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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.

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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.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Peaches, Music, Bugs August 8-9

As the weeks of August begin to slip away, reality sets in that there isn't much time left to complete those Summer Bucket Lists. Whether it is visiting a farm for a Pick Your Own event or listening to an outdoor musical performance, Philly families can turn to our Events Calendar and its line-up of fun to help complete every last activity on the checklist.

Peaches are in season and no matter where you live in the Delaware Valley, there is an orchard celebrating this sweet summer fruit. After picking peaches and eating peach cobbler or peach pie, find a spot to listen to some summertime music. There are concerts, picnics and festivals that all feature live musical entertainment this weekend. And, if that isn't enough, the Academy of Natural Sciences hosts Bug Fest and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed features its Butterfly Festival.

Keep up with the latest Philly fun by following us on Twitter and Pinterest, liking us on Facebook and signing up for our weekly newsletter which is delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning. Have a great weekend!

Best Amusement Parks for Preschoolers around Philadelphia

It's hard to imagine a more thrilling summer day for a preschooler than riding bumper cars, spinning teacups and a miniature locomotive. Fortunately, there are many amusement parks within a day's drive from Philadelphia that offer fun for the younger set. While some on our list are super-sized theme parks with sectioned areas for little kids, others are designed especially with preschoolers in mind.

Also see our Summer Fun Guide for more great activities with the little ones.

Enjoy a Fall Weekend Getaway of Family Fun at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

We have been telling you about lots of fun farm trips to take this harvest season, most in the tri-state area that are a short drive, train trip or subway ride away. We recently visited Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, which could be considered the pinnacle of family-friendly farms. Located in the heart of Amish Country, it's just a little too far away for a day trip, but a perfect destination for some family farm fun on Columbus Day weekend (or any other weekend, for that matter.) Read on for our highlights of the farm and find out what else to do in the area.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Arts, Nature, Festivals August 1-2

As July winds down and August is almost upon us, Philly families are gearing up to enjoy the last month of Summer 2015. Thankfully, this weekend does not disappoint as there are a variety of options to keep everyone happy.

Celebrate summer at Penn's Landing's ACANA Festival, Pennypacker Mills' Good Ole Summertime event or Rose Tree's Summer Festival Concert. Embrace the arts at Brandywine River Museum's PNC Arts Alive Family Program or the Philadelphia Museum of Art's The Great Outdoors Festival. Search for butterflies at Norristown Farm Park, eat with the animals at the Brandywine Zoo or explore the walking trails at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Check out the rest of our top picks for the weekend below. For even more fun, be sure to view our Events Calendar. With just four weeks left, get out there and embrace all that summer has to offer.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Mess Fest, Educational Fun July 25-26

Are you the "mean mom" or the "unfair dad" who makes your kid practice math flashcards and keep a reading log over the summer? There certainly is no harm in learning during these hot, hazy and humid summer months. (It's actually good for them.) But, why not try out an activity that will keep kids learning without them even realizing it? Mommy Poppins' Events Calendar is overflowing with activities that allow kids the fun they want while providing the educational component that parents seek.

Spend the weekend at the Franklin Institute's Mess Fest where science experiences get sloppy. Learn about the history of planes during war times at Fort Mifflin's Airplane Day. Discover the world of fine arts at the Kimmel Center's PNC Grow Up Great or Organ Demonstration. Or, explore being a sustainable design engineer at the Delaware Children's Museum's Junior Engineer workshop.

Continue reading for the top picks for the weekend ahead. Be sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and like us on Pinterest and Facebook and follow us on Twitter. No matter what you do this weekend, we hope you and your kids will learn something new!

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