Philadelphia

Tidying Up Kids' Stuff: 2 Easy Takeaways from Marie Kondo

While the world binge-watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and my social media feeds filled up with photos of freshly organized sock drawers, I didn't bother tuning in. After all, I'm already a Very Organized Person—the kind of mom who sorts her kids' toys according to category, and who may have an addiction to The Container Store. What could I possibly have to learn?

Then an image sprang to mind of me, huffily sorting papers on the kitchen counter while a hundred other urgent matters vie for my attention. When things get hectic, the piles of mail, magazines, kids' artwork, school forms, and other random papers crowding our countertops suddenly seem like a five-alarm fire. My husband calls it "angry organizing."

Please Touch Museum Creative Arts Studio takes Creative Exploration to the Next Level

In late 2018, the Please Touch Museum opened its Creative Arts Studio, a new, permanent creative space dedicated to art making and exploration. The space provides a new avenue for children to gain access to quality art education, and promises to be a delightful new addition to your visiting experience at the museum, making this yet another wonderful space for your Philly kid to enjoy arts exploration. 

While the hours of the studio space are limited, we had a chance to check it out and give some of their art materials a test run.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Winter Festivals, Outdoor Fun, Shows January 26-27

Even though winter has been in the Delaware Valley officially for over a month, our event calendar is loaded with opportunities to celebrate the season in a big way. This weekend, Philly families can find winter fun at Mt. Holly's Fire & Ice Festival, Lambertville/New Hope's Winter Festival, or Blue Mountain Resort's Winter Fest. Kids can enjoy taking a winter hike at Green Lane Park. learning about different climates at Churchville Nature Center, or making s''mores during an overnight camping experience at Tyler Arboretum.

After spending time outdoors, warm up inside by exploring a free indoor play park such as Smith, Mr. B's Coffeehouse, or Momo's Treehouse. Those interested in snuggling up to a performance have many options. The Snow Queen takes the stage at The Media Theatre and The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical offers a short run at Merriam Theater while Seussical at Delaware Children's Theatre and Charlotte's Web at Arden Theatre conclude their shows this weekend.

Be sure to browse the rest of our top picks and make it a great one!

35 Best Winter Activities for Kids (and Their Grown-ups)

It's finally winter, and you know what that means as a parent, right? Get ready for soggy snow pants, slurping cocoa, building snowmen, taking the kids sledding, and all things cozy for the family.

But if the thought of another long winter spent hibernating indoors with the kids swinging from rafters, leaves you shivering in fear, we want to help. Whether you're planning fun indoor activities for a school snow day at home, or just looking to entertain the kids on another winter weekend, we've rounded up nearly three dozen fun things to do.

These super simple ideas (many of them FREE) will come in handy when cabin fever strikes and make it easy to avoid the indoor entertainment pitfalls of more screen time and complaints about boredom of which we're all so familiar. Get ready to turn the long, dark days of winter into a season the whole family can enjoy.

Free Indoor Play Places for Philly Area Kids

Any time of year, Philly parents might be wondering where to go for a fun escape from the cooler weather or hot sun. Thankfully, Philadelphia is home to tons of museums and playgrounds, but did you know that there are also plenty of family-friendly spots for free indoor fun? We've rounded up some great indoor venues below, and also some other spots that parents will enjoy as well. Did we mention they're all free?

100 Things To Do in Chicago with Kids Before They Grow Up

Chicago is home to so many incredible parks, playgrounds, museums, and things to do with kids that one childhood doesn't seem like enough time to fit them all in—though who could blame you for trying? That's why we rounded up this list of great things to do with kids in Chi-town. Whether it's racing with your toddler through the sprinklers at Mary Bartelme Park, wowing your preschooler at the Field Museum, gliding with your grade-schooler on the skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park, or taking in engineering marvels with your tween at the Chicago Architecture Center, take advantage of everything this beautiful city has to offer kids of all ages. We're also big fans of FREE fun, so we included as much of that as possible.

Whether you're a local or a visitor to the Windy City, we hope you can use this list to make some great new memories with your kids. Now I'm off to scarf some Chicago-style hot dogs at Portillo's.

Kids Eat Free Restaurants in the Philadelphia Area

Not only does the Philly area have a plethora of fun adventures for families, it's also a haven for food freebies and discounts for kids. Whether you're visiting the city or the suburbs, you will find chain restaurants and local spots that offer a break on the bill for kiddos. Want to plan an itinerary for the day or weekend? Check out our events calendar, choose a restaurant near your activity, and you're on your way! Don't forget to confirm these deals with the restaurants before you head out.

The Best and Worst States for Raising a Family

Everyone wants to raise their family in a healthy, safe, and yes, fun community. But, how do you go about finding the right corner of this country for your family? Trial and error perhaps, but WalletHub is also throwing a little data our way on just this subject. The credit report and personal finance site just released its ranking of the best and worst 50 states in which to raise kids.

It weighed a number of factors to determine the top family-friendly states, looking at schools, housing, crime, childcare costs and quality, parental leave options, salaries, and of course, the amount of family fun per capita, including access to parks and playgrounds.

Read on to find out how your state stacks up—and where you might want to consider relocating to with the kids!

MLK Jr. Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Invention Convention, Service

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday provides many Philly kids a long, three-day weekend. Thankfully, Philly parents can turn to our jam-packed events calendar to find engaging and educational ways to spend the time together.

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King by participating in a service project at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, learning about the "I Have a Dream Speech" at the National Liberty Museum, cleaning up Bristol Marsh Nature Preserve and Croydon Woods Nature Preserve, or attending a festival at Woodmere Art Museum. After planning out MLK activities, consider seeing Johnny Shortcake at World Cafe Live, recognizing Lunar New Year at Penn Museum, or wandering around Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education to see the Giants of the Forest.

Other weekend activities include outdoor fun at Green Lane's Winter Tree ID programming, artistic sessions at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, digital mapping workshop at Azavea, and scientific experimentation at Hagley Museum's Invention Convention. Make your long weekend a great one!

Is It a Snow Day for Philadelphia Kids? Here’s How to Find Out

Are the kids praying for a snow day in Philadelphia? When you're a kid, school closings for a snow day means snowball fights, snow angels, sleds, and snowmen. Add in some hot chocolate, warm cookies, and a few indoor activities and you've got one memorable day off from school. 

But parents just need to know whether or not the school is open or closed due to snow, so they can get on with planning their workday and commute! 

So is the school closed today? Will there be early dismissal or a late opening for Philadelphia schools? We as parents have the same questions, so we've compiled a few local resources, so you can stay up to date on weather-related school closures in Philadelphia.

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