Ok so I’ve been pretty focused (alright maybe even a little obsessed) with finding fun Valentines Day activities for the under 2 yr old set (you’ll notice several of the activities below are geared to older kids) this weekend but of course it’s also President’s Weekend and Chinese New Year so lots of big fun in and about the city for all. Here’s a brief list of other things going on that you might want to check out with your kiddos!!
Saturday Feb. 13, 2010
*** It’s really happening! After two days of not being able to speak to a live person due to Snowpacolypse II 2010, I got in touch with the Philly Zoo on Wheels program today and this FREE Valentine’s event is on for tomorrow people!! Horray! ***
Philadelphia Zoo Visits Smith Playhouse in the Park
Saturday Feb. 13 10am – 1pm
This weekend, the Philadelphia Zoo is stopping by Smith’s Playplace in the Park for a mini Valentine’s Day celebration. From 10am to 1pm, the Philadelphia Zoo’s ‘Zoo on Wheels’ program is setting up a booth with a traveling naturalist, giving visitors the chance to interact with live animals. Children can join in conservation-related Valentine craft-making, and can send them to their favorite polar bear.
The event is totally free and open to the public.
Smith’s Playplace in the Park
33rd St & Oxford St, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Take one of their ongoing tours and demonstrations of the maple sugaring process and learn how sap is turned into syrup. Once you’ve whet your appetite, meet in the Barn to help yourself to their famous all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast, complete with steaming hot coffee and cocoa. (Note: Snow date Feb. 20)
515 Painter Road Media, PA 19063
This event is appropriate for all ages
Cost:Adults: $10, Kids (ages 3-12) $5, Under 3 FREE
President’s Day Celebration
Saturday Feb 13, 12 Noon
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
At this week-end long event, learn about the role of the President and the history of the Executive Branch, make crafts, go on special tours and play the American President Quiz Show.
Free with admission ($8-12)
My Fuzzy Valentine
Saturday Feb 13, 12noon
Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with visitors in characters, a kid-friendly lunch and a sing-a-long with the Sesame Street gang.
$16-$22, pre-register www.sesameplace.org or 1-800-GO-4-ELMO
Saturday Afternoon Valentine’s Tea
Saturday Feb 13, 1pm
Radnor Hotel, 591 E. Lancaster Ave, St. David’s
Afternoon tea includes a traditional tea, stories and music time to create a special Valentine’s gift. Each child receives a storybook gift. Ages 3-8. $49.95 for 1 child and 1 adult
Valentine Tea and Craft Party
Saturday Feb 14, 2pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane, Phila
Special tea party for kids includes real tea sets and heart-filled crafts. Ages 3-10.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Join the residents of Chinatown (and one billion of their dearest and closest friends) this weekend to welcome in the Year of the Dragon. Lions and dragons will parade the streets, accompanied by the sweet sound of fireworks. Head to the corner of 10th and Race for the parade (first parade is at midnight Saturday, February 13th) on Sunday at 11am.
Crafty Kids: Flowers for Valentine’s Day
Sunday Feb 14, 1:30pm
Tyler Arboretum, Media
Create a beautiful flower arrangement from winter greens, berries, and flowers to give to a special person in your child’s life. Ages 7-9, adults are welcome to accompany children.
Chinese New Year Gala
Sunday Feb 14, 1pm
Great Valley High School, 225 Phoenixville Pike, Malvern
Main Line Chinese Culture Center presents this event, which includes a show in the school auditorium, followed by a culture fair in the cafeteria, with exhibits and traditional Chinese New Year games and crafts.
Monday Feb 15, 2010
Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday
Valley Forge National Park
Monday Feb 15, 11 am
Meet portrayers of George and Martha Washington and enjoy cake, crafts and colonial singers. Kids have the opportunity to “enlist” in the Continental Army.
Natural Leaders: Presidents and Nature
Monday, February 15, 9:30am – 4:30pm
The Delaware Museum of Natural History celebrates Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 15, 2010 with this family-friendly event features hands-on activities and crafts about presidents’ roles in environmental conservation. Visitors will learn important facts about past presidents and their effects on the natural environment. Families can embark on a scavenger hunt around the museum to find animals discovered on Thomas Jefferson’s Lewis and Clark Expedition. A matching game will explain Theodore Roosevelt’s “natural” empire of national forests, parks, and preserves. A special display of duck stamps – along with live ducks – will highlight this conservation effort begun by Franklin Roosevelt. An exhibit of endangered species and polar bear activities will shed light on the accomplishments of more recent presidents such as Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter.
Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE
$7 for adults, $5 for children (3-17), $6 for seniors, free for children 2 and younger. Free for museum members.
www.delmnh.org or call (302) 658-9111.