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August 7, 2015

philly kids: bugfest, peaches, superhero day, and an academy of natural sciences giveaway!

Happy August! With a one month countdown to the start of school, it's time to start thinking about fall schedules (and fall craziness!) Places like Philly Art Center are already registering for their fall sessions and there are classes available to satisfy all interests for kids of all ages! If you know of classes that aren't listed, please submit them here so can help spread the word.

BugFest is coming to the Academy of Natural Sciences this weekend and you'll be able to celebrate and even eat (!!!) some of your favorite creatures. In honor of this much anticipated event, we are giving away four passes to the Academy of Natural Sciences good for admission starting next week. Tell us what bug you think is most frightful for a chance to win! Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page! Winners will be chosen via random.org and announced next week.

This week, enjoy Superhero Day, Bug Fest, and Peachy Fun! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Superhero Day, Franklin Institute

Holy smokes Batman (and Superman, Wonder Woman, and more!)! The powers of good and evil converge for one day only at the Franklin Institute! Channel your inner super powers, dress like your favorite superhero or villain, enjoy creative and unique LEGO brick creations, capture photo selfies with the heroes (from 10am-12pm) and much more! 

Saturday, August 8th, 10am-3pm. Free with admission.

Bug Fest, Academy of Natural Sciences

Celebrate insects of all kinds—and taste a few—at the annual and much anticipated Bug Fest! Cheer on a favorite cockroach in the Roach Race 500, talk with Academy entomologists, examine hundreds of live bugs up close, get your face painted, and other fun activities. Free with museum admission.

Saturday and Sunday 8/8 and 8/9 10am-5pm.

Giveaway Alert!In honor of Bug Fest, our friends at the Academy of Natural Sciences are giving away 4 tickets good for admission to the Academy, starting next week. Let us know what your most frightful bug is for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

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July 24, 2015

philly kids: dance day, mess fest, and a please touch giveaway!

It's already the middle of summer and we hope you are enjoying every single ray of sunshine and enjoying the relaxed (yeah, right) pace that summer brings. It's not too early to look into fall schedules (gulp) so make sure you check out our listings of classes and other fun in the area. Many fall registrations are already open for sign-up (double-gulp)! If you know of classes that aren't listed, please submit them here so can help spread the word.

Safety Day is coming to the Please Touch Museum this Saturday at 11am (and 1pm) where children can meet FireFighter Andy Brown, try on real gear, touch and climb a Fire Engine and much more. In honor of the day, we are giving away four passes to the Please Touch Museum (good for general admission on any day, not just Safety Day). Tell us your best summer safety tip for a chance to win. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page! Winners will be chosen via random.org and announced next week.

This week, enjoy Dance Day, Mess Fest and Sweet Corn and Blackberries!  Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Safety Day at the Please Touch Museum

Meet Firefighter Andy Brown and his friends from the Philadelphia Fire Department. Kids will get a chance to try on real firefighter gear, see and touch a real life Fire Engine and Ladder Truck at 11AM and 1PM and more! Also, don’t miss special guest, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Kohl’s Mobile Safety Center!

Saturday, July 25th, 11am

Giveaway Alert! In honor of Safety Day, our friends at Please Touch Museum are giving away 4 tickets (to be used for general admission). Let us know what your best summer safety tip is for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.uArt of the Brick, Franklin Institute

Bright Horizons Early Education and Preschool, Various Locations

Children are creative by nature and enthusiastic about art. Not only do artistic experiences expand a child’s budding creative and artistic competencies, they also enhance learning and development in other areas such as math, literacy, and science. Visit one of our many locations to experience the arts through hands-on, creative activities for infants- school age children focused around culinary arts, fine art, music, dance, theatre and more!

On July 29th, various locations will be hosting an Open House Arts Festival where children of all ages can experience all that the arts have to offer! 4:30pm-7pm, times vary by location. Click here to find the location nearest you.

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July 9, 2015

philly kids: storm the bastille, berry fun and a girls' night out, boys can come too concert giveaway!

