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.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Nov. 18-20

Family fun abounds this weekend as we launch into Thanksgiving week and the official start of the holiday season! Grab the kiddos and head out to enjoy some of the amazing festivities happening in and around Philadelphia this weekend that will be sure to get you and your family in the holiday spirit.

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The Nutcracker 

Friday Nov. 18 – Sunday Nov. 20
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
601 N. Lansdowne Ave
Upper Darby PA

Kick off your holiday season with the unforgettable music of Tchaikovsky at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in this production that will delight everyone ages 4 and up. Stay after the Saturday shows (November 19) for holiday photos with the cast! Shows Friday Nov. 18th 7:30pm, Saturday Nov. 19th 11am and 3pm, and Sunday Nov. 20th at 1:30pm and 5:30pm. Tickets $9-$22.

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The National Dog Show 

Saturday Nov. 19 – Sunday Nov. 20
100 Station Ave
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Oaks, PA

Don’t miss the return of The National Dog Show happening this Saturday Nov. 19th from 8am – 6pm and Sunday Nov. 20th from 8:30am – 5pm at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. The National Dog Show gives families an opportunity to “go behind the scenes” and see over 2,000 dogs from 200 breeds getting ready to strut their fluff. Only at a “benched’ show like this one are the dogs at designated locations all weekend long so visitors can see and meet all the amazing breeds. And there are only four benched shows left in America – New York (Westminster), Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. Tickets just $16 for adults, $7 for kids, ages 3 and under free.

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Christmas Village Preview Weekend

Saturday Nov. 19th – Sunday Nov. 20th
City Hall
1400 JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA

The ever popular Christmas Village will open early for a special preview this Saturday Nov. 19th and Sunday Nov. 20th 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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Philadelphia Marathon Kids Fun Run

Saturday Nov. 19
Onsite registration opens at 10am/kids dash and runs starting at 12pm
24th and Pennsylvania Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t let the kids miss out on the Philadelphia Marathon fun! The Kids Fun Run will take place on Saturday Nov. 19th where children of all ages are encouraged to join the Marathon Day fun with the Kids Fun Run event. Onsite registration will take place at 10:00 a.m.  Family activities include face painting, balloon artists, games, and more. All children receive a prize for participation. $15.

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Thanks & Giving Children’s Benefit Concert

Saturday Nov. 19th
4:30 – 6pm
The Creative Living Room
9 Brinton Avenue
Media, PA

Clap, stamp, sing and swing along in this fun filled 12th Annual World of Song Children’s Holiday Benefit music festival for the whole family on Saturday Nov. 19th from 4:30-6pm at The Creative Living Room in Swarthmore. The festival celebrates the season and benefits The William Trippley Youth Development Foundation’s Camp Encouragementsupporting children grieving the loss of a loved one.  Perfect for ages 2-7. All are welcome. $8.

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Holiday Festival

Friday Nov. 18 – Sunday Nov. 20
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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Mary Poppins

Saturday Nov. 19
Wayne United Methodist Church
210 S. Wayne Ave.
Wayne, PA

The Upper Main Line YMCA Theatre presents the Disney classic tale of Mary Poppins this Saturday Nov. 19th at Wayne United Methodist Church.The mix of catchy tunes, stellar dance numbers and bewitching moments will be sure to draw plenty of smiles. Performances at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets $12, adults; $8, kids.

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UniverSoul Circus

Nov. 19 – Nov. 20
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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Santa’s Grand Illumination 

Saturday Nov. 19th
5pm
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road
Langhorne, PA

New this year at Sesame Place is Santa’s Grand Illumination happening on Saturday Nov. 19th at 5pm. Don’t miss this special Christmas celebration as Santa illuminates the night to kick-off A Very Furry Christmas! After some holly jolly singing and dancing with Santa’s trusty elves and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends, Santa will arrive on a horse-drawn carriage to light up the night with millions of twinkling lights! Enjoy special live holiday shows and plenty of festive decor. Plus visitors get to enjoy Christmas menus, holiday shopping and even a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop. Tickets $27.

Giveaway: Celebrate National Dog Show Month

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November is here… And that means it’s time to celebrate National Dog Show Month in Philadelphia!! The National Dog Show Presented by Purina hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia is taking place November 19-20 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. And this weekend there are some fun Dog Show related family fun events you won’t want to miss, too!

