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30+ Things to Do With Kids This Week (November 30-December 6)

At home and in person, plan your week!

Have some fun with our roundup of this week’s in-person and virtual activities!

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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 7, 2021

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

Come to skate, ride the Ferris wheel, enjoy the lights, play boardwalk games, and more. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason. Timed reservations required for skating.

Winter in Franklin Square

Through December 31

Showtimes: Every half-hour from 5—9 pm (Sunday—Thursday), 5—10 pm (Friday—Saturday)

200 N. Sixth St.

 

More than 100,000 lights illuminate Franklin Square’s updated fountain show, 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 5 pm daily, so if you stay a while for the square’s holiday activities, you can catch them both. And you’ll definitely want to because this year in addition to the carousel, Franklin Square is debuting Chilly Philly Mini Golf, a holiday spin on their beloved golf course complete with lights, holiday music, and larger-than-life wintertime friends! Masks and social distancing are required.

Winter on Broad Street

November 27—January 3

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.

 

Brand new for this year, the parking lot of Wells Fargo Center is transformed into a socially-distanced, dazzling outdoor holiday light wonderland.  Walk through 193 larger-than-life light sculptures and displays powered by more than a half-million light bulbs, plus visit the marketplace, write a letter to Santa, grab some treats, and maybe even snap a holiday photo with Gritty! Read more in our preview, and enter our giveaway!

Christmas Village

November 26-December 24

Love Park, 1500 Arch Street

 

Modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany, this annual market features dozens of vendors in wooden booths selling authentic European food, ornaments, crafts, clothing, and more from all over the world. Shop one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, take a ride on the carousel, and more. See our preview for COVID restrictions and more information.

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

Through January 1, 2021 (Rink through February)

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

Right outside City Hall, local artisans, designers, and crafters will offer unique selections for gifts. 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 the beautiful Wintergarden.

Drive-Thru Grand Illumination hosted by American Credit Union

November 30—December 31

American Heritage Carriage House, 2060 Red Lion Road

 

Experience a free drive-thru featuring more than 400,000 lights from the comfort and safety of your car, at no cost to you! Families are invited to drive through, enjoy, and take family photos in a socially-distanced manner after dusk.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

November 21—January 10

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

More than 3 million lights illuminate the farm with fantastic displays. You can drive through in the comfort of your own car, or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride. After the show, take a stroll through musical, dancing lights of Candy Cane Lane. And be sure to visit the farmer’s market for treats, too! Tickets available online.

A Longwood Christmas

November 20—January 10

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Stroll among a winter wonderland of half-a-million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, enjoy live holiday music on select dates, and visit the whimsical Garden Railway for some added magic throughout the season. Timed admission tickets are required.

Holiday Magic at Brandywine

October 31—January 10

1 Hoffman’s Mill Rd., Chadds Ford

 

Returning early this year with exciting new additions and features, the model Brandywine Railroad has been a holiday family favorite for generations. Slightly modified this year to provide a safe and socially distant experience, the Brandywine Railroad will still feature plenty of trains, miniature details and the engaging elements that everyone loves—including interactive components operated by hands-free foot pedals.  In addition to the Brandywine Railroad, see Ann Wyeth McCoy’s dollhouse, which features six rooms filled with three-dozen dolls and hundreds of miniature objects that will delight visitors of all ages. After seeing the whimsical display, explore the rest of the museum, including expansive views of the Brandywine River and changing colors of fall. Reserved tickets are required to ensure social distancing.

Virtual Macy’s Christmas Light Show

November 23—December 24

 

To quote Julie Andrews’s narration of this 100,000-light spectacle, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show is a “grand tradition.” In order to prevent large crowds, the Light Show will not continue in person this year, but the light display will stay powered on through the season and the narrated story experience will be available online. If seeing the light show and then going upstairs to see Dickens Village and Santa is a part of your holiday tradition, Macy’s is also moving Dickens Village online, and is planning a new virtual experience for kids to meet Santa starting November 27.


Monday

Free Online ‘From Head to Toe’ Kids Yoga

November 30, 10 am

 

Kula Yoga Kids hosts a free yoga class for ages 2-6. Pre-register online.

PlayArts’ PlayMusic Plus

November 30, 10:30 am

 

Each Monday PlayArts will introduce the theme of the week through song, dance, and play. So grab your musical instruments and materials (listed in event) to join! Register to get access to the class.

Trolls Dance Class

November 30, 1 pm

 

In this 45-minute beginning level dance class students ages 5-10 will learn cardio, technique, and a small section of “Just Sing” from Trolls World Tour. Pre-register online.

