Target Community Night at The Franklin Institute

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 9.08.10 AM Tonight Wednesday August 19th is Target Community Night at The Franklin Institute! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at these FREE educational and fun-filled science extravaganzas sponsored by Target. Experience The Franklin Institute’s famous exhibitions, special programs, and themed activities. Target Community Nights are from 5:00PM-8:00PM, on the third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise specified. Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register. Doors open at 5:00PM. Check in at the registration table for a chance to win a free Family Membership! Guest are asked to park in our garage for a discounted rate of $6 for the evening. The garage is located at 271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: August 15-17

Lots to do in Philly this wekened – enjoy everything from Indian festivals to family fun with a bite at Shark Week Live!, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and much more!

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Shark Week Live!

Friday August 15th – Sunday August 17th
Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr
Camden, NJ

It’s the final weekend of Adventure Aquarium’s Shark Week Live running Friday August 15th – Sunday August 17th. Check out rarely exhibited species to unique share encounters and experiences for the whole family. Free with admission. Adults $25.95, children ages 2-12 $18.95, under 2 free.

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53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
Friday August 15th – Sunday August 17th
Old Pool Farm
1323 Salford Station Road
Schwenksville, PA

Don’t miss the 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival happening this weekend in Schwenksville PA. Bring the whole family out for music, fun and more with day long family programming at Dulcimer Grove including entertainment by the Give and Take Jugglers, kids creations and crafts, family music and more. Tickets $29 and up.

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Festival of India
Saturday August 16th
1pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 South Columbus Blvd. at Market St.
Philadelphia, PA

The 21st annual Festival of India will highlight the colorful multi-faceted culture of India through art, music, dance, and cuisine and lots of family fun on Saturday August 16th starting at 1pm at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Free.

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9th Annual Collingswood Crafts and Fine Art
Saturday August 16th – Sunday August 17th
Haddon Ave.
Collingswood, NJ

The 9th Annual Collingswood Crafts and Fine Art Festival takes place on historic Haddon Avenue this Saturday August 16th and Sunday August 17th from 10am – 5pm rain or shine. Come out for over 150 juried crafts and artisans, live entertainment, great food and more. Free.

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Art Splash: Trip Around The World
Friday August 15th – Sunday August 17th
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Families can explore, create and play at the Philadelphia Museum’s Art-Splash family programs running Friday August 15th – Sunday August 17th. Kids and families get to “Meet the Masterpieces” all summer long as treasures from the museum’s collection are featured and come to life through play and hands-on activities. Museum admission for kids 12 and under is always free. Adult admission $23.50.

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ArtSee: Picnic in the Parkway
Friday August 15th – Sunday August 17th
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy a weekend of family fun at The Barnes Foundation for their ArtSee: Picnic in the Parkway this Friday August 15th from 5-7pm, Saturday August 16th from 11am-1pm, and Sunday August 17th from 1-3pm. In the spirit of Cezanne’s apples and other delicious subjects enjoy picnic themed fun by drawing a foodie-delight still life, embellishing a picnic bag and create custom picnic placements. Free drop in tickets at admission desk. Gallery admission not included.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday August 17th
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings including this Sunday August 17th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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Caribbean Festival
Sunday August 17th
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 South Columbus Blvd. at Market St.
Philadelphia, PA

The 28th Annual Caribbean Festival takes place this Sunday August 17th starting at 12pm at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Free. The festival will feature a Caribbean workshop, children’s corner, and a marketplace and music from across the Caribbean islands. Free.

Family Fun at the Philadelphia Folk Festival

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The 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, the longest running music festival of its kind in the entire country, takes place starting tomorrow August 14th – Sunday August 17th. Head to Schwenksville, Pennsylvania this weekend to catch great performers, vendors and artists and enjoy some family fun with the kids too.

In addition to the great acts on several stages for the adults there will be day-long family fun at Dulcimer Grove with the Give and Take Jugglers, kids creations and crafts, live performances and more! And on Sunday August 17th the Folk Festival welcomes WXPN Kids Corner starting at 12 Noon.

