Save The Children: 2 Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

Do you remember how fearful we all were preparing for Hurricane Sandy? It was one of the scariest, most nerve wracking experiences of my post 9/11 life watching weather reports and following social media, trying to prepare my house and my family for what was looking like a storm we had never experienced before. And we were the lucky ones. We made it by with some lost power (2 days maybe), lost food, and a “fun” family camp in the living room experience for our girls.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 is the 2-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s U.S. landfall. Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, killed 162 people, caused more than $50 million in damage and damaged or destroyed 650,000 homes and hundreds of child care centers and schools.

It was the day that life turned upside down for thousands of children who suddenly lost everything – including their very sense of stability. Save the Children is still working with many of these children to help them rebound.

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- Save the Children’s recent poll shows that 49% of U.S. parents don’t feel the very prepared to protect their children from disaster.

– 51% don’t think their child’s school or child care center is very prepared either.

– A whopping 74% of parents don’t think the federal government is prepared to protect their kids should disaster strike!

Help motivate and educate families (including your own!) to get prepared, so that ALL of our children are better protected from disaster.

What can you do to help prepare for a natural disaster:

1. Check out Save the Children’s Disaster Plan Checklist for Families and schools/childcare. Check with the administrators at your school to see if they are following this checklist.

2. Think about reunification planning. If you should get separated from your child if they would ever be evacuated from their school or child care, how would you know where to find them???

– 42% of parents don’t know where to find their children if evacuated from school or child care! (And I am embarrassed and a little shocked to admit that I don’t know the answer to this for my own children either.)

3. See how your state does in protecting children from disaster while they’re in school or child care. Check the map:

4. Lead a PREP Rally. This is a fun and helpful event that educates children and families about emergency preparedness. Prep Rallies provide community members with the resources they need to get ready and be safety advocates.

5. Sign the pledge to protect children from disaster. This pledge gets shared with state government if it doesn’t meet Save the Children’s disaster report card preparedness standards for schools and child care.

Losing your entire sense of stability at such a young age can be devastating. Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program allows children to express their feelings and learn critical coping skills that allow them to bounce back and more forward. Without adequate support, children often fall permanently behind in school while they grapple with intense sadness, depression and anger. Two years after Hurricane Sandy, Save the Children continues work with children in the hardest-hit communities in New York and New Jersey.

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Here is a recent picture of children from New York City’s Lower East Side expressing their feelings through drawing in Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program.

Remember, disaster can strike at any time. Educate yourself and your child’s school/day care now before it’s too late.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. I personally am concerned that my family needs to do everything it can to be ready in the face of an unexpected natural disaster. Save the Children is helping families like mine educate themselves and be more prepared when/if disaster strikes. 

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Oct. 24-26

The Halloween fun continues in and around Philadelphia this weekend with spooky fun and festival fall happenings for all ages. Don’t miss one of these great family friendly fun events for all.

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The Great Pumpkin Carve
Friday Oct. 24th – Sunday Oct. 26th
Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barn Visitors Center
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA

The Great Pumpkin Carve takes place all weekend running Friday October 24th through Sunday October 26th from 5-9pm on the grounds of the Society Barn Visitors Center. This outdoor event features giant pumpkins with over sixty carvers participating as well as live music, hayrides, food and a haunted trail sure to delight little goblins and ghouls. $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7-17, 6 and under free.

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10th Annual Upper Darby Community Festival Day
Saturday October 25th
Upper Darby High School
601 N. Lansdowne Ave
Lansdowne, PA

Come out for a day of family fun on Saturday October 25th from 10am – 2pm for the 10th Annual Upper Darby Community Festival Day taking place at Upper Darby High School.

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Boo at the Zoo
Saturday Oct. 25th – Sunday Oct. 26th
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA

It’s the final weekend of Boo at the Zoo this weekend running Saturday October 25th and Sunday October 26th from 10am – 4pm at the Philadelphia Zoo. Kids can dress up in their favorite costumes and trick or treat throughout the Zoo to get candy, treats and discover Halloween fun too! $20 for adults, $18 for children ages 2-11, free for under 2.

