Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, Museums, Apples November 4-5

What better way to spend the first weekend of November than with educational and engaging events throughout the Delaware Valley. Best yet, many of our top picks are free!

Head outdoors to learn about nature by exploring the grounds at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Girls who love computers can partake in free workshops featuring instruction about Linux and Python. Bank of America® and Merrill Lynch® card holders can get a free ticket to select museums in both Philly and New Jersey all weekend long while Brandywine River Museum and The Barnes offer free admission for all on Sunday. Crafty kids can make free projects such as a wise old owl wreath at Lakeshore in King of Prussia, patriotic humvee at your local Home Depot, or the featured activity at Kennett's Garage Youth Center.

Once you have had your fill of free fun, take a snack break for apple pies, apple cider, and apple butter at Peddlers Village, or decadent chocolates at Betsy Ross House. Conclude the weekend with a train ride aboard the Wilmington & Western Railroad to enjoy the spectacular autumnal colors and scenery. Speaking of trains, be sure to browse our latest Santa Express post so you can book a magical train ride for the holidays.

For now, make the most of your family time together by reading on to see all the fun that awaits!

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in the Philadelphia Area

Thanksgiving day is all about the food. But if cooking isn't your thing, or you would rather leave it to the professionals, there are some amazing options for a family gathering that won't leave you with the dirty dishes! Start the day off with the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia, and leave the work to someone else. Reservations are strongly encouraged for all of the following restaurants as many fill up in advance. 

Santa Express: Christmas Train Rides for Kids in PA, DE, & NJ

There is something about trains that evokes nostalgia at Christmastime. It could be stirring up childhood memories of building a model train set under the twinkling tree lights. Maybe it is a reminder of that "coming home for the holidays" idea, where folks would arrive at the train station, arms filled with Christmas packages for family at home. Whatever the reason might be, many railroads in the tri-state area hold events to bring back that old-fashioned holiday tradition. At many of these special outings, families can ride a real locomotive with Santa Claus, hear Christmas stories, sing carols, sip hot chocolate and admire the views of the passing countryside. Children are even invited to wear their pajamas at some of these events!  

We have rounded up a list of railroads hosting holiday-themed trains of all kinds. Some of these are located more than an hour's drive from Philadelphia, but can make for a fantastic holiday outing. All aboard for some Christmas fun!

10 Free (or Cheap) Weekday Events for Philly Kids: October 30-November 3

Costumes are ready, candy is purchased, and jack o'lanterns are carved. Now it's time for Halloween fun! This week offers plenty of free opportunities to collect treats, don your costume to march in a Halloween parade, listen to 'not so spooky' stories, and party!

After your sugar coma wears off, be creative by making pop-up books at Chestnut Hill Library or get your game on at South Philly Library. Spend time in the brisk autumn air searching for birds, lacing up hiking boots for a fall hike, or sitting by a campfire sipping hot cocoa.

Plan out the month ahead by browsing our top picks for November. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia hopes your Halloween bag is filled with your favorite treats! Fingers crossed my little goblins will share... 

Sweet Ways to Donate Your Halloween Haul to Those in Need

Got a Halloween candy hangover? Come November 1, parents across the country are wondering how they're going to get rid of all the candy their kids brought home. Some of it will be eaten, sure, but just one look at the amount of calories in an average Halloween haul and you'll want to make sure the bulk of it goes anywhere besides your family's stomachs.

There are a number of creative ways to get rid of Halloween candy, like using it for crafts or science experiments, having the Switch Witch take it in exchange for a small toy, or, you know, saving it until Easter and throwing it in the basket. (Hey, it's only six months away—how stale can that candy get?) But perhaps the best thing to do with Halloween candy is donate it. That way your kids can enjoy a truly special treat: The feeling of helping others. Here are eight charitable organizations who accept donations of unopened candy.

November GoList: The Best Things To Do with Philly Kids this Month

It's hard to believe the holidays are already right around the corner, but here we are! This month brings Thanksgiving and next up it's Christmas and Hanukkah. If you've already burned through all the fall fun the Delaware Valley has to offer, we've got plenty more to do this month. Don't forget to check out a fall foliage train ride before Santa comes to town!

For more holiday fun, check out our holiday guide. To see everything happening in November, visit our events calendar.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Halloween Treats, Outdoor Fun, Performances, October 28-29

Are you ready for a weekend packed with lots of candy? Philly kids are sure to find plenty of friendly witches and ghosts with goodies happily handing out yummy sweets in some of the most unusual places during this October weekend. Little monsters, superheroes, and goblins can find treats on a train, at the market, in the mall, at the zoo, and even in a cemetery!

Once your Halloween bag is loaded up, consider some outdoor fun. Wake up early to search for feathered friends, learn about the habits of remarkable aquatic mammals, or stay up late to view the nighttime sky. Afterwards, head indoors to watch live performances such as Upper Darby Performing Arts Center's Peter and the Starcatcher, Media Theatre's Snow White, or Roxy Ballet's Dracula.

Keep reading to discover other spooky and exciting ways to spend the weekend with your family.

Free And Cheap After-School Classes for Philadelphia Kids

School doesn't have to end when the bell rings; there are plenty of free and inexpensive options for enrichment in Philadelphia's after-school programs. If you’re looking for a fun and educational way for your kids to spend their late afternoons and early evenings, you’ll be happy to hear that after-school programs don’t have to break the bank. The programs are a great way to help kids stay ahead of their schoolwork, and also hone in on their specific interests.

16 Philly Area Memberships Worth the Money

From museums to amusement parks, playspaces and more, memberships to Philadelphia-area attractions are practically a dime a dozen. As a parent it is sometimes difficult to navigate the many options available. Is a membership worth the cost? Will you really visit more than once? To try to take some of the math out of this equation, we put together a list of our 16 favorite spots that offer memberships that are truly worth the money.


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