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Where To Start Skiing and Boarding - Local Ski Schools for New York City Kids

When my 6-year-old son started skiing, I was advised by a former ski instructor friend to I enroll him in skiing school and under no circumstances attempt to teach him myself. She claimed that even if you are an Olympic-level skier, which I am not, it is best that they learn how to turn and stop from the pros. Plus there is the added benefit of hitting the slopes solo while your kid is in school. Heeding her advice, we enrolled him in ski school for a day during the Christmas holidays, and he loved it!

Back home in NYC I started looking for local ski resorts providing schools for weekend day trips and was surprised to find they weren’t as common as I thought they would be. Of course most ski resorts offer private and group lessons, but I was hoping for more of a half-day or full-day option for my son. After a ton of research, we've rounded up the area resorts with ski or snowboarding schools for kids, plus everything else you need to know to get them started. So grab your skis and get going!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Jan 3/4: Terrific Trains, Disney on Ice and New Year's Resolutions

So, 2015 is almost here and with every new year comes New Year's Resolutions. Whether it be exercising more, eating healthier or staying organized, resolutions can be challenging. However, if your 2015 goal is to spend more quality time with your kids giving them memorable experiences, the Mommy Poppins event calendar is here to help.

There are many choices to entertain the kids during this first weekend in January. Disney on Ice's Frozen is ready to delight audiences with its ice skating spectacular. Beauty and the Beast is on stage at the Arden Theatre while The Walnut Street Theatre concludes its Mary Poppins shows this weekend. Take the kids skiing or ice skating, see a movie or build something together. Whatever activity you pick can create lasting memories for you and your kids to treasure.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids December 27/28: All-Star Days, Dino Days and Winter Break Fun

Winter break is here. Kids are home from school, moms and dads have taken time off from work, and, finally, families have a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor and savor the holiday.

However, if your vision of Christmas break has nothing to do with sugar plums and more to do with the anxiety of how to keep the kids entertained, fear not! The Mommy Poppins calendar has plenty to keep everyone happy.

Nestle down by the fire with a good book, add some last minute decorations to the tree or take a family day trip. Visit Dino Days at Wilmington's Delaware Natural History Museum or All-Star Days at Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences. See The Media Theatre's Annie Jr. or Hedgerow Theatre's  A Christmas Carol as they both close this weekend. View the beautiful lights at Fonthill's Candlelight Castle Tour. Or perhaps you are ready to ring in 2015 and want to make New Year's Eve plans

No matter how you chose to spend the first weekend of winter break, Mommy Poppins wishes you a very Happy Holiday!

Don't see your event listed among our events? Please add it to our calendar. Thank you. 

Ski Season Deals for Pennsylvania Families & Kids

‘Tis the season for skiing. Whether you work the slopes like a pro or are more comfortable sticking with the bunny slope (that’s me!), Pennsylvania residents are lucky enough to have a bevy of ski resorts right here in their home state. If that's not enough, our sponsor, the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA), has some sweet deals for families looking to ski or snowboard together this winter. From a special program that lets 4th and 5th graders ski for free with their parents to an offer for first-time skiers, there are opportunities to hit the slopes throughout the state.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Dec 20/21: Holiday Shows, Santa Sightings and Hanukkah Celebrations

 

With Hanukkah underway and Christmas almost here, many families are asking, "Have we finished our holiday bucket list?" With so many events from which to select, Mommy Poppins has narrowed down some "not to miss" activities to celebrate the holiday season. 

This weekend marks the last days for Santa Express in Wilmington, Kitchen Kettle Village's Holly Days in Intercourse and Santa Saturdays at Philadelphia's Franklin Square. Breakfast with Santa events at Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia, Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown and Springfield Country Club in Delaware County conclude this weekend as well. 

If your family wants to see a show this holiday season, there is still time. Murray the Elf is featured at Act II Playhouse, the Shooting Stars Holiday Show is on stage at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and the Glazier Jewish Center hosts 8th Day Live in Concert and Menorah Lighting.

