Since 2011, Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Gardens sites have been transforming under-used or vacant city spaces into exciting urban oases. In the last three to four years in particular, PHS's model has inspired pop-up gardens, parklets, and other awesome uses of urban outdoor space that are fun for the whole family, to spring up throughout the city (and now even in the suburbs). While most of these parks have beer gardens as a lure, there is also a lot of great family-friendly programming involved. Visiting one of these gardens is a great excuse to get out and relax with the whole family, no matter what age you or your kids may be. This round-up includes the most family-friendly, semi-permanent pop-ups for the summer.
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When I was little, Blueberries for Sal was one of my all-time favorite stories. I still love reading it to my kids today, and it is certainly the inspiration behind that seasonal excitement I get when it is time to gather my own bucket and "kuplink kaplank kaplunk" berries for canning, for topping pancakes and pies, and for making delicious blueberry jam. Here in Philadelphia, we have access to a lot of wonderful pick-your-own farms. Here is a roundup of some of the best for blueberry season! Or, if you want to make a day trip out of it, check out some of the farms in nearby New Jersey, where the blueberry is the state fruit!
Backyard Adventure is an exploration of the science of your backyard at the Academy of Natural Sciences. This exhibit runs until September 10, 2017, and families are invited to explore the magical world that surrounds them daily, but with different eyes. I got a chance to explore the space with my four-year-old as we set out to discover science in our own backyard!
Al fresco dining and drinking is a natural match for parents who enjoy getting out and having a semi-adult evening without having to call a babysitter. Which is why beer gardens are such a draw for parents. The outdoor space is perfect for kids who may be a bit on the loud side (speaking from personal experience), and beer gardens often include games that kids enjoy. Not to mention all the other kids that are there who they can play with. But not all beer gardens are created equal, or are quite as welcoming to parents with kids in tow (understandably so). So here is your go-to list for which beer gardens are the best for families.
So, you’ve decided to throw a birthday party and want to skip the hype of renting, and host the party yourself. Sure, you’re an excellent host and have the space to fit a handful of extra kids, but while you may be able to show off some pretty fantastic Pinterest skills, you might want to hire some extra entertainment. Philadelphia is full of local pros who can come to the rescue (some even in superhero costume no less) and take the party off the charts! From song and dance, to wild animals, to face painting, we have you covered! Also, if the idea of cleaning up after a handful of kids suddenly sounds like more work and less play, we have some excellent recommendations for places outside your home to throw an amazing birthday bash!
School is (almost) out for summer! But the school of rock is in session. This summer, if your child wants to forego the usual camp experience in favor of a chance to see what it is like to feel the limelight, then consider signing them up for a week (or an entire summer) packed with opportunities to perform some old fashioned rock and roll. Rock and roll camps give kids an opportunity to learn music, try their hand at different instruments, and even perform on stage for friends and family! Who needs swim lessons and hiking when you can learn how to shred?!
This month The Light Princess made its stage debut at the Arden Theatre. The musical is adapted from the story written in 1864 by George MacDonald, which itself was loosely based off of Sleeping Beauty. Or perhaps inspired is the correct word as the stories are very much different except that they both involve the life-altering ramifications of a wicked witch's curse. Instead of cursed to sleep, the princess in this story is cursed without gravity—both of the physical and emotional sense. Creative costuming and stage play bring this whimsical story to life, with an original selection of songs and a clever look at what it means to grow up and gain empathy.
Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, is now home to the first ever museum dedicated solely to the events and circumstances of the American Revolutionary War. This brings Philadelphia's museum and historic house count to well over 100! Set in Old City, the Museum of the American Revolution opens April 19, on the 242nd anniversary of the shot heard round the world which launched our country on its path to freedom. The setting couldn't be more perfect, sitting right in the heart of America's most historic square mile, with easy access to other remnants of our founding days. This is a true history lovers paradise, and the Museum of the American Revolution fits right in, offering a fresh and in-depth take on a war that literally made it possible for us to be here, as we are, today. We were very excited to get an early peek inside.