30 Fun Indoor Activities for Philly Kids

From time to time, the cold, winter winds or the hot, humid temperatures may force Philly families to retreat indoors. Thankfully, there are many ways to keep kids entertained inside. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has put together a list of some great activities, events, and experiences when outdoor fun isn't an option. Continue reading for some of our top ideas.

Need more ideas? Be sure and check out our fun-filled events calendar and Indoor Fun Guide!

20 Fun Things to Do in Killington, Vermont Without Skis

A family trip to Vermont in the winter months is like walking through a real-life winter wonderland. The natural beauty of the mountains and country terrain appeal to outdoor enthusiasts year-round, but when blanketed with a coat of snow, the Killington region really shines.

It isn't necessary to be an avid skier to enjoy this corner of New England come snowfall. The small villages and towns of central Vermont provide the perfect setting for winter activities for the kids and adults, both outdoor snow sports and even indoor arts and crafts. My family regularly visits the area, and though I hung up my skis some time ago, we're never bored. 

34 Things To Do With Preschoolers This Winter

It can be challenging to keep Philly toddlers and preschoolers entertained during the winter months. Cold temperatures, snow, and ice can exclude outdoor play as an option and may force Philly parents to get creative at home. But if the weather isn’t being too uncooperative, there are plenty of ways to engage those young, inquisitive minds and energetic little bodies outside of the house. 

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up our top picks to keep Philly parents and their young kids from going stir crazy this winter. From the city to the suburbs, little ones in the Delaware Valley can learn, grow, and be inspired no matter what the thermometer reads. Browse our list below to find the perfect fit for your children.

Coding for Kids: Free Websites That Teach Kids Programming

Basic programming has become an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike. And the benefits of picking up this skill, especially for kids, are huge: Learning how to build simple websites and games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways.

There are a number of FREE and low-cost websites that teach children how to play around with code. We've rounded up a dozen of our favorites below.

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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Holiday Fun Wrap Up, Nature, Museums January 5-6

The first weekend in January lends itself to savoring the remaining bits of holiday fun that Philly families can find on our event calendar. It's the last weekend to see the lights at Shady Brook Farms, the holiday decorations at Winterthur, the trains at Brandywine River Museum, and the poinsettias at Longwood Gardens.

If your crew is past holiday activities, Philly kids can get outside to look for winter birds at the Conversancy Cottage, learn about owls who reside in Pennsylvania at Norristown Farm Park, or have a unique escape adventure at Warwick Park. Once reaching your fill of outdoor fun, head indoors to build something, draw something, craft something, explore something, or watch something special.

Plan out winter fun by reviewing our top winter activities post and free fun ahead in January. For now, read about our top picks for the weekend ahead!

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in January

January is a time of new beginnings, resolutions, and goals. If one of yours is to focus on saving money in the new year, you are in luck! Mommy Poppins has rounded up an extensive list of free activities happening throughout the Delaware Valley. From art and computer activities to outdoor encounters with wildlife, there is plenty of variety for everyone in your tribe. Families with kids at any age can share quality time together with a visit to The Barnes, free festivals such as Lambert-New Hope Winter Festival and Fire & Ice Festival, free performances at The Kimmel Center, and service opportunities such as clean up day at Bristol Marsh Nature Preserve, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Continue reading for more ideas to fill your family calendar with free fun!

50 Things to Do in Washington, DC with Kids Before They Grow Up

Note: During the current government shutdown, the Smithsonian museum and the National Zoo are closed. But there's plenty of other great, kid-friendly things to do on the list below and don't forget to check out our event calendar to find fun things to do in DC!

The days are long but the years are short when it comes to raising kids, and for parents in and around the bustling hub of our nation's capital, the time can really speed by. Finding the best events and activities that will make the most of the precious time we have with our little ones is a top priority here at Mommy Poppins Washington, DC.

To help you sort through this ever-changing, ever-growing city that we love, we've compiled a list of the top 50 things to do with kids in the Washington, DC area before they grow up. With a city steeped in the sciences, from natural to political, culture, arts, and history, there's no better time to make the most of your time with your little ones. Get out, explore, and see just how many activities on our bucket list you can cross off before childhood whizzes by.

January GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

January is such an exciting time for Philly families! The new year has begun and new adventures await. Create new memories this year by checking out each of our GoLists every month to see what's happening near you. Don't forget to read our Annual GoList to find all the best events happening in 2019. 

Mommy Poppins wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2019!

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6 Philly Area Spots for Family Snow Tubing Fun

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. 

New Year's Eve Weekend for Philly Kids: Fireworks, Parade, Shows

It is hard to believe that 2018 is almost over. And, what a year it has been! Philly families made memories locally at some of the area's top 100 Things Before They Grow Up, escaped for getaway vacations, experienced weekend trips, and celebrated annual traditions. Make the last moments of the year count with fun found in our events calendar.

If your family is still looking to capitalize on holiday fun, take a winter train ride on Colebrookdale Railroad's Snowflake Special. View holiday lights before they are turned off for the season at displays held at Rose Tree Park, Franklin Square, Shady Brook Farms, or even a neighborhood near you. Theatergoers can catch a holiday show before it closes for the season while museum lovers can take some time to explore one of the many local venues offering special programming such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Delaware Museum of Natural History.

Be sure to ring in the new year with a musical performance, animal fun, birthday cake, balloon drop, or fireworks. Get out the noisemakers and party hats to make it a great weekend!


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