Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Jan 13-16

Plenty to do in and around Philly for families this weekend with everything from the first weekend of the Philly Home Show to Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration events and more! Get out and enjoy the weekend and one of these great Philly area happenings this long holiday weekend.

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MLK Weekend Celebration

Saturday Jan. 14 – Sunday Jan. 15
African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St.
Phila., PA

The annual weekend-long celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. takes place at the African American Museum in Philadelphia this weekend running Friday Jan. 13th – Monday Jan. 16th. Families can enjoy interactive and enlightening arts activities, performances and workshops at reduced admission thanks to a partnership with Citizens Bank. Guests can also explore the venue’s core exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876. $2.

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Martin Luther King Weekend 

Saturday Jan. 14 – Monday Jan. 16
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave.
Phila., PA

This weekend long event at the Eastern State Penitentiary commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” with special readings from the landmark text and opportunities for visitors to respond to its relevance today. Professional actors read excerpts from King’s letter three times a day on Sat., Sun. and Mon. at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. FREE, readings & family activities; general admission price, tours.

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Philadelphia Home Show 
Friday Jan. 13 – Monday Jan. 16
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Head to the Philly Home Show this weekend and enjoy a full schedule of Make It Take It crafts including a super cute ribbon wand craft for kids led by phillyfun4kids at 2pm on Saturday Jan. 14th! Admission is $13 adults ($10 if you buy online), $3 kids. Get a

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A Year with Frog and Toad 

Friday Jan. 13 – Sunday Jan. 15
Arden Theater Company
40 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

Frog and Toad are back in this revival of one of the Arden Theater’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way in this family friendly production of A Year with Frog and Toad. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this musical! Tickets $20 – $40.

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A Snowy Bowie Skate

Saturday Jan. 14
12pm – 11:45pm
Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest
101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

Bring the family down to the Blue Cross RiverRink at the waterfront during the afternoon on Saturday Jan. 14th for Bowie-themed festivities that include ice skating to a David Bowie-themed soundtrack, face painting, games and a screening of Labyrinth. $13.

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Passport to Discovery: India 

Saturday Jan. 14 – Sunday Jan. 15
11am – 4pm
Garden State Discovery Center
2040 Springdale Rd.
Cherry Hill, NJ

Take the whole family to the Garden State Discovery Center in Cherry Hill for Passport to Discovery: India to celebrate the annual Kite Festival, complete with kite crafts and high-flying science. $13.95

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Powers of the President

Friday Jan. 13 – Sunday Jan. 15
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

Take the family to the National Constitution Center to enjoy Powers of the President. This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time. Free with admission. Admission $14.50 adults, $11 for youth. Buy online and save during Winter Warm Up $10 adults, $7.50 for ages 6-18, free for 5 and under.

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The Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Wintergarten

Friday Jan. 13 – Sunday Jan. 15
Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy ice skating fun and more at The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park all weekend long. The ice rink is open to skaters of all levels and all ages. In addition to skating, new this year is the Wintergarten from America’s Garden Capital MazeThis festive winter garden refuge area was created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens as a way to celebrate what was William Penn’s original center square and the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make the Greater Philadelphia region America’s Garden Capital. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under. Skate rental $10.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 

Monday Jan. 16
Girard College
Philadelphia, PA

Thousands of participants, including Philly mayor Jim Kenney, will join the country’s largest Day of Service event. This year, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service partners with the Read by 4th organization. Attendees will craft and distribute 150 “book nooks” to previously selected community-based organizations and businesses. The book nooks are designed to create reading sanctuaries within these businesses, and each includes a small bookshelf stocked with 80 brand new, captivating books for children ages 0-8, along with colorful rugs and a matching comfy chair. Sign up for a volunteer opportunity still available.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday Jan. 16th
10am – 5pm
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall E.
Phila., PA

Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Monday Jan. 16th with a day filled with family-friendly performances, arts & crafts, self-guided tours and spotlight talks about social justice. Free admission.

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MLK Day of Service
Monday Jan. 16th
10am – 1pm
Historic Fair Hill
2901 Germantown Ave.
Phila., PA

Families gather to volunteer at Historic Fair Hill on Monday Jan. 16th and then remember the man and his legacy around a bonfire. Help volunteers clean and maintain the site, a 4.5-acre historic burial ground and public green space. After, sit by the fire with and listen to readings aloud from Dr. King’s letters, sing songs in his honor and warm up with hot chocolate. Free.

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Family Movie Night: The Secret Life of Pets

Monday Jan. 16th
5pm – 8pm
XFINITY Live!
1100 Pattison Ave.
Phila., PA

Bring the kids out to XFINITY Live! to watch The Secret Life of Pets to see what pets do when we’re not home, shown on almost 100 TV screens. Kids’ games, activities and crafts starting at 5pm. Movie starts 6pmSpecialty themed kids menu will be available, as well as free popcorn and parking. Families can also enter to win 100K in prizes.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Jan. 6-8

Happy snowy weekend in January! If you’re not outside having a snowball fight or playing in the snow with your little ones, be sure to check out one of these great family fun events happening this weekend in and around Philly!

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Powers of the President

Friday Jan. 6 – Sunday Jan. 8
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

Take the family to the National Constitution Center to enjoy Powers of the President. This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution, and how various presidents have exercised it over time. Free with admission. Admission $14.50 adults, $11 for youth. Buy online and save during Winter Warm Up $10 adults, $7.50 for ages 6-18, free for 5 and under.

