Becki Melchione

Becki Melchione

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24 Firework Displays to Celebrate the 4th of July in Philly and at the Jersey Shore

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.  

Free Outdoor Concerts Happening in Philly this Summer

Summer means warm weather which 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.

Meet the Animals: 6 Great Animal Farms and Petting Zoos near Philly

This spring and summer, there's so much to do to get outside: festivals, parks, spray groundsamusement 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 summer. Luckily, there's a handful of great places in the area for just that.

A Lesson of Love: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at People's Light

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.

Indulge Mom at these Philly Mother's Day Brunches

Brunch is the classic way to celebrate moms on Mother's Day. The city has so many Mother's Day brunches to choose from, and they often fill up so fast, it can be overwhelming to find a place that will be fun for both mom and kids. There are plenty of spring activities to do with the family, but brunch at one of these great places will leave mom happy, but still be plenty of fun for the little ones. However you decide to spend Mom's special day, purchase tickets or make reservations in advance, because many of these events sell out well before Mother's Day weekend rolls around.

If you're looking for something to do after brunch, check out our event calendar for more great ways to celebrate mom.

Fun Philly Area Summer Camps for Preschoolers

For working parents of preschoolers, finding a summer camp can be particularly difficult because most places only accept campers who are age 4 or above. Whether you have to work over the summer, or you just want to send your toddler for some fun, we've got lots of great summer camps for you. Here's a list of places that have special camps for children ages 3 and sometimes under. Have older kids, too? Check out our Summer Camp Guide and posts about camps for art, STEM, and sports, too.

Brand-New LEGOland Discovery Center Opens Near Philadelphia

LEGOland Discovery Center at Plymouth Meeting has been building up to be the destination for every nearby LEGO-loving kid. From 9-foot tall replicas of city landmarks, to a 4D cinema, Ninjago training camp, and more, brick lovers from all over are excited about this brand-new attraction. My almost 5-year-old daughters have asked to go back multiple times a day, every day since we visited.

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