Celebrate Groundhog Day at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of the refuge
Celebrate Groundhog Day at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of the refuge

Things to Do in Philly this Weekend and Beyond: Ice Festivals, Painting Fun, Groundhog Day

As January winds down, Philly families gear up for a great weekend ahead. After all, there is much winter fun to be had.

Start off the weekend with something cool, perhaps even below freezing. Families can stroll through downtown Chestnut Hill to admire the works of art made from ice at Chestnut Hill on Ice. Likewise, families can cross the bridge to visit downtown Mt. Holly's Fire & Ice Festival to view the ice sculptures there. Or, bundle up to wander through the beautiful landscape at Longwood Gardens as it launches Winter Wonder.

Curious how long winter will last? Check out the Groundhog Day Family Festival held at John Heinz National Refuge Center. Learn about the animal that is said to predict whether Philadelphians will experience an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Follow up by attending Brandywine Zoo's Virtual Groundhog Day program to be held February 2.

No matter what that groundhog says, savor the best of this time of year by spinning on the ice at a local outdoor rink, swooshing down the slopes on skis, snowboard, or snow tube, or lacing up your boots for a winter hike.

Staying home this weekend? Don't forget to check out Poppins@Home, which is filled with great classes, workshops, and sessions for every kid in the family. Babies can enjoy a music class, and tots can play soccer. Older children can learn how to draw cartoon characters or make science-related magical potions. Keep reading for other great ways to finish out the month. 

 As COVID circumstances unfold, check directly with a venue website for 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:


Philadelphia Museum of Art
upcoming events
(Fri May 7, 2021 - Sun Aug 22, 2021) New Grit: Art & Philly Now
(Fri Jan 22, 2021 - Fri Dec 31, 2021) Pay What You Wish

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

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

American Swedish Historical Museum

Blue Cross RiverRink
upcoming events
(Fri May 7, 2021 - Sun Sep 26, 2021) Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
upcoming events
(Wed Feb 3, 2021 - Wed Jun 16, 2021) Paleo Playdates
(Sat Feb 20, 2021 - Sat Jun 5, 2021) Naturally Awesome Days

McKaig Nature Education Center
In-Person Baby Storytime with Miss Mary at Shakespeare Park
Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library - 10:30 AM Pick
Free Admission Days for Hospital Workers at Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute - various times Pick
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
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides