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Philly Area Birthday Parties for Animal Lovers

For kids who love animals and have birthdays, and let’s be honest, that’s just about every kid, there are two ways to have special guests of the four-legged variety: at home or somewhere else. Traveling petting zoos will bring the animals with them, but if having a small menagerie at home isn’t appealing, consider hosting a birthday at a zoo or farm. There are many great options for outdoor, indoor, and at home birthday parties in the Philadelphia area for every type of animal-loving kid. 

Crafty Kids: Philadelphia Classes & Workshops for Creators

Making things with your hands is one of those activities where patience, focus, and determination result in a tangible and potentially usable object. Craft classes are another opportunity like dance, technology, theater, or writing classes to give kids a creative way to express themselves. Here are awesome places where creativity is valued and encouraged and will result in bracelets, skirts, ceramic bowls, wood boxes, or an artwork that any parent will be happy to display.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants Close to the Franklin Institute

Visiting the Franklin Institute is a fun couple of hours and a great way to introduce the kids to the systems working in their bodies or cool science concepts. But at some point, everyone is going to get hungry. Instead of succombing to the cafeteria and the kid-staples of pizza and chicken nuggets, venture a few blocks outside of the museum to one of these kid-friendly restaurants. If you're planning on making a day of it, check out our post on places to try Thai rolled ice cream while you're in the city!

Philly Cooking Parties, Baking Parties, & Cake Decorating Birthday Parties

Planning another birthday party? Looking for something different? For those kids whose interests lean to the culinary or who love to decorate with sugary goodness, here's a great idea: a cooking party! There are a bunch of places in and around Philadelphia that host cooking, baking, and decorating parties, and even some who will drive to the birthday kid's home. So, if you've got an aspiring chef, check out some of these great nearby birthday parties.

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.

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