Kristen Sullivan

Kristen Sullivan

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Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Horses, History, & Parades May 27-29

Traditionally, Philly families may spend this unofficial start of summer weekend by taking a trip to the shore, swimming in a lake, eating at a backyard cookout, or watching a parade honoring those who fought for this country. While all of those are amazing ways to spend the weekend, if you are looking for something new to add to your Memorial Day festivities, there are some 'must-do' activities in our event calendar.

Watch the horses race at the Devon Horse Show Grounds. Learn about American history with a visit to Historic Philadelphia; be sure to stop by a Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Bench, listen to a recitation of the Declaration of Independence, and see a colonial-inspired puppet show. Or take a moment to appreciate America's beautiful outdoors with a bird walk at Newlin Grist Mill, a boat trip along the Schuylkill River at Bartram's Gardens or a creek critter search at Norristown Farm Park and savor this land we call home. Check out the new fountain display at Longwood Gardens' Summer of Spectacle as it opens this weekend. With all of these options, it is sure to be a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Also, now's the time to get your tickets to our Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party next weekend. There'll be pony rides, face painting, games and activities. Plus, a Sesame Place giveaway. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. Get your tix now!

28 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this June

As the school year comes to a close and extracurricular activities wind down, the festival, fair, and carnival season is just getting started! We've compiled a list of all the great festivals and fairs happening this June. From the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to annual traditions, there is something for every member of the family. So, get out your calendar and be sure to make time for the array of fun that awaits Philly families this month!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Art, Science May 22-26

How can you resist the amazing line-up that the Delaware Valley has in store for Philly families this week?

Little ones who seek outdoor fun can listen to nature stories, hike the trails, learn about worms, or explore the properties of water. For the art lover, there are plenty of opportunities to make crafts, create masterpieces, or tour art museums. Budding scientists can wander throughout the Franklin Institute during its Community Night or discover the world of minerals and gems at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Splurge with a trip to see a show or root for the home team at a baseball game.

Celebrate the beginning of summer with Mommy Poppins Philadelphia at our Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party at Smith. Be sure to click through to get tickets and start the season off right!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Italian Market Festival, Strawberries, History, May 20-21

During this May weekend, Philly parents can find many ways to spend quality family time together. For starters, there are quite a few springtime festivals to enjoy. Eat delicious Italian foods in South Philly, appreciate the beauty and splendor of the Asian culture in Franklin Square, nibble on strawberry treats at Peddlers' Village, delight in children's entertainment at Annenberg Center Live, or applaud children's authors and literature at Big Blue Bookstore's Literary Festival.

After festival fun, spend some one-on-one time making art at Exton Square Mall, learning about weather at Fairmount Water Works, or trying a mindfulness class at Ahimsa House. Or, consider stepping back in time to simpler days where children can learn how soap is made at Newlin Grist Mill, wool is spun at the Thompson-Neely House, and horseshoes are created at Merion Friends Meeting House.

Don't forget to browse through our entire event calendar. With all of these options, be sure to use the filtering options to help narrow down events by age, location, and tags. Now continue reading for our top weekend picks.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Circus, Concerts, Festivals May 15-19

At times, running a household can feel like a circus act. Chasing toddlers, organizing car pools, and running errands can drain any Philly parent. Push the pause button this week to embrace some of the exciting and entertaining activities featured in our event calendar.

To start, head to Neshaminy Mall for rides, games, and carnival treats. Enjoy a visit to Kettle Kitchen Village for its Rhubarb Festival. Watch entertaining circus, theater, and musical performances at the Annenberg Center LIVE's Philadelphia International Children's Festival. Or, check out the family-friendly LuLu Shrine Circus as performers presents its 76th annual show. End the week with some meditative family yoga, relaxing jazz music, or an outdoor concert.

Be sure to browse our May GoList with amazing options for the entire family all month long. So, load the kids in the car and experience the fun that awaits.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Teas, Trains, Music, Nature May 13-14

A mother's work is never done. From short-order chef to Algebra tutor to chauffeur, moms are always there for Philly kids. So, why not celebrate all these special people with some of the many activities found in our event calendar?

To honor mom, consider taking her to a Mother's Day brunch or Mother's Day tea. Hop onboard a special train ride at West Chester Railroad or take a boat cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Sneak in a little history lesson with a visit to Valley Forge to learn about colonial army moms or witness what civil war times were like at  Encampment Day at Brandywine Battlefield Park. For additional options, listen to Irish tunes at Parx Casino Picnic Grove or musical theater numbers at the Kimmel Center. Spend time outdoors at Clark Park for its annual May Fair or Camden Children's Garden for its Beautiful Birds, Butterflies, and Cinco de Mayo Festival.

Browse through the rest of our top picks for the weekend. Also, don't forget to check out our May GoList filled with fun for the entire month. Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Chinese Lantern Festival, UNIVESTival May 8-12

With household chores and work commitments, Philly families may find it challenging to find time to stop and smell the roses. However, families wanting to escape the daily grind can look forward to an amazing line-up of excitement this week.

The City of Brotherly Love comes to life with glowing lanterns and Chinese culture at Franklin Square's Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival and Spruce Street Harbor Park opens for the season with its first annual UNIVESTival event. Little ones can embrace the outdoors with a visit to a park, garden, or arboretum while older kids participate in an art workshop or music experience. Finish off the week with a family sleep-over experience at Delaware Museum of Natural History's Dinosaur Night or Franklin Institute's Camp-In.

So, forget about the laundry and put down the paperwork. It's time for some family fun!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Cinco de Mayo, Broad Street Run May 6-7

Philly families are in luck! This weekend features a jam-packed event calendar with planet earthMexican culture, the start of May, and the season of spring stealing the show.

Begin the weekend with a celebration of our planet at Rolling Hill Park's Children's Earth Day Forest Festival. Dine on amazing Mexican food in honor of Cinco de Mayo at festivals held in downtown Wilmington or Kennett Square. Burn off those extra calories by participating in the Broad Street Fun Run or watch ponies run and jump at the Radnor Hunt Pony Club Jumper Show. Experience history in action with a visit to Pottsgrove Manor's annual Colonial May Fair. And, don't forget to make time for some adult fun at the Manayunk Craft Beer Festival.

Be sure to use the filtering options to narrow down events by age, location, and tags. Now continue reading for our top picks.