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Neil deGrasse Tyson Vets the Science of Ice Age: Collision Course

Ice Age: Collision Course is the fifth epic adventure for Scrat and friends. This time their pursuit of the elusive acorn leads the heros on a cosmic attempt to save the universe. You can bet the film is full of fun and laughs for the entire family, but what about the science? None other than Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s favorite astrophysicist and the voice behind the film’s character Neil deBuck Weasel, has taken the time to vet the science behind the cosmic epic.

Bilingual and Language Immersion Preschools in Philly

Learning a language at a young age can help ensure that your child has dual language capabilities for a lifetime. While many schools may offer a language learning time, bilingual and language immersion schools take your child through the majority of their day in a non-English language. This helps the child understand the language, and often, by extension, the culture, on a deeper level.

If you are considering a language immersion preschool program for your child, first evaluate it as you would any preschool. Stumped on where to start? Check out our article 10 Questions To Ask During a Preschool Tour. To see more preschools in your area, visit our preschool directory, and find more great articles about choosing a preschool in our guide.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Water Festival, Christmas in July, Smith's Birthday Party July 23-24

As we near the end of July, there is one thing we can all be sure about... it's hot, hot, hot! Many Philly families are looking for ways to cool off with a vacation north, a trip down the shore, or something closer to home. Thankfully, this weekend provides many distractions from the hazy, humid days in the Delaware Valley.

Visit Tyler Arboretum for its Wacky Water Festival to learn about animals who live in the water. Celebrate Christmas in July with a frosty snowstorm provided by the Chalfont Fire Company or visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Storybook Land. Sing happy birthday to Smith Playground as it marks its 117th year. Take a boat ride along the Schuylkill River. Get creative and escape the heat with some indoor fun by building the action figure Thor at a Lowe's near you. Complete the weekend with an outdoor movie under the stars. 

Keep reading for our top weekend picks. Stay cool!

It's Date Night! Drop-Off Daycares and Play Spaces with Date Night Specials

You have been rocking it as a parent lately. Checking off all the top things to do with your little ones since they started summer break, hitting up the best spray grounds and splash pads, seeing the latest movies, and taking day trips to the beach. You've even managed to make fun nights out a little more adult friendly. But now it's time for a little break and a good old-fashioned date night. Fortunately, even in the summer, there are plenty of options for a parent's night out that won't break the bank! This roundup will give you a Friday night to enjoy with your sweetie while your kids have a great time and make new friends. 

12 Books to Help Talk About Race and Activism with Your Kids

By Gwen Glazer, a librarian in the Readers Services unit of the New York Public Library.

From simple stories for toddlers about recognizing and accepting our differences to young-adult novels about fighting racism, this reading list offers a few selections for children of all ages to read and talk about with their parents. These aren’t historical books about the Civil Rights movement and school integration, although many excellent book lists include those topics. Instead we've rounded up a dozen books to address social justice and race, with a focus on African-Americans. We hope these titles pave the way for open conversation and empowering us to change our own communities.

The NYPL recently issued its Summer Reading Challenge and Contest, urging kids to read 20 minutes a day, along with an Anti-Summer Slide Guide in partnership with Mommy Poppins to keep kids engaged during the school break. We think these books would make great additions to your summer book bag.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Performances, Pajamas, Playdates July 18-22

Have you ever noticed that summertime weekends fly by, but weekdays seem to drag on? Make the most of the weekdays with a little help from Mommy Poppins Philadelphia. Intermingle fun with work and household chores by participating in some of the intriguing and educational activities found in our Events Calendar.

This week, families can attend local theater productions such as Dennis Flyer Theater's Seussical Jr. or Avon Grove Community Theater's Grease. Gather some friends together for a playdate at Bucktoe Creek Preserve or Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Or, bring your favorite stuffed toy and put on your comfiest pajamas to listen to a story at Brandywine River Museum.

If you are still looking for more ideas, continue reading below for our top weekday picks. Check out our July GoList and search our Events Calendar for even more suggestions.

Dinosaurs Unearthed: A New Adventure at the Academy of Natural Sciences

If there's one thing we love in my family, it's dinosaurs! If you're anything like us, the idea of life-size animatronic dinosaurs, probably sounds pretty amazing. Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences features more than a dozen of these massive creatures, and you can see them before you've even walked through the door. Running through January 16, 2017, this exhibit is perfect for the dino lovers in your family.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, History, Trains July 16-17

During this July weekend, Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley are bursting with family-friendly festivals, outdoor concerts, and educational experiences. Peddler's Village celebrates delicate, sweet blueberries to the twang of a fiddle during its Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival. Newlin Grist Mill rocks at its outdoor music festival fundraiser. Eastern State Penitentiary hosts Bastille Day, an event full of food, music, and comical, historic entertainment, while Fort Mifflin helps visitors step back to Civil War times with weapons demos and open hearth cooking all weekend long.

If you've got a train lover in the family, you are in luck this weekend. Ride the rails for a summertime picnic at West Chester Railroad, visit with Santa Claus (yes, even Santa needs a little summer vacay) as he boards at Greenbank Station, or see Thomas & Friends at Morris Arboretum.

Continue reading below to view our top picks, but don't forget to check out all the fun on our Events Calendar. To narrow down your options, click on the respective county, ages, or tags. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend!

Stone Harbor Beach with Kids: What you Need to Know Before you Go

If your children love playing in the warm sand and cool waves, take the drive to Stone Harbor, one of the most beautiful and family friendly beaches on the Jersey Shore. Located in Cape May County, Stone Harbor has many wonderful qualities, but what some people like most about it is what it isn’t. It isn’t a beach town dominated by a boardwalk with loud music and flashy rides; it isn’t casinos and all-you-can-eat buffets. This South Jersey shore is a quiet town where nature takes center stage. Grab the kids and the beach umbrella and take a great family trip down the shore.

Visiting Philly: A Tourist Guide of Must-Do Things for First Time Visitors

Philadelphia is walk-able, easy to navigate, filled with kid-friendly attractions and museums, gardens and parks, restaurants and activities. It's full of rich history, and is the perfect destination for families. Whether you're planning a day trip or a long weekend (even a whole week) there's plenty to entertain and inspire the whole family. With so many awesome places to see, adventures to take, and things to eat, planning a trip to Philly can be overwhelming, so here's a few tips and ideas to get you started.

While you're in town, be sure to check out our event calendar to see a listing of all the special events happening.

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