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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Seuss, Stories, Swim Night February 27-March 3

February comes to an end this week. But, this weather has made it seem like it ended weeks ago! Our events calendar is exploding with activities for everyone in the family.

Get ready to celebrate the beloved children's author Dr. Seuss with birthday celebrations featuring stories, crafts, and games at Katharine Drexel Library, Wynnefield Library, Queen Memorial Library, and Cobbs Creek Library. Load up the stroller for a Squeaky Wheels tour of Winterthur. Visit Smith in the playhouse for its Family Mornings or see what's hopping at the Academy of Natural Science's Frogs: A Chorus of Colors exhibit and grab a bite to eat nearby afterwards. Finish out the week with a dip in the pool at Fitness Works.

Be sure to browse through our recently released March GoList to plan family activities for the month ahead. And, don't forget to cast your vote in our Philadelphia Besties for your chance to win FREE admission to Diggerland USA and Sahara Sam's.

March GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

Spring is almost here! The weather is turning, and it's the perfect time to get outside and enjoy some quality family time. Get outside, take a walk, and enjoy nature and all the newly blooming flowers. Enjoy some ice cream on a sunny day. With spring comes all the great consignment sales that Philly area families love- perfect for stocking up for a new babe, or for outfitting those ever-growing toddlers. Easter doesn't come until April this year, but there's always St. Patty's Day to celebrate! 

Although, maybe we still have time to get that one big snow day in! Hurry up, and check all the winter fun off your list before it's too late. As always, check our event calendar for even more fun things happening this March!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Maple Sugar, Dr. Seuss, Performances February 25-26

Philly families have been spoiled with some delightful spring-like weather this February. Fill the beautiful weekend ahead with extraordinary fun that can be found in our events calendar.

Start the day off with a pancake breakfast at Tyler Arboretum or Churchville Nature Center as they both celebrate maple sugar season. Or, perhaps you prefer Green Eggs and Ham... Then get ready for Dr. Seuss story times held at Barnes & Nobles in Rittenhouse Square, Exton, and Bensalem, or Dr. Seuss' Birthday Bash at King of Prussia's Lakeshore. Finish off family fun by seeing a show such as Miss Nelson is Missing at Bristol Riverside Theater or The Jungle Book presented by the Pennsylvania Ballet II at Prince Theater.

Parenting Win! Cast your vote in our Philadelphia Besties for your chance to win FREE admission to Diggerland USA and Sahara Sam's. It's a win-win, just like our top picks for the weekend.

Where to get Fasnachts, King Cakes, Paczki, and Donuts for Mardi Gras in Philadelphia

Whether you call it Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday, one thing is clear- the best way to celebrate is with some delicious sweet treats! The King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition where a plastic baby is baked right inside the cake! Whomever receives the lucky slice, gets to host the next party (or at least get next year's King Cake). The Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate Fasnacht Day by getting rid of all the fat in the house before Lent, which means yummy donuts (and the tradition states that if you don't eat one, you won't have a very good year). Paczkis are the Polish version of the pre-Lent donut. No matter what you call it, we've found all the best places around town to grab your special treat.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss with Book Events for Philly Kids

In classrooms throughout Philadelphia, children participate in Read Across America Day, an initiative that was started to instill and promote a love for reading. Every year, this event is held on March 2nd, the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss.

Libraries, museums, and bookstores also spend time celebrating the delightfully zany books written by this great author. Books such as Green Eggs and  Ham, The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, and my particular favorite, Oh, The Places You'll Go are held near and dear to many children and grown-ups alike. Certain venues throughout the area feature engaging and educational activities and even special guest appearances! We have rounded up some local events Philly families can enjoy together.

25 Best Things To Do in Ottawa, Canada with Kids

Even if you are not considering a post-election move north, Canada’s bilingual capital is a fine family vacation. Ottawa beckons with a full plate of both indoor and outdoor activities all year, so don’t dismiss a winter visit. Be sure to pack the long underwear because residents don’t let tundra-style weather keep them indoors.

As Canada’s capital, this city is a showplace for the country, so the feel is similar to Washington, D.C., with a fine array of national museums and cultural offerings to complement the active adventures. It’s urban, but the manageable size, expansive green spaces and excellent public transportation makes it easy to navigate. As the government seat, the dashing young Prime Minister has been spotted at local playgrounds with his kids and participating in the weekly free yoga class on Parliament’s lawn, so look forward to the possibility of excellent political eye-candy.

Ottawa is closer than you might think, a one hour flight or seven hour, 336-mile drive from New York City. Here’s our guide to the best family activities in town.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Skiing, OrKIDS, Yoga February 20-24

Despite the unseasonably warm February weather, Philly families should review their winter bucket list to ensure there is time during the season to participate in all the fun to be had.

Spend a day off from school with a local ski trip or snow tubing excursion. Lace up your skates and take a spin at an outdoor ice skating rink. Those interested in a unique experience can take a ride to Longwood Gardens for its OrKID Days, or see Riverdance on stage at The Playhouse in Wilmington. To unwind, try a pre/post natal yoga class at NEST Philadelphia or a Mommy and Me version at Linvilla Orchards. Complete the week by viewing the stars inside the West Chester University Planetarium.

Be sure to vote in our BESTIES contest to win great family prizes! Keep reading for our top picks of the week and get ready to cross a few more things off your winter bucket list.

Pennsylvania Maple Sugaring Season Events

Mark your calendars because maple sugaring season is upon us! If you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss was about when it comes to the run-of-the-mill syrup versus the true-blue maple, now is your chance to find out. Tree-tapping season officially kicks off in February, but sugarings and tastings run through April across the state of Pennsylvania. Festivals and breakfasts will have families breaking any lingering New Year’s resolutions, but it's SO worth it. From day trips to local events, check out what the syrup season has to offer.

NOTE: Some of these events are definitely destination activities (averaging a 3-4 hour drive) that likely require an overnight trip, especially when bringing little ones. Please check the drive times before planning your trip.

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