Weekend Phillyfun Picks: March 27-29

Winter can’t quite let us out of its chilly clutches quite yet but there is still plenty of spring fun to be had both indoors and out!! Take the kiddos out to one of these fun events in and around Philly this last weekend of the month!

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Family Fun Fishing Derby
Saturday March 28th
9am – 2pm
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

The annual Family Fun Fishing Derby takes place at Linvilla Orchards this Saturday March 28th and will be enjoyed by all ages as no fishing experiences or fishing license is required and there are ample trout swimming in Orchard Lake so everyone can enjoy a positive fishing experience together. Prizes by age group for the first catch!

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Family Concert: Make Your Own Musical Adventure
Saturday March 28th
11:30 am
The Kimmel Center
Verizon Hall
300 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

It’s a make your own musical adventure this Saturday March 28th at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Family Concert at the Kimmel Center as families choose what music will be performed during this interactive program. Charlotte Blake Alston leads the audience on a daring drama where you are the story’s hero and The Philadelphia Orchestra responds to your commands. Tickets $19 and up.

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Narberth Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday March 28th
1pm sharp!
Narberth Park
80 Windsor Ave
Narberth, PA

The annual Narberth Easter Egg Hunt takes place with an appearance by the Easter Bunny in Narberth Park this Saturday March 28th starting at 1pm. Hunts are divided by age group to allow for searching for treat-filled eggs. Free.

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Epic Church Egg Hunt
Saturday March 28th
10am -12pm
Gorgas Park
6300 Ridge Ave
Roxborough, PA

Epic Church hosts its annual Philly Egg Hunt (hunts run every ten minutes!) with over 35,000 treat filled eggs to be found and spring fun for all this Saturday March 28th from 10am – 12pm. This free event features a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, pony rides (additional fee) and of course photos and visits with the Easter Bunny, too! Free.

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1st Annual Girls Science Expo
Saturday March 28th
2-5pm
American Helicopter Museum and Education Center
1220 American Blvd.
West Chester, PA

Don’t miss the first annual Girls Science Expo at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester on Saturday March 28th from 2-5pm. Presented in conjunction with the Women in Aerospace and Technology Program, the expo features science projects on display by girls in grades 3-12. Attendees can view the projects and also participate in hands-on science investigations and fun as well as full access to the American Helicopter Museum and its exhibits. Admission is $7 per person.

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Season Opening Pay What You Wish Admission
Saturday March 28th
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ

Celebrate the opening of the season with Pay What You Wish admission at the Camden Children’s Garden this Saturday March 28th. Explore the four-acre garden and hands-on activities and fun at this seasonal opening celebration. Pay what you wish.

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Disney Store 28th Annual Anniversary
Saturday March 28th
Local Participating Disney Stores

Head to your local Disney Store on Saturday March 28th for a day of festivities and fun as Disney Store celebrates its 28th Anniversary! Enjoy a sing-a-long and dance jam on the 28th minute of every hour with store cast members. Plus 28 prizes are being given away for the first 28 customers who make a purchase. Free.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday March 27th – Sunday March 29th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday March 27th through Sunday March 29th at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Fancy Nancy, The Musical
Saturday March 28th – Sunday March 29th
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Fancy Nancy The Musical is a fun family performance your little ones will enjoy at the Walnut Street Theater running shows this weekend Saturday March 28th at 10:30am, 1pm and 3:30pm and Sunday March 29th at 11am. Show runs 1 hour. Tickets $14-$16.

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Friday March 27th – Sunday March 29th
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

Don’t miss a chance to hop on a Hayride to Bunnyland at Linvilla Orchards in Media this weekend for a fun hayride and special meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. $8 per person.

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Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Sunday March 29th
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday March 29th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free

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Easter Family Fun Day
Sunday March 29th
2-4pm
American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Bring the kids out for a day of Easter Fun at the American Swedish Historical Museum on Sunday March 29th. Introduce your little ones to Swedish Easter traditions, make Easter crafts, dress up as traditional Swedish Easter witch, have face paint fun and take part in a Easter egg hunt, too. Free for members and children under 2. $8 for non-members.

