Discover the Magic of Pixar at The Franklin Institute

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes of your favorite animated films? Now's your chance to find out at the Franklin Institute's The Science Behind Pixar exhibit. See how Finding NemoToy StoryA Bug's LifeMonster's Inc. and more were created. From concept, to design, creation and the finished product this exhibit offers insight on even the most minute details of the process.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Science, Movies, Trees Apr 25-29

Political calls, lawn signs, billboards and flyers. It is difficult to escape the fact that Tuesday is Election Day for Pennsylvanians. It also is a day off from school for many Philly children. Why not plan out the week's activities with a little help from our Events Calendar.

Consider spending an afternoon with the kids at one of the local libraries featuring Philadelphia Science Festival fun. Learn about Colonial Sheep Shearing at Thompson-Neely House and Farmstead. Take in a matinee or be inspired by some talented kid filmmakers. If your children have Election Day off, sign up for a day-long camp at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or Darlington Arts Center.

Be sure to consult our 25 Things We Are Excited To Do With Philly Kids this Spring guide as well as our April Go List so as not to miss out on any springtime fun. Friday is also Arbor Day, so be sure to check out some outdoor activities. Enjoy this last full week of April. And, don't forget to vote!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Earth, Culture, Science Apr 23-24

There is so much to do in Philadelphia this weekend. From Earth Day celebrations to cultural events to the Philadelphia Science Festival, the Delaware Valley is buzzing with excitement. Narrowing down what to do first can be a challenge. Thankfully, Mommy Poppins Philly has rounded up our top picks for the weekend.

Families wanting to take care of Mother Earth can participate in nature clean-up events at Newlin Grist Mill or Green Lane Park. Learn about different cultures at Franklin Square's Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival, Penn Museum's Turkish Delights or American Swedish Historical Museum's Viking Day. Or, take part in one of the many activities associated with the Philadelphia Science Festival. Families can participate in Discovery Days, Science Playdates, Explorer Sunday, Kitchen Science and Medicine Sessions throughout the area.

Stay current with the latest fun by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a terrific weekend!

A Parent's Review: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Any play that ends with a giant cow patty toppling two of the actors is sure to get some laughs from a certain set. Apparently, my husband and I are that set because, although my daughters giggled, we were the ones with the belly laughs throughout the hour-long, no intermission show. If you're looking for a unique experience for your kids and going to the movies isn't your thing, Arden's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales is the perfect alternative. To see when this show is running, or find other events in your area, be sure to check out our events calendar.

Unusual Philly Museums That Tweens and Teens Will Love

Philadelphia is filled with incredible museums and attractions for kids, but it can be tough to entertain the tween or teen who has seen it all. The unusual places in this lineup explore the weird, dark, even gross side of history and science, offering experiences your kids won't soon forget. These museums are sure to amaze, surprise and inspire. Geared for kids ages 11 and up, there are a few spots below that are suitable for younger children too, as noted.   

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Baseball, Carnivals, Earth Day Apr 18-22

Tee-ball practice, sidewalk chalk, bike riding... these activities all scream April. With predicted mild temperatures and Earth Day this week, it is the perfect opportunity to grab a baseball mitt, find the chalk or dust off the bike helmet to enjoy the outdoors.

After having some neighborhood fun, be sure to check out our events calendar, which is filled with a multitude of activities to help young ones embrace nature. Visit Bucktoe Creek Preserve for its Drop-In on Nature Playgroup, learn about Habitats and Sharing at Newlin Grist Mill's Springhouse Storytime or explore Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Seedlings workshop. In the evening, families can relish carnival fun in Broomall or Morton. Or, savor the nighttime skies as the Philadelphia Science Festival presents its Astronomy Night Friday evening at Independence Seaport Museum, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Awbury Arboretum, Haverford College, West Chester University, as well as other locations throughout the Delaware Valley.

Keep reading for our top picks for the week and get outside!

Family-Friendly Movie Theaters and Showings in Philadelphia

When was the last time you went to see a movie? I don’t mean on Netflix. I mean an actual movie theater experience? If you are a new mom, or the parent of a child who has sensitivities to light and sound, it’s probably been a while. And while indoor activities are all fun and good, sometimes you need to get out and see a movie with friends, your spouse or just you and the kid(s). Wait, see a movie with the kids? As crazy as it sounds, with a few local resources, you can get out with the little one in tow and enjoy a movie. No need to worry about how loud your child is, these movie venues are ready and excited to have you and your brood join them!

If you're looking for other fun activities for you and the kids, check out our Events Calendar to see all the latest happenings.

One-of-a-Kind Birthday Parties for Philly Kids: Race Cars to Mad Scientists

Philadelphia is full of exciting places to host birthday parties, including indoor play spaces, museums, parks and gardens. Make no bones about it, these are awesome places to host a birthday party! But if you are looking for something extra special that really fits your birthday kid’s personality, there are some extraordinarily unique spaces in Philly to host a one-of-a-kind birthday experience.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Amphibians, Mother Nature, Festivals Apr 16-17

Now that spring has sprung, Philly families can trade in sweaters and heavy winter coats for short sleeves and lightweight jackets. What perfect timing, as this weekend's Events Calendar is loaded with great ideas to spend time outside! Look for birds, frogs, dragonflies, and salamanders in nature, or celebrate our planet with a festival or clean-up efforts. Families can also take in the beauty of springtime flowers at Winterthur's Daffodil Show or run in Valley Forge National Historical Park's Young Patriots Kids Run. After spending time outdoors, sing and dance at a children's concert or get fancied up for an enchanted ball.

To plan out the rest of your spring days, be sure to check out our recent Earth Day post and Spring Festival listing. Stay current with the latest fun by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


Subscribe to RSS - Philadelphia