Did you know that dog show competition was first held in Philadelphia in the late 1800s? (I didn’t!) The tradition-rich, all-breed dog show hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia is arguably the oldest sporting competition in America.

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The National Dog Show gives families an opportunity to “go behind the scenes” and see over 2,000 dogs from 200 breeds getting ready to strut their fluff. Only at a “benched’ show are the dogs at designated locations all weekend long so people can see and meet all the breeds. And there are only four benched shows left in America – New York (Westminster), Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. Handlers and owners are more than happy to answer questions and talk about breed temperaments. This year, there are three newly recognized (by American Kennel Club) breeds that will be throwing their collars in the ring: American Hairless Terrier (Terrier group), Sloughi (Hound Group) and Pumi (Herding Group).

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If you want to start celebrating before The National Dog Show on Sat. Nov. 19th, you’re in luck because this weekend The Perfect Dog will be running at The Centre Theater in Norristown. Based off of National Dog Show host John O’Hurley’s book, The Perfect Dog, will take place this Friday November 11th at 7PM and Saturday November 12th at 2 PM at The Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb Street in Norristown. The Friday evening show will include a bedtime story and kids are encouraged to come in their PJs and bring a blanket. The Saturday matinee show will have adoptable puppies in the theatre after the performance. General admission is $10. Purchase advance tickets online here or at the door day of show while available.

And tomorrow Thursday Nov. 10th there will be a pre-show fundraiser taking place at Petplan headquarters 3805 West Chester Pike, Suite 240, Newtown Square, PA. Petplan will donate $100 for each media member who goes down the two-story, red tube slide in their indoor dog park! Ranking dog show officials and celebrities will also generate donations if they go down the slide in pursuit of a maximum $5,000 donation to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. The event will also include new breeds, members of the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team and host David Frei.

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The National Dog Show Information
The National Dog Show is nationally televised after the Macy’s Day Parade (12 Noon – 2pm ET) each year, attracting over 20 million viewers. The National Dog Show may be the best entertainment value in the Delaware Valley with ticket prices of just $16 for adults, $7 for kids, ages 3 and under free. You can buy advanced tickets online or at the door for the National Dog Show. Non-profit Kennel Club of Philadelphia keeps the price of admission low as part of its mission of educating the public about responsible pet ownership. 

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And now one lucky phillyfun4kids reader will have a chance to win a pair of tickets (value $32) to The National Dog Show in Phila Nov. 19-20. To enter this giveaway, simply fill out the easy form below. Good luck!!

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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with The National Dog Show. We received products and/or compensation in exchange for sharing this information with phillyfun4kids readers. As always, all opinions expressed about how cool it is that Philly is home to The National Dog Show and is in fact where The National Dog Show began are our own. 

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Nov. 4-6

Enjoy the extra hour of fun this weekend (and remember to turn those clocks back tonight, too!) with all the great family fall fun to be had this weekend in and around Philly.

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Apple Festival 

Sat. Nov. 5 – Sun. Nov. 6
Peddler’s Village
2400 Street Rd.
New Hope, PA

Head to beautiful Bucks County for the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village this Saturday November 5th – Sunday November 6th. Celebrate apple season while you take in fall family fun, all things apple, face painting, art displays and pie-eating contests and more. Admission and parking are free.

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Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Friday Nov. 4 – Sunday Nov. 6
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
100 Station Ave
Oaks, PA

Enjoy the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival this weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. Meet over 250 independent artists and craftspeople, hear their stories, and shop. Home goods, furniture, fashion and accessories and tasty treats just a few of the offerings available. And kids will enjoy costumed storytelling with a family friendly interactive performance with Middle Earth Studio, too. Cost:  $10 at the door, $8 if purchase online;  Free for kids under 12.

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Baby & Toddler Expo
Sunday Nov. 6
10am – 1pm
Katz JCC
1301 Springdale Rd.
Cherry Hill, NJ

The Katz JCC in Cherry Hill hosts the Baby & Toddler Expo this Sunday November 6th from 10am – 2pm. The expo will include vendors with information and children’s merchandise, educational sessions, fitness demos, pre- and post-pregnancy seminars, kids’ activities and much more. Free.

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Pay What You Wish Admission and Family Portrait Festival 

Sunday Nov. 6th
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 Nov. 6th. And it’s a Family Portrait Festival so you can express yourself through portraiture and strike a pose in the photo booth. Get inspired by the faces in the galleries and laugh along with improv group StoryUP!

