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!

On Dancer, On Prancer! Christmas-Themed 5K Runs for Philly Area Families

Take a break from Christmas shopping and decorating to get in some fun family exercise. So don those favorite holiday costumes, lace up those running shoes, and hit the streets for a fun Christmas-themed 5K run in the Philadelphia area! Many of these races feature kids' runs and other activities.

Find one near you, and be sure to check the calendar for other holiday events!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Holiday Concerts, Festivals, Hanukkah Dec 5-6

For many throughout the Delaware Valley, the first weekend in December means preparing for the winter holidays with special family traditions. Cutting down your own Christmas tree, sharing Hanukkah stories, taking in a Nutcracker performance, and attending the town's tree lighting ceremony are all ways Philly families get into the spirit of the season.

Even though traditions are important in making the holiday familiar, consider creating a new one this year. Schedule breakfast with Santa. Climb aboard for a winter train ride. Attend the annual Dickens Festival. Or, celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa at a benefit concert.

Read on to find our top picks for the weekend, and be sure to stay connected with Mommy Poppins Philly on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Have fun making memories with old and new traditions alike!

Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Holiday Parades in Bucks County PA

Ready to make some Christmas memories? Families will cherish moments with Santa Claus and the oohs and ahhs that come when the local Christmas trees light up for the first time. Bucks County, like much of the Philadelphia region, boasts its share of opportunities to get into the season right in your backyard. So get bundled up, pack your thermos of hot chocolate, and enjoy the show!

Don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for even more festive fun!

5 Wintertime Hikes for Philly Families

Being stuck indoors during the winter months can really bring about a case of the doldrums, especially when the kids are raring to get outside to do something...anything! Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean there still isn't plenty to do outdoors with the kids in tow. 

Taking the kids hiking on trails, in a national park, or on a mountain, can be a great way to get in that time outdoors and get in some much-needed exercise for the whole family! Here are 5 spots where families can hit the trails and enjoy the winter scenery.

A Parent's Review of Matilda: The Musical

Filled with undying energy, twisted humor, dark characters, and a soundtrack to match, Matilda: The Musical debuted the first leg of a national tour in Philadelphia in mid-November.

Grown-ups who have read the book written by Roald Dahl will recognize all the classic characters throughout the show, including Matilda (played by Mabel Tyler), Miss Honey (played by Jennifer Blood), and the evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull (played by Bryce Rynes). The cast did an outstanding job of bringing their famed characters to life.


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