Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Aug. 28 – 30

Last weekend in August and last unofficial weekend of summer too so don’t miss a moment of the late summer fun for families in Philly this weekend!!

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Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: Mindi Abair
Friday August 28th
7:30pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

Head down to the Delaware waterfront this Friday August 28th at 7:30pm for free live jazz as part of the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights series. Free.

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Tomato and Pear Festival
Saturday August 29th
8am – 5pm
Linvilla Orchards
137 Knowlton Road
Media, PA

Head to the beautiful Linvilla Orchards in Media for the end of summer Tomato and Pear Festival running this weekend Saturday August 29th from 8am – 5pm. The festival will be hosted by Silly Joe and families will enjoy pick your own pears and plenty of fun activities for kids too followed by a performance by We Kids Rock Band. Free.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park 

Friday August 28th – Sunday August 30th
11am – 11pm
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Columbus Blvd. and Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

There’s plenty of family fun to be had on the river this weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross River Rink Summerfest continuing Friday August 28th – Sunday August 30th open 11am – 11pm. Families can enjoy fun and food on the river as well as outdoor roller skating rink featuring roller skates and in-line skates for rent! Free admission. $3 skating, $10 skates rental.

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Back to School Bazaar
Saturday August 29th
12pm – 3pm
SMITH Memorial Playground
3500 Resevoir Drive
East Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA

Head to SMITH Playground this Saturday August 29th from 12pm – 3pm for the free Back to School Bazaar! You’ll be able to pick up some gently used uniforms, school supplies, clothes, toys and more. Plus kids can enjoy the playground and giant slide, too! Free.

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40th Street Summer Series
Saturday August 29th
6pm
40th and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA

It’s the next in the 40th Street Summer Series happening at the green space at 40th and Walnut Streets on Saturday August 29th at 6pm. Don’t miss Sun Ra Arkestra with South Pacific Island dancers plus free Ben & Jerry’s and Philly Pretzels. Free.

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Animal Grossology
Friday August 28th – Sunday 30th
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Animal Grossology exhibit continues this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Kids of all ages will be amused and educated with this fun exhibit highlighting the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth! Exhibit entrance is $5.00 in addition to museum admission $15.95/adults, $13.95 kids ages 3-12.

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Country Fest
Saturday August 29th
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd.
Norristown PA

The annual Country Fest takes place this Saturday August 29th at the Elmwood Park Zoo from 1-4pm. Head out for an afternoon of country-themed fun for the whole family with a live broadcast from 92.5 WXTU plus mechanical bull riding, raffles, contests, crafts, live music, and of course zoo animals too! Free with Zoo admission. $14.95 adults, $10.95 children. Mechanical bull ride tickets available for purchase.

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Invisible River Festival
Saturday August 29th
2pm
East Fairmount Park
2200 Kelly Drive
Philadelphia, PA

It’s the Invisible River Festival happening Saturday August 29th starting at 2pm along Kelly Drive. The Invisible River Festival features dance and music performances, a drum line procession down to the river, free public boat rentals, interactive art highlighting the Schuylkill River and lots more. (Kick off at Mander Recreation Center at 2140 N. 33rd at Diamond Drive) at 2pm. Free.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday August 28th – Sunday August 30th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday August 28th – Sunday August 30th at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick artistic masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Sunday August 30th
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

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

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Sunday In the Square with Kathy O’Connell
Sunday August 30th
11am – 2pm
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Head to historic Franklin Square with WXPN’s Kids’ Corner host Kathy O’Connell this Sunday August 30th from 11am – 2pm for an end of summer blast with live music by Ernie and Neal! Free.

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Philadelphia Obon Festival

Sunday August 30th
Clark Park
4398 Chester Ave
Philadelphia PA

On Sunday August 30th join Philly’s Shofuso Japanese House and Gardens to celebrate Obon, a summer celebration to honor ancestors featuring taiko drumming, Japanese tea and sweets, sample Japanese street food, play traditional Japanese games and dances and more. Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Aug. 21-23

Lots to do this late summer weekend with plenty of fun for the whole family! Enjoy a Butterfly Festival at Tyler Arboretum or the Weekend at the Waterfront fun to be had at the fabulous Spruce Street Harbor Park or just use the force to take your young padawan to Star Wars Day at Please Touch Museum – whatever you do just enjoy all the summer fun in Philly!

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Butterfly Festival
Saturday August 21st
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA

Enjoy the annual Butterfly Festival at Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA this Saturday August 22nd from 10am – 2pm. Visit Tyler’s Butterfly House to see live butterflies in all stages of their life cycle, learn about butterfly attracting plants, enjoy creepy crawlers in the insectarium and more! Gourmet pizza available for purchase, too. Free with admission.

Summer at The Oval
Saturday August The Oval
2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Summer at The Oval continues this weekend Aug 21st – 23rd. Don’t miss the hottest spot for fun in Philly with food trucks, entertainment, kids activities and more. On Saturday August 21st enjoy soccer fun and food trucks. Then on Sunday August 23rd don’t miss lots of kids fun including free face painting, the Library tech mobile, music class with All Around this World music, Philly Hoop Starz and a family friendly Philly dance party, too. Free.

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Chocolate & Vanilla Celebration
Saturday August 21st – 23rd
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ

Head to the Camden Children’s Garden this weekend for the Chocolate & Vanilla Festival celebrating two of nature’s most beloved flavors! Take a tropical smell test, vote for your favorite ice cream flavor, enjoy crafts and fun educational activities and more! $6 per person.

