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.

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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!

Seven Dinosaur Destinations Near NYC for Kids

My 10-year-old son has been dino crazy for years and I do my best to indulge him. Our latest dino-adventure was counting down the seconds until we saw Jurassic World on opening night last summer. I loved the original Michael Crichton novel and saw the first blockbuster movie on opening night back in the 1990s, so I couldn't wait to experience the thrilling, prehistoric action on the big screen with my son.

The live action of a PG-13 dino movie is too much for most kids, so we've rounded up the top dinosaur attractions in NYC (hello American Museum of Natural History!), or within a three-hour drive of the city, like the tot-friendly Dinosaur Place in Connecticut. If you've got an aspiring paleontologist in your life, you'll want to put these six dinosaur destinations on your must-see list.

Poconos Family Getaway: Split Rock Resort and Jack Frost Mtn

If you can’t escape the snow this winter, you might as well enjoy it—and there’s no better way than skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in the Poconos.

At Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, deep in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, the emphasis is squarely on family. Amenities such as an arcade, movie theater, indoor heated pool and indoor water park up the fun factor exponentially.

And all less than two hours from New York City? We had to get the scoop on this family getaway. Here’s our parent (and kids) review, and things to know before you go.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Stories, Indoor Fun Feb 15-19

The chill of February can keep Philly families indoors. But it doesn't have to keep kids at home! Put on your coats, gloves, and hats to venture off to some wonderful and educational opportunities this week.

Listen to stories at Smith Playhouse, Neshaminy Mall's Barnes & Noble, or Bucks County Children's Museum. Learn about the anatomy of the heart at the Franklin Institute. If you have a budding artist, consider stopping by Exton Mall for its Mommy and Me session presented by Chester County Arts Association or Springfield Mall's Kids Crew featuring Community Arts Center of Wallingford.

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Introducing the New Mommy Poppins Web and Mobile Site

If you’ve visited Mommy Poppins in the last month, you’ve probably noticed that we have a brand-new website. We hope you like it! Our new site is designed to offer a better mobile experience, as well as a less cluttered design and easier navigation. Since the launch, we’ve been getting great feedback from readers and have been fixing some initial bugs and making more improvements. We wanted to take a moment to show you around the site and highlight some of the new features.

One-Hour Family Vacation: National Parks Adventure in IMAX 3D

There is nothing quite like a milestone birthday. In 2016 The National Parks service turns 100. Thanks to the prescient collaboration of President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir, 400 plus sites have been preserved for generations to enjoy as national parks. In honor of these natural landmarks’ first century, McGillivray Freeman Films and IMAX 3D have produced a spectacular movie, America Wild: National Parks Adventure. It's an IMAX film to watch as a family and then plan your next vacation.


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