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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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Water Safety Musts for Kids at the Beach, Pool and Lake

It’s a basic law of summer that a dip in a cool pool, or a splash in the ocean, makes everything right in the world. With many families gearing up for ocean and pool trips, or lake vacations, we talked to swim instructors and water safety experts around the country to gather the most important tips for keeping water-loving kids safe this summer. 

Celebrate National Trails Day on June 4

It's almost summer, which means it is time to celebrate some of the coolest spots in town - the amazing network of trails and paths that the greater Philadelphia area has to offer. With National Trails Day coming up on June 4, you can mark you calendar for a great way to catch some shade (and also note some amazing trails or parks you may not have already known about). National Trails Day events highlight the importance of the outdoors, healthy activity and supporting your local resources. Whether you are an avid hiker, or just looking for an opportunity to share some nature loving with your kids, National Trails Day has tons of events that you can access, no matter where you live in the region. Here is our roundup of some of the best. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parades, Music, Strawberries May 30-June 3

Despite the short work/school week ahead, there is no shortage of educational experiences this week. To start, teach young ones about Memorial Day at the Independence Seaport Museum's Memorial Day ceremony. Then, head to the National Constitution Center's Free Admission Day to share the story of how our country became free and the reasons why we honor those who have fought for our nation.

Once Memorial Day ceremonies and parades are through, explore outdoor fun such as carnival rides at St. Paul's Church or live music in Downtown West Chester. For further excitement, plan an overnight adventure at The Philadelphia Zoo or Penn Museum, or, relax with baby while checking out a movie at Bryn Mawr Institute or PFS Roxy Theater.

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10 Things To Do with Toddlers at the Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore is the quintessential summer getaway for Philly residents- especially families. It's not too far, it's got great beaches and fun amusements for the kids. But you may be wondering what to do with your younger kids on your family vacation. Toddlers can be tricky to entertain, but the Jersey Shore has plenty. We've rounded up some great activities that little tykes will love. Whether you're visiting for a weekend, or you're there for a whole week, you'll find plenty of kid-friendly fun on this list.

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