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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.

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.

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