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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: December 23–29

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Winter Wonderland at Reading Terminal Market

December 22—30, 11 am—2 pm

51 N. 12th St.

 

Stop by daily for arts and crafts in Piano Court.

Winter Camp at Music Theatre Philly

December 23–January 3 (Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day), 9 am — 3 pm (with optional extended care)

262 S. 12th St.

 

Kids ages 4-8 will sing songs from “Stage, Screen, and Beyond,” including Frozen 2, Descendants, Annie, and more. The 9-16 age group will tackle selections from shows like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Mean Girls. Camps are $75 per day, or $525 for all eight days.

‘Ten Crucial Days’ at Museum of the American Revolution

December 21 — 31

101 S. Third St.

 

The museum will focus on the “The Ten Crucial Days” during the Revolutionary War that turned things around for the Continental Army, and for our country’s future. Guests can explore these days with costumed interpretation and craft demonstrations that highlight the diverse stories of men and women who experienced this period of history in the Philadelphia area.

The Snow Queen

November 27—January 26

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.

 

Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen transports audiences on a journey through the four seasons, and celebrates the magical power of friendship.

The Wizard of Oz

November 27—January 5

Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave.

 

Quintessence Theatre Group continues its tenth anniversary season with this classic tale of Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz. This production will honor both the classic MGM film (with music from the movie!) as well as the original L. Frank Baum novel.

George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’

December 6—31

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.

 

The Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition. From the  Tchaikovsky score to the timeless story of holiday magic, this ballet is a classic for a reason. Come early for photos with the Sugarplum Fairy and the Mouse King in the lobby!

Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Santaland

November 29—December 24, 10 am—7 pm; Lightshow runs through January 1

1300 Market St.

 

Catch the classic light show every two hours (on even hours). Then head upstairs and walk through Macy’s Dickens Village, a vintage animatronic display of Dickens characters telling the story of A Christmas Carol. This is a true Philadelphia tradition, and culminates in a private visit with Santa and photos.

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

November 29—December 30

1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

 

Scuba Santa is back and ready to make the most underwater appearances in aquarium history! Visit him in Ocean Realm as he spreads the magic of Christmas and takes selfies through the glass. The aquarium will also have the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree, and more decorations throughout.

Philadelphia Zoo’s LumiNature

3400 W. Girard Avenue

November 20–January 5

 

New for this year, the Philadelphia Zoo presents a nighttime multimedia holiday spectacle the likes of which you have never seen. Throughout the zoo, giant animal-themed installations will glow, Evergreen trees will talk, and you’ll be surrounded by pure fantasy. Seasonal fare, strolling performers, hot chocolate (and adult beverages) add to the festiveness. Tickets available online.

Holiday Garden Railway

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue

Opens November 29; ticketed nights on select Fridays and Saturdays

 

Morris Arboretum’s beloved Garden Railway gets a holiday upgrade, lighting up this quarter-mile of track and miniature replicas of Philadelphia-area landmarks made from natural materials with thousands of twinkling lights. The garden holds special ticketed night events on select Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30—7:30 pm where you can really get the full effect of the lights.

Winter in Dilworth Park: Rothman Rink, Wintergarden, and Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Through January 1, 2020 (Rink through February)

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

Right outside City Hall, more than 40 local artisans, designers, crafters, and confectionaries will offer unique selections for gifts and special holiday foods. This market was designed to complement Christmas Village across the street—but only focuses on locally made gifts. Stop by after skating on the Rothman Rink and running through Wintergarden Maze!

Shrek: The Musical

November 5—January 5

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

This award-winning Broadway musical based on the beloved movie features all new songs and fun for the whole family.

Photo Pop: Winter Wonderland

November 15–January 5

The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East

 

Photo Pop returns this winter with one-of-a-kind interactive holiday themes that will make for amazing holiday card (and Instagram) moments! Tickets available online.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

November 14—December 31

Showtimes: Every half-hour from 4:30—8 pm (Sunday—Thursday), 4:30—9 pm (Friday—Saturday)

200 N. Sixth St.

 

More than 80,000 lights illuminate Franklin Square, timed to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPS. There are two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily, so if you stay a while for the Holiday Festival activities, you can catch them both. And you’ll definitely want to do that because they have fun events planned like a winter beer garden with fire pits, live music Sundays, gourmet hot chocolate station, and much more!

