Christmas is almost here and so is winter break. Having the kids around the house for a week (or more) can be great, but it can also be exhausting. With cold weather here to stay, getting out of the house may be a little tougher than usual, but Philly has plenty of fun activities to keep kids busy. Check out Disney on Ice, family studio time at the art museum, a new exhibit at the Franklin Institute, or see a show at the Arden Theatre!
1. Check out The Arden Theatre's production of A Year with Frog and Toad.
2. Disney on Ice returns to Philly with "Follow Your Heart" just in time to beat the winter break blues with little ones!
3. If you've got older kids, go snowtubing at one of the area's snowy mountains.
4. Enjoy some Family Studio time at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Join in on some art making and take advantage of family tours.
5. Need a break from winter break? Bring the kids to Bucktoe Creek Preserve for The Land Conservancy's first annual Winter Carnival Retreat where they'll have fun hiking, playing games, building structures, and sipping on hot chocolate.
6. Check out a different theme each day at The Academy of Natural Science's All-Star Days. Learn about things like bugs and butterflies, dinosaurs, and more all week.
7. Learn more about tropical rain forests and more at the Delaware Museum of Natural History's Discovery Days.
8. Go ice skating at one of the many outdoor ice skating rinks nearby.
9. See dinosaurs up close and personal at the Franklin Institute's Jurassic World exhibit.
10. Head to People's Light for its production of Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto.
11. Be spontaneous and take a road trip!
12. Let the kids get creative at Philly Arts Center's vacation camps.
13. Get out of the house and have some fun at the Please Touch Museum.
14. Bounce off some energy at a trampoline park.
15. Try making some homemade hot chocoloate!
16. Head over to PlayArts, Fishtown's new indoor playspace, and maybe even drop-in on a class.
17. Sign the kids up for one of The Franklin Institute's Winter Break Camps.
18. Younger kids will love playing at Nest's Winter Wonderland Camp.
19. Visit The National Constitution Center for special programming all week long.
20. See the beautiful lights on display at Longwood Gardens' yearly exhibit, A Longwood Christmas (open until January 8).
21. Check out some of the Free Library of Philadelphia's events, including book fairs, yoga, chess, and more.
22. Grab a pass to a nearby museum from your local library.
23. Take a trip to Easton and check out Crayola Experience.
24. If you live in the suburbs, head to an indoor playspace so the kids can bounce and climb off some energy.
25. Head out to the stores to return some of those unwanted gifts!
Photo courtesy of The Franklin Institute.