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30 Things To Do with Philly Kids Over Winter Break

Christmas is almost here and so is winter break. Having the kids around the house for a week (or more) can be great, but it can also be exhausting. With cold weather here to stay, getting out of the house may be a little tougher than usual, but Philly has plenty of fun activities to keep kids busy. Check out Disney on Ice, family studio time at the art museum, a new exhibit at the Franklin Institute, or see a show at the Arden Theatre!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Performances, Museums, Santa December 16-17

While Philly kids are on their best behavior dreaming of receiving the latest gaming system, must-have sweater, or classic toy train, take a moment to redirect their focus from acquiring things to sharing experiences together.

Take the family to see a show such as My Very Own Polar Bear at Act II Playhouse, Annie at Walnut Street Theatre, or Shrek the Musical at Delaware Children's Theater. Experience the classic nutcracker ballet at The Academy of Music, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, or Mandell Theater at Drexel University. Or, check out a different version at Painted Art Center.  Explore an interactive exhibit at a local museum like Franklin Institute's Terracotta Warriors, Mercer Museum's Centuries of Childhood: An American Story, or Center for Architecture + Design's Constructing Play: Classic + Modern Building Toys Exhibit.

Of course, nothing says togetherness like trying to capture the perfect family picture with Santa. This weekend, he can be found on a train in West Chester, New Hope, or Strasburg, underwater at the aquarium, or among the butterflies at the Insectarium.

Whatever they may be asking for this year, there is nothing better than making family memories together. Read on for our top picks for the weekend.

What's Open on Christmas Day in Philly: 15 Things To Do with Kids

On Christmas Day after the presents are all unwrapped and only crumbs are left in the cookie tin, you may be thinking it's time to get out of the house. Whether the sugar rush is kicking in or you just don't want to deal with the mess, there are quite a few places open on December 25th to take the kids.

We found options for families that don't celebrate the holiday as well as ideas for enjoying the Christmas spirit. Either way, we have a list of ideas to get out and about and spend a day with the kids in the Philadelphia area. Continue reading for our selections.

30 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Winter

Winter can test your limits and your creativity when it comes to entertaining your kids. Sometimes you just need to get out of the house! Fortunately, no matter the weather, there are amazing places to go romp and play in the city and the suburbs that can help shake off that winter fatigue. 

Check out our events calendar for even more fun ideas in the Philadelphia area, or check out our list of things to do with babies in winter.

25 Top Palm Springs Resorts, Attractions , & Things To Do for Families

No matter the season, you can always count on Palm Springs and the surrounding Coachella Valley for balmy weather and lots of fun in the sun. In fact, this glamorous resort area, only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, is blessed with an average of 350 days of sunshine each year and is the ideal playground for countless family activities. Here are a few ideas on how to make the most of a vacation in the desert.

Free and Cheap Kids' Ski Programs in the Northeast This Winter

Let's face facts: No matter how exhilarating skiing and snowboarding are, they are also among the most expensive activities in which a family can participate—especially if your kids take a single run and spend the rest of the day sipping cocoa.

Thankfully, many nearby state ski associations offer free or mostly free lift tickets to grade-schoolers, even if you're not a resident of that state. Of course, there are hurdles to clear to get those benefits—kids need to be the appropriate age, apply online and, in some cases, be accompanied by a paying adult. There are also "processing fees" attached to several, but it breaks down to a very discounted ticket if you use it more than once. But for avid skiers and riders, or those who merely want to try out the sports, these programs can save you plenty of cash when skiing with the kids.

Read on for more information on how to ski for free in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. (Note: Connecticut has a residents-only program for free ski passes for kids at Mohawk Mountain.)

Check our Ski and Snow Sports Guide for more fun on local hills and mountains.

Philly Area Restaurants Open Christmas Day

That Christmas goose may be getting fat, but you have no desire to cook it. And who could blame you? After all the shopping and excursions to enjoy area events, why not take a holiday yourself and spend your meal enjoying your family instead of cooking and cleaning away? Philadelphia's ample dining scene leaves you with plenty of options to choose from. Here's a roundup of open restaurants on Christmas Day, serving up traditional (and not-so-traditional) fare!

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