Enjoy a snow tubing day at a great Pennsylvania resort. Photo courtesy of PoconoMountains.com
Enjoy a snow tubing day at a great Pennsylvania resort. Photo courtesy of PoconoMountains.com

30 Fun Things to Do Over February Break with Philly Kids

Philadelphia's abbreviated winter break is almost here, and even in a shortened recess, families might be looking for entertaining, safe, and exciting ways to spend time together. Of course, there has already been quite a bit of togetherness since many families are virtual for work and school. So it might take a bit of planning and effort to make non-school days extra special.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some great ideas for families to make memories over the extended weekend while staying safe. Our list includes outdoor adventures, indoor activities, as well as virtual ones. Indoor venues may require purchasing timed tickets in advance, so be sure to visit websites as you plan your day. Activities such as skiing, snow tubing, and ice skating likely require advance purchase of tickets. No matter what you decide to do over your winter respite, have fun and cherish these family moments.

If you prefer to stay in, remember to browse through Poppins@Home. Kids can find entertaining hip-hop dance classes, planting workshops, art lessons, and a comedy workshop especially for girls.

In the COVID era, please check directly with the venue website before heading out. While we try to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.


Kids can climb the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Melody Joy Kramer/CC-BY-2.0

Things to Do Near Philly Over Winter Break

1. Run up the museum steps Rocky style and then explore the galleries during Pay What You Wish admission days at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

2. Splurge on brunch with the animals at Elmwood Park Zoo.

3. Learn about health, trade, and technology of the past at Penn Museum's Invisible Beauty: The Art of Archaeological Science exhibit.

4. Take a spin on the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink or Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink.

5. Make dinner together as a family with easy and delicious recipes.

6. Find a foursome and play some mini0golf at Franklin Square's Chilly Philly Mini Golf.

7. Plan a winter road trip to a new (and safe) vacation destination.

8. Visit the gang at Sesame Place during Elmo's Furry Fun Fest, open now through March 21.

9. Put on your grippy socks and get ready to jump at a local trampoline park.

10. Get creative with a trip to see Franklin Institute's Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition.

11. Step back in time with a visit to Historic Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

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Help out migration experts with your own Great Backyard Bird Count. Photo courtesy of Elmwood Park Zoo

12. Grab your binoculars and be a part of the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 12 to 15.

13. Channel your inner artist by making crafts.

14. Eat inside an igloo with Sleeping Beauty at Germantown Garden Grille.

15. Register for a half-day camp at Briar Bush Nature Center and explore the outdoors.

16. Load up the car and watch a drive-in movie at Exton Square Mall.

17. Escape the cold with a game of science-themed indoor miniature golf at Linvilla Orchards.

18. Give snow tubing a try at a nearby mountain.

19. Try out new playground equipment at a city park.

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Experience life before the dinosaurs at  the "Permian Monsters" exhibit. Photo courtesy of Gondwana Studios

20. Explore the new Permain Monsters exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

21. Discover a museum that offers free admission.

22. Dive into an indoor pool or water park.

23. Experience a winter staycation with the family.

24. Go skiing at a mountain within a two-hour drive of Philly.

25. Visit your local library to check out books or museum passes.

26. Hike through a park on a brisk winter day.

27. Investigate something new with an online class using Poppins@Home.

28. Bust out of an escape room.

29. Exercise indoors with unique games and activities.

30. Think summer and start planning a family vacation!

PECO Free First Sundays at the Barnes
The Barnes Foundation - 10:00 AM Pick
Maple Sugaring at Washington Crossing State Park
Washington Crossing State Park - 1:00 PM Pick
Pay What You Wish
Philadelphia Museum of Art - various times Pick
Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition
The Franklin Institute - various times Pick
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