After a spin on the ice, warm up and roast marshmallows at the Winterfest Fire Pit Lounge. Photo by Matt Stanley
After a spin on the ice, warm up and roast marshmallows at the Winterfest Fire Pit Lounge. Photo by Matt Stanley

25 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Winter

Winter can test your limits, and your creativity, in entertaining your kids. Even though Philly families have had to stay home more this year than ever before, sometimes you just need to get out of the house. Fortunately, no matter the weather there are amazing places to go romp and play in the city and the suburbs that can shake off winter fatigue while keeping the family safe.

Since temporary mitigation efforts are in place throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, venues such as museums, theaters, bowling alleys, and indoor dining are closed until January 4, 2021. As a result, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has only included activities on our list that can be done based on these restrictions. Be sure to check back for additions to our list as the COVID situation evolves.

Reference our event calendar for even more fun ideas in the Philadelphia area, or check out our Winter Fun Guide for Philadelphia Families, which is filled with great ways to spend time together.

On December 12, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania implemented new mitigation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions include prohibiting indoor dining and indoor entertainment such as museums, theaters, and recreational facilities. Restrictions are set to be in place until January 4, 2021. As circumstances unfold, check directly with a venue website for the latest updates before heading out. Keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing measures. If an event appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find other exciting options.

If you prefer to remain indoors during this challenging time in Philly, why not enjoy a Mommy Poppins@Home class. Choose from Castles, Kingdoms, and Wizards, music and movementscience and alphabet, and more.

25 Great Things to Do in Philly this Winter with Kids

1. Explore Awbury Arboretum to complete its 4-Senses Scavenger Hunt.

2. Lace up your skates for a spin on the ice at BlueCross RiverRink and then warm up by the fire pit.

3. Construct a bluebird nest box at Peace Valley Nature Center.

4. Cross the bridge to visit the sharks, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians at Adventure Aquarium. ​

5. Check out the annual antique toy train show on display at the Museum of American History until January 31, 2021.

6. Try skiing or snowboarding together as a family at a local mountain.

7. Make Hot Chocolate Bombs to warm up after spending time outdoors.

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Grab a sled and prepare for an outdoor adventure. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

8. Swoosh down a new sledding spot when snow arrives in the region.

9. Play a round of Chilly Philly Mini Golf at Franklin Square.

10. Grab a bathing suit and visit a nearby indoor waterpark. Some are open, especiallty in New Jersey.

11. Walk around Longwood Gardens and take in the beauty of the well-manicured grounds.

12. Join a moms group or a playgroup

13. Buckle baby in the stroller and walk your local mall.

14. Sign the kids up for a class through Poppins@Home. You'll find plenty to choose from. 

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Say hello to Dimitri the Amur Tiger at the Philadelphia Zoo. Photo courtesy of the zoo 

15. Bundle up and visit the animals at the Philadelphia Zoo, which is currently open Fridays through Sundays.

16. Get your snow pants on and snow tube down a mountain at a local resort.

17. Head to Wintergarden at Dilworth Park to enjoy a little ice skating and pretty seasonal topiaries.

18. Climb aboard Franklin Square's Parx Liberty Carousel for a spin.

19. Take the family up the New Jersey Turnpike to experience American Dream, which features attractions such as mini golf, indoor skiing, a water park, and amusements.

20. Take a winter hike at an area state park.

21. Search for birds and other wildlife at Morris Arboretum.

22. Plan a great weekend getaway.

23. Participate in Environmental Justice Week by attending an online session hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences.

24. Volunteer in honor of MLK during Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day of Service.

25. Cozy up under a blanket and start thinking about summertime fun!

Writer Kristen Sullivan contributed additional reporting.

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