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A Year with Frog and Toad 

Friday Jan. 6 – Sunday Jan. 8
Arden Theater Company
40 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

Frog and Toad are back in this revival of one of the Arden Theater’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way in this family friendly production of A Year with Frog and Toad. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this musical! Tickets $20 – $40.

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The Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Wintergarten

Friday Jan. 6 – Sunday Jan. 8
Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy ice skating fun and more at The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park all weekend long. The ice rink is open to skaters of all levels and all ages. In addition to skating, new this year is the Wintergarten from America’s Garden Capital MazeThis festive winter garden refuge area was created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens as a way to celebrate what was William Penn’s original center square and the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make the Greater Philadelphia region America’s Garden Capital. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under. Skate rental $10.

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Family See Make Afternoon: Kawaii Felties

Sunday Jan. 8
12:30 -2:30pm
Shofus Japanese House and Garden
Sakura Pavillon
Lansdowne Dr. & Horticultural Dr.
Phila., PA

In Japan, kawaii is the culture of cute. Head to the Shofus Japanese House and Garden to learn the basics of transforming food, animals and everyday objects into cute characters. You’ll also sew a feltie and create a magnet of your kawaii character. $9

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Family Jams: Snow Globes

Sunday Jan. 8
12 Noon – 4pm
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

Head to the Philadelphia Magic Gardens for PECO Family Jams: Snow Globes this Sunday Jan. 8th. Create your own mini version of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in a handmade snow globe. And enjoy family friendly tours at 1pm and 3pm, too. Free with admission. $10 adults, $5 for ages 6-12, free for 5 and under.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Dec. 30-Jan 1

Happy New Year!! There is much fun to be had for families to ring in the New Years this weekend in and around Philly! Enjoy a balloon drop or New Year’s cruise and of course head to the Mummers Parade on New Years Day for a uniquely Philly way to ring in 2017!

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Countdown to Noon

Saturday Dec. 31st
11am – 12pm
Swarthmore Community Center
Swarthmore, PA

Ring in the New Year with your little ones and the characters from Seussical at the Swarthmore Community Center on Saturday Dec. 31st at 11am!!!! Characters from Seussical the Musical will be at the annual “Count Down to Noon” party from 11am-12, singing, taking photos, playing games and then helping to count down to NOON!!!!!!! $5 per child, $10 per family. Ideal for ages 5 and under but siblings are welcome.

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New Years Eve Kids’ Kazoo Parade
Saturday December 31st
4:15pm
Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ

Mummers from a local string band lead the kazoo parade down Haddon Ave. Kids are given kazoos, confetti and complimentary cookies. Parade kicks off outside of The Pop Shop at 4:30pm. Free.

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New Year’s Eve Family Fireworks Cruises

Saturday December 31st
Cruising 4:30pm – 6:30pm (Boarding at 4:00pm)
Spirit of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Bring the whole family out for this Family Friendly Fireworks Cruise along the Delaware on the Spirit of Philadelphia for a unique and fun way to ring in the new year with the kiddos. Enjoy a soda and juice bar, the grande dinner buffet, holiday themed decor, spectacular riverfront views and a rockin’ DJ for dancing for the whole family. And of course enjoy fireworks along the Delaware with the best views from the ship for the early 6pm fireworks show. Tickets $69.90 per child (ages 3-12), $109.90 for adults.

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Betsy Ross’s Birthday Bash

Saturday December 31st
11am – 4pm
Betsy Ross House
Philadelphia, PA

Celebrate the 265th Birthday of Betsy Ross on Saturday December 31st from 11am – 4pm with special crafts and activities and of course cake to celebrate her big 263rd day. Free with admission to the Betsy Ross House. $5 for adults, $4 for children.

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Countdown to Noon

Saturday December 31st
9am – 3pm (ball drops at 12pm and 1pm)
Please Touch Museum
Philadelphia, PA

Philly’s hands-on museum for families, the Please Touch Museum, hosts its wildly popular Countdown to Noon event on Saturday December 31st  from 9am – 3pm with countdown events at 12 noon and 1pm. Bring the kiddos out for music, activities and a special appearance by King Countdown, the museum’s official marshall of of the New Year. Two countdown to Noon shows at 12 Noon and 1pm to accommodate nap schedules of even the littlest party-goers. Free with museum admission. $25 for non-members, $5 for members.

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Kids Daytime New Years Eve Party

Saturday December 31st
11am – 5:30pm
ISC Cherry Hill
650 Kresson Rd.
Cherry Hill, NJ

Head to the Indoor Skate Center in Cherry Hill for a Kids Daytime New Years Eve bash. $9 admission includes skating floor, Fun Zone, bounce house, indoor turf field events, giveawas, one slice of pizza and a small drink and a balloon drop. Two “midnight” events at 1pm & 4:30pm. $9.

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Free at The Kimmel New Year’s Day Celebration

Sunday January 1st
10am – 5pm
The Kimmel Center
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss one of our city’s best celebrations for families at the free New Year’s Day Celebration at the Kimmel Center this New Year’s Day Sunday January 1st from 10am – 5pm. Get great views of the Mummers as they strut down Broad Street while taking a break from the cold. Enjoy family musical performances, kids crafts and activities, balloon artists, face painting, free Garces hot chocolate lounge, Macy’s mini makeovers, and so much more. Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Dec. 23-25

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all!! The big event is here and we’re sure you have lots of family time planned this weekend but in case you’re still looking for some holiday fun out and around Philly here are a few of our top picks for the holiday weekend – enjoy!

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Christmas Village

Friday Dec. 23 – Saturday Dec. 24
City Hall
1400 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

It’s the final days of Christmas Village fun this weekend Friday Dec. 23rd through Saturday Dec. 24th at City Hall. Enjoy 80+ vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world! Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds as City Hall is transformed into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go.

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A Year with Frog and Toad 

Friday Dec. 23 – Saturday Dec. 24
Arden Theater Company
40 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden Theater’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way in this family friendly production of A Year with Frog and Toad. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this musical! Tickets $20 – $40.

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Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment

Saturday Dec. 25
12 Noon – 3pm
Washington Crossing Park
Washington Crossing, PA

Get your history on this Christmas day at the 64th Annual Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment. Join fellow citizens from around the country for a Bucks County tradition featuring several hundred reenactors clad in Continental military dress and George Washington himself. Listen as General as General Washington delivers an inspiring speech and then leads his troops across the river in replica Durham boats. Reenactment starts at 1pm but arrive early to ensure your space. Free.

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Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Friday Dec. 23 – Sunday Dec. 25
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular continues this weekend Friday Dec. 23 – Sunday Dec. 25. The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer at this Philly holiday favorite attraction. Visitors can enjoy holiday performances of classics all shown on The Comcast Experience video wall, one of the world’s largest highest resolution LED displays. And take a flying sleigh ride through the Pennsylvania countryside and above the city of Philadelphia and the audience is invited to take part in a festive sing-along. 15-minute shows run at the top of each hour from 10am – 8pm. Shows are not presented on weekdays at 5:00 p.m.

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The Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Wintergarten

Friday Dec. 23 – Sunday Dec. 25
Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy ice skating fun and more at The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park all Christmas weekend long. The ice rink is open to skaters of all levels and all ages. In addition to skating, new this year is the Wintergarten from America’s Garden Capital MazeThis festive winter garden refuge area was created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens as a way to celebrate what was William Penn’s original center square and the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make the Greater Philadelphia region America’s Garden Capital. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under. Skate rental $10.

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Chanukah On Ice
Saturday Dec. 24
7-9pm
Flyers Skate Zone
601 Laurel Oak Rd.
Voorhees, NJ

Families can enjoy this celebration of Chanukah On Ice with open skating at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees on Saturday Dec. 24th to contemporary Jewish music and classic Chanukah songs. Kids can also enjoy make-and-take Chanukah art projects and other fun, too! $12 at the door ($10 in advance).

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Family Fun Day & Hanukkah Blast

Sunday Dec. 25
9am – 5pm
Kaiserman JCC
45 Haverford Rd.
Wynnewood, PA

Don’t miss this family fun day and Hanukkah Blast at the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood. Festivities include menorah decorating, traditional treats like chocolate gelt and latkes, open gym, a Jewish book sale, music, inflatables, dreidel mania, kids’ movies, and more. Free.

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Being ___ At Christmas

Sunday Dec. 25
10am – 5:30pm
National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S. Independence Mall E.
Phila., PA

Head to the National Museum of American Jewish History this Sunday Dec. 25th for Being ___ at Christmas. This celebration includes arts & crafts, story time, face painting, balloon art, a game room and music by Alex & the Kaleidoscope. $12 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under.

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Chanukah Wonderland

Sunday Dec. 25
4:30 – 6pm
Suburban Square
Anderson & Coulter Avenue
Ardmore, PA

It’s a Chanukah Wonderland this Sunday Dec. 25th at Suburban Square. The menorah will be lit at 4:30pm by Rabbi Shraga Sherman with the Chabad of the Main Line followed by the indoor Chanukah Wonderland at 5pm. Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Dec. 16-18

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Christmas with the Dolls
Saturday Dec. 17
11am – 12pm 
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA  19317

Families can head to the Brandywine River Museum of Art this Saturday Dec. 17th from 11am – 12pm where kids can cut and color paper dolls based on Brandywine’s Ann Wyeth McCoy doll collection, make matching bracelets for themselves and their dolls, and enjoy an informal tea party. Free with admission. $15/adults, $6 children ages 6-18. 

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Christmas Village

Friday Dec. 16 – Sunday Dec. 18
City Hall
1400 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Christmas market fun continues at Christmas Village this weekend Friday Dec. 16th through Sunday Dec. 18th at City Hall. Enjoy 80+ vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world! Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds as City Hall is transformed into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go.

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A Year with Frog and Toad 

Friday Dec. 16 – Sunday Dec. 18
Arden Theater Company
40 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden Theater’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way in this family friendly production of A Year with Frog and Toad. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this musical! Tickets $20 – $40.

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A Very Furry Christmas 

Saturday Dec. 17 – Sunday Dec. 18
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA

Holiday fun continues this weekend at Sesame Place. A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides. Guests will enjoy special Christmas shows, savory Christmas menus, super holiday shopping and a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop. Tickets $27.

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Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Friday Dec. 16 – Sunday Dec. 18
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular continues this weekend Friday Dec. 16 – Sunday Dec. 18. The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer at this Philly holiday favorite attraction. Visitors can enjoy holiday performances of classics all shown on The Comcast Experience video wall, one of the world’s largest highest resolution LED displays. And take a flying sleigh ride through the Pennsylvania countryside and above the city of Philadelphia and the audience is invited to take part in a festive sing-along. 15-minute shows run at the top of each hour from 10am – 8pm. Shows are not presented on weekdays at 5:00 p.m.

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Holiday Festival at Franklin Square 

Friday Dec. 16 – Sunday Dec. 18
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA

Dazzle in the lights of the Holiday Light Show spectacle that illuminates Franklin Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday classics. The show runs every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily, with a final show at 8 pm Sundays – Thursdays, 9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Festival is free. Some attractions ticketed.

