30 Things To Do with Philly Kids Over Winter Break

How to keep the kids busy while school's out for the holidays
Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum

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 Peter Pan
2. Disney on Ice returns to Philly with "Dare to Dream," 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 return of The Land Conservancy's Winter Carnival Retreat where they'll have fun hiking, playing games, building structures, and sipping on hot chocolate.
6. See dinosaurs in a whole new light at Tiny Titans at The Academy of Natural Sciences. Learn about how dinos started off in life by exploring nests, eggs, and embryos.
7. Learn 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 Chinese culture in action at the Franklin Institute's Terracotta Warriors exhibit.
10. Hop aboard your magic carpet and head to People's Light for its production of Aladdin: A Musical Panto.
11. Be spontaneous and take a road trip!
12. Mix storytime and crafts together at Philly Arts Center's drop-in Story Playgroup.
13. Get out of the house and have a grrreat time at the Please Touch Museum, where Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood has taken up residence for a limited time.
14. Bounce off some energy at a trampoline park.
15. Have your kids put on their chefs' hats and try out these simple and adorable no-bake snowman cookies.
16. Head over to Splash Lab Arts, East Falls' 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. Keep the holiday spirit going with Holiday Family Festivities at Delaware Museum of Art. Create holiday masterpieces like snowglobes before setting off on a scavenger hunt through the museum.
20. See the beautiful lights on display at Longwood Gardens' yearly exhibit, A Longwood Christmas (open until January 7).
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 visit the Crayola Experience.
24. Roll up your sleeves and do some volunteering as a family.
25. Revisit the splishing and splashing of summer with a trip to Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains.
26. Bid one final goodbye to Santa with an underwater adventure at Camden Aquarium.
27. See what childhood was like in years past in Centuries of Childhood at Mercer Museum (open through December 31, 2017).
28. Introduce your kids to the magical, feel-good story of everyone's favorite red-haired heroine, Annie, through January 7, 2018 at Walnut Street Theatre.
29. Grab some hot chocolate for the road and pack the kids into the car for one final look at the best home light displays in the area.
30. Enjoy a winter staycation with your little ones to keep the family fun going!