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Weekend at the Waterfront
Friday August 21st – Sunday August 23rd
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Columbus Blvd. and Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

There’s plenty of family fun to be had on the river this weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park and Blue Cross River Rink Summer Fest running Friday August 21st – Sunday August 23rd open 11am – 11pm. Families can enjoy fun and food on the river as well as outdoor roller skating rink featuring roller skates and in-line skates for rent! And this weekend there is extra fun with interactive crafting with The Clay Studio on Free admission. $3 skating, $10 skates rental.

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Animal Grossology
Friday August 21st – August 23rd
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Animal Grossology exhibit continues this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Kids of all ages will be amused and educated with this fun exhibit highlighting the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth! Exhibit entrance is $5.00 in addition to museum admission $15.95/adults, $13.95 kids ages 3-12.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday August 21st – Sunday August 23rd
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday August 21st – Sunday August 23rd at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick artistic masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Sunday August 23rd
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday August 23rd between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.

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Star Wars Day
Sunday August 23rd
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA

Take your young padawan to Philly’s Please Touch Museum this Sunday August 23rd for Star Wars Day. Enjoy character visits with your favorite Star Wars characters plus get to remotely operate an R2D2 Unit, dress up in Star Wars regalia, enjoy Star Wars themed activities and more! Free with museum admission. $17 for children and adults. Under age 1 free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Aug 14 – 16

The air is starting to feel like fall and summer may be winding down but the summer fun is still in full-swing with festivals, celebrations and music galore in and around Philly this weekend!

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Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: Brian Culbertson
Friday August 14th
7:30pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

Head down to the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware Waterfront this Friday August 14th at 7:30pm for free live jazz as part of the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights series. Free.

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World Helicopter Day Celebration
Saturday August 15th
10am – 2pm
American Helicopter Museum and Education Center
1220 American Blvd.
West Chester, PA

Bring the whole family out to celebrate World Helicopter Day this Saturday August 15th from 10am – 2pm. Enjoy helicopter rides, games, food vendors, health demos, and more! $10 for adults, $8 for kids. Helicopter rides additional $50 for adults, $40 for kids.

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“Truck”erton Food Truck & Brew Fest
Saturday Aug 15th (11am – 9pm) and Sunday Aug 16th (11am – 7pm)
Tuckerton Seaport
120 West Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ/

Time for a road trip! Head to Tuckerton Seaport this weekend for the fantastic fun at “Truck”erton Food Truck & Brew Festival! This two day festival features gourmet food trucks from along the east coast as well as live music and craft brews at the Beer Garden with some of New Jersey’s best beers and the Garden State’s Valenzano Winery with local wines for purchase, too. And the kids will enjoy the access to the Seaport’s 40 acres of family fun including maritime activities, live animals, a boardwalk, mini golf and more! Tickets just $8 for adults and $5 for children. Food and beverages available for purchase.

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PNC Grow Up Great
Saturday August 15th
11:00am
Kimmel Center Common Wealth Plaza
300 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Children get introduced to the world of musical theater at PNCs Grow Up Great this Saturday August 15th starting at 11am with classic and brand-new songs along side guest artists performing songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein to Porter and Gershwin and more. Free.

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Festival of India
Saturday August 15th
1pm – 7pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

The 21st Annual Festival of India is taking place Saturday August 15th starting at 1pm on the Delaware River at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The festival celebrates India’s Independence Day and showcases the vibrant Indian-American community in Philadelphia with art, music, dance, food and fun! Free.

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Summer at The Oval
Friday Aug 14th – Sunday Aug 16th
The Oval
2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Summer at The Oval continues this weekend Aug 14th – 16th. Don’t miss the hottest spot for fun in Philly with food trucks, entertainment, kids activities and more. On Saturday August 15th enjoy soccer fun and foodtrucks. Then on Sunday August 16h don’t miss lots of kids fun including free facepainting, the Library tech mobile, music class with All Around this World music, Philly Hoop Starz and a family friendly Philly dance party, too. Free.

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Saturday Night at the Movies
Saturday August 15th
7pm – 11pm
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA

It’s Saturday night at the Movies at Philly’s historic Franklin Square with a family showing of Dolphin’s Tale! Plus kids will enjoy fun games and pre-show activities starting at 7pm. Movie starts at 8:30pm. Movie admission is free. Philly Mini Golf and Parx Liberty Carousel are ticketed.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park & Blue Cross River Rink
Friday Aug 14th – Sunday Aug 16th
Columbus Blvd. and Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

The fun on the river continues this weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park Blue Cross River Rink August 14th – 16th open 11am – 11pm. Families can enjoy fun and food on the river as well as the new outdoor roller skating rink featuring roller skates and in-line skates for rent! Free admission. $3 skating, $10 skates rental.

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Animal Grossology
Friday Aug. 14th – Sunday Aug. 16th
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Animal Grossology exhibit continues this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Kids of all ages will be amused and educated with this fun exhibit highlighting the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth! Exhibit entrance is $5.00 in addition to museum admission $15.95/adults, $13.95 kids ages 3-12.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday August 14th – Sunday August 16th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday August 14th – Sunday August 16th at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick artistic masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Sunday Aug 16th
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday August 16th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.

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Caribbean Festival
Sunday Aug 16th
12pm – 8pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

The 29th Annual Caribbean Festival is takes place Sunday August 16th starting at 12pm on the Delaware River at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The family friendly festival celebrates the culture of the Caribbean with music, food, art, dance, and fun! Free.

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Sundays on Stage: The Plants
Sunday Aug 16th
2-3pm
The Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA

This last installment in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Sundays on Stage series is not to be missed with a concert by family favorite band The Plants starting from 2-3pm featuring their unique music that sparks kids’ imaginations and gets the whole family dancing, too! Seating is first-come, first-served. Free.

Review: Kalahari Resort, Pocono Mountains PA

Have you guys heard of Kalahari Resorts yet? If not, you’re in for a huge treat because this brand new resort and indoor water park is AMAZING and it’s right in our backyard!

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Kalahari Resort in the Pocono Mountains opened up on July 1st of this year and has already been wowing families (including ours) in its few short weeks of operation. My family was lucky to experience Kalahari Resort for an overnight stay recently and we were so excited to get to experience all the fun and amenities of this incredible new resort.

Privately owned by the Nelson family, Kalahari Resorts is a unique authentic African themed resort with decor and theming inspired by the family’s love of Africa’s land and culture – and that’s not just a marketing ploy. In October 2014, the Nelson family went on a 23-day trip, visiting six countries in Africa to bring back items and experiences that would be directly translated into the Poconos resort. The Nelsons go above and beyond to provide guests “a world away” beyond expectations experience. (There are two other Kalahari Resorts owned by the Nelson family including the original in Wisconsin Dells, WI and another in Sandusky, OH.)

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Desert Room Kalahari Resorts, Pocono Mountains PA

In its current phase (Phase I) Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania includes:

– 457 guest rooms containing one-, two- and three-bedroom suites
– Pennsylvania’s largest indoor waterpark (100,000 sq. ft.)
– Outdoor waterpark, which includes a huge outdoor pool, a large sundeck for relaxing, indoor/outdoor whirlpools and a swim-up bar
– 30,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center, which will includes plenty of dry activities such as mini-bowling, cutting-edge arcade games, a 5-D theater, black light mini golf and more
– three full-service signature dining experiences
– Spa Kalahari & Salon
– 100,000 sq. ft. convention center
– fitness center
– 6,000 sq. ft. of retail space and more

Phase II of Kalahari Resorts (currently underway) will feature 500+ additional guest rooms, an expanded outdoor waterpark, additional indoor waterpark areas, and so much more!

Voted Worlds Coolest Indoor Water Parks by Conde Nast Traveler, Kalahari is seriously the best waterpark (indoor or outdoor) my family has ever been to! There truly is something for everyone and all ages. My family probably spent the most time in the water area called Tiko’s Watering Hole. This area was perfect for my 5 and 7 year olds who are not very strong swimmers at all. There were several age appropriate and totally awesome waterslides which they went down over and over and over and squealed with delight after each ride. The water at the bottom of the slides was not too deep at all and so they could swim and move around without a fear of ever being too deep. There was also a pint sized lazy river with special tubes that had webbing so kids could not fall through. They loved this area as well and I even saw parents putting tiny babies in these tubes and letting them float around (with supervision of course!). There were structures they could climb on and spray structures and musical instruments and so much to do in this area. Honestly, we probably never would have left this area if the kids had any say but we had to check out the rest of the water park areas, too.

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Having fun at Tiko’s Watering Hole

 

Both my kids also really enjoyed going into the indoor/outdoor hot tub and whirlpool area. This area is for ages 6 and up but was so fun to be able to sit and relax in a hot tub both in the indoor part of the waterpark as well as then swim over to be outside and still in the hot tub but have the sun shining on your face too! What a treat for the adults to get a nice warm soak of tired bodies while kids were amused and entertained too!

 

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Outdoor family whirlpool area

The other area my two rather inexperienced swimmers enjoyed was the awesome outdoor pool. The outdoor pool and lounge area offered great seating (not that my husband and I ever got to sit or lounge mind you) and again, the pool was a perfect depth for my rather inexperienced swimmers to enjoy. The outdoor pool also had a fabulous swim-up bar where you could get one of Kalahari’s famous “Monster Drinks” to sip by the pool, too!

Another fun pool area inside was the Lost Lagoon area which looked to be deeper and had several basketball nets so you could play some hoops in the pool! Next to the Lost Lagoon and the indoor part of the family hot tub area was a fabulous “adults only” swim up bar so if you could escape long enough you could head into this pool for a fantastic cocktail without worry that somebody else’s kid would be splashing you.

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Splash Down Safari

The more “big kid” indoor water park area is called Spalshdown Safari and this is where kids could climb and spray each other and get seriously squirted and wet. This was also where you could get dumped by a huge bucket of water if you dared! Fun stuff!

As for water rides and slides, Kalahari certainly does not disappoint here! There are 6 indoor slides/rides including: Anaconda, Wild Wildebeest, Tanzanian Twister, Zimbabwe Zipper, Rippling Rhino and the Barreling Baboon. Again, my two kids were definitely too timid to ride these but I cannot wait to go back and ride these someday. And there is also a FloRider wave rider attraction so kids of all ages can body board or surf 365 days a year! SO MUCH FUN!

In addition to all this fabulous waterpark fun, Kalahari is a treat for the eyes visually too. There are gorgeous African themed photos and artifacts everywhere you look. In fact, one of the things that I really loved most about the resort is all the little surprises everywhere you look. There are animals hidden up above you or beautiful carved tables with intricate detail that you might not notice at first glance but you look again and are amazed at how beautiful they really are. At the risk of sounding a bit cheesey, it really did feel like you were transported to another place looking around the lobby and hotel and the grounds. Honestly, I just loved the attention to detail and all the thoughtful theming.

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Enjoying some of the African theming and gorgeous details at Kalahari Resorts

Let’s talk for a bit about the entertainment center. This place was awesome! Walk downstairs from the main lobby and there is an incredible 30,000 sq. ft. entertainment center. You know.. in case you tire of the amazing water park area or for when you’re done splashing and sliding at night and you still want something else to do. And this place doesn’t just have the coolest, brand new games but it also has a black light mini-golf course, a 5-D theater, a mini-bowling alley, and lots more. I mean, it’s crazy how much there is for families to do that is indoors and dry too. My kids (and hubby) LOVED the games in here.

Finally, lest you think that the food can’t be that great since it’s “just a waterpark” and probably has typical waterpark fare, think again!! There are three full service restaurants, a bar, an ice cream/candy store and a coffee shop. My family ate at all three restaurants and we loved each of them. First up, we ate the Ivory Coast restaurant on our first night. After driving out to the Poconos (from Philly) and then doing some late afternoon waterpark fun we weren’t quite up for the buffet so we decided on Ivory Coast. The meal was great for kids and adults and the beer and wine selection was fantastic, too. For breakfast the next morning (and after a good night’s sleep) we decided to check out the breakfast buffet at the Great Karoo Marketplace Buffet. This was very reasonable and the selection was fantastic. There were so many choices from unique egg dishes and scrambles, omelette station, smoothie selections, pastries, fruit, multiple types of eggs benedict, pancakes, french toast, etc etc. So many choices and options that there really was something for everyone and then some. Of course, many of the buffet options were kid friendly and appealing so lots of choices for picky eaters here too. I can’t wait to try the dinner buffet at Great Karoo next time we visit Kalahari!

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Decor at Brandberg Restaurant

 

For our final meal we tried Brandberg which is more of an upscale restaurant with a beautiful wine wall that lets you know adults are definitely welcome here and yet the menu and vibe is perfectly kid friendly and appealing too. Seriously, the variety of these three restaurants and the appeal for adults and kids alike was spot on for families. I look forward to eating at each of these restaurants again next time we visit. The other dining we got to try was lunch on our last day and I was excited to try the original “Pizza Pub” pizza (this is the pizza that the Nelson family started their business with before their waterparks) available from the Cafe Mirage convenient when you’re running around in your swimsuits doing the waterpark all day. Cafe Mirage has a great menu with salads, stir fry options, fresh fruit, burgers, pizza and lots more The special Pizza Pub pizza was very tasty and I’m glad we got to try it before we left.

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Famous Nelson Family Pizza Pub

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Outdoor pool and sundeck

Our one overnight was most definitely not enough time at this incredible resort. I can’t wait to go back and take my family there again someday soon! Thanks Kalahari for a wonderful visit and for bringing this awesome resort and indoor waterpark to Pennsylvania!

Check out my video reviews of Kalahari on YouTube for great looks at all the amenities and indoor waterpark fun!

If you go: 
– Kalahari Resorts is located at 250 Kalahari Blvd. Pocono Manor, PA.
– Kalahari is open 24x7x365. The waterpark is open from 9am – 10pm daily.
– Waterpark passes for each registered guest are included in resort stay.
– Guests are given a wristband which not only opens your hotel room but also can be used for charging privileges for food and drink so you don’t have to carry around a wallet in the waterpark! (You can decide whether or not to add charging privileges on kids bands.)
– Guest rooms include a mini fridge, microwave and a coffee maker.
– Swim vests are available throughout the waterpark for use by resort guests. Towels are also available so you can leave these at home too unless you prefer your own!
– Room rates range from $299/night on weeknights to $399/night on weekends. There is currently a pretty amazing Welcome To Kalahari special running this month with rates as low as $259/night (and includes $50 entertainment center arcade card, too)

Disclosure: My family was provided a complimentary overnight stay and waterpark passes to experience and review the new Kalahari Resorts. As always, all opinions expressed about loving new family fun year round resort travel options are our own! 

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Aug 7-9

Summer weekends are ticking by fast! Don’t miss another moment of the sweet summer fun in Philly this weekend with peach festivals, live music, outdoor entertainment and so much more!

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Mary Poppins 

Friday August 7th and Saturday August 8th
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
Upper Darby High School
601 N. Lansdowne Ave
Upper Darby, PA

This Main Stage performance of the beloved classic Mary Poppins has its final showings running this Friday August 7th at 7:30pm and Saturday August 8th at 1:30pm and 7:30pm. This family friendly performance will delight audiences of all ages with this magical twist on the Disney classic featuring memorable songs, mystical stagecraft and fun for audiences of all ages. Tickets $12-$16, children 12 and under $2.00 off.

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SpArc Philadelphia
Friday August 7th
6-9pm
2350 W. Westmoreland St.
Philadelphia, PA

Head to SpArc Philadelphia for a First Friday beach party luau dance this Friday August 7th from 6-9pm. Enjoy beachy music and dancing and family fun for all. $6 adults, $4 kids, free for kids 6 and younger.

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Smooth Jazz Summer Nights: Generation NeXt
Friday August 7th
7:30pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

Head down to the Delaware waterfront this Friday August 7th at 7:30pm for free live jazz featuring Generation NeXt as part of the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Series. Free.

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Peach Festival
Saturday August 8th
8am – 5pm
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

Get ready for something sweet! It’s the annual Peach Festival at the beautiful Linvilla Orchards in Media this Saturday August 8th starting at 8am. Enjoy peach picking and other peach themed activities and fun as well as musical performances and more. Free.

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Summer at The Oval
Saturday August 8th – Sunday August 9th
The Oval
2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Summer at The Oval continues this weekend Aug 8th – 9th. Don’t miss the hottest spot for fun in Philly with food trucks, entertainment, kids activities and more. On Saturday August 8th enjoy soccer fun and foodtrucks. Then on Sunday August 9th don’t miss lots of kids fun including free facepainting, the Library tech mobile, music class with All Around this World music, and a family friendly Philly dance party, too. Free.

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Peach, Princess and Pirates Celebration
Saturday August 8th – Sunday August 9th
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ

The Peach, Princess and Pirates Celebration is coming to the Camden Children’s Garden this Saturday August 8th and Sunday August 9th with special activities for little princesses and pirates and themed fun in celebration of the peach, too. Tickets $6 per person. Children 2 and under free. Come dressed in costume and receive one free ride ticket!

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Chester County 87th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Picnic
Saturday August 8th
10am – 4pm
Hibernia County Park
Park Road
Coatesville, PA

Don’t miss the 87th annual Chester County Old Fiddlers’ Picnic happening Saturday August 8th from 10am – 4pm. Hundreds of musicians and music lovers will gather and celebrate traditional fiddlers’ music. Free. $5 parking.

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Bug Fest
Saturday August 8th – Sunday August 9th
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

It’s the annual celebration of insects at the Bug Fest taking place this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences this Saturday August 8th and Sunday August 9th. Don’t miss creepy, crawly, sticky, prickly, wiggly, yucky creatures and learn about insects from all over the world. $15.95 for adults, $13.95 children, 2 and under free.

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Sculpture Zoo
Saturday August 8th
10am – 1pm
Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA

Public art comes to life when you check out Sculpture Zoo at Rittenhouse Square this Saturday August 8th from 10am – 1pm featuring live animals, sculpture making workshops, and sculpture making demos too. Free.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park & Blue Cross River Rink
Friday August 7th – Sunday August 9th
Columbus Blvd. and Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

The fun on the river continues this weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park Blue Cross River Rink August 7th – 9th open 11am – 11pm. Families can enjoy fun and food on the river as well as the new outdoor roller skating rink featuring roller skates and in-line skates for rent! Free admission. $3 skating, $10 skates rental.

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Animal Grossology
Friday August 7th – Sunday August 9th
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Animal Grossology exhibit continues this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Kids of all ages will be amused and educated with this fun exhibit highlighting the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth! Exhibit entrance is $5.00 in addition to museum admission $15.95/adults, $13.95 kids ages 3-12.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday August 7th – Sunday August 9th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday August 7th – Sunday August 9th at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick artistic masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Sunday August 9th
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

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

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Kids’ Lit Mini Fest
Sunday August 9th
10am – 3pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia PA

The Kids’ Lit Mini Fest is taking place at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore this Sunday August 9th at 10am. Kids will enjoy this festival of books, art, superheroes, dinos, and more with music, dance, and author meet and greets, too. Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: July 31 – Aug 2

Last weekend of the month and first weekend of August means lots of fun for Philly families with free museum admission, free science and mess festivals, a celebration of African culture and so much more!

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Community Science Festival
Saturday August 1st
11am – 3pm
Rock Baptist Church Gym
5240 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

The free Community Science Festival happening Saturday August 1st from 11am – 3pm sponsored by the Science Education Academy Inc., encourages kids grades K-6 to be curious scientific investigators with hands on science activities and an opportunity to meet science professionals attend poster sessions and workshops and learn more about Science Education Academy, too. Includes lunch and other treats for the kids, too. Free. Register online at http://seaphilly2008.com/carnival.html or at the door.

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Bank of America Museums on Us
Saturday August 1st – Sunday August 2nd
Participating Philadelphia Museums

Bank of America again is sponsoring Museums on Us with free entry to many of the region’s best museums on the first weekend of each month including this weekend this Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd for valid Bank of America cardholders. Select participating museums from the region include African American Museum, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Allentown Art Museum, Garden State Discovery Museum, Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, Noyes Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Museum of Natural History, and Winterthur. Check the website for full list of participating museums. Free.

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Mess Fest
Saturday August 1st – Sunday August 2nd
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss Mess Fest happening this weekend at the Franklin Institute with Splish Splash on Saturday August 1st then Gross Academy on Sunday August 2nd. Kids will loved getting grossed out and learning about real science too! $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids ages 3-11.

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7th Annual World Breastfeeding Week Family Fun Day
Saturday August 1st
10am – 1pm
Masons Mill Park
3500 Masons Mill Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA

The 7th Annual World Breastfeeding Week Family Fun Day takes place this Saturday August 1st from 10am – 1pm at Masons Mill Park in Huntingdon Valley PA. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment and food while learning raising awareness about breastfeeding, too. Free.

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Storytime! Beauty and the Beast
Saturday August 11th
11am
Hedgerow Theatre
146 W Rose Valley Road
Rose Valley PA

Celebrate the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast with a unique twist this weekend at Hedgerow Theatre this Saturday August 1st at 11am. This unique performance encourages interactivity and creativity by getting kids involved in the story directly and is sure to delight kids of all ages as they meet Belle and the Beast and other inhabitants of the enchanted castle, too. $10.