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Fall Festival 

Saturday October 25th
Headhouse Square
2nd Street between Pine and Lombard
Philadelphia, PA

The free Fall Festival at Headhouse Square on 2nd Street between Pine and Lombard is happening this Saturday October 25th from 12-5pm. Bring the whole family for a festive afternoon including circus performers, hayrides, pumpkin painting, live music, shopping and more. Free.

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Spooky Mini-Golf
Friday October 24th – Sunday October 26th
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Spooky Mini-Golf continues at Franklin Square this weekend running Friday October 24th through Sunday October 26h from 6-9pm. Philly’s favorite mini-golf course is transformed for the Halloween season with spooky surprises, fog, and special lighting to ensure a spooktastic time for all. Tickets $7-$9.

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The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Saturday October 25th – Sunday October 26th
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA

Great dressed in your best costumes and head out to The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place running this weekend Friday Oct. 24th – Sunday October 26th for some not-too spooky Halloween fun. Enjoy two new Halloween shows, themed mazes, and even a hayride with your favorite furry friend. Plus enjoy all the usual rides and attractions and fun for the whole family. Tickets $38-$63.

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Pumpkinland & Hayrides to the Witches House

Friday October 24th – Sunday October 26th
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

Linvilla Orchards continues the Halloween season with Pumpkinland fun and the popular Hayrides to the Witches House running Friday October 24th through Sunday October 26th. Families can select their pumpkins from the over 100 tons on display and enjoy fall treats and fun and then hop aboard the hayride to the witches house too (evening only). Hayrides to witches house run from 5:30-8:30pm. Pumpkinland runs 8am – 6pm. Free admission. Some events ticketed.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday October 26th
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 October 26th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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Fairmount Halloween Festival
Sunday October 26th
3:30-5:30pm
Fairmount Art Center
2501 Olive Street
Philadelphia, PA

The 8th Annual Fairmount Halloween Festival is happening Sunday October 26th from 3:30-5:30pm at the Fairmount Art Center. This free family fun event will feature play zones, live music, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Come in costume and enjoy the Fairmount Halloween Parade that starts at 5:30pm at 25th Street.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Oct. 17-19

Hooray for the weekend! There is so much fun to be had in and around Philly this weekend – it’s spooky! Check out one of these great family friendly events including celebrations of fall, Halloween fun, and pumpkins a plenty!

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Harvest Festival

Saturday October 18th
10am – 4pm
Reading Terminal Market
Filbert Street
Philadelphia, PA

The annual Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival returns this Saturday October 18th from 10am – 4pm outside the Terminal on Filbert Street. Enjoy hayrides, a pumpkin patch, corn stalks, beer gardens, live music and of course amazing local food. Free.

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Boo at the Zoo
Saturday October 18th – Sunday October 19th
10am – 4pm
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss the kick-off of Boo at the Zoo this weekend running Saturday October 18th and Sunday October 19th from 10am – 4pm at the Philadelphia Zoo. Kids can dress up in their favorite costumes and trick or treat throughout the zoo to get candy, treats and discover Halloween fun too! $20 for adults, $18 for children ages 2-11, free for under 2.

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Shiverfest
Saturday October 18th
4:00 – 9:00pm
Riverbend Environmental Education Centr
1950 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA

Shiverfest is Riverbend’s annual Halloween night of the year offering a fun, family friendly event with slightly spooky but always friendly fall fun for all. Enjoy pumpkin decorating, a trick or treat trail, storytelling around the campfire and a costumed trek through the Haunted Trail. Plus enjoy a reptile show, moobounce, pony rides, stargazing and more. Food and beverages available for puchrace. $15. Kids 3 and under free.

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Spooky Mini-Golf
Friday October 17th – Sunday October 19th
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA

October means the return of Spooky Mini-Golf at Franklin Square this weekend running Friday October 17th through Sunday October 19h from 6-9pm. Phillly’s favorite mini-golf course is transformed for the Halloween season with spooky surprises, fog, and special lighting to ensure a spooktastic time for all. Tickets $7-$9.

