Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: WinterFest, History, Chinese New Year Feb 6-7

Things to do with kids in Philadelphia, Winter Family Events

If winter happens to be your favorite time of year, it is your lucky weekend! There are plenty of family-fun events happening that celebrate this chilly, snowy time of year. Wagner Free Institute of Science's Winter Wonderland and Briar Bush Nature Center's WinterFest both offer seasonal crafts, games, and activities for families. Nature-loving visitors to Riverbend Environmental Education Center can explore the outdoors during cold winter months at its Winter Trek. Or, incorporate a history lesson into the mix at Valley Forge National Historic Park's Join the Continental Army experience.

On the other hand, consider sharing a cultural experience with your kids this weekend. Many museums throughout the Philadelphia area are celebrating Chinese New Year. Consider visiting Garden State Discovery Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, or Philadelphia Museum of Art for a variety of festivities welcoming the Year of the Monkey.

After spending time enjoying winter activities or museums, check out our Events Calendar as the spring consignment sales are starting to pop up.  New information is constantly being updated to our entire list so be sure to check back often. Have a great weekend!


Black History Month Celebration- Philadelphia, PA
Throughout the month of February, weekend visitors to the National Liberty Museum can stop by the Craft Corner to make inspiring Newsmaker Columns.

Zombie in Love- Philadelphia, PA
Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Walnut Street Theatre proudly presents this tale of Mortimer the Zombie as he tries to secure a date to Cupid's Ball.

Chinese New Year Celebration- Philadelphia, PA
Visitors to the Please Touch Museum learn about the Chinese culture through special performances, crafts such as making paper lanterns, and activities like ribbon dancing.

Saturday, February 6

Handmade Paper Valentines- New Hope, PA
Be sure to register in advance to make a one-of-a-kind valentine for someone special in your life at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve.

Lunar New Year- Philadelphia, PA
Independence Seaport Museum celebrates the Chinese New Year with cultural activities, crafts, calligraphy demonstrations, martial arts, and dancing.

Resolution Hike- Nottingham, PA
Have you and your family been sticking to your New Year's resolutions? If exercising more was top on your list, head to Nottingham County Park for this nature hike.

Winter Wonderland- Philadelphia, PA
Visit The Wagner Free Institute of Science of Philadelphia for its annual winter celebration. Children ages 6-12 can participate in a scavenger hunt, make seasonal crafts, and touch real specimens from the Museum's teaching collection.

Join the Continental Army- King of Prussia, PA
Immerse yourself in the life of a soldier at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Kids can learn how to stand, march, and carry a wooden (dummy) musket.

B...B...B...Beethoven: Those Four Famous Notes- Philadelphia, PA
This family-friendly concert has everyone fully engaged as audiences enjoy Beethoven's Fifth Symphony at the Kimmel Center.

Sunday, February 7

Asian New Year- Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts The Year of the Monkey celebration with a dance performance, lantern art activity, and gallery tours.

PNC Arts Alive Family Programs- Chadds Ford, PA
Families are invited to explore the Brandywine River Museum's galleries while taking a break to participate in its Seeing Red activities.

WinterFest- Abington, PA
This free festival which honors the season of winter is held at Briar Bush Nature Center. Children can expect hands-on activities, crafts, games, and animal demonstrations.

Chinese New Year Parade- Media, PA
Be sure to get a good spot as Downtown Media prepares for the Year of the Monkey with its Chinese New Year Parade.


Photo courtesy of Briar Bush Nature Center