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The Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Wintergarten

Friday Dec. 16 – Sunday Dec. 18
Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy ice skating fun and more at The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park all weekend long. The ice rink is open to skaters of all levels and all ages. In addition to skating, new this year is the Wintergarten from America’s Garden Capital MazeThis festive winter garden refuge area was created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens as a way to celebrate what was William Penn’s original center square and the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make the Greater Philadelphia region America’s Garden Capital. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under. Skate rental $10.

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Star Wars Kids Day
Sunday Dec. 18
2-3pm 
Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 

The Philadelphia Film Society will host Star Wars Kids Day on Sunday, December 18 in the Prince Theater lobby from 2pm – 3pm, prior to the 3pm screening of Rogue One. Families are invited to celebrate Sunday Funday with a Star Wars themed afternoon, filled with Star Wars activities, a Star Wars red carpet and a costume parade hosted by Geekadelphia’s Dan Tabor, complete with giveaways.

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Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday Dec. 18
1-2:15pm
Congregation Adath Jeshurun
7763 Old York Rd.
Elkins Park, PA

Enjoy a celebration of Hanukkah at Congregation Adath Jeshurun featuring a concert by Robb Zelonky, also known as Robbo, a John Lennon Songwriting Award Winner and a Parents Choice Gold Award winner for his five albums of music for families. Tickets $7 at the door. $5 in advance.

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Latkepalooza 

Sunday Dec. 18
2-4pm
The Gershman Y
401 S. Broad St.
Phila., PA

Don’t miss the 14th annual Latkepalooza. This unparalleled celebration of the latke (potato pancake) features gourmet versions of the Hanukkah delicacy by renowned chefs from some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants.Tantalize your taste buds, groove to live music by acclaimed Philadelphia kids band The Plants, and enjoy children’s Hanukkah crafts and balloon artistry.$20 General Admission / $15 Ages 2-12 / FREE Under 2. General admission includes 10 latkes, children ages 2-12 get 7 latkes, and toddlers under age 2 enjoy a trio of latkes.  Latkepalooza always sells out, so get your tickets online early here!

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Skate with Santa 

Saturday Dec. 17 – Sunday Dec. 18
1-5pm
Blue Cross RiverRink WinterFest
101 South Christopher Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

Lace up those skates and get a unique family portrait on ice with Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest’s Skating Santa happening Saturday Dec. 17th and Sunday Dec. 18th from 1-5pm. Admission $3 w/o skate rental, $13 w/skate rental.

What’s New with Comcast XFINITY for Philly Families

Recently I had a chance to join other local area XFINITY Moms to experience the new XFINITY retail store in Cherry Hilly, NJ and learn about what’s new with XFINITY and wow is there a lot to share!!

First off, the new XFINITY Store in Cherry Hill is really gorgeous – very state of the art and spacious. XFINITY retail stores like the new one in Cherry Hill are designed to provide visitors with the opportunity to explore, learn about and interact with the latest XFINITY products and services. The stores are fully staffed and offer extended evening and weekend hours. Plus, all XFINITY stores have time-saving features like self-serve bill pay kiosks and a queuing system that features a large display so you easily know when it’s your turn to be helped. This unique system allows you to check out the store and see guided demos or just work and relax in their seating area while you wait. If you’re in the area, the store I went to is near the Cherry Hill Mall at 941 Haddonfield Drive – you should definitely check it out! But there are at least 14 XFINITY Stores in the Philly area so you’re sure to find one close to you.

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The big news at XFINITY is that Netflix is now on XFINITY X1 so you can easily find House of Cards or Empire and all your other favorite shows on Netflix straight from X1! No need to change inputs or change remote controls – just use your X1 voice remote to say Stranger Things or whatever your favorite Netflix show is currently, and you’re already there! How awesome is that, right? There are several different packages and plans to meet every need and budget. Check them all out and see which is best for you here. If you’re a current XFINITY X1 subscriber all you need to do to access Netflix is login into Netflix right from the Apps section of the Main Menu of X1, or any Netflix program On Demand. Just use your Netflix log-in. New to Netflix? You can sign up right on X1 and get one month free for a limited time.

Another great thing I got to see in action was the XFINITY Kids Zone. Kids Zone is a safe and secure place for kids to independently explore and watch their favorite (and appropriate) live TV, XFINITY On Demand content, and DVR recordings) and discover new programming in a safe and secure way. Check out this video to learn more about XFINITY Kids Zone

Kids Zone and Netflix now available on XFINITY X1 were both pretty cool but by far the coolest thing I learned from my recent visit was what XFINITY is doing for Home Security with XFINITY Home, Comcast’s total home security and automation solution. We’re sort of home automation geeks in our house so seeing what is available through Comcast XFINITY Home was by far the best thing I saw at the store that day.

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XFINITY Home features 24/7 professional security monitoring that can easily be armed and disarmed remotely with the ability for live video monitoring so you can see what’s going on back home while you’re away (video clips can be sent by text or email). You can even remotely control your thermostat and lights to help manage your home energy consumption. And you can set-up unique rules to have your system work together intelligently in the best way possible so for example, your living room lights can turn on and the heat can go up just in time for your arrival home on weekdays between 4-6pm. At the XFINITY store you can purchase cameras, thermostats, lighting systems and more. Or, if you already have existing smart home equipment (like we do) then XFINITY Home can utilize the gear you’ve already invested in, too. So you have lots of options depending on where you are with home security and automation currently. Check out the various pricing and packages available for Comcast XFINITY Home here.

