Kristen Sullivan

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Constitution Day, Community Night September 18-22

Autumn officially arrives on Friday! Philly families can anticipate the smell of cool autumn air, flowering chrysanthemums, and pumpkin-flavored coffee, creamers, donuts, breads, pies, cookies- ALL THINGS PUMPKIN!

Our event calendar also offers up some activities to engage the senses. Older kids can investigate seeds and plants while toddlers can learn about busy little squirrels and preschoolers explore the life of the monarch with a visit to Tyler Arboretum. Get a jumpstart on your fall bucket list with a trip to Hellerick's Family Farm and climb in the spider net, slide down the corn chute, and see the farm animals. Or, cross off a final summer bucket list item (it's technically summer until Friday) by checking out St. Gregory's Church Carnival in Philly or St. Madeline's Church Carnival in Ridley Park. Those looking for indoor fun are in luck. This week, the National Constitution Center recognizes Constitution Day with lots of intriguing programs to learn about this important founding document. Franklin Institute provides free admission from 5 PM to 8 PM during its Community Night and Winterthur hosts its WOW! Wee Ones event so kids can experience the museum through exploration and movement.

Be sure to review our September GoList as you are filling your family calendar with fun for the month. Now, keep reading to see some of our top picks.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Apples, Scarecrows, Festivals September 16-17

It may already be the middle of September, but fall doesn't technically begin until next week. However, our event calendar is certainly showing signs of the change in season. From apple-picking to scarecrow-making, Philadelphia families can anticipate lots of fall-themed fun this weekend.

Head to Linvilla Orchards for its annual Arts, Crafts, & Music Festival. Kids can enjoy roaming through the corn maze, taking a pony ride, or picking apples. Speaking of apples, The Market at DelVal's Apple Fun Days offers families another opportunity to pick their own apples as well as inflatable fun and crafts for the kids. Those who enjoy hands-on activities can take a trip to Peddler's Village for its annual Scarecrow Festival and build their very own scarecrow. Interested in seeing a theatrical performance this weekend? Hedgerow Theater presents Storybook: Treasure Island while The Sedgewick Theater features Aesop's Fables. Or, experience storytelling at its finest during the 25th Annual New Jersey Storytelling Festival.

Get a jumpstart on planning your fall bucket list by checking out our newest posts featuring Fall Festivals, Corn Mazes, and Fall Train Rides. Or visit our Fall Fun Guide for even more seasonal fun. For now, keep reading about all the fun that is in store this weekend.

Halloween, Fall Foliage, & Bonfire Train Rides for Philly Families

As cooler weather reaches the Delaware Valley, Philly families are reminded of their own autumnal traditions. Perhaps picking apples at a local apple orchard, raking leaves in the backyard, and carving pumpkins on the kitchen table come to mind. This year, consider adding a new experience to your fall 'must do' list by climbing aboard one of the many train rides available throughout our region. From viewing fall foliage to picking pumpkins to eating brunch or dinner onboard, there are several unique train experiences that are sure to delight children of all ages. Looking for more trains? Check out New Jersey's Halloween Train list for even more fun.

Be sure to search our event calendar for plenty of additional family activities for the fall season.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Storytime, Fall Fest September 11-15

Moms, Dads, and kids alike can enjoy the fun that September brings throughout the Delaware Valley. Philly families can carve out time for some semi-spontaneous fun between school days and extracurricular activities with the amazing opportunities found in this week's event calendar.

Take the baby for a stroll through The Philadelphia Museum of Art, or have baby in tow while watching a grown-up movie at The Colonial Theatre. Engage toddlers in learning about the world around them with nature encounters at Briar Bush Nature Center. Little ones can pause for storytime among the animals at The Brandywine Zoo or in the Outdoor Children's Classroom at Morris Arboretum. Children who are homeschooled can dive into the topic of aquatic ecosystem exploration at Bartram's Garden. End the week by taking the entire family to Spruce Street Harbor Park for its Fall Fest or by watching the horses at the Devon Fall Classic.

