Lindsay Li

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16 Affordable Summer Camps for Philadelphia Families

Two months. That’s how long your student has off from school for the summer. While you could see this as a great bonding time with your kids (and it is!), there is one problem: it’s just so. much. time! That’s where summer camps come in to save the day. Teaching your kids new skills, helping them form new friendships, and burning off the copious amounts of energy.

But summer camp can be a major burden on the wallet. Fortunately, there are a number of local summer camps and programs that make enrollment much more manageable. Whether they want to learn more about science and technology, grow as an artist, or gain skills on the field, there is an affordable camp for every age and interest.

To help you make your selections, we’ve rounded up a great list of free or affordable summer camps (using the cap of $300 per week as the highest limit) that you can use to help keep your kids entertained and engaged all summer long. Unless otherwise noted, registration for camps is on a week to week basis.

Philly by Bike: 12 Parks, Paths, and Trails for City Kids to Ride Safely

Riding a bike, that quintessential childhood experience that somehow harkens both innocence and adventure. For so many kids, bikes mean freedom! But while riding a bike brings joy, it is also something that city parents sometimes think can't be done for their kids. Sure, Philly has bike lanes, but even for an experienced rider, those can be a hazard. But if you know the right trails, parks, and open spaces, there are plenty of places you can go together for regular rides! To that end, we've gathered up some of the best spots in the city for kids to safely bike.

Pennsylvania Maple Sugaring Season Events

Mark your calendars because maple sugaring season is upon us! If you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss was about when it comes to the run-of-the-mill syrup versus the true-blue maple, now is your chance to find out. Tree-tapping season officially kicks off in February, but sugarings and tastings run through March across the state of Pennsylvania. Festivals and breakfasts will have families breaking any lingering New Year’s resolutions, but it's SO worth it. From day trips to local events, check out what the syrup season has to offer.

It is important to note that some of these events are definitely destination activities (averaging a 3-4 hour drive) that likely require an overnight trip, especially when bringing little ones. Please check the drive times before planning your trip.

GOAL! Take to the Ice with Hockey Lessons for Philadelphia Kids

Philadelphia is home to the Flyers and some intense sports fans. For many, hockey is serious business, and they are just as excited to see the Flyers bring home the Stanley Cup as they are to see Team USA bring home the Olympic gold. So it comes as no surprise that many kids want to take to the ice and learn to skate and play like the pros. Fortunately, there are a number of local programs that are NHL Learn to Skate USA partners. The program is designed to build skills and make hockey a positive experience, and the only thing you need are basic ice skating skills. If your kid has the eye of the tiger and is dreaming of growing up to be the next Bobby Clarke or Claude Giroux, we've put together a roundup of some Philadelphia-area rinks that offer ice hockey lessons for kids.

What's New and Opening in Philly in 2018

Every year it seems like Philadelphia gets better and better with more things to see and do for local families and tourists alike. Major initiatives for the city include expanded green space, which often means new opportunities to get out and play. Outdoor events are always a big draw and each year the calendar seems to have more to offer in terms of destinations to experience art and culture. 2018 is no different, in addition to the usual festivals and events that you can look forward to year after year, there are some exciting openings and events that make it a good year to be in Philadelphia.

Step into Science at Please Touch Museums' Sid the Science Kid Exhibit

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit is now open at the Please Touch Museum. This awesome exhibit features a complete reproduction of the sets from the fantastic PBS Kid’s show, making it the largest-ever temporary exhibit to come to the beloved children’s museum. The exhibit includes five hands-on areas that have interesting ways for kids to engage in STEM-learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Throughout the exhibit your little scientists will be encouraged to ask questions, explore, test theories, and play while taking part in interactive lessons that tackle basic science questions. Designed for ages 2-8, the exhibit is also full of good old-fashioned fun, with climbing structures and slides. 

30 Things To Do With Preschoolers This Winter

Toddlers are little balls of boundless energy. Winter can sometimes seem like the worst time of year for toddlers, especially when a cold snap comes through that drives everyone a little crazy with cabin fever. But even in winter there are tons of fun indoor and outdoor activities that are just right for the little ones to get out and have some fun! Whether you are up for an adventure, or need to work off some energy, or want to start making memories with classic Philly experiences, we've taken the liberty of rounding up some of the best things to do with toddlers in and around Philadelphia.