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Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Dec. 9-11

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Santa Fest

Saturday Dec. 10
American Helicopter Museum
1220 American Boulevard
West Chester PA

It’s the annual Santa Fest taking place at the American Helicopter Museum this Saturday Dec. 10th. Watch Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by helicopter at 11am to greet families, hear childrens’ wish lists, and have photo opps with kids. Enjoy a book reading by local author and make kids helicopter ornament crafts, too. $10.

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A Very Philly Christmas
Saturday Dec. 10 – Sunday Dec. 11
10am – 4pm 
Fairmount Park Historic Houses
Philadelphia, PA 

Don’t miss the final weekend of A Very Philly Christmas where the historic houses of Fairmount Park are decorated for the holidays and ready to entertain visitors. Enjoy special programming on this final weekend showcasing what makes Philadelphia great. On Saturday Dec. 10th enjoy Neighbors Day and Sunday Dec. 11th will feature Flavors of the Season. $8 per house.

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Christmas Village

Friday Dec. 10 – Sunday Dec. 11
City Hall
1400 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Christmas market fun continues at Christmas Village this weekend Friday Dec. 10th through Sunday Dec. 11th at City Hall. There will be 80 vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world! Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds as City Hall is transformed into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go.

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Zoo Noel

Saturday Dec. 10 and Sunday Dec. 11
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Head to the Philadelphia Zoo for this Saturday Dec. 10th and Sunday Dec. 11th between 11am – 3pm for the final weekend of Zoo Noel where the Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland as Santa travels the globe on a wildlife adventure and kids and families get to follow-along and learn too! Kids can visit with Santa in the Treehouse before warming up at the Hot Chocolate Bar and visiting the Little Elves Gift Shop, too. Plus, kids can bring a card for their favorite animal and Santa’s helpers will hand-deliver your greeting that day. $16, free for kids under 2 years.

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Holiday Parade & Sugar Plum Saturday

Saturday Dec. 10th
9am – 10am
Chestnut Hill
Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Chestnut Hill is bringing holiday cheer this Saturday Dec. 10th with the help of live entertainment, floats, fire trucks, the Phille Phanatic, and of course – an appearance from Santa Claus at the Holiday Parade & Sugar Plum Saturday on Saturday Dec. 10th starting at 9am.

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Arctic Ave and Holiday Second Saturday 
Saturday Dec. 10
11am – 8pm
East Passayunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA

Get your chill on at the 2nd Annual Arctic Ave with live ice carves, dozens of ice sculptures, live music and entertainment, shopping specials, and more! Free.

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Photos with The Grinch 

Saturday Dec. 10th
10am – 12pm
The Morris Animal Refuge
1242 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA

On Saturday Dec. 10th from 10am – 12 Noon head to Morris Animal Refuge to get photos with the Grinch at America’s First Animal Shelter. Plus, enjoy food, drinks, and doggy snacks, enter raffles, make fun crafts, and drink cocoa to welcome the holiday season. $10 individual/$20 family.

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A Year with Frog and Toad 

Friday Dec. 9 – Sunday Dec. 11
Arden Theater Company
40 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden Theater’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way in this family friendly production of A Year with Frog and Toad. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this musical! Tickets $20 – $40.

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Winterfest 

Saturday Dec. 10
10:30am – 4pm
King of Prussia Town Center
155 Village Dr.
King of Prussia, PA

Head to the King of Prussia Town Center this Saturday Dec. 10th  for  Winterfest. Experience all that the brand-new center has to offer while enjoying local school choir performances, ice sculptures from Fear No Ice, winter-themed activities, a cookie decorating and hot chocolate station by Davio’s North American Steakhouse and more. Bring a winter coat to donate to Cradles to Crayons. Free.

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Parade of Lights
Saturday Dec. 10th
11am – 6:30 pm
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

Independence Seaport Museum hosts its annual Parade of Lights for one-night only! Before the lighted boat parade, visit the Independence Seaport Museum early for family-friendly holiday festivities including a pop-up exhibit, arts and crafts, face painting, musical performances by The Philly Pops, a visit from Santa and so much more.  $16 adults, $12 children, free for children 2 and under.

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A Very Furry Christmas 

Saturday Dec. 10 – Sunday Dec. 11
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA

Holiday fun continues this weekend at Sesame Place. A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides. Guests will enjoy special Christmas shows, savory Christmas menus, super holiday shopping and a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop. Tickets $27.

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Brick Factor
Saturday Dec. 10 – Sunday Dec. 11
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia
Plymouth Meeting Mall
500 Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA

Calling all LEGO fans!! Don’t miss Brick Factor happening this Saturday Dec. 10th and Sunday Dec. 11th at Plymouth Meeting Mall where LEGO® experts will compete in three action packed building challenges to earn the role of Master Model Builder at the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia. Contestants are encouraged to interact with the audience so come show your support and join the excitement! This is a free event and fun for all ages.

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Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Friday Dec. 9 – Sunday Dec. 11
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular continues this weekend Friday Dec. 9 – Sunday Dec. 11. The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer at this Philly holiday favorite attraction. Visitors can enjoy holiday performances of classics all shown on The Comcast Experience video wall, one of the world’s largest highest resolution LED displays. And take a flying sleigh ride through the Pennsylvania countryside and above the city of Philadelphia and the audience is invited to take part in a festive sing-along. 15-minute shows run at the top of each hour from 10am – 8pm. Shows are not presented on weekdays at 5:00 p.m.

