Labor Day Weekend Phillyfun Picks: August 29th – September 1st

Happy Labor Day Weekend! It’s the last weekend of August and the official end of summer so there’s just no excuse to not get out and do something fun with the whole family with lots going on all long weekend long!

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Friday Night Movies in the Park
Friday August 29th
7pm
Hawthorne Park
12th & Catharine Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Come out for the final free Friday Night Movie this Friday August 29th starting at 7pm (movie starts around 8:30pm) at Hawthorne Park at 12th and Catharine Streets in Philadelphia. The final movie selection is Despicable Me and there will also be games, snacks and activities, too. Free.

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Labor Day Weekend German Volksfest
Saturday August 30th – Monday September 1st
Cannstatter Volksfest-Verein
9130 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA

The annual Labor Day Weekend Volksfest / Octoberfest Party takes places this Saturday August 30th – Monday September 1st at the Cannstatter in Noretheast Philadelphia. Bring the whole family out for three days full of great food, fantastic entertainment, prizes, vendors, rides for the kids, and much more. Tickets $6 per day, children under 12 free.

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Labor Day Barbeque with Buzz Lightyear

Saturday August 30th
12 Noon – 3pm
Gasper Home & Garden Showplace
316 Tanyard Road
Richboro, PA

Enjoy a fun family barbeque and refreshments at the Gasper Home & Garden Showplace in Richboro PA this Saturday August 30th from 12 Noon – 3pm and take part in a meet and greet with Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story too. Free.

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Labor Day Celebration
Saturday August 30th – Monday September 1st
12 Noon – 3pm
Franklin Square
200 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy one last blast of summer fun at Franklin Square this weekend Saturday August 30th – Monday September 1st from 12 Noon – 3pm at Franklin Square. Kids will enjoy the playground plus other attractions including the Lightning Bolt Express Train and more. Free. Some attractions ticketed.

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40th Street Summer Series

Saturday August 30th
40th Street Field
40th & Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

The 40th Street Summer Series continues this weekend with a family-friendly concert featuring global sounds and fun for kids too. This Saturday August 30th, enjoy the New Orleans sounds of Nation Beat along with bluegrass music from The Highwater Preachers. Plus, kids can enjoy face painting, balloon animals, and free ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s. Free.

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Art Splash: Tea and Treasure
Friday August 29th – Sunday August 31st
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Families explore, create and play all summer long with the Art-Splash program offered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy this last weekend of Art Splash fun running this weekend Friday August 29th – Sunday August 31st featuring Tea and Treasure. Kids and families get to “Meet the Masterpieces” 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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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday August 31st
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 31st between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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Annual Camden Waterfront BBQ
Sunday August 31st
1pm – 10:30pm
Wiggins Waterfront Park
Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ

Don’t miss the free annual BBQ at the Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden happening Sunday August 31st from 1pm – 10:30pm. The free BBQ will feature live music, activities for the kids, vendors, a beer garden, and lots more fun for all. Free.

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Labor Day Weekend BBQ and Fireworks
Saturday August 30th – Sunday August 31st
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA

Sesame Place is holding its annual Labor Day Weekend BBQ and Fireworks Celebration on Saturday August 30th and Sunday August 31st. Take the kiddos for a day of fun with their favorite furry characters and Labor Day weekend fun for all. First enjoy a BBQ in Big Bird’s Riverside Pavilion with your favorite Sesame Street Friends. Then, enjoy the fireworks spectacular set to Sesame Street music when it gets dark. Tickets $27 for adults, $17 for children for BBQ. Park admission $43+ (Park admission not included.)

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Philadelphia’s Tri State Labor Parade and Festival
Monday September 1st
9am (parade), 11am (festival)
The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
139 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Tri State Labor Parade and Festival takes place this Monday September 1st starting at 9am. The parade begins at Columbus Blvd and Washington Ave and travels north to Penn’s Landing to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing where the festival will begin at 11am and will include face painters, magicians, a make-and-take craft center, live music, fun, food and more! Free.

Fairmount Water Works

Have you checked out the Fairmount Water Works lately? I remember many years ago when the Interpretive Center was opening in 2003 and I was so excited to see what they had done. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that this was before kids and I’ve never gone back with my two little ones. What a shame because boy this is a really special place here in Philadelphia!!!

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Kids loved the Splash Organ demonstration

We were invited to check out the Fairmount Water Works recently so the girls and I headed down for a morning of exploration, learning, and fun. Upon arrival we were greeted at the beautiful Fairmount Water Works building and led downstairs for a lovely little breakfast and socializing with the other local bloggers and their children. We then broke out into two groups based on ages and I went with the younger kids to one of the rooms where several crafts were set up. First the children got to hear a story by one of the Fairmount Waterworks  educational staff. Then, the children were invited to the table to do experiments and crafts. The kids made shaving cream clouds in a cup of water and then using water that had been colored were able to make rain through their clouds. It was a really fun and interesting experiment and the kids got a big kick out of it for sure. Next up, the children did a cloud craft where they made clouds and decorated them with raindrops and cotton balls and more.

