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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week Around Philly: December 31–January 6

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Winter Break Camps

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!

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

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!

‘Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia’

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.

Winter in Dilworth Park: Rothman Rink and Wintergarden

Through February

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.

‘Xtreme Bugs’ at Academy of Natural Sciences

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.

‘Vikings: Beyond the Legend’ at the Franklin Institute

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.

‘Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails!’ at Please Touch Museum

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.

‘Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now’

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!

Charlotte’s Web

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 Ice
11 am and 3 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 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 Museum
9 am-3 pm
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
This 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 Institute
10 am-2 pm
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.
Celebrate 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 Aquarium
10 am — 6 pm
1 Riverside Dr., Camden
This 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 Art
10:30 am—3 pm
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Create 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 Noon
11 am – 12:30 pm
Nest Center City, 1301 Locust St.
Your 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 Bash
11 am-4 pm
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St.
Ring 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 Library
11:30 am
3501 Midvale Ave.
Kids 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’
2 pm
Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St.
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 Square
3-8 pm
200 N. Sixth St.
New 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 Waterfront
The 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 Philly
From Mummers to free concerts, here's where to start your 2019 off right! Read More
Mummers Parade
9 am-5 pm
Broad Street
The 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 Playground
10 am–4 pm
3500 Reservoir Drive
Smith 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 Center
10 am-5 pm
300 S. Broad St.
The 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 Play
11 am-1 pm
Wissahickon Environmental Center
300 W. Northwestern Ave.
All-ages nature exploration, play, and snacks! Read More
Does This Make Cents?
11 am-5 pm
Please Touch Museum,
4231 Avenue of the Republic
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 Market
10-10:30 am
51 N. 12th St.
This program, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, is geared towards children ages 3 to 5. Read More
Workshop: "Etch a Sketch Paintings"
10 am-12:30 pm
Sue's Art Class
2119 Spruce St.
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 Celebration
3:30 pm
Falls of Schuylkill Library
3501 Midvale Avenue
School-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 Workshop
4 pm
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Children 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 Museum
4-7 pm
4231 Avenue of the Republic
Please 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 Band
Lilypad, 1234 S. Broad St.
Exercise 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 Walk
4-6 pm
The Woodlands
4000 Woodland Avenue
Toribird, 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 DiSilvestro
6:30 pm
1701 S. 15th Street
Join a free family Zumba class (donations accepted) every Thursday night. Read More


Baby Bird Playdate at Philadelphia Museum of Art
10:15 am
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Play 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
10:30 am
Ryerss Museum & Library
Burholme Park
7370 Central Ave
"New Year, New Season" storytime for kids ages 0-5 accompanied by an adult. Free admission. Read More
Family Happy Hour at PlayArts
5-7 pm
1241 N. Front Street
Bring 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 Out
6-9 pm
1301 Locust St.
Drop 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 Web
7 pm
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. Read More
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
7 pm
Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.
Celebrate 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.

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