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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Halloween, Day of the Dead, Treats, No Tricks, October 31-November 1

Throughout Philadelphia, you can feel the excitement. At long last, Halloween weekend is here! Kids anxiously await their door-to-door journey to gather treats, while parents secretly hope the children return with their favorite candy. But, the best news of all is the extra hour we get from Daylight Savings Time. Make the most of that extra 60 minutes with fun found on our Events Calendar.

Explore Mütter Museum, Penn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Lancaster Museum of Art as they each celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Watch a show such as The Media Theater's A Tale of Beauty and The Beast or Hedgerow Theatre's Storytime! King Arthur. Or, take the family to see Adventure Aquarium's Weeki Wachee Mermaids do their underwater acrobatics.

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parades, Trick or Treat October 26-30

Beginning this week, Mommy Poppins Philly provides Philadelphia families with a weekly round up of our top Weekday Picks, to keep the fun at your fingertips in between our weekend event picks. And, with less than seven days before the most exciting night of fall, Halloween, there are many options. Leading up to the big day, kids can participate in activities such as costume parades and trick-or-treat opportunities. Below are our top picks by day, but be sure to check out the Events Calendar for each day's complete listing.

Looking for fun photos at local, kid-friendly places? Check out our new Instagram page and follow us @mommypoppinsPHL! Plus, tag us @mommypoppinsPHL in any of your Instagram photos of adorable kids' Halloween costumes!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Zoo Boo, Pumpkin Carve, Goblins October 24-25

With Halloween almost upon us, Philadelphia families must prepare...buying candy for trick-or-treaters, making costumes (or digging through the dress-ups to convince the kids they want to be a princess or a firefighter again, right?) and decorating the doorstep with mums, pumpkins and cornstalks. Once the fall preparations are complete, turn to our Events Calendar to celebrate the season with the family.

Check out The Philadelphia Zoo or The Brandywine Zoo for their Boo at The Zoo events. Marvel at the skill of local artists as they carve pumpkins for The Great Pumpkin Carve in Chadds Ford or try your hand at carving a Shunken Head at Peace Valley Nature Center. Or, see a kids concert at World Cafe Live Philadelphia or Wilmington.

Keep up with the latest Halloween fun by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Continue reading below to find all of our top picks for the weekend.

Children's Music Review: Jason Didner and The Jungle Gym Jam

It is commonly thought that exposing children to music at an early age helps to kick-start their learning. If nothing else, it gives them an opportunity to have a rich sensory experience through rhythm and movement. Whether little ones prefer attending live music shows or taking classes to learn how to make their very own beats, parents can't go wrong by encouraging them to tap their toes and sing their hearts out.

Interactive rock and roll "kindie" band Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam came to WXPN in Philadelphia on Saturday, October 10, 2015, and they certainly did offer up that amazing sensory experience! They often play shows in New Jersey and New York as well. Read more about what my family thought about the concert, learn about what makes the band tick, and see where they're playing next. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Shell Show, Harry Potter, Shiverfest October 17-18

The chill in the air, colorful piles of leaves and blooming chrysanthemums are all indications that October is here in Philadelphia. But the surest sign of the season is our Events Calendar as it is filled to the brim with fall fun. There are fall festivals, apple celebrations and pumpkin picking opportunities this weekend.

After making your apple pie and picking your pumpkins, consider a visit to the Academy of Natural Sciences for its Philadelphia Shell Show or head to Chestnut Hill College for its Harry Potter Festival & Quidditch Tournament. On the other hand, if you have completed your fall fun list already and want an escape, consider checking on one of the many consignment sales going on in the area.

Read below to find our weekend highlights and be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be delivered directly to your inbox every Thursday morning. Enjoy the weekend!

He Named Me Malala, Parent Movie Review: Is It OK for Kids?

He Named Me Malala opens this week, and some of our older kids are going to want to see it. Malala Yousafzai is kind of like this generation’s Anne Frank: an articulate, wise-beyond-her-years teenage girl who remains optimistic about our world’s prospects for peace despite her own encounter with unspeakable evil. Malala is a child, but her story is not necessarily for children. I wanted to check it out before taking my own kids.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Monster Trucks, Performances October 3-4

Due to the predicted rain, please check with venues directly for updated schedules for weekend events.

As the first weekend of October arrives, Philly families look forward to celebrating the season of autumn with apple picking, corn mazes and pumpkin decorating. This weekend certainly doesn't disappoint as our Events Calendar is filled with festivals, festivals and more festivals where families can find these fall activities.

In addition to traditional fall fun, embrace the outdoors by watching the birds at Tyler Arboretum or building a fairy home at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve. Or, get an up close view of trucks at Wells Fargo Center's Monster Jam or Winterthur's Truck and Tractor Day. Those looking for indoor activities can consider attending a children's theater production such as Hedgerow Theatre School's The Little Mermaid Jr. or Walnut Street Theatre's Shrek the Musical Jr.

Continue reading for the top picks for the weekend. Be sure to sign up to have our weekly newsletter sent directly to your inbox every Thursday morning. And, don't forget to check out our Halloween Activities Guide to plan out lots of seasonal fun.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Papal Visit, Smithsonian Museums September 26-27

We’ve been hearing about it for weeks, maybe months. The Pope is visiting Philadelphia! Whether you are venturing into the city for the Festival of Families, the Papal Mass or exploring the Religious Liberty exhibit at the National Constitution Center, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.

However, if you’d prefer to avoid Philly altogether, the suburbs have much to offer this weekend. Explore a Smithsonian Museum such as Glencairn Museum, National Toy Museum or Delaware Museum of Natural History as they celebrate Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live. Or, embrace nature at Linvilla Orchards' Apple Festival, Bucktoe Creek Perserve's Children I-Spy Birding event or Riverbend Environmental Education Center's Play is Natural children's program.

Below are our top weekend picks but be sure to browse through our events calendar to find additional ideas. Whether you spend your weekend in the city or out in the suburbs, enjoy!

Taking an International Flight With Your Toddler: 20 Things to Bring

A family vacation may sound idyllic, but once travel plans involve crossing oceans and international borders, bringing a two-year-old with you may make the hassles of travel feel even more daunting. What do you need to bring in your carry-on to make a ten or twenty hour flight with a toddler bearable?

We recently took our two-year-old to Kenya to spend some time with his grandparents who live on the Mombasa coast. In the course of three flights and twenty-seven hours in transit, we learned a lot about how to prepare for the next trip. While in-flight entertainment or kids shows streaming through the Wi-Fi will help pass the time, toddlers have a short attention span. We planned to switch activities every 20 minutes. Here are 20 things to keep a kid entertained, plus supplies to get through the literal and figurative turbulence.

Fun Family Day Trip to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm: A Parent's Review

For most people, spending a day at the farm evokes images of milking cows, harvesting corn, or shearing sheep. At Cherry Crest Adventure Farm in Lancaster County, the day involves food, laughter, games, a corn maze, and pig races, as well as an educational experience on a working farm. Plus, there’s even a good chance visitors can get a glimpse of a passing train from the Strasburg Railroad. Kids and grown-ups alike can find an unending amount of fun during the summer, spring, and fall seasons, making Cherry Crest Adventure Farm worth the drive for Philly area families. Find out why!

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