School's out and summer is here. Time to find some great new ways to keep the kids busy and entertained over break without breaking the bank. We've compiled a HUGE list full of free events and anytime activity ideas for you to keep those kiddos busy all summer long. For more great events, check out our full event calendar.
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This spring may have brought lots of rain, but now we turn our warm sunny thoughts to summer where kids can stay outside and play all day. From strawberry picking, splash pads and splaygrounds, to free outdoor movies and concerts, Mommy Poppins is your go-to for what-to-do in the Philly area this month.
Headed to the shore? We've got things to do with toddlers, best boardwalks, and best beaches. Looking for day trips to historical places or planning a big trip to celebrate summer vacation? We've got those, too.
Get started on your June planning with 13 of our Top Picks below, and from everyone here at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia...Welcome, Summer!!
From fireworks at Sesame Place to strawberries in Peddler's Village and Mother's Day brunches around the Delaware Valley, there's so much to do in Philly and its suburbs this May! Get outside and play all day, or for rainy days, head indoors and check out some Philly museums for free.
Want more ideas? Read on for 14 family-friendly events, and then head over to our event calendar to see what fun May can bring. Festival and fairs, nature and playtime, there's something for everyone this month!
Parents have just a few short years before their little ones head to kindergarten. These years are marked by rapid growth and development so while the days are long, moms and dads know, the time speeds by, and so they’re more than happy to spend precious quality time with their kiddos. That means heading to play spaces, enjoying kid-friendly museums (many with free admission!), getting outside, and everything else our nation’s capital and surrounding areas have to offer.
For more can't-miss DC family fun, check out 50 Things to Do in DC with Kids Before They Grow Up.
The Pick-Your-Own season is bookended by strawberries in the spring and apples in the fall, but what do you do with all those months in between? Pick everything else, of course! The Delaware Valley's many farms and orchards are great spots to haul out the family on nice weather days and haul home buckets, baskets, and bushels of fresh summer fruits, and some sweet memories, too. Many of these farms host summer festivals, family activities, and special events to really round out the day so be sure to search our events calendar for details. For now, read on for our list of the best Philly area farms and get pickin'.
When it comes to Washington, DC, museums are not in short supply, and thankfully, neither is free admission! If you're looking to explore the wonderful museums that DC offers without breaking the bank, then you've come to the right place. We've compiled the best museums that are free every day (yes, really, every day).
Take a look at our list below and find someplace fun - and free! - to check out with the family.
For kids celebrating birthdays during the fall or winter, chances are they'll be celebrating it indoors. But no matter the season, the DC area is chock full of indoor birthday party spots perfect for kids of all ages. From rock climbing to museums, there's no shortage of places to have some indoor birthday fun. Many of these spots show up on our list of favorite indoor play spaces in the area so these aren't fun just for celebrating birthdays but anytime you want to get out of the house, but not get outside, with the kids.
Read on for our top picks for indoor birthday party places in the DC area.
Mall of America, located in the heart of the American Midwest in Bloomington, Minnesota, is nothing short of an indoor entertainment epicenter for kids. Sure, it has over 500 stores, but there’s way more to do than just go shopping at the country's largest mall (so big that it requires its own zip code: 55425).
From Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower to the Harley Davidson museum in Milwaukee, the Midwest is full of fun, interesting, and educational things that kids and their parents will love. Mall of America might possess a more commercial feel than some of the area's other travel destinations, but it also likely offers the most entertainment per square foot (5.4 million square feet to be exact) with some of the most popular kids' characters and brands on hand, including Lego, Nickelodeon, American Girl, and Paw Patrol. There's an indoor amusement park, aquarium, arcade, mini golf, and so much more, all within just a few minutes of the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.
Read on to check out our list of the top 25 amazing things that kids of all ages can do at Mall of America.