Tickets to the 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival are offered as single day or all-festival tickets starting at $29. For a full schedule of ticket pricing and availability or to purchase tickets see https://www.pfs.org/folk-festival/tickets

If you go:
The Philadelphia Folk Festival runs Thursday August 14th – Sunday August 17th and is located at Old Pool Farm Corner of Salford Station Rd. & Clemmers Mill Roads 1323 Salford Station Rd., Schwenksville, PA 19473

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Aug 8 – 10

A beautiful summer weekend is ahead and lots to do in our great city. There’s everything from Mary Poppins Sing-alongs to peach festivals, the PA Dutch Festival and more so get out and enjoy one of these fun family events this weekend!

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25th Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival

Friday August 8 – Saturday August 9
Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Celebrate the traditions foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch at the 25th annual Dutch Festival happening at Saturday August 9th from 8am – 5pm at Reading Terminal Market. Come out to try delicious homemade ice cream, Pennsylvania Dutch sausages, apple dumplings, funnel cakes, and lots more. Free.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Day
Saturday August 9th
1pm
Martial Arts Demonstration and Ninja Training
Rittenhouse Square
1805 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Get Pop-Cultured this Saturday August 9th at 1pm at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Day at participating Barnes and Noble bookstores including Rittenhouse Square with a Ninja Turtles themed day featuring a martial arts demonstration, meet and greet with Raphael and April and storytime and crafts too and lots more. Free.

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Peach, Pirate & Princess Festival
Saturday August 9th – Sunday August 10th
1-4pm
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ

It’s a celebration of peaches, pirates and princesses this weekend at the Camden Children’s Garden! Celebrate Jersey’s favorite summer fruit with special crafts, a treasure hunt, and a planting activity. And kids are invited to dress in their favorite Princess and Pirate costumes for special themed crafts. Special live performances both days featuring Snow White on Saturday and classical scores for families on Sunday. $6, free for kids 2 and younger.

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Art Splash: Mythological Mischief
Friday August 8th – Sunday August 9th
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Families can explore, create and play all summer long with the new Art Splash program running Friday August 8th – Sunday August 10th. Kids and families get to “Meet the Masterpieces” all summer long as ten treasures from the museum’s collection are featured and come to life through play and hands-on activities. Museum admission for kids 12 and under is always free. Adult admission $23.50.

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Peach Festival
Saturday August 9th
8am – 6pm
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

The annual Peach Festival is taking place this Saturday August 9th at Linvilla Orchards in Media PA. Come out for live music, special meet and greets with favorite characters, peach themed crafts and activities, a hula hoop contest and more. Free. Some attractions ticketed.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday August 10th
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings including this Sunday August 10th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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Summer and S’mores
Sunday August 10th
3-5pm
Riverbend
1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA

Head to Riverbend Education Center in Gladwyne on Sunday August 10th from 3pm – 5pm to celebrate National S’mores Day with a fun family nature exploration and campfire complete with s’mores toasting. Donations welcome.

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Sundays on Stage: The Principles of Hip Hop
Sunday August 10th
2pm
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA

Kids will learn all about The Principles of Hip Hop at The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Sundays on Stage program on Sunday August 10th at 2pm at the Vine Street Main Branch. Using dance, interactive lecture and interactive audience participation, Hip Hop Fundamentals dancers will work with kids of all ages to inspire and entertain. Free.

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PECO Family Jams: Treasure Jars
Sunday August 10th
12 Noon – 4pm
Philadelphia Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss the PECO Family Jams family program at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens on Sunday August 10th between 12 Noon and 4pm. Bring the kiddos for family friendly tours of the gardens at 1 and 3pm and to decorate their very own treasure jar with glass gems in all colors of the rainbow. Free with admission. $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

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Family Movie Sing-Alongs
Sunday August 10th
6:30pm
Newtown Theatre
120 N. State Street
Newown, PA

Enjoy a family movie sing-along to the classic film Mary Poppins at the Newtown Theatre this Sunday August 10th at 6:30pm. Plus dress up for the costume contest, enjoy prizes, prop bags and more! $10 for adults, $7 for kids.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks August 1 – 3

Happy August! There is much to do on this first weekend of the month in and around Philly from Olaf sing alongs to Marvel Day, African festivals and more! So get out and enjoy the weekend with the kiddos!