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The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Friday October 17th – Sunday October 19th
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA

Great dressed in your best costumes and head out to The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place running this weekend Friday Oct. 17th – Sunday October 19th for some not-too spooky Halloween fun. Enjoy two new Halloween shows, themed mazes, and even a hayride with your favorite furry friend. Plus enjoy all the usual rides and attractions and fun for the whole family. Tickets $38-$63.

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Hayrides to the Witches House and Pumpkinland

Friday October 17th – Sunday October 19th
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

Linvilla Orchards continues Halloween season with the return of Pumpkinland and the popular Hayrides to the Witches House running Friday October 17th through Sunday October 19th. Families can select their pumpkins from the over 100 tons on display and enjoy fall treats and fun and then hop aboard the hayride to the witches house too (evening only). Hayrides to witches house run from 5:30-8:30pm. Pumpkinland 8am – 6pm. Free admission. Some events ticketed.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday October 19th
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 October 19th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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Pumpkin Days Celebration
Saturday October 18th – Sunday October 19th
10am -5pm
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA

It’s Pumpkin Days at Tyler Arboretum this Saturday October 18th and Sunday October 19th from 10am – 5pm. Come out for two days of fun-filled family festivities including pumpkins galore, kid friendly activities, great food and more. Plus pick a prized pumpkin, assemble a scarecrow, have fun in the moon bounce and more. Admission $11 for adults, $7 for children ages 3-15, children under 3 free.

McDonalds Day of Change – Your Change Can Make Big Impact

This week on Wednesday, October 15, Ronald McDonald House Charities will be promoting its annual Day of Change. All day this Wednesday October 15th McDonald’s customers are encouraged to donate their spare change in the Ronald McDonald House Charities donation boxes at your local McDonald’s restaurants. All proceeds benefit programs in our immediate area including four Ronald McDonald Houses in the area, 16 RMHC Family Rooms, a mobile dental unit, a scholarship program for local high school seniors, and a nonprofit grant funding program.

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Forty years ago, the very first Ronald McDonald House opened right here in Philadelphia. Since then, this effort to provide families of sick children with support and the comforts of home has grown into a worldwide movement that has served millions. Every bit of change makes a difference, and on the annual Day of Change we’re setting out to prove that our collective contributions can make a massive impact.

Did you know that…

  • 1 full donation box could let a family stay together at a Ronald McDonald House while their child receives care at a nearby hospital?
  • 350 Ronald McDonald Houses serve families across the globe?
  • 202 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are located right inside hospitals, providing a place where families can relax, regroup and regain the strength they need to support their child
  • 20,000 families benefit from RMHC family-centered programs around the world every day?

Isn’t that amazing? Now YOU can help make a difference in the life of one of these families. Simply drop in your loose change at your local McDonalds on Wed. Oct. 15th for the Annual Day of Change. That’s it!!

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You may think, “It’s just one penny” or “How much can one person really help?” but when pennies, nickels and dimes add up it can help change the lives of families and help children heal with the support of RMHC.

Thanks for supporting Ronald McDonald House and the annual Day of Change!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated to write this post but as a McCafe Moms Club Mom I’m proud to help spread the word about how we can help families who are dealing with getting their sick children well and need our support and care. 

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Oct. 10-12

It’s practically mid October – how did THAT happen? The weekend weather forecast may not be ideal but there is still much fun for families to be had in and around Philly this weekend. Enjoy everything from helicopter and seaport festivals to Halloween and fall fun too!

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Philadelphia’s County Fair

Friday Oct. 10th – Sunday October 12th
The Oval
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia’s County Fair is coming to The Oval in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum this Friday October 10th – Sunday October 12th. Enjoy a ride on the ferris wheel or play carnival games and fun. Families can also enjoy crafts and activities including a petting zoo, face paint, fall crafts and more. Free. Ferris wheel ride is $5.

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PAWS Mutt Strut
Saturday October 11th
The Navy Yard
4500 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

The 8th Annual Mutt Strut and Fall Festival will be held at the Navy Yard this Saturday Oct. 11th starting at 9am (strut at 11am). Don’t miss the doggie costume contest, agility contest, and strut. Plus pet adoptions, live music, food trucks and fun for the whole family. Free.

