25 Things To Do with Philly Kids Over Winter Break

Christmas is almost here and so is winter break. Having the kids around the house for a week (or more) can be great, but it can also be exhausting. With cold weather here to stay, getting out of the house may be a little tougher than usual, but Philly has plenty of fun activities to keep kids busy. Check out Disney on Ice, family studio time at the art museum, a new exhibit at the Franklin Institute, or see a show at the Arden Theatre!

Hot Holiday Deals: Diggerland, Sahara Sam's, Rockettes, and More

We've rounded up some great deals from our partners to get your holidays hopping with special savings. Help yourself to extra servings of fun and convenience with discounted tickets to area amuseument parks, top shows like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Gazillion Bubble Show, and more. With so much going on, it's the perfect time to try delivery from Babeth's Feast. Your special offer will make dinner a snap and a great deal. As always, you'll find lots more holiday fun in the Mommy Poppins Holiday Guide.

Snow Tubing Fun for Philly Families

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. 

Philly Area Restaurants Open Christmas Day

That Christmas goose may be getting fat, but you have no desire to cook it. And who could blame you? After all the shopping and excursions to enjoy area events, why not take a holiday yourself and spend your meal enjoying your family instead of cooking and cleaning away! Philadelphia's ample dining scene leaves you with plenty of options to choose from. Here's a roundup of open restaurants on Christmas Day, serving up traditional (and not-so-traditional) fare!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Outdoor Exploration, Mall Fun, PNO, December 12-16

How many more days until Christmas?! Many Philly families are faced with tackling a growing to-do list while keeping children involved and occupied during the holiday season. This week provides opportunities to do both.

Coordinate your holiday shopping with a visit to see Santa for pictures and wish list sharing at your local mall. Then, check out some of the special events available. This week, Exton Square Mall hosts Kid Crew featuring an interactive storyteller and Neshaminy Mall offers a special Good Night Grinch experience. Once errands are complete, pause for a reprieve outdoors at Tyler Arboretum's Garden Sprouts or Toddlers in Nature. Or, take a parents' 'time out' by signing the kids up for Briar Bush Nature Center's Parents' Night Out, Kids' Night In.

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25 Things We Are Excited To Do with Philly Kids This Winter

Winter can test your limits and your creativity when it comes to entertaining your kids. Sometimes you just need to get out of the house! Fortunately, no matter the weather, there are amazing places to go romp and play in the city and the suburbs that can help shake off that winter fatigue. 

Check out our events calendar for even more fun ideas in the Philadelphia area, or check out our list of things to do with babies in winter.

Calling Santa: Mostly Free Apps for St. Nick Fun with Kids

Ready or not, Santa Claus is coming to town, and the kids couldn't be more excited. Thanks to technology, families today have a lot more ways than a quick photo with the mall Santa to catch up with (or just plain catch!) the jolly bearded man. 

Now kids can talk directly with St. Nick via the phone or an app, track his progress on Christmas Eve, and even watch a live reindeer cam. Want to really blow their minds? There are apps that let you share a photo of Santa handing out presents in your very own living room. Christmastime is already among the most magical seasons for children, but these fun tools take it to the next level. Read on for our favorite ways to check in with Santa before Christmas and follow all his antics on Christmas Eve. Our special gift for you: These 11 special Santa experiences are (mostly) FREE!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Santafest, Holiday Parades, Winter Wonderland December 10-11

This December weekend offers so much holiday fun to be had. Our events calendar is exploding with many traditional and unique ways to create family memories to last a lifetime while keeping everyone in a festive mood.

Find Santa in a helicopter at the American Helicopter Museum, on a cruise ship called the Spirit of Philadelphia, or on a battleship known as the Battleship New Jersey. Watch the one-of-a-kind Seaport Parade of Lights, a lit seacraft, glide along the Delaware River or enjoy Downingtown's Good Neighbor Christmas Parade complete with marching bands and performers. Visit a Winter Wonderland at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse for gingerbread house decorating or be amazed by ice carvers at Arctic Ave. Ice Carving Festival.

Keep reading to find our top picks for the weekend ahead.

Day Trip Christmas Fun That's Worth the Drive from Philadelphia

Are you looking for a fun day trip with your family to get in the Christmas spirit? Sometimes we need a break from all of the hustle and bustle of the month of December to just step back and enjoy the beauty of the season. Take a ride to PA Dutch Country or the Lehigh Valley to experience vintage Christmas celebrations, amazing light displays, nativity scenes, or amusement parks decked out in their holiday finest.  

Here is our list of some great holiday attractions outside Philadelphia to visit with children of any age. Many are within an hour's drive from the city, so pack the kids in the car and get ready to hit the road! In case you are up for the longer drive, our nearby Mommy Poppins sites in New Jersey and New York City also have fun-filled guides to the holidays.  

A Year with Frog and Toad at the Arden Theatre: A Parent's Review

Perhaps you remember the delightful stories from which A Year with Frog and Toad was adapted. The classic series "Frog and Toad are Friends" is a fairytale staple for anyone who grew up in the 70s and 80s. The musical adaptation follows a year-in-the-life of these two amphibious friends (and a few of their adorable sidekicks) through each season of the year.  The Arden Theatre brings the stories of the two lovable characters to life with classical and creative costuming and a set that includes a trap door and 2 revolving houses, which was definitely a favorite feature for the kids.


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