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Play-a-Palooza
Sunday March 29th
12pm – 4pm
SMITH Memorial Playground
3500 Reservoir Drive
Philadelphia, PA

SMITH Playground’s annual Play-a-Palooza takes place Sunday March 29th from 12-4pm. Kids ages 10 and younger and their caregivers are invited to the playground and playhouse for its seasonal grand opening celebration with crafts, hands-on science a mobile farm, honey bee demonstration, Soccer Shots demos and more! Plus, enjoy SMITH’s 6.5 acres of play space and grounds, too! $10 per child. Free for SMITH members.

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 8.29.51 PMLooking to show a little #DisneySide this weekend? Just head over to your local Disney Store to join in the fun and festivities as the cast members, customers, and Disney fans celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the DisneyStore with activities and fun for the whole family including:
- 28th Minute of Every Hour: Dance & Sing During the Cast Member JAMboree
- 28 Great Gifts: One for Each of the First 28 Guests Who Make a Purchase 
Plus, enjoy special one-day only storewide savings!!

Don’t miss this great excuse to show your #DisneySide and celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the opening of the first Disney Store in Glendale, California on March 28, 1987!!

To find your local Disney Store, click here.

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: March 20-22

Happy spring, Philly families!! Ok, so it might not feel quite springy with snow on falling now but warmer temps are coming this weekend so enjoy all the late March fun to be had for all this weekend!

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Annie
Friday March 20 – Saturday March 21st
The Academy of Music
1500 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Running this weekend only at the Academy of Music is the beloved musical Annie presented by Broadway Philadelphia. Families will enjoy this brand new reincarnation of the classic with favorite songs the whole family will be singing long after the show. Shows run Friday March 20th at 8pm, Saturday March 21st at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday March 22nd at 1pm and 6pm. Tickets $20 and up.

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Willy Wonka Jr.
Friday March 20th – Saturday March 21st
Holy Child Academy
475 Shadeland Ave
Drexel Hill, PA

Don’t miss Holy Child Academy’s production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr. this weekend with shows running Friday March 20th at 7:30pm, Saturday March 21st at 1pm and 7:30pm. Plus enjoy a special autograph party with the characters after the Saturday 1pm matinee too! Tickets are just $8 for adults and $6 for children and can be purchased at the door.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday March 20th – Sunday March 22nd
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday March 20th through Sunday March 22nd at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Fancy Nancy Arrives at NEST
Saturday March 21st
10am – 11:30am
NEST
1301 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA

Fancy Nancy herself arrives at NEST this Saturday March 21st from 10am – 11:30am in advance of her arrival at Walnut Street Theatre later this month. Enjoy music, fun and meet and greet photo opps with this beloved children’s character. $15 for non-members.

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Spring Celebration
Saturday March 21st
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA

Head to the Please Touch Museum on Saturday March 21st to celebrate the arrival of spring with musical performances visits from the Very Hungry Caterpillar as well as kite and butterfly crafts and lots more spring activities and fun! $17.

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International Day of Forests
Saturday March 21st – Sunday March 22nd
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ

Celebrate the International Day of Forests at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill this weekend Saturday March 21st and Sunday March 22nd with tree themed fun and activities! $12.95 plus tax.

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Hayrides To Bunnyland
Saturday March 21st – Sunday March 22nd
Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA

Don’t miss a chance to hop on a hayride to Bunnyland at Linvilla Orchards in Media this weekend for a fun hayride and special meet and greet with the Easter Bunny. $8 per person.

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Egyptomania!
Saturday March 21st
11am – 4pm
Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

Celebrate ancient Egyptian culture at the Penn Museum’s Egyptomania! – a day long celebration from 11am – 4pm featuring festivities and fun focusing on Egypt like “Mummy Makers” and Hieroglphys workshops, traditional music and dance, craft stations to create your own canopic jar and wesekh necklace and more! $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-17.

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Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Sunday March 22nd
9:30am – 12pm
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings including this Sunday March 22nd between 9:30am – 12pm. Free

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Kids Corner Music Festival
Sunday March 22nd
11am – 1pm
World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA

It’s the 2015 Kids Corner Music Festival taking place this Sunday March 22nd at the World Café Live in Philly from 11am – 1pm. Don’t miss this fun family music event featuring Kids Corner radio host, Kathy O’Connell as she welcomes The Pop Ups, The Not-Its and Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights. Tickets $18 (ages 1 and younger free). Doors open at 10:30am.

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Sundays on Stage
Sunday March 22nd
2pm
Free Library of Philadelphia
Montgomery Auditorium
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Hampstead Theater Company presents Pinocchio this Sunday March 22nd at 2pm the Free Library of Philadelphia as part of its free Sundays on Stage family programs. This classic tale of an Italian woodcarver and a marionette on his journey to become a real boy will delight children of all ages. Free.

Giveaway: Discover Speed Raceway

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Have you guys heard of Speed Raceway? Well, neither had I until I was contacted by them recently to check it out! I would have thought my girls are a little on the young side for this but actually kids ages 6 and up will LOVE this fast-paced fun for the whole family in two locations: Horsham, PA and Cinnaminson, NJ.

Speed Raceway is the east coast’s largest indoor electric kart racing facility. It’s an upscale indoor kart racing facility and the perfect place for a truly authentic racing experience. The Speed Raceway facility is clean, upscale and free from emissions and oils. This is a apparently a rare thing in the indoor kart racing world but Speed Raceway only uses green, eco-friendly Italian made OTL Storm Karts. Just one race in their Storm high performance racing karts and you will be hooked on the speed, handling and sound they produce. Nothing else can compare!

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Here’s how it works:
1) Get ready: Head to either Speed Raceway Location and register. It’s quick and easy and allows you to store your races in their system automatically. You can even register on-line before you get there to save time if you want!
2) Get set: Get on the schedule! Tell the desk staff you need to be scheduled. Or again, get scheduled on-line before you arrive if you really want to “speed” through the process!
3) GO! When your race is called it’s your turn for the ultimate thrill! And while you’re waiting you can chill out in the full arcade or just cheer on other racers.

Pricing is offered two ways:
Arrive and Drive which runs $20 for 12-14 laps and only $6 for your annual race license. Or, take advantage of one of their  weekly specials for even better deals and discounts.
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Speed Raceway also does birthday parties, corporate events and even camps! Can you imagine sending your kid to summer racing camp or clinics this summer? How cool would THAT be? In fact, they’re running some pretty great deals for Spring Break April 1st – 10th, too – check them out!

If you want something new and “out of the ordinary,” then Speed Raceway is your answer for exciting and challenging indoor racing entertainment. But don’t take our word for it… Win some tickets instead!!

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Now one lucky phillyfun4kids reader has a chance to win a family 4 pack of tickets to Speed Raceway! Just enter the easy Rafflecopter form below to enter. Good luck!

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Speed Raceway generously provided the 4 free tickets to give away to a lucky reader. As always, all opinions expressed about what a thrill it is to find something so unique and different to do with kids and families in Philly are our own! 

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: March 13-15

There is much March fun to be had this weekend with St. Patty’s Day celebrations and leprechaun hunts too! Plus the Easter Bunny officially hops into town at many area malls and locations so there’s no reason not to get out and get your spring on early with the kids this weekend!

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Spring “Rise & Shine” Kids YogAmi Storytime
Saturday March 14th
10:30 – 11:30am
Media Arts Council Center & Gallery
609 W. State Street at Baltimore Pike
Media, PA

Head to the Media Arts Council this Saturday March 14th at 10:30am for a “rise & shine” kid’s yoga and storytime event with Rabbit and her many friends through interactive storytelling, yoga, songs, games, art and more. $10 suggested donation per family.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday March 13th – Sunday March 15th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues Friday March 13th through Sunday March 15th at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Frozen Fun
Saturday March 14th
11am
Fairmount Water Works
640 Waterworks Dr.
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy “Frozen Fun” at the Fairmount Water Works this Saturday March 14th starting at 11am. Families can enjoy the full-length sing-along edition of Frozen at 12Noon preceded by a snowflake science activity at 11am. Kids of all ages are encouraged to dress in their favorite Frozen costume and bring a themed toy. $1.

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Passport to Discovery: Latin Dance
Saturday March 14th and Sunday March 15th
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ

Head to the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill this weekend Saturday March 14th and Sunday March 15th for their next Passport to Discovery series celebrating Latin Dance! $12.95 plus tax.

