Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: All Star Days, NYE Fun Dec 28-Jan 1

As 2015 comes to an end, Philly families can reflect on all the fun that was had throughout the year. Whether it was making memories on vacation, exploring a museum for the first time, or visiting Historic Philadelphia, we hope it has been a great year.

But 2015 isn't over yet, and this last week of the year does not disappoint! The Academy of Natural Science hosts its annual All-Star Days and Delaware Museum of Natural History features its Discovery Days. The National Constitution Center holds Holiday Week where kids can dress in period clothing, make crafts, and meet historical characters.

Continue reading for the top picks for the week. Don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for a complete listing of winter break fun and our New Year's Eve Round Up which offers lots of family-friendly ways to welcome 2016.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Celebrations Dec 25-27

Winter break is finally here. Children are home from school. Moms and dads have taken days off from work. Now, everyone can sit back to savor time with family and friends. However, if the idea of winter break makes you wonder, "How am I going to occupy the children until school starts again?" do not worry! Our events calendar is your holiday wish come true.

Go see show such as Wizard of Oz at Gratz College Theatre or Cinderella at Ambler Theater. Check out Kwanzaa celebrations at the Please Touch Museum and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Or burn off some of those Christmas cookies at special events held at BounceU in Horsham. 

No matter how you spend Christmas and the weekend ahead, enjoy this time with family and friends. For the latest fun, stay connect to Mommy Poppins through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

10 Christmas Eve Traditions for Philly Area Families

The countdown has almost ended! It’s Christmas Eve, and all the cookies are baked, the presents are wrapped, and there’s nothing left to do besides wait around for the big guy to show up. Yeah, right.

In reality, most parents are going crazy right about now, wondering if they have enough batteries and wrapping paper for all the goodies that are going to be opened the next morning.

Nevertheless, the holidays are about spending time with loved ones and even building some new traditions, even if we wind up short a AA or two on Christmas morning. Here are 10 ways for families to make some memories on Christmas Eve.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Winter Celebrations, Museums, Christmas Fun Dec 21-25

The countdown is on. Christmas is almost here, and winter break is even closer than that. Philly families can find ways to get into the holiday spirit and keep the kids happy by turning to our Events Calendar which is filled almost as full as Santa's sleigh!

See a Christmas show, go ice skating, watch a Nutcracker performance, or experience Wells Fargo Center's Disney on Ice. Consider planning a getaway to the Sweetest Place on Earth and be sure to download some kid shows for the ride. On the other hand, if your focus is still on last minute shopping, check out our Round Up of Holiday Drop and Shop opportunities.

Read on to see our top weekday picks and have a very Merry Christmas!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Holiday Shows, Santa Sighting Dec 19-20

What is your favorite part of the holiday season? Decorating the perfect Christmas tree? Driving around to see holiday lights? Running in a Christmas Themed 5K or planning a day trip over Winter Break? No matter what makes this season special for you, our Events Calendar can help find details on the best of the best around the Philadelphia area.

Eat Breakfast with the Trains or spend Christmas with the Dolls at Brandywine River Museum. Take a train ride on Colebrookdale Railroad. Or, enjoy a holiday show such as Upper Darby Performing Arts Center's Shooting Star Holiday Show, Act II Playhouse' Murray the Elf, or Arden Theatre's Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates.

To keep up with the latest holiday event news, be sure to follow Mommy Poppins Philly on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. And, be sure to enjoy your favorite things this season.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Trains, Nutcracker, Museums Dec 14-18

How much longer until Christmas? is the question posed to many parents throughout the Delaware Valley around this time of year. Children are full of anticipation, yet parents are weary from holiday preparations such as card sending, gift wrapping, and elf-moving. (How many times have you forgotten to move your elf so far?)

Make your life a little easier by keeping the kids busy with activities from our Events Calendar. This week does not disappoint. Check out Star Wars Night at Franklin Square. Make Crafts in the Playhouse at Smith Memorial Playground. Take a train ride on New Hope & Ivyland Railroad or stop by the Delaware Art Museum to see The Muppet Christmas Carol at Popcorn & Pictures.

Continue reading for our top picks for the week ahead but browse the entire calendar to view all of the options. To narrow the search, select age range, area, and type. Be sure to check out the free events on our calendar too! Have a great week.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Seaport Parade, Ice Carving, Theater Dec 12-13

When I was little, the holidays were full of excitement. Even the slightest chance of receiving that year's coveted "must-have" toy was enough to have butterflies for weeks! However, as a parent, I realize that it isn't the things we have as much as the memories we make that keep the holidays special.

For great ideas on how to create those memories, turn to our Events Calendar which is filled with many activities. See Santa arrive by chopper to the American Helicopter Museum. Watch the re-enactment of General Washington crossing the Delaware. Experience the one-of-a-kind Seaport Parade of Lights. Or, visit East Passyunk Avenue's Ice Carving Festival as it is transformed into a winter wonderland.

To keep up with the latest family-friendly fun, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have fun making memories this weekend.

Holiday Drop and Shop for Philly Area Families

Last minute shopping calls for drastic measures. Fortunately for you, if you have little ones to tow along, you can drop them off at area gyms and play spaces, while you elbow through the crowds a little more hassle free! Whether you are still checking off that Christmas list, or you just need some “me” time in this hectic holiday season, drop-and-shop options give you that needed break. Some drop-offs are in the evening, in case you want to make it a date night post-shopping trip.

Winter Break Camps for Philly Area Kids

Winter break is around the corner, and your kids are about to be off school for weeks! If you can’t spare the vacation time to stay home with them or you don’t fancy the idea of being stuck indoors playing the entertainer during the whole break, vacation camps are a great option. Kids can play sports, games, create art projects, and learn new skills that will keep their minds ready to go when they head back to school in January.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Storytime, Museums, Performances Dec 7-11

As the holidays are in full swing, one can become consumed with the every growing 'to-do' list. Take a break from shopping, baking, and decorating to engage your children in some of the many activities that fill our Events Calendar.

Take the kids to see Family Stage's Cinderella performance at Augustus Lutheran Church. Visit the Michener Museum for its annual Holiday Open House. Explore the Academy of Natural Sciences during its Tiny Tots session. Enjoy a family concert and menorah lighting at The Glazier Jewish Center. Or, register for Cookie Time with Santa at Longwood Gardens.

Read on to see our top weekday picks. And, don't forget to browse through our December GO List to plan out the rest of the month's activities... so, put away the strands of tangled holiday lights to get out and enjoy some fun!


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