Draw and Learn All About Sloths

November 30, 2 pm

 

Meet a real sloth named Paco and learn all about what makes them such a special animal, all while drawing one! For ages 5-9. Pre-register online.

Holiday Inspired Still Life

November 30, 3 pm

 

Students (Grades 1-5) will draw from a festive still life including objects for the holidays with Portside Arts Center. Pre-register online.

Cookies and Milk with Santa

November 30, 5 pm

 

As part of Macy’s virtual Santaland experience, tune in to hear Santa and Mrs. Claus answer your most asked questions on Facebook Live.


Tuesday

Kids Yoga Adventures with Jitterbugs (Ages 2-12)

December 1, 10 am

 

Join Ms. Amy from Jitterbugs Music and Movement, as she takes you on a yoga storytelling adventure which consists of a warm-up, adventure, and relaxation. During the story, children will work on 20-25 yoga postures. Registration required online.  An email with the password and Zoom link will be sent on the day before the program.

Virtual Toddler Time with Santa

December 1, 10 am

 

Join Santa Claus on Zoom for storytime, songs, and more. Pre-register online.

PlayArts’ Virtual Movement Lab: Weather

December 1, 10:30 am

 

Join Teacher Margot on an exploration of the weather through basic movement and dance concepts! With playful locomotion through songs, nursery rhymes, stories, and interactive games get ready to move with your little one at home! This class is adaptive for infants up through 4-year-olds. Pre-register online.

Kiddo and Me Zoom Workout

December 1, 11 am

 

Be Well With Beth’s classes give parents a full-body strength and flexibility workout using body weight, bands (or whatever you have laying around), and even your little one as resistance. Come for a great work out, stay for the play, social time, and conversation with other parents and kids! Plus, stay online at the end for an additional 15 minutes to discuss nutrition and meal planning with Beth, who is also a registered dietitian nutritionist!

Casey Cooks with Kids

December 1, noon

 

Come make a wonderful food creation with Ludington Library’s Miss Casey on Facebook Live.

At-Home Anthro: Performance Masks

December 1, 1 pm

 

Learn about the meaning of performance masks in the countries of South Asia with Penn teaching artist Krishnapriya, who will lead visitors through the making process using recycled materials. This 60-minute session is perfect for elementary to middle school kids. Free; pre-register online.

New Parent Virtual Support Group

December 1, 1 pm

 

Kith + Kin’s new parent support groups are facilitated by trained doulas who help guide the transition into the new role of parenthood. Share stories, ask hard questions, and more. Pay what you can; join on Zoom via Kith + Kin’s website.

PAFA Art Explorer Holiday Fun

December 1, 2 pm and 4 pm

 

Get ready for the approaching holiday by making decorations and presents for family and friends. For the first session, make a snowflake banner. Pre-register online.

In Person: Furry & Bright Christmas Drive-Thru at Sesame Place

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-8 pm, through December 23

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

If you’re looking to kick off the holiday season as soon as possible, head to Sesame Place! From the comfort of your own car, journey through a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, holiday décor, a festive Christmas soundtrack, and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends dressed in their warm winter best. To cap off the trail, guests can wave to Santa Claus as he wishes everyone a happy holiday season! Tickets are required in advance.

Pajama Storytime with Haverford Township Free Library

December 1, 7 pm

 

Grab your jammies and a special friend and get ready for some stories before bed! Join free on Facebook.


Wednesday

Music with Miss Jill: Transportation

December 2, 10:15 am

 

Music with Miss Jill is a lively interactive music program for toddlers through kindergarten. Activities consist of songs, fingerplays, props, musical games, and puppets. Free; pre-register online to receive the Zoom link.

Turtle Dance Music Virtual Concert

December 2, 10:30 am

 

Mr. Matt from Turtle Dance Music presents his popular music, bubble, and comedy show with green-screen visuals and high fidelity audio. Free; pre-register to receive the Zoom info.

Online Art: Holiday Board Games

December 2. 3:30 pm

‘Tis the season for fun and games! Students (Grades 1-5) will create their very own board games inspired by the holidays. Pre-register online.
Materials Needed: Construction paper or card stock, colorful construction paper if desired, markers, pens or crayons, scissors, glue

In Person: Furry & Bright Christmas Drive-Thru at Sesame Place

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-8 pm, through December 23

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

If you’re looking to kick off the holiday season as soon as possible, head to Sesame Place! From the comfort of your own car, journey through a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, holiday décor, a festive Christmas soundtrack, and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends dressed in their warm winter best. To cap off the trail, guests can wave to Santa Claus as he wishes everyone a happy holiday season! Tickets are required in advance.