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Holiday Festival at Franklin Square 

Friday Dec. 9 – Sunday Dec. 11
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA

Dazzle in the lights of the Holiday Light Show spectacle that illuminates Franklin Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday classics. The show runs every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily, with a final show at 8 pm Sundays – Thursdays, 9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Festival is free. Some attractions ticketed.

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The Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Wintergarten

Friday Dec. 9 – Sunday Dec. 11
Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy ice skating fun and more at The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park all weekend long. The ice rink is open to skaters of all levels and all ages. In addition to skating, new this year is the Wintergarten from America’s Garden Capital MazeThis festive winter garden refuge area was created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens as a way to celebrate what was William Penn’s original center square and the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make the Greater Philadelphia region America’s Garden Capital. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under. Skate rental $10.

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PECO Family Jams: Holiday Ornaments 

Sunday Dec. 11
12 Noon – 4pm
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

Take the whole family to Philadelphia Magic Gardens this Sunday Dec. 11th for the next family offering of PECO Family Jams. Kids can make their own own shimmering ornament inspired by the sparkling mirrors and colorful mosaics throughout the Philadelphia Magic Gardens space. And enjoy family friendly tours at 1pm and 3pm, too. Free with admission. $10 adults, $5 for ages 6-12, free for 5 and under.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Dec. 2-4

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A Very Philly Christmas
Saturday Dec. 3 – Sunday Dec. 4
10am – 4pm 
Fairmount Park Historic Houses
Philadelphia, PA 

The Historic Houses of Fairmount Park are decorated for the holidays and ready to entertain
visitors with special programming to showcase what makes Philadelphia great at A Very Philly Christmas! On Saturday Dec. 3rd enjoy Sounds of the Season. And Sunday Dec. 4th is Family Day at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park. $8 per house.

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Christmas Village

Friday Dec. 2 – Sunday Dec. 4
City Hall
1400 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

Christmas market fun continues at Christmas Village this weekend Friday Dec. 2 through Sunday Dec. 4th at City Hall. There will be 80 vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world! Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds as City Hall is transformed into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go.

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Celebrations Around The World 

Saturday Dec. 3
11am – 4pm
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Penn Museum’s Celebrations Around The World is an international collection of art and artifacts forms the backdrop of this free annual celebration, the Museum’s holiday “gift” to the community. This spirited event features holiday traditions from throughout the year and around the world. Groups from across the region share their cultural heritage through music and dance performances, craft stations, storytelling, and more. Free.

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A Year with Frog and Toad 

Friday Dec. 2 – Sunday Dec. 4
Arden Theater Company
40 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden Theater’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way in this family friendly production of A Year with Frog and Toad. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this musical! Tickets $20 – $40.

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A Very Furry Christmas 

Saturday Dec. 2 – Sunday Dec. 4
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA

Holiday fun continues this weekend at Sesame Place. A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides. Guests will enjoy special Christmas shows, savory Christmas menus, super holiday shopping and a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop. Tickets $27.

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Comcast Holiday Spectacular

Friday Dec. 2 – Sunday Dec. 4
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular continues this weekend Friday Dec. 2 – Sunday Dec. 4. The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer at this Philly holiday favorite attraction. Visitors can enjoy holiday performances of classics all shown on The Comcast Experience video wall, one of the world’s largest highest resolution LED displays. And take a flying sleigh ride through the Pennsylvania countryside and above the city of Philadelphia and the audience is invited to take part in a festive sing-along. 15-minute shows run at the top of each hour from 10am – 8pm. Shows are not presented on weekdays at 5:00 p.m.

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Cricket Cringle

Saturday Dec. 3rd
10am – 6pm
Downtown Ardmore
Ardmore, PA

Meet, shop, eat & mingle at this year’s 3rd Annual Cricket Cringle. Celebrate the season with Downtown Ardmore’s Business Community and this unique holiday shopping experience including  an open-air marketplace, local restaurant favorites, food trucks, beer, wine & hot totties, Santa Claus, Giving Trees, Photo Booths, Nutcracker Performance, Baby-Sitting Services, Complimentary Shopping Totes, and much more! Free.

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Lucia Fest 

Saturday Dec. 3rd
11:30am – 4:30pm
American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave.
Phila., PA

Head to the American Swedish Historical Museum this Saturday Dec. 3rd for the annual Lucia Fest celebration. Celebrated in the dark of December, this tradition brings light and warmth, with a procession of children dressed up as Lucia and her attendants the pepparkakor or “star boys” and tomtar “folk dancers”. Drop in for family-friendly Lucia processions at 1pm and 3pm. Plus enjoy the Christmas Market offering holiday deli items, Christmas decorations, gifts, and the SWEA bakery tables. $4-$10.

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Holiday Festival at Franklin Square 

Friday Dec. 2 – Sunday Dec. 4
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA

Dazzle in the lights of the Holiday Light Show spectacle that illuminates Franklin Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday classics. The show runs every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily, with a final show at 8 pm Sundays – Thursdays, 9 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Festival is free. Some attractions ticketed.

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The Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Wintergarten

Friday Dec. 2 – Sunday Dec. 4
Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy ice skating fun and more at The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park this weekend. The ice rink is open to skaters of all levels and all ages. In addition to skating, new this year is the Wintergarten from America’s Garden Capital MazeThis festive winter garden refuge area was created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens as a way to celebrate what was William Penn’s original center square and the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make the Greater Philadelphia region America’s Garden Capital. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under. Skate rental $10.