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Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt
Saturday March 14th
1pm
Downtown Narberth
Forrest Ave & Haverford Ave
Narberth, PA

The Great Narberth Leprechaun Hunt returns this Saturday March 14th at 1pm. Start at the “Blarney” booth located at the corner of Haverford and Forrest Ave and get glues to search for leprechauns hidden around town. For each found leprechaun, kids receive a “gold” chocolcate coin fr their pot-o-gold and can get a special treat if all 10 leprechauns are found! Free.

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Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday March 15th
12 Noon
16th and JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

The annual Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place this Sunday March 15th starting at 16th and JFK Blvd. at 12 Noon. Don’t miss this annual parade and Philadelphia tradition since 1771 and your chance to view floats, bands, dancers and more all celebrating this Irish holiday! Free.

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Family Fun Day
Sunday March 15th
12 Noon – 4pm
Cheltenham Center for the Arts
439 Ashbourne Road
Cheltenham, PA

Families will enjoy this free family fun day at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts this Sunday March 15th from 12 Noon – 4pm when the Center offers an open house showcasing their unique studio and theatre spaces and offering hands-on art and fun including painting, ceramics, and printmaking. Free.

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Free Sundays and Storytelling with Pictures
Sunday March 15th
9:30am – 12 Noon
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

Families get to enter the world of three-time Caldecott Medal winner David Wiesner at the Brandywine River Museum of Art this Sunday March 15th at 1pm as he discusses the process of writing and illustrating his popular children’s books and signs copies available for purchase in the museum gift shop. Talk is geared for children ages 10 and up. All ages are invited to meet the artist and take part in the book signing. And enjoy free admission to the museum  on Sunday mornings including this Sunday March 15th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: March 6-8

Got cabin fever? No worries!! The temps are going to be rising and there is plenty of fun to be had in and around Philly this weekend with Star Wars invasions, Flower Show fun and lots more!

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Star Wars Weekend
Saturday March 7 – Sunday March 8
Brandywine Zoo
1991 N. Park Drive
Wilmington, DE

It’s Star Wars weekend at the Brandywine Zoo to celebrate the spring opening of the zoo on Saturday March 7th and Sunday March 8th from 12-3pm. Star Wars fans will enjoy the public photo opp event (from 1-3pm) as the Empire invades the Zoo! General zoo admission to Star Wars weekend is $5 for adults, $3 for kids.

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PNC Grow Up Great: Musical Theatre
Saturday March 7th
11am
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Little music lovers get to learn about the vibrant world of musical theatre at The Kimmel Center during PNC Grow Up Great this Saturday March 7th starting at 11am. Kids will learn about musical theatre during this interactive hour-long session with musicians, actors, and dancers. Geared for ages 3-5. Free.

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Cinderella Sunday at Philadelphia Flower Show
Friday March 6th – Sunday March 8th
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss the final weekend of the Philadelphia Flower Show this Friday March 6th – Sunday March 8th. This year’s show theme is “Celebrate the Movies” featuring beautiful displays inspired by Disney and Disney Pixar movie classics. And on Sunday March 8th bring your littlest royalty out for Cinderella Sunday. Kids can dress up as prince and princesses and walk the red carpet! Photo opps will be available with Cinderella and other crowned royalty like Miss Philadelphia, too. And enjoy a special princess party from 2-3:30pm in the Garden Tea Room. $30-$32 for adults, $15-$17 for kids.Purchase online for discounted tickets.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday March 6th – Sunday March 8th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues Friday March 6th through Sunday March 8th at The Franklin Institute. This new display of LEGO brick masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

Annie Jr. Musical
Friday March 6th – Sunday March 8th
Charles F. Patton Middle School
760 Unionville Road
Kennett Square, PA

Share in the magic of Annie, Jr. this weekend at the Charles F. Patton Middle School in Kennett Square, PA. Performances run Friday March 6th at 7pm and Saturday March 7th at 2pm and 7pm and Sunday March 8th at 7pm. Tickets $5.

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SkyZone Trampoline First Annual Summer Fair
Sunday March 8th
10am
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
211 Executive Drive
Newark, DE

Kids have cabin fever? No worries! Think summer and get them moving at the first annual summer fair at SkyZone Trampoline Park this Sunday March 8th starting at 10am. Families can learn about area summer camps as well as check out the new SkyZone trampoline park. Free.

