Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays. All that delicious food. And no pressure of gifts or the high level of activity and over scheduling that always seems to surround Christmas. Just family, food and being grateful. It’s pretty much the perfect holiday, right? I hope that you all enjoy your day and get to spend some extra quality time with your loved ones. I am thankful for the opportunities this blog has provided me and my family to meet new friends and to experience new fun places and things. And I am thankful for each and every one of you today and all year long. Thank you for being a part of the phillyfun4kids extended family! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
All you power shoppers out there probably have all your holiday shopping done already from a pre-Black Friday sale or a pre-pre-Black Friday sale, I know. But if you’re at all like me and haven’t even started shopping or are still not sure what to get your kiddies this season look no further! Here are our top picks for the hottest toys and original gifts this season to help make shopping a bit easier!
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Custom Superhero Cape
You know how quickly kids end up having SO. MANY. TOYS. and you honestly aren’t sure what to get them or what to tell family to get them for the holidays? Well, here is a truly “super” (see what I did there) custom personalized gift that you can feel great about! Get your little loved one his or her very own hand-sewn superhero cape from Baby Pop!! And bonus – feel good knowing you shopped local and small business and helped support a local Philly mom, too! Retail $17
My girls, both huge Lego fans, have been talking about this since before it was even released. Lego Dimensions merges everyone’s favorite brick building with interactive game play. The Lego Dimensions starter set includes a toy pad, 3 Lego characters and bricks to get you started! Retail $99.00
Whether you love to hate or hate to love these tiny little cutely named collectibles, there’s no denying that these are on lots of kids’ wish lists this year! Shopkins are hot and you can’t go wrong with Shopkins blind bags in their stockings or Shopkins play sets under the tree. The Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck lets your littles wheel around their Shopkins or the Shopkins Fashion Spree Makeup Spot will be a fun addition to their collection. I’m thinking about surprising my little Shopkins fans with this new Shopkins Mystery Edition box – shhh! Retail $19.99
In case you maybe haven’t heard, there’s a new Star Wars movie coming out soon (Dec. 17th to be exact). People are well, a little excited about it. And you may have seen that there is pretty much Star Wars branding on everything this year. No doubt – Star Wars toys are HOT and you kind of can’t go wrong with anything Star Wars. But this Star Wars BB8 droid is pretty much the coolest thing ever. You can control it from you iPhone or iPad. It moves. It “listens” and responds to your voice. It learns. Truly, it’s way cool and a perfect “splurge” gift for under the tree. Retail $149.99
View Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
Come on… You remember having this View Master viewer thing when you were a kid right? And it was so cool then just to see the static images, right. Well, now the View Master goes VR and lets kids have immersive virtual experience in worlds like never before with the View Master Virtual Reality! Download the app on a smart phone and then using the kid-friendly viewer, kids are launched into 360 degree immersive experiences traveling the world, exploring the cosmos, and more! Retail $29.99 for starter pack. $9.99 – $30 for experience packs.
Ultra Glow Air Power Soccer Disc
This cool Ultra Glow Air Power Soccer Disc hovers and floats on a cushion of air turning any smooth surface indoors or out into a soccer field. LED lights make night games even more exciting. Plus, the disc’s safe outer rim allows you to finally agree to indoor game play without worrying too much about furniture and walls! Perfect toy for keeping them active indoors all winter long. Retail $19.95
K’Nex Mighty Makers Home Designer Building Set
I pretty much love anything that promotes kids as makers and the whole maker movement so this awesome Home Designer Building Set from K’Nex is a great kit for budding architects and makers. It ties in with the K’Nex series of characters and stories promoting STEM for girls. (Now, I do take issue with the whole “for girls” and “for boys” genderization of toys but if it helps any kids get interest in STEM and building then we’ll call it a win, right?) Retail $49.99
Personalized Coloring and Activity Book
How sweet are these personalized coloring and activity books from I See Me? Get your little’s name on a great Fairy Coloring and Magical Snowman Activity Book or other appropriately themed coloring book featuring your child’s name! Retail $9.99
Squishy Human Body
Make learning about the human body fun and educational by having Santa leave a Squishy Human Body under the tree this year (wait, that doesn’t sound quite right, does it…?) This realistically soft and “human like” body shows what happens when you eat food, and lets kids take a tour of the body both inside and out. Retail $27.99
Have a budding artist but are you tapped out on possible projects to help develop that love of art? Art Lab for kids offers 52 creative adventures for kids to explore drawing, painting, printmaking, paper and mixed media art for all ages. Created by art educators and gallery owners, this book will inspire and empower children to create and express themselves with a variety of awesome art projects! Retail $22.00
What do you think of our 2015 Top Toys picks? What else would you add to this list? Can’t wait to hear what you think!