‘The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience’

October 19–April 19

Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.

 

Based on the internationally best-selling survival handbook, that was created in Philadelphia, “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Experience” makes its world premiere at the Franklin Institute, bringing hands-on, immersive challenges that show visitors how to survive unexpected but possible “worst-case scenarios” in fun and thought-provoking ways. See our preview here!

‘Very Eric Carle’ at Please Touch Museum

October 5—January 12, 2020

4231 Avenue of the Republic

 

Step into the world of Eric Carle in this new interactive exhibit. Follow the path of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, compose a night symphony with The Very Quiet Cricket, and more!

‘Constructing Play: Classic + Modern Building Toys’

November 21, 2019—January 16, 2020

Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch St.

 

Explore the development of children’s toys over the past 200 years. Travel back in time to learn how different building toys were invented, designed, and refined to become the toys that still secretly educate children today! During the exhibit, visitors can show off their building skills and create the house or city of their dreams at Creation Stations filled with components of popular building toys.

Notorious RBG

Through January 12, 2020

National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East

 

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first-ever museum retrospective of the Supreme Court Justice-turned-pop-culture-icon, makes its east coast debut. Based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name by Knizhnik and Irin Carmon, the visually rich and entertaining exhibition explores RBG’s legacy through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives including fun memes and fan art made about the incomparable Justice.

Candytopia

Open through January 25

Ninth and Market streets

 

Candytopia brings its wildly popular experiential installation art to Philly. Favorites—like the marshmallow pit filled with over 250,000 foam marshmallows, and the rainbow-filled room with flying unicorn pigs and confetti explosions—are joined by Philly-specific elements. It’s Instagram heaven, and you even get to eat candy throughout the experience! Tickets are available online, where you can reserve your timeslot. Kids age 3 and under get in free! Read our full preview and tips here.

Dinosaurs Around the World

Through January 20, 2020

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

With over a dozen life-size animatronic dinosaurs,  “Dinosaurs Around the World” invites visitors to prehistoric Earth to see how they lived and adapted to their times. Check out our preview to learn more.

‘Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation’

Through December 31

National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.

 

 This exhibit focuses on the intellectual and political conflicts between Hamilton and his contemporaries, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams, and of course, Aaron Burr.

Rittenhouse Hotel Teddy Bear Tea

December 23, 24, 26, and 27; seatings at 11:15 am and 3 pm
Rittenhouse Hotel’s Mary Cassatt Tea Room, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square

 

The gorgeous Mary Cassatt Tea Room is always a nice choice for a special tea, but during the holidays they hold Teddy Bear Tea, with a special menu of food and treats your kids will love. Kids can enjoy tea with their cuddle friend — or hot chocolate, if that’s more their speed — and midway through the tea, the kids will participate in a sweet gingerbread cookie decorating activity. Best of all, their teddy bear gets a seat of honor at the table! Forgot to bring your teddy bear? The hotel will provide a teddy bear guest (named Ritty) for every child as a take-home gift. Call Lacroix for reservations: 215-790-2533. $65 per person.

 

Monday

Butcher’s Sew Shop Winter Break Workshop
9 am-3 pm
800 S. Eighth St.
Kids ages 6-11 can explore the art of sewing in innovative ways using hand and machine projects. No sewing experience necessary. Camp is $95 per day, with extended care an additional cost. Read More
Free Holiday Themed Stroller Strides Class
9:30-11 am
OpenBox Athletics, 1931 Washington Avenue
Come dressed in your holiday PJs, take a free workout class, and bring a tasty treat for the after party across the street at Dock Street! Pre-register online. Read More
Storytime at Christmas Village
11:30 am-12:30 pm
LOVE Park, 1500 Arch St.
The Free Library will be providing festive storytimes at the Christmas Village on Mondays in December. Gather on the stage for weekly fun. Read More
Drop n' Shop at Nest
3-5 pm
1301 Locust St.
If you need some uninterrupted time for last-minute holiday shopping, drop off your kid at Nest for supervised playtime with crafts, games, storytime, and open play. Pre-registration is required; call 215-545-6378 Read More
Music Club
4 pm
Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S. 23rd St.
Play a synthesizer, program a beat into a drum machine, or draw a melody! Music Club explores software to introduce music fundamentals. This program is free and open to school age (1st-12th grade) kids and teenagers. Read More
Rittenhouse Square Menorah Lighting
5:15–6 pm
Rittenhouse Square
The giant menorah in Rittenhouse Square will be lit in the square, along with holiday treats and raffle prizes. Please consider bringing new or gently used winter coats in adult sizes, which will be donated to Broad Street Ministry, organized by Repair the World: Philadelphia. Read More