Delaware Museum of Natural History: Awesome Animal Adaptations

December 2, 7 pm

 

Meet live animal ambassadors online and learn how they evolved and adapted to live comfortably and survive in their native habitats. This program is best for kids in grades K-3. Free; pre-register online to get the Zoom link sent.

City Hall’s Visit Philly Holiday Tree Lighting

December 2, 7:30 pm

 

While you can visit the tree as part of your Dilworth Park and Christmas Village magic (the tree has already arrived at City Hall!), the city is also planning a virtual tree lighting ceremony to kick off the season. Featuring an exciting lineup of special guests and holiday-inspired musical performances, you can watch the celebration exclusively on 6abc.

Not A Peep Sleep Workshop

December 2, 8 pm

 

During this one-hour workshop, sleep expert Maria Lopez of Not a Peep will teach you about the science of children’s sleep, why problems occur, how to prevent them and how to troubleshoot your current issues. topics include children’s sleep, ideal routines for each age, common sleep problems: regressions, night wakings, and short naps. Pre-register online, and bring all your questions!

Virtual Chanukah Cooking Class with Michael Solomonov

December 2, 8 pm

 

Learn to make special holiday dishes with award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov, executive chef and co-owner of Zahav and other Philly favorites. Dishes include Abe Fisher’s Potato Latkes, Moroccan donuts, and more. Pre-register online.


Thursday

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Virtual Support Group

December 3, 1 pm

 

Kith + Kin moves their group online so you can continue on your journey while you’re home. Facilitated by an international board-certified lactation consultant who can help answer your questions and provide tips for success, the group meets on Zoom (call-in info in the link in title); pay what you can over Venmo.

PAFA Art Explorer Holiday Fun

December 1, 2 pm and 4 pm

 

Get ready for the approaching holiday by making decorations and presents for family and friends. In this session, make a stained glass forest. Pre-register online.

Free Storytime with Belle

December 3, 4 pm

 

Join Belle for a free storytime and singalong on Facebook Live.

East Passyunk Avenue Virtual Tree Lighting

December 3, 5:45 pm

 

Kick off the holidays virtually this year via East Passyunk Avenue’s Facebook Live and Instagram Live. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Tree Lighting is not open to the public, but the tree will remain lit through the season for festive photos while you’re shopping on the Avenue.

Old City Holiday Lightings from the Betsy Ross House

December 3, 6:15 pm

 

Old City’s festivities move online this year with the fourth annual Historic Holidays Tree Lighting Ceremony. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be closed to the public and will be streamed live via Old City District’s Facebook page from the Betsy Ross House.

The Polar Express Virtual Read-Aloud

December 3, 7 pm

 

Join Brandywine River Museum staff for a virtual trip on “The Polar Express”. Wear your comfiest pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed friend, and enjoy storytime, videos, games, and more! Designed for children ages 2-10 and their grownups. Each ticket is good for the entire family and includes downloadable activities.

Franklin Institute’s Night Skies at Home

December 3, 7:45 pm

 

The Franklin Institute’s Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts invites stargazers of all ages to step outside and join him for a night sky tour from home– no telescopes needed!


Friday

Penn Museum Playdate: Homes Around the World

December 4, 10 am

 

Designed for families with children ages 4-7, each virtual Museum Playdate provides a live lesson featuring a sound, movement, or hands-on activity, drawing on the Penn Museum’s cultural artifacts from around the world. This virtual program will explore the different types of homes around the world. Take a close look at artifacts connected to the home, chat with Museum educators about what makes our homes unique, and participate in a live art activity. Free; pre-register online.

Art Museum Virtual Playdate: Keeping it Cozy

December 4, 10:30 am

 

In this live virtual program, snuggle up with artworks that play with light and shadow or soft materials to create that warm and cozy feeling. Feel free to come in your pajamas or softest sweater!​ For ages 4–7 and their grown-ups. Free; pre-register online.

Virtual First Notes

December 4, 10:30 am

 

The Ardmore Music Training Center is back at Gladwyne Library with First Notes! First Steps in singing, rhythm, movement, and small instruments. This fun baby and toddler music class will be hosted on Zoom. Pre-register to be sent the link.

Holiday Quilt Drawing

December 4, 3 pm

 

Students (Grades 1-5) will create drawings of holiday quilts inspired by artist Faith Ringgold. Pre-register online with Portside Arts Center.

In Person: Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

December 4, 5-9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

With new lights and decorative attractions, and with more animals on exhibit, this year’s Wild Lights is sure to be brighter than ever! Take a stroll through a glistening forest, or visit with big cats in Trail of the Jumping Jaguar. Each night of Wild Lights features live entertainment, unique animal encounters, performances, holiday music, and a chance to see Santa himself (this year, Santa will appear at the window of his workshop to greet guests and pose for photos). Advance tickets and masks required.

Virtual Santa Visits with Lulu’s Casita

December 4, 5:30–7:30 pm

 

Get all cozy in your holiday pajamas in the comfort of your own home and FaceTime with Santa. To book your virtual visit email info@luluscasita.com


Weekend Events

Winter on Broad Street

November 27—January 3

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.

 

Brand new for this year, the parking lot of Wells Fargo Center is transformed into a socially-distanced, dazzling outdoor holiday light wonderland.  Walk through 193 larger-than-life light sculptures and displays powered by more than a half-million light bulbs, plus visit the marketplace, write a letter to Santa, grab some treats, and maybe even snap a holiday photo with Gritty! Read more in our preview, and enter our giveaway!

Winter in Franklin Square

November 19—December 31

Showtimes: Every half-hour from 5—9 pm (Sunday—Thursday), 5—10 pm (Friday—Saturday)

200 N. Sixth St.

 

More than 100,000 lights illuminate Franklin Square’s updated fountain show, 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 5 pm daily, so if you stay a while for the square’s holiday activities, you can catch them both. And you’ll definitely want to because this year in addition to the carousel, Franklin Square is debuting Chilly Philly Mini Golf, a holiday spin on their beloved golf course complete with lights, holiday music, and larger-than-life wintertime friends! Masks and social distancing are required.

Winter at Dilworth Park and Christmas Village

Through February 2021; Christmas Village runs from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve

Dilworth Park and LOVE Park

 

Dilworth gets activated with the Rothman Ice Rink and Cabin, and the picturesque Wintergarden. In response to COVID-19 restrictions, a new online reservation system and limited rink capacity will be put in place for skating. The new online reservations system will provide safe contactless purchasing opportunities with scheduled timed, 90-minute skating sessions in order to control the rink capacity for skaters. Plus, shop one-of-a-kind holiday gifts from Philly makers and international vendors, take a ride on the carousel, and more. See our preview for COVID restrictions and more information.

Holiday Market at Terrain

December 5 and 6

914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills

 

Terrain gets in the holiday spirit as their festive tree yard opens. Plus, the Glen Mills location will have a weekly Market featuring some favorite makers and artisans offering their most special wares, as well as Terrain décor and lighting. Live music will accompany the festiveness, and look out for some snow at the market too—they’ll have the snow machines running to create some winter magic!

LEGOLAND Holiday Bricktacular

Weekends in December, 11 am-5 pm

Plymouth Meeting Mall, 500 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Enjoy seasonal build activities and holiday activities—grab your family photo on the LEGO sleigh, meet new LEGO reindeer, build a LEGO ornament and decorate the holiday tree, see MINILAND Philadelphia as a Winter Wonderland, and more! Advance timed tickets required.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 20—December 30, 5—9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

With new lights and decorative attractions, and with more animals on exhibit, this year’s Wild Lights is sure to be brighter than ever! Take a stroll through a glistening forest, or visit with big cats in Trail of the Jumping Jaguar. Each night of Wild Lights features live entertainment, unique animal encounters, performances, holiday music, and a chance to see Santa himself (this year, Santa will appear at the window of his workshop to greet guests and pose for photos). Advance tickets and masks required.

A Longwood Christmas

November 20—January 10

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Stroll among a winter wonderland of half-a-million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, enjoy live holiday music on select dates, and visit the whimsical Garden Railway for some added magic throughout the season. Timed admission tickets are required.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

Through March 7, 2021

101 S. Columbus Blvd.

 

Come to skate, ride the Ferris wheel, enjoy the lights, play boardwalk games, and more. This rink is a Philadelphia favorite for a reason. Timed reservations required for skating.