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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Trains, Grandparents' Day, Sept 9-10

With one week of school routine under the belts of many Philly families, it is time to savor some family time this weekend. Thankfully, there are plenty of choices that can be found in our event calendar. First off, there are a multitude of festivals featuring everything from fungi fun at the Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, to art appreciation at Doylestown Art Festival, to historical fun at Chadds Ford Days. Train lovers in the family won't be disappointed. West Chester Railroad savors the last bit of summer during its Summer Picnic Train. Colebrookdale Railroad takes passengers to a vintage baseball game while folks at Greenbank Station can step back in time to Civil War days. Best yet, Thomas and Friends are riding the rails at Morris Arboretum all weekend long.

Don't forget to celebrate Grandparents' Day on Sunday. Treat grandma and grandpa to brunch at Franklin Square, or let them take the kids to visit a museum such as the National Museum of American Jewish History, or to Lorimer Park for a nature scavenger hunt.

With such a jam-packed event calendar, be sure to filter by age, tags, and location. Have a great weekend!

Grandparents' Day in Philly: Time to Send the Kids to Grandma's

Whether you call them Grandma, Granddad, Nana, or Poppop, grandparents add an enormous amount of value to the life of a child. They're the best babysitters, treat sharers, spoilers, and we love them so. And what better excuse than Grandparents' Day (September 10) to send the kids out for some fun with their grands (and get some time to yourself)! We have rounded up some wonderful ways to celebrate grandparents. From sporting events to nature excursions, there is something for everyone. Keep reading to discover all the ways to show Mom Mom and Pop how much you love them this Grandparents' Day.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Labor Day Fun, Storytimes, Honey Festival September 4-8

Traditionally speaking, the day after Labor Day marks the first day of school for many Philly kids. But, just because school is starting does not mean that the fun has to end. Quite the contrary, as our event calendar is filled with many ways to spend time with the family.

Start the week off by celebrating Labor Day with roller skating at Blue Cross RiverRink, touring the exhibits at the Museum of the American Revolution, or visiting the penguins at Adventure Aquarium. Squeeze in time to listen to stories at free events held at Reading Terminal Market, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, or Smith. Older kids can enjoy spending the evening seeing the trains at the Marshall Steam Museum while kids of all ages can learn about honey-making at Glen Foerd during part of the Philadelphia Honey Festival. Don't forget about West Chester's Swingin' Summer Thursdays as well as University City's Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll.

Since summer technically doesn't end until mid-September, make the most of these sunny days by spending family time together. Because, before you know it, everything will be pumpkin-flavored!

Labor Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Fairs, Festivals, History, September 2-4

Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer for Philly families. Be sure to make the most of this three-day weekend with some of the amazing activities found in our events calendar.

This weekend features a variety of end of summer fairs and festivals. Learn about Medieval England with a trip to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair. Listen to a polka band and taste pierogies at the annual Polish-American Family Festival & County Fair. See the horses and ride the amusements at Ludwig's Corner Horse Show and Country Fair. For some free fun, cool off inside The Barnes Museum for its Free First Sunday or The Philadelphia Museum of Art during its Pay What You Wish admission.

Or, ramp up for the school year with an educational encounter. Experience the life of the Lenape with a visit to Churchville Nature Center. Learn about the Revolutionary War at the newly opened Museum of the American Revolution where kids under 12 get in free all weekend long. Witness a free military demonstration at Signers' Garden, hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and be inspired by tales of our Founding Fathers at the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches located throughout Historic Philadelphia.

Try squeezing in one more trip during this long weekend with a shore getaway, a jaunt to Amish Country, or a cross-state excursion to Pittsburgh. As summer comes to a close and families make way for soccer practice, piano lessons, and homework to begin, enjoy this weekend and make memories to last a lifetime.