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Amazing, Kid-friendly Features at these Airports Make Family Travel Suck Less

There are all sorts of things to look forward to when we travel, but the airport is not generally one of them. If flying with kids conjures up images of agonizing lines, stressful bathroom visits, and long walks down grimy hallways with cranky toddlers, maybe for your next trip you should try rerouting through one of the airports below. These 10 US hubs have all gone the extra mile to make an airport into a destination kids will remember as part of the adventure. If your trip starts, finishes, or lays over at one of our favorite kid-friendly terminals, you can look forward to play areas, interactive exhibits, rides, and more to keep ahead of the turbulence.

10 Thanksgiving Week Events for Philly Kids: November 20-24

Thanksgiving is almost here! Get your gobble, gobble on with some turkey day activities found in our event calendar.

Listen to Thanksgiving stories at your local library, make a turkey craft during Bucks County Children's Museum's Drop-In Craft Days, or learn about turkeys at Norristown Farm Park. In anticipation of Thanksgiving dinner, lace up your shoes for a nature hike, bird walk, or turkey trot.

On Thanksgiving Day, bundle up and find the perfect viewing spot for 6abc Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade or watch from the comfort of your own home while preparing turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. After leftovers are put away, celebrate Black Powder Friday with a visit to Fort Mifflin, spend time at the National Constitution Center discovering the history of Thanksgiving, or get outside for a Black Friday nature hike at Bucktoe Creek Preserve.

Once Thanksgiving is over, get ready for the holidays by scheduling breakfast with Santa, a Christmas train ride, or a holiday show for your family.

From Nutcrackers to A Christmas Carol: Shows for Philly Families during the Holidays

Does your family keep the tradition of seeing a show during the holidays? Performances such as The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol, which share a joyful holiday message, come to mind. In addition to these classic holiday performances, there are other shows on stage in and around Philadelphia that are sure to provide Philly families with a chance for quality time together during this festive season.

We have rounded up professional Nutcracker productions, symphony experiences, holiday favorites, and family friendly musicals from our event calendar. Whether it is your family's first experience seeing a Christmas production this year, or it's a new bucket list item for your crew, there are plenty of funny, heartwarming, and magical events on our list that they will enjoy.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Dog Show, Thomas, Kids' Run November 18-19

Despite it being November, Philly families may notice that the holidays are full steam ahead. From commercials, to music, to store decorations, Philly parents may be asking what happened to Thanksgiving? Whether you are ready to dive into Christmas activities, or are looking forward to turkey and all the fixings, this weekend's event calendar is sure to deliver.

Play games and make crafts while learning about wild turkeys at Washington Crossing Historical Park. Burn off some much-anticipated calories by participating in a turkey trot or the Philadelphia Marathon's Kids Run. Or, prepare your Thanksgiving table by creating an autumn centerpiece. Dog lovers anticipate the ever popular National Dog Show which is held annually right here in the Delaware Valley. And train lovers can see Thomas and Percy at Strasburg Rail Road for their annual November visit.

On the other hand, if you are ready to skip over turkey day, see The Nutcracker or AMT's Christmas Show, view the holiday lights at Shady Brook Farms or Franklin Square, take a train ride with Santa at West Chester Railroad or New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, or get a jumpstart on holiday shopping at Christkindlmarkt.

For more ideas, keep reading for our top picks.

10 Must-Do Holiday Experiences in the Philadelphia Area

‘Tis the season! Besides meeting Santa and find the perfect Christmas gift, max out on memories at these local events. We’ve included a mix of indoor and outdoor events, and rest assured that the outdoor events will come equipped with hot cocoa and other warm treats. With only six weeks until Christmas, it's time to start planning for days of fun with these must-do holiday experiences. 

10 Free (or Cheap) Weekday Events for Philly Kids: November 13-17

We know that sometimes entertaining the kids can get a bit pricey. That's why we have rounded up some great freebie events that are happening this week.

Get started with a good book! The Doylestown Bookshop, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse all offer free storytimes this week. Those looking to try something new have a variety of options. Use your imagination to create a free art project, discover computer programming languages, or learn breathing techniques and yoga poses. Nature lovers can get some fresh air with a hike at Peace Valley Nature Center.

Have you been listening to Christmas music since November 1st? If so, you'll be glad to see that holiday events are beginning to light up our event calendar!  Finish your week by viewing the gingerbread house display at Peddler's Village or the light display at Franklin Square.

Keep reading for our top picks for the week. And, save a few dollars with these great activities... after all, the holidays will soon be arriving in Philadelphia!

30 Free Things To Do with Philly Kids this Holiday Season

The holidays are right around the corner. A chill is in the air, and lights and festive fun are popping up everywhere you look. With holiday time, comes lots of spending on presents, food, and travel. For families on a tight budget, it can be tough to find a way to get out of the house and celebrate the season. We've rounded up 25 things Philly families can enjoy for free this holiday season. So, give your wallet a break and grab your mittens.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Performances, Art, Veterans Day November 11-12

Philly families need not be bored this November weekend. From art opportunities, to performances, to Veterans Day festivities, there is something for everyone in our event calendar.

Stop by the Kimmel Center for a trio of excitement. Start out with an hour-long interactive experience in which kids can learn about jazz and musical theater. Then, explore Craft NOW Create, a family-friendly opportunity to watch demonstrations in clay, jewelry making, and glass blowing. Before heading out, listen to the bellowing sounds from the Organ Demonstration held at Verizon Hall.

Looking for more? Dance and sing along with Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band at World Cafe Live, nestle down in a good seat at Ambler Theater to see Jack and the Beanstalk, or laugh out loud at an improv show with Finders Keepers. Don't forget to pause to remember our vets. National Constitution Center, Please Touch Museum, and Independence Seaport Museum all host special Veterans Day programming.

Don't forget, even though it's mid-November, it's not too early to think- HOLIDAYS! Be sure to book your Santa Brunch early as these are popular dining events.

Best Places to See Santa in Philadelphia

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, that holly jolly season is almost upon us, and that means Santa is coming to Philadelphia! Whether you are looking for the traditional Santa visit at the mall, a special adventure, or you want to see Santa at a winter festival, there are Santa celebrations running nearly all holiday season long, leading right up to the final night before he takes off in his sleigh to visit all the good little kids. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite spots to get a Santa sighting and ask for those special gifts on your little one's Christmas list.

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