Drive-Thru Grand Illumination hosted by American Credit Union

November 30—December 31

American Heritage Carriage House, 2060 Red Lion Road

 

Experience a free drive-thru featuring more than 400,000 lights from the comfort and safety of your car, at no cost to you! Families are invited to drive through, enjoy, and take family photos in a socially-distanced manner after dusk.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

November 21—January 10

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

More than 3 million lights illuminate the farm with fantastic displays. You can drive through in the comfort of your own car, or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride. After the show, take a stroll through musical, dancing lights of Candy Cane Lane. And be sure to visit the farmer’s market for treats, too! Tickets available online.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

November 21—January 3

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne

 

During the holidays, Sesame Place is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around. Their 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show features an illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images while guests can sing and dance along to the festive soundtrack. There are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more.

Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway

November 28—December 31; ticketed nights on select Saturdays and Sundays

Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue

 

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 Saturdays and Sundays from 4:30—7:30 pm where you can really get the full effect of the lights. Due to Covid restrictions, timed tickets are also required to visit the Arboretum during regular hours, so while you can view the Railway anytime they’re open, you’ll need to plan ahead for that too.

Santa at Fashion District Philadelphia

Fridays—Sundays in December, reservations required

Ninth and Market streets

 

Santa arrives at the District on December 4. This year, for the safety of visitors and himself, Santa will be stationed behind a plexiglass protection shield with a bench in front for visitors to sit. Guests are able to interact with Santa through the shield and take photos. Reservations are required online. Photos will be available in digital download only. Photo-shy, but still want to say “hi” to Santa? Visits with Santa are free and are sure to put a smile on his face, but reservations are still required.

 

While you’re there, you can visit the Welcome Station to pick up your paper and pen to write a letter to Santa, and place it in Santa’s red mailbox. If you prefer, you can also schedule a virtual visit with Santa through Fashion District Philadelphia.

Christmas at Colonial Gardens

Weekends from November 28 through December 27, 5:30—8:30 pm

745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

 

Take a stroll through the decorated landscape and enjoy the spectacular lights and displays throughout the grounds. And make sure to catch the light show synchronized to music. Admission includes a take-home make your own ornament kit for kids. Santa will be there for select nights (make a reservation when you arrive)—for his safety, the number of visits with Santa will be limited and all interactions will be masked and socially distanced. All children are also welcome to submit a letter to Santa in his special new mailbox in lieu of a visit. Masks are required both indoors and outdoors at Colonial Gardens. Tickets available online.

Virtual Pennsylvania Ballet Conservatory presents ‘The Nutcracker’

December 5 and 6, 1 pm

 

Enjoy a holiday classic, livestreamed into your home. Tickets available online.


Saturday

Virtual  Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion hosts Conversations with Santa

December 5; appointments begin at 10 am

 

Schedule your own special meeting with Santa over Zoom! Cost is $8, and free for families in the 19144 zip code.

Schuylkill Saturday: Self-Guided Nature Exploration for Families

December 5, 10 am

Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road

 

Pick up a nature exploration kit at the Visitor Center and then hit the trails with your family to complete the activities inside. Dive into a different theme and collect a new explorer badge each week. Explorer kits can be picked up anytime between 10 am and noon. All ages welcome. No registration or fee required. Masks are required when picking up your kit.

Virtual Small Actions for Kids: Growing Great

December 5, 10 am

 

Join Academy educators and scientists to learn how you can take small actions to spark big changes in your community! This event is developed for children and their families, but all are welcome to make positive changes for a healthier planet. Free; pre-register online.

Brunch with the Snow Queen at Germantown Garden

December 5, 11 am and 1 pm

1029 Germantown Ave.

 

Families are invited to get Frozen at this special open-air dining experience perfect for kids of all ages that love Elsa! This socially-distanced positive and magical dining experience will include 90 minutes at a private, exclusive, and heated igloo just for you and your immediate family members, plus a safe and socially-distanced photo opportunity and visit with the queen, songs, and souvenirs. This event is part of the Northern Liberties Holiday Pop-Up, and Small Business Saturday. Reservations are required online for your desired seating and timeslot.

Santa in Wayne

December 5, 11 am–1 pm

North Wayne Avenue at the Wayne Winter Grove Tent

 

Visit Santa in the tent and take your own socially-distanced pictures for free!

Virtual Hanukkah All-Ages Story Time and Craft with Belmont Hills Library

December 5, 11 am

 

This family-friendly program will premiere on the library’s Facebook page at 11 am, but if you register online you can receive a take-home project kit (pickup at library)

Virtual Snapology: Pokedex Challenge

December 5, 11 am

 

Join Penn Wynne Library and Snapology online for a free Pokemon-themed LEGO-based class for ages 6-11. Pre-registration is required, as spots are limited.