So, grab a pencil and be ready to scratch those fun-filled events off your holiday bucket list and make memories for years to come.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids December 13/14: Ugly Sweaters, Seaport Parade of Lights and Santafest

It's the most wonderful time of the year... or so the song goes. Some may feel stressed through the holidays. Others look forward to December with great anticipation. Either way, the Mommy Poppins calendar has something for everyone.

Put on your ugliest Christmas sweater and run off holiday tension at the Ugly Sweater 5K at Fairmount Park. Be still and star gaze at the Delaware Museum of Natural History or enjoy the peacefulness of the Holiday Luminaria at Lock 60

Or, if your family has been stoked for the holidays for months, has already seen The Nutcracker twice, put the tree up weeks ago and is looking for a twist to the traditional holiday fun, consider watching a boat parade, see Santa arrive helicopter style or take a lunch cruise with Santa himself. No matter what you chose, enjoy the holiday as there are only two weeks left.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Dec 6/7: Zoo Noel, Latkepalooza and Lucia Fest

It's the first full weekend in December and the holidays are in full swing. Predictably, houses are decorated with twinkling lightsChristmas music seems to be on every radio station and children are on their best behavior as Santa's elves are ready to send reports back to the North Pole.

Just as predictable, many families partake in holiday rituals like cutting down the Christmas tree or eating Brunch with Santa. Perhaps this year, consider incorporating a new tradition. Go to a holiday parade, see a Live Nativity, attend the Dickens Festival, sample potato pancakes at Latkepalooza or watch reenactors at the Washington Crossing the Delaware Dress Rehearsal.

Traditions make the holiday feel special but trying something new can be exciting and fun... and could even help create a new tradition making memories for years to come.

For a complete list of things to do, see the Mommy Poppins Events Calendar.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Nov 22/23: Thomas the Tank Engine, Hess Trucks and Turkey Fun

It's the weekend before Thanksgiving and there is a lot to accomplish: shopping, cooking, cleaning. But, what are the kids doing? Making their holiday wish lists of course! If Thomas the Tank Engine and Hess Toy Trucks are on your kiddos' list this year, you are in luck. Both are visiting our area this weekend. 

If you'd like to savor the Thanksgiving season just for a moment, go for a turkey walk at Peace Valley Nature Center. Otherwise, if your family has skipped over the turkey and stuffing and is ready for a multitude of Christmas fun, there are plenty of options. The North Pole Express begins service this weekend at New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. The holiday classic, The Nutcracker, can be seen at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, the first of many local productions in our area. And, the Big Man himself, Santa Claus, arrives on the scene awaiting your children's holiday wish list.

For more ideas of things to do with the family, check out our Mommy Poppins calendar. Don't see your event listed? Please add it to our events calendar.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Nov 15/16: Scouts, Sales and Holiday Spirit

The holidays are upon us. Grocery stores have clearanced out fall goodies to make way for winter holiday treats. Malls are playing Christmas carols and setting up Santa's chair for young visitors. And our Mommy Poppins calendar is no different. This weekend, we notice some holiday events creeping onto our pages with many more to come!

However, there are some non-holiday events to embrace before we are immersed in the season. There are Boy Scout or Girl Scout events to help scouts earn badges. If you are looking for a bargain, check out this weekend's consignment sales. Or, channel your artsy side and make a mosaic cookie plate... just in time to leave cookies for St. Nick on Christmas Eve.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Nov 8/9: Art, Drama and the Empire

Poor November! After the Halloween decorations and political campaign signs have all come down, it seems November doesn't have a chance as we are thrown right into the winter holidays. However, our jam-packed Mommy Poppins calendar and our November Go List remind us to pause and take time to enjoy some family fun. 

If your family appreciates the arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers multiple programs this weekend: Family Gallery Tours, Drawing in the Galleries and Tours for Tots. If the theater appeals to your clan, there are plenty of shows to keep the family entertained. The Walnut Street Theatre's Mary Poppins opened this week while The Media Theatre's Annie Jr. and The Players Club of Swarthmore's Peter Pan still have performances going on. And, don't forget it is the last weekend for the Weeki Wachee Mermaids so be sure to swim over to Adventure Aquarium for their unique performance. 

Remember, take some time and enjoy the 11th month of our calendar... because, you know, there are only 3 more weeks until Black Friday...

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