Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Feb 14-16: Wild at Heart, Parents' Night Out and General Washington's Birthday

February always gives us a bit of a break, and we call it President's Day Weekend. This three (sometimes four) day rest allows us to spend time with our families. And, since this holiday coincides with Valentine's Day, what better way to spend the weekend with the ones you love than with activities found on the Mommy Poppins event calendar.

Create a sweetheart picture frame at Lowes Build and Grow Kids Workshop, design your own candy bar wrapper at Hagley Museum's Victorine's Valentine's Day or listen to the sweet classical sounds of Lansdowne Symphony's Valentine Concert at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. For history buffs, celebrate our First President's 283rd birthday at Washington's Birthday Party at Valley Forge National Historical Park or use a quill pen to write a letter to George Washington at the National Museum of American Jewish History's Family Day.

After all the family togetherness, parents looking for a grown-up night out have a few options. Valentine's Day Parents' Night Out at BounceU in Exton, Parents' Night Out at Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia and Valentine's Dinner Date at Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington all provide kids with some fun while Mom and Dad can celebrate Valentine's Day without the children in tow.

Please look below for more recommendations for weekend fun. Don't see your event? Please feel free to submit your information to our calendar. Thanks!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Feb 7/8: Winter Wonderland, WinterFest and Valentine Fun

In comparison to last year's winter, the Delaware Valley is definitely lacking the white stuff. Kids want to build snow forts, make snow angels and have snowball fights. So, if winter is your favorite time of year, take the family to one of the winter events happening this weekend that don't require snow.

Wagner Free Institute of Science's Winter Wonderland and Briar Bush Nature Center's WinterFest both offer seasonal crafts, games and activities for families. For true nature lovers, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Animal Tracking & Survival program shows visitors how animals survive during the cold winter months. In addition, Black Rock Sanctuary hosts its Winter Wildflower Walk so guests explore the landscape for different types of foliage and learn about their life cycles.

Despite the fact it is February,  spring consignment sales are gearing up. Many moms love the rush of finding clothing, toys and baby equipment at deeply discounted prices. For the latest information on sales throughout the Delaware Valley, visit our Kids' Consignment Sales page. Information is constantly being updated.

Take a look at the list below featuring top picks for this weekend. To see the complete line-up, check out the Mommy Poppins events calendar.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Parent Movie Review

Taking my son to Paramount Studios on a school night to see the new SpongeBob movie is one of those little treats I enjoy being able to dole out as an LA parent. I knew I was scoring some high quality Mom Points, and I was not remotely surprised that my 11-year-old loved the film. What did surprise me was that I really enjoyed it, too! And I'll be brutally honest: I don't think I've ever uttered the name SpongeBob without making some kind of pained facial expression. I have a dad friend who has tried tirelessly to convert me to the Square Pants team, even citing parallels to Commedia dell'Arte, but the best I've ever managed is a polite smile. So with THAT context and background, it means a lot when I tell you that I really enjoyed The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Is it your family's cup of sea? I'll try to give you just enough info to help you decide, without spoiling any of the guffaws.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Jan 31-Feb 1: Groundhog Day, Maple Sugaring and more

Fortunately for the Delaware Valley, we dodged a major snow storm this week, but not without a few school closings. We have almost made it through January as this weekend concludes the month and we welcome February. However, these cold winter months and snow days stuck indoors can leave some wishing for warmer days. But, not to worry...

Every Philadelphia family knows that Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania, is scheduled to search for his shadow on February 2. Yet, does your family know how Groundhog Day came to be celebrated?  Learn about the history of Groundhog Day during John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge's Groundhog Day Family Festival or Churchville Nature Center's The Groundhog Story. And, let's hope the little guy doesn't see his shadow so spring can arrive sooner rather than later!

On the other hand, perhaps being in the cold, crisp air appeals to your crew. Venture outside to discover how maple syrup is made at Tyler Arboretum's Maple Sugaring Exploration. Or, if your family prefers to stay home for a change, check out our WeeWorks Activities like how to play indoor tennis or plan a Perfect Puppy Bowl party instead of watching the Super Bowl. (The Eagles aren't playing anyway.)

