You've made it! You have a decade or more of parenthood under your belt, and new and exciting challenges and learning experiences are on the horizon. Your little baby is a baby no more, but a tween! And that in-between age calls for something unique and fun that really celebrates the individual your child is and has become. Here are some of our top picks.
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Some of the most rewarding moments we have with our young children is watching them learn something new. Find a mommy and me or baby class in the Philadelphia area, so you can experience that moment with your new little one.
The look on their little faces as they discover a new skill, hear a new sound, or accomplish a new trick is one that makes all the sleepless nights worth it. While we get to see many of these moments in our daily activities as our children grow, with parent-child classes you can also learn new skills alongside your little one. Whether you are just starting out in parenting or looking to introduce your child to your love of books, dance or music, or even want to learn a new language together, we're sure you'll find a fun baby class in Philly.
Not every summer day can be a sunny beach day, even at the Jersey Shore—but there are plenty of indoor spots where families can find rainy day fun.
From Asbury Park to Cape May, we've put together a list of shore activities that will get you off the beach and out of your condo or hotel room. So whether the rain is spoiling your beach day, you need a day out of the sun, or just a change from the sand and surf, we have you covered.
For more entertaining activities this season, check our list of 70 Best Things To Do at the Shore all summer.
Let's face it, when it comes to parenting and scheduling, we have a list of programs and activities that are just for fun, and then we have our serious list. This is the list that takes precedent, and the events we plan our lives around. At the top of that list for many parents is learning to swim.
With such a robust swim culture in Philadelphia—from amazing public pools to frequent trips to lakes or the shore and beyond—making sure your little one is comfortable and confident in the water is a key milestone. Finding the right swim instructor and facility for your family is essential. Whether you want to start with parent-child lessons, think private lessons are best for your child, or you have a budding swimmer who is ready to be part of group lessons, there are some terrific options in the Philadelphia-area. Here is our roundup of the best!
While Philadelphia is a worthy destination–there are hundreds of family-friendly things to see and do, events to check out, and beautiful historic sites—sometimes you need a change of pace. And the truly great thing about living here is that whenever we need an excuse to get away, there are wonderful things to see and do across dozens of cute towns and boroughs in the area.
With school out, and hours to kill, it’s the perfect time to take a quick day trip or perhaps even a weekend getaway. Looking to slow things down and indulge in tasty treats? Visit Lancaster. Want to experience a quaint small town vibe? Drive to New Hope! Or would you rather take in some historic sites and nature walks? No matter your ideal out-of-town destination, these 12 suburbs are our favorites, and sure to make for an awesome excursion for you and your family
Entertaining a preschooler is no joke, especially if they have moved on past their nap times! Some parents are truly excellent at coming up with daily plans for their little ones, exposing them to all the arts and sciences and play, making creative quiet books, and other Pinterest-worthy activities. Whether you are excellent at curating preschooler activities or not, you can always count on Philadelphia's selection of parks, playgrounds, and programming throughout the city to expand your little one's interests and experiences. If you want to beat the heat or embrace the summer swelter, here are 20 spots that are sure to be family favorites for you and your crew this summer:
Everyone loves a good trip to the beach, but Jersey Shore boardwalks are where the real memories are made. Whether you make it a day trip or have weekend or week-long plans for a summer vacation, one thing you most definitely don't want to miss is time on the boardwalk.
From frozen custard and funnel cakes to rides and mini-golf—and a few that feature water parks and toddler amusements—a boardwalk ups the ante on your usual trip to the beach. Boardwalks and the Jersey Shore go hand-in-hand, but if you are making only one trip this year, make sure it's to one of the best!
One of my favorite indulgences as a parent is finding a spot to enjoy a night out that pleases the whole family- and as a bonus, I don't have to cook or clean up! When the weather is nice, outdoor dining is pretty much the only way to go. The kids can be as loud as they want (or nearly so), and I am more likely to enjoy the entire meal without having to take a break to explain about inside voices and not running around the table. A definite go-to, especially in the summer, are beer gardens and pop-up dining destinations that not only have kid-friendly menus, but often family activities and attractions. However, there are many go-to spots that don't quite fit the beer garden genre. Here is a roundup of the most family-friendly ones in the city that have enclosed, or nearly enclosed outdoor seating.
If you're in the mood for a beer garden dining experience, we've got a round-up for that, too.