Tuesday

Music Monkey Jungle Free Session at Reading Terminal Market
10-10:30 am
51 N. 12th St.
Sing, dance, move, and have a rockin’ good time with Music Monkey Jungle. Admission is free and open to the public. Read More
Final Day of Christmas Village
11 am-5 pm
LOVE Park, 1500 Arch St.
Get your last minute shopping and merriment done in this open-air Christmas market with vendors from around the world! Read More
Menorah Lighting in Fitler Square
5:30 pm
Pine Street, between 23rd and 24th streets
Gather around the Fitler Square fountain for menorah lighting and blessings led by a rabbi. Read More

Wednesday

Merry Christmas! Here's what's open around town
Whether you need something to do after the presents are opened, or you don’t celebrate Christmas, it’s tricky to find something to do on December 25. Luckily, we’ve got you covered in our rundown of What's Open on Christmas Day. Read More
“Being ___ at Christmas” at National Museum of Jewish American History
10 am-5 pm
101 South Independence Mall East
Every year on December 25, the National Museum of Jewish American History hosts a day of family fun. Enjoy crafts, storytime, live music with Alex and the Kaleidoscope, face painting, balloon art, and more! The museum’s galleries are also open (including the “Notorious RBG” exhibit), ... Read More

Thursday

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
2 pm and 7 pm
Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
Over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing gravity-defying acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites celebrate the holidays in a two-hour breathtaking spectacle. Read More
Day-Off Camp at Schuylkill Center
8 am-3 pm
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Kids ages 5-12 will spend winter break in the outdoors, exploring the forest, climbing trees and rocks, tracking winter animals, making primitive shelters, even experimenting with snow and ice. Sign up for one adventurous day or for all three. Read More
Smith Memorial Playground’s Outdoors Winter Exploration Day-Off Camp
8 am–4 pm
3500 Reservoir Drive
Smith is hosting an outdoor drop-off day camp for children (ages 3-10) to play outside and explore nature through songs, games, stories, walks, and more. Sign up for one day, or multiple days of camp for $60 per day ($50 for Smith members). Read More
Winter Wonderland Camp
9:15 am—12:15 pm
Nest, 1301 Locust St.
Kids (ages 3-6) can experience the “Best of Nest” programming with art, science, tumbling, and dance. Children must be potty-trained. Camp is $50 per day (premium member discounts apply). Call 215-545-6378 to register. Read More
National Constitution Center Winter Break Programming
9:30 am-5 pm
525 Arch St.
Visitors can experience special Civil War-themed programming in conjunction with the exhibit, “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality.” There will be a Civil War encampment, meet-and-greets with historic figures like Henry “Box” Brown, as well as Union soldiers and battlefield nurses, ... Read More
Winter Break Family Studio at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
10 am—3 pm
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Work with guest artists from Space 1026 on a day of festive art-making. Be sure to hop on an all-ages gallery tour and pick up a holiday family guide. Read More
The Franklin Institute Creation Station
10 am-4 pm
222 North 20th Street
The museum will again feature their family-focused Creation Station for young scientists to design, build, and play with everything from Imagination Playground blocks to Rig Ama Jigs and more! Read More
Teen Center Movie Marathon
11 am
Teen Center at Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St.
Cozy all day movie marathon in the Field Teen Center! Program for teens ages 12-18. Read More
Roots With Ruark at Kith + Kin
11 am
3060 W. Jefferson St.
You and your little one will rock out with egg shakers, dance with scarves and streamers, and play with little instruments all while listening to an exciting mix of original music, kids classics, and your favorite rock and pop tunes. Drop-ins welcome. Read More
'Ralph Breaks the Internet' at the Library
11 am
Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave.
On your kids' day off, bring them to the library for a free screening of 'Ralph Breaks the Internet.' Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. Read More
Global Adventures at the Penn Museum
11 am-4 pm
3260 South St.
Spend much-needed family time at the Penn Museum during the holidays! Visitors of all ages can adventure around the globe with exciting tours from Global Guides and scavenger hunt explorations of the galleries, along with art-making, games, and oral storytelling in the traditional African style. Read More
Kwanzaa Celebration at AAMP
2-5 pm
African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St.
Learn the seven principles of Kwanzaa, share a meal, and witness some spectacular performances! Music, dance, stilt- walking, Kwanzaa crafts, and more. Free admission; all are welcome. Read More
Hanukkah Service in Headhouse Square
5 pm
Headhouse Square, Second and Lombard streets
For the fifth year, the SSHD will partner with Congregation B’nai Abraham to offer an evening celebration of the Festival of Lights at the Headhouse Shambles. Enjoy song, prayer, and the ceremony of the traditional lighting of the menorah at the Lombard Street Fountain (or ... Read More

