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.

11 Best US Aquariums for Your Next Family Vacation

A visit to a top-notch aquarium is a great way for kids to explore the secrets of the sea. New York tristate families are blessed with an array of regional aquariums. The New York Aquarium in Coney Island that's undergoing a renovation, the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead and the Adventure Aquarium with its new Shark Bridge in Camden are fine day trips.

If you’re looking for really fabulous odes to underwater environments and sea life that are simultaneously entertaining and educational, we’ve found them, from a 28-foot-tall kelp forest to a jellyfish invasion. The following 11 aquariums up the aquatic ante and are so worth the trip.

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.

Kids at Play Indoor Play Space Review

A new indoor play gym launched in Philadelphia this year! East Falls is now home to Kids at Play, a bright, shiny, 7,000 foot indoor playground and seriously cool entertainment zone that is easy on the eyes (specifically designed for children with sensory issues in mind), and invites creative play and exploration. We got a chance to check it out, and let me tell you, it is worth the trip! Read on for a full review (and check out other reviews of awesome spaces in Philadelphia).

Why Painter's Tape Is Your Friend and 133 More Parent Hacks

Do automatic-flush toilets scare your preschooler? Do you always forget to put a spare onesie in the diaper bag? Do you go crazy trying to get the crumbs out of your car’s cup holders? These are the types of real problems parents face every day. Who would know the solutions better than other parents? The just released book Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids written by Asha Dornfest, founder of the Parent Hacks website, and her community of parent hackers has the answer to these issues and, well, 131 more.

Parent Hacks is a decade of the cumulative knowledge of sleep-deprived parents. What I love about it is its down-to-earth take on everyday frustrations and issues. Because the advice comes from real parents, many of the solutions rely on clever tricks using everyday things you find around the house, rather than pricey products. It's frugal, real advice—and often hilarious, including the fun illustrations by Craighton Berman. There are a lot of hacks dealing with poop and other gross situations parents find themselves in, making it a great choice for those with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

We love this book so much that Mommy Poppins is helping to throw it a party. Read on to find out more about probably the most useful new parenting book around and how you can join us for a fun celebration if you are in NYC.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Paper Planet, Sesame Street, Grandparents Apr 11-15

Some believe it is wiser to spend time with children instead of spending money on them. I know my parents followed that advice. When I was a kid, all I wanted was the Barbie Dream House, but my parents thought going to see the production, Annie, would be the better decision. If you subscribe to the same philosophy, this week's Events Calendar provides many unique opportunities to share time with your kids that are plenty of fun for them, too. 

See those lovable furry monsters from Sesame Street at The Liacouras Center, experience a most unusual paper forest at The Kimmel Center and view the stars at West Chester University's Public Planetarium Show. Explore nature at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or Bucktoe Creek Preserve, or, spend the night at Penn Museum or The Philadelphia Zoo. Don't forget to include grandparents in making these memories as Delaware Children's Museum hosts its Grand Adventures.

Continue reading for our top picks for the week ahead. Be sure to stay current with the latest fun by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and liking us on Facebook. Have fun spending time with your kiddos this week.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Animals, Art Apr 9-10

Even though the weather forecast may predict otherwise, Philly families can tell spring is trying to arrive by paging through the Mommy Poppins' Events Calendar. To start, Morris Arboretum hosts its Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival both this Saturday and next, Camden Children's Garden features its Dino Day & Bug Bonanza Festival, and Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy holds its Stream Clean Up. Families ready to prepare for springtime wildlife can learn about toads at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, assemble a bird box at Wissahickon Environmental Center or build a butterfly feeder at Peace Valley Nature Center.

In addition to nature fun, children can tap into their creative side. Make a print screen kite at Second State Press, create graphic art at Delaware Museum of Art or learn about fabric painting at Philadelphia Magic Gardens. If there are science fans in the family, explore Delaware Children's Museum's Try Science or American Helicopter Museum's Girls' Science Expo.

Read on to see our top picks for the weekend but don't forget to browse through the rest of the calendar to see our complete listing. Enjoy!


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