Kristen Sullivan

Kristen Sullivan

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24 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this August

If visiting a summertime festival, fair, or carnival is on your summer bucket list and it has yet to be crossed off, look no further. Here is our round-up of Delaware Valley's August fun. These festivals, featuring entertaining live music, delicious foods, rides, and culture, will not disappoint. So take a look and be sure to visit some of these events with your family this month.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Water Fun, Festivals, Theater Shows July 22-23

Lots of summertime fun awaits Philly families this weekend! Whether you're visiting the Jersey Shore, enjoying sweet treats at a local festival, or taking in some theatre, our event calendar is exploding with excitement.

Learn about the properties of water and how its energy is harnessed for power at demonstrations held at Hagley Museum. Get soaked in a melted snowstorm by the fire company at Byers' Choice's Christmas in July event. Splash around at one of the sprinkler or splash pads throughout the Delaware Valley, check out a pop-up public pool, or splurge with a visit to a water theme park. After drying off, visit a tasty festival such as the Sweet Corn Festival at Oasis Family Farm, Sweet Corn and Blackberry Festival at Linvilla Orchards, or the Honey Festival at The Harriton House. Wrap up the weekend by seeing a theatrical performance such as Grease or Fiddler on the Roof.

With so many choices, everyone in the family can share in all the fun summer 2017 has to offer.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: S'mores, Skies, Kidchella July 17-21

By now, Philly families may be starting to hear the most dreaded phrase of the summer... I'm bored. Combat a mid-summer slump by exploring our jam-packed event calendar.

This week provides so many exciting, educational, and engaging options for little ones, school aged kids, tweens, and teens. Younger children can make crafts at Monkey Fish Toys or Lume Creative Learning Studio, explore American Swedish Historical Museum during Toddler Time, listen to stories among the animals or in an enchanted woods, or dance the day away at Kidchella. Older children can volunteer at Riverbend, participate in a social justice book discussion, rock out at an outdoor concert, or stay up late to watch the night sky. For some family fun, take a spin on a carnival ride or watch an outdoor movie.

Avoid boredom by browsing our list of 100 free things to do this summer. Make it a great week!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Concerts, Ice Cream July 15-16

Mid-July offers the perfect opportunity for Philly families to check things off of their summer bucket list. This weekend's event calendar can certainly help cross off a few items.

If attending a festival is a must-do for your clan, take a ride to Peddler's Village for its Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival, experience ziplines, moonbounces, and music at Turks Head Music Festival, or catch Tastykakes to celebrate the storming of the Bastille at Eastern Penitentiary's Bastille Day Festival. Want to see a free concert? Grab a blanket or chair and check out the musical line-ups at Rose Tree Park, Upper Merion Township Park, or Penn Township Park. But, quite frankly, nothing says summer more than ice cream! Be sure to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a delicious treat at your favorite ice cream sweet spot.

No summer bucket list? No problem! Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has got you covered with top picks for the weekend and month, as well as an entire activity guide for the whole summer. So get ready to check off lots of family fun from your list.

The Ultimate Guide to Ice Cream Shops in Philly and the 'Burbs

The heat and humidity of the Delaware Valley can sometimes be unbearable. What better way to beat the heat than cooling off with some delicious frozen treats! We have rounded up some sweet spots to visit throughout the summer months- just in time for National Ice Cream Day on July 16. A few places even have special events for the occasion so read on to discover some of our favorite places to get ice cream. The bigger question is-- which flavor will you chose?

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Ant Picnic, Puss in Boots, July 10-14

During the humid days of July, Philly families may be looking for ways to keep their minds off the heat. Whether it's cooling off at a splash pad or finding some A/C at a local museum or mall, there are many ways to make the most of the week ahead with activities found on our event calendar.

Spend some time indoors to learn something new. At The Academy of Natural Sciences' brand new exhibit, Backyard Adventures, kids can play indoor mini-golf, build with tools, and try to pollinate flowers. The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers its latest exhibit which features the amazing photography of Michael Nichols. Check out a $1 indoor movie, see a magic show that keeps audiences laughing, or go to a kid-friendly theater production. Once the sun begins to set, venture outside to eat a picnic among the bigger than life ants at Tyler Arboretum, play carnival games at the Malvern Fire Company Carnival, or see an outdoor movie at Wentz Park or Leeland Park.

Plan out all your fun by browsing through our event calendar. Stay cool!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Blueberries, Pirates, Pets July 8-9

A summer weekend in July offers the perfect opportunity to create lifelong family memories. Favorites may include visiting an amusement park, taking a tour of a local factory, splashing in the waves at the shore, or relaxing at a kid-friendly beer garden. Philly parents can turn to our event calendar which is jam-packed with food, frenzy, and furriness sure to delight Philly kids.

Taste a cultural feast at the Hispanic Fiesta at Penn's Landing or enter a watermelon-eating contest at Pennridge Community Day. Pick blueberries at Linvilla and pack them for a picnic at West Chester Railroad's Summer Picnic Train Ride. Create your own pirate flag and write in invisible ink at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation or see pirate demonstrations and take a Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard tour at the Wilmington Pirate Festival. Round out the weekend by bringing your furry babies to Chestnut Hill's Petapalooza for a dip in the doggie pool while human kiddos can visit animals in the petting zoo.

To plan out your weekend activities, continue reading for the latest happenings in Philly and at the shore. Have fun making memories!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parties, Parades, Fireworks July 3-7

The 4th of July holiday week is upon us! From parties and parades to firework displays and non-firework alternatives, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia can help you make the most of this special summer holiday.

It is our country's birthday after all so why not begin with a party? Philadelphia's Historic District's Block Party provides children's activities such as wheelbarrow races and bubble blowing, America's Birthday Party with Betsy Ross allows guests to share cupcakes with Betsy Ross, and Party on the Parkway features ziplines, animal encounters, and a free concert by KIDZ BOP Kids. Take part in an all-American tradition and line up to see a 4th of July parade in Glen Mills, Radnor, Aldan, or Center City. After partying and parade-watching, lace up your running shoes to burn off the extra BBQ calories with a celebratory Firecracker, Bottle Rocket, or Sparkler Run at the Market at DelVal.

If your crew is heading to the shore, check out the Cape May Carnival, Stone Harbor Family Fun Night, or Wildwood Movies on the Beach.

With so many options, be sure to use the filter in our event calendar to search by age, location, and tags. Happy 4th everyone!