As all parents know, children outgrow their clothes at an alarming rate. One way to avoid breaking the bank each season on a new wardrobe is by shopping consignment sales. Each Spring and Fall, these weekend mommy markets pop up all over the Philadelphia area and offer families a great way to buy gently used clothes, shoes, toys, baby gear, and other items at a large discount off retail. Consignment sales are also an opportunity to sell outgrown items for some extra cash.
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Despite chilly temperatures, it is important to keep children engaged and active so they can learn new things and achieve milestones. The week ahead offers a multitude of opportunities as can be seen in our events calendar.
Little ones and their parents can see what the Schuykill Center for Environmental Education's Nature Preschool has to offer at its Open House. Children who are homeschooled or cyber schooled can participate in an educational experience at the Academy of Natural Sciences's first ever Super Science Cyber School. Foster a love for learning about nature at Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy or learning about the stars at West Chester University. Be sure to carve out some time for exercise by visiting the roller rink, bowling alley, or trampoline park.
The month of January provides a variety of entertainment for Philly families. If your family is into the theater, this weekend won't disappoint as there are many shows on stage such as The Media Theatre's Disney's Cinderella Kids and The Delaware Children's Theatre's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Music lovers can hear the sweet sounds of the Ambler Symphony Orchestra with a special children's concert held at The Ambler Theater. Learn more about the Chinese culture and the Year of the Rooster at Penn Museum or the Garden State Discovery Museum. Camp indoors at Tyler Arboretum, or venture outdoors for a cross-country ski lesson at Norristown Farm Park. Did someone say family ski trip? Vote for Philly Besties for a chance to WIN a getaway weekend to Camelback Resort!
Be sure to browse through our events calendar to view all the options. Narrow your search by location, age, and tags. Plan the year ahead with a look at our first annual 2017 Philly GoList. Now, get out there and enjoy the fun that awaits.
Begin the week by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a visit to Abington Art Center's Give Back Day or Woodmere Art Museum for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival. Take a break, sit back and enjoy Family Stages as they present Puss in Boots at Ambler Theater. Bundle up the baby to catch a baby-friendly film at Bryn Mawr Film Institute or PFS Roxy Theater. Finish off the week by bringing little ones to hear stories at the Neshaminy Mall Barnes & Noble, Smith Memorial Playhouse and Playground, or Delaware Art Museum.
Philly kids may have an extra day off from school. But, this day off means more than just 'no homework.' Recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with one of the many opportunities that celebrate his legacy found in our events calendar. Museums throughout the area host family activities such as service opportunities, arts and crafts, and other unique experiences that commemorate Dr. King's life. If you don't have the day off but are looking for care for your child, be sure to check out our roundup of School Day Off Camps.
After observing the holiday, check our January GoList for something to do. Visit Historic Philadelphia to meet Phillis the Washerwoman, see the orchids at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, or explore science at Hagley Museum's Invention Convention or Delaware Children's Museum's Try Science sessions. Whatever you do, make the most of the long weekend ahead.
Now that the holidays and winter break are a distant memory, Philly families can refocus on getting children back to a predictable routine. Thankfully, our events calendar has many opportunities to help keep your children on schedule and engaged with a variety of artistic, educational, and unusual activities this week.
Children can tap into their creative side with a visit to Monkey Fish Toys in Exton or West Chester, Delaware Art Museum's Sketch It! program, or the Barnes Foundation's Artime Storytime. Learn about animals on the farm at Springton House Manor. Finish the week with a special splurge to Cirque Eloize at the Merriam Theater.
Prepare for wintertime fun by reading our recent skiing, sledding, and snowtubing posts in case we get a little white stuff on the ground sometime this season. Until then, keep reading for the excitement that awaits this week!
The first full weekend of January brings much excitement, adventure, and education to Philly families. Our events calendar is filled with train fun, outdoor exploration, and even a bit of remaining Christmas magic.
For the train enthusiasts, both the Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club and the Brandywine River Museum have their train garden displays on view. Fans of chilly, winter temperatures can get outside to count birds at the annual Winter Bird Count at the Conservancy Cottage or take a hike throughout the grounds at Wolf's Hollow County Park or Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Die-hard Christmas fans can soak up the last remaining Christmas fun by seeing the Holiday Lights at Shady Brook Farms, watching The Media Theatre's A Christmas Story- The Musical, or visiting A Longwood Christmas or Yuletide at Winterthur as they all conclude for the season this weekend.
While Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a National holiday, not all parents have the day off of work. Fortunately, there are a number of one-day camps where kids can play, learn, create, or explore the outdoors.
See our list of school's out camps below if you are looking for something fun for your children to do during the workday. Or, if you have the day off as well, check our events calendar. We have listed many activities for families throughout the Philadelphia area celebrating the contributions of Dr. King.