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Summer at The Oval
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
The Oval
2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Summer at The Oval continues this weekend July 31st – Aug 2nd. Don’t miss the hottest spot for fun in Philly with food trucks, entertainment, kids activities and more. On Saturday August 1st enjoy soccer, the GreensGrow Farmers Market and Ice Skate with the Philalphia Flyers Ice Girls. Then on Sunday August 2nd don’t miss lots of kids fun including free facepainting, the Library tech mobile, music class with All Around this World music, Philly Hoops Starz and a family friendly Philly dance party, too. Free.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park & Blue Cross River Rink
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
Columbus Blvd. and Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

The fun on the river continues this weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park Blue Cross River Rink July 31st – August 2nd open 11am – 11pm. Families can enjoy fun and food on the river as well as the new outdoor roller skating rink featuring roller skates and in-line skates for rent! Free admission. $3 skating, $10 skates rental.

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Animal Grossology
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Animal Grossology exhibit continues this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Kids of all ages will be amused and educated with this fun exhibit highlighting the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth! Exhibit entrance is $5.00 in addition to museum admission $15.95/adults, $13.95 kids ages 3-12.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday July 31st – Sunday August 2nd
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday July 31st through Sunday August 2nd at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick artistic masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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The Great Outdoors Family Festival
Sunday August 2nd
11:30am & 1:30pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy art-making, family tours and live performances by the Grammy award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Sunday August 2nd at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Free after admission. Plus, it’s “pay what you wish” first Sunday at the Art Museum, too!

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Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Sunday August 2nd
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday August 2nd between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.

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ARTSee Activities: Sizzling Summer
Sunday August 2nd
1-4pm
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Barnes Foundation celebrates summer with Sizzling Summer happening Sunday August 2nd 1-4pm as part of their family ARTSee series. Even though it’s sizzling hot outside, the whole family can chill out with art projects to refresh and stay cool including creating their own water creatures, making beach scenes and more. Free drop-in tickets at the front desk. Gallery admission not included.

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Acana African Festival
Sunday August 2nd
2-8pm
Penn’s Landing
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

The Acana (African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc.) African Festival takes place this Sunday August 2nd at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing from 2-8pm. Enjoy live music, dancing and other entertainment from all around the African continent as well as family friendly games, crafts, food, shopping and more. Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: July 24 – 26

Hooray for the weekend and for perfect weather, too! There is SO much to do in and around Philly this weekend – get the whole family out for live music, great eats, kids fun and more with festivals and celebrations galore!

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Kidchella
Friday July 24th
SMITH Memorial Playground
3500 Reservoir Drive
East Fairmount Drive
Philadelphia, PA

The second annual Kidchella takes place this Friday July 24th from 6pm – 8pm. Kidchella, a kids music festival held in conjunction with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, features live musical performances by Alphabet Rockets, Play Date and Shine, and the Moonbeams. Plus, families will enjoy foodtrucks available for snacks and beverages, too. $10 admission.

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116th Birthday Celebration
Saturday July 25th
SMITH Memorial Playground and Playhouse
3500 Reservoir Drive
East Fairmount Drive
Philadelphia, PA

Head to SMITH Memorial Playground on Saturday July 25th to celebrate the playground’s 116th birthday with cake from the bakery featured on the hit tv show, Cake Boss and lots of fun for all! Free.

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PNC Grow Up Great

Saturday July 25th
11am
Kimmel Center Common Wealth Plaza
300 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss this next in the PNC Grow Up Great series on Saturday July 25th at 11am as kids are introduced to the world of musical theater featuring classical and new tunes and featuring guest artists performing songs from great American musicals from Gershwin to Rodgers and Hammerstein and more. Free.

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Summer at The Oval

Friday July 24th – Sunday July 26th
The Oval
2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Summer at The Oval continues this weekend July 24th – 26th. Don’t miss the hottest spot for fun in Philly with food trucks, entertainment, kids activities and more. On Saturday July 25th enjoy soccer and the GreensGrow Farmers Market. Then on Sunday July 26th don’t miss lots of kids fun including free facepainting, the Library tech mobile, music class with All Around this World music, Philly Hoops Starz and a family friendly Philly dance party, too. Free.

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40th Street Summer Festival
Saturday July 25th
5pm – 8pm
40th Street Field
40th and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA

The 40th Street Summer Festival is happening in West Philadelphia this Saturday July 25th from 5pm – 8pm and features live music from Mixed People and unique entertainment and activities for the whole family including puppets, workshops, martial arts, fire dancers, tight wire walking and lots more! This free summer festival captures the soul of the neighborhood and offers a fun, free, community event for all. Free.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park & Blue Cross River Rink

Friday July 24th – Sunday July 26th
Columbus Blvd. and Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

The fun on the river continues this weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park Blue Cross River Rink July 24th – 26th open 11am – 11pm. Families can enjoy fun and food on the river as well as the new outdoor roller skating rink featuring roller skates and in-line skates for rent! Free admission. $3 skating, $10 skates rental.

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Animal Grossology

Friday July 24th – Sunday July 26th
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Animal Grossology exhibit continues this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Kids of all ages will be amused and educated with this fun exhibit highlighting the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth! Exhibit entrance is $5.00 in addition to museum admission $15.95/adults, $13.95 kids ages 3-12.

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Philadelphia Dance Day
Saturday July 25th
Dance studios across Philly

Get your dancing shoes ready! This Saturday July 25th dance studios all across the city will open their doors to the public to celebrate National Dance Day! This free day of fun and fitness will feature workshops, classes and dance demonstrations across the city. Then wrap-up the day of dance with a celebration in Rittenhouse Square at the Ethical Society Building for a huge Zumba session, lessons and open dance. Tickets $5. For a full line-up of daytime workshops visit: http://philadelphiadanceday.com/2015-workshop-schedule/

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The Art of the Brick
Friday July 24th – Sunday July 26th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday July 24th through Sunday July 26th at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick artistic masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

Sunday July 26th
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday July 26th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.

