With summer just a few short months away, it's time to figure out where the kids will go to camp. Depending on their interests, there's STEM camps, theater camps, arts camps, and sports camps. Read on for a list of the favorite sports camps in and around the Philadelphia area, and check out our summer camp guide for more inspiration.
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Looking for indoor birthday party venues in and around Philly for your child's next birthday? The city has plenty of unique options for celebrating a kid's birthday indoors, whether your kiddo is interested in burning some energy at a sports center, doing some arts and crafts with their friends, or even rock climbing. Read on for our top picks for indoor birthday party spots in Philly.
This post is currently being updated for 2020.
Spring, summer, or fall, when the weather is nice, there's so much to do to get outside: festivals, parks, spray grounds, amusement parks, and more. But your little animal lover might be craving some one-on-one time with some cute and cuddlies, and there's no better time to visit the local petting zoo or animal farm than during the warmer months. Luckily, there's a handful of great places in the area for just that.
Before you go, be sure to check venue websites for the latest updates to policies related to visiting, feeding, and petting the animals. For now, read about spots throughout the region where kids can see goats, ducks, horses, giraffes, and other interesting animals.
Dance studios and classes come in a variety of styles for all ages. Some focus on fun and fitness while others trend toward competition and professional training. Many offer classes starting with Mommy & Me for the youngest dancers, and expand their variety as children get older and more skilled. Whether the aspiring dancer is into ballet, jazz, tap, modern, or hip hop, this list has something for everyone from Center City to the 'burbs.
Nothing says Independence Day like a great fireworks display. Philadelphia knows how to celebrate the birth of America. Start with what's being billed as the largest free concert in the United States with Party on the Parkway, where part of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be shut down and a lineup of great bands will play before a spectacular fireworks display above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If being one of the thousands celebrating in the streets isn't your idea of a perfect 4th of July, there's a spectrum of events in many of the suburban towns around Philly like the Narberth Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks. Whether enjoying a local band and fireworks in your nearby park or joining the throngs on the Museum Mile, don't forget to bring your chairs, blankets, coolers with snacks, and a few activities to keep the kids entertained until the sky turns dark.
Summer is the perfect time to head outdoors for easy, cheap, and fun activities like free movies and concerts. Pack your chairs, a blanket, a picnic basket and the bug spray, and enjoy an afternoon or evening of free tunes. Here's our comprehensive list of the outdoor concerts happening in the Delaware Valley this summer.
For some of the more popular bands, the venues can get packed, so plan on arriving on the early side.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at the People's Light in Malvern is a life-affirming, rollicking adventure that both kids and parents will love. Dancing, live music, shadow puppetry, and a much-loved toy rabbit invite kids’ interest, while the superb acting and heart-touching life lessons make the story one the whole family won’t soon forget.