Every four years, Philly families turn their attention to the excitement of the Winter Olympics. From watching the grace and beauty of the figure skaters to the exhilarating rush of the bobsledders, Philly kids and parent alike enjoy rooting for the good, ole, U.S.A. as they watch the games on television. This year's events are happening half-way around the world in PyeongChang in South Korea. Feel more connected to the spirit of the games by participating in some of these Olympic-themed activities happening locally throughout the Delaware Valley. Let's cheer on our amazing U.S.A. athletes as they compete to bring home the gold!
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There is no doubt Philly families are in for a treat this October weekend. For starters, there are many ways to enjoy the autumn season. Make a scarecrow at Tyler Arboretum's Pumpkin Days Celebration, participate in a pumpkin catapult launch at Hagley, take a hayride at Pennypacker Farm's Harvest Fest, and explore Peace Valley Nature Center to search for autumn birds. Kids eager to wear their Halloween costumes can visit the animals while collecting treats at Elmwood Park Zoo's Boo at the Zoo.
After filling up on fall fun, check out some unique opportunities for gamers, book worms, music lovers, and pig fanatics. Minecraft fans can get stoked for a weekend filled with gaming at Minefaire held at the Philadelphia Expo. Those who enjoy the Harry Potter series can search for artifacts during a Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rock out with Ratboy Jr. at World Cafe Live or sing along with The Cat's Pajamas performing at the Girard Avenue Street Fair. But, if truth be told, most preschoolers just want to see Peppa Pig Live! at Keswick Theatre.
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October is jam-packed with apples and pumpkins to pick, games to play at fall festivals, and exhibits to view at local museums. As always, Philly families can rely upon Mommy Poppins Philadelphia to round up some great options for the week ahead.
Take a hayride to pick apples at Johnson's Corner Farm or play among the pumpkins at Longwood Gardens. Babies can see works of art from the comfort of their stroller at the Philadelphia Museum of Art while toddlers and preschoolers can bop along in a music session or participate in apple activities at Bucks County Children's Museum. Older kids may appreciate a visit to the haunted USS Olympia. The entire family can celebrate the Jewish holiday, Sukkot, with crafts and stories at Please Touch Museum's Family Festival.
Halloween is such an exciting time for Philly kids. Games of make-believe come to life when kids dress as their favorite superhero, princess, or storybook character. And, whether you spent weeks creating a Pinterest-worthy costume out of recycled materials or you purchased the perfect outfit from a local shop, Philly parents are glad to know there are many free events for their kids to wear their latest Halloween gear.
Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some free fun for everyone in the family. From parades to mall events to pumpkin patches, young ones and older kids alike can savor all the sweetness of this candy-filled season. Many of these activities distribute treats and most encourage kids to wear costumes which is sure to delight the little pirates, monsters, or fairies in your crew. Be sure to browse through our event calendar for a multitude of delightfully spooky activities. For now, continue reading to find free Halloween fun!
Many Philly families have an extra day off for the Columbus Day holiday. Spend this long October weekend by enjoying some of the many seasonal and entertaining activities that can be found in our event calendar.
Get in an autumnal mood with a visit to Longwood Garden's Pumpkin Playground as it opens for the season. Walk through Morris Arboretum to view the scarecrows or get lost in a corn maze at Freddy's Fallfest. Or, be entertained by seeing Snow White on stage at The Media Theatre. Looking for free fun? Activities that offer free admission include David Pincus Extra Fun Day at Smith, Newlin Grist Mill's Fall Harvest Festival, and Bensalem Fall Festival which features a car show, concert, and fireworks at the Bensalem Municipal Complex.
Make the most of the weekend by browsing through our calendar using the location, ages, and tags filters. For now, read about our top picks and savor that extra day of family fun.
Even though the weather has been unseasonably hot, Philly families know that October is here. Cornstalks, chrysanthemums, and pumpkins adorn neighborhood homes. Halloween candy is stacked on grocery store shelves. And, the Mommy Poppins event calendar is brimming with great activities for fall.
This week offers lots of amazing opportunities to learn and discover new things at local libraries. For example, younger children can participate in a music and movement storytime at Philadelphia City Institute while teenagers can head to the Teen Center at Parkway Central Library for an afternoon of creative fun. Tweens and teens can also play video games on the big screen at South Philadelphia Library. For children who may feel overwhelmed by crowds and noise, are on the autism spectrum, or have sensory processing issues, Fumo Family Library hosts a 30 minute sensory storytime.
After visiting the library, embrace some fall fun at farms throughout the Delaware Valley such as Hellerick's Family Farm and Varner Farm. Each offer hayrides, corn maze fun, and pumpkin picking. Older kids may enjoy being spooked by a Ghost Tour of Philadelphia while younger ones can play a round of Spooky Mini Golf at Franklin Square. The end of the week brings the opening night of The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience, an experience everyone in the family can appreciate.
Continue reading for our top picks for the week. Enjoy!
So much fun awaits Philly families throughout the Delaware Valley this weekend. From museum exhibits to harvest festivals, from free opportunities to special splurges, Philly kids are sure to be smiling ear to ear.
Begin the weekend with a trip to a local museum as some of our favorites welcome brand new exhibits. Little ones will love visiting the Please Touch Museum's Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, A Grr-iffic Exhibit. Future paleontologists can explore Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies at The Academy of Natural Sciences while future archaeologists can be inspired by the Terracotta Warriors on view at the Franklin Institute. Celebrate both the traditional and modern Korean culture at harvest festivals held at Morris Arboretum and Delaware Art Museum. Free weekend fun includes admission to Benjamin Franklin Museum on Saturday and Barnes Foundation and Brandywine River Museum on Sunday. Complete the weekend with a splurge to DiggerFest for little ones or a haunted escape room for the tweens and teens in the family.
As the cooler weather settles into the region, be sure to check out some of the amazing deals at local consignment sales. Now, continue reading for the rest of our top picks.
Despite the hot and humid weather, it technically is the first official full week of autumn. As the leaves begin to turn into hues of red, gold, and orange and cooler air blows in (hopefully sooner than later), Philly families can fill these fall days with lots of fun found in our event calendar.
Outdoorsy types can spend time in nature with a day trip to Pumpkinland or an evening visit to the Witches' House by hayride both at Linvilla Orchards. Wander about the grounds of Longwood Gardens and view the Summer of Spectacle as it concludes this week. Head to The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County where kids can participate in a variety of outdoor activities or stop by Tyler Arboretum for a cooking workshop featuring apples. Those looking for a creative outlet can make arts and crafts at Monkey Fish Toys' free drop-in sessions in Exton or West Chester as well as Chester County Art Association's free Mommy and Me classes or classes for children 4 and older held at Exton Square Mall. Love computers? School-aged children up through teens can visit South Philadelphia Library to participate in its Gaming! event while girls ages 12-14 can design mobile apps at AWeber Communications.