As cooler weather reaches the Delaware Valley, Philly families are reminded of autumnal traditions. This year, consider adding a new experience to your fall must-do list by climbing aboard one of the many family-friendly train rides in the region.
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It's the last weekend of September and the Philly area is packed with fall activities. Hitch a fall foliage train ride through the Chester Creek Valley, give the kids a thrill with a haunted hayride, or snuggle up to the animals at the Quakertown Fall Festival's petting zoo.
Read on for the best things to do in Philadelphia this weekend (and for the rest of September). You'll find even more upcoming Philly activities, as well as virtual and online fun in our events calendar. And if you're looking for fun classes for kids (virtual and in-person), tutoring, and pod support, stop in at at our online Back-to-School Fair with live sessions happening this week!
Pennsylvania is filled with amazing state parks to explore. In fact, there are over 300,000 acres of land managed by Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Nature Resources that offer everything from horseback riding and fishing to biking and overnight camping. By far, the most popular activity is hiking. Some hikes consist of short loops that are less than a mile while other trails are extensive and challenging.
If your family is looking for a PA state park to hike, check out our top 10 list below. Whether you want to see beautiful scenery, search for wildlife, or get some exercise, the list does not disappoint. Included in the descriptions are additional activities available at each park.
If remote learning has taught Philadelphia area families anything, it's that the 'classroom' can be anywhere. Philly moms and dads are finding plenty of unique learning opportunities for their kids outside the classroom—literally. Some classes are usually held outdoors, while other traditionally indoor classes have left the building in an effort to keep kids safe. From yoga to horseback riding to martial arts, there is something new to try outside.
Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up the list below to get you started. There is a mix of classes, sports activities, and free programs to experience outside of a classroom. Be sure to check back often as our list is regularly updated with new options. And keep an eye on our directory for more class ideas.
As Philadelphia reopens slowly in a modified green phase, Philly families have been making the most of what can only be described as the most unusual summer on record.
Venturing to a campground, cooling off in area splash pads, and going retro at a drive-in movie are among the top favorites. But since the counties in the Delaware Valley have been in the green phase since early July, many more local Philly attractions are reopening their doors to visitors with new social distancing rules in place.
We rounded up all the top things to do in Philly for kids right now, including all the reopened museums, zoos, amusement parks, and arboretums. Some expect to reopen soon, so we've included those dates below. Outings in the COVID-19 age look different as venues are limiting capacity, requiring face masks, and encouraging social distancing. Accordingly, be prepared to secure tickets in advance, wear masks, and pack a reusable water bottle—and the hand sanitizer...maybe a portable potty, too!
Continue reading to discover what's reopening in Philadelphia and throughout the Delaware Valley.
Due to coronavirus, local businesses in Philadelphia and throughout the Delaware Valley have been impacted by the ongoing stay-at-home orders. With restrictions still in place, small businesses are adapting to the "new normal" while serving the community and keeping customer safety at the forefront. But Philly families can help support local businesses in lots of ways.
Buying books and toys at local shops to keep young minds engaged and entertained, order delicious take-away meals to satisfy ravenous appetites and take a break from cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner everyday, and purchase gift cards for future use. Remember: When patronizing local shops, you directly make a difference to a family. (And when possible, consider contacting restaurants directly instead of using a third party service to help keep the profit at the small business).
Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up a list of 27 local businesses offering pick up and delivery options. Refer to this list when need a jolt of coffee, a sweet (or salty) treat, or gift for your little one. Shop local! Together, we'll make it through!
And while you're showing your support for the businesses you love, we hope you'll count Mommy Poppins and our small business partners among them. You can support Mommy Poppins by sharing articles you find useful with friends or on your social media channels, checking out our directory of virtual classes, camps and birthday parties and telling businesses you found them through Mommy Poppins. Also, as part of our effort to keep our local parent writers and this website afloat and support some of our favorite family businesses, we've created Poppins@Home, a platform for small businesses to share free and low-cost online classes and birthday parties with kids all over the country. Please consider trying a few of these fun, affordable, and creative classes—and spreading the word among your friends—as yet another way to support, uplift, and get through these challenging times together!
For ideas on how to stay active and safe during these times, browse through our Stay-at-Home Guide with over 100 resources of things to do.
Parents have been keeping Philly kids entertained in some extraordinary ways as families adapt and adjust to life at home amidst the new normal. Children have created amazing sidewalk chalk art, toured museums around the country online, and conducted clever science experiments as well as engaged in a fair amount of screen time (who is kidding who) at home safely. But nothing can replace the joy and thrill a kid feels when receiving a new toy or book! There is something about getting a package and tearing open the paper to reveal a surprise inside.
Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up a list of independent toy and book stores offering delivery options during these unusual times. Some stores provide personalized shopping for customers. Many offer titles for mom and dad, too! Consider patronizing these spots when looking to add some new toys and books to your family's collection.
For additional ideas on how to keep children occupied at home, visit our Coronovirus Guide for Parents which includes a plethora of options.
It is important to note that in-person payments are not allowed at any establishment.
We need to stay home and stay safe, but one essential task that must continue is food shopping—so many families have turned to grocery deliveries to limit exposure that the shopping experience requires. With the increased demand, many of the big stores may run out of certain items and cannot always offer timely delivery slots, meaning it's a good idea to explore other local alternatives. We have rounded up a dozen local stores throughout the Philadelphia area that provide grocery delivery or curbside pick-up.
For more ideas on handling life and thriving, not just surviving, during this challenging time, check out our Stuck at Home Guide for Parents.
At publication time, these stores are offering delivery or pick up groceries. Since the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, please confirm with the store directly to be sure.