Free Family Events for Fall 2019

Though summer is ending, there are still plenty of opportunities for fun family outings and educational days for your kids. Take advantage of the many free events in the Philadelphia area in the upcoming months!

National Park Free Entrance Days

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Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area

There are three entrance fee-free days for all National Parks in the upcoming months:

  • Sunday, August 25th – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 28th – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11th – Veterans Day

Parks in Philadelphia include Independence National Historical Park, Valley Forge, and Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area. Set out on a weekend trip before the weather turns too cold, or take a nature-filled day trip for a short escape from the bustling city. Tour all the historical monuments in the Greater Philly area for a great enrichment opportunity and connection to our country’s heritage.

Check out more details about the entrance fee-free days, and mark “I’m Interested” to receive reminders and extra information about the event.

Museum Free Admission Day

This year, on Saturday, September 21st, museums and cultural institutions across the US are participating in the Smithsonian’s Free Museum Day.

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Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

Museums encourage your children to think critically and creatively about the contents of the exhibits and why they’re being displayed, and can also be a great source of inspiration if your child is interested in science, art, history, or any other subject. Do your kids have the misconception that museum trips are too long and boring? Read some tips about how to get them to love these educational institutions.

In the Philly area, museums include the National Museum of American Jewish History, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, and the Penn Museum. Each reserved ticket allows for free admission for two people at one museum, so get yours soon!

 

More family-friendly free events are bound to pop up as the year goes on, so make sure to check back for updates!

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2018 Summer Camps in Philadelphia

Summer is just around the corner! Don’t miss these exciting summer camp options in and around Philadelphia.

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The warmer, longer days of spring are the perfect time to look ahead to summer planning!  Have you found summer camps yet?

Here’s a tip that will save you a lot of clicking & searching. The easiest way to find age-appropriate camps that pique your child’s interest & fit your schedule — within driving distance — is to do a search on ActivityHero.

When you search for options in the Philly area, here are a just a few of the camps you’ll discover:

dma_logo_blk_bluDigital Media Academy Intro to Filmmaking
Philadelphia

Loco_roboLocoRobo Innovations, Inc
Haverford & Philly

 

challenger_soccerChallenger Sports Soccer Camps
(Dozens of Pennsylvania locations)

 

hotshot_sportsHot Shot Sports Training
Haverford

 

See schedules, prices, and reviews from other families >>

Thecenter_on_centralThe Center on Central
Bryn Mawr & Paoli

 

Active_chess_computer.jpgActive Learning – Chess and Computer Camps
Bryn Mawr, Lemoyne, West Chester
GameBreaker_lacrosseGameBreaker Lacrosse Camps
Bryn Mawr

 

JumpRopeJump Rope Camp
Doylestown

 

sor_paSchool of Rock
Fort Washington

 

Don’t wait — popular camps will fill up. Happy planning!

See schedules, prices, and reviews from other families >>

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2017 Summer Camps in Philadelphia

Make 2017 a summer they’ll remember! Don’t miss these exciting summer camp options in and around Philadelphia.

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Summer’s just around the corner — have you found camps yet?

Here’s a tip that will save you a lot of clicking & searching. The easiest way to find age-appropriate camps that pique your child’s interest & fit your schedule — within driving distance — is to do a search on ActivityHero.

When you search for options in the Philly area, here are a just a few of the camps you’ll discover:
butchersew.pngButcher’s Sew Shop Junior
Philadelphia (2 locations)
Loco_roboLocoRobo Innovations, Inc
Haverford & Philly

 

challenger_soccerChallenger Sports Soccer Camps
(Dozens of Pennsylvania locations)

 

hotshot_sportsHot Shot Sports Training
Haverford

 

See schedules, prices, and reviews from other families >>

Thecenter_on_centralThe Center on Central
Bryn Mawr & Paoli

 

Active_chess_computer.jpgActive Learning – Chess and Computer Camps
Bryn Mawr, Lemoyne, West Chester
GameBreaker_lacrosseGameBreaker Lacrosse Camps
Bryn Mawr

 

JumpRopeJump Rope Camp
Doylestown

 

sor_paSchool of Rock
Fort Washington

 

 

Don’t wait — popular camps will fill up. Happy planning!

 

 

See schedules, prices, and reviews from other families >>

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Sleepaway camp – tips for your first time away

For some families, sleepaway camp is a tradition and happens every year like the holidays. But if you didn’t grow up going to sleepaway camp, you might have some questions, or concerns. We spoke to camp directors at two overnight camps and have some tips to share in this article, published by ActivityHero.

>> Read the article

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Best of Philadelphia Area Camps!

Friends Central Summer Camps

The Lower School Campus hosts Tenderfoot Camp for 3-6 year olds with 4-7 week options. Staff is tuned in to the developmental needs of this youngest age group and nurture social development, independence, curiosity and friendships. Kids are organized in groups by age and enjoy swimming, music and drama, arts and crafts, nature and outdoor sports and games.

The Upper School Campus hosts Trailblazer program for 6-12 year olds, plus Lego Engineering, and Trailblazer Enrichment Camp that includes Computer Graphics and Computer Programming.

Summer Scholars for 7th-12th grade programs include SAT Prep, Applied Math for Physical Sciences, College Application Eassay and Intensive Tutorial in Mathematics.

