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Classes, Programs, and Activities for Special Needs Kids in Philly

If you have a child with special needs, sometimes the average day-to-day can be challenging, let alone finding ways to get out of the house. Finding classes, activities, and programs may seem daunting. That's why we've created a list of local favorites. This is divided into programs that focus exclusively on special needs kids and places that have created specific days and times for children who might not be comfortable visiting otherwise.

5 Winter Staycation Ideas for Philadelphia Families

With short winter days, long winter nights, and freezing temperatures that make the indoors even more appealing, a trip to somewhere sunny and warm might sound ideal, but your bank account and your work schedule don't agree. That's when a staycation might be the best option. Here are 5 staycation ideas for families in the Philadelphia area.

8 Bowling Alleys for Philly Kids

Bowling is one of those activities that goes into and out of fashion according to how old one is. Children love it because they like to knock things down and with bowling they get points to do that. Whether you're looking for an awesome birthday party venue, or just something to on a lazy Sunday afternoon, there are plenty of bowling alleys to choose from in the area.

To make bowling a bit easier for little kids to play, most bowling alleys have ramps onto which children can put the ball to position it before pushing it down, light balls that are easier to carry for kids, and bumpers to make sure that every ball a kid (or adult) throws doesn't end up in the gutter. Add some pizza and soda, and it's a perfect afternoon. 

20 Things to Do with Baby This Winter in and around Philly

Winter with a baby can be difficult, especially because it's so easy to stay inside and hibernate. But getting out and about is healthy for moms and babies, whether it's to get a little exercise, take a class, enjoy an activity, or meet up with some other new moms. That's why we've compiled a great list of things you can do with a new baby in these cold winter months. 

10 Great Places to Learn Gymnastics in and around Philly

Finding the right activities for kids can be challenging, especially with everthing from art to dance classes available. Gymnastics is a popular choice, one that peaks in popularity every four years, just as it did this year after parents and kids watched Simone Biles' spectacular performances during the Olympics. This list includes both recreational gymnastics facilites as well as places where training for competition is the goal. 

9 Indoor Places Near Philly for Fall and Winter Birthday Parties

Fall and winter birthdays mean celebrating the milestone indoors. The city has a plethora of options for those who want to celebrate outdoors, but it can be tricky to find fun places to celebrate in colder months. Many of the museums in Philly offer birthday packages, but museums aren't for everyone. Read on for some more unique options for celebrating a kid's birthday party indoors.

Dance Classes for Kids in the Philly Area

Dance studios and classes come in a variety of styles for all ages. Some focus on fun and fitness while others trend toward competition and professional training. Many offer classes starting with Mommy & Me for the youngest dancers, and expand their variety as children get older and more skilled. Whether the aspiring dancer is into ballet, jazz, tap, modern, or hip hop, this list has something for everyone.

Terror Behind The Walls: Is This Haunted House Too Scary for Kids?

Terror Behind the Walls is rated one of the best haunted attractions in the country, in part because of its authentic location, inside the Eastern State Penitentiary, a former prison which is now a historical site. But does the hype live up to the experience, and, more importantly, is this an experience that kids will enjoy? Here's what you need to know to decide if the kids are ready for this attraction.

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