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Old City Seaport Festival
Friday October 10th – Sunday October 12th
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Penn’s Landing
Philadelphia, PA

The 3rd Annual Old City Seaport Festival takes place this weekend running Friday October 10th – Sunday October 12th. This weekend long festival will feature Tall Ships, live music, a craft village, great food and fun activities along the waterfront too. General admission is free. Festival admission (includes tall ship deck tours and Seaport Museum access) $16 adults, $12 children.

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David Pincus Fun Day
Saturday October 11th
11am – 3pm
SMITH Memorial Playground
3500 Reservoir Drive
East Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, PA

This free family fun day happening Saturday Oct. 11th from 11am – 3pm at SMITH Memorial Playground is in honor of the legacy of David Pincus who aimed to put a smile on every child’s face. Enjoy a circus performance, face painting, treats and of course playground fun. Free.

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Rotorfest
Saturday October 11th – Sunday October 12th
American Helicopter Museum
1220 American Blvd.
West Chester, PA

The annual Rotorfest returns to the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester this Saturday October 11th and Sunday October 12th. Don’t miss the all helicopter air show including military reenactments and air jumpers and of course helicopter rides. $15 adults, $10 for kids under 12, free for kids ages 2 and under. Helicopter rides additional ticket.

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Mum Madness and Pumpkin Parade
Saturday October 11th – Sunday October 12th
1-4pm
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Dr
Camden, NJ

The Camden Children’s Garden hosts the annual salute to Autumn and Mum Bear, their mascot on Saturday Oct. 11th and Sunday October 12th from 1-4pm. Kids of all ages will enjoy pumpkin crafts and activities including a pumpkin story and of course a pumpkin parade, too. $6, free for kids 2 and under.

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Spooky Mini-Golf
Friday October 10th – Sunday October 12th
6-9pm
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA

October means the return of Spooky Mini-Golf at Franklin Square this weekend running Friday October 10th through Sunday October 12th from 6-9pm. Phillly’s favorite mini-golf course is transformed for the Halloween season with spooky surprises, fog, and special lighting to ensure a spooktastic time for all. Tickets $7-$9.

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The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular
Friday October 10th – Sunday October 12th
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA

Great dressed in your best costumes and head out to The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place running this weekend for some not-too spooky fun. Enjoy two new Halloween shows, themed mazes, and even a hayride with your favorite furry friend. Plus enjoy all the usual rides and attractions and fun for the whole family. Tickets $38-$63.

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Hayrides to the Witches House and Pumpkinland

Friday October 10th – Sunday October 12th
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

Linvilla Orchards kicks off the Halloween season with the return of Pumpkinland and the popular Hayrides to the Witches House running Friday October 10th through Sunday October 12th. Families can select their pumpkins from the over 100 tons on display and enjoy fall treats and fun and then hop aboard the hayride to the witches house too. Hayrides run from 5:30-8:30pm. Pumpkinland 8am – 6pm. Free.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday October 12th
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 October 12th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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Etruscan Sarcophagus Family Workshop
Sunday October 12th
1-4pm
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Penn Museum’s Second Saturday Family Workshop happens on Sunday Oct. 12th from 1-4pm with a focus on the Etruscan Sarcophagus. Families can drop in to learn about ancient Etruscans and their elaborate rituals in preparation for the afterlife. Free with museum admission. $15 for adults. $10 for children ages 6-17. Free for kids 5 and under.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Oct. 3-5

Hooray for October – let the Halloween fun and festivities officially begin! Enjoy the bounty of seasonal fall family fun for you and your little ones this weekend in and around Philly.

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Outdoorsy Weekend at the Oval

Friday Oct. 3rd- Sunday Oct. 5th
The Oval
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The fun returns to The Oval for three days only this weekend Friday October 3rd – Sunday October 5th. Families can enjoy foodtrucks from Philly’s finest, a beer garden, free outdoor movie screenings, plus storytimes around the camp fires complete with marshmallow roasting too and other great activities for kids of all ages! Free. (Food and drink separate)

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9th Annual Midtown Village Fall Festival
Saturday Oct. 4th
13th & Sansom Streets
Philadelphia, PA

The 9th Annual Midtown Village Fall Festival takes place on Saturday October 4th from 12pm – 8pm and features food, multiple beer gardens (for the adults), games, live music, and plenty of fun for the little ones, too! Free.