Friday

Disney on Ice
3 pm and 7 pm
Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.
Get on your best princess dress and bring your light-up wand for skating, music, and adventure. This production, Road Trip Adventures, includes favorite characters like Moana, Buzz and Woody, Aladdin, Queen Elsa, and more. Of course, Mickey, Minnie, and the whole gang are there too. Read More
Charles Dickens' ‘A Christmas Carol’
2 pm and 7 pm
The Proscenium Theatre at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street
An original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic by playwright Anthony Lawton. Come rediscover Dickens' timeless story of a miser's miraculous redemption from a life of bitterness, greed, and isolation. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Tickets available online. Read More
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
2 pm and 7 pm
Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.
Over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing gravity-defying acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites celebrate the holidays in a two-hour breathtaking spectacle. Read More
Day-Off Camp at Schuylkill Center
8 am-3 pm
8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Kids ages 5-12 will spend winter break in the outdoors, exploring the forest, climbing trees and rocks, tracking winter animals, making primitive shelters, even experimenting with snow and ice. Sign up for one adventurous day or for all three. Read More
Smith Memorial Playground’s Outdoors Winter Exploration Day-Off Camp
8 am–4 pm
3500 Reservoir Drive
Smith is hosting an outdoor drop-off day camp for children (ages 3-10) to play outside and explore nature through songs, games, stories, walks, and more. Sign up for one day, or multiple days of camp for $60 per day ($50 for Smith members). Read More
NLArts Winter Camp Day
8:30 am–3:30 pm
700 N. Third St.
Kids (ages 4-14) will spend the day engaging in collaborative art projects, winter craft making, and more. Sign up online. Read More
Access to Science: Opening Doors to Autism
9-11 am
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Visitors on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the museum before the crowds. Pre-registration is required (same-day registration is available onsite). If you would like to attend, contact visitor services at 215-299-1060 or email ANS_reservations@drexel.edu. Read More
Arden Theatre Play in a Day
9 am-5 pm
Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St.
If your kids (K-5) have off school, they can participate in a “Play in a Day” workshop, where they work together to create an original play. Pre-register online. Read More
Winter Wonderland Camp
9:15 am—12:15 pm
Nest, 1301 Locust St.
Kids (ages 3-6) can experience the “Best of Nest” programming with art, science, tumbling, and dance. Children must be potty-trained. Camp is $50 per day (premium member discounts apply). Call 215-545-6378 to register. Read More
National Constitution Center Winter Break Programming
9:30 am-5 pm
525 Arch St.
Visitors can experience special Civil War-themed programming in conjunction with the exhibit, “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality.” There will be a Civil War encampment, meet-and-greets with historic figures like Henry “Box” Brown, as well as Union soldiers and battlefield nurses, ... Read More
The Franklin Institute Creation Station
10 am-4 pm
222 North 20th Street
The museum will again feature their family-focused Creation Station for young scientists to design, build, and play with everything from Imagination Playground blocks to Rig Ama Jigs and more! Read More
Drive Up Storytime
11 am
Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave.
Kids will create cars made out of cardboard to "drive" to storytime. During "drive time", kids will hear automobile-inspired stories and song. Best for children ages 4 to 7 years old, along with an adult. Read More
Winter Break Toddler and Baby Bubbles
11 am
Fitness Alive, 1425 Arch St.
Drop in for a morning family swim class! Sign up online to reserve your spot. Read More
Global Adventures at the Penn Museum
11 am-4 pm
3260 South St.
Spend much-needed family time at the Penn Museum during the holidays! Visitors of all ages can adventure around the globe with exciting tours from Global Guides and scavenger hunt explorations of the galleries, along with art-making, games, and oral storytelling in the traditional African style. Read More
'The Rise of Skywalker' Kids' Day and Screening
Noon
Philadelphia Film Society, 1412 Chestnut St.
Before the first screening of the day, join the Film Society and travel to a Galaxy Far Far Away with Kids' Day! Families are invited to celebrate with a Star Wars themed afternoon, including making your own lightsaber, a Star Wars red carpet, and a ... Read More
Arden Theatre Winter Break Workshop: Shrek The Musical
Noon-5 pm
Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St.
If your kids (6-8) have off school, they can participate in a one-afternoon musical theater workshop, where they learn selections from the hilarious Broadway show, then perform at the end of the day. Pre-register online. Read More
Holiday Garden Railway Nights
4:30—7:30 pm
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Bask in the glow of thousands of sparkling lights at these magical evenings that have become an arboretum and family tradition. Tickets are required, and are available online. Read More
Hanukkah and Kwanzaa Celebration in Franklin Square
5:30 — 7:30 pm
200 N. Sixth St.
Celebrate with games and free crafts for children celebrating the Festival of Lights and Kwanzaa. And of course, the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show will be dazzling the crowd every half hour to add to the festivities, as well! Read More
Belle's Enchanted Holiday Ball
6-8 pm
The Pop Shop, 729 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ
Belle will lead children in an interactive storytime, dancing, games, and sing-alongs. Guests will enjoy a family-friendly buffet, beverages, and dessert. Dress up in your favorite princess attire. Mini makeover available for $10. Advance ticket purchase required and is not refundable. Read More