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Daddy Daughter Day Spa

Sunday July 26th
2pm
Jose Pistola’s Mexican Restaurant
263 S. 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Dads and daughters should head to this fundraiser event for the Young Children’s Center for the Arts at Jose Pistola’s Mexican Restaurant in Philly this Sunday July 26th at 2pm for a unique daddy daughter style event. Dads will get schooled on styling their daughter’s hair while enjoying a pint from Great Lakes Breweing Co. for dad! $10.

 

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: July 10-12

Lots to do this mid-July weekend in Philly! Enjoy summer celebrations and festivals, Philly’s unique celebration of the storming of the Bastille, and lots more family fun for all!

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Blueberry Festival
Saturday July 11th
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

Put on your superhero costumes and head to Linvilla Orchards this Saturday July 11th for the annual Blueberry Festival to enjoy pick your own berries and live entertainment, a blueberry pie eating contest and more! Free.

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Animal Grossology
Friday July 10th – Sunday July 12th
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Animal Grossology exhibit continues this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Kids of all ages will be amused and educated with this fun exhibit highlighting the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth! Exhibit entrance is $5.00 in addition to museum admission $15.95/adults, $13.95 kids ages 3-12.

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Bastille Day
Saturday July 11th
5:30pm
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Get ready to storm the Bastille at Bastille Day festivities at Eastern State Penitentiary this Saturday July 11th starting at 5:30pm. This annual re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille features appearances from Napoleon, stilt walkers, a confetti cannon, and even a life-sized French baguette! Free.

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Blobfest Streetfair
Saturday July 11th
The Coloial Theatre
Phoenixville, PA

Phoenixville’s annual Blobfest takes over the town with the cult classic movie, The Blob themed events and fun all weekend long including the Blogfest Streetfair on Saturday July 11th. The streetfair includes a Fire Extinguisher Parade, Costume Contest, music food, vendors and more. Entrance is free.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday July 10th – Sunday July 12th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday July 10th through Sunday July 12th at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick artistic masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Arts Festival
Saturday July 11th
11am – 7pm
Downtown Haddonfield
Haddonfield, NJ

Don’t miss the 23rd Annual Haddonfield Crafts & Fine Arts Festival in downtown Haddonfield NJ this weekend with plenty of fun for the little ones including arts and crafts, wood working, scarf making and interactive displays too! Festival runs Saturday July 11th from 11am – 7pm and Sunday July 12th from 12 Noon – 5pm. Free.

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Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Sunday July 12th
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

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

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Hispanic Fiesta
Saturday July 11th – Sunday July 12th
2pm – 8pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
South Columbus Blvd. at Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

It’s a Hispanic Fiesta happening both Saturday July 11th and Sunday July 12th at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing from 2pm – 8pm. The Hispanic Fiesta celebrates Latino culture through music, dance, live entertainment, ethnic foods, artisan crafts, and more! Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: July 3 – 5

Happy 4th of July weekend to all! Don’t miss the celebrations and patriotic fun happening all around this weekend. Enjoy fireworks, festivals, concerts and so much more to celebrate our country’s birthday with a bang!

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Wawa Welcome America Liberty Block Party
Friday July 3rd
1pm – 8:30pm
5th & 6th Streets between Market and Chestnut
Philadelphia, PA

The Liberty Block Party is taking place this Friday July 3rd from 1-8:30pm on 5th and 6th streets between Market and Chestnut. Don’t miss the largest block party of the summer with a vibrant sampling of Philadelphia’s food scene plus live entertainment and more. Entrance is free. Food and drink for purchase.

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POPS! On Independence
Friday July 3rd
8pm
Steps of Independence Hall
6th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Philly POPS! return to celebrate America’s birthday with POPS! On Independence – a free concert on the steps of Independence hall this Friday July 3rd starting at 8pm. Free.

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Independence Day Family Fun
Friday July 3rd – Sunday July 5th
Franklin Square
6th & Race Street
Philadelphia, PA

It’s a weekend of Independence Day Family Fun at Franklin Square this weekend Friday July 3rd through Sunday July 5th with Philly Mini Golf, playgrounds, Parx Liberty Carousel and tasty Philadelphia treats offered from Squareburger. $5 for adults, 4 for children.

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The Marvel Experience
Friday July 3rd – Sunday July 5th
Lincoln Financial Field
1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Philadelphia, PA

Save the world at The Marvel Experience this holiday weekend! This interactive character experience is only in town for the final weekend running July 3rd – 5th at the Lincoln Financial Field! See your favorite Marvel characters in action and get in on the fun with this hyper-reality immersive experience!! Tickets $24.90 – $54.90.

Celebration of Freedom
Saturday July 4th
10am – 11am
Independence Hall
6th & Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Pay tribute to our nation at the Wawa Welcome America Celebration of Freedom Ceremony this Saturday July 4th at 10am at Independence Hall. The celebration features inspiring remarks, music and a reading of select excerpts from the Declaration of Independence among other special celebration activities. Free.

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Independence Day Parade
Saturday July 4th
11am – 1pm
Throughout Historic Philadelphia (Old City)
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss the largest Independence Day Parade in decades on the streets of Philadelphia – where it all took place! Join thousands of participants on Saturday July 4th from 11am – 1pm as they march through the nation’s most historic square mile to celebrate freedom and our nation’s birth. Free.

