Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: New Year's, Fireworks, Parade December 31-January 1

Before 2016 is in the history books, Philly families can reflect on all the fun had over the year. Whether it was taking a special road trip, visiting a new park, starting a new family tradition, or making an everyday experience extraordinary, we hope the Mommy Poppins site has played a part in being a resource that Philly families can rely upon when seeking educational, unique, and memorable experiences.

So, why not finish the year strong with one of these great events? This weekend, Arden Theatre presents A Year in the Life of Frog and Toad, The Media Theatre features A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail, and The Walnut Street Theatre hosts The Wizard of Oz. Watch a Colonial Chocolate Making Demonstration at the Betsy Ross House or learn about music at the Kimmel Center's PNC Grow Up Great event.

Then, ring in the new year early at The Brandywine Zoo's Noon New's Eve, The Garden State Discovery Museum's New Year's at Noon (and 3 PM), or The Bucks County Children's Museum's New Year's Eve Carnival Countdown. Or stay up late for fireworks at Sesame Place or Penn's Landing. Of course, no new year can start without the Mummers Parade as it marches through Philadelphia.

No matter how you spend the weekend, make 2016 a year to remember. Cheers to all the fun that awaits in 2017!

Best of 2016: Philadelphia Area Parent Blogs We Love

We love that you love Mommy Poppins, with our constantly updating events calendar, Wee Work ideas, and mommy-approved outings and places to see. But let's face it, most people these days follow at least 10 blogs on the same topic. So we want to make sure you are getting the full inside scoop of parenting life in the Philadelphia Region by listing some great parenting blogs in the area!

The Best Philadelphia Area Sledding Spots for Kids

Snow in Philadelphia can be hit or miss, but when it does hit, you want to be prepared! Not just with the milk and bread and indoor activities, but with the best spots for you and your kiddos to go celebrate the awesome, snowy days. Whether you are going sledding in the city or out in the suburbs, we have you covered! Here we break down the best spots (not just by their cool factor, but also by age group), so you know exactly where you should head the next time Old Man Winter shows his face.

If snow fails to show its head again—never fear, there is always ice skating and snow tubing to help us keep up the winter spirit!

Great Drop-in Classes for Philly Preschoolers

Entertaining a toddler isn’t easy. And with their budding skills and inquisitive nature, it can be down right exhausting. While many area classes are available, most require 6-8 week registrations, which isn’t possible for many of us. That’s where drop-ins come in to save the day. Here are a few of our favorites that offer flexibility to fit your schedule, and help you find new ways to entertain your kids in the very cold days ahead. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: All Star Days, Discovery Days, Winter Break December 26-30

Winter break has arrived in Philadelphia! Children have days off from school and extracurricular activities while parents try to lighten their work load to enjoy the much-needed downtime. Take advantage of this reprieve by enjoying some of the activities in our events calendar.

All week long, families can visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its Winter Studio, the Academy of Natural Sciences for its All-Star Days, the National Constitution Center's Winter Break Celebration, or the Delaware Museum of Natural History for its Discovery Days. Those looking for outdoor fun can explore Tyler Arboretum or Bucktoe Creek Preserve for a winter walk. Say hello to the animals at Elmwood Park Zoo. See Murray the Elf on stage at Act II Playhouse. Or, take one last glimpse of holiday lights with a Candlelight Tour of Fonthill.

Browse through our jam-packed events calendar to find additional fun. Filter using our locations, age, and tag features. Now keep reading to see our top picks for the week ahead.

16 Places for New Year's Eve Fun with Kids in Philadelphia

While they may not be able to stay awake until midnight, kids still have plenty of opportunities to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Philadelphia area. From museums and zoos, to parks and moon bounces, many venues are hosting afternoon events for the little ones. Several options on our list provide prime seating for the city's early (6pm) fireworks show over the Delaware River. Children can have their own countdowns, toss confetti, watch a mini ball drop, and, who knows, maybe even get home before bedtime!

See our list of fun places to ring in the New Year with kids. Many of these are ticketed events, so be sure to make plans before they sell out.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Hanukkah, Christmas, Disney on Ice December 24-25

At long last- Christmas, Hanukkah, and the fun that puts excitement in a child's eye and joy in a parent's heart are finally here! In all probability, this weekend includes time with family and friends. But, once presents are unwrapped, meals are shared, and dishes are put away, check out some of the great holiday activities in our events calendar.

Take the family to see magic that is Disney at Wells Fargo Center's Disney on Ice. Learn the true meaning of Christmas at Hedgerow Theatre's A Christmas Carol. Or take in a history lesson while watching the re-creation of Washington Crossing the Delaware. Once nighttime falls, view the beautiful holiday lights at Shady Brook Farms, Herr's Snack Factory, or Rose Tree Park.

During this holiday weekend, your friends at Mommy Poppins wish you all the best. May all your holiday wishes come true this season!

Things To Do on New Year's Day with Philly Kids

New Year's Eve with kids can be a totally different experience. Instead of staying up until midnight, you might be skipping the cocktails to check out a countdown to noon event and early fireworks. Or maybe you're lucky enough to have a sitter and spend NYE with your spouse or significant other! Either way, New Year's Day is the perfect time to relax and get in some extra family time before heading back to work. Check out these great events in the area on New Year's Day for some family fun.

8 Bowling Alleys for Philly Kids

Bowling is one of those activities that goes into and out of fashion according to how old one is. Children love it because they like to knock things down and with bowling they get points to do that. Whether you're looking for an awesome birthday party venue, or just something to on a lazy Sunday afternoon, there are plenty of bowling alleys to choose from in the area.

To make bowling a bit easier for little kids to play, most bowling alleys have ramps onto which children can put the ball to position it before pushing it down, light balls that are easier to carry for kids, and bumpers to make sure that every ball a kid (or adult) throws doesn't end up in the gutter. Add some pizza and soda, and it's a perfect afternoon. 

Hanukkah Events and Menorah Lightings for Philadelphia Families

Philly families can find many ways to celebrate Hanukkah throughout the city and surrounding suburbs as can be seen in our jam-packed events calendar. This year's celebration begins on the evening of Saturday, December 24th, and continues for eight days through January 1st. Throughout the Delaware Valley, families can attend menorah lighting ceremonies, listen to traditional stories, make seasonal crafts, watch puppet shows, and eat delicious latkes as they celebrate the Festival of Lights.


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