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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Dinosaurs, Harry Potter, Museums June 20-24

Summer camp, road trips, and water play are all ways Philly kids can look forward to spending the lazy, hazy days of summer. In addition to these traditional opportunities, children can experience some unique events this week as our Events Calendar is overflowing with fun.

Take a day trip to Reading Public Museum for an afternoon of dinosaur fun or Strasburg Railroad to visit Thomas the Tank Engine and his best pal, Percy. Explore the creek for wildlife at Norristown Farm Park or offer some community service at Riverbend Environmental Education Center. For a truly spectacular sight, admire local landmarks such as Glencairn Museum as they shine in beauty at night. And, for a truly spectacular sound, listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra as they pay homage to Harry Potter.

Continue reading for our top weekday picks, but be sure to browse through the entire calendar and June GoList as well. Enjoy the week ahead.

Top 30 Things to Do in the Adirondacks with Kids

The Adirondacks region is one of the most idyllic family vacation spots around. The enormous, pristine natural setting features numerous lakes and quaint towns sprinkled across gorgeous mountains. Visitors find the best of outdoor adventures as well as family fun attractions. My family stayed in Schroon Lake, a cute lake town that's a little more laid-back than nearby Lake George and centrally located to explore the region. We visited all the family-friendly attractions to pick the best things to recommend.

Of course, you could spend all your time hiking, boating, and enjoying whatever outdoor activities your family likes. There are tons of outfitters that will help you do those things so I only made a few recommendations for those types of activities. The below list is the best of the best for other family fun attractions in the Adirondacks. We really enjoyed Fort Ticonderoga, the Wild Center, and the Adirondack Museum, but if I had to pick just one must-do it would definitely be Ausable Chasm. The gorge is just phenomenally beautiful, and we really enjoyed walking and boating through it.

Find more family vacation ideas in our Adirondacks, Catskills & Hudson Valley Family Travel Guide.

Finding Dory: How Does It Measure up to Finding Nemo?

You certainly can't accuse Disney•Pixar of rushing things. The sequel to the 2003 animated classic Finding Nemo was 13 years in the making, so evidently the studio was more interested in getting it right than in making a quick buck. That philosophy shows in every aspect of this movie, from its breathtaking underwater visuals to its cute, quirky characters to its moving story, which flips the Nemo plot and has Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) searching for her long-lost parents. Although the heroine suffers from short-term memory loss, anyone who saw Finding Nemo will find the proceedings very familiar. The result is immensely enjoyable for both children and adults, with heartfelt messages about family, self-reliance, and perseverance.

But before you start pushing your stroller to the nearest cineplex, be warned: the PG-rated Finding Dory is a bit darker than its G-rated predecessor (notwithstanding the latter's Bambi-esque death of the mom sequence). Dory and her pals are frequently lost and stuck in scary situations. Can your preschoolers handle it, and—if you have older kids—is it worth splurging on IMAX 3D? No need to go on a fishing expedition: we've got watertight answers.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Concerts, Flag Day, Fireflies June 13-17

For some, another school year is history. For others, school days are numbered. No matter what the case for your family, enjoy the week ahead with some great activities which can be found on our Events Calendar.

Dance and sing along with the band at Philadelphia Zoo's Rock 'N' Roar Children's Concert or Smith Memorial Playground's Kidchella. Learn about the history of Flag Day, take advantage of deeply discounted admission to the Delaware Children's Museum, or listen to stories at Newlin Grist Mill.  End the night by catching fireflies at Peace Valley Nature Center or Green Lane Park.

However you spend your week, make it a great one!

Rainforest Adventure Awaits at Ecotourist Gem in Honduras

Imagine eating breakfast while toucans soar from tree to tree just feet from your perch. By day, you hike the same trails that cougars roam at night. And your evening activity is prowling the resort paths spotting kinkajous, tree frogs, and spiders as big as your fist. This is not a canned jungle-themed ecotourism resort experience; this is the jungle. And you are in it.