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Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf!

Friday August 1st
7pm
Participating Barnes & Noble Stores including:
Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut Street
Broomall, 1991 Sproul Road
Cherry Hill, 911 Haddonfield Road

Enjoy story time, a Frozen sing-along, crafts and activities with everyone’s favorite snowman – Olaf! at participating Barnes & Noble stores in the region at 7pm on Friday August 1st. Free.

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Garces Free Community Health Day
Saturday August 2nd
9am – 2pm
The Lenfest Center
3890 N. 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Garces Foundation hosts its free quarterly Community Health Day at The Lenfest Center this Saturday August 2nd from 9am – 2pm. Bring friends and family out for medical screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. Medical physicals, healthcare resources and dental care (limited). Free.

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Marvel Day
Saturday August 2nd
Participating Barnes & Noble Stores including:
Rittenhouse Square, 1805 Walnut Street
Broomall, 1991 Sproul Road

Get “Pop-Cultured” this Saturday August 2nd at Marvel Day at participating Barnes and Noble bookstores with a super celebration of Marvel’s 75th Anniversary with giveaways, activities and more including a chance to win special Marvel prizes too. Free.

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Family Camp Out
Saturday August 2nd – Sunday August 3rd
Riverbend
1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA

Want to get a taste of what camping could be like for your family? Check out the family camp-out this weekend Saturday August 2nd – Sunday August 3rd at Riverbend. Perfect for the first time camper, Riverbend staff help you set up your tent, build the campfire and provide the food. Plus enjoy a night time activity for families too. $80/family. Email or call scarr@riverbendeec.org or 610-527-5234 108 to pre-register.

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Art Splash: Mixed Up Music
Friday August 1st – Sunday August 3rd
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Families can explore, create and play all summer long with the new Art-Splash program running Friday August 1st – Sunday August 3rd. Kids and families get to “Meet the Masterpieces” all summer long as ten treasures from the museum’s collection are featured and come to life through play and hands-on activities. Museum admission for kids 12 and under is always free. Adult admission $23.50.

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Philadelphia Theme Night
Saturday August 2nd
7pm
Campbell’s Field
401 Delaware Ave
Camden, NJ

Families can enjoy a Philadelphia Theme Night on Saturday August 2nd at Campbell’s Field before the Camden Riversharks Game at 7:05pm. Special in game promotions include many giveaways, activities, and even appearances by Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross. The first 500 children under 12 will receive a mini bat. All fans who wear a Philadelphia themed sports jersey will get in free. After the game will be fireworks and kids run the bases.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday August 3rd
9:30am – 12:00pm
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings including this Sunday August 3 between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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StoryUP!
Sunday August 3rd
10am – 1pm
Philly Improv Theater
2030 Sansom Street
Second Stage (2nd Floor)
Philadelphia, PA

StoryUP!  and the Philly Improv Theater team up on Sunday August 3rd from 10am – 1pm to present an interactive storytelling show where the kids provide the ideas for a magical and hysterical adventure. Receommended for 5 and up. Tickets $8-$10.

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ACANA African Festival
Sunday August 3rd
2-8pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 South Columbus Blvd. ta Market St
Philadelphia PA

Don’t miss the ACANA African Festival this Sunday August 3rd from 2-8pm.This outdoor concert features artists, groups and dance troupes from around the African continent to perform. Plus enjoy African food vendors and traditional and modern African clothing

Disney Social Media Moms #OTR Recap

Recently (ok, ok… actually it was over a month ago actually but to me it feels like just yesterday still) I had the sheer joy and pleasure of attending the Disney Social Media Moms On The Road conference that took place right here in Philly! This was such an exciting event in so many ways for me personally and professionally but mostly because it allowed me to be with fellow Disney lovers and experience a little Disney magic right here in my own backyard!

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I arrived at the conference hotel and as I managed to work my way around the parking lot looking for a space to park I was giddy to see all the Disney car decals and themed bumper stickers! It’s not that often you get to see so many cars sporting their Disney pride all in one place and I just knew then that it was going to be a magical day.

Once inside the hotel I followed the crowds and started to stand in line to register. There were moms in Maleficient horns, Dads in Mickey Mouse ties, bloggers dressed up like snow white and of course plenty of ears!

The next bit of Disney magic came when I heard a loud voice happily bellowing about how the wait for a Fast Pass in was shorter than a regular line. Only later did I learn who the man behind the voice was (more on that soon…) but it immediately made me feel like I was in Disney World just hearing anyone talk about Fast Pass lines!

After a bit of eager and excited standing about they finally let us in to the main room and it was so fun to see everything and take it all in. The tables were all cutely decorated and some even had Disney stuffed animals on them. The centerpieces were a suitcase with a sign with table names like “Hashtag Highway” (my table)! I got to meet and be table mates with the adorable Amanda from Sneezing Pixie Dust. I’m so happy I got to sit next to such a huge Disney fan like her because the two of us were giddy with all the Disney joy together!

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There were also several photo stations throughout the room and in one corner was a man dressed in a jedi robe with Donal Duck ears and a bill. Because I’m enough of Disney dork I was just excited to go have my picture taken with with “The Jedi Donald Guy.” Only later did I learn that this was in fact Gary Buchanan, social media guru for Disney Parks. Maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t know who it was because I was clearly not awake nor nearly caffeinated enough to be witty or aware and just sort of smiled and got my pix with him and shuffled off. Oh well, Gary – maybe next time! In the process of waiting for him though, I chatted up some great new friends and learned how to make more room on my iPhone for all the pix I knew would be taken that day from the super sweet Lori from Take Time for Today (“Hi Lori!”). Love meeting sweet and smart new blogging friends from other parts of the country! Lori actually drove in from New England for this event – aren’t we lucky here in Philly that it was so close for us this year??

I wandered next over to the Photo Booth area and got my Mickey hands pix taken which was fun and exciting for me too. Having never worn Mickey hands myself this was a new Disney first and hopefully won’t be the last. All of the Disney props and excitement had me feeling like I was back in Disney World again!! Soon we were all called to sit for breakfast and the official program began (we were here for a conference after all!). We were welcomed to the day by some of the Disney Parks Social Media team including Jen Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager for Walt Disney World, Disney Parks, and Disney Parks Blog (you know, she’s like actually a pretty big deal, right?!!) She had some fabulous Disney background to share and talked to us about some of the things that make social media work so well for Disney including the focus on storytelling, attention to detail, and the value of celebration. One of the things Jen shared that I just loved was the behind the scenes of the making of the Ultimate Tweet – a 140 character photo with 140 Disney characters making a hashtag symbol and shot from above. Brilliant, right???!! And oh so fun to see if you’re a big Disney addict like me. Check out more on the making of this Ultimate Tweet on the Disney Parks Blog post.

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And then Gary Buchanan, Walt Disney World Social Media Managing Editor, took the stage. (You know the jedi guy from my early am photo opp??). Gary shared some great info about recent Disney campaigns. One of the funniest things he shared was this great video about the “Diaper Dans” which for any Disney fan will strike a fun chord! Check out the Diaper Dans video for a laugh! Another brilliant campaign Gary mentioned was a contest that just is wrapping up called Be the Eighth Miner. This is a totally fun contest in conjunction with the release of the awesome new Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride. What a fantastic way to get people engaged and in on the action, right? This contest is now over but you can see the winners of each challenge (to take a photo or video of yourself as one of the dwarfs) and find out the grand prize winner of the Be the Eighth Miner contest who gets a trip to Disney by following hashtag #8thMinerContest.

After Gary, we heard from HP, a premier sponsor of the event. HP had so much exciting info to share but the most exciting for me was something called Instant Ink – a subscription based ink service from HP that automatically detects when your HP printer is low on ink and sends you a new pack of ink cartridges. Um, HELLO – life changing, right??? You’re welcome. For more on HP solutions and ideas that will help you day in and day out, be sure to follow #HPSmartMom.

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Next up we heard from Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations who talked to us about Creating Visual Content with ease. For me, Victoria’s talk was absolutely one of the most useful as she shared some incredibly practical tips and trips for making and delivering rich social content. Victoria has such great energy and enthusiasm and experience to share and really got into some of the details of the best tools for creators of multimedia content. Two big take-aways for me from Victoria’s talk were to “Zoom with your Feet” and to check out a cool and easy video tool called Videolicious. If you start to see more videos on phillyfun4kids it will be because of Victoria!

Our next session was a fabulous panel of three women focusing on the life of Mom Business Owners. This was a really interesting and honest panel of three highly successful Moms including Amy Bradley the inventor of Toy DozerKristi Gorinas, creator of Dad Pack (and past winner of the Huggies Mom Inspired Grant program!); and Jen Grover, inventor of the Butler Bag. What I really liked most about this panel was how honest each of these women were about the costs and joys of their business success. Of course many questions focused on how to achieve that ideal balance between kids and family and achieving success. In some cases, the answers were not easy. One of the panelists admitted that she missed many of the early memories and moments in her kids lives and that she regretted it. Even though it was a hard answer to hear, I appreciated the honesty very much because I sometimes feel like we’re striving for a balance between business success and family time that might not exist. Of course it does exist in different shapes and forms but there are choices made and consequences from each, right? 

Finally, the day ended with an inspiring talk by author and motivational speaker, Debi Silber, aka The Mojo Coach who was energetic, inspiring and very motivational. Debi talked about the effect of stress and stress induced behaviors on your body and mind, the immunity boosting effect of surrounding yourself with positive (not negative) people and the importance of being present in The Now. She was funny and awesome and ended her talk with a group toast (no booze just Diet Cokes and coffee of course!) to our health and success! What a great positive way to end this magical day, huh?

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But no, that wasn’t the end of the magic. To cap off this most wonderful day, we were greeted by none other than Mickey Mouse too! I waited in line to meet the Mouse and got to talk with and meet more amazing people. And when I got up to Mickey not only did we pose together but he grabbed my arm as if to dance – so sweet and fun!

I became a Disney fan after we took our two small girls to Walt Disney World for the first time two years ago. You can read all about why Disney was so magical for us all and how much I encourage families to take young children to Disney here. Since then my love for Disney has only grown and increased each year and this conference was yet another magic moment for me as I got to hear and learn more from an insider perspective about how Disney Parks works its special magic!

Thank you so much to Disney Parks, Maria Bailey of MomSelect, all the amazing sponsors including HP, Huggies, and all the fabulous speakers and panelists for a most amazing day!! It was such an honor and privilege to be able to attend!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post but I was provided with several awesome goodies from Disney Parks and the fabulous sponsors of the event (not the least of which was a Rice Krisipe Mickey ears treat straight from Disney!) and breakfast at this half day Disney conference event. As always all opinions expressed about all things Disney being magical or the opportunity to learn from smart successful women entrepreneurs being such a privilege are my own. 

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: July 25-27

It’s the last weekend of July (how did THAT happen??) and there is much fun to be had in and around Philly this weekend. Kids and parents alike can enjoy Philly’s new music fest Kidchella or head to the classic WXPN music fest, plus take part in a Storybook Celebration at the Camden Children’s Garden, and have fun while raising money for families affected by cancer at the Adopt a Pig Change Reaction Picnic at the Camden Riversharks Game, too!

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Kidchella

Friday July 25th
6pm
SMITH Memorial Playground
3500 Resevoir Dr
Philadelphia, PA

It’s Kidchella – SMITH Playground’s first ever kids music festival happening Friday July 25th at 6pm at SMITH Memorial Playground. Curated by Jeff Bogle, local blogger at Out With The Kids, Kidchella will bring together family friendly acts including Walter Martin of the Walkmen, Brady Ryer and The Not Its! Don’t miss this unique evening of fun that the whole family will enjoy. Free for SMITH members, $10 for kids and adults non-members.

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40th Street Summer Series
Saturday July 26th
6pm
40th Street Field
40th & Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA

The free 40th Street Summer Series concert is taking place in University City this Saturday July 26th at 6pm. Head to 40th Street Field for a free concert and lots of family fun and community, too. This week’s featured concert will feature Raphael Xavier W.O.R.X. Meets Bobby Zankel &The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound as well as the Avalon String Band and will be sure to have you and the little up and grooving to the beat. Free.

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WXPN XPoNential Music Festival
Friday July 25th – Sunday July 27th
Wiggins Park
Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Camden, NJ

The WXPN XPoNential Music Festival is happening this weekend at Camden’s Wiggins Park. Bring the kiddos to enjoy the best in live music, great food, fun and more. Tickets for kids are just $5 per day. 1 Day Wiggins and Garden Passes now available for $30 for adults. 3Day passes $55-$140 for adults.

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Art Splash: Art in the Garden
Friday July 25th – Sunday July 27th
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Families can explore, create and play all summer long with the new Art-Splash program running Friday July 25th – Sunday July 27th. Kids and families get to “Meet the Masterpieces” all summer long as ten treasures from the museum’s collection are featured and come to life through play and hands-on activities. Museum admission for kids 12 and under is always free. Adult admission $23.50.

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Change Reaction Adopt a Pig Picnic at the Camden Riversharks Game
Saturday July 26th
5pm
Campbell’s Field
401 Delaware Ave
Camden, NJ

Join Adopt a Pig for Change Matters for Kids with Cancer on Saturday July 26th at 5pm for a 2 hour all you can eat picnic where kids get all access to the Funzone, carousel and speed pitch too. Plus kids can meet the pigs at the pig kissing booth, too! The game starts at 5:35pm. $25 of each ticket will be donated to Adopt a Pig, a program designed to help kids and their families cope as they fight cancer. Tickets $50.

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Storybook Celebration
Saturday July 26th and Sunday July 27th
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ

It’s a Storybook Celebration at the Camden Children’s Garden this Saturday July 26th and Sunday July 27th from 1-4pm. On Saturday kids will have a chance to meet and greet with Super WHY & Princess Presto from the kids favorite show SuperWHY. On Sunday enjoy live classical music featuring storybook scores from your favorite children’s storybook tales. Plus enjoy book crafts and special readings too. Tickets $6 per person, free for children under 2.

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Marvel Universe Live!
Friday July 25th – Sunday July 27th
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Calling all superheroes fans! Don’t miss Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend. Marvel Universe LIVE! is a mind-blowing, live-action arena experience unlike anything you or the kids have seen before, featuring the most Marvel super heroes and villains ever assembled. You’ll feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more, all presented in an original and family-friendly story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest. Tickets $45 and up.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday July 27th
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road & Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings including this Sunday July 27th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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9th Annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
Sunday July 27th
12 Noon – 5pm
East Passyunk Ave
E. Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Race down to East Passyunk Ave on Sunday July 27th from 12 Noon – 5pm for the 9th Annual Car Show and Street Festival featuring 140+ hot rods and vintage cars plus live music, crafts, food, drink and fun! Free.

Last chance for Marvel Universe LIVE!

Calling all super heroes – don’t miss your last chance to see Marvel Universe LIVE! coming to the Wells Fargo Center in Philly this weekend!

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Marvel Universe LIVE! is a mind-blowing, live-action arena experience unlike anything your kids have seen before, featuring the most Marvel super heroes and villains ever assembled. You’ll feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more, all presented in an original and family-friendly story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest.

You can save 50% on tickets when you order online here and use discount code LASTCHANCE.

IF YOU GO: 
Marvel Universe LIVE! is showing at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday July 24th through Sunday July 27th. The Wells Fargo Center is located at 3601 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia. Shows are running Thursday – Saturday at 7pm with additional Saturday shows at 11am and 3pm and Sunday at 1pm and 5pm.

Giveaway: Upper Darby Summer Stage

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Last week I got tickets for the girls and myself to check out The Circle of Life show at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center as part of their Summer Stage series. I cannot even tell you how glad I am that I decided to get them. Even though I waited too long and they were balcony tickets the show was a delight for both me and my two girls. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house and at just $7 a ticket you can’t really beat the price for such a fun show. The Circle of Life performance was a tribute to Disney movies and included Summer Stage cast members sharing memories of their favorite Disney magic moments and family memories as well as “real” Disney characters like Elsa, Sofia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Merida and many others. It was such a fun and entertaining show and for a Disney addict like myself, I was just so touched and moved by the whole performance.

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After the performance the girls got to head outside and enjoy a fun meet and greet with many of the cast members. The kids LOVED this. They get to meet and hug their favorite characters and then get their playbills autographed, too. This was especially fun with all these wonderful Disney characters that are so familiar to young children but it’s great fun even when the “stars” aren’t so well known as my girls enjoyed this just as much last year when they got to meet the cast of Freckleface The Musical, too. We had a chance to experience the magic of Summer Stage last year at the Strawberry Freckleface, The Musical show which the girls and I also loved. That’s when I realized that these Summer Stage performances were a real gem to have right in our backyard!
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Upper Darby Summer Stage is one of nation’s oldest and most successful youth theater programs. For five years in a row (2008-2012), Summer Stage was voted by My Fox Philly’s Best Theater Group in Philadelphia! The mission of Upper Darby Summer Stage is to encourage young people to develop the magic of their talents, personality and energy, and to share that magic with audiences through outstanding theatrical performances for the entire family. Each summer, over 700 young people from in and around the Delaware Valley come to Summer Stage and participate in one of our programs. Participants range in age from 11 to 28. Turns out my neighbor was in Summer Stage when SHE was in high school. And she drove an hour each day to come and be a part of it – who knew! And, we learned at the opening of The Circle of Life Show that Summer Stage is celebrating its 39th year – amazing!

The next Upper Darby Performing Arts Center Summer Stage children’s theater show to hit the stage this week is Elliot and the Magic Bed running July 16, 17, and 18th with shows at 10:30am each day and an evening show Thursday at 7:30pm too. This show is sure to be a hit as it tells the enchanting story of Elliot, a boy with a runaway imagination whose bed magically takes him to the lands of the Pirates, Mermaids and Sorcerers. On his adventures he learns a valuable lesson taught by the important people in his life. Delightful music and a magical adventure for all ages! Plus this is a very special show because it is written and composed by award-winning Summer Stage alumni Marcus Stevens and Brian Lowdermilk.

Future Summer Stage show you won’t want to miss this season include Doctor Dolittle, Jr., School House Rock Live, Jr.!, Honk, Jr.!, and Alice in Wonderland. Shrek the Musical will also be offered as a full-length main stage production this season.

If you have a chance to get to one of the upcoming Upper Darby Performing Arts Summer Stage shows, definitely go! They are a true delight and a fun way to introduce young children to live theater in a very family friendly environment.

If you go:
Upper Darby Summer Stage takes place at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center located at
601 N. Lansdowne Ave
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Purchase tickets:
Online at http://www.udpac.org/tickets/, by phone at 610-622-1189 or in person at the Box Office. Box Office is open 9:00 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday and one hour before performances.

