Outdoor Ice Skating in the Philadelphia Area

During the chill of the holidays in the Philadelphia area it's tough to think of a more traditional outdoor winter activity to do with the family than ice skating. Getting bundled in hats and scarves, lacing up your skates, and warming up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate after a spin on the ice is sure to please kids young and old.

There are several temporary outdoor ice rinks set up in the Philadelphia area this season, providing unique settings for this fun winter sport. We also have a list of Pennsylvania state parks that offer ice skating when the conditions are right. So whether you are a novice on the ice, or you're ready to show off your triple axel, see our list of outdoor rinks for a memorable day with the family.

The Nutcracker Ballet: Performances, Teas, & Twists for Families in Philadelphia

The Nutcracker just may be the most classic of all holiday traditions. The beautiful sets, magnificent costumes, graceful performers and Tchaikovsky's remarkable score all contribute to the magic of this timeless ballet.  

Here in the Delaware Valley, we are fortunate to find many variations on the enduring fairytale of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker throughout the Christmas season. We have listed full-length professional productions, tea with the Nutcracker ballerinas, and comedy twists on the classic. Whether it is your family's first experience with the Nutcracker, or they've seen it a dozen times, you are certain to find an event on our list that they will enjoy.

10 Great Places to Learn Gymnastics in and around Philly

Finding the right activities for kids can be challenging, especially with everthing from art to dance classes available. Gymnastics is a popular choice, one that peaks in popularity every four years, just as it did this year after parents and kids watched Simone Biles' spectacular performances during the Olympics. This list includes both recreational gymnastics facilites as well as places where training for competition is the goal. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Election Day, Veterans, November 7-11

From the looks of our events calendar, this week is filled with a variety of excitement. With Election Day and Veteran's Day in the same week, and holiday fun beginning to enter our listings, it may feel overwhelming. But Philly families don't need to worry as we have rounded up the top picks for the week ahead.

Is school closed for your kiddos a day or two this week? Schuykill Center for Environmental Education, Briar Bush Nature Center, Riverbend Educational Environmental Center, and Delaware Museum of Natural History offer day camp opportunities. Lucky enough to have the day off as well? Take the kids to see Robot Revolution at the Franklin Institute and be sure to read our parent review before you go.

On the other hand, if you find yourself in the holiday spirit, the AMT Christmas Show is now on stage and Franklin Square opens its Holiday Light Show this week.

Keep reading to find our top picks below. Make it a great one and don't forget to vote!

25 Free Things To Do with Philly Kids this Holiday Season

The holidays are right around the corner. A chill is in the air, and lights and festive fun are popping up everywhere you look. With holiday time, comes lots of spending on presents, food, and travel. For families on a tight budget, it can be tough to find a way to get out of the house and celebrate the season. We've rounded up 25 things Philly families can enjoy for free this holiday season. So, give your wallet a break and grab your mittens.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trains, Pirates, Family Fun November 5-6

Whether Republican, Democrat, or Independent, Philly families can agree that seeing campaign signs, watching political ads, receiving robo-calls, and sorting through political junk mail can be tiresome. Take a break from politics by participating in some of the educational and entertaining activities found in our events calendar.

View the breath-taking colors of autumn with a train ride on the Western & Wilmington Railroad or Wanamaker, Kempton & Southern Railroad. Wander through the Academy of Natural Sciences to see its new exhibit, Treasures from the Mineral Vault, or explore the Brandywine River Museum during Pirate Day. Bring the family to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its Family Festival featuring the theme, Portrait Party. Or, find a Home Depot near you to build a toy helicopter just in time for Veteran's Day next week.

Don't miss any of the action by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. So, turn off the tv, ignore the ringing phone, and make the most of this wonderful weekend!

Philly Playgroups to Beat the Winter Blues

Winter months can be tough on the whole family. When it's too cold and blustery to play outside, what do you do? Local playgroups are a great way to get everyone out of the house. Kids will love making new friends and playing with new toys, and you'll love staying warm and chatting with other adults. A playgroup can be an essential part of any stay-at-home parents life year-round, so check out these great places and see if there's one near you.

Where to Donate Halloween Candy in the Philly Area

It's that time of year again—the sugary treats are flowing freely from trick-or-treating, parties, and parades, and parents are either hiding their kids' Halloween haul or eating it themselves. There must be a better way, right? Never fear—Mommy Poppins has the solution. Whether you're in the city or the suburbs, you can find local businesses that'll turn sugar highs into good deeds. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Halloween, Nature, Books October 31-November 4

The costumes are ready. The house has been spooked out. The pumpkins are carved. Now it is time for one of the most eagerly awaited nights of the year; Halloween arrives this week!

Some Philly families have their traditions of trick-or-treating throughout the neighborhood. If you are looking to change things up this year, visit Varner Farm's Candy Carnival, trick-or-treat around Philadelphia Mills Mall, or jump aboard New Hope & Ivyland Railroad's Trick-or-Treat Train

After trick-or-treat fun is through, get outdoors and explore nature. This week, children can visit Bucktoe Creek Preserve for its Drop-In on Nature Playgroup, Bartram's Gardens for its Little Explorers Toddler Program, or Briar Bush Nature Center for its Magic Mornings. For fun inside, listen to a Book in the Nook at Delaware Museum of Natural History or adventure stories with Kid Crew at Plymouth Meeting Mall. Or, meet Jaqueline Davies, author of the children's book Panda Pants at Children's Book World.

Be sure to plan out all of your family's fun for the month by browsing through our November GoList. Keep reading to discover the fun that awaits this week.


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