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Pirate Adventure Day 

Sunday Nov. 6th
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd.
Chadds Ford, PA

Pirate Adventure Day returns to Brandywine River Museum of Art this Sunday Nov. 6th with amazing pirate adventures for all ages. Create pirate-themed crafts, hunt for art treasures in the museum, meet the Pirates of Fortune’s Folly, experience “Storytime Peter Pan” presented by Hedgerow Theatre and new for 2016, sing along with folk musician Rick Spencer in a program of seafaring songs related to pirates and the great days of sail. All activities are included and museum admission is free.

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Saturday Nov. 5 – Sunday Nov. 6th
Lithuanian Music Hall
2715 E Allegheny Ave.
Phila., PA

Celebrate Lithuanian culture at the 40th Muge Lithuanian Fair with traditional dishes like honey cakes, poppyseed rolls and kugelis (potato pudding) and more. Vote for your favorite homemade krupnikas; listen to live music; and watch folk dancing and other live performances. $5 for adults. Free for ages 12 and younger.

 

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Oct. 29-30

There’s so much spooky fun to be had in and around Philly this weekend it’s downright scary… How will you ever decide which Halloween or Day of the Dead or other fall fun to enjoy? Whatever you decide, get out and enjoy one of these fall family activities on this beautiful fall weekend before Halloween!

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Day of the Dead Celebration

Saturday Oct. 29
Penn Museum
3260 South S.
Philadelphia, PA

Celebrate Day of the Dead at the Penn Museum this Saturday Oct. 29th from 11am – 4pm. Enjoy Mexican culture and the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at this family-friendly afternoon filled with music and dance, puppetry and storytelling and arts & crafts. Free with general admission. Admission $15, adults, $10 children, free for kids 5 and under. Children ages 12 and under dressed in Day of the Dead or Halloween costumes receive half priced admission.

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Kids Matinee – Hocus Pocus

Saturday Oct. 29th at 11am
Bryn Mawr Film Institute
Bryn Mawr, PA

Enjoy a Disney Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus, with the whole family at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute this Saturday Oct. 29th at 11am. $5 adults, $4 kids.

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Elkins Park Fall Festival 

Saturday Oct. 29th
High School Park
7910 High School Rd.
Elkins Park, PA

The Elkins Park Fall Festival is happening Saturday Oct. 29th in Elkins Park, PA. Enjoy performances for kids and adults at four venues, including CreekSide Co-op, Elkins Central, High School Park & White Pines Place. Performers for kids include Mr. David’s Drawings, Songs & Silliness, Two of a Kind and Cap’n Mad Dogg Charlie. Free.

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The Witches of Narberth

Saturday Oct. 29th
1-4pm
Haverford Ave.
Narberth, PA

Join the family friendly Witch Hunt happening in Narberth on Saturday Oct. 20th from 1-4pm. Kids of all ages can search the town to find the witches and then collect treats along the way. Find all the witches and win a Halloween prize. Come in costume if you like! Free.

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Scare at the Square 

Saturday Oct. 29
Suburban Square
Ardmore, PA

Head to Suburban Square this Saturday for Scare at the Square – a Halloween celebration full of candy, entertainment, music and crafts for kids. Families can also trick-or-treat at participating retailers. Free.

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Boo at the Zoo
Saturday Oct. 29 – Oct. 30
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss the final weekend of the annual Boo at the Zoo happening this weekend Saturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th from 10am – 4pm. Put on your favorite costume and head to the Zoo for creepy-crawly family fun and trick or treating and other friendly fun for all! Free with Zoo admission. $20 for adults, $18 for children ages 2-11. Under 2 free.

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Halloween BooGaLoo

Saturday Oct. 29th
5pm – 7pm
Old Swedes Church
927 S. Water St,
Phila., PA

Bring the kiddos out to the Halloween BooGaLoo at Old Swedes Church this Saturday Oct. 29th from 5pm – 7pm for family fun. Kids’ activities start at 6pm and include trick-or-treating in the graveyard and pumpkin painting. There will also be performances and food. Free. (If you stay after 7pm $10 donation is suggested.)

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Tricks and Treats
Sunday Oct. 30th 1-4pm 
Pennsbury Manor
400 Pennsbury Memorial Road
Morrisville, PA

Enjoy tricks and treats this Sunday Oct. 30th at Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville, PA from 1-4pm. Enjoy an afternoon of festive family-friendly Halloween fun mixed with Pennsylvania history. Free.