We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend and that you've settled into your summer routines (or lack of routines!). It feels like Mother Nature is being especially finicky with us this summer so make sure you check out our listings of both awesome outdoor and indoor spotsPhilly has to offer! And if you have some more ideas, please list them here so we can help spread the word.

The Girls' Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour is coming to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center onWednesday, July 15th at 7pm. Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat and Rachel Platten will all be there... will you? Our friends at Sands are giving away four tickets to this fabulous concert - tell us your favorite Girls' (or Boys') Night Out activity for a chance to win! Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page! Winners will be chosen viarandom.org and announced next week.

This week, enjoy Storming the Bastille, Berry Fun and Hispanic Fiesta! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Animal Grossology, Academy of Natural Sciences

Experience the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on earth in AnimalGrossology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Based on the best-selling children’s book series Grossologyby Sylvia Branzei, this exhibit oozes with disgusting science and entertaining hands-on learning games. Find out why the dung beetle is called nature’s pooper scooper, why cows chew cud, and how snail and slug slime could lead to a treatment for cystic fibrosis. From poop to pellets and scales to hairballs, celebrate all the things that can’t be discussed at the dinner table!

Runs through August 30th.

Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour, Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Fans of all ages are in for a treat! Christina Perri, iTunes' Breakthrough Pop Artist of 2011 and singer of "A Thousand Years" is joining up with Colbie Caillat, the two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/ songwriter and Rachel Patten of "Fight Song" fame for a show you, your teen, tween and wanna-be tween are sure to love. A short hour away from Philadelphia at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center promises to give you a night to remember!

Wednesday, July 15, 7pm. Tickets start at $39.50

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center are giving away 4 tickets to this concert! Tell us what your favorite "Girls' Night Out" activity is for a chance to win!  Winners chosen via random.org and announced on Sunday.

Get the best Philly events for families emailed to you directly every Thursday by signing up here. We include what's free, fun, and uniquely Philly for every day of the upcoming week. Our weekly events newsletter is free to all! 

June 26, 2015

philly kids: tall ships, fairies and wizards, and raspberry festival!

Happy last week of June! Before you know it, we will be prepping for the school year once again (ack!) but for now it's time to enjoy all those awesome outdoor andindoor spots Philly has to offer! And if you have some more ideas, please list them here so we can help spread the word.

Have you had a chance to see the Franklin Institute's Art of the Brick Exhibit? It's a fabulous way to beat the heat or the crazy rain - let us know what your favorite bad weather activity is for a chance to win 4 passes to see an 80,000 brick T-Rex, a replica of the Mona Lisa, Liberty Bell and much more. Passes also include general admission to the Franklin. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page! Winners will be chosen via random.org and announced next week.

This week, enjoy the Tall Ships, Fairies and Wizards and Raspberry Festival. Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Marvel Experience, Lincoln Financial Field

Become a part of THE experience. You will smash villains as Hulk, fly as Iron Man, shoot energy beams with Vision, and scale buildings with Spidey! Your journey will take you through the amazing 3D 360 degree Stereoscopic full-Dome projection theater before taking flight in the thrilling motion ride. 

S.H.I.E.L.D. has assembled Marvel’s Avengers to battle Red Skull and HYDRA and they need your help! Sign up as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Recruit at the world’s first ever Super Hero Recruitment Tour. Become part of this ‘all ages’ experience in the immersive, Domed attraction, as you learn about your favorite heroes and villains, all while sharpening your own super powers! Book your time slot for two hours of epic fun!

Runs now thru July 5th. Tickets start at $34.50

Art of the Brick, Franklin Institute

Have you had a chance to see Art of the Brick at the Franklin Institute yet? If not, beat the heat (and the rain!) move it to the top of the list! This exhibits features over 100 creations, assembled from more than one million LEGObricks,including 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex made from over 80,000 LEGO bricks, interpretations of historic works such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Edvard Munch’s The Scream.

Runs through Sept. 30th, 2015

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at The Franklin Institute are giving away four free passes to theArt of the Brick which includes general admission. Tell us what your favorite rainy day activity is for your chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

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June 12, 2015

philly kids: alex's original lemonade stand, flag day, river fest and an animal grossology giveaway!

