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Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Parades, Turkey Trots, Holiday Fun

Thanksgiving has arrived in the Delaware Valley! It's time for turkey, football games, parades, and family time.  With the extra days off from work and school, there’s plenty of time to experience Philly fun found in our "stuffed" event calendar (see what we did there?).

Start off Thanksgiving break by venturing to the Parkway to watch the floats, hear the marching bands, and see the performers in this year's 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you are the athletic type or just want to burn off some calories before your family's feast, consider running in a turkey trot in the city or in the suburbs. Afterwards, sit down to a delicious turkey dinner with family and friends. Because, no sooner than the leftovers are put away, Philly kids know what time it is. The holidays are here!

Take the kids to a show such as Scrooge The Musical or Nutcracker 1776. Lace up your ice skates to take a spin on the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink or Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Watch the train displays at Longwood Gardens or Morris Arboretum. Or get a jumpstart on holiday shopping.

Happy Thanksgiving, Philadelphia, from the team at Mommy Poppins! Now, read on to see our top picks.

It's Christmastime at Sesame Place: A Parent's Review

This first snow has fallen, winter is coming, and it is Christmastime at Sesame Place! If you think Sesame Place is just a water park or summer attraction, put on your jacket and be prepared to be delighted by how they transform the entire park into a winter wonderland, with special guest visits from some of your favorite holiday heroes, including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Bumble (aka the Abominable Snowman), and of course the big guy himself, Santa Claus, at their Very Furry Christmas celebration. 

I set out for a day of fun with my two kiddos (aged one and five) to get our holiday started extra early this year. With an early Thanksgiving, festivities are kicking into gear across the area and there are already a number of great winter-themed selections to partake in. If you have kids under 10, you will definitely want to make Sesame Place a holiday tradition. If your kids are older, be sure to check out our roundup of free holiday outings, and some can't miss events to celebrate the season, no matter your age.

15+ Trampoline Parks and Bounce House Play Zones Near Philly

Trampoline parks and bounce houses aren't just for kids' birthday parties. The entire family can enjoy an afternoon of fun and exercise at one of the many places to jump and bounce around Southeastern PA. Most of these places offer special areas for young kids and toddlers, while some specialize in activities for kids under 12. You can also find arcade games, laser tag, mini-golf, and other family-friendly indoor fun at a lot of these parks and play zones. Here's a list of some our favorite places to get our jump on!

25 Fun Things to Do in Jackson Hole with Kids

Old West charm? Check. Rugged natural beauty? Check. Toss in four seasons of family-centric fun, and Jackson Hole is an ideal place to introduce kids to the American West. Our extended family—including eight kids between the ages of 3 and 13—went to this postcard-perfect Wyoming valley situated south of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park over the summer. But we're already dreaming of returning in the winter for ski and sleigh-ride adventures. 

To quote my 6-year-old during one action-packed July day that started with a zip on a "cowboy coaster" and ended with a moose sighting in the backyard of our rental house: "There's just too much to do in Jackson Hole!" To help guide little cowpokes and parents, we've handpicked 25 special activities that will see you through both warm and wintry weather in Wyoming.

For a Mountain West adventure in a more urban setting, read our guide to Denver. Happy trails!

33 Free Things To Do with Philly Kids this Holiday Season

The holidays can be an expensive time of year as Philly parents make wishes come true. However, there are so many ways to celebrate the season without breaking the bank. After all money doesn't grow on trees! Throughout the Delaware Valley, Philly families can see twinkling lights, visit with Santa, listen to holiday stories, watch parades, and even see classic holiday performances without spending a cent. Read through our top FREE picks for the holiday season ahead.

Best Nutcrackers and Holiday Shows for Philly Families

Going to a show during the holidays is a tradition that many Philly families incorporate into their season each year. As one would expect, there are the classics such The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. However, there are plenty of twists on those standbys as well as new productions on stage throughout the Delaware Valley that are sure to delight parents and kids alike. So, take a look at our comprehensive list of performances and choose which one will add a bit of theatrical magic this holiday season with your loved ones.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Performances, Dog Show, Friendsgiving November 17-18

Mid-November brings the start of so many exciting family events throughout the Delaware Valley. Franklin Square's Holiday Festival, Holiday Show at Shady Brook Farms, and A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place all make their debut for the 2018 holiday season. Plus, there are plenty of shows to attend this weekend. Experience the classic tale of The Nutcracker at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, watch Ebenezer Scrooge meet the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future at the Delaware Children's Theater, flip over the acrobatic tricks of UniverSoul Circus, or splurge by seeing Cinderella: A Musical Panto at People's Light. And, who can forget about The National Dog Show held at the Greater Expo Center? Woof, woof!

But, wait, what about Thanksgiving? Gobble, gobble! Get geared up for turkey time with some pregame football fun, a turkey trot, or a Friendsgiving celebration. Browse through our event calendar for more ideas and be sure to plan out some additional fun with the help of our updated 2018 top experiences for the holiday season. For now, read about our top picks for the weekend ahead.

6 Philly Area Spots for Family Snow Tubing Fun

As a kid, snow tubing was one of the first winter “sports” I first experienced. I call it a “sport” because actually my tubing adventures consisted of our dad pulling snow tubes behind his 4-wheeler around our house. Safety standards have changed since the 1980s, so now we don’t have to resort to such…creative…measures to entertain our kids and get in on the snowy fun. We can easily take a quick trip from the city-limits and enjoy a day-long adventure of snow tubing down carefully crafted snow lanes! Winter fun doesn’t get more exciting than this!
 
If tubing isn’t your thing, many of the resorts also offer skiing, gorgeous wintery views, and in some cases nearby ice skating as well. 
 
If you don’t mind the trip and want to check out other great resorts, check out New York snowtubing locations for more adventures. 
 

The Top Baby Names of the Next Decade Are Here

Doesn’t everyone wish for a crystal ball during the baby naming process? Aren't we all looking for that perfectly unique but not too weird baby name? Just us?

Well, Nameberry.com just released its list of the baby names it expects to be the most popular in 2028. So get ready all you expecting parents! Pull up a chair and scroll through this futuristic list to see which baby girl and baby boy names are rising to the top in the next decade—and which are tanking. For those who have already gone through the baby naming milestone, Nameberry's list might just give you a hint as to whether or not your little Olivia or Oliver will be sitting next to half a dozen other kids who share their name come schooltime.

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