Weekend Events

All Weekend

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

December 26—29

Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.

 

Over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing gravity-defying acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites celebrate the holidays in a two-hour breathtaking spectacle.

Disney on Ice

December 27—January 5

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.

 

You know the drill—and your little ones have probably been begging to go since last year— so get on your best princess dress and bring your light-up wand for skating, music, and adventure. This production, Road Trip Adventures, includes favorite characters like Moana, Buzz and Woody, Aladdin, Queen Elsa, and more. Of course, Mickey, Minnie, and the whole gang are there too.

Minefaire at Academy of Natural Sciences

December 28—29

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

The museum will be closed to members and the public on December 28 and 29 for Minefaire, a special weekend event when Minecraft players and their families can unite to compete in tournaments and build battles. Tickets available online.

Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 27—29

The Proscenium Theatre at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street

 

An original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic by playwright Anthony Lawton. Come rediscover Dickens’ timeless story of a miser’s miraculous redemption from a life of bitterness, greed, and isolation. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Tickets available online.

MummersFest

December 28—31

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.

 

Go behind the scenes of the Mummers Parade with this interactive family festival leading up to the big day. Kids can try on costumes, watch the bands and brigades rehearse their routines, learn about the Mummers’ history, and maybe even practice their own Mummers strut!

The Snow Queen

November 27—January 26

Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.

 

Based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen transports audiences on a journey through the four seasons, and celebrates the magical power of friendship.

The Wizard of Oz

November 27—January 5

Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave.

 

Quintessence Theatre Group continues its tenth anniversary season with this classic tale of Dorothy’s adventures in the Land of Oz. This production will honor both the classic MGM film (with music from the movie!) as well as the original L. Frank Baum novel.

George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’

December 6—31

Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.

 

The Pennsylvania Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition. From the  Tchaikovsky score to the timeless story of holiday magic, this ballet is a classic for a reason. Come early for photos with the Sugarplum Fairy and the Mouse King in the lobby!

Shrek: The Musical

November 5—January 5

Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.