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Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration
Saturday July 4th
11:30am – 1pm
Stenton Mansion
4601 N. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Head to historic Stenton Mansion on Saturday July 4th from 11:30am – 1pm for the historic 4th of July Celebration featuring make your own ice cream, American flag-themed activities, live music, colonial games and activities and more. Free.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park & Blue Cross River Rink
Friday July 3rd – Sunday July 5th
Columbus Blvd. and Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

The fun on the river continues this weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park Blue Cross River Rink July 3rd – 5th open 11am – 11pm. Families can enjoy fun and food on the river as well as the new outdoor roller skating rink featuring roller skates and in-line skates for rent! Free admission. $3 skating, $10 skates rental.

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Animal Grossology
Friday July 3rd – Sunday July 5th
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Animal Grossology exhibit continues this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Kids of all ages will be amused and educated with this fun exhibit highlighting the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth! Exhibit entrance is $5.00 in addition to museum admission $15.95/adults, $13.95 kids ages 3-12.

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Freedom Festival
Saturday July 4th
5pm
Camden Waterfront
Camden, NJ

The Freedom Festival happening along the Camden Waterfront on Saturday July 4th starting at 5pm features all American fare, giveaways, live music including and a fireworks show along the river. Free.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday July 3rd – Sunday July 5th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday July 3rd through Sunday July 5th at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick artistic masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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“Shape Escape” and Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Sunday July 5th
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday July 5th between 9:30am – 12pm. Also happening this Sunday is “Shape Escape” – the PNC Arts Alive First Sunday for Families program featuring three dimensional art-making in response to sculpture inside and outside the museum grounds. Free until 12 Noon.

Wawa Welcome America! Party on the Parkway
Saturday July 4th
20th Street to Eakins Oval
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia PA

The Party on the Parkway day-long event happening Saturday July 4th features blocks of fun with games, entertainment, food, and more for the whole family with live music and family friendly fun! Free.

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Wawa Welcome America! Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks
Saturday July 4th
7:30pm
Eakins Oval
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia PA

The Largest Free Concert in America – the Philly 4th of July Jam – is again taking place along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval this Saturday July 4th starting at 7:30pm starring The Roots and special guests and other surprise acts finished with the fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Free.

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Rivers and Waterways Family Festival
Sunday July 5th
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Rivers and Waterways Family Festival is happening on Sunday July 5th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy art-making, family tours and a screening of Academy Award nominated film Song of the Sea. Free with admission. Plus enjoy “pay what you wish” admission this Sunday for the 1st Sunday of the month!

Weekend Phillyfun PIcks: June 26 – 28

School’s out and there is plenty of fun to be had in and around Philly this weekend with the Tall ships on the river, Marvel Universe Live and so much more family friendly fun for all!

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The Marvel Experience
Friday June 26th – Sunday June 28th
Lincoln Financial Field
1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Philadelphia, PA

It’s your turn to save the world at The Marvel Experience interactive character experience happening this weekend June 26th – 28th at the Lincoln Financial Field! See your favorite Marvel characters in action and get in on the fun with this hyper-reality immersive experience!! Tickets $24.90 – $54.90.

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Raspberry Festival and Pirate Day
Saturday June 27th
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

Head to Linvilla Orchards this Saturday June 27th for the annual Raspberry Festival with Pick Your Own berries and Pirate Day fun, too! Bring the whole family out for pick your own raspberries as well as family fun and entertainment with character visits, pirate themed fun with Cap’n Silly Joe, magic, and a rocking steel band performance and more! Free.

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40th Street Summer Series
Saturday June 27th
Green Space
40th and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA

The 40th Street Summer Series in West Philadelphia this Saturday June 27th at 6pm featuring Ballet X and Kyo Daiko, a community taiko drumming group. This free summer concert series captures the soul of the neighborhood and offers a fun, free, community event for all. Free.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park & Blue Cross River Rink
Friday June 26th – Sunday June 28th
Columbus Blvd. and Market Street
Philadelphia, PA

The fun on the river continues this weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park Blue Cross River Rink June 26th – 28th open 11am – 11pm. Families can enjoy fun and food on the river as well as the new outdoor roller skating rink featuring roller skates and in-line skates for rent! Free admission. $3 skating, $10 skates rental.

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Animal Grossology
Friday June 26th – Sunday June 28th
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Animal Grossology exhibit continues this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Kids of all ages will be amused and educated with this fun exhibit highlighting the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth! Exhibit entrance is $5.00 in addition to museum admission $15.95/adults, $13.95 kids ages 3-12.

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Tall Ships
Friday June 26th – Sunday June 28th
Philadelphia – Camden Waterfront
Philadelphia, PA

The Tall Ships take over the Philadelphia – Camden waterfront along the Delaware River this weekend running Friday June 26th through Sunday June 28th. Don’t miss this spectacular site of beautiful and rarely seen ships gracing our waterfront. And your family will not want to miss the world’s largest rubber ducky docked there, too! Waterfront viewing is free. Tours and on-board visits start at $15.99.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday June 26th – Sunday June 28th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday June 26th through Sunday June 28th at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick artistic masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Sunday June 28th
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday June 28th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free

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Fairy and Wizard Festival

Sunday June 28th
10am – 2pm
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA

It’s the annual Fairy and Wizard Festival happening Sunday June 28th at Tyler Arboretum from 10am -2pm! Put on your wings and grab your wands and get ready for some magical fun for the whole family where kids can become a dragon, make a fairy wand, plant magic beans, listen to enchanted tales and lots more. Free with admission. $11 for adults, $7 for children ages 3-15, children under 3 free.