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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.

Disney Princess Subscription Boxes Arrive Just Before Holidays

Disney has just launched a brand-new princess subscription box filled with tiaras, tulle — and fairy tales, of course. With the holidays right around the corner, and many kids (not just ours, right?) already working up their wish lists, we suspect this latest, kid-targeted subscription service will land at the top of a few most-wanted toys' lists.

Promising to deliver this Disney magic straight to your favorite princess-loving kid’s door for either a year, six months, or month-to-month, the first boxes will make it in time for Christmas delivery, we're told.

Top 20 Must-Do Holiday Experiences in the Philadelphia Area

When the most wonderful time of the year arrives in the Delaware Valley, Philly parents must be ready with plenty of ideas to celebrate the season with their kids. Of course, the holidays bring twinkling lights, mesmerizing train gardens, and a jolly old elf from the North Pole. However, living in an area rich with tradition and history, there are so many different and unique experiences that await. So, check out our top 20 must-do events to make this year the best fun-filled family holiday yet.

12 Family-Friendly Hotels Where Kids Stay Free

Traveling with family can be a serious investment. After shelling out for planes tickets, you still have to book a hotel and cover the cost of meals. Package deals and all-inclusive resorts can be a great way to save, but an even better bargain is when kids stay and/or eat for free at the hotel.

While early fall seems to be the best time to book such family travel deals, it's not too late to get in on the savings. Whether your destination is the Caribbean, Mexico, or a U.S. city, hotels that offer free rooms and meals for kids are a big budget saver. Here are our picks for some of the best family vacations around.

6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018: An Overview for Philly Families

Every Philly family has its own special Thanksgiving traditions. This may include watching a Turkey Bowl Football game, running in a Turkey Trot, preparing for your family's Thanksgiving feast, or watching the 6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade on television. However, if you are looking to change things up a bit this year and actually attend the parade, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has pulled together some helpful information so grown ups and kids alike can enjoy this Philadelphian experience.

Veterans Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, Performances, Museums November 10-11

There is much for Philly families to look forward to during this November weekend. From nature encounters and shows to museum experiences and festivals, our event calendar is overflowing with opportunities.

Start off with a bit of outdoor fun by trying archery, exploring walking trails, or searching for owls. After your fill of chilly autumn air, see a show. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is on stage at the Academy of Music, Walnut Street Theatre presents Matilda, and The Jungle Book comes to life with the help of two actors at Ambler Theater.

For more indoor fun, consider visiting Benjamin Franklin Museum which offers free admission, Penn Museum for its Second Saturdays festivities, or the National Constitution Center for its Veterans Day Family Festival. Speaking of veterans, be sure to take a moment to thank those who serve to keep our country safe by attending a special ceremony or cheering on the brave women and men of our military at a parade.

Keep reading for more ideas on ways to spend the weekend.

Breakfast with Santa for Philly Families

It's that magical time of year again. Philly tots, tweens, and teens have been on their best behavior as they anticipate the jolly ol' elf from the North Pole's visit to the Delaware Valley. Of course, many Philly parents head to the mall so their children can share their wish lists with St. Nick. However, if you are looking for something special, consider taking the family to see Santa at a breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

Many venues including zoos, museums, gardens, community centers, ships, and country clubs welcome Mr. Kringle. Some provide games, crafts, and stories, but you can be sure all events include photo ops so bring your phone or camera.

Read through our list of upcoming events and schedule your breakfast with Santa today! Many of these are quite popular and often space is limited.

Top 10 Christmas Towns and Villages That Absolutely Sparkle

When it comes to the best places to visit for Christmas as a family, there are plenty of holiday travel options. You can head to Rome and Vatican City to soak in the religion of it all. Vienna, beautifully drenched in festive lights, boasts first-rate Christmas markets and concerts. Head north to Lapland, Finland, to visit Santa’s official hometown. Or, if you want to lie beneath Christmas-lit palm trees, a Caribbean vacation might do the trick.

Yet, some of the best Christmas towns and bedecked Christmas villages are actually right here in the US, offering those traveling with small kids a way to save on money and time. These local destinations go all out for Christmas with unique holiday light shows, special performances, and plenty of opportunities to meet with Santa Claus.

Read on for some of our favorite Christmas vacation ideas for those looking to get into the holiday spirit in a big way, from New York City to Williamsburg, Virginia, to Newport Beach, California. Find even more ideas in our Family Travel Guide.

Polar Express: Christmas Train Rides for Kids Near Philly

There is something about trains that evokes nostalgia at Christmastime. For some, it stirs up childhood memories of building a model train set under the twinkling tree lights. For others it may be a simple reminder of that "coming home for the holidays" feel, where folks would arrive at the train station, arms filled with Christmas packages for family at home. Whatever the reason might be, many railroads in the tri-state area hold events to bring back that old-fashioned holiday tradition. At many of these special outings, families can ride a real locomotive with Santa Claus, hear Christmas stories, sing carols, sip hot chocolate and admire the views of the passing countryside. Children are even invited to wear their pajamas at some of these events!  

We have rounded up a list of railroads hosting holiday-themed trains of all kinds. Some of these are located more than an hour's drive from Philadelphia but can make for a fantastic holiday outing.

All aboard for some Christmas fun!

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