 

This award-winning Broadway musical based on the beloved movie features all new songs and fun for the whole family.

Photo Pop: Winter Wonderland

November 15–January 5

The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East

 

Photo Pop returns this winter with one-of-a-kind interactive holiday themes that will make for amazing holiday card (and Instagram) moments! Tickets available online.

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

November 29—December 30

1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ

 

Scuba Santa is back and ready to make the most underwater appearances in aquarium history! Visit him in Ocean Realm as he spreads the magic of Christmas and takes selfies through the glass. The aquarium will also have the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree, and more decorations throughout.

Philadelphia Zoo’s LumiNature

3400 W. Girard Avenue

November 20–January 5

 

New for this year, the Philadelphia Zoo presents a nighttime multimedia holiday spectacle the likes of which you have never seen. Throughout the zoo, giant animal-themed installations will glow, Evergreen trees will talk, and you’ll be surrounded by pure fantasy. Seasonal fare, strolling performers, hot chocolate (and adult beverages) add to the festiveness. Tickets available online.

Global Adventures at the Penn Museum

December 26 — 29

3260 South St.

 

Spend much-needed family time at the Penn Museum during the holidays! Visitors of all ages can adventure around the globe with exciting tours from Global Guides and scavenger hunt explorations of the galleries, along with art-making, games, and oral storytelling in the traditional African style.

Winter Break at National Constitution Center

December 26 — 31

525 Arch St.

 

Visitors can experience special Civil War-themed programming in conjunction with the exhibit, “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality.” There will be a Civil War encampment, meet-and-greets with historic figures like Henry “Box” Brown, as well as Union soldiers and battlefield nurses, photo ops, crafts, and more.

 

It’s also your last chance to see the exhibit “Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation” before it closes on December 31. Download and show the free Historic Holiday Pass at the box office of the National Constitution Center and receive $2 off general admission.

Creation Station at The Franklin Institute

December 26—31, 10 am—4 pm

222 North 20th Street

 

The museum will again feature their family-focused Creation Station for young scientists to design, build, and play with everything from Imagination Playground blocks to Rig Ama Jigs and more! While you’re there, check out the highly interactive (and fun) special exhibit “Worst-Case Scenario,” at the museum through April 19. Also on display during Winter Break, see a photorealistic sculpture of the moon—measuring 23 feet in diameter and featuring high-resolution NASA imagery of the lunar surface that shows every cliff and crater—suspended over the giant Benjamin Franklin statue in the entrance!

 


Saturday

Family Art at Beehive at Bok

December 28, 9:30—10:15 am

Suite B03, 1901 S. Ninth Street

 

Babies and toddlers will explore art materials and processes alongside their older siblings while adults enjoy a structured activity they can easily replicate at home.

Schuylkill Saturday: Nature Exploration for Families

December 28, 10:30—11:30 am

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Gather in the Visitor Center before hitting the trails for a guided exploration. Each week explores a different theme. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Storytime at the Lodge and Character Skate

December 28, 11:30 am—12:30 pm; Character Skate from 12:30-2:30 pm

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

 

Listen, Learn and Play will lead interactive activities and music, along with some stories. Light snacks and hot chocolate will be provided for the kids. Stick around afterward for a character skate with pirates!

Teen Vision Boards

December 28, 1—5 pm

Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Avenue

 

Teens can spend the afternoon with Alana Bell of The Sistahood to goals with passion and purpose. Participants are invited to bring personal photos and images to incorporate into the boards.

Kwanzaa Celebration at Northeast Regional Library

December 28, 2 pm

2228 Cottman Ave.

 

Celebrate with stories, crafts, and refreshments.

 


Sunday

Family Sunday: Feast Your Eyes

December 29, 10:30 am—3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

 

Look at food-filled works of art on a family-friendly tour, then make art in the balcony studio.

Write the Revolution Teen Workshop: Cartooning Around

December 29, 1—4 pm

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St.

 

In partnership with East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention, Inc. (ECBACC), learn how to create your own historical hero in this special program geared towards teens. After a museum tour, ECBACC will walk participants through a history of comic book cartooning to prepare them to re-tell a tale using elements of sci-fi/fantasy to re-envision a historical figure as a super-powered character. Tickets available online.

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

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