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Must See from CES: 8 High-Tech Baby Gadgets on the Way

Even the Jetsons didn’t have baby gear like this. 

CES, the largest technology trade show in the U.S., was held last month in Las Vegas, and there was a ton of futuristic baby gear on display. All of it is meant to make the lives of parents easier, but that doesn’t mean some of it isn’t a little … unusual. 

Whether these gadgets will ultimately be practical remains to be seen (and some of it might have you longing for the days of the Flintstones instead). Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Winterfest, History, Art February 4-5

Hey, Philly families- it's Super Bowl weekend! And, even though our Eagles aren't in it, again, there is plenty to keep your mind off this year's football season in our events calendar. From educational experiences to entertaining performances, from historical reenactments to artistic activities, there is something for everyone.

Get excited for wintertime with celebrations held at The Wagner Institute and Briar Bush Nature Center. Visit the animals at The Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington. Foster a love for the arts with a trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art as it features a Watson Adventures' Wizard Scavenger Hunt on Saturday and a Family Festival presenting the Okee Dokee Band on Sunday. Learn about the life of a continental soldier at Valley Forge National Historical Park or listen to the beautiful music of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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Celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city that is so rich in history, a New York Times columnist once complained there was too much historical significance here. But as the birthplace of the nation, we are proud to be the site of so many important events, places, and, of course, people. During Black History Month we set time aside to specifically focus on the major accomplishments, roles, and experiences of African-Americans. From the rich US history to several museums that feature arts and artifacts from Africa, there are many ways to gain a deeper understanding of Black History just by tapping into some of the many offerings in Philadelphia. Here is our roundup of some of the best for younger children, but this is just a small sampling of the rich Black history programming and events available throughout the city in the month of February. Check our events calendar for even more fun and educational activities.

A NASA-Themed Family Vacation at Florida's Kennedy Space Center

More and more kids are looking up to scientists as the heroes they really want to emulate. There’s no better place to revel in the science of space than at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Something between a museum and a theme park all about space exploration, there’s a lot to see and do at this family destination, including the brand-new Heroes and Legends attraction.

The Kennedy Space Center is a must-do for any family interested in science, space and American history.

Philly Cooking Parties, Baking Parties, & Cake Decorating Birthday Parties

Planning another birthday party? Looking for something different? For those kids whose interests lean to the culinary or who love to decorate with sugary goodness, here's a great idea: a cooking party! There are a bunch of places in and around Philadelphia that host cooking, baking, and decorating parties, and even some who will drive to the birthday kid's home. So, if you've got an aspiring chef, check out some of these great nearby birthday parties.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Music, Stories, Groundhog Day Jan 30-Feb 3

This week, Philly families await Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, and his weather prediction. If he sees his shadow, more winter is ahead. If not, spring arrives in 6 weeks. Either way, our events calendar has lots of fun in store for Philly kids.

Take a music class at Tildie's Toy Box, The Children's Boutique, Old Pine Community Center, or Momo's Treehouse. Listen to stories at the Central Parkway Library, Pottery Barn Kids at King of Prussia Mall, or Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse. Discover the history of Valentines at Peter Wentz Farmstead or learn about groundhogs at Norristown Farm Park.

Whether Philly sees more winter temperatures, or spring arrives in the City of Brotherly Love sooner than expected, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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February GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

February brings the coldest part of winter, but the good news is, spring is right around the corner! This month we'll find out whether we're getting a few extra weeks of the cold, or if spring will be arriving sooner than expected on Groundhog Day. Whatever the weather, we've got plenty of great events happening this month. Whether you're looking for a way to educate your kids about Black History Month, celebrating Valentine's Day, Maple Sugaring, or just enjoying some quality time with your family, February has a lot of great events that Philly kids will love.

Don't forget, there are tons more great events listed in our event calendar every day. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Winter Festival, Groundhogs, Roosters January 28-29

It is difficult to believe that January is winding to a close already. It feels like yesterday Philly families were making their New Year's resolutions. If your resolution was to spend more quality family time together, this weekend does not disappoint.

Speaking of New Year's, welcome the Year of the Rooster at Downtown Media's Chinese New Year Parade or Independence Seaport Museum's Lunar New Year event. Celebrate winter at the Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival which kicks off with a parade and offers dance performances, puppeteers, a performance of Jack and the Giant, and music all weekend long.Or, learn about groundhogs at John Heinz Wildlife Refuge during its family festival.

Vote for your Besties in Philly for a chance to win FREE admission to both Diggerland USA and Sahara Sam's Oasis! Now, keep reading to find all the fun that awaits this weekend.

6 Places to Try Thai Rolled Ice Cream in Philly

Whether you've heard about it or not, there's no denying it sounds intriguing: Thai rolled ice cream (also known as smash ice cream). The name itself describes it pretty well, but the process is just as fun to watch as the ice cream is to eat. Just watching videos of it is pretty mesmerizing. Liquid ice cream is poured onto a cold metal sheet and then expertly shaped and formed into a perfect rolled cylinder about the size of a roll of quarters. It resembles something like a Swedish roll, but it's made entirely of delicious, sweet ice cream. You can make it even more unique and yummy by adding mix-ins and toppings. We've rounded up some great places in the city to try this delectable new phenomenon! It's the perfect way to celebrate or to finish out a fun day of adventures.

Indoor Water Parks and Pools for Philly Area Families

Winter certainly has its charms: building snowmen, sledding, skating, and hot cocoa are wonderful, but by mid-January you and your family might be looking to warm up in a more tropical environment. While it might be nice to board a plane to a sunny island destination, it’s not always possible or cost-effective. Luckily, you can enjoy some summertime fun even in the coldest months at a multitude of indoor water parks and pools not too far from Philly. Go dig out your bathing suit from behind your coats and mittens, and get ready to take the plunge at one of these exciting parks!

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