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Top 10 Events For A 5-Star Family Weekend in Philly (January 7-9, 2022)

Attention, fun-loving families! Are you looking for something to do in the Philadelphia area this weekend that the whole family will enjoy?

Look no further than our top 10 favorite events taking place between January 7th & 9th!

From painting classes to basketball games to David Bowie music showcases, you’re guaranteed to find a unique activity or event that is sure to entertain and engage people of all ages.

Below are our top 10 favorite family events happening in Philadelphia this weekend (in no particular order):

1. Family Art Night

January 7 @ 6:30 PM -8:30 PM

Cherry Street Pier – 121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Enjoy a fun and creative night out with the entire family at Cherry Street Pier’s monthly Family Art Night! During this 1.5 hour long workshop on Friday nights, parents and kids will collaborate on art projects and work together to create something everyone can be proud of. This class allows for some quality family bonding time and is a great kick-off to the weekend!

2. Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs

January 7 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Wells Fargo Center – 3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

The history of the Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs is littered with matchups between basketball legends. In the late 1970s and early 80s, prolific scorers “Dr. J” Julius Erving and “The Iceman” George Gervin went head-to-head, even meeting in the Eastern Conference semifinals in 1979. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, “The Answer” Allen Iverson would fearlessly take on “The Big Fundamental” Tim Duncan.

Now, these contests are headlined by a new era. The Sixers are led by renowned coach Doc Rivers and feature several star caliber players, like Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris, while the Spurs have a much celebrated head coach of their own in Gregg Popovich. The teams face off twice in the 2021-22 NBA regular season, including one game at The Center in South Philly. Get your tickets today!

3. LumiNature by Chase

January 7, 8, & 9 @ 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Philadelphia Zoo – 3400 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Let there be LIGHT! LumiNature presented by Chase glimmers again for select nights November 18 through January 9— and we can’t wait to see you there!

This dazzling winter light spectacular takes guests on a magical journey of lights, sounds and surprises, offering lively displays and 14 uniquely themed installations sure to thrill guests.

Enjoy hot chocolate, warm adult beverages, s’mores making stations and more sweet treats as you stroll through the Zoo and marvel at the incredible sights!

4. Magical Pandacorn All Ages Painting Class

January 8 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Painting With A Twist, Center City – 611 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

KIDS PLEASE! This is a fun activity for adults and kids alike. Ages 6 and up.

This event may take place on the second floor studio.

Painting With A Twist is always a BYOB so be aware that there may still be alcoholic beverages present. (No Hard Liquor)

The studio is small! OBSERVERS and infants cannot be accommodated in any class.

5. Family Fundays at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

January 8 @ 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Blue Cross RiverRink – 101 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Blue Cross RiverRink is bringing you more music, stories, and amazing make-and-take crafts that are sure to surprise and delight the little ones in your life. Plus, enjoy activities, sing-alongs, dance, and play with Music Play Patrol and special guests.

6. Bugs Bunny at the Symphony

January 7 @ 8:00 PM, January 8 & 9 @ 2:00 PM

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center – 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

“Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” returns to The Philadelphia Orchestra this January, in a sparkling new edition of this critically acclaimed concert. Combining more than a dozen beloved classic Looney Tunes projected on the big screen while The Philadelphia Orchestra plays the classical music-infused original scores, this new version features iconic favorites like What’s Opera, Doc?, The Rabbit of Seville, Baton Bunny, and Corny Concerto. Recent additions include six newly produced Warner Bros. animated shorts. The concert is conducted by George Daugherty and is created by George Daugherty and David Ka Lik Wong.

7. Music of David Bowie For Kids

January 9 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia – 1009 Canal Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series hosted at historic music venues across the country, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll. See you at the show!

8. PECO Family Jams: Found-Object Robots

January 9 @ 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – 1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The names of many art environments and their creators are lovingly woven through the mosaics of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. One of these is Tom Every, creator of the Forevertron in Wisconsin. During his career as an industrial scrapper Every saw elegance, whimsy, and even personality in the objects he dismantled and later turned into large-scale sculptures. This month’s take-home craft kit is inspired by Every’s work. Kits include a tin candy box and other pieces to create your own small robot.

9. January Kids Club Winter Scene Canvas Painting

January 8 @ 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

The Tacony LAB Community Arts Center – 6918 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19135

One day workshop!
Parents may accompany their child provided we have space, but should not register themselves for the class.

The Tacony LAB’s classes are unique in Philadelphia: they do not charge tuition or any sort of fees for any of their classes.

Their classes are popular and often have wait-lists. If you enroll in a class, please commit to attending it!

10. Winter in Franklin Square

Now until January 9 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Franklin Square – 200 N 6th St, Philadelphia, PA

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. Take a spin on the carousel, warm up at Franklin’s Winter View with outdoor fire pits and beautiful indoor heated tent featuring adult and hot beverages and seasonal food, and play Chilly Philly Mini Golf, a holiday spin on their beloved golf course complete with lights, holiday music, and larger-than-life wintertime friends! Tickets required for mini golf.

Find even more events taking place this weekend by checking out our Philadelphia Family Community Calendar!

Writer for Philadelphia Family. Email tips to lani@familyfocus.org.

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