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Families Flip for Club Med Punta Cana Relaunch

Club Med invented the all-inclusive resort, so it’s no surprise that it offers some of the most popular family-friendly resort destinations in the Caribbean, as well as around the world. The all-inclusive resort has become so preferred by families, and the competition so fierce, that resorts keep upping the ante to make their experiences more and more enticing. That’s a big win for families, who get to enjoy the ever-increasing amenities of these resorts. Club Med is meeting the challenge with the relaunch of its all-inclusive family resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with cool activities from Creactive by Cirque du Soleil experiences and boutique-hotel styling. I was invited to check it out and was wowed by the new offerings. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, Baseball, Festivals May 14-15

After a long week of work, school, and extracurricular activities, there is no doubt that Philly families deserve some relaxation. Why not make the most of the weekend ahead by exploring the many options  found in our Events Calendar?

Search for creepy crawly critters at Tyler Arboretum, participate in an orienteering workshop at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or plant an herb garden at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park. If your family is looking for something unique, take a boat or kayak ride along the river at Bartram's Gardens or a train ride at Strasburg Railroad to watch an old-fashioned baseball game.

Then, celebrate spring at a local festival. This weekend, Chestnut Hill's Home & Garden Festival, Camden Children's Garden's Beautiful Butterflies, Birds & Cinco de Mayo Festival, Franklin Square's Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival or Schuylkill River Bank Park's Art in the Open's Family Day are all in full swing.

Continue reading for our top picks for the weekend ahead. Make it a great one!

8 Tips for Teaching Your Child to Ride a Bike Without Training Wheels

Learning how to ride a bike without training wheels is a major milestone in a child’s life, and while all kids develop at their own pace, the average age to master this skill is somewhere between five and seven years old. That’s good news for my seven year-old son, who wants to go from four wheels to two sometime this summer. I must admit, though, that we’re both a little nervous about the process. He’s worried about falling and getting hurt, while I’m stressed trying to figure out the best way to teach him. And I’m happy to find I’m not the only one: A poll conducted by Schwinn found that 55 percent of parents are nervous about teaching their kids how to ride, and 36 percent wish someone else would do it for them!

But before I source this parenting chore out, I decided to ask some pros for their best advice on the subject and discovered these eight tips for teaching my son how to ride without either of us having a meltdown.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Stories, Superheroes, Secret Garden May 9-13

Springtime lends itself to many exciting opportunities such as going to the park, visiting the zoo or exploring a local garden. However, when spring showers enter the forecast, be ready to entertain the kids with some indoor options. This week, inside activities include theater productions, concerts, storytimes, museums and movies. After the rain has stopped, get outside for educational experiences or nature walks.

Plan out your month by checking out our May Go List. Be sure to keep up with the latest events and activities through the Delaware Valley by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Summer Job Resources for Teens in Philadelphia

For many, keeping teens busy and out of trouble over the summer months can be difficult. Most likely, your job doesn't allow you to take the summer off and it can be hard to keep tabs on your teens when you're not around. Others view summer jobs as a wonderful learning experience for their teens. Summer gives kids the chance to take the skills they've learned in school and apply them in the real world. Jobs can teach kids how to save money and budget, and can also be a great way for motivated kids to contribute to that college fund.

Whether your kid is into lifeguarding, babysitting, being a camp counselor or a more intense internship, we've compiled a few resources to help you get your teen started off on the right foot.

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.

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