Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Shows, Fun Runs, Turkey November 21-25

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Philly families may be busy cleaning up the house for company, shopping for groceries to prepare a traditional feast, or calling a local restaurant to make reservations. No matter how you plan on spending this time, be sure to carve out a chance for fun (in addition to some roasted turkey.)

See a show like Arden Theatre's A Year with Frog and Toad or Walnut Street Theatre's The Wizard of Oz. If your children have a day off this week, send them for a day of fun at Darlington Arts Center's Cooking & Crafts, Art Stars, or Play in A Day, or Riverbend Environmental Education Center's Camp Days. Work up an appetite for that delicious Thanksgiving dinner by signing up to participate in a Thanksgiving Day run or walk such as Garnet Valley High School's Action Potential Turkey Trot, Abington YMCA's Gobble Wobble 5K or Tel Hai Camp and Retreat's 5K Turkey Bowl Race.

Now, keep reading for our top picks happening in the week ahead. Gobble, gobble!

10 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Bucks County, PA

There's no doubt about it, the holiday season is one of the most beautiful times of the year. With lights and activities everywhere (and sometimes even snow!), this magical time of year just warms the heart. If you've never been, Bucks County is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays. There's something about this place that makes the season feel a little bit more special. Plus, the area offers so many wonderful activities that are perfect for families looking for some holiday spirit.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Dogs, Turkeys, Trains, November 19-20

There is no doubt about it, Thanksgiving is swiftly approaching as any Philly family can tell from our events calendar. This weekend, families can learn about the wild turkeys who live in Pennsylvania at Washington Crossing Historical Park, visit Tyler Arboretum to explore the history of the Native American Lenape people who lived in Eastern Pennsylvania long ago, or run in the Towamencin Turkey Trot in preparation for turkey day!

Afterwards, partake in another annual tradition native to the Philly area by watching 150 different species of dogs at The National Dog Show held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. This weekend offers other opportunities for unique entertainment such as watching acrobats at UniverSoul Circus at Fairmount Park or rocking out with bands comprised of young artists at World Cafe Live's The Small Wonder Sideshow.

For the train lover in the family, don't miss Thomas the Tank Engine as he puffs down the tracks for a visit to Strasburg Railroad. Or, if you are ready for holiday fun, children can find Santa riding the rails at West Chester Railroad or New Hope & Ivyland Railroad.

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20 Things to Do with Baby This Winter in and around Philly

Winter with a baby can be difficult, especially because it's so easy to stay inside and hibernate. But getting out and about is healthy for moms and babies, whether it's to get a little exercise, take a class, enjoy an activity, or meet up with some other new moms. That's why we've compiled a great list of things you can do with a new baby in these cold winter months. 

Best Places to Take Photos with Santa in Philadelphia

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, that holly jolly season is almost upon us, and that means Santa is coming to Philadelphia! Whether you are looking for the traditional Santa visit at the mall, a special adventure, or you want to see Santa at a winter festival, there are Santa celebrations running nearly all holiday season long, leading right up to the final night before he takes off in his sleigh to visit all the good little kids. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite spots to get a Santa sighting and ask for those special gifts on your little one's Christmas list.

Open Letter to Donald Trump From Concerned Parents

In his victory speech President-elect Donald Trump vowed to be a “president for all Americans.” Since Election Day, however, there have been an alarming number of hateful events in our nation’s schools invoking Trump’s name. We are now living in a country where children fear for their safety and that of their loved ones. As advocates for children and families, we, the mothers and fathers of Mommy Poppins, call on Trump to explicitly denounce all forms of hate speech, attacks, threats, and bullying that are erupting in our nation’s schools and beyond.

Donald Trump, saying “stop it” isn’t good enough. Your directive must be explicit, immediate, and unequivocal. There can be no room for confusion. We call on you to directly address all Americans to say hateful speech and behavior against people of any race, religion, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation is not acceptable to you or this nation. 

Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets in and around Philadelphia

Shopping for the perfect gift can be one of the most dreaded tasks to accomplish over the winter holidays, especially with the kids in tow. It doesn't have to be though. We've rounded up some of the top craft fairs, holiday markets, Christmas bazaars, and pop-up shops in the area. Some are only one day events while others are weeks long. In addition, many of these locations have activities to keep the kids occupied. An added bonus is that these venues feature one of a kind gifts, the kind you can't find at the mall. And, if you have some 'difficult to please' individuals on your shopping list like me, this gives you the chance to wow them with a great holiday find. Happy shopping!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Museums, Shows November 14-18

With holiday wish list catalogs piled in the mailbox and grocery store shelves stocked with candy canes, it is no wonder November seems to fly by. Take a moment to pause and enjoy some of the great fall activities that can be found in our events calendar this week.

Attend a free demonstration with The Music Class at Chestnut Hill United Church or Old Pine Community Center. Explore a museum such as Delaware Children's Museum and receive discounted admission during its $2 Nights event. Discover the beauty of nature during autumn at Briar Bush Nature Center's Magic Mornings, Tyler Arboretum's Garden Sprouts, Bucktoe Creek Preserve's Drop In On Nature, or Camden Children's Garden's Sprouts and Seedlings. Or, see a show such as Ambler Theater's Puss in Boots or Keswick Theatre's Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure.

However, if you are a huge fan of the winter holidays and just can't wait until they arrive, fear not! This week, Santa turns on the lights at Peddler's Village to start the season and The Nutcracker is on stage at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

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Breakfast with Santa for Philly Families

There's something special about that moment when children approach Santa Claus with their wish lists in hand at Christmastime. Nervousness, excitement, awe (and sometimes tears!) cover their faces as they wait to tell the big guy how good they've been all year. Families can avoid the long lines at the mall and extend the magical moment a little longer by attending one of many breakfasts with Santa all over the Delaware Valley.

Kids have a chance to enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch as Ol' St. Nick mingles with guests at venues like restaurants, zoos, and even boats! Some events include a professional photo with Santa, while at others, families are welcome to bring their own cameras. Get ready to chow down and get ready to make some special holiday memories at one of the many Santa events we've rounded up. Many of these sell out early, so reservations are often recommended.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Shows, Art, Families November 12-13

Now that the election is behind us, Philly families can focus their attention on November and all the family fun that awaits. This weekend, the events calendar offers some great ways to spend quality time together.

Get into the holiday spirit early by catching The Media Theatre's performance of A Winnie-The-Pooh Christmas Tale during opening weekend. Create art at Philadelphia's Magic Garden's PECO Family Jam, the Delaware Art Museum's free Sunday Studio, or the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Family Art Cart. Or, watch art demonstrations at the Kimmel Center's Craft NOW Create event. Rock out at a concert- World Cafe Live Philly features The Human Lard Dog & The Shy Band while World Cafe Live Wilmington hosts Lolly & YoYo. Learn about the Revolutionary War at Fort Mifflin's Siege Weekend.

Perhaps it's because Thanksgiving falls within the month, or it's because the cooler weather keeps kids indoors more often, but spending time together as a family is what November is all about. Keep reading to find our top family picks for the weekend ahead!


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