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.

Philly Skateboard Parks That Young Skaters Will Love

There's no doubt about it; the city offers plenty of events and activities to keep kids entertained and busy over the summer. If you've got a skater in the house, here's a roundup of the area's most kid-friendly parks where they can go this summer to shred, cruise around, and watch experts go to town. Park regulars agree that morning is the best time of day to bring young or novice skaters, as it's less crowded. Weekdays are better than weekends, of course. And, if the park does get too packed, no worries--watching the older, more seasoned skaters do their thing is really fun, too.  

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Movies, Hoagies, Museums June 27-July 1

Back to school supplies have been spotted at local shopping centers. Uniform catalogs are being found in the mail. Seriously? Please, no... it seems like summer vacation has just started, and now this? Stay in the moment and enjoy this time of year with some help from our Events Calendar.

This week, Wawa is celebrating the USA with a variety of activities. From movies, to museums, to Go 4th activities, Philly families can enjoy all the festival has to offer. Once you have partied for America, take in a music class with Music Monkey Jungle, visit Central Park in Doylestown to hear a British Invasion Tribute, or make crafts at your local Michael's.

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25 Things To Do with Kids in Palm Beach County, Florida

You might think of Palm Beach as a preppy playground for America’s elite. In truth, Florida’s largest county offers families an array of activities at a variety of price points.

If you want to explore nature on land or at sea, the 38 diverse cities and towns within Palm Beach County are loaded with eco-options. Of course, most people come here to frolic in the 47 miles of Atlantic surf, so slather on the sunscreen and schedule plenty of unstructured time to build sand castles and jump waves.

If you’re seeking a value vacation, you can score big summertime bargains. As the heat and humidity rise, resorts slash their room rates until just before Thanksgiving. Flights to Palm Beach International Airport take about two hours from New York or Philadelphia, with the journey from Boston adding on a few extra minutes. Book a nonstop flight and you can be here in less time than it takes to drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons on a Friday night.

5 Great Mini Golf Courses in and Around Philly

Miniature golf is one of those summertime activities that entertains the whole family. A putter, a brightly colored ball, and the possibility that your three year old will get a hole-in-one, and everyone is bound to have some fun. Although there aren't as many mini golf courses around here as at the shore, there are a few great spots to grab a putter and try your skills. Try one of these to add mini golf to the summertime mix of splash pads and spray grounds, pop up gardens and parks, and free outdoor movies and concerts

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Fishing, Fireflies June 25-26

Philly families can definitely tell it is the first official full weekend of summer 2016. Just take a look at this weekend's event calendar. Nothing screams summer more than the activities that appear in our jam-packed listing!

Start your weekend off by casting a line to see how the fish are biting, cool off with some tasty ice cream, take a hot air balloon ride over Southern Chester County, watch an old time baseball game, or pack up the sleeping bag for a family campout. Complete your picture-perfect summer weekend by catching fireflies.

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