30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: December 31–January 6
Need plans? We've got something great, every day!
Need plans? We’ve got something great, every day.
Last Chance: Holiday Lights in Philly
If your kids have off but you don’t, there are some great day-off camps that will keep them occupied and learning during Winter Break! Here’s our rundown!
Through March 3, 2019
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
Come to skate, come to party in the cabins, come for the fun and food. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason. This year, it will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, and has lots of fun events planned throughout the season– read all about it in our preview!
Through March 17, 2019; 1 – 5 pm on weekdays, 10 am–5 pm on weekends
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St.
This new exhibit is highly interactive, incorporating games, group activities, dress up, thought-provoking questions, and much more to highlight Alexander Hamilton’s major accomplishments and Philadelphia connections. Read all about it in our preview.
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.
Skate on the Rothman Rink in the shadow of City Hall and run through the fantastical Wintergarden Maze! Warm up in the Cabin with some snacks and cocoa after!
Through January 6, 2019
Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.
Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda The Musical will delight with high-energy dance and catchy songs.
Through January 21, 2019
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Nearly 20 towering animatronic bugs will come alive in this new creepy crawly exhibit! Get a bug’s-eye view of the world and learn about their intricacies and behaviors. See our preview here.
Through March 3, 2019
222 North 20th Street
The Franklin Institute presents 600 unique artifacts, multimedia, hands-on elements, and more to bring the Viking Age to life. Read all about the exhibit in our preview.
Through January 6, 2019
4231 Avenue of the Republic
The long-awaited Thomas and Friends exhibit arrives at Please Touch Museum with plenty of train-themed fun, photo ops, imaginative play, and valuable STEM lessons along the way! Read our full preview here.
Through March 3, 2019
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
If you have a fashion lover in your midst (or are one yourself), you’ll definitely want to catch this new exhibit that’s all about couture!
Through February 3
Arden Theatre, 40 N. Second St.
The heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider comes to life at the Arden.
Disney on IceGet on your best princess dress and bring your light-up wand for skating, music, and adventure. This new production, Mickey’s Search Party, includes favorite characters like Elsa, Ariel, Moana, Belle, and the debut Miguel from Coco. Of course, Mickey, Minnie, and the whole gang are ... Read More
Happy New Year's (Eve)! Get the Philly rundown!We’ve rounded up our top picks for New Year’s fun around town, so no matter how young your kids are, there’s something festive to do as a family. Happy New Year! Read More
Countdown 2 Noon at the Please Touch MuseumThis massive party has not one, but two, ball drops to bring in the New Year (one at noon, the other at 1 pm). There is also live music courtesy of the Avalon String Band, a creation station where kids can make their own New ... Read More
NOON Year's Eve Bash at the Franklin InstituteCelebrate New Year’s early with fiery live science shows, “magic milk fireworks,” make-and-take noisemakers, and other surprises. At noon, welcome in the New Year with a massive ball pit explosion! Free with museum admission. Read More
New Year’s Eve Splash at Adventure AquariumThis special extended-hours event invites your family to visit with your favorite sea creatures, get down at a DJ “Shell-ebration” dance party, and then watch the early fireworks display over the Delaware River. New this year, the aquarium is also presenting “New Year’s Around the ... Read More
Winter Break Family Studio at the Philadelphia Museum of ArtCreate tiny wonders inspired by the miniatures of the “Little Ladies” exhibit, and capture their magic in a snow globe. Take a family-friendly Jolly Jaunts tour, pick up a Holiday Family Guide, and drop by the museum’s miniature winter wonderland created by artist Lydia Ricci—she’ll ... Read More
Nest Philly's Countdown to NoonYour littlest party-goers (ages 6 months to 6 years) will get their wiggles out with music and playtime, make New Year’s themed crafts, and enjoy snacks and sparkling beverages. At noon, they’ll go nuts with a celebratory balloon drop! This event is free for Nest ... Read More
Betsy’s Birthday BashRing in New Year’s Eve and celebrate the birth of America’s most famous flag maker. Celebrate with Betsy, herself, Colonial chocolate-making, and birthday cupcakes courtesy of City Tavern. Read More