Giveaway:
And now one lucky phillyfun4kids reader will get to win 4 tickets to Elliot and the Magic Bed at this Thursday 10:30am show. To enter just fill out the easy rafflecopter form below – good luck!

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Disclosure: I was generously provided four free tickets to offer a lucky phillyfun4kids reader to enjoy Elliot and The Magic Bed this week at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. I bought my own family’s tickets to The Circle of Life show and will probably become a member because the shows are JUST THAT GOOD! 

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: July 11-13

It’s a weekend of festivities and fun with everything from Bastille Day celebrations, Hispanic Fiestas, Free Sundays on Stage and lots more! Don’t miss a moment of the action – get out and enjoy one of these family fun happenings in and around Philadelphia this weekend!

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Art Splash: Arms and Armor
Friday July 11th – Sunday July 13th
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Families can explore, create and play all summer long with the new Art-Splash program running Friday July 11th – Sunday July 13th. Kids and families get to “Meet the Masterpieces” all summer long as ten treasures from the museum’s collection are featured and come to life through play and hands-on activities. Museum admission for kids 12 and under is always free. Adults admission $23.50.

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BlobFest
Saturday July 12th
11am – 6pm
The Colonial Theatre
227 Bridge Street
Phoenixville PA

“Don’t walk, run” – to Phoenixville for the annual celebration of the the 1958 classic sci-fi movie, The Blob, during the annual Blob Fest. On Saturday join the StreetFair with live music, a fire extinguisher parade, a hot rod car show, multiple showings of The Blob and other cult classics and meet and greets with the “real” Blob and its caretaker, Wes Shank.

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Pirate Splash Day
Saturday July 12th
12pm-4pm
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
3900 N. Sandy Flash Drive
Newtown Square, PA

Bring your swimsuit and old shoes because guaranteed you will get wet at Pirate Splash Day at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation on Saturday July 12th from 12-4pm. Kids will be encouraged to run the maze and the gauntlet while being sprayed with water plus enjoy ducky races in the creek, and lots more. The pirate invasion begins at 12:30pm and continues all day as they control the farm until they are finally repulsed by the local militia. Admission $8.

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22nd Annual Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival
Saturday July 12th
11am – 7pm
Downtown Haddonfield
Kings Highway and Tanner Street
Haddonfield, NJ

The 22nd annual Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Arts Festival is taking place this weekend running Saturday July 12th from 11am – 7pm and Sunday July 13th from 12 noon – 5pm. Come out for two days of fun with fine arts, live music and fun. Free.

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Bastille Day Celebration

Saturday July 12th
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Let them eat cake – Tastycake!!! The 20th Annual Eastern State Penitentiary Bastille Day Festival takes place this Saturday July 12th starting at 5:30pm. Grab a Super Soaker and storm the walls or just enjoy the free theatrical performance with appearances by Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Benjamin Franklin and more. Afterwards enjoy food and drink specials throughout the area to continue the celebration! Free.

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Hispanic Fiesta

Saturday July 12th – Sunday July 13th
2-8pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd. & Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

The annual Hispanic Fiesta takes place this weekend at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Saturday July 12th and Sunday July 13th. Enjoy a celebration of Latino culture and community through music, dance, ethnic foods, artisan crafts, and more! Free.

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Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy
Saturday July 12th
8:30pm
Trolley Car Diner
7619 Germantown Ave
Mt. Airy, PA

Enjoy a free outdoor family movie at Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy this Saturday July 12th when The Incredibles will be shown on the big screen starting at 8:30pm, with seating starting at 8pm outside the Trolley Car Diner. Free.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings

Sunday July 13th
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings including this Sunday July 13th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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Sundays on Stage: Music for Young Children
Sunday July 13th
2pm
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA

Join Mary Roth for an interactive music program with an eclectic blend of world music and old favorite songs during the Sundays on Stage: Music for Young Children happening on Sunday July 13th at 2pm in the Montgomery Auditorium of the Parkway Central Library. Free.