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27th Annual Medford Dickens Festival 

Saturday Dec. 3rd
5:45pm – 10pm
Main Street
Medford, NJ

Head to Medford this Saturday Dec. 3rd starting at 5:45pm for the annual 27th Medford Dickens Festival. Medford magically lights up and comes alive as a Christmas wonderland for one night each year. Kids of all ages will enjoy the parade with Santa and Mrs. Claus, tree-lighting ceremony, live music and entertainment, Live Nativity, pony rides, moon-bounce and much much! The festival typically attracts over 10,000 visitors from within Medford and surrounding areas. Free.

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Free Admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)

Sunday December 4
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)
118-128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy free admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts this Sunday Dec. 4. Take the whole family for a great opportunity to explore PAFA’s internationally known museum with its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training. Sunday admission is free all winter. Free.

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Pay What You Wish Admission and Musical Masterpieces

Sunday December 4th
10am – 3pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

First Sunday of the month means Pay What You Wish admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art this Sunday Dec. 4th. Plus enjoy the family program Musical Masterpieces with live illustrations, interactive storytelling, and music bring The Story of Babar to life. Kids will design their own instrument to take home and explore how music inspires artists. This concert is a collaboration with Curtis Institute of Music. Free after Pay What You Wish Admission.

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Narberth Dickens Festival 
Sunday Dec. 4
12pm – 4pm
Forrest & Haverford Ave.
Narberth, PA

During the annual Narberth Dickens Festival the town of Narberth is transformed into 1840’s London, as Ebenezer Scrooge and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets for an afternoon. Enjoy entertainment and activities for all ages, including carriage rides, crafts,  carolers, period vendors and food, dancers, musicians, ballet performances, puppet shows, ice sculptors and a scavenger hunt. Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Nov. 25-27

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to everyone! Hope you enjoyed a day of feasting and family and are ready to really kick this holiday season into high gear with all the seasonal family fun to be had in and around Philly this weekend!

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Christmas Village

Friday Nov. 25 – Sunday Nov. 27
City Hall
1400 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

The ever popular Christmas Village officially is open for the season and runs all weekend Friday Nov. 25th through Sunday Nov. 27th at City Hall. There will be 80 vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world! Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds as City Hall is transformed into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go.

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Wild Wizarding Weekend

Saturday Nov. 26 – Sunday Nov. 27
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

It’s a Wild Wizarding Weekend this Saturday Nov. 25th – Sunday Nov. 26th at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Meet the Academy’s own live beasts and learn about the real animals that inspire your favorite wizarding stories. Take part in a Bunny and Broomsticks game, make a magical wand, and take home a dragon’s egg. Wear a costume and get a $2 discount at the door, or go to ansp.org and save $2 on admission.

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Children’s Book Signing

Saturday Nov. 26th
9:30am
Children’s Book World
17 Station Rd.
Haverford, PA

Meet three kid-lit creators this Saturday Nov. 26 at Children’s Book World in Haverford. Stop by the store starting at 9:30am to meet Amy Ignatow, a Philadelphia-based author, illustrator and cartoonist who penned the kid-fave The Popularity Papers series; Adam Lehrhaupt, author of titles like Chicken in Space and I Will Not Eat You; and Zach OHora, illustrator of The Not So Quiet Library, The Summer of Wonders and others. Free.

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A Year with Frog and Toad 

Friday Nov. 25 – Sunday Nov. 27
Arden Theater Company
40 N 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

Frog and Toad are back! In a revival of one of the Arden Theater’s most treasured children’s theatre productions, an unlikely friendship between the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad blossoms and grows as they travel through four fun-filled seasons learning life lessons along the way in this family friendly production of A Year with Frog and Toad. Barrymore Award winners Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble return as the amphibious best friends in this musical! Tickets $20 – $40.

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Philly Holiday Tree Lighting 

Saturday Nov. 26th
4-5pm
Dilworth Park
1 S. 15th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy the Philly Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday Nov. 26th from 4-5pm. Special guest Phila Mayor Jim Kenney and the Office of the City Representative as they light the holiday tree at the tree’s new home on Dilworth Park and enjoy a festive evening with live entertainment, free hot chocolate and a few surprises, too! Free.

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Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting 

Saturday Nov. 26
10:30am – 1:00pm
Suburban Square
Anderson & Coulter Avenue
Ardmore, PA

Head to Suburban Square for Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting festivities this Saturday Nov. 26th from 10:30am – 1:00pm. Santa is brought to the square by firetruck courtesy of the Ardmore Fire Company. Free.

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Santa’s Landing

Saturday Nov. 26
11am
The Market at DelVal
2100 Lower State Rd
Doylestown, PA

Don’t miss Santa’s dramatic arrival by helicopter at the Market at DelVal this Saturday Nov. 26th! The Joy of Movement Dance Center will perform a dance number for the holidays as families wait for the big guy to land. Free.

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Santa’s Arrival Celebration
1pm – 4pm
Saturday Nov. 26th
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ

Take the family to the Camden Children’s Garden this Saturday Nov. 26th for the celebration of Santa’s big arrival to the garden. The day includes holiday treats, Santa’s afternoon arrival, festive crafts and opportunities for pictures with the big guy in red. $8, under 2 free.

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A Very Furry Christmas 

Saturday Nov. 26 – Sunday Nov. 27
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA

Holiday fun continues this weekend at Sesame Place. A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides. Guests will enjoy special Christmas shows, savory Christmas menus, super holiday shopping and a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop. Tickets $27.

