8 Awesome Food Festivals Happening in Philly this Summer

Food festivals are a great way to bring families together. Nothing screams summer more than corn on the cob, watermelon, barbeque, and ice cream. Food with music, entertainment, and games is the perfect formula for a great family afternoon for kids of all ages. We've compiled a list of some awesome food festivals happening this summer. Come hungry and ready for fun!

Pokemon Go Is the Most Awesome (and Dangerous) Mobile Game Ever

To say the July launch of Pokémon Go has been a phenomenon would be to vastly understate it. Few mobile games have ever launched to so much anticipation and so many immediate downloads. And, it’s obvious why it would. Pokémon Go takes mobile gaming to a whole new dimension.

The idea of Pokémon Go is to turn your real-life environment into a Pokémon world through augmented reality technology. Players collect Pokémon as they move around, and, through their phones, Pokemon appear right in their real world. The Pokémon, and Poke Stops, are scattered all over the map, so as you travel through life you will find and catch more. When players get to higher levels, they can train and battle their Pokémon as well.

Pokémon Go has already had a huge impact on my kids. Some of it is super good, but there are also some trends that are very concerning. Here’s what parents need to know about what to love and what to fear about Pokémon Go.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Movies, Shows, Family Fun July 11-15

Summertime can be fun, but it can also be expensive. Thankfully, Philly families have many opportunities to enjoy this time of year without breaking the bank. From splash pads and sprinklers, to outdoor concerts and movies, there is a variety of free or low cost fun to be had.

This week, make crafts at Exton or West Chester's Monkey Fish Toys or your local A.C. Moore. Enjoy Family Fun Night at New Garden Park or The Brandywine Zoo. Or, see one of this week's budget-friendly performances on stage such as Gratz Theater's Beauty and the Beast, Dennis Flyer's Theater's Peter Pan, and Upper Darby Performing Arts Center's Bye Bye Birdie.

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Niagara Falls: Family Bucket List Vacation Spot

If you breathe oxygen, it's on your bucket list. Heck, there are probably even some alien life forms out there that want to take their kids to Niagara Falls. It would be hard to overstate the breathtaking power and natural beauty of this international landmark, the first of our national parks, but I'll do my best.

I was lucky enough to stumble, with a little good advice, onto an itinerary as easy as a vacation should be, allowing our family to see Niagara Falls from above and below, from in front and behind, by day and by night, from the US and from Canada without waiting more than a few minutes in any line or spending a lot of money. To be fair, we pulled off this feat in June; repeating our movements in July or August might be more crowded, but I still think it will be the path of least resistance. Or you could go to the other extreme and see the Falls in winter, which by all accounts is a whole other kind of magical.

If you have time to explore a few fun things beyond the waterfalls—of which there are overwhelmingly many—there are some great free options. You'll run out of time before you run out of things to do in Niagara.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Pirates, Potter, Pokemon, Pets July 9-10

Summer is certainly in full gear as Philadelphia families enjoy backyard barbecues, rounds of flashlight tag, and weekend trips to the shore. There is always more fun to be had during these carefree summer days. As always, Delaware Valley residents can rely on our Events Calendar to keep the entire family entertained with unique and interesting activities.

Play tug-of-war at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation's Pirate Splash Day, explore the Philadelphia Art Museum during a Harry Potter themed-scavenger hunt, listen to the sweet sounds of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as they entertain the audience with musical arrangements from the Pokemon video game, take Fido to Petapalooza in Chestnut Hill for a dip in the doggie pool, or check out one of the many blueberry events being held this weekend. Linvilla Orchards, Oasis Family Farm, and Camden's Children's Garden all have festivals honoring this sweet summer fruit.

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Summer Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities for Teens

School is out and, for some, summer boredom may have already set in. Volunteering and giving back to the local community is a rewarding and enriching way to keep teens busy and fulfilled all summer. Community service keeps kids active, and it's always free. It also looks great on a college application. Summer is a perfect time for kids to log some great community service hours instead of lounging around on the couch. And, of course, volunteering isn't limited to summertime; many of these opportunities are available during the school year on weekends and evenings as well. We've compiled a list of a few great opportunities in the area.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Picnics, Parades July 4-8

July 4th week is finally here and Philly families have many traditional ways to celebrate this patriotic time of year. Spending time at the shore, watching a parade, or viewing fireworks are just a few options. But there are many more experiences just waiting to be had in our Events Calendar.

Have a picnic at Valley Forge National Historical Park or participate in a Kids' Fun Run at Kerr Park. Count butterflies at Schuykill Center for Environmental Education or explore the exhibits at Brandywine River Museum. Take in a movie at a local theater in Warrington, Oaks, or Quakertown or ride some amusements at Southampton Days or Minch Park. Conclude the week with an outdoor wine concert at the Market at DelVal.

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4th of July Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Parades, Fireworks, History July 2-4

Parades, parties, and fireworks, of course! These celebrate the birth of our nation, America - the land of the free and the home of the brave. So, isn't it our obligation as citizens of this great country to enjoy all the fun the first weekend in July has to offer? As the place where it all began, Philadelphia is home to some of the best Independence Day celebrations to be found.

See an encampment at Washington Crossing Historic Park, enjoy a picnic and 4th of July celebration at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, or listen to live music and view fireworks at Upper Darby High School. Consider visiting the National Museum of American Jewish History or The Barnes which both offer free family programming.

Continue reading to see our top picks for the weekend ahead. As always, scroll through our jam-packed Event Calendar for even more options. However you chose to celebrate the 4th, Mommy Poppins hopes you enjoy a wonderful weekend with family and friends.

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.


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