What's New and Opening in Philly in 2018

Every year it seems like Philadelphia gets better and better with more things to see and do for local families and tourists alike. Major initiatives for the city include expanded green space, which often means new opportunities to get out and play. Outdoor events are always a big draw and each year the calendar seems to have more to offer in terms of destinations to experience art and culture. 2018 is no different, in addition to the usual festivals and events that you can look forward to year after year, there are some exciting openings and events that make it a good year to be in Philadelphia.

25 Best Things to Do in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with Kids

Prospect Heights is a small Brooklyn neighborhood that's in the middle of all the action. Nestled between Crown Heights, Boerum Hill, and Fort Greene, it's brownstone Brooklyn at its best, with tree-lined streets, eateries galore, and a mix of longtime residents and new transplants. Much like the rest of the borough, the community has seen its fair share of gentrification; however, it remains quite diverse, and is a wonderful place for families to live or visit.

An array of kid-friendly cafes, bars, restaurants and shops line Vanderbilt Avenue, and Washington Avenue is another thriving commercial strip. The southern periphery of Prospect Heights features some of Brooklyn’s most famous landmarks: the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (also covered in our Crown Heights guide), along with the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and the northern edge of Prospect Park. Meanwhile, Barclays Center (also covered in our Fort Greene guide) is located in its northwestern corner.

Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations that Are Great for Kids

In New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras. In Venice, Italy, it's Carnevale. In Austria they call it Fasching, and in England Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or just plain old Fat Tuesday. Whatever the name, it's a party; and with its traditions of masks, music, and bling, this party deserves to be shared with kids. We've collected LA's most family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations below, and they're mostly FREE. Let the good times roll!

20 Art Studios with Drop-In Sessions for New Jersey Kids

Like the idea of crafting with your kid but cringe at the thought of paint and glitter all over your house? Lucky for us, New Jersey is home to a variety of drop-in art studios that offer your spontaneous painter, potter, glassmaker, and jeweler the chance to get their craft on. The perfect destinations for a cold winter day, these craft-tastic spaces let you skip the mess at home while catering to your budding artist's creative impulses.  

The Snow Day: An Iconic NYC Story for Little Theatergoers

When you have a 4-year-old jumping bean like I do, the idea of taking him or her to a quiet, please-stay-in-your-seat performance is a little intimidating. But it'll never get better unless we practice, so we headed to MidtownTimes Square, to be exact—to try out a performance of the brand-new The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Jack Ezra Keats. With a runtime of 45 minutes, I was hopeful we could make it through this special series of tales from one of NYC's homegrown literary legends. 

Read on to find out all about the creative and inventive play/musical hybrid perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and even elementary-age kids.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Valentine Fun, Winter Events, Nature February 10-11

Philly families can tell that love is in the air just by looking at our Mommy Poppins event calendar. Venues throughout the Delaware Valley offer opportunities to make Valentines, rock out a family concert, and even sample chocolate!

In addition to Valentine's Day fun, families can enjoy winter-themed events such as Wagner's Winter Wonderland, Peter Wentz Farmstead's Winter Chores & Treats, and Penn Museum's Second Saturdays which features a Winter Olympics theme. Animal lovers can learn about owls at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or build a bluebird house at Springton Manor Farm, while budding artists can sketch at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or make art at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts.

For more ways to spend your weekend, be sure to read our top picks below.

Garden State Discovery Museum: A South Jersey Gem for Kids

Little explorers, artists, chefs, and sports fanatics will all find adventure at the Garden State Discovery Museum, a South Jersey gem filled with imaginary-play zones that attracts Philly and Jersey families. Where else can kids serve up diner meals, care for sick animals, and dig for dinosaur bones—all under one roof? Throw in original live performances, hands-on arts and crafts, and cultural celebrations from around the world, and this Cherry Hill museum is worth a day trip for families with curious kids to entertain. 

For more NJ museums, check out our list of kid-friendly museums in North Jersey—or for more action, let your crew burn off some serious energy at a mega indoor play space in New Jersey. 

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