With hundreds of miles of riding trails in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs, there are so many places to learn to ride a horse in the Philly area. Riding is an exhilarating experience, a surprisingly good workout and teaches children responsibility and self-confidence. Regardless of experience, young horse lovers can find some great lessons and summer camp experiences.
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Eleven weeks. That’s how long your Philly public school kid has off from school for this summer, and roughly the same if you are in a public charter or private school as well. 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! And if you're a working parent you need a way to fill the days that doesn't mean sitting in front of a tech device vegging out while you try to get work done. 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 athletic skills, 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 $350 per week as the highest limit) that you can use to help keep your kids entertained and engaged all summer long. Most camp registrations are on a week to week basis. For more ideas, check out our Camp Guide.
Get behind the scenes on everything from chocolate to motorcycles! What better way to enjoy a family-friendly educational experience than with a factory tour? From Philadelphia to the suburbs, as well as places that may constitute a day trip, Pennsylvania is a state that makes all sorts of things, and many companies are thrilled to have kids and grown-ups check out the process. That's where factory tours come in. Have you ever wondered how Herr's makes such cheesy cheese puffs? Did your little engineer (or passionate teen) ever want to see how they make Harley Davidson Motorcycles?
Whether you are just looking for something to do this weekend or take a longer road trip, we have a list for you. Be sure to call or check the websites for the most up-to-date hours and ticket prices. Looking for something in your immediate vicinity? Our Events Calendar always has the latest scoop, and find more ideas for weekend fun with our Weekend Travel Guide.
Philadelphia is home to the Flyers and some intense sports fans. So for many, hockey is serious business, and it comes as no surprise that 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.
Want to check out other lessons in the Philly area that might interest your kids? Take a look at our Philly Classes and Enrichment Guide.
Winter is here! That means it is finally officially time to hit the slopes! Pennsylvania is home to numerous mountains and resorts boasting ski-worthy lanes, steep slopes, and tons of options for snow tubing action as well.
Whether you are looking for big slopes or small, a chance to practice tricks, teach your kids, or even leave them with a sitter while you and your partner make it a day-date, PA slopes have it all! So pack on that winter gear and take a gander at some of the best places to enjoy a winter wonderland by ski, snowboard, or snow tube! And get more ideas for winter fun with our a Winter Activities Guide.
Winter can test your limits and your creativity when it comes to entertaining your kids. Sometimes you just need to get out of the house! Fortunately, no matter the weather, there are amazing places to go romp and play in the city and the suburbs that can help shake off that winter fatigue.
Check out our events calendar for even more fun ideas in the Philadelphia area, or check out our list of things to do with babies in winter, as well as cold weather activities for the rest of the family.
That Christmas goose may be getting fat, but you have no desire to cook it. And who could blame you? After all the shopping and excursions to enjoy area events, why not take a holiday yourself and spend your meal enjoying your family instead of cooking and cleaning away? Philadelphia's ample dining scene leaves you with plenty of options to choose from. Here's a roundup of open restaurants on Christmas Day, serving up traditional (and not-so-traditional) fare!