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Photo Credit: Visit Philadelphia

Comcast Holiday Spectacular
Friday Nov. 25 – Sunday Nov. 27
Comcast Center
1701 John F Kennedy Blvd
Phila., PA

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular returns for its opening weekend running Friday Nov. 25th – Sunday Nov. 27th. The sights and sounds of the holidays come alive to entertain people of all ages and spread holiday cheer at this Philly holiday favorite attraction. Visitors can enjoy holiday performances of classics all shown on The Comcast Experience video wall, one of the world’s largest highest resolution LED displays. And take a flying sleigh ride through the Pennsylvania countryside and above the city of Philadelphia and the audience is invited to take part in a festive sing-along. 15-minute shows run at the top of each hour from 10am – 8pm. Shows are not presented on weekdays at 5:00 p.m.

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Holiday Festival

Friday Nov. 25 – Sunday Nov. 27
Franklin Square
200 6th St
Phila., PA

Dazzle in the lights of the Holiday Light Show spectacle that illuminates Franklin Square with more than 50,000 lights to a soundtrack of holiday classics. The show runs every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30pm daily, with a final show at 8pm Sundays – Thursdays, 9pm Fridays and Saturdays. Festival is free. Some attractions ticketed.

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UniverSoul Circus

Friday Nov. 25 – Sunday Nov. 27
Fairmount Park (Next to the Mann Center)
52nd & Parkside Ave.
Phila., PA

A big-top spectacle of global proportions, the 2016 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on a journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for edge-of-your-seat performances including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobats, back-flipping canines, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and more. Hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, UniverSoul Circus promises to be a show you won’t soon forget. Tickets $19-$30.

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Photo Credit: Visit Philadelphia

The Rothman Institute Ice Rink and Wintergarten
Friday Nov. 25 – Sunday Nov. 27
Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is one of these incredible Philly winter wonderlands, opening for its third year of seasonal skating right in the heart of the city. Head to the rink to skate just beneath the eyes of William Penn atop City Hall, taking in skyline views as you cruise. The ice rink is open to skaters of all levels and all ages. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under. Skate rental $10. In addition to skating, new this year is the Wintergarten from America’s Garden Capital Maze. This festive winter garden refuge area was created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens as a way to celebrate what was William Penn’s original center square and the 32 regional gardens and arboreta that make the Greater Philadelphia region America’s Garden Capital.

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Free Admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)

Sunday Nov. 27
118-128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy free admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts this Sunday Nov. 27th. Take the whole family for a great opportunity to explore PAFA’s internationally known museum with its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training. Sunday admission is free all winter.

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3rd Annual Santa’s Parade

Sunday Nov. 27
5pm
Main Street
Media, PA

The 3rd Annual Santa Parade in Media features dozens of magical floats and musical entertainment that are sure to get everyone into the true Christmas spirit. Don’t miss the live Reindeer, Mummers, Elvis, Living Nativity, Musicians, Dancers, Classic Cars, Fire Engines and plenty of Surprises. And of course get a chance to see special guests, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, too including a special Meet-and-Greet Photo Opportunity with Santa at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union immediately following the parade. Parade begins at 5 sharp.

Legoland Discovery Center First to Play Annual Pass

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I’m also delighted to share with you that I’ve been invited to be an ambassador for the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center opening up in Spring 2017 at the Plymouth Meeting Mall. Ideal for families with children aged 3-10 years, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center offers an indoor LEGO® world of creativity, color and building fun. The new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center will include 10 LEGO playzones, a 4D cinema, MiniLand Philadelphia, LEGO Ninjago Training Camp, LEGOFriends Heartlake City, a first-of-its-kind LEGO-themed ride, a Cafe, a LEGO shop, and so much more!

Recently I got to be a part of the groundbreaking of the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center at the Plymouth Meeting Mall where we witnessed 50,000 LEGO bricks getting dumped to mark the beginning of construction of the 33,000 square-foot-location inside the Plymouth Meeting Mall.

And now you get special early access as well… A limited number of early bird annual passes are now available at an exclusive discounted rate of $54 ($5 off the regular price). Enjoy unlimited entry for 12 months, receive additional benefits including LEGO® Shop, Café and birthday party discounts as well as invites to exclusive events throughout the year. Get your annual pass soon and enjoy a special Annual Pass preview weekend before opening to the public!

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Over the next six months, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center will be building its team which will include one Master Model Builder and a team of helpers coined the “Creative Crew”.

In fact, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia recently announced it is seeking a full-time LEGO Master Model Builder. The lucky Philadelphian will be selected at Brick Factor, a two-day building competition open to the public that will be held at Plymouth Meeting Mall on December 10 and 11. The Master Model Builder will be charged with maintaining and developing new features and building new models in addition to working with the thousands of children expected to visit the Discovery Center when it opens this spring. At Brick Factor, competitors will display their skills by taking part in creative challenges and building original LEGO brick models. LEGO fanatics can apply online here now through early December.

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In addition to the LEGO Master Model Builder, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia is also seeking a kid judge (ages 9-15) to help select the Master Model Builder during Brick Factor Dec. 10-11th. Learn more and apply here 

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is opening Spring 2017 in Plymouth Meeting. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter to stay posted on the latest news and upcoming events.Follow LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates. And of course as a LEGOLAND Discovery Center ambassador I’ll be keeping you posted with inside news and updates of the opening too!

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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. We received products and/or compensation in exchange for sharing this information with phillyfun4kids readers. As always, all opinions expressed about how awesome it is that Philly LEGO® lovers are getting a new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center are our own.