroad. Kids and grown-ups alike can find an unending amount of fun during the summer, spring, and fall seasons, making Cherry Crest Adventure Farm worth the drive for Philly area families. Find out why!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Scarecrows, Culture, History September 19-20

Dropping temperatures and shorter days make it feel like fall is already here, but in fact, this is the last full weekend of summer. Whether you are savoring every drop of summer or are looking forward to autumn, Philly families can make the most of the weekend with the help of our Events Calendar.

Boat lovers, scarecrow makers, storytellers and future archeologists can all find a festival to enjoy this weekend.  In addition, there are cultural events like the Korean Festival and historical celebrations such as Evan-Mumbower Mill's Fall Mill Festival & Revolutionary Encampment. Truly, there is a festival for everyone.

On the other hand, perhaps you want to check out local consignment sales to buy your kids' fall wardrobe. The next few weekends are filled with sales. Our complete listing is constantly being updated with the latest consignment sale information.

Stay ahead of the fun by following us on Twitter and Pinterest. Be sure to like us on Facebook and sign up for our weekly newsletter to be delivered straight to your inbox every Thursday. And, whichever season you prefer, summer or fall, make it a great weekend!

The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia: A Parent's Review

The Philadelphia area is a hub for the arts and sciences for kids and grown-ups alike. Not only do the city’s museums provide a great opportunity for educational fun, they also provide relief from inclement weather during any season. The Academy of Natural Sciences is one such venue. I brought my family for a visit during one of the hottest months of the year, and it was certainly worth the drive from the suburbs.

No-candy Halloween: Non-edible Treats to Hand Out on October 31

What's the first thing my family does to prepare for Halloween season? No, not make costumes or crafts or plan out our calendar. Our very first activity is to throw out all the stale candy my daughter has been hanging on to since last October 31.

Whatever you do with your child's Halloween haul—donate, repurpose, hoard or eat—there's no question that trick-or-treaters collect way too much candy. And while I'm glad my kid doesn't actually ingest it all, many children do, and the health implications of that are pretty scary.

So this year I'm not going to be part of the candy craze. Instead, I plan to give out small, fun, non-edible treats, like the kinds of tchotchkes you might find in a birthday goody bag. (So if you have any of those lying around the house, start gathering them up now.) Yes, I realize these things may end up sitting around as long as last year's candy, but since they don't go bad I can always hand them out again next Halloween.

Here are some cool things to hand out on Halloween besides candy that won't get you egged.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Grandparents September 12-13

By mid-September, Philly families are getting settled into their new routine. Soccer practices, piano lessons and dance classes begin to fill the family calendar. But, don't forget to add some family fun into the mix.

Nothing says family fun better than a festival! This weekend there are many options such as Philadelphia's Honey Festival, Kennett Square's Mushroom Festival and Devon's Fall Festival. Make sure to include the grandparents in your family time since Sunday, September 13 is Grandparents' Day. Take Nana and Pop Pop to a baseball game, visit a museum or explore an arboretum.

Continue reading below to check out our top picks for the weekend. If you are looking to plan ahead, be sure to investigate our September GO List filled with ideas for the entire family. Enjoy your weekend!

10 Fun Things To Do with Kids at The National Constitution Center

With media coverage, televised debates and robo calls bringing the presidential election center stage, kids may be asking questions about how the United States government runs. Adults may be wondering the same thing as well! A visit to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia's historic district provides the perfect opportunity to learn about our government and how it works. Here are 10 must-see items that make learning fun for kids while visiting.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, History, Concerts August 29-30

Ok, I'll admit it. I bought pumpkin-flavored Pop Tarts at the store this week. What was I thinking? I know it's August and there is still summer fun to be had.

Explore the creeks at Green Lane Park or Norristown Farm Park. Tour Woodford Mansion and discover what life in the 18th century was like or visit Pottstown Manor to learn about trades and crafts during the same era. Take a train ride to experience a Civil War Skirmish. Afterwards, relax with a summertime concert at Glen Providence Park or Franklin Square. Or check out a most unique performance by Invisible River beginning at Mander Recreation Center then traveling to St. Joseph's University's boathouse.

Our jam-packed Events Calendar is full of even more ideas to fill your weekend with fun. If you haven't subscribed already, be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter which is delivered every Thursday. Savor all August has to offer before Halloween decorations, Trick-or-Treat candy and pumpkin-flavored everything become the new normal. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Airplanes, Star Wars, Performances August 22-23

How could this have happened? How could there only be two (or in some cases one) more weeks of summer left before school begins? Make the most of these remaining summer days by turning to our Event Calendar which offers lots of fun for Philly families.

Meet characters from Star Wars at the Please Touch Museum. Check out New Garden Flying Field's Festival of Flight Air & Car Show. Catch Media Theatre's Aladdin Jr. or Hedgerow Theatre's Beauty and the Beast as they close this weekend. Or, get outside to learn about bugs, butterflies and mushrooms. On the other hand, embrace that school is almost here and get some 'Back to School' deals at an area consignment sale.

Stay up-to-date on the latest fun by following us on Twitter and Pinterest, like us on Facebook and sign up for our free weekly newsletter which is delivered every Thursday. Have fun soaking up the last few weeks of summer fun.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Pirates, Trucks August 15-16

It seems to happen every year. Back to School sales featuring school supplies, uniforms and backpacks infiltrate on the last remaining weeks of summer fun. Fortunately, this weekend's Event Calendar provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy summer before school schedules take over.

Savor the beautiful summer landscape at Longwood Garden's Meadow Days, learn about the life of a pirate during Fort Mifflin's Pirate Days or see trucks and cars up close at Chester County's Touch A Truck event. Or, perhaps you'd like to check out a summertime festival since the Festival of IndiaWatermelon Festival and Caribbean Festival are all happening this weekend.

If you are still trying to plan your weekend, read on to see our top picks, many of which are free. And, don't forget to check out our August GoList. There is still plenty of summer left, no matter what the Back to School ads say. Enjoy!

Baby's First Summer: 8 Activities in the Philly Area

There are so many milestones for a family with a new baby — first steps, first words, first foods, and so much more. New parents may not have many lazy days of summer, but that first warm-weather season is a time to celebrate with fun in the sun, as well as baby-friendly ways to beat the heat indoors. We have rounded up some of our favorite ways to make Baby’s First Summer in the Philly area a memorable one for the whole family.

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