What to do with your kids this summer in Philly

With many of Philadelphia’s favorite attractions introducing new activities and expanded facilities, the region has plenty to keep the whole family happily entertained.

Exciting expansions

Cookie Monster and his friends are excited to welcome their human playmates to visit Cookie’s Monster Land, Sesame Place’s new imaginative attraction featuring five rides, a three-story net climb and a soft play area.
www.sesameplace.com

The Airways to Waterways exhibit at the recently expanded Bucks County Children’s Museum gives kids a giggle while they explore the mysteries of wind and water. That means propelling objects through 20-foot tubes of compressed air and unlocking virtual canal gates using the robotics and video installation.
www.buckskids.org

 

New animal abodes

Big Cat Falls is the wild new exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo Credit: Philadelphia Zoo
Get up close and personal with some big cats at the zoo. 
Credit: Philadelphia Zoo

Lions, tigers and more majestic cats now roam Big Cat Crossing, the Philadelphia Zoo’s overhead animal trail and exploration system. Reaching heights of up to 17 feet, the mesh passageway extends from Big Cat Falls above the zoo’s main visitor path, allowing the large felines more freedom to roam while giving visitors a safe and unusual perspective at ground level.
www.philadelphiazoo.org

Genny and Button, the Adventure Aquarium’s celeb hippos, are getting a new pad suited to their star status. Hippo Haven, a colorful landscape of light and sound, depicts the vibrant change of seasons on the African River.
www.adventureaquarium.com

 

More fun for families

Your Brain is more fun than you think. Credit: M Edlow
Find out how our brains really work at the Franklin Institute. 
Credit: M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Climb through neurons, solve brain teasers and try other interactive activities are part of “Your Brain,” the centerpiece exhibit at the Franklin Institute’s new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, opening June 14. In addition, “Circus! Science Under the Big Top” (June 14-Sept. 1) and “101 Inventions That Changed the World” (June 14-Oct. 26) will offer plenty of hands-on fun.
www.fi.edu

Who needs a trip to the islands with the Spruce Street Harbor Park popping up on the Delaware River waterfront this summer? From June 27 through Aug. 31, visitors can enjoy festivals, concerts and movies, relax in giant hammocks, cool off under the Mist Walk and indulge in their favorite summer foods and beverages at The Oasis.
www.delawareriverwaterfront.com

This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will again be transformed into a hot spot for kids during Art Splash, June 27–Sept. 1. Families can Meet the Masterpieces as 10 treasures from the museum’s collection come to life through gallery explorations, studio art creations and imaginative play for visitors of all ages.
www.philamuseum.org



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.