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Passport to Discovery: Holi Festival
Saturday March 7th – Sunday March 8th
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ

Head to the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill this weekend Saturday March 7th and Sunday March 8th for their next Passport to Discovery series celebrating the culture and traditions of the Festival of Colors with dance, yoga and other themed activities! $12.95 plus tax.

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Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park
Friday March 6th – Sunday March 8th
Dilworth Park
Broad and Market Streets
West Side of City Hall
Philadelphia, PA

The wintery fun continues (if you dare) this weekend at the Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park this Friday March 6th through Sunday March 8th. Philly families will enjoy outdoor public skating against the backdrop of our landmark City Hall. And on Monday February 16th, be sure to wear your Flyers gear and get to skate with Flyers Alumni Bob Kelly and Joe Watson. Free Flyers t-shirts for fans 12-1:30pm while supplies last. Adults $4, children 10 and under $3, skate rental $8.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Friday March 6th – Sunday March 8th
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest fun runs all weekend long with a magical winter landscape including a dazzling light show, winter garden and forest, shopping and refreshments in the new “Lodge” with indoor fireplaces, rustic décor and outdoor heat lamps plus shopping at ArtStar with gifts and handmade items. And of course, the outdoor ice skating rink as the centerpiece of all the fun. Admission to Winterfest is free. Skate admission $3. Skate rental $10.

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Family Arts Academy: Cassatt Family Portraits
Sunday March 8th
2pm
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy PAFA’s free weekly Sunday workshop this Sunday 8th at 2pm featuring The Artist Garden exhibit and the opportunity to make chalk-pastel family portraits too. Free.

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PECO Family Jams: Stories and Soundscapes
Sunday March 8th
12Noon – 4pm
1020 South Street
Philadelphia, PA

Second Sunday of the month means the return of PECO Family Jams at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens this Sunday March 8th. Bring the whole family out from 12 Noon – 4pm for hands-on workshops and family friendly tours. Kids will make their own instruments and enjoy a reading of Brian Floca’s Locomotive, the children’s selection for One Book, One Philadelphia. Free with admission. $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 3-12.

Host a #Disneyside @Home Celebration

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. As always the opinions expressed here are my own.DisneySide2015_border

Recently we hosted friends and family to our house for a most magical celebration – our #DisneySide @Home Celebration party! I was lucky enough to be chosen to be a Disney Side @Home hostess again this year. You can read the re-cap of last year’s celebration here. We received our party kit in the mail a few weeks ago and the girls were just over the moon excited that we were fortunate enough to get selected again to host.

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If you’re at all like me, planning for Disney – or a Disney Side @Home Celebration – is more than half of the fun! Together as a family we selected the theme for our party and decided on “Classic Mickey” because the party kit we got was a multigenerational kit and we thought this would have broad appeal across all ages. We printed out fabulous invitations on the HP printer paper that was included in our kits and encouraged all our guests to join us in costumes showing their #DisneySide too!

There are so more great ideas and suggestions on planning your own Multigenerational Disney Side @Home Celebration here!

We loved planning the menu and food for our Disneyside @Home party and decided on Hot Diggity Dogs (pigs in blankets), Minnie’s Meatballs (more on these in a bit), Mickey pretzels, Mickey ears cupcakes, Kickin’ Chickin Buffalo Chicken dipDuff Goldman’s Tie Dye Cake in a Mickey Mouse head shape and other fun and tasty treats!

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The kids and I had so much fun making this cool tie-dye Mickey cake with Duff Goldman’s awesome tie-dye cake mix and the Wilton Mickey Mouse pan included in our @Home Celebration kits! Then later, I made homemade buttercream frosting to ice the cake.We also made cupcakes and frosted those with the homemade butter cream icing and then we put in two mini Oreos for Mickey ears and viola!

Another HUGE hit at the party were our delicious Soy Vay Tropical Teriyaki Meatballs (or “Minnie’s Meatballs”). To make these we bought frozen homestyle (not Italian) meatballs (we used the Walmart Great Value brand but Ikea Meatballs or Trader Joes’ frozen meatballs would also work great) and heated them up before putting in a crockpot. We then poured in a whole bottle of the Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki and added some frozen chunks of pinneaple. They simmered on low for a bit and that’s it! Everyone gobbled them up and said how delicious they were! So easy and so tasty and fun!

