Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Zoos, Gardens, Shows Mar 7-11

If the predicted weather forecast is correct, Philly families can emerge from winter hibernation and look forward to a week with milder temperatures. Since this rise in mercury makes it the perfect opportunity to get outside, why not visit the animals at the zoo? This week, Elmwood Park Zoo host its Little Learners session. Enjoy the outdoors with the sight of appearing green grass and exquisite orchids at Longwood Gardens or experience the unique educational opportunity of seeing floral and garden designer's works of art at PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. After enjoying some sunshine, nestle into a cozy seat for a show. People's Light & Theatre Company presents Sense and Sensibility while American Music Theatre features the percussion sensation, Stomp.

Be sure to plan out the rest of your month's activities by browsing our March Go List and Consignment Sales listing. Look ahead to Easter with a peak at our Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Bunny Train Rides, and Easter Fun at Farms and Nature Centers posts. Have a great week!

Zootopia Review: Adorable Animals and a Tale of Tolerance

If you have a child in your household, chances are Disney's animated romp Zootopia is on your must-see list. What kid can resist a movie about adorable, anthropomorphized animals? The good news for grown-ups is that these creatures, cute and cuddly as they are, are never cloying, and neither is the movie. Zootopia is a fast-paced and funny (or is that furry?) tale of tolerance—a buddy detective story that touches on timely societal issues and champions our ability to evolve and get along, regardless of what kind of mammals we are.

Not that young kids will care about most of that. They'll be too busy laughing at the adventures of Judy Hopps, the cosmopolitan city of Zootopia's first-ever bunny cop (voiced with perpetual optimism by Ginnifer Goodwin). Fate throws her together with Nick Wilde (the wonderful Jason Bateman), a fox con man who helps her crack the case of the missing predators. Although they dislike each other at first, they inevitably bond. These two have much more in common than they initially realize, including fighting against being stereotyped and childhoods scarred by taunting.

Those bullying flashbacks, especially Nick's, are two of the scariest scenes in the film, which is rated PG with good reason. Worried your preschooler might not be up for it? Here's what you need to know before you book tickets (or a babysitter), and whether it's worth splurging on IMAX 3D.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Flower Show, Paeopalooza Mar 5-6

Whether it is the iPad, WiiU, or XBox360, electronic devices entertain, educate, and occupy my children for hours (yes, hours) on any given weekend. Sometimes it can be challenging to pull kids away from technology play, but when they are unplugged, they realize the volume of options beyond Minecraft and Super Mario Bros. During this first weekend in March, take a break from electronics and experience something new and exciting.

There are nature experiences, science opportunities, history lessons, and cultural endeavors this weekend. The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show makes its annual debut. What better way to explore our country than visiting this annual show? This year's theme, Explore America, recognizes 100 year of The National Park Service. The Academy of Natural Science hosts Paleopalooza, its annual two-day festival in which children can discover the world of fossils through crafts, workshops, and scavenger hunts. Valley Forge National Historical Park helps kids learn about what it was like to be in the Continental Army. And, the Kimmel Center offers the opportunity to foster a love for music at its Yannick's Guide to the Orchestra event.

Read below for the rest of our top picks, and be sure to browse our Events Calendar to view the entire listing. Narrow down your selections by using the location, age, and tags categories. So, hide the kids' chargers, turn off the television, and go have some fun. The kids will thank you for it!

Kid-Friendly Factory Tours for Philly Families

Get behind the scenes on everything from chocolate to motorcycles! What better way to enjoy a family-friendly educational experience than with a factory tour? From Philadelphia to the suburbs, as well as places that may constitute a day trip, Pennsylvania is a state that makes all sorts of things, and many companies are thrilled to have kids and grown-ups check out the process. That's where factory tours come in. Have you ever wondered how Herr's makes such cheesy cheese puffs? Did your little engineer (or passionate teen) ever want to see how they make Harley Davidson Motorcycles?

Whether you are just looking for something to do this weekend or take a longer road trip, we have a list for you. Be sure to call or check the websites for the most up-to-date hours and ticket prices. Looking for something in your immediate vicinity? Our Events Calendar always has the latest scoop.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Franklin Square, Seuss, Kids Night Out Feb 29-March 4

Philly families can typically expect the month of March to be In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb. After this weekend's sunshine, however, children and grown-ups alike surely are excited to see hints of spring a bit earlier than usual. Even though it technically is still winter, our Events Calendar features many familiar activities that give us a clue spring isn't too far off. This week, families can look forward to the Re-opening of Franklin Square for the season. In addition, a multitude of consignment sales opportunities enter our calendar with both chances to buy and sell.

