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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Music, Stories, Groundhog Day Jan 30-Feb 3

This week, Philly families await Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, and his weather prediction. If he sees his shadow, more winter is ahead. If not, spring arrives in 6 weeks. Either way, our events calendar has lots of fun in store for Philly kids.

Take a music class at Tildie's Toy Box, The Children's Boutique, Old Pine Community Center, or Momo's Treehouse. Listen to stories at the Central Parkway Library, Pottery Barn Kids at King of Prussia Mall, or Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. Discover the history of Valentines at Peter Wentz Farmstead or learn about groundhogs at Norristown Farm Park.

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February GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

February brings the coldest part of winter, but the good news is, spring is right around the corner! This month we'll find out whether we're getting a few extra weeks of the cold, or if spring will be arriving sooner than expected on Groundhog Day. Whatever the weather, we've got plenty of great events happening this month. Whether you're looking for a way to educate your kids about Black History Month, celebrating Valentine's Day, Maple Sugaring, or just enjoying some quality time with your family, February has a lot of great events that Philly kids will love.

Don't forget, there are tons more great events listed in our event calendar every day. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Winter Festival, Groundhogs, Roosters January 28-29

It is difficult to believe that January is winding to a close already. It feels like yesterday Philly families were making their New Year's resolutions. If your resolution was to spend more quality family time together, this weekend does not disappoint.

Speaking of New Year's, welcome the Year of the Rooster at Downtown Media's Chinese New Year Parade or Independence Seaport Museum's Lunar New Year event. Celebrate winter at the Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival which kicks off with a parade and offers dance performances, puppeteers, a performance of Jack and the Giant, and music all weekend long.Or, learn about groundhogs at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge during its family festival.

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6 Places to Try Thai Rolled Ice Cream in Philly

Whether you've heard about it or not, there's no denying it sounds intriguing: Thai rolled ice cream (also known as smash ice cream). The name itself describes it pretty well, but the process is just as fun to watch as the ice cream is to eat. Just watching videos of it is pretty mesmerizing. Liquid ice cream is poured onto a cold metal sheet and then expertly shaped and formed into a perfect rolled cylinder about the size of a roll of quarters. It resembles something like a Swedish roll, but it's made entirely of delicious, sweet ice cream. You can make it even more unique and yummy by adding mix-ins and toppings. We've rounded up some great places in the city to try this delectable new phenomenon! It's the perfect way to celebrate or to finish out a fun day of adventures.

Indoor Water Parks and Pools for Philly Area Families

Winter certainly has its charms: building snowmen, sledding, skating, and hot cocoa are wonderful, but by mid-January you and your family might be looking to warm up in a more tropical environment. While it might be nice to board a plane to a sunny island destination, it’s not always possible or cost-effective. Luckily, you can enjoy some summertime fun even in the coldest months at a multitude of indoor water parks and pools not too far from Philly. Go dig out your bathing suit from behind your coats and mittens, and get ready to take the plunge at one of these exciting parks!

Spring Consignment Sales for Philly Families

As all parents know, children outgrow their clothes at an alarming rate. One way to avoid breaking the bank each season on a new wardrobe is by shopping consignment sales. Each Spring and Fall, these weekend mommy markets pop up all over the Philadelphia area and offer families a great way to buy gently used clothes, shoes, toys, baby gear, and other items at a large discount off retail. Consignment sales are also an opportunity to sell outgrown items for some extra cash.

These Kids at the Women's March Will Melt Your Heart

When I was in first grade a child was killed crossing Seventh Avenue on his way to school by a speeding truck. So, I remember my first protest well. Just a handful of us, moms and kids, walking in a tight circle with signs and chanting to demand a crossing guard. We got that crossing guard and a lesson was learned: Even as kids, we could have a voice and make a difference.

America has been on tenterhooks this election season. It has caused much "unfriending" and, perhaps, drawn even more stark lines between groups. On Saturday, however, I saw Facebook friends from all backgrounds coming together at the Women's Marches across the country and the world. I even saw some who voted for Trump, but wanted to stand for women's rights and also listen to the other side! But of everyone out there, the thing that struck me the most was seeing all the children.

We may never agree on any of the political issues facing this nation, but one thing I hope we can all agree on is that these children are amazing and are learning that you're never too young to enjoy this country's most important freedoms of speech and peaceful protest. Whatever "sides" they may choose to take, I hope this is just the beginning for our daughters (and our sons) to feel powerful, valuable, and able to take constructive action to raise their voices, not to yell and name call, but to try to improve the world for all of us together.

 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Cyber School, Science, Nature January 23-27

Despite chilly temperatures, it is important to keep children engaged and active so they can learn new things and achieve milestones. The week ahead offers a multitude of opportunities as can be seen in our events calendar.

Little ones and their parents can see what the Schuykill Center for Environmental Education's Nature Preschool has to offer at its Open House. Children who are homeschooled or cyber schooled can participate in an educational experience at the Academy of Natural Sciences's first ever Super Science Cyber School. Foster a love for learning about nature at Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy or learning about the stars at West Chester University. Be sure to carve out some time for exercise by visiting the roller rink, bowling alley, or trampoline park.

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Birthday Freebies: Where Philly Kids Eat Free and Get Free Stuff on their Birthdays

Birthdays are the best time of year for kids, and nothing makes a special day sweeter like free stuff! There's something extra exciting about being treated to something free on your big day. We've got a list of tons of great birthday freebies for kids. From meals to ice cream, to clothes and books, you can find just about anything for free on your birthday. Take note, these freebies require you to sign up for emails ahead of time, so even if your child's birthday isn't coming up, you might want to get started.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Performances, Chinese New Year January 21-22

The month of January provides a variety of entertainment for Philly families. If your family is into the theater, this weekend won't disappoint as there are many shows on stage such as The Media Theatre's Disney's Cinderella Kids and The Delaware Children's Theatre's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Music lovers can hear the sweet sounds of the Ambler Symphony Orchestra with a special children's concert held at The Ambler Theater. Learn more about the Chinese culture and the Year of the Rooster at Penn Museum or the Garden State Discovery Museum. Camp indoors at Tyler Arboretum, or venture outdoors for a cross-country ski lesson at Norristown Farm Park. Did someone say family ski trip? Vote for Philly Besties for a chance to WIN a getaway weekend to Camelback Resort

Be sure to browse through our events calendar to view all the options. Narrow your search by location, age, and tags. Plan the year ahead with a look at our first annual 2017 Philly GoList. Now, get out there and enjoy the fun that awaits.

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