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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Flag Day and Nature Activities, June 13-14

Our nation celebrates Flag Day this Sunday. Since Philadelphia is the birthplace of our flag and its creator, Betsy Ross, it's fitting that we highlight Old Glory in our weekend post.

Throughout Historic Philadelphia, families can learn about the history of our country's flag. Festivities begin at the Betsy Ross House, where a 13-star flag is raised. Afterward, watch the Grand Parade as it marches from the National Constitution Center to Independence Hall, learn flag etiquette and enjoy a performance by the Spirit of Liberty Sky Diving Team.

In addition to flag fun, families can enjoy the outdoors in many ways this weekend. Have a Victorian-style picnic at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, search for Awesome Amphibians at Upper Perkiomen Valley Park, examine trees in The Millennium Grove at Norristown Farm Park or watch the Brandywine Polo Club play a match.

Be sure to check out our Event Calendar and our June GoList for even more options. However you choose to spend your weekend, make it a memorable one!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Strawberries, Science and Family Shows June 6-7

The school year is quickly coming to an end. Preschools are having their closing ceremonies, spring sports are winding down and our family obligations are lightening up a bit. With more free time, how can parents keep their kids entertained? By checking our Event Calendar, which is exploding with fun for everyone. This weekend, Shady Brook Farm, Linvilla Orchards and Plymouth Meeting Friends School are all hosting strawberry festivals. For options that are both entertaining and educational, try Fairmount Water Works' Science Saturday, Hagley Museum's Walking Tour and the Academy of Natural Sciences' Tiktaalik Day. Or take in a show like The Secret Garden Musical at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center or Hedgerow Theatre for Kids' Storytime: The Wizard of Oz.

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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Carnivals, Performances and History May 30-31

It's the last weekend in May and our Event Calendar is full of activities to help you make the most of it. From carnivals to performances, there is something to keep everyone happy.

Families looking to enjoy live music, rides, games and old-fashioned fun can check out the Brandywine Strawberry Festival, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair or the Skippack Village Carnival. Those who enjoy children's shows have many options this weekend: Montgomery Theater's Shrek Jr. the Musical, Arden Theatre's The Jungle Book, Gratz College Theater's Pinocchio and Walnut Street Theatre's Schoolhouse Rock Jr. are all onstage.

If your organization is hosting an event you'd like to see on our site, be sure to submit it to our calendar. And don't forget to sign up for our free weekly newsletter, which is delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Carnivals & Fairs May 16-17

We are nearly halfway through May. (How did that happen?) With Mother's Day events behind us and the unofficial start of summer only 10 days away, perhaps this "middle of May" weekend can be spent sharing time together at one of the exciting events in our Event Calendar.

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival is ready to entertain families with live music, its annual Procession of Saints Parade and delicious cuisine. Enjoy rides and games at Exton Square Mall's Carnival, or make crafts and play old-fashioned games at Craft-Phila-Liberty Bell Fair on Independence Mall.

If your family enjoys the outdoors, grab some sturdy shoes and get ready for a Family Hike at Armentrout, or play the day away at Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center's PLAY Manayunk featuring a kids' run, kayaking, dragon boat racing and moonbouncing—enough to tire anyone out.

There are also two special events we want to highlight. Sponsored by the Girl Scouts, #GirlPOP2015 comes to the Pennsylvania Convention Center to inspire girls in kindergarten through 12th grade to make a difference in the world, while the Garden State Discovery Museum hosts Open Arms, a family evening where children on the autism spectrum can enjoy the institution.

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Consignment Shops for Kids & Teens in Montgomery County

Children's consignment shops are a great resource for parents looking to save money on kids' clothes and baby gear. Many of the resale boutiques in Montgomery County specialize in brand-name apparel, offering deep discounts on gently-used designer clothes. Consignment stores also give parents an easy, year-round option for selling outgrown items.

Read on for our roundup of kids' consignment shopping in Montco. Also be sure to check out our post about children's consignment shops in neighboring Bucks County and our two comprehensive lists of spring and fall consignment sale events.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Fairs, Festivals and Races May 2-3

April showers bring May flowers as the saying goes. However, May also brings a variety of spring celebrations and festivals to the Philadelphia area. This weekend you can enjoy South Street's Spring Festival, the Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival and Pottsgrove Manor's Annual Colonial Fair, which are all full of family fun.