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Fall for the Arts Festival

Sunday Oct. 5th
11am – 5pm
Chestnut Hill
Germantown Ave. between Willow Grove and Rex Aves.
Philadelphia, PA

The Fall for the Arts Festival transforms Germantown Ave. this Sunday October 5th from 11am – 5pm into an outdoor arts and crafts marketplace. Plus enjoy live entertainment on two stages, kids’ rides and arts activities too! Free.

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Spooky Mini-Golf

Friday Oct. 3rd – Sunday Oct. 5th
Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA

October means the return of Spooky Mini-Golf at Franklin Square this weekend running Friday October 3rd through Sunday October 5th from 6-9pm. Phillly’s favorite mini-golf course is transformed for the Halloween season with spooky surprises, fog, and special lighting to ensure a spooktastic time for all. Tickets $7-$9.

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Hayrides to the Witches House and Pumpkinland
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

Linvilla Orchards kicks off the Halloween season with the return of Pumpkinland and the popular Hayrides to the Witches House running Friday October 3rd through Sunday October 5th. Families can select their pumpkins from the over 100 tons on display and enjoy fall treats and fun and then hop aboard the hayride to the witches house too. Hayrides run from 5:30-8:30pm. Pumpkinland 8am – 6pm. Free.

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Fall Fest: A Day as Unique As You!
Fellowship Farm
2488 Sanatoga Road
Pottstown, PA

Don’t miss the first ever festival in PA designed for those with Autism – Fall Fest: A Day as Unique as You. Child Guidance welcomes children and their families to a fun, social and educational event with resource tables, workshops, and therapeutically supportive areas to ensure that all enjoy a safe fun day!

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Free Family Arts Festival
Sunday October 5th
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Lenfest Plaza
118-128 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

The free Family Friendly Arts Festival at PAFA (the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art) will take place on Sunday October 5th starting at 12 Noon until 5pm. Enjoy free admission to the museum along with live performances by Story Up!, Zoom Dance, and the Joe and Laura show. There will also be ample opportunity for kids and families to explore exhibits, face painting, street chalk, and enjoy a special ice cream treat and refreshments too! Free.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday Oct. 5th
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 October 5th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Sept. 26-28

It’s the first official weekend of fall and the final weekend to enjoy September fun! With so much to do in and around Philly this weekend, there is no shortage of family friendly fall fun to be had!
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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!
Saturday September 27th
Museums across the region

Enjoy free admission to select museums across the Philadelphia region this Saturday September 27th in honor of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Annual event. Area museums participating include the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Penn Museum, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, and more. Be sure to register and download your free ticket for complimentary access to your selected museum before you go! Free.

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Pumpkin Palooza
Saturday September 27th – Sunday September 28th
11am – 5pm
The Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ

It’s Pumpkin Palooza this Saturday September 27th and Sunday September 28th from 11am – 5pm at the Garden State Discovery Museum and Springdale Farms! Come out to either location for the annual pumpkin palooza festival with fun and activities the whole family will enjoy including pony rides, a moon bounce, fall crafts, hayrides, corn maze, and the chance to paint a pumpkin too! All day admission is $18 and can be purchased at either location.

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Faeries and Wizards Family Festival
Saturday September 27th and Sunday September 28th
1-4pm
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ

Calling all faeries and wizards!! Come celebrate at the Faeries and Wizards Family Festival at the Camden Children’s Garden this Saturday September 27th and Sunday September 28th from 1-4pm. Design your own magic wands, wizard hats and fairy wings and then build your very own fairy garden to take home. Come dressed in your favorite Faerie or Wizard costume and receive a free ride ticket. $6 per person. Free for ages 2 and younger.

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Drums Along the Delaware Powwow
Saturday September 27th
10am – 5:30pm
American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA

On Saturday September 27th head to the American Swedish Historical Museum for the 2nd Annual Drums Along the Delaware Powwow from 10am – 5:30pm. This colorful and lively powwow with a drum call and blessing of the ground will also feature a performance by Pura Fe along with native crafts and food vendors. Family admission (for four) just $10. Adults $5 each, under 12 free.