Santa at Headhouse Square

December 5, noon–4 pm (reservations required)

Headhouse Square Shambles, 2oo Pine St.

 

Children can talk to Santa from a safe social distance via microphone (complete with their own fresh mic cover-up) and then pose for photos in front of a clear vinyl barrier between them and Santa. Reservations are required; free tickets will be limited per half-hour increment to ensure social distancing. All children over the age of 2 must wear a mask. Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or new and “gently worn” coats to donate at the event.

Virtual Cupcake University

December 5, noon

 

Cupcake University is a four-week program designed for bakers of all ages (kids under age 8 need parental assistance). Pre-register for one class or all four weeks. This week, make Strawberry Crunch Cupcakes!

Virtual Storytime with Hanukkah Harriet

December 5, 1 pm

 

Harriet will share some fun stories, play games, and sing songs over Zoom. Tickets available online.

Holidays at East Market

Saturdays from November 28—December 19, 1—5 pm

1118 Market St.

 

Filled with festive décor and lights, featuring their annual 20-foot holiday tree, East Market will host live entertainment, outdoor programming, and a light-up window mural display by Mural Arts throughout the season. Visit East Market’s outdoor walk every Saturday afternoon (1—5 pm) from November 28—December 19 to enjoy a rotating lineup of live entertainment alongside a hot cocktail truck.

Virtual Build a Fairy House with Tinker Bell

December 5, 4 pm

 

Join Tinker Bell as she teaches your little ones how to build a fairy house for her fairy friends to visit. This event will take place over Zoom and is ticketed, so be sure to pre-register.

‘A Christmas Story’ Drive-In Movie at the Navy Yard

December 5, 6 pm

 

Philadelphia Film Society keeps the holiday cheer alive with festive drive-ins all season long. This Saturday, it’s A Christmas Story! Tickets available online only, and when outside the car, attendees must wear a mask at all times.

Virtual Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Christmas Story

December 5, 6 pm

 

Join Beauty and the Beast for an Enchanted Christmas storytime and sing-along. Tickets available online.


Sunday

Main Line Art Center Holiday Market

December 6, 11 am

746 Panmure Rd., Haverford

 

Shop small and support local artists this holiday season. Stop by the Main Line Art Center parking lot for an open-air artisan craft market. Parking is free, masks are required.

HCA Holiday Bazaar

December 6, 11 am

Holy Child Academy, 475 Shadeland Ave., Drexel Hill

 

Join Holy Child Academy for an afternoon of shopping with local vendors. The event is outdoors; face coverings and social distance are required.

Virtual Menorah Making

December 6, 11:30 am—1:30 pm

 

Create your very own DIY Hanukkah decorations over Zoom. Tickets available online.

Virtual  Sundays on Stage: Burble, Fizz, Kaboom!

December 6, 2 pm

 

Enjoy a very theatrical take on the sciences, in this playful performance that combines chemical reactions, solutions, molecules, and phase changes with a great sense of humor.  This show will be shared live on Free Library of Philadelphia’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FLPYouthServices/).

Virtual Hanukkah in Space

December 6, 3—4 pm

 

How do you spin a dreidel in zero gravity? Can you light a menorah on the International Space Station? In this live-stream family event, the Jewish Museum of Maryland will share Hanukkah traditions, and discover how astronauts celebrate in space. This program is best suited for ages 5-7, though it will be plenty of fun for the whole family. Pre-register online.

Virtual Messiah Sing

December 6, 3 pm

 

A beloved Advent tradition continues virtually with Overbrook Presbyterian Church. Get scores and tune in online to sing along.

Candy Cane Lane Drive-Thru

December 6, 4—6 pm

29 E. Allen St.

 

This one-day-only festive drive-thru in front of the Fillmore includes holiday lights, falling snow, music, and maybe even socially-distanced Santa! Kids can also get candy and hot chocolate, and can drop off their letters to Santa. Toys for Tots donations (new, unwrapped toys) can also be dropped off at this event.

Virtual  Edible Menorahs with Chef Hat Art Kits for Hanukkah

December 6, 4:30—5 pm

 

Join jkidphilly on Zoom to decorate chef hats with special Hanukkah stamps and stickers, listen to a Hanukkah story, and make and enjoy an Edible Menorah! You can register for the Zoom only, or the Zoom with a Chef Hat Art Kit to be picked up in Washington Square. If you don’t opt for the chef hat, you can still enjoy the story and make the edible menorah with snacks you have on hand! Pre-register online (by December 4 for the kit).

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph by Laura Swartz.

Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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