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Linvilla Costume Parade 
Sunday Oct. 30th
12-5pm
Linvilla Orchards
Media, PA

Linvilla Orchards host the annual Costume Parade this Sunday Oct. 30th. This annual event is hosted by Makin’ Music and participants outdo one another year after year with fun and creative costumes. Each child receives a treat there will be three winners from each age group. The grand prize is a $100 Linvilla Orchards gift certificate. Admission is free. Some events ticketed.

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Narberth Halloween Parade

Sunday Oct. 30th
6pm
Haverford Ave.
Narberth, PA

In Narberth, kids get to wear their costume two nights in a row, because the night before Halloween is the Narberth Halloween Parade. Local kids don their costumes and muster in the St. Margaret’s parking lot around 6pm and winds its way through town past crowds of cheering spectators. The parade ends in Narberth Park where kids get a goody bag, apple cider and treats. Free.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Oct. 21-21

Harry Potter fans rejoice! It’s the annual Harry Potter Fest in Chestnut Hill and if that’s not enough magic and frightful fun for you there are lots of other spooky spots to check out this weekend to get you and your little ghouls in the Halloween spirit!

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Harry Potter Festival

Saturday Oct. 22
11am – 5pm
Along Germantown Ave
Chestnut Hill, PA

Enjoy 10 blocks of wizarding fun along Germantown Ave in Chestnut Hill at the 2016 Annual Harry Potter Festival Sat. Oct. 22nd from 11am – 5pm. Don’t miss the Brotherly Love Quiddich Tournament, TriWizard Straw Maze, hayrides, sorting hat demonstrations, defense against the dark arts class, and so much more! Entrance to the festival and quiddich tournament is free. The festival is a rain or shine event.

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Bones! A Spooky Creature Feature
Saturday Oct. 22
12pm – 4pm
Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 W. Montgomery Ave.
Phila., PA

Why do animals need skeletons? What is a fossil? What does a paleontologist do? Learn about these topics and more while you explore the annual Halloween event at the Wagner Free Institute of Science museum this Saturday Oct. 22nd from 12-4pm. Kids can participate in science and art activities, learn about fossils, do a scavenger hunt and more! Free.

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Halloween In Manayunk

Saturday Oct. 22
Main Street
Manayunk, PA

The annual Halloween in Manayunk provides some pre-Halloween fun for families this Saturday Oct. 22nd from Enjoy a day filled with activities for children and adults alike from trick-or-treating along Main Street and a costume parade to Venice Island, Manayunk offers a variety of activities for families to celebrate the holiday. Free.

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Pumpkin Patch

Saturday Oct. 22
12pm – 2pm
Franklin Square
200 N. 6th St.
Philadelphia, PA

Head to Franklin Square this Saturday Oct. 22nd for the annual Pumpkin Patch where you can pick a pumpkin and enjoy some family friendly Halloween fun. Plus enjoy spooky mini golf and other Halloween fun, too. Free (some events ticketed.)

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Boo at the Zoo
Saturday Oct. 22 – Oct. 23
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA

It’s the annual Boo at the Zoo happening this weekend Saturday October 22nd and Sunday October 23rd from 10am – 4pm. Put on your favorite costume and head to the Zoo for creepy-crawly family fun and trick or treating and other friendly fun for all! Free with Zoo admission. $20 for adults, $18 for children ages 2-11. Under 2 free.

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Spider’s Tea Party 

Saturday Oct. 22
Peace Valley Nature Center
170 N. Chapman Rd.
Doylestown, PA

Bring a stuffed pal to Spider’s Tea Party at Peace Valley Nature Center this Saturday Oct. 22nd for “tea” (juice) and snacks, then listen to creepy tales and head outdoors to look for real spiders and their insect relatives. Free.

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Goblins in the Garden

Saturday Oct. 22 – Sunday Oct. 23
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Dr.
Camden, NJ

Camden Children’s Garden hosts Goblins in the Garden this weekend Saturday Oct. 22 – Sunday Oct. 23. Take a haunted train ride, encounter characters throughout the garden and meet “bumbling burglars.” There will also be trick-or-treat and a costume parade. Costumes encouraged. $8 general admission, $6 Camden residents, free for children 2 and under.