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Media Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
Saturday September 27th
10am – 5pm
State Street
Media, PA

The 2014 Media Fine Arts & Crafts Festival is happening on Saturday September 27th from 10am – 5pm on State Street in Media. Head out for a day of celebrating the arts with live music, children’s activities, raffles, crafts and more. Free and free parking.

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Oktoberfest
Saturday September 27th 12Noon – 8pm
Sunday September 28th 12Noon – 5pm
Sisters of the Holy Redeemer
521 Moredon Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA

Don’t miss the annual Oktoberfest Celebration of German Heritage at the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer this Saturday September 27th from 12 Noon – 8pm and Sunday September 28th from 12 Noon – 5pm. This free family event will feature German music, dancing, food and beer plus plenty of fall fun for the kids including hayrides, ponyrides, activities, games, crafts and more. Free. Parking donation is welcome.

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Apple Festival and Pie Eating Contest
Saturday September 27th – Sunday September 29th
9am – 5pm
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

The annual Apple Festival and Pie Eating Contest returns to Linvilla Orchards in Media PA this Saturday September 27th and Sunday September 28th from 9am – 5pm. This two day event hosted by Makin’ Music honors the venerable apple and the fun of autumn with apple tastings, apple picking, live music, storytime, kids games and activities and character visits too. Free.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday September 28th
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 September 28th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Sept. 12-14

There is fall in the air and plenty of fun to be had for the whole family this weekend in Philadelphia! Get out and enjoy the bounty of fall celebrations and fun.

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Doylestown Arts Festival

Saturday September 13th – Sunday September 14th
10am – 5pm
Throughout Doylestown
Doylestown, PA

The annual two-day Doylestown Arts Festival running Saturday September 13th and Sunday September 14th from 10am – 5pm showcases local artisans and talent with over 160 exhibitors, demonstrations, live music and more. Plus take part in bike races for kids and adults too! Free.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday September 14th
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 September 14th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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Mt. Airy Village Fair
Sunday September 14th
11am – 4pm
6819 Greene St. & Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA

Head to beautiful Mt. Airy this Sunday September 14th for the 8th Annual Mt. Airy Village Fair featuring interactive and engaging family-friendly activities and demos, live music, healthy food and more. Free.

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PECO Family Jams: Pattern Palooza
Sunday September 14th
12pm – 4pm
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on South Street hosts this next family fun event in the PECO Family Jams series. Enjoy Pattern Palooza this Sunday September 14th from 12pm – 4pm. Join a family friendly tour of the gardens at 1 or 3pm and create your own masterpiece too. $7/adults, $3/kids 6-12, Free for kids five and under.

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Mexican Independence Day Festival
Sunday September 14th
1-7pm
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd. at Market St.
Philadelphia, PA

It’s a celebration of Mexican independence on Sunday September 14th from 1-7pm at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. There will be plenty of live music, vendors, food and fun. And then after the festival the celebration continues with a live Mariachi band and fireworks show at the Spruce Street Harbor Park from 7-8pm. Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks – September 5th – September 7th

It’s the first weekend of September (did you survive Back to School?)! There is much to do to celebrate this weekend with the whole family! Check out everything from fun festivals to great free museum admission and celebrations of the new Dilworth Park and so much more.

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Philadelphia Honey Festival
Saturday September 6th – Sunday September 7th
Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm (Saturday September 6th)
Bartram’s Gardens (Sunday September 7th)
Philadelphia, PA

The 2014 Philadelphia Honey Festival is taking place and has plenty of kid-friendly fun to be had at historic landmarks locations throughout Philadelphia this Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th. On Saturday September 6th bring the whole family out to Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm for free admission to the museum plus great children’s activities, open hive viewing and more! Then on Sunday September 7th head to Philly’s Bartram Gardens from 10am – 4pm for more honey bee funn including a Be-a-Bee pageant, Children’s Bee parade and lots more. Free.