Check out the rest of what's going on this weekend in the list below. Be sure to Like Mommy Poppins on Facebook to receive the latest posts in your news feed and subscribe to our newsletter to insure weekly updates are sent directly to your inbox.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Jan 24-25: Shows, Science and Outdoor Exploration

January is often considered a grey month: dull and boring. Not so! This January weekend offers a host of activities to keep even the toughest crowd happy and Mommy Poppins' event calendar has it all at your fingertips.

Many performances are on stage this weekend: Peter Pan at the Hedgerow Theatre for Kids, Snow White at the Media Theatre, Cat's Pajamas at Philadelphia's Central Library and Recess Monkey at World Cafe Live just to name a few.

Those ready to experiment with science can participate in The Science of Nylon at The Hagley Museum or learn about fish during Science Saturdays at the Fairmount Water Works. Or embrace nature and the outdoors by taking a hike in Ambler or watching the birds in Pottstown.

Take a look below for more weekend fun. Need additional ideas? Hit our 100 Things to Do in Philly with Kids list.

Don't see your event listed on our calendar? We welcome you to submit it here!

Kids Can Design, Build, Experiment & More This Summer at Camp Invention

I’m in the process of researching summer camps for my six year-old, and I’ll admit the process can be overwhelming. I want him to have fun—but it would be nice if he could grow up to change the world, too. Swimming, running and playing make for wonderful summer memories, but eight weeks of nothing else could result in some serious summer brain drain.

Enter our sponsor, Camp Invention, and its week of inspiring little beach bums to blossom as inventors. The camp teaches essential STEM concepts to kids entering grades one through six, via creative, hands-on activities—then shows those future Gateses and Jobses how to follow through by partnering with the US Patent & Trademark Office. The curriculum, inspired by ground-breaking inventors, is designed to empower children to be creative thinkers, problem solvers and innovators. And since it's only a week, there's still plenty of summer left for kids to get in all the non-academic stuff they want (and need) to recharge for the upcoming school year.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Jan 10/11: Outdoor and Indoor Winter Fun

As the cold winter air migrates to Philadelphia, some automatically seek indoor activities while others are ready to embrace the chilly weather and get outside.

No matter what appeals to your family, the Mommy Poppins event calendar has plenty of options to entertain the kids.

Experience wintertime nature by bundling up and taking part in outdoor activities. Wake up early to participate in the Conservancy Cottage's Bird Count, stay up late for a Family Night Hike at Tyler Arboretum or learn what vegetation animals depend upon during the winter at Linvilla Orchards' Gardening with Children workshop.

If inside fun is more your speed, visit a museum. Please Touch Museum hosts the Ugandan Kid's Choir, Delaware Museum of Natural History offers its interactive story time called Book in the Nook and Penn Museum teaches kids about Egyptian jewelry at its Family Workshop.

Indoors or outdoors, much fun awaits you this weekend. Below are some highlights from the Mommy Poppins events calendar.

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Where To Start Skiing and Boarding - Local Ski Schools for New York City Kids

When my 6-year-old son started skiing, I was advised by a former ski instructor friend to I enroll him in skiing school and under no circumstances attempt to teach him myself. She claimed that even if you are an Olympic-level skier, which I am not, it is best that they learn how to turn and stop from the pros. Plus there is the added benefit of hitting the slopes solo while your kid is in school. Heeding her advice, we enrolled him in ski school for a day during the Christmas holidays, and he loved it!

Back home in NYC I started looking for local ski resorts providing schools for weekend day trips and was surprised to find they weren’t as common as I thought they would be. Of course most ski resorts offer private and group lessons, but I was hoping for more of a half-day or full-day option for my son. After a ton of research, we've rounded up the area resorts with ski or snowboarding schools for kids, plus everything else you need to know to get them started. So grab your skis and get going!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Jan 3/4: Terrific Trains, Disney on Ice and New Year's Resolutions

So, 2015 is almost here and with every new year comes New Year's Resolutions. Whether it be exercising more, eating healthier or staying organized, resolutions can be challenging. However, if your 2015 goal is to spend more quality time with your kids giving them memorable experiences, the Mommy Poppins event calendar is here to help.

There are many choices to entertain the kids during this first weekend in January. Disney on Ice's Frozen is ready to delight audiences with its ice skating spectacular. Beauty and the Beast is on stage at the Arden Theatre while The Walnut Street Theatre concludes its Mary Poppins shows this weekend. Take the kids skiing or ice skating, see a movie or build something together. Whatever activity you pick can create lasting memories for you and your kids to treasure.


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