As I said, part of the fun of this celebration for me is in the planning and I love thinking of new ways to show our Disneyside at home. Last year I made this fun wreath to hang on the door. This year, I decided to make a Mickey door mat that was so super easy and I think turned out pretty cute. I also cut mickey heads and placed them all around on windows. We had Disney photo booth station where guests could wear Mickey ears or princess hats and get their photos too!

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Again this year, my good friend hand made these incredible custom wine glasses for the adults which were so much festive to use and each guest even got to take their glass home with them, too.

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Each family also got to go home with an ABC Family goody bag filled with fun treats like a pack of HP Photo Paper, Twinnings tea, a coupon . The kid goody bags were actually purchased from Subway (I could NOT resist these adorable classic Minnie and Mickey messenger style bags) and then filled with Disney stickers, pencils, and other treats.

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Including in our hostess kits were some fabulous treats and goodies from the incredible sponsors of the #Disneyside @Home celebrations including All, Whisk,  Twinnings of Longon, Soy Vey, HP, DisneyParks and more.

Of course, no DisneySide party is complete in our house without PRINCESSES! We had several including my two girls and a bevy of other bejeweled princesses ready to party.

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Our party kit included all sorts of great games and activities including Disney Bingo, pin the smile on Mickey, Tree of Life family trees, Disney trivia and more! In addition to all the great Disney themed games and activities we also encouraged our guests to bring their lanyards and trade pins since pin trading has become such a special part of Disney for our family. And of course each guest (kid or kid at heart) got to pick their favorite pin from our pin favors. One of my favorite moments of the party was when a dad was leaving and I asked if he got his pin yet and he said he thought that was just for the kids. I replied “Oh no – EVERYONE gets to show their Disneyside tonight!” We also made up some of our own games including “Pass the Palace Pet” which was like hot potato but with a Palace Pet and princess freeze dance, too!

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It’s been such a brutally cold and icy winter and the day of our party was no exception. There was snow and ice warnings and at one point I was not sure if anyone was going to make it. But the majority of our guests did still come out – I guess it’s hard to keep folks away from Disney magic and fun!

If you want to have your own Disney Side @Home Celebration anytime of year check out www.disneysidecelebrations.com for tips, recipes, party suggestions, and other fantastic resources to get you started! And I’d love to know how you show your Disney Side – feel free to leave a comment below with ways you like to show your Disney Side and bring the magic home all year long.

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Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Feb. 27th – March 1st

Don’t miss the great weekend of family fun to be had on this last weekend of February and first weekend of March with Baby Loves Disco, train themed fun, maple sugaring, and so more!

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Macy’s Family Fun Day: Trains!
Saturday Feb. 28th
10am – 5pm
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

Head to The African American Museum in Philadelphia this Saturday February 28th for the Macy’s Family Fun Day: Trains! starting at 10am. Learn about the role and importance of trains in African American life via family-friendly exploration of art, history, music, storytelling and crafts. $14 for adults. $10 for kids ages 4-12.

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Baby Loves Disco
Saturday Feb. 28th
11am
World Café Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Baby Loves Disco returns to Philly’s World Café Live this Saturday February 28th at 11am. Bring the whole family out to dance their little hearts out. It’s the kids’ turn to get a little dressed up and dance to a live DJ as well as enjoy other activities like face paint, arts and crafts, and more. $15.

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Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration
Saturday Feb. 28th
8am
Tyler Arboretum
515 PainterRoad
Media, PA

Tyler Arboretum hosts their annual Pancake breakfast and maple sugaring celebration on Saturday February 28th starting at 8am. Kids will lean from Tyler’s education staff how sap gets turned into maple syrup and also try their hand at tree tapping too! Pancake breakfast is all you can eat and included pancakes, sausage, and hot beverages. $12 for adults, $8 for kids ages 3-12, and free for
under 3.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday Feb. 27th – Sunday March 1st
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues Friday February 27th through Sunday March 1st at the Franklin Institute. This new display of LEGO brick masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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Passport to Discovery: Irish Festival
Saturday Feb. 28th – Sunday March 1st
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ

Head to the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill this weekend Saturday February 28th and Sunday March 1st for their next Passport to Discovery series celebrating the culture and traditions of Ireland! $12.95 plus tax.

