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Kid-friendly Events in Delaware

Some events just seem to be made for keeping kids happy. They’re typically full of activities the kids can join. They often feature lots of food. And they’re affordable, meaning mom and dad will be happy as well.

With those qualities in mind, we’ve put together a roundup of some popular and affordable family-friendly activities to check out when you’re putting together your itinerary for your next Delaware vacation.

Your kids will be glad you did. And so will you.

Great Delaware Kite Festival (early April): Enjoy the spectacle of kites dancing in the crisp ocean breeze high above the natural splendor of Cape Henlopen State Park, where food vendors and activities for kids make it a perfect family outing.

Doodles in Dewey (late April): Kids and the dogs splashing in the surf for a good cause – and for the fun of it all.

White Clay Creek Fest (first Saturday in May): Food, music, artists and entertainers make a day in a beautiful park one to remember.

Dover Days Festival (early May): A blend of old and new, arts and crafts, food and fun, Dover Days has a little bit of everything, including a car show and a pet parade.

Kid’s Beach Party and Bonfire (mid-June): Get them into the summer vibe with a live DJ and dancing, games, mascots, free snacks, contests, and face painting --  followed by the first bonfire of the summer.

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival (late June): Billed as “Delaware’s largest family picnic,” the Ice Cream Fest attracts thousands to the grounds of an old Gothic Revival mansion at Rockwood to hear bluegrass, sample treats from area dairies, restaurants and craft breweries, and keep the kids occupied with fun and games.

Delaware State Fair (end of July): A glorious mash-up of kid-friendly entertainment, deep-fried treats, live music, rodeos and demolition derbies.

Skimboarding Championships (early August): See the nation’s best skimboard artists ride the waves.

Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest (August): Participants and spectators alike are invited for what has become one of the beach’s most popular kid-friendly festivals. More than 100 teams vie to be judged most artistic with such fanciful creations as Swamp Animals, Mermaids, Pyramids, Crabs, Dolphins, Sharks, and yes, even the occasional sand castle.

Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler Festival (late October): Children are entranced here: there are musical acts, a kids’ "best cackle contest"; choo-choo express train rides; a hunt on the beach for "dinosaur eggs"; a costume dog parade on the boardwalk; and an evening movie in the park.

Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival (early October): Conceived in part to honor of the state’s favorite (and somewhat mysterious) breakfast treat, the Apple Scrapple Festival keeps things family-friendly with carnival rides, games, a car show, tractor pull and plenty of apples, scrapple, and other tempting treats.

Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights: Kids love riding the miniature train on "Steamin' Days" (first Sunday of the month, June-Nov.). Special events include Easter Egg Hunts (late March and early April); the Steamin' Halloween (late Oct.); Steamin' Thanksgiving (late Nov.); and the Old Fashioned Holiday (mid-Dec.).

Winterthur Mansion, Garden and Library: Seasonal events include Easter Brunch with the Bunny, "Squeaky Wheels" (kid-friendly walks in the garden on first Wednesday of the month); and Kids Grow vegetable garden lessons. Don't miss the Enchanted Woods while you're there.

Monday night children’s movies on the beach in Dewey Beach: This Delaware beach tradition is a family favorite.

Wednesday night family bonfires in Dewey Beach: Another great way to end the day at the Delaware beaches.

Take the Putt Putt challenge: Miniature golf is kind of like french fries with vinegar – when you’re at the Delaware beaches, you'll probably end up trying them both. Some favorites include Fire Mountain Golf (part of Midway Speedway Park, Del. 1, Midway Shopping Center, near Rehoboth Beach); Ryan's Mini Golf (1 Delaware Ave., Rehoboth); Shell We Golf (19366 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach); Captain Jack’s Pirate Golf (21 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach); and Viking Golf (corner of Coastal Highway and Del. 54, Fenwick Island).

Delaware Children’s Museum: Younger kids and their parents will love the interactive exhibits and chances for hands-on learning disguised as fun.

Delaware Museum of Natural History: The world of nature becomes so thrilling and real when you're a kid who comes face-to-face with life-size dinosaurs and a jaguar, looks beneath the seas, or experiences the diversity of birds and shells from around the world.

Alley Oop Skim: For some kids, summer couldn't get any better than skimboarding lessons at the beach.

Screams at the Beach: Around Halloween, kids truly appreciate places this frightfully fun. 

Brandywine Zoo: This zoo's intimate and scenic setting makes it a perfect match for families.

Trampoline parks: At last count, three are up and hopping in Delaware. In Wilmington, check out Stratosphere. In Newark, there's Launch and Skyzone.