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Philadelphia Shell Show
Saturday Oct. 22 – Sunday Oct. 23
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss the annual Philadelphia Shell Show happening Saturday Oct. 22nd and Sunday Oct. 23rd at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia. Get up close and personal with over 10 million specimens of shell displays on view. Plus, family friendly shell themed activities and fun and shells for purchase, too. Free with museum admission. $17.95/adult, $13.95 children.

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Medieval Festival 

Sunday Oct. 23
1-5pm
Glencairn Museum
1001 Cathedral Rd.
Bryn Athyn, PA

The Glencairn Museum hosts the Medieval Festival this Sunday Oct. 23rd from 1-5pm. Experience medieval life, art and beliefs through a Pilgrim’s self-guided quest, demonstrations and activities in this portal to the past. Come in medieval costume and win a prize! $10 adults, $8 students.

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Fall Fun
Sunday Oct. 23
11am – 4pm
The Market at DelVal
2100 Lower State Rd
Doylestown, PA

There’s plenty of Fall Fun to be had at The Market at DelVal in Doylestown this Sunday Oct. 23rd. Take a wagon ride to the patch to pick the perfect pumpkin; enjoy inflatable attractions and an animal education tent; and find your way through the rope or hay-bale/corn mazes. Plus, get a U-pick pumpkins and more. $8, Free ages 2 and younger.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Oct. 14 – 16

So much fall fun to be had in and around Philly this weekend! Get out and enjoy all the Halloween and fall fun to be had for families!

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International Archaeology Day

Saturday Oct. 15
Newlin Grist Mill
219 S. Cheyney Rd.
Glen Mills, PA

Celebrate International Archaeology Day at Newlin Grist Mill on Saturday Oct. 15th as attendee volunteers are invited to assist professional archaeologists with site excavation. Plus, No registration required. Free to the public. All ages.

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Día del Niño
Saturday Oct. 15
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Phila., PA

Join the National Constitution Center and Telemundo62 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 for Día del Niño (Day of the Child), Telemundo62’s signature family event that celebrates the Latino culture and serves as a culmination to Hispanic Heritage Month. Featuring $8 all-access admission, including the feature exhibit Headed to the White House.

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Harvest Festival 

Saturday Oct. 15
Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th St.
Phila., PA

Don’t miss the annual Harvest Festival at Reading Terminal Market happening Sat. Oct. 15th from 10am – 4pm. Filbert St. (aka Harry Ochs Way) will be closed to vehicle traffic and transformed into an urban farm with hay bales and corn stalks. Kids and adults alike can climb on an authentic farm tractor. Food is pay as you go. Free.

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Community Apple Festival
Saturday Oct. 15
12-2pm
Woodford Mansion
2300 N. 33rd St.
Phila., PA

Celebrate harvest season with cider making, apple tasting, pumpkin painting, blacksmith demonstrations, children’s games, an apple dessert contest (enter yours!) and tours of the orchard at Woodford Mansion on Sat. Oct. 15th from 12-2pm. Free.

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Pumpkinland
Saturday Oct. 15
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Rd.
Media, PA

Bring the whole family to beautiful Linvilla Orchards in Media PA for fall fun including pick your own apples, hayrides, Pumpkinland and more. While there, enjoy farm animals and other fun farm activities.

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All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival 

Saturday Oct. 15
1-4pm
Pennypacker Mills
5 Haldeman Rd.
Schwenksville, PA

Head to Pennypacker Mills on Saturday Oct. 15th for the All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival. During this old-fashioned Victorian festival, kids can paint a pumpkin, make fall crafts, shuck corn, work the apple cider press and jump in the hay pile. Families can all climb into the hay wagon and enjoy other family fall fun! Free.

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Harriet’s Halloween Candy
Saturday Oct. 15th – 5pm
Sunday Oct. 16 – 11am
Players Club of Swarthmore
614 Fairview Ave.
Swarthmore, PA

Bring the kiddos out to Harriet’s Halloween Candy at the Players Club of Swarthmore this weekend to hear the story of a young girl’s obsession with Halloween candy and the dread of having to share it with her younger brother. After her friends find out that she has been hoarding candy  Harriet learns that things are even better when you share them with those you love. Tickets $10. $8 for under 12. Under 2 free. (Cash and check only!)