It’s almost Thanksgiving so there is a bounty of holiday fun and festive happenings in and around Philly this weekend! Don’t miss light shows, holiday performances and marathon fun, too!
Head to beautiful Bucks County, PA for the Grand Illumination on Friday Nov. 20th where Peddler’s Village is illuminated with the sparkling holiday lights marking the start of the season and Santa’s arrival! Plus enjoy free cider and marshmallows for toasting while enjoying the beauty of the lights and shopping in the village. Lights go on at 6:15pm. Free admission and free parking.
Enjoy the Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show this Friday Nov. 20th through Sunday Nov. 22nd. Don’t miss this dazzling display of lights and then warm up with comfort food and hot beverages too. Free.
Don’t miss this family friendly performance of the PA Academy of Ballet Society performing The Nutcracker, a holiday favorite and one of the most famous ballets in the world at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center this weekend. Shows run Friday Nov. 20th at 7:30pm through Sunday Nov. 22nd at 5:30pm. Tickets $10 – $22.
The Philadelphia Marathon Kids Fun Run happening Saturday Nov. 21st at 10am is a non-competitive, short-distance event that lets children enjoy a family-friendly race while learning about the benefits of healthy living. Onsite registration begins at 9am. $15.
Get the kids in the kitchen this Saturday Nov. 21st from 1-3pm at the Wayne Art Center for the Kids Cook Thanksgiving II: Favorite Pies and Desserts. Kids will learn how to help prepare delicious Thanksgiving desserts and sweet treats with chef Chiwishi Joy Abney. $60 per adult and child (each additional child $25).
A Very Furry Christmas opens this weekend at Sesame Place in Langhorne PA. This beloved family-friendly celebration kicks-off on Sat. Nov. 21st and features everyone’s favorite furry Sesame Street friends. Kids of all ages will be delighted as the park is transformed into a one of a kind Christmas wonderland with lights, shows, holiday menus and of course Santa in his Furry Workshop too! Tickets $25-$30.
The dogs had their day, now it’s time to celebrate cats at the International Cat Show, the largest cat show in the US, featuring over 1,000 feline furry friends as they take on the obstacle courses and are judged be breed. Other family fun at the International Cat Show includes face-painting, vendors, kids entertainment and more. $12 adults, $7 for kids ages 4-12, Free for kids 3 and under.
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art this Sunday November 22nd between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.
Jack Frost Saves Christmas, a family musical for children opens this weekend starting Sat. Nov. 21st at The Media Theatre. In this hour long musical Jack Frost must journey to Christmastown to save the holidays. Geared for ages 4 and up. Tickets $12-15.
Holiday fun is starting to swing into high gear as Philly families prepare for the upcoming holiday season! Lots to do in and around Philly this weekend including dazzling holiday fun and pre-Thanksgiving traditions and activities and of course the national Kennel Club dog show in town, too!
Enjoy opening weekend of the Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show this Friday Nov. 12th through Sunday Nov. 15th. Don’t miss this dazzling display of lights and then warm up with comfort food and hot beverages too. Free.
Time for the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia Annual National Dog Show happening this Saturday November 14th and Sunday November 15th at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center in Oaks. Bring the whole family out to see over 2,000 of the top Kennel Club dogs from across the US with over 150 breeds on show. $14 adults, $7 kids (ages 4-12), kids 3 and under free.
