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A Parent's Review of Matilda: The Musical

Filled with undying energy, twisted humor, dark characters, and a soundtrack to match, Matilda: The Musical debuted the first leg of a national tour in Philadelphia in mid-November.

Grown-ups who have read the book written by Roald Dahl will recognize all the classic characters throughout the show, including Matilda (played by Mabel Tyler), Miss Honey (played by Jennifer Blood), and the evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull (played by Bryce Rynes). The cast did an outstanding job of bringing their famed characters to life.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parades, Hanukkah, Santa Nov 30-Dec 4

Now that Philly families have made it through Thanksgiving and we don't have to worry about what we are fixing for dinner all week (leftovers anyone?), our attention can turn towards the fun and excitement of the winter holidays.

Our Events Calendar offers many opportunities to get into the spirit of the season. Bring your family, including your dog or cat, for pictures with Santa at the mall. Listen to Hanukkah stories at the library. Take an imaginary ride on the Polar Express at Brandywine River Museum. Or, attend Malvern's Victorian Christmas Celebration.

Below are our top selections for each day of the week. Be sure to browse through the December GO List and our entire calendar for all of your many options. Remember to narrow down your search by selecting your preference for type of activity, age and area. Enjoy the week ahead!

A Laurie Berkner Christmas: A Parent's Review of Holiday Kindie Music

Kids and grown-ups of all ages turn up the Christmas music this time of year! After all, it’s one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit. Most of us smile and sing along to the modern and age-old holiday music for a few weeks, but eventually, those songs wear out their welcome, leaving families searching for a little twist on festive tunes.

Enter Laurie Berkner, who families may recognize as a popular kindie music artist. My family recently saw her live holiday concert in Philadelphia—read on to find out more about why we loved the show.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Holiday Parades in Delaware County PA

Ready to make some good, old-fashioned Christmas memories? Families will cherish moments with Santa Claus and the oohs and ahhs that come when the local Christmas trees light up for the first time! Tree lighting ceremonies and holiday parade season is almost upon us. Delaware County, like much of the Philadelphia region, boasts its share of opportunities to get into the season right in your backyard. So get bundled up, pack your thermos of hot chocolate, and enjoy the show!

Don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for even more festive fun!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Turkey Trots, Parade, Black Friday Nov 23-27

Thanksgiving is almost here, and every family has its own traditions that make it special. Whether it's running a Turkey Trot, watching football, cooking dinner for 40 from scratch, or going to the Thanksgiving Day parade, everyone has a unique way to celebrate this holiday centered around family.

But before sitting down to eat turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, be sure to take a look at our Events Calendar, which is bursting with storytimes, nature experiences, and museum activities. To narrow down your options, select a specific age, type, and area. After the leftovers are put away, you'll notice winter holiday events such as Nutcracker Performances, Santa Train Rides, and Holiday Light Shows begin filling our calendar in full force.

No matter what your Thanksgiving traditions may include, please know that everyone at Mommy Poppins Philly is thankful for you! Read on to find our top picks for the week.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Holiday Parades in Montgomery County PA

Bundle up the kids and grab your thermos of hot chocolate because it is time for the Christmas parades and tree lightings throughout Montgomery County.  A few towns welcome Santa Claus even before Thanksgiving!  

These festive community events are a great opportunity for friends and neighbors to gather and celebrate the holiday season.  Enjoy caroling, dance performances, and photo opportunities with Santa at these hometown parades and tree lightings.

Black Friday Activities for Philly Families (No Shopping Involved!)

Black Friday is almost upon us, but this year, you can hit the snooze button! Instead of making your way, bleary-eyed, through the crowds of people clamoring for the season's most-sought toys and tech, take advantage of all that the Philadelphia area offers for holiday cheer. Get out, get some fresh air, work off the turkey, and enjoy the season with family, with many activities at low or no cost. Let's spend time, not money!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trains, Turkeys, Theaters, Nov 21-22

It is evident from the autumnal activities on our Events Calendar that Thanksgiving is swiftly approaching! A variety of seasonal fun is featured this weekend. Philly families can watch a Thanksgiving movie, run (or walk) in a 5K turkey trot, view the fall foliage by train, or go on a nature walk to find wild turkeys.

However, if your family is looking to start the holiday season early, there are many theater productions to help get you in the spirit of the season. The Media Theatre's Jack Frost Saves Christmas and Upper Darby's Performing Arts Center's The Nutcracker are set to entertain audiences this weekend while Laurie Berkner's Holiday Show gets kids singing and dancing at her concert.

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5 Weekend Getaways to Celebrate American History This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving should be more than just a kickoff to the holiday season. The fourth Thursday in November is a truly American celebration and perhaps the best time to introduce your kids to some of America’s history.

We've rounded up five weekend destinations to get the family into the Thanksgiving spirit by eating, playing or celebrating the way our forefathers did. From the shores of Massachusetts to a Colonial-era city in Virginia, here are some historic ways to experience a traditional Thanksgiving this holiday season.

Children's Music Review: Alex and The Kaleidoscope

As a parent of two small children, I’m always looking for new ways to stimulate their senses through art, music, or other fun activities. They love to sing along to their favorite commercial jingles and TV show theme songs, but it’s also nice to expose them to age-appropriate tunes that are also grown-up toe-tappers. (And really, how many more times can we put the Frozen soundtrack on repeat in the car? “Let It Go” is genuinely a favorite of mine, but seriously.)

Enter Alex and The Kaleidoscope, an enthusiastic kindie band that blends lyrics, rhythm, and vibes that both parents and children can enjoy. Their new album, Get On Board!, is now a staple in our minivan’s CD player, so we can finally retire Elsa…for a little while, at least. Plus, we were lucky enough to see them perform live at the Ardmore Music Theatre, at the venue’s very first children’s show. 

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