Benchmark School Summer Camp

Great option for kids who need some remedial help with academics but don’t want to miss out on a great, active summer c amp experience. Benchmark has a 6 week program with their excellent teachers and summer staff to give these kids the support they need and make sure they have a fantastic camp experience too. See more…

iD Tech Camps

Kids get the opportunity to take their tech skills to the next level. Weekly courses teach kids to code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce films, model 3D characters, and more. With a balance of computer time and outdoor summer fun, kids and teens think critically, problem-solve, collaborate, and socialize. See more…

Arden Theatre Camp

Join Philly’s best theatre professionals for fun classes in Acting, Music, Storytelling, Improvisation, Dance, and Design at Arden Summer Camp. Inspiring creativity, Drama Camp motivates kids to create stories using characters and ideas built from their own imaginations. Costume design, dancing, and comedy camps stimulate young artists and build confidence. See more…

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Main Line Parent Camp & Activity Fair!

Mark your calendars! Sunday, February 21rst
Friends’ Central School’s Lower School
, 228 Old Gulph Road, Wynnewood

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the great camp opportunities available for Summer 2016!

Learn about new programs and find out more about the camps that sound like a good fit for your kids. This is the perfect time to meet the Camp Directors, ask lots of questions and find out about what new and special about their upcoming programs.

Bring the kids! You might be surprised what programs they’re drawn to! There will be an activity from Einstein By Design, an electronics lab and kitchen chemistry too.

Win a free week of Camp! They will also be raffling off free weeks of camp.
Free sounds good!

Main Line Parent Camp & Activity Fair, Sunday February 21, 2016 11am-2pm

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Director Interview – Justin Lavner of Lavner Camps!

Justin Lavner has his roots in the Philadelphia area and is the founder of Lavner Camps. We had a chance to hear more about Lavner Camps during our interview with Lavner.

1. Why did you decide to create Lavner Camps? What do you think makes it special?

Justin_lavnerJ.L.: I created Lavner Camps because I wanted children to have the opportunity to attend a high quality summer camp where they can immerse themselves in learning, develop skills, have lots of fun, make friends, and create happy memories! Lavner Camps is very special because we provide campers with the opportunity to explore various areas of interest, build confidence, learn from great instructors who teach from a professionally developed (and always evolving) curriculum, and experience all of this in an exciting and dynamic camp environment.

We pride ourselves on creating a premier summer camp environment where campers can have the experience of a life time, and we enjoy seeing so many campers return each summer!

2. What are some of your favorite camp activities?

J.L.: As the camp director, it is really difficult to choose favorites, because so many of our activities are fun and exciting. Here are some (but not all!) of my favorites: King of the Court at Tennis Camp, Soccer Shootout Challenge, Hot Spot Challenge in Basketball Camp, Robowars in Robotics Camp, Scavenger Hunt Competitions in 3D Innovation & Design with Minecraft, Installing Minecraft Mods, coding a Choose Your Own Adventure Game in Java, Creating Apps and Beta testing Video Games on Fridays, the Friday Fashion show at Fashion Design Camp, Bake Off Competitions in Culinary Camp, Shooting Scenes at Filmmaking Camp, Friday Theater performances, the Lavner Carnival and Color War at Exploration Day Camp, Flying Drones in the Spy Tech Minor Course at TECH R3VOLUTION ™, Team Building Games at our CIT Leadership Program Orientation, and so much more!

3. You’ve added a lot of specialty tech and arts camps. How does your staff develop the curriculum for new camps? What are you especially excited about this year?

J.L.:We employ a very talented and brilliant group of year round employees. We have a full time technology department and creative arts department, and summer camp curriculum is developed and enhanced all year. This enables us to stay at the forefront of learning and produce camp experiences at the highest level, and sometimes even create new educational trends! As directors, Michael Lavner and I also play an integral part in overseeing curriculum development, and schedule time to immerse ourselves in the curriculum for each camp before we approve it to “go live” in the summer. I am very excited about our NEW camp additions: Elite Skills Minecraft Camp, Programming Camp with Python, Game Design Camp with GameMaker ™ and RPG Maker ®, Hand Sewing Camp: Stuffed Animal Creations!, and GreenFun Eco Camp! I am also excited to see the many new developments in all of our camps that are returning in Summer 2016.

4. How do you select your camp counselors (background, experience, etc)?

J.L.: It is absolutely paramount to us that we hire excellent camp instructors and counselors. We employ an almost entirely adult staff. They have exemplary backgrounds in the areas they instruct, and are passionate about working with kids. All are very responsible, and understand the “high level” camp experience and standards of excellence that we expect and require at Lavner Camps. Our instructors vary from teachers, professors, industry professionals, grad students, college students, and a very small amount of rising high school seniors and juniors who display an exceptional ability to instruct at camp. We are fortunate enough to receive thousands of applications and our HR department does a great job of selecting excellent candidates for our camp positions.

5. Can kids really learn to program in 1 week of camp?

J.L.: At Lavner Camps they can! All Lavner campers complete 1-3 computer programming projects during a week of Programming Camp with Scratch, Programming Camp with Python ™, or Programming Camp with Java. Parents can also book private lessons with an instructor before or after camp if they want their child to have 1 on 1 instruction and additional learning opportunities. We are very impressed with the programming project our campers create at camp, and are excited to provide more and more coding camps each summer!

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