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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Mar 7-8: Consignment Sales, Charter Day 2015 and PNC Grow Up Great

Many Philly families are tired of the cold, snow and ice. So, as we prepare to shovel out from the biggest snowfall of the season, let's look on the bright side. There are some definite signs of spring now that March is here.

Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend and Spring consignment sales are in full force. Longwood Gardens hosts its Family Community Read highlighting the great kapok tree and the PHS Flower Show delights visitors with breath-taking garden displays for its final weekend.

Many historical celebrations are happening in Pennsylvania this weekend too. Charter Day, the day that King Charles II of England granted William Penn the land that is now Pennsylvania, is being celebrated throughout the state. Brandywine Battlefield in Chadds Ford, Washington Crossing Historical Park in Washington Crossing, Graeme Park in Horsham and Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville all have free, family-friendly events on March 8.

If you are looking to acquaint your kids with the arts this weekend, introduce your children to musical theater at the PNC Grow Up Great event at the Kimmel Center or cultivate a love for classical music at the Kennett Symphony of Chester County's Annual Children's Concert and Instrument Zoo.

For additional ideas, check out the entire listing of weekend fun in our events calendar. Be sure to sign up for the Mommy Poppins weekly newsletter by clicking here. And, don't worry.. spring is just around the corner. That's what the groundhog said, right?

Kennett Symphony of Chester County's Annual Children's Concert and Instrument Zoo

Are you tired of listening to The Wiggles, Kidz Bop or Nursery Rhyme CDs with your children? Then, why not open your kids’ eyes (and ears) to the sounds of the symphony!

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County is offering a family-friendly concert, Sunday March 1, 2015  at Lincoln University. On Sunday, March 8, 2015 the same concert is performed at West Chester University. Admission is only $5 per ticket. I have taken my three kids as well as my husband to this concert in the past and it truly is a wonderful experience for children of all ages.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Feb 28-Mar 1: Maple Sugaring, Flower Show and Black History Month Celebrations

Mother Nature has been generous in giving the Delaware Valley lots of cold, record-setting temperatures in recent weeks. Thankfully, around this time of year she also provides us with a tasty treat, maple syrup! Tyler Arboretum in Media, Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association in Ambler and Churchville Nature Center in Bucks County all host maple sugaring events this weekend.

However, if your mind is dreaming about warmer days, there is a faint sign of spring as the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show begins this weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Get a little taste of spring by seeing the beautiful flowers and gardens on display.

Additionally, Black History Month concludes this weekend and there are many celebrations to attend. Penn Museum hosts its World Culture Series highlighting African culture with music, crafts and cuisine. The African American Museum in Philadelphia presents Macy's Family Fun Day featuring trains and their impact on the lives of African Americans. Lastly, the National Liberty Museum's Black History Month Celebration, complete with a scavenger hunt and hands-on activities, ends this Sunday.

The rest of our top picks for the weekend are below. If you don't see your event, please feel free to submit your event information. And, don't forget to like us on Facebook to see our latest posts!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Feb 21-22: Chinese New Year, Birthday Celebrations and Indoor Play

This weekend has much in store for Philly families. There are a multitude of Chinese New Year's festivities. The Please Touch Museum, Elmwood Park Zoo and Independence Seaport Museum all are ready to celebrate The Year of the Goat.

Additional celebrations going on this weekend honor George Washington's 283rd Birthday at Washington Crossing Historic Park and Horace Pippin's 127th birthday at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Children can learn about these great men and their contributions to our country.

Typically these winter months mean indoor play. But that doesn't mean it has to be boring. FunFieldz Cabin Fever Cure provides an outlet for youngsters to burn off pent up energy. Or visit our Indoor Play directory featuring Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.

For more weekend fun, check our top picks below. And, please make sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter so it can be delivered right to your inbox.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Feb 14-16: Wild at Heart, Parents' Night Out and General Washington's Birthday

February always gives us a bit of a break, and we call it President's Day Weekend. This three (sometimes four) day rest allows us to spend time with our families. And, since this holiday coincides with Valentine's Day, what better way to spend the weekend with the ones you love than with activities found on the Mommy Poppins event calendar.

Create a sweetheart picture frame at Lowes Build and Grow Kids Workshop, design your own candy bar wrapper at Hagley Museum's Victorine's Valentine's Day or listen to the sweet classical sounds of Lansdowne Symphony's Valentine Concert at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. For history buffs, celebrate our First President's 283rd birthday at Washington's Birthday Party at Valley Forge National Historical Park or use a quill pen to write a letter to George Washington at the National Museum of American Jewish History's Family Day.

