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Things To Do on New Year's Day with Philly Kids

New Year's Eve with kids can be a totally different experience. Instead of staying up until midnight, you might be skipping the cocktails to check out a countdown to noon event and early fireworks. Or maybe you're lucky enough to have a sitter and spend NYE with your spouse or significant other! Either way, New Year's Day is the perfect time to relax and get in some extra family time before heading back to work. Check out these great events in the area on New Year's Day for some family fun.

8 Bowling Alleys for Philly Kids

Bowling is one of those activities that goes into and out of fashion according to how old one is. Children love it because they like to knock things down and with bowling they get points to do that. Whether you're looking for an awesome birthday party venue, or just something to on a lazy Sunday afternoon, there are plenty of bowling alleys to choose from in the area.

To make bowling a bit easier for little kids to play, most bowling alleys have ramps onto which children can put the ball to position it before pushing it down, light balls that are easier to carry for kids, and bumpers to make sure that every ball a kid (or adult) throws doesn't end up in the gutter. Add some pizza and soda, and it's a perfect afternoon. 

Hanukkah Events and Menorah Lightings for Philadelphia Families

Philly families can find many ways to celebrate Hanukkah throughout the city and surrounding suburbs as can be seen in our jam-packed events calendar. This year's celebration begins on the evening of Saturday, December 24th, and continues for eight days through January 1st. Throughout the Delaware Valley, families can attend menorah lighting ceremonies, listen to traditional stories, make seasonal crafts, watch puppet shows, and eat delicious latkes as they celebrate the Festival of Lights.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Winter Solstice, Hanukkah Fun, Christmas Lights December 19-23

Philly families welcome the arrival of winter this week as the season officially begins with the winter solstice on Wednesday, December 21st. Mark the start of a new season with a peaceful walk at Bowman Hill's Wildflower Preserve or a bonfire and hot chocolate at Stateline Wood Preserve. Continue outdoor fun with a visit to Longwood Garden's A Longwood Christmas or St. Peter's Episcopal Church's Lights of Christmas. Or, get a history lesson and head to Valley Forge as performers reenact George Washington's Annual March-In of the Continental Army Commemoration.

In addition to winter fun, there is Hanukkah excitement in the days leading up to the holiday. Upper Merion Library features two Hanukkah Story Times, Tiferet Bet Israel hosts Hanukkah fun with Puppets Pizzazz event, and Franklin Square celebrates the Festival of Lights at its Hanukkah Celebration.

Stay up to date with the latest fun by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Keep reading to discover the fun that awaits this week.

Did you nominate your favorite go-to spot, play space, or family-friendly service for our Philly Bestie Award yet? If not, nominate your Besties today! Starting in January, fans can vote for your favorites and win awesome prizes.

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.

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