Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Arts, Animals, Cirque Eloize January 9-13

Now that the holidays and winter break are a distant memory, Philly families can refocus on getting children back to a predictable routine. Thankfully, our events calendar has many opportunities to help keep your children on schedule and engaged with a variety of artistic, educational, and unusual activities this week.

Children can tap into their creative side with a visit to Monkey Fish Toys in Exton or West Chester, Delaware Art Museum's Sketch It! program, or the Barnes Foundation's Artime Storytime. Learn about animals on the farm at Springton House Manor. Finish the week with a special splurge to Cirque Eloize at the Merriam Theater.

Prepare for wintertime fun by reading our recent skiing, sledding, and snowtubing posts in case we get a little white stuff on the ground sometime this season. Until then, keep reading for the excitement that awaits this week!

Our First Annual 2017 Philly GoList: What To Do in 2017 with Philly Kids

This list serves as your must-do activities for the whole year. Find out where to take Philly kids for adventures, shows, learning activities, and more. We've picked out the best activities for you and your family. Whether you prefer low-key family fun, indoors or outdoors activities, or seeing the latest exhibits, we've got you covered. We'll update this list throughout the year with all the latest reviews and updated info. You might want to bookmark this one; you know you're going to want it later!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trains, Birds, Performances January 7-8

The first full weekend of January brings much excitement, adventure, and education to Philly families. Our events calendar is filled with train fun, outdoor exploration, and even a bit of remaining Christmas magic.

For the train enthusiasts, both the Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club and the Brandywine River Museum have their train garden displays on view. Fans of chilly, winter temperatures can get outside to count birds at the annual Winter Bird Count at the Conservancy Cottage or take a hike throughout the grounds at Wolf's Hollow County Park or Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Die-hard Christmas fans can soak up the last remaining Christmas fun by seeing the Holiday Lights at Shady Brook Farms, watching The Media Theatre's A Christmas Story- The Musical, or visiting A Longwood Christmas or Yuletide at Winterthur as they all conclude for the season this weekend.

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Philly Family Fun Spots that aren't Boring for Parents

As a parent, it can be tough trying to please the kids without being completely bored out of your mind. Playspaces and storytimes are great for the little ones, but for adults, they can get old fast. And, let's be honest, the kids don't exactly love going to the mall or checking out the latest trendy restaurant or bar. So, what can you do to keep everyone happy and entertained? Luckily, there are some awesome spots around Philadelphia and the surrounding area that are perfect for the kids, but also not a snooze fest for parents. 

School's Out Day Camps for Martin Luther King Jr Day in the Philly Area

While Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a National holiday, not all parents have the day off of work. Fortunately, there are a number of one-day camps where kids can play, learn, create, or explore the outdoors.

See our list of school's out camps below if you are looking for something fun for your children to do during the workday. Or, if you have the day off as well, check our events calendar. We have listed many activities for families throughout the Philadelphia area celebrating the contributions of Dr. King.

15 Holidays to Celebrate in January

Welcome 2017. Welcome January. It’s time to kickstart the new year by celebrating 15 holidays sure to make your heart burst with happiness. We see you rolling your eyes: Didn’t the holiday season just end? No worries. These celebrations do not require ugly sweaters or schmoozing at obligatory gatherings, and spending extra money is optional.

Hit the Slopes! Places to Ski (and Snowboard) Near Philly

Winter is here! Which means it is finally officially ski season. With more than two dozen mountains and resorts boasting ski-worthy lanes in the state of Pennsylvania, there are certainly plenty of places to choose from. Whether you want to make it a weekend trip, or just quickly pop over for a day, many locations are less than a two-hour drive from Center City. Bonus, many of these resorts also have snowtubing options for those of us who may have tired muscles or prefer a more slippery slide down the slopes!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Sleeping Beauty, Three Kings January 2-6

Many Philly families start January by making a New Year's resolution such as eating healthier, exercising more often, or staying organized. Why not make a resolution to try some of the amazing experiences found in our events calendar?

Start the week with a visit to Franklin Institute to see its Jurassic World exhibit or the Academy of Natural Science for its Treasures From the Mineral Vault display. Take little ones to the Central Parkway Library for Baby and Toddler Story Time or drop by one of three Philly Art Center locations for Story Playgroup. Families with older kids can head to People's Light & Theatre Company for its Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto performance. Or, celebrate Three Kings Day at The Kimmel Center.

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January GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

With the holidays winding down, and the start of a new year, now is the perfect time for Philly families to refocus and prioritize family time. With so much to do in the Philly area, make 2017 a year to remember by attending some of the many great events our event calendar has to offer. From shows and museums, to classes, and more, we've got you covered. 

We hope you enjoyed 2016 and that 2017 is a wonderful new year full of great new memories with your family.

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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: New Year's, Fireworks, Parade December 31-January 1

Before 2016 is in the history books, Philly families can reflect on all the fun had over the year. Whether it was taking a special road trip, visiting a new park, starting a new family tradition, or making an everyday experience extraordinary, we hope the Mommy Poppins site has played a part in being a resource that Philly families can rely upon when seeking educational, unique, and memorable experiences.

So, why not finish the year strong with one of these great events? This weekend, Arden Theatre presents A Year in the Life of Frog and Toad, The Media Theatre features A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail, and The Walnut Street Theatre hosts The Wizard of Oz. Watch a Colonial Chocolate Making Demonstration at the Betsy Ross House or learn about music at the Kimmel Center's PNC Grow Up Great event.

Then, ring in the new year early at The Brandywine Zoo's Noon New's Eve, The Garden State Discovery Museum's New Year's at Noon (and 3 PM), or The Bucks County Children's Museum's New Year's Eve Carnival Countdown. Or stay up late for fireworks at Sesame Place or Penn's Landing. Of course, no new year can start without the Mummers Parade as it marches through Philadelphia.

No matter how you spend the weekend, make 2016 a year to remember. Cheers to all the fun that awaits in 2017!


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