Don’t miss the School & Family Festival happening this Saturday Nov. 14th starting at 11am at the Neumann University Bruder Gymnasium. Hosted by the Moms Club of Media, the festival will feature schools and preschools in the area answering questions and providing info to families as well as games, food, and special Disney guests, too. All proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Free.
Get the kids in the kitchen this Saturday Nov. 14th at 1pm at the Wayne Art Center for the Kids Cook Thanksgiving I: Savory Dinner Favorites. Kids will learn how to help prepare a Thanksgiving feast with chef Chiwishi Joy Abney. $60 per adult and child (each additional child $25).
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art this Sunday November 15th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon. Free (arrive before noon).
Enjoy a free family friendly musical performance this Sunday Nov. 14th at 2pm by the West Philadelphia Orchestra presents a rich culturally eclectic approach to Romani/Balkan folk music. Listeners of all ages will be inspired by their energetic brass, drums, and singing showcasing the exciting music of South Eastern Europe and the Romani diaspora. Free.
Head to beautiful Linvilla Orchards in Media PA this Sunday Nov. 15th from 1-2pm to meet some new barnyard friends with Linvilla’s own cowgirls, Doreen and Jess. Barnyard meet and greet is for all ages but most suited for the little ones. Free.
Hooray for the weekend! Time to celebrate a beautiful weekend ahead for Philly families with mermaids, festivals, mosaics and more. Don’t miss a moment of the fall fun in and around Philly this first full weekend of November.
Don’t miss the Weeki Wachee Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium for their final weekend this Friday Nov. 6 – Sunday Nov. 8th. Enjoy the mermaids’ acrobatics as they swim among the sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles, too. Free with admission. Adults $25.95, children $18.95, under 2 free with paying adult.
Bring the family out to The Clay Studio this Saturday Nov. 7th starting at 10am to make a festive Thanksgiving Cornucopia to adorn your holiday table. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and enjoy this hands-on creative time with your littles! $15-$17.
The 39th Annual Lithuanian Festival takes place this weekend running Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th at the Lithuanian Music Hall. Enjoy the world’s best potato pancakes, see Lithuanian dance and music performances and take part in other celebrations of this unique heritage! Free.
The Peddler’s Village Apple Festival takes place this Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th in beautiful Bucks County. Enjoy this annual celebration of all things apple including apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters, apple dumplins and lots more! Plus enjoy family friendly entertainment and apple pie-eating contests and more. Free admission and free parking.
Enjoy Pirate Adventure Day and free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art this Sunday November 8th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon. Visitors will experience a pirate adventure, create pirate themed crafts, hunt for treasures and listen to pirating tales presented by Hedgerow Theatre. Free (arrive before noon).
Head to the Philadelphia Magic Gardens this Sunday November 8th from 12 Noon – 4pm for the PECO Family Jams focusing on edible mosaics this weekend. Kids will be inspired to make their own edible masterpiece using brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Family friendly tours take place at 1pm or 3pm to learn more about the Philadelphia Magic Gardens and its creator Isaiah Zagar. Free with admission. $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12.
Halloween is finally here and there is so much to do in and around Philly this weekend it’s downright scary!! In addition to all the local trick or treating fun there are Halloween celebrations, Dia De Los Muertos and lots more fun for the whole family!
Enjoy some Halloween family fun with the Elkins Park Fall Festival and Parktoberfest taking place Saturday Oct. 31st starting at 1oam. Enjoy live music performances, dancing, games, kids Halloween activities and more. Free.
Terror Behind the Walls
Friday Oct. 30-Sunday Nov. 1
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
Terror Behind the Walls wraps the season for its final weekend inside the historic Eastern State Penitentiary this weekend running Friday Oct. 30th – Sunday Oct. 25th. Be prepared for serious haunts and thrills as you are guided through the massive haunted house inside a real prison. Tickets $13 – $39.