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Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park
Friday Feb. 27th – Sunday March 1st
Dilworth Park
Broad and Market Streets
West Side of City Hall
Philadelphia, PA

The wintery fun continues (if you dare) this weekend at the Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park this Friday February 27th through Sunday March 1st. Philly families will enjoy outdoor public skating against the backdrop of our landmark City Hall. And on Monday February 16th, be sure to wear your Flyers gear and get to skate with Flyers Alumni Bob Kelly and Joe Watson. Free Flyers t-shirts for fans 12-1:30pm while supplies last. Adults $4, children 10 and under $3, skate rental $8.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Friday Feb. 27th – Sunday March 1st
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest fun runs all weekend long with a magical winter landscape including a dazzling light show, winter garden and forest, shopping and refreshments in the new “Lodge” with indoor fireplaces, rustic décor and outdoor heat lamps plus shopping at ArtStar with gifts and handmade items. And of course, the outdoor ice skating rink as the centerpiece of all the fun. Admission to Winterfest is free. Skate admission $3. Skate rental $10.
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Here Comes the Sun Family Festival
Sunday March 1st
10am
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Museum of Art features family friendly programs this Sunday March 1st starting at 10am to get us ready for sunny days ahead! Soak in some sunshine through music, art, and yoga themed to help us think sunny thoughts! $20 for adults, $14 for kids ages 13-18.

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PNC Arts Alive Family Programs: All in The Family
Sunday March 1st
10am – 12Noon
Brandywine River Museum of Art
US Route 1
Chadds Ford, PA

PNC Arts Alive presents “All in the Family” this Sunday March 1st from 10am – 12noon at the Brandywine River Museum of Art featuring the works of three generations of Wyeth family artists and the chance for kids to create one-of-a-find family portraits. Free admission until noon.

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Family Arts Academy: Minecraft Portraits
Sunday March 1st
2pm
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Enjoy the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art’s free weekly Sunday workshop this Sunday March 1st at 2pm featuring Minecraft fun for children using colorful blocks to design their custom pixelated portraits. Free.

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2015 Flyers Wives Carnival
Sunday March 1st
1:30pm (doors at 12:30pm)
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss the 2015 Flyers Wives Carnival happening this Sunday March 1st starting at 1:30pm at the Wells Fargo Center. Come out to meet your favorite Flyers including laude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Jake Voracek, Steve Mason, Ron Hextall, Bernie Parent and others. And kids will also be able to take part in other festival fun including a giant slide, games and chances and more. All proceeds benefit Flyers Charities supporting hundreds of non-profits throughout the Philadelphia Region. Doors open at 12:30pm. Cost $15-$200.

Giveaway: DMZ Kids Personalized Beach Chair Set

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I don’t know about you guys but I’m doing pretty much anything at all that I can do to think about warmer weather to come and block out the bitter cold and icy, slippery winter walkways and bitter temps out there these days. That’s why I’m particularly excited to bring you this fabulous “Think Summer” giveaway from my sweet friend Donna, owner of DMZ Designs to launch her newest kid-friendly venture DMZ Designs for Kids!! Donna hand crafts beautiful home decor that she personalizes. I love all of her home items especially her gorgeous wreaths and unique slate sets. I gave a slate set as a wedding gift this summer and it was just perfect. I’ve been getting personalized teacher gifts with Donna each holiday season and they are the absolute cutest and teachers really like them! Donna’s unique designs have been featured in Country Sampler magazine and many area craft and arts shows. And now Donna has launched her latest endeavor, DMZ Designs for Kids! DMZ Designs for Kids features the best and most unique personalized items for kids like name door signs,  peg signs, name frames and more!

Look at some of these other great kids items available from DMZ Designs for Kids:

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DMZ Designs For Kids can be your new one stop shop for baby or kid gift giving needs with everything from baby baskets, piggy banks, peg racks, room decor and lots more. There are handcrafted, personalized gifts for all occasions!

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To help Donna launch her new endeavor in a big way we’ve teamed up and are giving away an adorable personalized beach chair and umbrella set to one lucky phillyfun4kids reader!! To enter, simply fill out the simple rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends midnight March 8th. Good luck!!

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Disclosure: DMZ Designs For Kids provided one kids beach chair and umbrella set for the purpose of this giveaway. As always, all opinions expressed about locally crafted awesome gifts and products that support independent small business owners and are totally stinking cute to boot being awesome are our own!! 