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Free at the Kimmel: Grow Up Great
Saturday September 6th
11am – 12pm
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Commonwealth Plaza
300 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA

The littlest music lovers (ages 3-5) will delight in this jazz journey for kids at Free at the Kimmel: Grow Up Great happening at the Kimmel Center on Saturday September 6th at 11am. Learn all about the America’s unique jazz music style, see and try musical instruments, and even join the band and interact with the musicians! Free.

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Mushroom Festival
Saturday September 6th – Sunday September 7th
Downtown Kennett Square
101 S. Union St.
Kennett Square, PA

Head to the Kennett Square – the mushroom capital of the world right in our own backyard for the annual Kennett Square Mushroom Festival this Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th. There will be street vendors, farm tours, mushroom demos and tastings plus kids entertainment from the Brandywine Zoo, the Give and Take juggler, live music and more. $2 admission. $10 parking.

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Broomall Fire Company Fall Carnival
Friday September 5th – Sunday September 7th
Broomall Fire Company
10 N. Main Road
Broomall, PA

The annual Broomall Fire Company Fall Carnival takes place this Friday September 5th – Sunday September 7th. Enjoy games, rides, food and fun. Tickets $1.50 each or $25 for a block of 25 or $50 for a block of 56.

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Playtime in the Park
Saturday September 6th
11am – 4pm
Dilworth Park
Broad & Market Streets
West Side of City Hall
Philadelphia, PA

There is something for everyone at the newly opened Dilworth Park this Saturday September 6th during Playtime in the Park from 11am – 4pm. Kids will get to enjoy music and dance entertainment, the KYW Kidcast, arts and crafts from the Philly Art Center, games, storytelling, foundtain fun and lots more. Free.

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Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Saturday September 6th
12-4pm
Columbus Square Park
1200 Wharton St.
Philadelphia, PA

Come out to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand during September for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This Saturday September 6th from 12-4pm at Columbus Square Park enjoy a cold cup of lemonade and fun for the kiddos with a moon bounce, raffles, treats and more. Donations welcome.

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Pennsylvania Coast Day
Saturday September 6th
11am – 4pm
Penn’s Landing Marina
Columbus Ave at Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Celebrate Pennsylvania Coast Day at Penn’s Landing Marina this Saturday September 6th from 11am – 4pm. This free festival will feature family friendly fun celebrating Pennsylvania’s water coast. Embark on a Delaware River ferry ride, a kayak excursion, swan pedal-boat ride and more. Plus view the tug boat festival, ship tours, races and more. Kids can take part in nautical themed arts and crafts, enjoy face paint and other fun! Free.

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Chadds Ford Days
Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Road
Chadds Ford, PA

Don’t miss the 49th Annual Chadds Ford Days in the beautiful Brandywine River Valley at the Chadds Ford Historical Society from 10am – 5pm this Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th. This community event will showcase local artists and crafters and features live entertainment, tours of the historic John Chads House and more. $5 admission for adults. Kids free.

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Bank of America Museums on Us
Saturday September 6th – Sunday September 7th
Participating Museums in the Philadelphia area

Bank of America again is sponsoring Museums on Us with free entry to many of the region’s best museums on the first full weekend of each month including this weekend this Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th 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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Pay What You Wish Admission
Sunday September 7th
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

It’s the first weekend of the month so that means Pay What You Wish admission all day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday September 7th. Enjoy the Museum’s vast galleries and treasures. Kids 12 and under always free. Adult admission is Pay What You Wish on the first Sunday of the month.

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Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Sunday September 7th
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 September 7th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free.

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Lansdowne Arts Festival
Saturday September 6th – Sunday September 7th
21st Century Club
84 S. Lansdowne Ave
Lansdowne, PA

The 12th Annual Lansdowne Arts Festival takes place this Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th at the beautiful 21st Century Club in Lansdowne PA. Come out with the kiddos for two days of live music, arts and crafts, and more. Free.

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9th Annual Greenfest Philly
Sunday September 7th
10am – 4pm
Headhouse Square
2nd & South Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss Philly’s largest environmental festival, Greenfest Philly, happening this Sunday September 7th from 10am – 4pm at Headhouse Square on 2nd & South Streets. Come out to view over 100 eco-friendly vendors, local and organic food trucks, a sustainably-brewed beer garden, live local music, plus a kids corner with crafts, activities and more. Free.

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.