You can also watch or run races this weekend. Families can visit Winterthur to see professional steeplechase races at Point-to-Point, while kids can participate in a variety of children's activities including stick pony races. Or cheer on the ten-mile Broad Street runners, and then hit the Kids' Fun Run, where children can watch a magic show, check out a petting zoo and participate in a "Fun" Miler.

Free activities in the area include the Delaware Museum of Natural History's Bank of America Museums on Us (free for Bank of America card holders), a Mother's Day-themed Home Depot Kids Workshop and Horn's Punch & Judy show at Sundays on Stage.

Find more options in our Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, and check out our top weekend picks below. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Legos, Science and Nature Fun April 25-26

Have you ever stepped on a Lego barefoot? It is a rite of passage for every parent. Despite the momentary discomfort that little plastic brick may cause, it also inspires so much joy in children and adults alike. Luckily for families in the Philly area, BrickFest Live, which celebrates all things Lego, is at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center this weekend.

As if having Lego Central in our backyard weren't enough, the Philadelphia Science Festival is in town, too! As part of the fest, families can enjoy programs like Discovery Day, Astronomy Night and Explorer Sunday at locations throughout the region.

Earth Day festivities also abound this weekend: Families can visit the Elmwood Park Zoo or Brandywine Zoo for their Party for the Planet celebrations, or head to downtown Narberth for family fun at NarbEarth Day.

These are just a few of the many activities going on this weekend. Read on for all the details. For more options, check out our Event Calendar and our April GoList featuring our top picks for the entire month.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Earth Day and Museums Apr 18-19

Earth Day, which officially falls on April 22, is almost here and our Mommy Poppins Event Calendar is full of celebrations this weekend. Whether families want to gain a deeper respect for nature or make a difference by taking care of Mother Earth, there are activities for all ages.

Search for turtles and toads at Great Valley Nature Center's Pond Pondering & Nature Walk. Learn about the importance of trees at Briar Bush's Earth Fest. Help preserve our precious planet at Schuylkill Canal Park's Earth Day Clean-Up or Norristown Farm Park's Earth Week Habitat Restoration. (Note: Some events are rain or shine while others are not, so please check official websites for weather-related updates.)

After enjoying the great outdoors, consider exploring one of our local cultural institutions. Penn Museum is hosting its World Culture Series: Rome's Birthday event. The Barnes Foundation is offering Family Tour: ArtSee Highlights for its visitors. And the Delaware Children's Museum is featuring Grand Adventures created especially for grandparents and their grandchildren.

New activities are added to our Calendar every day, and you can even submit your own event if you're planning one. Be sure to subscribe to our FREE newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Paint-Your-Own Canvas Studios for Kids (and Parties) in the Philly Area

If you are planning a birthday or fun outing for a young artist, the newest trend in creative parties may be for you. Paint-your-own canvas parties are popping up all over the Delaware Valley, in stand-alone studios and as add-ons in pottery workshops, and a few even come to you. In addition to kids' parties and art classes, many studios also host Girls' Night Out events where moms can bring their own wine and snacks, and channel their inner artist.

We've rounded up a list of paint-your-own studios that offer children's birthday parties and, in many cases, camps, classes and drop-in sessions, too. Party hosts are usually allowed to bring their own food, the studio does all the cleanup and guests leave with their own masterpieces!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Acrobats, Frogs & Cherry Blossoms Apr 11-12

Philly families have plenty to keep their children entertained this weekend. Our Event Calendar is filled with a variety of outdoor fun and indoor performances.

With a minimal chance of April showers, families can enjoy the great outdoors. Take in the beauty of the cherry trees at Morris Arboretum's Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival. Watch for birds and search for their nests at the John James Audubon Center's Saturday Bird Walks. Or discover the difference between frogs and toads at Tyler Arboretum's Froggy Madness.

Those looking for indoor activities have a plethora of events to choose from. The Delaware Museum of Natural History is hosting NanoDay featuring hands-on activities about the science of small. Or consider seeing a show. The Golden Dragon Acrobats bring Cirque Ziva to the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, John Cassidy: Balloon Freak takes the stage at the Sellersville Theater and Rainbowtown plays Act II Playhouse.

Read on for more of this weekend's top picks. If you haven't signed up for our FREE weekly newsletter yet, be sure to subscribe so you can have all of our posts delivered to your inbox. No matter what you decide to do with your family, have a great weekend.

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