And just like that, the school year is over (or in its final days!)! Hopefully this early summer heat has gotten you into a beach/ pool/ outside fun mindset and that you are keeping nice and cool! If you haven't gotten around to signing up for camp, there are still great options likePhilly Art Center (a PPC favorite!), and others. There are still plenty of options left and if you need some inspiration, check out our Camp listings here.

Today is the last day of our 4 ticket giveaway to Opening Night of the Marvel Experience coming to Philadelphia from June 19th through July 5th. You'll actually become part of THE experience and it will be one that is sure to be unforgettable. Tell us who your favorite superhero is and why for a chance to win. Tickets will be for a 5pmtimed entry. We are also giving away four tickets to the Academy of Natural Science's Animal Grossology exhibit which is here until August 30thTell us what is "grosser than gross" in your life (keep it appropriate please!) for a chance to win! Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page! Winners will be chosen via random.org and announced next week.

This week, enjoy Flag Day, River Fest and ARTspiration! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Alex's Original Lemonade Stand, Penn Wynne Elementary School

The stand that started it all. Each June, on theSaturday of Alex's Lemonade Days weekend, one of our most important lemonade stands of the year is held to honor the tradition of Alex’s annual summer lemonade stand. Appropriately named, Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand, Alex’s friends and family continue to hold her stand, which has evolved into a family fun event complete with food, games, crafts, face-painting, music, raffles, butterfly release and (of course) lemonade, held at the school Alex attended, Penn Wynne Elementary School. 

Sat, 6/13 10am-3pm. No admission fee. All-Access Pass is $25 to enjoy activities, food and a T-shirt. Most importantly, it supports an amazing cause.

Animal Grossology, Academy of Natural Sciences

Experience the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on earth in Animal Grossology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Based on the best-selling children’s book series Grossology by Sylvia Branzei, this exhibit oozes with disgusting science and entertaining hands-on learning games. Find out why the dung beetle is called nature’s pooper scooper, why cows chew cud, and how snail and slug slime could lead to a treatment for cystic fibrosis. From poop to pellets and scales to hairballs, celebrate all the things that can’t be discussed at the dinner table!

Runs through August 30th.
 
Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Academy of Natural Sciences are giving away 4 tickets to the Academy and the Animal Grossology exhibit. Tell us what's grosser than gross in your life for a chance to win! Winners chosen viarandom.org and announced next week.

Get the best Philly events for families emailed to you directly every Thursday by signing up here. We include what's free, fun, and uniquely Philly for every day of the upcoming week. Our weekly events newsletter is free to all!

June 5, 2015

philly kids: strawberry festival, festival of play and a marvel experience giveaway!

Happy June! We hope you are enjoying a nice wind-down of the school year and getting into beach, pool and the summer season. Have you signed up for camp yet? There are still plenty of options left and if you need some inspiration, check out our Camp listings here.

Today we are giving away four tickets to Opening Night of the Marvel Experience coming to Philadelphia from June 19th through July 5th. You'll actually become part of THE experience and it will be one that is sure to be unforgettable. Tell us who your favorite superhero is and why for a chance to win. Tickets will be for a 5pm timed entry. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page! Winners will be chosen via random.org and announced next week.

This week, enjoy Strawberry Festival, the return of Rock-N-Roar and a Festival of Play! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Festival of Play, Penn's Landing

Enjoy a day of of fun and exciting activities like boat tag, obstacle courses, face painting, and giant boggle, and then imagine doing it with 2000 of your closest friends and their families! Young people representing youth programs and schools wiill design and lead these activiies and lead the way through this first sure-to-be-successful Festival of Play.

Saturday, June 6th, 10am-2pm.  Rain date: Sunday, June 7th

Seafarin' Saturday, Independence Seaport Museum

Seafarin' Saturday is a chance for children and parents to participate in nautical activities and experience adventures of distant shores. From making pirate battle rattles to sailor valentines, children are sure to dive into fun! Seafarin' Saturdays are perfect for youth groups such as scouts and themes and activities change each week. This Saturday, May 9th, discover the art of scrimshaw and try your hand at creating your own!

