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51 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Summer

The dog days of summer are almost here! With less rigid schedules and more daylight hours, Philly families have time to create their own personalized Summer 2019 Bucket List, unique to their family. But, don't think you have to go it alone. Mommy Poppins has rounded up a ton of exciting summer activities such as nature programs, outdoor concerts, theater productions, educational opportunities (Bonus: The kids won't even realize they are learning) and free movies. There will be no time for children to be bored!

Be sure to browse our ultimate bucket list, 100 Things to Do with Philly Kids Before They Grow Up. Make this summer the best one yet.

Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families: Sandy Hook to Cape May

Make your New Jersey kid a beach baby and go "down the shore." New Jersey boasts 130 miles of shoreline and some of the prettiest beaches anywhere. Whether your family is looking for a busy boardwalk with children's rides, a beachside water park or sprinkler playground, towering lighthouses, toddler attractions, or something a bit quieter, the Jersey Shore has it. 

We've rounded up 10 of our favorite Jersey beaches, from a national park on the northern shore down to the busier southern beaches of Cape May and Atlantic City. So pack the car (and the kids) for a beach day trip or a long weekend—the summer possibilities are endless. And for more beach fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide, including a roundup of our favorite boardwalks.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, International Museum Day, Nature May 18-19

Decision, decisions! What should Philly parents plan for family fun during this May weekend?  From checking out festivals to exploring museums to getting outdoors, kids and grown ups alike are bound to have a smile on their faces with the activities found in our event calendar.

Begin by attending a local festival. Some celebrate Italian cuisine and culture while others feature red-ripe berries and tasty rhubarb. Still others showcase comic book fun. As if that weren't enough, there is a country fair, carnival, and even a circus happening this weekend! After indulging in delicious eats and festival excitement, retreat inside to explore one of the many museums taking part in International Museum Day throughout the city. Round out the weekend by flying a kite at Fonthill Castle, racing duckies in the Rubber Ducky Regatta, or showing a park some love at Cedar Grove.

So pack up the diaper bag, message some friends, and check out the fun happening in the Delaware Valley.

10 Places to Host a First Birthday Party in the Philly Area

It's here! Your baby is turning 1. This birthday is a huge, bittersweet milestone for you and your babe, and your family and friends will love to celebrate with you. Your baby may even be walking by now and it's a great time to get together, eat cake, and have fun. If you are looking to celebrate your triumph of making it through the first year, you can always opt for a great family-friendly dining spot (especially one with outdoor space in warmer months). But if you are looking for the traditional birthday experience, we've rounded up some great places in the area to host a first birthday party for your growing little bean.

Free Water Fun: Splash Pads and Sprinklers at Philly Area Parks

“If they’re crabby, put them in water.” The poem, How to Really Love a Child, offers these words of wisdom to parents of small children, and in the summer heat this couldn't be more true! But thankfully in Philadelphia, kids don’t have to be cranky to love a good splash in the summertime. In addition to being home to more public pools than any other city in the country, new spraygrounds and splash pads seem to pop up every year. These city spaces are a great way to cool off the little ones, get some exercise, and make the most of the hot weather without committing to a pool membership or water park passes.

For those splash pads and spraygrounds in Philadelphia, the official open times are 11 AM - 7 PM on weekdays and 12 Noon - 5 PM on weekends. However, these times generally vary by location and operator. Also, some of these parks made it onto our top Where Philly Families Can Play All Day list so be sure to check them out. For now, here are a few of our favorite spots (new and old) in the Philadelphia area. Go ahead, jump in, and prevent those crabby moments from creeping in!

12 of the Best Outdoor Water Parks in the US

If your kids love the adventure of amusement parks but are looking for a way to cool off this summer, an outdoor water park might be just the ticket for your family. We've searched out some of the nation's best to compile this list of our favorite family-friendly water parks with relaxing pools, splash pads for toddlers, and thrilling water slides and rides for teenagers.

From New England to Orlando to California, there are plenty of water parks from which to choose. At some of these water parks, visitors can ride the ups and downs of a water coaster, slip through a trap door on a drop slide and spin around an oversized funnel slide for maximum thrills. To truly chill, just pick up a tube and float down a lazy river or rent a cabana with poolside dining.

Have your heart set on a water park vacation but don't want to risk the weather? Check out our list of the 10 Best Indoor Water Parks for Kids in the US.

Best Amusement Parks for Preschoolers around Philadelphia

It's hard to imagine a more thrilling summer day for a preschooler than riding bumper cars, spinning teacups and a miniature locomotive. Fortunately, there are many amusement parks within a day's drive from Philadelphia that offer fun for the younger set. While some on our list are super-sized theme parks with sectioned areas for little kids, others are designed especially with preschoolers in mind.

Be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide which is filled with amazing summertime activities for little ones.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Nature, Art

Philly Moms do so much for their families - grocery shopping, laundry, helping with homework, and chauffeuring kids to soccer practice and piano lessons. So why not treat the special mother figure in your life with some Mother's Day fun this weekend? Our events calendar is loaded with activities that are sure to put a smile on Mom's face while entertaining the kids too!

Plan on eating out at a delicious brunch held at Elmwood Park Zoo, Sesame Place, or Morris Arboretum. Construct a special picture frame for Mom at Independence Seaport Museum or explore nature with her by taking a hike and searching for birds. Pause in the afternoon for tea time on a train or in a tea house.

Looking for additional family options? Clark Park's Annual May Fair features live music, obstacle courses, and bounce houses, The Philadelphia Fleadh provides Irish music and entertainment, Brandywine Battlefield Park's Encampment Day allows guests to step back to colonial days and learn about the Civil War, and Tyler Arboretum welcomes families to learn about amphibians during its Froggy Madness event.

As you plan out the weekend, be sure to sort events using tags, location, and age filters. Everyone at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia wishes all the MOMMIES out there a well-deserved Happy Mother's Day!

Let's Go Camping! Family-Friendly Campgrounds Near Philadelphia

Who's up for camping this summer? It's a wonderful way to make family memories and enjoy the outdoors together, and there is no shortage of great campgrounds within a quick drive from Philadelphia. Regardless of experience level -- first-timers or veterans, bare-bones campers or real-deal glampers -- the suggestions below have you covered. 

All campgrounds on the list are 2.5 hours or less from Center City, and they range from "primitive" (pretty much just a clearing in the woods with a fire pit) to moderate (campsite, fire pit, basic bathroom nearby) to "luxury" (campsite, fire pit, electric and water hook-ups, bathrooms and showers nearby, campground with amenities such as a pool, playground, even wifi). The good news is, you don't need to drive all day or sacrifice the basic comforts of home for a scenic, unforgettable camping adventure with your kids.  

Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farms in the Philadelphia Area

The start of strawberry picking season in Pennsylvania is a sure sign that summer is right around the corner. Spending a day picking this sweet fruit at a local orchard or farm is a great activity for families. Strawberry picking teaches kids about their food sources, connects everyone with nature, and makes for a fun outdoor experience, and some of the sweetest memories can be made nibbling on fresh berries out in the fields.

We have compiled a list of farms in the Philadelphia area that offer strawberry picking, as well as a few activity-filled strawberry festivals. Read our tips before you go to help make your day at the farm even more enjoyable.

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