Off the radar for many, Honduras offers 300,000 acres of protected rain and cloud forests and beautiful Caribbean waters with one of the last unspoiled coral reefs. The Lodge and Spa at Pico Bonito, named for the national park it sits in, is one of the independent properties trying to draw more ecotourism to help ensure that the amazing natural resources, and the stunning array of wildlife that live in them, persevere.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Flag Fest, History, Nature June 11-12

Living in and around Philly, families are lucky to have so much history surrounding us. One annual tradition that young and old can enjoy is Flag Fest, a week-long celebration of our Grand Ol' Flag. As part of the fun, families can enjoy the Stars & Stripes Festival which features jugglers, magic shows, and circus acts. In addition to flag fun, consider stepping back in time with a visit to Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion for its Old-Fashioned Picnic or Pottsgrove Manor for its Living History Sunday.

On the other hand, if your family wants to explore nature, dig in the dirt at Linvilla Orchards, learn about insects at Newlin Grist Mill, or discover the importance of our oceans at Brandywine Zoo.

Plan out the rest of your family's fun by viewing our June GoList and browsing through our entire Events Calendar. Now, continue reading for our top picks for the weekend ahead.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Education, Baseball, Movies June 6-10

It is hard to believe the school year is quickly coming to an end. As preschoolers celebrate their graduations and middle school students hold their move up ceremonies, reality sinks into the minds of Philly parents. "With more free time, how will I keep the kiddos entertained?" The answer is quite clear, by checking our Event Calendar, of course! It is exploding with plenty of fun for everyone.

Engage kids in learning at Bartram's Garden, Marshall Steam Museum, or American Swedish Historical Museum. Take a drop-in music class, listen to stories at the zoo, or explore nature. Afterwards, visit the ballpark or relax at an outdoor movie.

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Summer Travel Deals for Families: Disney, Hamptons, Legoland

The school year is coming to an end, and prime summer vacation season is about to get under way. If you still haven’t planned your escape, no problem. We have you covered. We’ve found bona fide deals at classic East Coast summer resorts like Mohonk in Hudson Valley and Woodloch in the Poconos, plus savings at Disney, in the Caribbean, Southern California and a low-key Hamptons spot. The catch? Some of these deals are good for travel just for June. So get booking!

Read on for 11 money-saving deals on family travel going on now at some of our favorite family resorts and destinations. 

Philly Summer Camps with Availability — Yes, Even Now!

How stressful is the end of the school year? Let me count the ways. Oh sure, there's the silver lining coming of not having to drive to school or argue about homework for 10 blissful weeks; but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of, "What are we going to do today?"—particularly if you already know that what YOU need to do doesn't involve sprinklers or beaches. We know we should have figured out summer camp by now, really we do. We have a stack of flyers for neat-o programs that are probably filled up already with kids whose parents got on this weeks ago.

Summer vacation may be staring you in the face, but there's no need to panic; all of the camps listed below still have availability as of this publish date. Some of the programs even allow families to book by the day, for ultimate spontaneity. After all, you have to leave some time to bum around doing the fun things in our Summer Guide.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Strawberries, History, Festivals June 4-5

Can you believe it is June already? It seems like Philadelphia went from cold and rainy to summertime temperatures overnight! With warmer weather settling in, consider spending your weekend at one of the fantastic opportunities throughout the Delaware Valley.

If you like strawberries, you are in luck. Brandywine Strawberry Festival, Shady Brook Farm, Linvilla Orchards and Plymouth Meeting Friends School are all hosting strawberry festivals this weekend. Is your family interested in history? If so, step back in time with a visit to Elfreth's Alley or Pennypacker Mills. On the other hand, perhaps your family is looking for musical entertainment. If that is the case, explore a street festival in West Chester or a block party in Philadelphia. For nature types, visit a local park to celebrate National Trails Day. But, be sure to keep tabs on the weather as some clouds appear in the forecast.

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