Every Saturday, 11:00am -1:00pm. Free with admission.

Jungle Book, Arden Theatre

Arden’s The Jungle Book is a brand new play based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling. Meet Bagheera, Shere Kahn, the python Kaa, and Baloo the Bear as Mowgli the man-cub learns to navigate the laws of the jungle. Brought to life by 5 actors, this world premiere production celebrates storytelling and the power of imagination. Filled with adventure and original music, The Jungle Book reunites the creators of the Arden’s Robin Hood and Pinocchio for this exciting new version of Kipling’s classic tale.

Runs now through June 21st. Tickets start at $20.

Marvel Experience, Lincoln Financial Field

Become a part of THE experience. You will smash villains as Hulk, fly as Iron Man, shoot energy beams with Vision, and scale buildings with Spidey! Your journey will take you through the amazing 3D 360 degree Stereoscopic full-Dome projection theater before taking flight in the thrilling motion ride. 

June 19th- July 5th. Tickets start at $34.50

Giveaway Alert!Our friends at the MARVEL Experience are giving away four tickets for Opening Night, June 19th at 5pm (these are timed entry tickets). Who's your favorite superhero and why? Tell us for a chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

Get the best Philly events for families emailed to you directly every Thursday by signing up here. We include what's free, fun, and uniquely Philly for every day of the upcoming week. Our weekly events newsletter is free to all! 

May 28, 2015

philly kids: philly art center grand opening party!

Adding to its beloved and buzzing city outposts, Philly Art Center is celebrating its Grand Opening at its newest Cherry Hill studio, located at 1721 Springdale Road. The Party will feature an array of attractions for all ages throughout the afternoon! Free and open to the public, all are invited to enjoy hands-on art making, airbrushed and bejeweled face painting, a Student Art Show, and more! A baby zone will feature interactive music and creative play activities, and food trucks to provide delicious snacks. Plus, don't miss an exciting musical performance by the Philadelphia Mummers! 

Sunday, May 31st2-5pm, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 3pm!

May 21, 2015

philly kids: superheroes, memorial day and a garden state discovery museum giveaway!

The unofficial start of summer is here! We hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend planned and if you are headed to the shore, Poconos, or anywhere else, we wish you tons of sun, fun and safe travels. If you stay in town, there are plenty of fun happenings in the 'hood!

Today is our last day to enter our giveaway of four tickets to Franklin Institute's Art of the Brick Exhibit which is here from now until the end of September. Let us know what you love to create out of LEGOs for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week! This week we are also giving away four passes to the Garden State Discovery Museum in honor of their upcoming Super Why Meet and Greet and Memorial Day Celebration. Tell us how you encourage your children to read for a chance to win. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page! Winners will be chosen viarandom.org and announced next week.

This week, enjoy Superheroes, Memorial Day Fun and the Devon Horse Show! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Superhero Weekend, Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum is honoring all Heroes during Memorial Day weekend so dress up as your favorite hero and head over! Throughout the weekend, they will honor medical, police, and even canine heroes and of course the Marvel Superheroes, Captain America and Spiderman will make their appearances. Enjoy crafts, make-your-own costumes, design-your-own heroes and, of course a fun parade!

Friday, May 22nd through Monday, May 25th.

Super Why Meet and Greet, Garden State Discovery Museum

Calling all Super Readers! Our favorite literacy fanatics are headed to the Garden State Discovery Museum for a special Meet and Greet. Don't forget your camera to capture this fun moment! Pre-registration is required. Also, on Memorial DayMonday, head over from11am-3pm for some patriotic crafts!

Saturday, May 23rd5-7pm.

Giveaway Alert! We are giving away four tickets to the Garden State Discovery Museum (for general admission, not limited to this event). Let us know how you encourage your child to read for a chance to win.Winners chosen viarandom.org and announced next week.

Get the best Philly events for families emailed to you directly every Thursday by signing up here. We include what's free, fun, and uniquely Philly for every day of the upcoming week. Our weekly events newsletter is free to all!