25 Things To Do with Kids in Tallahassee, Florida

Forget what you know about Florida. As I learned on a recent visit to Tallahassee, the Sunshine State's capital is the other side of Florida and I don't mean just geographically. Twenty miles south of the Georgia border, this isn't where families go to hit the sand and surf or to visit one of the state's famous town-sized amusement parks. Instead, Tallahassee is a vibrant college-city packed with outdoor adventures, nature and wildlife, art and culture and great eats.

Tallahassee is a perfect weekend getaway (or mid-point break on a trip to Orlando, Tampa or Miami) with something for everyone: Spanish colonial and American Civil War history can be found at every turn, kayaking, hiking, fishing and cycling beckon the outdoor enthusiasts, and critters like alligators and manatee can be spotted in their natural habitats. Plus, there are a couple of cool things you can only see in "Tally" such as the spot where Hollywood filmed the 1950s sci-fi flick Creature from the Black Lagoon and a graveyard full of early generation, rusting Ford trucks.

Read on to find out what else there is to do on a Tallahassee family vacation. 

Surviving Mother's Day as a Single Mom—8 Ways To Have the Day We Deserve

Mother's Day seems like such a great idea, but for single moms it rarely delivers. Who's going to bring us breakfast in bed—a toddler?

There are many paths to single motherhood, and I think among my friends we cover them all. Whether we were surprised by motherhood, by divorce, or just by everything that came after the sperm bank, one thing we all share is that Mother’s Day is not all it's cracked up to be. That’s not because we don’t love being mothers—being Mom is the part we love best. And the concept of celebrating motherhood is a fine thing. But being responsible for teaching someone else—someone small and self-centered—to make a fuss over us? That feels like more trouble than it's worth. Or, to put it as concisely as one of my friends does, “Kids ruin Mother’s Day.”

Of course we're joking. Kind of. How could kids ruin a day all about our joy in having them? Maybe it's because Hallmark builds this thing up as big as Valentine's Day and makes us think that someone is supposed to shower us with champagne breakfasts and roses. In a two-parent home, the responsibility for living up to that fantasy at least falls on an adult. Of course, friends readily tell me how often the adult can fall short (I don't think the Mother's Day deep fat fryer episode ended my one friend's marriage, but it clearly didn't help). Enough dads do seem to get it right, though, to leave a single mom feeling like she's alone in a world of mimosa drinkers come Sunday morn.

Love Your Park Returns to Philadelphia this Month

One of the things that makes living in Philadelphia unique is the dedication to green and clean spaces. This month, from May 7-14 Philadelphia celebrates the annual Love Your Park week. Whether you live near a tiny parklet, or near some of the cities major park attractions, families can get involved with making their space a little nicer, giving back to their community and sharing in a family-friendly event that teaches about the environment, and neighborhood impact. In addition to clean-ups, this city-wide event features family-friendly festivals and guided nature hikes to add an extra dose of fun to your service day!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parks, Gardens, Cinco de Mayo May 2-6

Philly families have plenty of activities to keep their children entertained in the week ahead. Amid baseball games, piano lessons and scouts, carve out some time to take advantage of the fun that can be found in our Events Calendar.

Take a ride on some amusements at Upper Makefield Fire Company's carnival, meet the chickens at Peter Wentz Farmstead, celebrate Cinco de Mayo at El Rey's Street Festival or explore one of our local gardens such as Shofuso Japanese House and Gardens, Longwood Gardens or Mt. Cuba Center to celebrate National Public Garden Day. With so many choices, it is challenging to decide. Read on to see our top picks for the week. Enjoy!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals and Springtime Holidays Apr 30-May 1

Please be sure to check directly with venues holding outdoor activities this weekend as the predicted rain could alter planned events.

April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes. However, May also brings a variety of celebrations and festivals to the Philadelphia area. This weekend you can enjoy Brick Fest LiveCinco de May Festival and Wyebrook Farm Music Festival, which are all full of family fun.

In addition to festivals, children and adults alike can enjoy the outdoors this weekend with some Earth Day activities. In fact, both Rolling Hill Park and Narberth Park host events this Saturday. Celebrate the month of May at Everhart Park's May Day event or acknowledge Arbor Day by planting a tree at Pennypacker Mills.

Find more options by browsing through our entire Event Calendar. Narrow down your search by location, age and type. Read below for our top picks for the weekend ahead.

Discover the Magic of Pixar at The Franklin Institute

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes of your favorite animated films? Now's your chance to find out at the Franklin Institute's The Science Behind Pixar exhibit. See how Finding NemoToy StoryA Bug's LifeMonster's Inc. and more were created. From concept, to design, creation and the finished product this exhibit offers insight on even the most minute details of the process.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Science, Movies, Trees Apr 25-29

Political calls, lawn signs, billboards and flyers. It is difficult to escape the fact that Tuesday is Election Day for Pennsylvanians. It also is a day off from school for many Philly children. Why not plan out the week's activities with a little help from our Events Calendar.

Consider spending an afternoon with the kids at one of the local libraries featuring Philadelphia Science Festival fun. Learn about Colonial Sheep Shearing at Thompson-Neely House and Farmstead. Take in a matinee or be inspired by some talented kid filmmakers. If your children have Election Day off, sign up for a day-long camp at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or Darlington Arts Center.

Be sure to consult our 25 Things We Are Excited To Do With Philly Kids this Spring guide as well as our April Go List so as not to miss out on any springtime fun. Friday is also Arbor Day, so be sure to check out some outdoor activities. Enjoy this last full week of April. And, don't forget to vote!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Earth, Culture, Science Apr 23-24

There is so much to do in Philadelphia this weekend. From Earth Day celebrations to cultural events to the Philadelphia Science Festival, the Delaware Valley is buzzing with excitement. Narrowing down what to do first can be a challenge. Thankfully, Mommy Poppins Philly has rounded up our top picks for the weekend.

Families wanting to take care of Mother Earth can participate in nature clean-up events at Newlin Grist Mill or Green Lane Park. Learn about different cultures at Franklin Square's Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, Penn Museum's Turkish Delights or American Swedish Historical Museum's Viking Day. Or, take part in one of the many activities associated with the Philadelphia Science Festival. Families can participate in Discovery Days, Science Playdates, Explorer Sunday, Kitchen Science and Medicine Sessions throughout the area.

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A Parent's Review: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Any play that ends with a giant cow patty toppling two of the actors is sure to get some laughs from a certain set. Apparently, my husband and I are that set because, although my daughters giggled, we were the ones with the belly laughs throughout the hour-long, no intermission show. If you're looking for a unique experience for your kids and going to the movies isn't your thing, Arden's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is the perfect alternative. To see when this show is running, or find other events in your area, be sure to check out our events calendar.


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