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Ways for Philly Kids to Experience the Olympics Close to Home

Every four years, Philly families turn their attention to the excitement of the Winter Olympics. From watching the grace and beauty of the figure skaters to the exhilarating rush of the bobsledders, Philly kids and parent alike enjoy rooting for the good, ole, U.S.A. as they watch the games on television. This year's events are happening half-way around the world in PyeongChang in South Korea. Feel more connected to the spirit of the games by participating in some of these Olympic-themed activities happening locally throughout the Delaware Valley. Let's cheer on our amazing U.S.A. athletes as they compete to bring home the gold!

Ways for Philly Families to Celebrate Black History Month

During the month of February, many venues throughout Philadelphia celebrate Black History Month by recognizing the amazing contributions of African Americans. Philly families can use this opportunity to teach children about the impact of some remarkable African American people. There are so many places to see cultural performances, and view incredible works of art created by African American artists. From libraries and museums to Reading Terminal Market and Historic Philadelphia, there are many events to remind us of the important role of African Americans in our world. Make time to attend some of our top picks listed below.

Audio Stories That Entertain Kids Anytime and Anywhere from Pinna

The screen time struggle is real. So, I can't imagine I'm the only parent who's quite literally all ears when they hear that kids' podcasts and audiobooks are officially a thing now. On-demand audio programming certainly feels like the perfect way to bring some screen-free entertainment to playtime, add a little excitement to the bath, or even just wind down before bed, but finding awesome options for kids can be really hard. Enter a new subscription-based service called Pinna, which is packed with Peabody-winning original series, popular podcasts, and favorite audiobooks for listeners ages 4 to 12 — and zero commercials — making it a major parenting win. Read on to find out more and get a free 7-day membership to try it out.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in February

Keeping the kids entertained during the winter months can be challenging. However, February offers Philly families many exciting opportunities for free fun including holiday events recognizing Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day.

In addition, this month offers free events for a wide range of interests. Teenage musicians can rock out in the Teen Music Lounge while younger kids can participate in an interactive musical session at The Kimmel Center.  Those interested in nature can check out free maple sugaring events at Peace Valley Nature Center and Norristown Farm Park or winter celebrations at Briar Bush Nature Center and Wagner Free Institute of Science. Future carpenters can build something special at your local Home Depot. Disney fans can pose for pictures with a few of your favorite princesses. And, those interested in computers can learn programming, website design, and digital mapping

With so many options, it may be difficult to choose! Keep reading to discover more great ways to make memories without spending a dime.

Family-Friendly Ways to Cheer on the Philadelphia Eagles

It's almost here! The Super Bowl is just a few days away and the City of Brotherly Love is exploding with joy! Our Philadelphia Eagles are the NFC Champions and are ready to battle against the New England Patriots for the top prize. The Eagles may be underdogs, but nothing can break the spirit of Philly families throughout the Delaware Valley. So, put on your Eagles gear and get pumped up to cheer on the E-A-G-L-E-S on the road to victory at some of these FANtastic events!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Crocs, Sid, Winterfest Feb 3-4

Superbowl weekend is here! Whether you are a Philadelphia Eagles fan or not, it is hard to escape the excitement that can be found throughout the Delaware Valley. But, before munching on wings and hoagies in front of the TV, get out and experience some of the family fun that can be found in our events calendar.

This weekend, two local museums welcome new exhibits: Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World opens at The Academy of Natural Sciences and Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit arrives at the Please Touch Museum. Families who want to get outdoors can spend the day at Longwood's Orchid Extravaganza, take a guided hike at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve's Winter Nature Play Day, or participate in animal programs and games at Briar Bush Nature Center's WinterFest. Those looking to burn a little energy can bounce, ice skate, or play a round of indoor mini-golf while others can enjoy seeing one of the many shows on stage at some of the areas' local theater.

For more ideas, be sure to browse through our February GoList. And, let's go E-A-G-L-E-S!

15 Ideas for a Fun Winter Olympics Party with Kids

In addition to being incredibly cool and thrilling—flips off the halfpipe! football-field-length ski jumps! a sport actually named skeleton!—the Winter Olympics are a time to come together with family and friends and feel pride in our country's athletes. Most importantly, in the Olympic spirit, the Games are a time to connect with the other cultures of our small world. I say that calls for a celebration of Olympic proportions! Here are 15 ideas for a kid-centered Winter Olympics party, whether it’s with just your immediate family or 50 of your closest friends. We’ve chosen simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to get together and celebrate the excitement of the Olympics, cultural understanding, wintertime, and family time.

February GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

We've had some frigid days in Philly this year, and we may be looking at quite a few more before spring finally arrives. Luckily, there's plenty of fun for Philly kids indoors if you're not ready to brave the chills outside. Whether you're just looking for a place to drop-in, or trying to save a little money this winter, we've got a little something for everyone. We've got shows galore and fun for even the littlest ones! So, stay warm and have fun this February, Philly!

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

Beauty and the Beast Aboard the Disney Dream: Cruising the Caribbean with Belle

Following last year's announcement of a Beauty and the Beast themed European river cruise, Disney Cruise Lines has opened a spectacular new stage production of Beauty and the Beast exclusively on the Disney Dream. I can’t recommend this show enough—it’s sure to be a highlight of anyone's vacation (maybe even more than the all-you-can-eat-soft-serve)—and who knew you could improve on a trip to the Bahamas?

30 Things To Do With Preschoolers This Winter

Toddlers are little balls of boundless energy. Winter can sometimes seem like the worst time of year for toddlers, especially when a cold snap comes through that drives everyone a little crazy with cabin fever. But even in winter there are tons of fun indoor and outdoor activities that are just right for the little ones to get out and have some fun! Whether you are up for an adventure, or need to work off some energy, or want to start making memories with classic Philly experiences, we've taken the liberty of rounding up some of the best things to do with toddlers in and around Philadelphia.

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