Noon Year's Eve at Falls of Schuylkill LibraryKids ages 2-8 (with a caregiver) will read a story, have some snacks, and dance into the new year together! Read More
George Balanchine’s ‘The Nutcracker’From the Tchaikovsky score to the timeless story of holiday magic, this ballet is a classic for a reason. And Monday is your last chance to see it this year! Read More
Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown at Franklin SquareNew Year’s Eve craft-making starts at 3 pm. Then, at 6 pm there’s a countdown to the “Square Drop” from atop SquareBurger and watching the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront (they’ll be viewable from the Square). Afterwards, the indoor Franklin Square Pavilion will ... Read More
Fireworks on the WaterfrontThe SugarHouse Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the waterfront features a kid-friendly early show at 6 pm for families and kids who can’t make it until midnight. There are so many options by the river to view this magnificent display. See our rundown for ... Read More
Where to Celebrate New Year’s Day in PhillyFrom Mummers to free concerts, here's where to start your 2019 off right! Read More
Mummers ParadeThe music, the ornate costumes, the revelry — this Philly tradition is the most iconic and colorful of them all. You can catch them strutting south on Broad Street from City Hall all day long, so you’re sure to see something entertaining no matter when ... Read More
New Year’s Play Day at Smith Memorial PlaygroundSmith is open for play all day in the playhouse (playground is weather permitting), plus fireworks painting throughout the day. Read More
New Year’s Day Celebration at the Kimmel CenterThe Kimmel Center opens its doors for a free all-day New Year’s party with fun for the whole family. There are live performances all day, including kids’ concerts. Kids will have plenty to do, including watching jugglers, hula hoopers, and an organ demonstration. Read More
New Year's Day Hike and PlayAll-ages nature exploration, play, and snacks! Read More
Does This Make Cents?The museum will have activities throughout the day that focus on financial literacy (in anticipation of their upcoming permanent exhibit!) Read More
Book Nook Storytime at Reading Terminal MarketThis program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5. Read More
Workshop: "Etch a Sketch Paintings"Using acrylic mediums and a putty knife, rubber tools and more, etch your colorful paintings as you build up the surface. Pre-register online. Read More
New Year's CelebrationSchool-aged kids will celebrate by sampling some good luck foods from around the world and talking about resolutions for the new year. Read More
Slime-Making WorkshopChildren ages 7-12 are invited to create their own unique slime, and take their slime home to continue the tactile play. Read More
First Wednesday at Please Touch MuseumPlease Touch Museum will stay open until 7 pm for two extra hours of play, with special activities throughout the museum! PTM offers $2 per person admission from 4 pm on. Read More
Kiddo, Me and an Exercise BandExercise in South Philly's favorite playspace with your baby and stay for a 0-24 month playgroup afterwards. Class passes available online. Read More
Winter Solstice Bird WalkToribird, The Woodlands' resident birding expert, will lead a bird walk from 4--4:45 pm. Then enjoy The Woodlands after dark and create bird themed crafts by the fire pits. BYO flashlights! Read More
Family Zumba at DiSilvestroJoin a free family Zumba class (donations accepted) every Thursday night. Read More
Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of ArtPlay at the museum with your little ones and enjoy music, art making, and gallery walks. For toddlers and their grownups. Read More
Storytime at Ryerss Museum and Library"New Year, New Season" storytime for kids ages 0-5 accompanied by an adult. Free admission. Read More
Family Happy Hour at PlayArtsBring your friends and your little ones out for First Friday! It's BYOB, Caviar will be providing the food, and PlayArts' resident DJ will be playing the jams. Drop-in rates apply (adults are free). Read More
Nest Parents' Night OutDrop off your (potty-trained) kids ages 2-6 for an evening of play, pizza dinner, and Winter Wonderland while you enjoy an adult night out. Call (215) 545-6378 to register. Read More
Charlotte's WebThe heart-warming story of a special friendship between a lovable pig and everyone’s favorite spider comes to life at the Arden. Read More
Bugs Bunny at the SymphonyCelebrate the world's most beloved Looney Tunes and their legendary stars projected on the big screen, while their extraordinary original scores are played live by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Read More
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Photograph by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia.