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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Pirates, Trucks August 15-16

It seems to happen every year. Back to School sales featuring school supplies, uniforms and backpacks infiltrate on the last remaining weeks of summer fun. Fortunately, this weekend's Event Calendar provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy summer before school schedules take over.

Savor the beautiful summer landscape at Longwood Garden's Meadow Days, learn about the life of a pirate during Fort Mifflin's Pirate Days or see trucks and cars up close at Chester County's Touch A Truck event. Or, perhaps you'd like to check out a summertime festival since the Festival of IndiaWatermelon Festival and Caribbean Festival are all happening this weekend.

If you are still trying to plan your weekend, read on to see our top picks, many of which are free. And, don't forget to check out our August GoList. There is still plenty of summer left, no matter what the Back to School ads say. Enjoy!

Baby's First Summer: 8 Activities in the Philly Area

There are so many milestones for a family with a new baby — first steps, first words, first foods, and so much more. New parents may not have many lazy days of summer, but that first warm-weather season is a time to celebrate with fun in the sun, as well as baby-friendly ways to beat the heat indoors. We have rounded up some of our favorite ways to make Baby’s First Summer in the Philly area a memorable one for the whole family.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Peaches, Music, Bugs August 8-9

As the weeks of August begin to slip away, reality sets in that there isn't much time left to complete those Summer Bucket Lists. Whether it is visiting a farm for a Pick Your Own event or listening to an outdoor musical performance, Philly families can turn to our Events Calendar and its line-up of fun to help complete every last activity on the checklist.

Peaches are in season and no matter where you live in the Delaware Valley, there is an orchard celebrating this sweet summer fruit. After picking peaches and eating peach cobbler or peach pie, find a spot to listen to some summertime music. There are concerts, picnics and festivals that all feature live musical entertainment this weekend. And, if that isn't enough, the Academy of Natural Sciences hosts Bug Fest and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed features its Butterfly Festival.

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Enjoy a Fall Weekend Getaway of Family Fun at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

We have been telling you about lots of fun farm trips to take this harvest season, most in the tri-state area that are a short drive, train trip or subway ride away. We recently visited Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, which could be considered the pinnacle of family-friendly farms. Located in the heart of Amish Country, it's just a little too far away for a day trip, but a perfect destination for some family farm fun on Columbus Day weekend (or any other weekend, for that matter.) Read on for our highlights of the farm and find out what else to do in the area.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Arts, Nature, Festivals August 1-2

As July winds down and August is almost upon us, Philly families are gearing up to enjoy the last month of Summer 2015. Thankfully, this weekend does not disappoint as there are a variety of options to keep everyone happy.

Celebrate summer at Penn's Landing's ACANA Festival, Pennypacker Mills' Good Ole Summertime event or Rose Tree's Summer Festival Concert. Embrace the arts at Brandywine River Museum's PNC Arts Alive Family Program or the Philadelphia Museum of Art's The Great Outdoors Festival. Search for butterflies at Norristown Farm Park, eat with the animals at the Brandywine Zoo or explore the walking trails at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Check out the rest of our top picks for the weekend below. For even more fun, be sure to view our Events Calendar. With just four weeks left, get out there and embrace all that summer has to offer.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Mess Fest, Educational Fun July 25-26

Are you the "mean mom" or the "unfair dad" who makes your kid practice math flashcards and keep a reading log over the summer? There certainly is no harm in learning during these hot, hazy and humid summer months. (It's actually good for them.) But, why not try out an activity that will keep kids learning without them even realizing it? Mommy Poppins' Events Calendar is overflowing with activities that allow kids the fun they want while providing the educational component that parents seek.

Spend the weekend at the Franklin Institute's Mess Fest where science experiences get sloppy. Learn about the history of planes during war times at Fort Mifflin's Airplane Day. Discover the world of fine arts at the Kimmel Center's PNC Grow Up Great or Organ Demonstration. Or, explore being a sustainable design engineer at the Delaware Children's Museum's Junior Engineer workshop.

Continue reading for the top picks for the weekend ahead. Be sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and like us on Pinterest and Facebook and follow us on Twitter. No matter what you do this weekend, we hope you and your kids will learn something new!

Best Camp Clothing Labels and Name Tags for Kids

It's just one of those mundane chores that needs to be done: labeling every article of clothing, towel, backpack, and object that will travel with your child to summer camp—or to school or daycare—in the hopes that when it inevitably gets lost it will find its way home to you. Nothing's going to make this job of labeling camp clothes, baby bottles, or school supplies fun, but we've rounded up the whole range of different ways you can label your kids' stuff, from swimsuits to sippy cups, with beautifully embroidered personalized labels to fun, custom name tags with cute, colorful designs, to ones you can make at home.

Here are a few the best name labels for kids' and baby gear that we've found, and yes, most all offer dishwasher-proof, easy peel-and-stick options! Still searching for the perfect summer camp for your kid? Check out listings of local summer camps near you.

5 Day Trips with Water Features: Lakes, Beaches and Water Parks Close to NYC

As the city hits a full summer boil, many of us are looking for a little escape, preferably one where we can dunk our roasting selves in some sort of body of water. Whether you prefer cool beach waves, an afternoon of kayaking or tubing along the river or maybe dashing down a winding water slide, water features provide instant relief to sweltering summer heat.

While I love getting out of the city for a weekend trip, sometimes all the planning, packing and finagling of kids' sleep schedules can really take a toll. Instead of an extended stay, why not sneak away for a quick day trip? Luckily you don't have to go far. We've rounded up five destinations under two hours from NYC by car, so you'll be back before bedtime!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trees, Fireflies, Tie-Dye July 18-19

I'm bored... two little words every parent dreads to hear during these summer months. Thankfully, our Events Calendar can handle this situation should it arise in your home.

Play under the Tall Trees at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, uncover artifacts at Newlin Grist Mill's Public Archeology Program or catch lighting bugs at Tabora's Firefly Festival. Spend some family time at a Tie Dye Festival, Tree House Festival or Music Festival. With this weekend's line-up, there is no way to be bored!

Be sure to have our boredom-busting weekly newsletter delivered straight to your inbox each Thursday morning. Now keep reading to discover all the fun that awaits you and your family this weekend.

Yoga Classes for Philly Area Kids & Families

Kids and yoga are a perfect match. Yoga can help them learn physical and mental balance, teach them self-control and awareness, and get them moving—all while having fun doing it. From Center City to Chester County, children of all ages can get excited about the yoga classes available just for them. Check out some of the area’s most popular choices, as well as a few that are off the beaten path. Plus, don’t forget to keep up with our Classes Directory for new locations that might pop up.

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