Enjoy a day of tubing at Camelback Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of the resort
Enjoy a day of tubing at Camelback Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of the resort

New Year's Weekend Best Things to Do in Philly with Kids: Holidays, Hikes, Outdoors

Welcoming the new year is traditionally a happy occasion. This year, there is an extra level of exuberance as we say goodbye to 2020. Buh, Bye!

Although COVID restrictions created a chance for Philly families to reconnect to simpler times, eat dinners together regularly, and appreciate the little things in life such as having a toilet paper stash, Philadelphians are ready to turn the page and prepare for the promise of 2021. Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has some great ways to begin the new year, which can be found in our event calendar.

Savor the last bit of holiday fun this weekend by viewing the lights at Media's Festival of Lights, American Heritage's Drive Thru Grand Illuminations, and Herr's Snack Factory Christmas Lights. Head to a local amusement park such as Sesame Place and Hersheypark as they finish their holiday celebrations. Other in-person activities include a New Year's Day hike, a spin on the ice, or a run down the mountain.

Families wanting to stay home can find lots of fun at Poppins@Home which includes virtual classes, camps, and parties for kids. Sign up for a Lego building class, a planting workshop, or an online soccer session. Or, snuggle on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate and plan out your winter activities with some help from our Winter Fun Guide for Philadelphia Families. Be sure to browse our recently updated post on 25 Things We Are Excited To Do This Winter for the latest wintertime fun.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia wishes all the best to you and your families in the new year. Happy 2021!

On December 12, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania implemented new mitigation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions include prohibiting indoor dining and indoor entertainment such as museums, theaters, and recreational facilities, Restrictions are set to be in place until January 4, 2021. As circumstances unfold, check directly with a venue website for the latest updates before heading out. Keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing measures. If an event appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find other exciting options.

Places featured in this article:


Delaware Museum of Natural History

Springton Manor Farm- Carriage House

American Heritage Credit Union Campus

Gilbertsville Area Community

Peddler's Village
upcoming events
(Sat May 15, 2021 - Sun May 16, 2021) Strawberry Festival

The Museum of American History at Deptford, NJ

Franklin Square
upcoming events
(Sat Apr 10, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Franklin Square Fountain Show
(Thu May 13, 2021 - Thu May 27, 2021) Storytime in the Square

Blue Cross RiverRink
upcoming events
(Fri May 7, 2021 - Sun Sep 26, 2021) Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Kennett Square Story Stroll
Work2gether - 7:00 AM
Big Time: Life in an Endangerous Age
The Philadelphia Zoo - 9:30 AM
Franklin Square Fountain Show
Franklin Square - 12:00 PM
Private Hayrides at Highland Orchards
Highland Orchards - 6:00 PM
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Blue Cross RiverRink - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides