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What's Open on Christmas Day in Philly: 11 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 25 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.

STEM Camps and Classes for Robotics, Coding, and Engineering Fun

It's no secret that today's kids will need a robust education in STEM subjects to thrive in an economy exploding with science and technology careers. Both in and outside of schools, educators and parents are looking for ways to provide more science, technology, engineering, and math studies for children. There are many programs out there, but which ones really teach the skills that kids need? We checked out a Sylvan Learning EDGE class to see what Sylvan Learning, long-known for tutoring and test prep programs, offers with its Sylvan EDGE STEM programs.

Sylvan EDGE offers six week programs for kids from grades 1 to 6 in Robotics for Kids, Engineering, Coding for Kids, Math EDGE, plus Sylvan EDGE Camps. My 10-year-old son tried out a Robotics for Kids class, and it definitely stood apart from many of the other STEM activities we’ve tried.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nutcrackers, Ugly Sweaters, Latkepalooza December 17-18

Philly kids may be hoping to receive the latest gaming device, or the most coveted doll this holiday season. Instead, consider giving children the gift of experiences by attending one of the many festive and fun activities in our events calendar.

Burn off some anticipated holiday calories by signing up for Philadelphia's Ugly Sweater Run in Fairmount Park. See a nutcracker production at Plymouth/Whitemarsh High School, The Merriam Theater, or Mandell Theater at Drexel University. Dress up for a Children's Holiday Tea at The Radnor Hotel or sip cocoa at The Doubletree Hotel's Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy before seeing George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at The Academy of Music. Hop aboard a special train ride to see Santa at Colebrookdale Railroad, West Chester Railroad, or New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. Conclude the weekend by driving around in the car with travel mugs filled with hot chocolate to see both neighborhood and professional holiday lights.

For now, keep reading for this weekend's top picks to make some magical memories. Creating memories is a great gift to give but a better one to receive.

Do you have a favorite go-to spot, play space, or family-friendly service that makes your job as a Philly parent easier? If so, nominate your Besties for our Philly Bestie Award! Starting in January, fans can vote for your favorites and win awesome prizes.

25 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!

Hot Holiday Deals: Diggerland, Sahara Sam's, Rockettes, and More

We've rounded up some great deals from our partners to get your holidays hopping with special savings. Help yourself to extra servings of fun and convenience with discounted tickets to area amuseument parks, top shows like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Gazillion Bubble Show, and more. With so much going on, it's the perfect time to try delivery from Babeth's Feast. Your special offer will make dinner a snap and a great deal. As always, you'll find lots more holiday fun in the Mommy Poppins Holiday Guide.

Snow Tubing Fun for Philly Families

As a kid, snow tubing was one of the first winter “sports” I first experienced. I call it a “sport” because actually my tubing adventures consisted of our dad pulling snow tubes behind his 4-wheeler around our house. Safety standards have changed since the 1980s, so now we don’t have to resort to such…creative…measures to entertain our kids and get in on the snowy fun. We can easily take a quick trip from the city-limits and enjoy a day-long adventure of snow tubing down carefully crafted snow lanes! Winter fun doesn’t get more exciting than this!
 
If tubing isn’t your thing, many of the resorts also offer skiing, gorgeous wintery views, and in some cases nearby ice skating as well. 
 
If you don’t mind the trip and want to check out other great resorts, check out New York snowtubing locations for more adventures. 
 

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!
 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Outdoor Exploration, Mall Fun, PNO, December 12-16

How many more days until Christmas?! Many Philly families are faced with tackling a growing to-do list while keeping children involved and occupied during the holiday season. This week provides opportunities to do both.

Coordinate your holiday shopping with a visit to see Santa for pictures and wish list sharing at your local mall. Then, check out some of the special events available. This week, Exton Square Mall hosts Kid Crew featuring an interactive storyteller and Neshaminy Mall offers a special Good Night Grinch experience. Once errands are complete, pause for a reprieve outdoors at Tyler Arboretum's Garden Sprouts or Toddlers in Nature. Or, take a parents' 'time out' by signing the kids up for Briar Bush Nature Center's Parents' Night Out, Kids' Night In.

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25 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.

Calling Santa: Mostly Free Apps for St. Nick Fun with Kids

Ready or not, Santa Claus is coming to town, and the kids couldn't be more excited. Thanks to technology, families today have a lot more ways than a quick photo with the mall Santa to catch up with (or just plain catch!) the jolly bearded man. 

Now kids can talk directly with St. Nick via the phone or an app, track his progress on Christmas Eve, and even watch a live reindeer cam. Want to really blow their minds? There are apps that let you share a photo of Santa handing out presents in your very own living room. Christmastime is already among the most magical seasons for children, but these fun tools take it to the next level. Read on for our favorite ways to check in with Santa before Christmas and follow all his antics on Christmas Eve. Our special gift for you: These 11 special Santa experiences are (mostly) FREE!

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