Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Parades, Museum, Holiday Fun

The long Thanksgiving weekend offers a much needed break for families to reconnect. Share food, football, and Philadelphia fun with amazing events found in our event calendar.

Partake in the annual tradition of watching the 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade along JFK Boulevard. Make room for turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, and pie by participating in one of the many turkey day races in Philly or the suburbs.

Once the Thanksgiving dinner dishes have been cleared, Philly families can begin the holiday season. Take a spin on the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink. See the train display at Reading Terminal Market, Longwood Gardens, or Morris Arboretum. Begin holiday shopping at the Christmas Village at LOVE Park. Be entertained with a holiday show such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer- The Musical on stage at Rodney Square Playhouse or Nutcracker 1776 performed at the Merriam Theater. Squeeze in a historical experience by visiting the Betsy Ross House for sweet tasting chocolate, or Graeme Park to learn about A Continental Christmas. Conclude the weekend with a trip to see Mrs. Claus at Byers' Choice or Mr. Claus at The Market at DelVal.

However you spend turkey day and the long weekend that follows, Mommy Poppins hopes you make some fantastic memories.

Holiday Volunteering Opportunities for Philly Area Families

Ready to do more as a family this season? Sure, the holiday lights, must-see experiences, and other festivities are great, but sometimes it's nice to give back to the community. The Greater Philadelphia region is full of opportunities to volunteer and work together as a family. Build strong memories of sharing and caring this holiday season with this roundup of ways to give back!

Light It Up! The Best Holiday Light Shows in Philly and The Suburbs

Every Christmas season, the Philadelphia area comes alive with stunning holiday lights and decorative displays. Festive light shows can be found everywhere, including on the Delaware River, at parks, farms, gardens, and even theme parks. We've picked some of the best events in the city and the suburbs for families, many professionally choreographed to Christmas music. While most of these events are free, others are so spectacular that they are well worth the price of admission!

Amazing, Kid-friendly Features at these Airports Make Family Travel Way Better

There are all sorts of things to look forward to when we travel, but the airport is not generally one of them. If flying with kids conjures up images of agonizing lines, stressful bathroom visits, and long walks down grimy hallways with cranky toddlers, maybe for your next trip you should try rerouting through one of the airports below. These 10 US hubs have all gone the extra mile to make an airport into a destination kids will remember as part of the adventure. If your trip starts, finishes, or lays over at one of our favorite kid-friendly terminals, you can look forward to play areas, interactive exhibits, rides, and more to keep ahead of the turbulence.

10 Thanksgiving Week Events for Philly Kids: November 20-24

Thanksgiving is almost here! Get your gobble, gobble on with some turkey day activities found in our event calendar.

Listen to Thanksgiving stories at your local library, make a turkey craft during Bucks County Children's Museum's Drop-In Craft Days, or learn about turkeys at Norristown Farm Park. In anticipation of Thanksgiving dinner, lace up your shoes for a nature hike, bird walk, or turkey trot.

On Thanksgiving Day, bundle up and find the perfect viewing spot for 6abc Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade or watch from the comfort of your own home while preparing turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. After leftovers are put away, celebrate Black Powder Friday with a visit to Fort Mifflin, spend time at the National Constitution Center discovering the history of Thanksgiving, or get outside for a Black Friday nature hike at Bucktoe Creek Preserve.

Once Thanksgiving is over, get ready for the holidays by scheduling breakfast with Santa, a Christmas train ride, or a holiday show for your family.

From Nutcrackers to A Christmas Carol: Shows for Philly Families during the Holidays

Does your family keep the tradition of seeing a show during the holidays? Performances such as The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol, which share a joyful holiday message, come to mind. In addition to these classic holiday performances, there are other shows on stage in and around Philadelphia that are sure to provide Philly families with a chance for quality time together during this festive season.

We have rounded up professional Nutcracker productions, symphony experiences, holiday favorites, and family friendly musicals from our event calendar. Whether it is your family's first experience seeing a Christmas production this year, or it's a new bucket list item for your crew, there are plenty of funny, heartwarming, and magical events on our list that they will enjoy.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Dog Show, Thomas, Kids' Run November 18-19

Despite it being November, Philly families may notice that the holidays are full steam ahead. From commercials, to music, to store decorations, Philly parents may be asking what happened to Thanksgiving? Whether you are ready to dive into Christmas activities, or are looking forward to turkey and all the fixings, this weekend's event calendar is sure to deliver.

Play games and make crafts while learning about wild turkeys at Washington Crossing Historical Park. Burn off some much-anticipated calories by participating in a turkey trot or the Philadelphia Marathon's Kids Run. Or, prepare your Thanksgiving table by creating an autumn centerpiece. Dog lovers anticipate the ever popular National Dog Show which is held annually right here in the Delaware Valley. And train lovers can see Thomas and Percy at Strasburg Rail Road for their annual November visit.

On the other hand, if you are ready to skip over turkey day, see The Nutcracker or AMT's Christmas Show, view the holiday lights at Shady Brook Farms or Franklin Square, take a train ride with Santa at West Chester Railroad or New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, or get a jumpstart on holiday shopping at Christkindlmarkt.

For more ideas, keep reading for our top picks.

10 Must-Do Holiday Experiences in the Philadelphia Area

‘Tis the season! Besides meeting Santa and find the perfect Christmas gift, max out on memories at these local events. We’ve included a mix of indoor and outdoor events, and rest assured that the outdoor events will come equipped with hot cocoa and other warm treats. With only six weeks until Christmas, it's time to start planning for days of fun with these must-do holiday experiences. 

10 Free (or Cheap) Weekday Events for Philly Kids: November 13-17

We know that sometimes entertaining the kids can get a bit pricey. That's why we have rounded up some great freebie events that are happening this week.

Get started with a good book! The Doylestown Bookshop, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse all offer free storytimes this week. Those looking to try something new have a variety of options. Use your imagination to create a free art project, discover computer programming languages, or learn breathing techniques and yoga poses. Nature lovers can get some fresh air with a hike at Peace Valley Nature Center.

Have you been listening to Christmas music since November 1st? If so, you'll be glad to see that holiday events are beginning to light up our event calendar!  Finish your week by viewing the gingerbread house display at Peddler's Village or the light display at Franklin Square.

Keep reading for our top picks for the week. And, save a few dollars with these great activities... after all, the holidays will soon be arriving in Philadelphia!


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