After the activities, we explored the various spaces in the Fairmount Water Works a bit more and then were led into another room where the kids got to experience the Splash Organ. This was the coolest thing ever!! They had cups of water hooked up to wires that were attached to a laptop. When the kids held the wires and stuck their fingers in the water it played the piano!! Cool, huh? And if the children held hands the child not holding the wire could still play the piano! What a fun lesson and cool demonstation this was. What’s even cooler is that there will be an even bigger demonstraation of the Splash Organ at the upcoming free Flow Festival happening on Sunday September 21st from 1-8pm.

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Don’t miss the Flow Festival happening 9/21

The Flow Festival will be a day-long celebration of water taking place right at the gorgeous Fairmount Water Works. The Flow Festival is free and open to all ages and will feature performers, art installations, and hands-on activities, including: Drip Drums, Sonic State of the Schuylkill, the larger Splash Organ, a Fishway, River Net, Flood Stories, and for the finale, a dramatic lighting show illuminating the Water Works exterior!! You do not want to miss this awesome free festival!!

In addition to the free Flow Festival, the Water Works has great mommy (and daddy) and me programs, family pop-up activities, children’s storytimes and other wonderful programs for children through out the year. Be sure to check them out!

I was so impressed with everything about the Fairmount Water Works – the beautiful building and stunning views, the personable and knowledgable educational staff, the mission and history of the Fairmount Water Works. It’s yet another hidden gem in this amazing city with lots to offer local families! I truly hope you and your family will go and check it out for yourselves and don’t forget the free Flow Festival happening on the 21st!

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Checking out the stunning views from the Fairmount Water Works

If you go: 
The Fairmount Water Works is located at 640 Waterworks Drive in Philadelphia. Admission is free. The Fairmount Water Works is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: August 22-24

Get your summer fun in now before the school year starts again soon! So much to do in and around Philly this weekend. Check out this weekend’s phillyfun picks with everything from Country Fests at the Elmwood Zoo to Obon Festivals, Butterfly Festivals, kid-friendly happy hours and so much more!

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NEST Happy Hour

Friday August 22nd
4:00 – 6:00 pm
NEST Philadelphia
1301 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA

Come out for a kid-friendly Happy Hour on Friday August 22nd from 4-6pm at NEST Philadelphia. Bring a bottle of your favorite spirit and enjoy free mixers provided by NEST, a punch and snacks for the kids, and shopping for the adults too featuring Stella & Dot jewelry and accessories. Free.

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Country Fest
Friday August 22nd
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Elmwood Park Zoo
1681 Harding Blvd.
Norristown, PA

Put on your country finest and join Philly’s country station 92.5 WXTU at the Elmwood Park Zoo for an evening of country-themed activities including petting barns, live country music and dancing, mechanical bull riding, food, drinks and more. $9 for adults, $7 for kids.

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Butterfly Festival

Saturday August 23rd
10am – 2pm
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA

Don’t miss the annual Butterfly Festival happening at Tyler Arboretum this Saturday August 23rd from 10am – 2pm. Visit the Tyler Butterfly House to see live butterflies in all stages of their life-cycle. Get up close with plants that attract our fluttering friends and watch monarch tagging demonstrations (every 30 minutes starting at 10:30am) Learn about garden insects and enjoy the secret life of bees with the bee-keeping exhibit. Enjoy theme-related crafts and more. Free with admission. $11 for adults, $7 for youth, children under 3 free.

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Tomato & Pear Festival
Saturday August 23rd
8am – 5pm
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

It’s the return of the annual Tomato & Pear Festival at Linvilla Orchards this Saturday August 23rd from 8am – 5pm. Enjoy a fun-filled and educational day with pick-your own experiences, live music, visits with costumed characters, tomato tasting, a juggling jester and the Radio Disney Road Crew, too. Free.

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Chocolate & Vanilla Festival
Saturday August 23rd – Sunday August 24th
1pm – 4pm
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ

There’s something for everyone at the Chocolate & Vanilla Festival at the Camden Children’s Garden this Saturday August 23rd and Sunday August 24th from 1-4pm. Vote for your favorite ice cream flavor, take a tropical smell test, enjoy make and take crafts and educational activities and more! $6. Free for kids 2 and younger.

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Art Splash: Medieval Works
Friday August 22nd – Sunday August 24th
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Families explore, create and play all summer long with the Art-Splash program offered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy this second to last weekend of Art Splash fun running this weekend Friday August 22nd – Sunday August 24th featuring Medieval Works. Kids and families get to “Meet the Masterpieces” 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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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday August 24th
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 24th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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Philadelphia Obon Festival
Sunday August 24th
2pm – 5pm
Clark Park
4398 Chester Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Bring the whole family out to Clark Park on Sunday August 24th from 2-5pm for the Philadelphia Obon Festival, a happy summer gathering to honor the dead. Listen to taiko drumming, try Japanese tea and sweets, sample Japanese street food, play traditional Japanese games and participate in the traditional folk dance Bon-Odori. Free.

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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Photo Credit: Disney Parks

 

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.