Enjoy the Halloween Spooktacular at the Camden Children’s Garden this Saturday Oct. 31st from 1-4pm. Come in costumes for a howling good time with crafts, a bounce house, planting activity, touch a truck exhibit and more. Costume parade starts at 3pm on the Main Plaza. Free with admission. $6.
Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at the Penn Museum this Saturday October 31st starting at 11am. Enjoy Mexican culture and the rich traditions with this family-friendly afternoon filled with music, dance, arts and crafts. Free with museum admission. $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-17, free for children five and under.
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday November 1st between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.
The Liberty Lands Kids Fall Festival takes place this Sunday Nov. 1st from 1-4pm at Liberty Lands in Philadelphia. Bring the kiddos out for some fall family fun including hayrides, moonbounce, live music, a costume parade at 1pm and lots more. Free.
Last weekend before Halloween so there is much spooky fun to be had in and around Philly this weekend! Enjoy pre-Halloween festivities and pumpkin themed fun galore to get you and your littlest goblins in the Halloween spirit!
Terror Behind the Walls continues inside the historic Eastern State Penitentiary this weekend running Friday Oct. 23rd – Sunday Oct. 25th. Be prepared for serious haunts and thrills as you are guided through the massive haunted house inside a real prison. Tickets $13 – $39.
PNC Grow Up Great takes place again this Saturday Oct. 24th at 11am at The Kimmel Center on Broad Street in Philadelphia. Grow Up Great introduces kids to the vibrant world of musical theater and includes guest artists performing and interacting with the children along to great American musicals from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Porter and Gershwin, and more. Free.
Don’t miss the annual Boo at the Zoo happening this weekend Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th 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.
On Saturday October 24th head to Main Street in Manayunk for a day of spooktacular Halloween fun including trick-or-treating, a costume parade to Venice Island and many other themed fun and activities for families. Free.
Spooktacular Fall Weekends takes place at the Camden Children’s Garden this weekend running Saturday Oct. 24th and Sunday Oct. 25th from 1-4pm. Kids of all ages are encouraged to come in costume for a Haunted Train Ride, character visits and Trick or Treating during the costume parade, too. Free with admission. $6.
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday October 25th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.
Another fun fall weekend ahead with lots to do in and around Philly this weekend! With only a few weeks until Halloween there is spooky and magical fun to be had for all ages. Plus don’t miss the annual Harry Potter festival and so much more, too!
It’s Terror Behind the Walls happening inside the historic Eastern State Penitentiary this weekend. Be prepared for serious haunts and thrills as you are guided through the massive haunted house inside a real prison. Tickets $13 – $39.
Wizardry abounds this weekend at the annual Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill, PA along Germantown Ave where side streets are transformed into Hogsmeade for a day and there is magic and wonder all around. On Saturday Oct. 17th families will get to watch a Quidditch Tournament beginning at 10am at Chestnut Hill College plus other Harry Potter themed activities, food, and fun including a Sorting Hat demonstration and more. Free.
Enjoy a Candy Apple Festival at the beautiful Linvilla Orchards in Media PA this Friday October 16th – Sunday October 18th. Plus take a Hayride to the Witch’s House and of course you can pick your perfect pumpkin in Pumpkiland from over 100 tons of pumpkin choices on display. Take a ride on a hayride or a run through the corn maze and enjoy all the fall fun to be had for families. Free admission. Some attractions ticketed.
Don’t miss the annual Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival happening Saturday Oct. 17th and Sunday Oct. 18th 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.
Bring the whole family over to the Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology on Saturday Oct. 17th to celebrate International Archaeology Day starting at 11am – 4pm. Enjoy the Museum galleries, talk to archaeologists, run through an obstacle course, and enjoy archaeology themed activities and fun. Free with admission. $15 adults, $10 for children, 5 and under free.
The Fairies and Wizards Celebration takes place at the Camden Children’s Garden this weekend running Saturday Oct. 17th and Sunday Oct. 18th from 1-4pm. This annual celebration will feature fairy and wizard themed activities crafts, and storytime fun. Free with admission. $6.
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday October 18th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.
Happy first weekend of October! Lots to do in and around Philly this weekend from a Superhero 5K at the Philadelphia Zoo to Ocktoberfests and more! Don’t let the weather ruin your fun – get out an enjoy one of these great family fun events!
Enjoy hayrides and fun in PumpkinLand at the beautiful Linvilla Orchards in Media PA this Friday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. Pick out your perfect pumpkin from over 100 tons of pumpkin choices on display. Take a ride on a hayride or a run through the corn maze and enjoy all the fall fun to be had for families. Free admission. Some attractions ticketed.
Superhero 5K Run & Walk and 1K Kids’ Family Run/Walk
Saturday Oct. 3rd
3400 West Girard Ave
Enjoy a Superhero themed family 5k and fun run at the Philadelphia Zoo this Saturday October 3rd starting at 7:30am. Say “hi” to the animals as you loop through the Zoo. $35 for adults, $25 kids. Kids 3 and under free.
Last chance to enjoy the incredible The Art of the Brick exhibit on its final weekend in Philly this Friday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. The display of LEGO brick artistic 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.
It’s the Fairies & Wizards Celebration happening at the Camden Children’s Garden this weekend Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th. Kids can make their own wizard hat or fairy wings and celebrate these magical creatures with games, themed crafts, storytime and more. Children who come dressed as their favorite faerie or wizard receive a free ride ticket. Free with $6 admission.
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday October 4th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.
It’s a busy last weekend of September in Philly to say the least! Whether you’re heading to the World Meeting of Families or post meeting Festival and Mass or trying to avoiding the crowds, there is plenty to do in and around the city this weekend!
Starting at 12:45pm on Saturday September 25th, take part in the Festival of Families and enjoy live music and more from Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, The Philadelphia Orchestra and more with Pope Francis and a few hundred thousand (or perhaps million) of your closest friends from Philadelphia and the region in celebration of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families. Free.
Sunday September 27th
Ben Franklin Parkway
Be a part of the papal parade and papal mass in Philadelphia on Sunday September 27th. Papal mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway starting at 4pm. Parade to take place prior to the mass.
Don’t miss Museum Day Live! this weekend happening Saturday Sept 26th with free admission to participating museums for up to two people with tickets. Check website for participating museums in Philadelphia and the region. And be sure to check the museum’s website to make sure they’re not closed or have modified hours/parking because of the Pope’s visit.
It’s the return of Hayrides to Pumpkinland at the beautiful Linvilla Orchards in Media PA this Friday September 25th – Sunday September 27th. Pick out your perfect pumpkin from over 100 tons of pumpkin choices on display. Take a ride on a hayride or a run through the corn maze and enjoy all the fall fun to be had for families. Free admission. Some attractions ticketed.
In celebration of Molly, the Cherry Hill Public Library’s newest addition to the American Girl Doll lending collection, head out for a viewing of the Molly movie and to learn about life on the home front in the 1940s this Saturday September 26th from 3-4:40pm. Parents and American Girl Dolls welcome! Free.
Head to historic Smithville this weekend for the annual Italian Festival happening Saturday September 26th. Enjoy live music, great food, 50/50 chances, bocce, wine tastings, Italian folk dancing and lots more. Plus kids can take part in great children’s activities including face painting, tattoos, air bounce and more. Free. Some events ticketed.
If you’re looking for a day trip (or even a weekend getaway) to escape from the city this weekend, head to the Irish Fall Festival this weekend for the largest Irish Festival on the east coast happening in Wildwood, NJ Friday Sept. 25th – Sunday Sept. 27th. The Irish Fall Festival highlight Irish heritage with a weekend of dancing, music, food, vendors, crafts and more. Plus enjoy a golf tournament, Irish dance lessons, pipe exhibit, Catholic Mass and a parade on Surf Ave, too. Free.
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday September 27th between 9:30am – 12pm. Free until 12 Noon.
Celebrate Native American Day at the Norristown Farm Park this Sunday September 27th from 10am – 3pm with demos and displays of Lenape culture including jewelry, clothing, food, and more. Plus take part in traditional games and crafts, too. Free.