Weekend Phillyfun Picks: Feb. 13-16

Hooray for long weekend festivities to help take away some of this bitter chill in the air! Valentine’s celebrations, President’s Day weekend fun and more will warm you and your little ones up and provide for festive family time all weekend long!

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Wild at Heart
Saturday Feb. 14th – Sunday Feb. 15th
10am – 4pm
Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Warm up and get a little wild with the kiddos this weekend at the Philadelphia Zoo’s Wild at Heart running Saturday February 14th and Sunday February 15th from 10am – 4pm. This special celebration will feature love-themed activities all weekend long including a guided tour of famous couples at the Zoo and offerings of special treats by the zookeepers, too. Free with Zoo admission. $16 for adults and children. Under 2 free.

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PNC Grow Up Great: Musical Theater
Saturday Feb. 14th
11am
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

It’s the next in the Free at the Kimmel series of family events this Saturday February 14th at 11am featuring Musical Theater. Head to the Commonwealth Plaza at the Kimmel for an interactive introduction to the vibrant and exciting world of musical theater with sing-alongs to your favorite show tunes and more! Sponsored by PNC’s Grow Up Great program. Free.

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Making Demonstration
Saturday Feb. 14th
11am – 4pm
The Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss this free colonial chocolate making demonstration at The Betsy Ross House this Valentine’s Day Saturday February 14th from 11am – 4pm. Free.

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The Art of the Brick
Friday February 13th – Monday February 16th
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Brick continues Friday February 13th through Monday February 16th at the Franklin Institute. This new display of LEGO brick masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.

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President’s Day and Valentine’s Day Weekend
Saturday February 14th – Monday February 16th
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

There’s something to celebrate all weekend long at the National Constitution Center! Starting Saturday February 14th, Valentine’s fun will include stories of presidential romance such as that shared by John and Abigal Adams and James and Dolley Madison. Then on Monday February 16th participate in a Kids Town Hall and special meet and greets with beloved past presidents including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, too. Plus take part in themed activities and crafts celebrating Presidents and African American History too. $10 adults, $5 children ages 4-12. Free admission on President’s Day.

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Passport to Discovery: Scandinavia
Saturday February 14th – Sunday February 15th
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ

Head to the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill this weekend Saturday 14th and Sunday February 15th for their next Passport to Discovery series featuring Scandinavia. $12.95 plus tax.

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Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park
Friday February 13th – Monday February 16th
Dilworth Park
Broad and Market Streets
West Side of City Hall
Philadelphia, PA

The wintery fun continues this holiday weekend at the Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park this Friday February 13th through Monday February 16th. Philly families will enjoy outdoor public skating against the backdrop of our landmark City Hall. And on Monday February 16th, be sure to wear your Flyers gear and get to skate with Flyers Alumni Bob Kelly and Joe Watson. Free Flyers t-shirts for fans 12-1:30pm while supplies last. Adults $4, children 10 and under $3, skate rental $8.

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Friday February 13th – Monday February 16th
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest fun runs all weekend long with a magical winter landscape including a dazzling light show, winter garden and forest, shopping and refreshments in the new “Lodge” with indoor fireplaces, rustic décor and outdoor heat lamps plus shopping at ArtStar with gifts and handmade items. And of course, the outdoor ice skating rink as the centerpiece of all the fun. Admission to Winterfest is free. Skate admission $3. Skate rental $10.

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President’s Day Open Gym
Monday February 16th
12-2:30pm
NEST Philly
1301 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA

No school Monday? No problem! NEST Philly has you covered with their President’s Day Open Gym on Monday February 16th from 12-2:30pm for kids through age 7. Let the kids exert some energy in this safe and fun playspace including some parachute and other interactive activities with Mr. Brett, too! $15 for non-members ($5 for each additional sibling).

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Pippi Family Fun Day
Monday February 16th
10am – 3pm
American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave
Philadelphia, PA

It’s Pippi Family Fun Day at the American Swedish Historical Museum this Monday February 16th from 10am – 3pm. Bring the whole family out for a chance to check out this special exhibition’s last day in its current space before it moves to a new gallery and of course enjoy Pippi Longstocking themed crafts, and light refreshments, too.