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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Winter Fun, Shows, Parade Jan 23-24

Winter is definitely here as Philly families can tell by the predicted snowfall and the even more predictable rush to the  grocery store for bread and milk. Hopefully, the white stuff doesn't have to stop the fun that awaits, but be sure to check with venues directly for updated schedules due to the anticipated snow.

This weekend, there are a variety of activities families can enjoy. Take a winter hike at Riverbend Environmental Education Center, learn about ferrets at Elmwood Park Zoo or owls at Schuykill Center for Environmental Education. Celebrate wintertime at Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival's Parade. Or, for some extra-special fun, take advantage of the snow and plan a skiing and snowboarding day trip.

After spending time out-of-doors, find a seat at a family-friendly performance. Both Snow White at Delaware Children's Theatre and Peter Pan and Wendy: A Musical at The Media Theatre have shows this weekend. Or, start cleaning out those closets to prepare for the spring consignment sales. Spring dates are constantly being added to our comprehensive list.

Be sure to browse through our entire Events Calendar to see all there is to do. To narrow your search, select age, area, and type of activity. Whether we get a dusting or a foot, make it great!

10 Tips for Visiting the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia

The Please Touch Museum is one of the most celebrated places in the Philadelphia region to take your tots under the age of six, and for good reason. This totally hands-on experience, with nothing off limits, gives kids the chance to let their imaginations run wild. Whether they are playing grown-up in the replica grocery store or make-believe in the Alice in Wonderland maze, kids are sure to have a great time. Here are some insider tips to help parents and children make the most of their visit.

Looking for other inside activities for kids in the Philly area? Check out our directory of venues that offer indoor fun.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: MLK Jr., Museums, Nature Jan 18-22

Whether you have off on Monday, or it is just another typical week in January, our Events Calendar is ready to provide many ideas on what to do with the kids. This week, Longwood Gardens hosts its annual OrKid Day, which is filled with discovery stations and children's activities. Many local museums offer free or discounted admission in honor of Martin Luther King Day, such as National Liberty Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, and African American Museum in Philadelphia. And, outdoorsy types can find nature hikes and animal experiences this week as well.

Be sure to plan out all your winter fun with the help of our recently published 25 Things We Want to Do with Philly Kids This Winter post and our Ski & Snow Sport Guide. Stay connected to Mommy Poppins Philly on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Enjoy the week ahead!

Toddler Birthday Party Venues in the Philly Area

Your little baby is turning into a big kid! Whether it's his first birthday or her fourth, you know you want to do something extra special to commemorate this milestone in both of your lives. Planning birthday parties can be tough. You have to consider who to invite, what should the "theme" be, how do you make a cake shaped like their favorite character, and more importantly...do you have enough time to pull it off?

With all the other things you're balancing as a momma, it's nice to know that birthday parties can be a cake walk if you leave it to the pros. Here is our list of the best places to celebrate your little one's special day!

Catch Some Air at These Nearby Snowboarding Parks

Snowboarding is no longer skiing's little sister as millions hit the mountain by board every year from teens to middle school kids to millennial and Gen. X parents. Families in the greater New York City and Philadelphia areas have nearly a dozen snowboard terrain parks and board-friendly mountains close enough for a day trip.

We rounded up nine local ski resorts where families will find boarding lessons for beginners and acres of freestyle terrain for your kids who are ready to move on and looking for jibs, kickers, handrails and more freestyle fun.

Need recommendations on where to take the kids for downhill or cross-country skiing? Or another winter sport? Check out our Ski & Snow Sports Guide covering New England, the greater New York area and California.

Family Fun Along the SEPTA Paoli-Thorndale Line

Take a day trip on the Thorndale/Paoli line and see what you might be missing! Whether you are a local on the Main Line, or looking for a chance to get out of the city, there is plenty to do all along this SEPTA route, many just steps away from the stations. Running through Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties, this historic rail line runs along Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor. With options along more than ten stops, it would be hard to pack it all in in one day, so plan ahead, and make several excursions this season. 

Note that not every spot is walkable from the train stations, particularly in the far western 'burbs, but they're still great for kids or mom meetups. Check the latest SEPTA map to be sure.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Theater, Nature, Stories Jan 11-15

The month of January can be grey and dull. But, it certainly doesn't have to be. Make it lively and exciting by filling your week with activities found in our Events Calendar.

This week, children can stay busy by learning about movement, taking in a theater production, or discovering interesting facts about owls. Or, take baby to a movie at Bryn Mawr Film Institute or bring the older kids to Bartram's Gardens for its Homeschooler Day.

To keep up with new events that are constantly added to our listing, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Make it a great week!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Reptiles, Art, Science Jan 9-10

As January finally brings cold winter air into Philadelphia, many families retreat indoors, while others brave the plummeting temperatures. Whatever best suits your family, there are many ways to spend these cold winter days throughout the Delaware Valley.

If you are ready to experience brisk wintertime weather, participate in the Conservancy Cottage Winter Bird Count or learn about unique animal critters at Warwick County Park's Weird Wildlife workshop. However, if your family prefers to retreat indoors when the mercury drops, this weekend does not disappoint. Enjoy the Academy of Natural Sciences' Reptile exhibit, the Delaware Children's Museum's Try Science workshop, or The Michener Museum's Family Drawing Days.

Whether indoors or out, much fun awaits this weekend. To stay on top of the latest activities, be sure to sign up for our newsletter which is delivered to your inbox on Sundays and Thursdays.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Stories, Art Jan 4-8

School schedules, sports practices, predictable sleeping patterns... I am longing for normalcy to return to my home. To be clear, I love celebrating with family and friends while taking a break from our regular lives. But, I notice that my kids thrive when there is order and routine.

To settle back into the familiar, Philly families can count on our event calendar which features a variety of fun. Take your little ones to the library for storytime. Appreciate art at a local museum. Or, explore the outdoors during wintertime.

Read on for our top picks for the week. But, don't forget to browse our January GO List to help plan out fun for the entire month. Enjoy the week ahead. As for me, I'm looking forward to getting back to normal this week!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Genghis Khan, Yuletide, Resolutions Jan 2-3

The first weekend in January has arrived, and families throughout Philadelphia are trying to keep to their New Year's resolutions such as exercising more, losing weight, or becoming more organized. However, if your resolution is to experience more of Philly and its surrounding suburbs in 2016, our Events Calendar can help.

Explore the Franklin Institute and learn about Genghis Khan as this special exhibit which concludes this weekend. Catch one of the last performances of Jack Frost Saves Christmas at The Media Theatre. Or, savor the beauty of the duPont mansion as Yuletide at Winterthur finishes another season.

Mommy Poppins Philly is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest so be sure to follow us. Make sure to sign up for our newsletters which are delivered straight to your inbox on Sundays and Thursdays. Together, let's make 2016 a year full of new and exciting experiences!

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