Do you need to occupy the children while getting ready for those consignment sales? This Friday offers parents a break. The Independence Seaport Museum and Reading Public Museum feature Kids' Night Out, where children can have fun while parents can enjoy some time without the kiddos. On the other hand, you can also spend time together as a family with a sleepover at the Philadelphia Zoo's Night Flight.

Moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers can count on Mommy Poppins to have the latest fun for everyone. Be sure to stay in-the-know by following us on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter and liking us on Facebook. Have a great week!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Maple Sugaring, Birds, Theatre Feb 27-28

Nothing cures a dull, gray winter day better than playing with your kids, reading a good book, and eating breakfast carbs. So, if pancakes, waffles, and French toast are regulars on your breakfast table, you are in luck. This time of year, there are a multitude of festivals and celebrations honoring maple syrup, the essential breakfast topping found in every American household. This weekend alone, Media's Tyler Arboretum, Doylestown's Peace Valley Nature Center, and Philadelphia's Wissahickon Environmental Center are all hosting events. See our Pennsylvania Maple Sugaring Season Events for a complete list.

After wiping off sticky, syrup-filled hands and faces, explore the world of birds. Both Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve and Bucktoe Creek Preserve are offering bird-watching opportunities this weekend. On the other hand, if the theater offers more appeal, check out Sense and Sensibility at People's Light & Theatre Company or Peter Pan and Wendy: A New Musical at Media Theatre.

As always, Philly families can rely on the latest information and up-to-date events by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have a deliciously sweet weekend!

Family Fun Along the Chestnut Hill East SEPTA Line

The Chestnut Hill East SEPTA train serves Chestnut Hill, Mt Airy, and Germantown. Rich in history and cultural experiences, this could easily become a favorite SEPTA line. In the summer, plenty of parks and playgrounds are worth checking out, as well as many fun family excursions. As always our events calendar is chock-full of fun times, but here are our top family activities along the Chestnut Hill East line. 

Birthday Parties at Philadelphia Museums

Birthday parties are both a cause for excitement and many sleepless nights with all the planning and logistics that come along with the big day. Why not save the planning for the experts and book your kids' special celebrations at one of Philadelphia's premier museums? The decorating is done—all you do is create the invite list and hit send!

Here is our list of museums in Philadelphia that will make your kid's birthday party one to remember.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Music, Crafts, Movies Feb 22-26

Sometimes Philly parents may feel like bus drivers, dropping one kid off for practice and another one for a playdate. So, when the opportunity to spend quality time with your little one presents itself, a mom or dad must be ready! As always, parents can turn to our Events Calendar which has lots of ideas on how to share time together during the week ahead.

Attend a Music Monkey Jungle session at Old Pine Community Center, The Children's Boutique, or Northern Liberties Community Center. Make crafts at Monkey Fish Toys' West Chester or Exton location. Or, take your infant to a movie. Both The Colonial Theatre and Bryn Mawr Film Institute offer special viewings for parents with babies.

Stay up-to-date on the week's latest fun by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. Have a fantastic week.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Circus, Performances, Nature Feb 20-21

Busy work schedules, weekend birthday parties, sports games, music lessons, and art classes can make it challenging for Philly parents to plan family outings. But, it is these family adventures which create lasting childhood memories. Thankfully, Mommy Poppins Philly has done the research for you and has found lots of great options to help your family make moments to treasure.

This weekend, see The Greatest Show on Earth at the Wells Fargo Center. Check out a performance such as the Academy of Music's Beauty and the Beast or the Media Theatre's Peter Pan and Wendy: A New Musical. Take in a kids' concert at World Cafe Live or Sellersville Theater. If you have an outdoorsy clan, visit Morris Arborteum, Bucktoe Creek Preserve, Green Lane Park, or Rolling Hill Park for their wintertime nature excursions. Cap off the weekend with some tasty chocolate treats at Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival

Please look below for more recommendations for weekend fun. Don't forget to look through our entire calendar to view all of the possibilities. Have fun making unforgettable memories with your crew this weekend!


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