After all the family togetherness, parents looking for a grown-up night out have a few options. Valentine's Day Parents' Night Out at BounceU in Exton, Parents' Night Out at Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia and Valentine's Dinner Date at Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington all provide kids with some fun while Mom and Dad can celebrate Valentine's Day without the children in tow.

Please look below for more recommendations for weekend fun. Don't see your event? Please feel free to submit your information to our calendar. Thanks!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Feb 7/8: Winter Wonderland, WinterFest and Valentine Fun

In comparison to last year's winter, the Delaware Valley is definitely lacking the white stuff. Kids want to build snow forts, make snow angels and have snowball fights. So, if winter is your favorite time of year, take the family to one of the winter events happening this weekend that don't require snow.

Wagner Free Institute of Science's Winter Wonderland and Briar Bush Nature Center's WinterFest both offer seasonal crafts, games and activities for families. For true nature lovers, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Animal Tracking & Survival program shows visitors how animals survive during the cold winter months. In addition, Black Rock Sanctuary hosts its Winter Wildflower Walk so guests explore the landscape for different types of foliage and learn about their life cycles.

Despite the fact it is February,  spring consignment sales are gearing up. Many moms love the rush of finding clothing, toys and baby equipment at deeply discounted prices. For the latest information on sales throughout the Delaware Valley, visit our Kids' Consignment Sales page. Information is constantly being updated.

Take a look at the list below featuring top picks for this weekend. To see the complete line-up, check out the Mommy Poppins events calendar.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Parent Movie Review

Taking my son to Paramount Studios on a school night to see the new SpongeBob movie is one of those little treats I enjoy being able to dole out as an LA parent. I knew I was scoring some high quality Mom Points, and I was not remotely surprised that my 11-year-old loved the film. What did surprise me was that I really enjoyed it, too! And I'll be brutally honest: I don't think I've ever uttered the name SpongeBob without making some kind of pained facial expression. I have a dad friend who has tried tirelessly to convert me to the Square Pants team, even citing parallels to Commedia dell'Arte, but the best I've ever managed is a polite smile. So with THAT context and background, it means a lot when I tell you that I really enjoyed The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Is it your family's cup of sea? I'll try to give you just enough info to help you decide, without spoiling any of the guffaws.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Jan 31-Feb 1: Groundhog Day, Maple Sugaring and more

Fortunately for the Delaware Valley, we dodged a major snow storm this week, but not without a few school closings. We have almost made it through January as this weekend concludes the month and we welcome February. However, these cold winter months and snow days stuck indoors can leave some wishing for warmer days. But, not to worry...

Every Philadelphia family knows that Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania, is scheduled to search for his shadow on February 2. Yet, does your family know how Groundhog Day came to be celebrated?  Learn about the history of Groundhog Day during John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge's Groundhog Day Family Festival or Churchville Nature Center's The Groundhog Story. And, let's hope the little guy doesn't see his shadow so spring can arrive sooner rather than later!

On the other hand, perhaps being in the cold, crisp air appeals to your crew. Venture outside to discover how maple syrup is made at Tyler Arboretum's Maple Sugaring Exploration. Or, if your family prefers to stay home for a change, check out our WeeWorks Activities like how to play indoor tennis or plan a Perfect Puppy Bowl party instead of watching the Super Bowl. (The Eagles aren't playing anyway.)

Check out the rest of what's going on this weekend in the list below. Be sure to Like Mommy Poppins on Facebook to receive the latest posts in your news feed and subscribe to our newsletter to insure weekly updates are sent directly to your inbox.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Jan 24-25: Shows, Science and Outdoor Exploration

January is often considered a grey month: dull and boring. Not so! This January weekend offers a host of activities to keep even the toughest crowd happy and Mommy Poppins' event calendar has it all at your fingertips.

Many performances are on stage this weekend: Peter Pan at the Hedgerow Theatre for Kids, Snow White at the Media Theatre, Cat's Pajamas at Philadelphia's Central Library and Recess Monkey at World Cafe Live just to name a few.

Those ready to experiment with science can participate in The Science of Nylon at The Hagley Museum or learn about fish during Science Saturdays at the Fairmount Water Works. Or embrace nature and the outdoors by taking a hike in Ambler or watching the birds in Pottstown.

Take a look below for more weekend fun. Need additional ideas? Hit our 100 Things to Do in Philly with Kids list.

Don't see your event listed on our calendar? We welcome you to submit it here!

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