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Fall Family Fun Day

Sunday Oct. 16th
11am – 3pm
Sister Cities Park
210 N. 18th St.
Phila., PA

Celebrate fall on Sunday Oct. 16th at the Fall Family Fun Day (with Furry Friends!) at Sister Cities Park with activities geared for all ages in the park.  Guests can take a hayride around the park, which will be decked out with pumpkins, scarecrows and fall decor.  Face painting, balloon art and lots of fun games will be on tap both days. Families can bring their dogs, or talk to local shelters that will have information on adopting a new pet. Free.

Review and Giveaway: UltraMax AIR 360 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

Thank you to Safety 1st for providing phillyfun4kids with an UltraMax Air 360 4-in-1 Car Seat for review. All opinions are our own and we encourage you to try out the product for yourself.

If you’re anything like my family, we spend a ton of time in the car. We’re either shuttling back and forth to school and birthday parties and other extracurricular activities or we’re on the road to visit family or for local getaway day trips. So it really shook me to the core when we had not one but two accidents with our kids in the car over the summer. (You can go here to read more about our accidents this summer and how I realized that the car seats we had been using were no longer safe after these accidents by working with the Safety 1st car safety check experts here.) So you can understand why having the opportunity to test out and use the new UltraMax™ AIR 360 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat ($259) has been amazing as I now feel like our kids really are better protected when we’re out on the road.
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The Safety 1st UltraMax™ AIR 360 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat has so many incredible features but you kind of have to think about the most important one – AIR! Your child is protected from absolutely every angle because The UltraMax Air 360 is the only 4-in-1 car seat that features 360 Protect™ for 6 layers of proven safety. The Air Protect®cushioning system provides immediate crash protection with the most advanced side impact energy management system available. GCell® HX further displaces crash energy around the child’s torso. The steel reinforced frame adds stability to the seat. A deep seat structure helps shield your child, keeping your little one cozy and contained. Soft foam, used throughout the seat makes a comfortable first contact in every touchable location. The motion control headrest contains movement and easily adjusts to 10 different heights, ensuring that you can give your child the best fit for the best protection as they grow.

Because it is a 4-in-1 car seat it will grow with your child from infancy up through when they won’t need to be in a car seat anymore. The four stages that this car seat accommodates are: rear-facing for small babies 4-22 pounds, extended rear-facing for toddlers 15-50 pounds, forward-facing 22-65 pounds, and belt-positioning booster 40-120 pounds and 57″ tall. Cool, huh?? No more getting rid of the infant seat or the convertible seat for a booster. Now, your child can stay in the same seat (assuming you do not have any accidents!) until they are able to be in their seat without support. It really is the only car seat you’ll need to buy for your baby as it adapts to keep them safe through four different stages of development.

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And of course cleaning the seat is easy thanks to the ClickClean™ pad. The pad is very simple to remove and is both machine washable and dryer safe. A quick push of the button on the side of the seat and a couple snaps allow you to easily lift the pad off. This is essential with seats for little ones because between potty training, stomach bugs, and meals on the go we all know how easy it is for seats to get messy.

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Keeping our precious cargo (our kids!) safe while in the car is so important for our modern over scheduled and crazy busy families, right? Please make sure you have read and understood the new car seat laws in PA and that you really are using the safest car seat you possibly can!

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You can purchase the UltraMax™ AIR 360 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat at your local BabiesRUs. Retail price is $249.

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And now, one lucky phillyfun4kids reader will have a chance to win their own UltraMax™ AIR 360 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat. To enter, simply fill out the easy form below. Good luck!!

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In addition to our phillyfun4kids giveaway to win your own UltraMax™ AIR 360 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat be sure to enter the Safety 1st giveaway to win a Tiny House!

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Safety 1st is a leading provider of child safety products from Dorel Juvenile, a segment of Dorel Industries Inc. Safety 1st offers a full range of child safety products from socket protectors to strollers, car seats, and more. Their newest car seat is the UltraMax™ AIR 360 4-in-1 Convertible Car Seat ($259). This car seat is the only 4-in-1 car seat that features 360 Protect™ for 6 layers of proven safety, and it’s the only car seat you’ll need to buy for your baby as it adapts to keep them safe through four different stages of development.

If you are unsure whether your car seats are safely installed, you can find a local car seat inspection station here. Please be safe everyone!!

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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Safety 1st. We received products and/or compensation in exchange for sharing this information with phillyfun4kids readers. As always, all opinions expressed about how critical it is to understand proper car seat installation and car seat laws in your state to ensure the safety of your precious passengers are our own.