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Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in January

January is a time of new beginnings, resolutions, and goals. If one of yours is to focus on saving money in the new year, you are in luck! Mommy Poppins has rounded up an extensive list of free activities happening throughout the Delaware Valley. From art and computer activities to outdoor encounters with wildlife, there is plenty of variety for everyone in your tribe. Families with kids at any age can share quality time together with a visit to The Barnes, free festivals such as Lambert-New Hope Winter Festival and Fire & Ice Festival, free performances at The Kimmel Center, and service opportunities such as clean up day at Bristol Marsh Nature Preserve, in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Continue reading for more ideas to fill your family calendar with free fun!

50 Things to Do in Washington, DC with Kids Before They Grow Up

Note: During the current government shutdown, the Smithsonian museum and the National Zoo are closed. But there's plenty of other great, kid-friendly things to do on the list below and don't forget to check out our event calendar to find fun things to do in DC!

The days are long but the years are short when it comes to raising kids, and for parents in and around the bustling hub of our nation's capital, the time can really speed by. Finding the best events and activities that will make the most of the precious time we have with our little ones is a top priority here at Mommy Poppins Washington, DC.

To help you sort through this ever-changing, ever-growing city that we love, we've compiled a list of the top 50 things to do with kids in the Washington, DC area before they grow up. With a city steeped in the sciences, from natural to political, culture, arts, and history, there's no better time to make the most of your time with your little ones. Get out, explore, and see just how many activities on our bucket list you can cross off before childhood whizzes by.

January GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

January is such an exciting time for Philly families! The new year has begun and new adventures await. Create new memories this year by checking out each of our GoLists every month to see what's happening near you. Don't forget to read our Annual GoList to find all the best events happening in 2019. 

Mommy Poppins wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2019!

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6 Philly Area Spots for Family Snow Tubing Fun

As a kid, snow tubing was one of the first winter “sports” I first experienced. I call it a “sport” because actually my tubing adventures consisted of our dad pulling snow tubes behind his 4-wheeler around our house. Safety standards have changed since the 1980s, so now we don’t have to resort to such…creative…measures to entertain our kids and get in on the snowy fun. We can easily take a quick trip from the city-limits and enjoy a day-long adventure of snow tubing down carefully crafted snow lanes! Winter fun doesn’t get more exciting than this!
 
If tubing isn’t your thing, many of the resorts also offer skiing, gorgeous wintery views, and in some cases nearby ice skating as well. 
 
If you don’t mind the trip and want to check out other great resorts, check out New York snowtubing locations for more adventures. 
 

New Year's Eve Weekend for Philly Kids: Fireworks, Parade, Shows

It is hard to believe that 2018 is almost over. And, what a year it has been! Philly families made memories locally at some of the area's top 100 Things Before They Grow Up, escaped for getaway vacations, experienced weekend trips, and celebrated annual traditions. Make the last moments of the year count with fun found in our events calendar.

If your family is still looking to capitalize on holiday fun, take a winter train ride on Colebrookdale Railroad's Snowflake Special. View holiday lights before they are turned off for the season at displays held at Rose Tree Park, Franklin Square, Shady Brook Farms, or even a neighborhood near you. Theatergoers can catch a holiday show before it closes for the season while museum lovers can take some time to explore one of the many local venues offering special programming such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Delaware Museum of Natural History.

Be sure to ring in the new year with a musical performance, animal fun, birthday cake, balloon drop, or fireworks. Get out the noisemakers and party hats to make it a great weekend!

Netflix New Year's Eve Countdowns Let Families Celebrate Early

Ah, New Year's Eve. What was once a wild night out can be downright grueling for parents already running on empty after weeks of holiday planning and organizing, er, fun. Wouldn't it be nice to convince the little ones that 5pm is the perfect time to ring in the New Year? Break out the confetti and sparkling apple cider, because Netflix has your back with 14 on-demand New Year's Eve countdowns, many of them featuring your kid's (or even your) favorite stars.

It's the no-cry solution to an early bedtime for all, because the new year can now happen any time you want it to happen. It's also a simple way to get kids in on the festivities, celebrating new adventures as a family. 

Looking for more New Year's Eve fun? Venture out armed with our list of the best kid-friendly celebrations in your town: New York City, Los AngelesLong IslandNew Jersey, Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Houston.

Holiday Giving: Mommy Poppins Families Give Back to Local Communities

Every year we share articles about how families can volunteer and donate during the holiday season. But, we are also parents raising our children and working to improve our communities ourselves. Even as our website has grown (Hello, DC and Chicago!), we are proud to say that the values and mission of Mommy Poppins have not changed. We are committed to helping children and families, both online and in real life.

This year, we invited team members from each of our local areas to pick a holiday drive or organization that helps children in need. We funded a shopping spree or, if the holiday season was just too crazy, made a direct donation. In order to do as much good as possible, not just for children, but for local businesses too, we targeted some of our favorite local toy stores to make our purchases. Our children were great helpers in picking out gifts and delivering them.

As the founder of Mommy Poppins, I am grateful to our amazing team for rallying during the hectic holiday season and doing so much good. In all, we donated over $8500! Thanks also to all the local businesses, large and small, who support Mommy Poppins with advertising dollars throughout the year. It makes providing this resource to families for free possible, as well as these donations and our other initiatives. We are humbled and grateful for the support of our readers and local business community.

Read on to find out where our local families shopped and donated.

 

21 Places for New Year's Eve Fun with Kids in Philadelphia

Not all Philly kids may not be able to stay awake until midnight to ring in the New Year. However, there are still have plenty of opportunities to celebrate 2018 and welcome 2019 throughout the Delaware Valley. Many venues such as museums, zoos, parks, and moon bounce spots host a variety of events for younger children that occur during the day. If your crew can make it until midnight, there are several options on our list that provide prime seating for the city's early (6 PM) fireworks show over the Delaware River.

Keep reading to see all the places to ring in the New Year with kids. Some events are ticketed so be sure to make plans before they sell out.

Best Family Travel of 2018: Great Cities, Beaches, Hotels, and Memories

Our Mommy Poppins families really traveled this year! We scoped out some amazing cities with our kids in tow, from New Orleans to Santa Barbara, up to Vancouver and over to Chicago.

There were some epic science museums to explore, Christmas towns to make us cheery, gorgeous beaches, fun at amusement parks, and of course, a slew of entertaining family-friendly resorts, from Mexico and the Caribbean to Los Angeles and New England ski resorts.

So if you’re planning your next family vacation, take a look at our favorite destinations from the last year, including these warmer climates for February or spring break. In each profile, we highlight the most kid-friendly activities and events and let you know what to skip with toddlers or what to see with the teens.

15 Indoor Places Near Philly for Fall and Winter Birthday Parties

Fall and winter birthdays mean celebrating the milestone indoors. The city has a plethora of options for those who want to celebrate outdoors, but it can be tricky to find fun places to celebrate in colder months. Many of the museums in Philly offer birthday packages, but museums aren't for everyone. Read on for some more unique options for celebrating a kid's birthday party indoors.

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