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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: History, Fairy Tales, Sharks Apr 4-8

There is a lot of excitement in store for Philly families this first full week of April. Arden Theatre opens its performance of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales while Adventure Aquarium reveals its Shark Bridge at its Grand Opening. The Academy of Music presents Peppa Pig Live in the show's first ever U.S. theatrical tour.There's still plenty to do if you are looking for a shorter excursion in between errands and household chores. Consider making a craft, listening to stories or trying out a music class. But, for many, the most exciting thing happening this week is the NCAA Championship game on Monday night featuring Philadelphia's own Villanova Wildcats!

Stay up-to-date with the latest fun by following Mommy Poppins Philly on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, and liking us on Facebook. No matter how you spend your week, make it a great one!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Fishing, Performing Arts Apr 2-3

Now that most of the Easter candy is gone and kids are coming down off their sugar high, Philly families can get ready for the first weekend in April. If your family wants to enjoy the outdoors, see how the fish are biting this season at Media's Linvilla Orchards, Glen Mill's Newlin Grist Mill or Philly's Bartam Gardens. Visit Great Valley Nature Center for its Spring Meet and Greet, take a hike through Nottingham County Park, or head to Valley Forge National Historic Park for an outdoor history lesson.

After spending time in nature, check out one of the many kid-friendly performances this weekend. Hedgerow Theatre is producing Snow White while Walnut Street Theatre presents Freckleface Strawberry the Musical. Listen to a concert at the Kimmel Center, watch jugglers perform their tricks at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, or jam with a variety of Kindie bands at World Cafe Live.

Read on to see the rest of our top picks for the weekend. And, don't forget to check out our recently updated list of consignment sales for all your shopping needs. Have a fantastic weekend!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Spring Fun, Stories, Nature Mar 28-Apr 1

If your kiddos are off from school this week, our Event Calendar is ready with activities to help make it lots of fun. Now that it seems spring has sprung, little ones (and grown-ups, too) may be itching to get outside. This week provides many opportunities such as Linvilla Orchards' Story Time and Craft, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Seedlings, or Tyler Arboretum's Teeny Tiny Trackers. Other activities include free demo classes at The Creative Living Room and a celebration of presidents at the National Constitution Center. The week ends with April Fool's Day so be sure to check out our latest post with ideas on how to trick your kids this year.

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Outdoor Adventure Birthday Parties for Extra Energetic Philly Kids

The weather is finally starting to warm up, and it’s time to kick the winter blues to the curb and start planning those spring and summer birthday parties. Party planning can be a hassle, but there are so many options in the area for great outdoor fun. A fine weather birthday is the perfect excuse to do something exciting and new outside. We’ve rounded up some really fun (and easy) spots to host a birthday party for active kids who love the outdoors.

7 Old-School April Fools' Jokes This Dad Plays on His Kids

April Fools' Day is a great holiday for parents. When I was in high school and college, I often egged on my friends to pull pranks. Now, as a dad of three boys, one my great joys is being able to gag my own kids. 

With that in mind, I reached back into my memories for the following list of old-school April Fools' jokes that buddies or family members played on me at one time or another. These high jinx, with a little prep work, can turn into funny moments.

Chester County Parks Philly Residents Must Visit

Kids love playing outside, and if you live in the city, you probably don't have a ton of outdoor space. Visiting a park or a playground is a great way to get kids outside to run around and play. Of course the city still has plenty of awesome parks, splash pads, and outdoor activities for families, but these Chester County playgrounds are definitely unique. These parks are filled with nature trails, playgrounds, fields to run around on and some even offer pools and lakes for swimming in the summer months! These playgrounds are worth the trip from wherever you live, so hop in the car and get ready for a day of adventure.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Bunnies, Presidents Mar 21-25

For some Philly families, Spring Break begins this week; for others, respite arrives next week. Whether break is now or in seven days, families can always turn to our Events Calendar which is packed to the brim with educational and seasonal experiences throughout the Delaware Valley.

Consider heading to one of Philly's local attractions, including The Academy of Natural Science, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Constitution Center, or Adventure Aquarium. Some local museums are even featuring special Spring Break activities this week. If you're feeling more adventurous, take advantage of the days off from school and take a road trip south to Washington D.C. to explore a few of the Smithsonian Museums along the National Mall.

Be sure to browse through our entire calendar as well as our Egg Hunt, Easter Fun at the Farm & Nature Centers and Easter Train Rides posts to enjoy some springtime events. No matter how you spend the week ahead, we hope you have lots of fun! 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Springtime Fun, Shows, Outdoors Mar 19-20

It's official! Spring begins on Sunday. Enjoy welcoming the new season by participating in some of the fantastic activities throughout the Delaware Valley that can be found in our Events Calendar.

To start, Philly families can search for eggs, take a hike, sit by a campfire, or dig for artifacts. Other ways to prepare for spring include dyeing Easter eggs, making springtime crafts, or building a birdhouse. If there are scouts in your family, help them finish some badge requirements with a visit to Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or the National Constitution Center. Complete the weekend with a show such as The Sound of Music or the Galway Girls.

Browse through the rest of our top picks for the weekend. Be sure to check out our March GoList as well as our Kids' Consignment Sales post which is constantly updated to include the latest sales information. Happy Spring!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Irish, Easter Mar 14-18

It typically takes my kids (and me) a full week to recover from losing an hour. Coffee anyone? Thankfully, this week's Event Calendar offers a host of activities for Philly parents and caregivers to keep little ones busy and on schedule while adjusting to that missing 60 minutes.

Whether you are Irish or not, everyone seems to enjoy celebrating St. Patrick's Day. During this mid-March holiday, little ones can search for shamrocks, watch Irish dancers, explore nature for signs of green, or visit The Irish Memorial. In addition to St. Patrick's Day fun, Easter activities have begun in full force. This week, Upper Dublin Township's Annual Storybook Eggstravanganza and Greater Plymouth Community Center's Easter Eggstravanganza are set to delight children in search of Easter eggs. Be sure to book your tickets for an Easter Train ride or Easter bunny breakfast too.

Read on for our top picks for the week. Browse through the entire Events Calendar and narrow your search by age and location. So, grab an extra cup of coffee to start your week off right. In light of the holiday, I might even consider making my cup of coffee an Irish one. Slainte!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Parades, Leprechauns, Hunts Mar 12-13

When St. Patrick's Day and Easter fall within the same month, there is no doubt a lot of fun in store for Philly families. To start off your weekend, celebrate St. Patrick's Day at a parade in Philly, Levittown, Springfield, or Conshohocken, Afterwards, try to find leprechauns at The Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt.

If you are ready for Easter activities, spend time with the Easter Bunny at breakfast, on a train, or at the farm. Get a jumpstart by planning which egg hunt to attend by browsing through our extensive list of local Egg Hunts. Truly, there is no excuse for being bored this weekend, and with Daylight Savings Time upon us, there is no time to waste!

Read below for our top picks for the weekend ahead. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter and like us on Facebook for information on the latest activities and events. However you chose to spend your weekend, Mommy Poppins Philly hopes you have fun.

PS: Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead as we spring forward this weekend!

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