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April 24, 2015

philly kids: storybook ball, science festival, earth day, and a seaport museum giveaway!

The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and the sun is shining (sort of)! We hope you are having a great start to "real" spring and spending lots of time getting dirty in parks, playgrounds and fields! Festival season is around the corner and we'll be including them in our events listingsIf you know of one that we missed, please make sure to include it here!

This week we are giving away tickets to Independence Seaport Museum which has fantastic kids' activities each week at their Seafarin' Saturday program. On May 8th at 6:30pm, they will also host a Family Overnight where you'll be able to enjoy an evening of boating activities, a sleepover on a historic ship and a day to explore the museum! Tell us your favorite ocean/ water activity for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy Please Touch Museum's Storybook Ball, Earth Day and the Science Festival! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Storybook Ball, Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum will dramatically transform its already amazing exhibit spaces and bring "Once Upon a Time" to life. You will be transported to the enchanting villages and make believe lands where your favorite stories and fairytales take place! Enjoy dancing and music with Baby Loves Disco, guest appearances by Wild Thing, Ryan Lion, Curious George, Paddington Bear, Baby Mouse, games crafts, surprises and much more!

Sat, 4/25, 6-9pm. $45/ member, $55/ non-member

Philly Brick Fest, Oaks, PA

Get inspired, educated, and entertained with LEGO bricks! Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest Live.

Sat 4/25 and Sun 4/26. $22/ ticket. Children 2 and under are free.

Jungle Book, Arden Theatre

Arden’s The Jungle Book is a brand new play based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling. Meet Bagheera, Shere Kahn, the python Kaa, and Baloo the Bear as Mowgli the man-cub learns to navigate the laws of the jungle. Brought to life by 5 actors, this world premiere production celebrates storytelling and the power of imagination. Filled with adventure and original music, The Jungle Book reunites the creators of the Arden’s Robin Hood and Pinocchio for this exciting new version of Kipling’s classic tale.

Runs now through June 21st. Tickets start at $20.

Seaport Slumbers, Independence Seaport Museum

Begin your night with after-hours tours of two historic ships, Olympia and Becuna, clean-up an oil spill, and decipher some Morse code. Build and test out your very own tin-foil boat. Then take a break and relax will enjoying a snack with your fellow sailors before going back to enjoy the museum’s activities and a museum-wide flashlight scavenger hunt. After all that excitement, take time to wind down for a movie before going to sleep for the night. Get a good night's sleep because you have the whole next day to explore the museum and historic ships. Ages 6-12. 1 chaperone required per 3 kids. Register now!

Friday, 5/8, 6:30pm, $50/ person, includes snack and breakfast.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Independence Seaport Museum are giving away 4 passes to general admission to the museum (this is NOT a giveaway for a Family Overnight). Let us know your favorite ocean (or water activity) for a chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

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April 10, 2015

philly kids: peking acrobats, cherry blossoms, and a brickfest live giveaway!

We hope you had a wonderful spring break, Easter and Passover and are enjoying the start of baseball season, spring festivals and lots of outside time! Make sure you check our lists of Outdoor Fun for great ideas to get outside and if you know of some that aren't listed, please add them here

This week, we are giving away four tickets to Brick Fest Live, coming to the Oaks Convention Center on 4/25 and 4/26. LEGO lovers will delight in the huge attractions guaranteed to set your imaginations free! Tell us what you love to create with your LEGOs for a chance to win. We are also doing a flash giveaway of four tickets for any one of this weekend's performances of Rainbowtown at the Ambler Theatre. Tell us what you love most about your home for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced tomorrow. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy Cherry Blossoms, the Peking Acrobats and a Dino Day and Bug Bonanza! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Peking Acrobats, Keswick Theatre

For over 30 years, the amazing performances of The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats have been the perfect high-energy attraction. Their multi-faceted and multi-cultural production features dazzling acrobatic displays, formidable feats of daring and balance, explosive Kung Fu, brilliant costumes, and even a touch of Chinese comedy.

4/12-4/15, 4/12 show is 120 minutes, weekday shows are 60 minutes. Tickets start at $18.50.

Rainbowtown, Ambler, PA

Join Queen Annie in her search for a new home! Rainbowtown is a hilarious, interactive play for kids about emotions and colors featuring live, original music. Designed for kids ages 3-8.

4/11-4/12, 4/18-4/19 
Saturdays at 11 am & 3 pm; Sundays at 3 pm
Designed for kids 3-8.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Ambler Theatre are giving away 4 tickets to any performance this weekend! Let us know the thing you love most about your home for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

Seafarin Saturday, Independence Seaport Museum

Seafarin' Saturday is a chance for children and parents to participate in nautical activities and experience adventures of distant shores. From making pirate battle rattles to sailor valentines, children are sure to dive into fun! Seafarin' Saturdays are perfect for youth groups such as scouts. Seafarin' Saturdays are held every Saturday inside the Museum from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is free with admission. This Saturday's theme is Recycled Sub where you'll learn the parts of a submarine by creating your own out of recycled cardboard!

Saturday, 4/11 11am-1pm

Footsteps for Friends, Friends School Haverford

Join Friends School Haverford for the 14th annual Footsteps for Friends 5K race and 1-mile fun run! Proceeds from Footsteps for Friends support the Friends School Haverford Financial Aid Program to help them make an FSH education available to as many children as possible. The course takes runners through the streets of Haverford and the Haverford College campus with a flat cross-country section. This race is wheel-measured, and the turns and miles are marked. Runners will be timed electronically with the ability to view their final race times. Register now!

Saturday, 4/11, 7:30 am Registration, 8:30am Race Begins
$25/ Adult, $15/ Children 14 and under

Philly Brick Fest, Oaks, PA

Get inspired, educated, and entertained with LEGO bricks! Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest Live.

Sat 4/25 and Sun 4/26. $22/ ticket. Children 2 and under are free.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Learn With Bricks are giving away 4 tickets to this year's Brick Fest Live. Let us know what your favorite LEGO creation is for a chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

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March 26, 2015

philly kids: easter round-up, play-a-palooza, and a peking acrobats giveaway!

Easter Fun is a-hoppin’ and we're excited to see little ones in their springtime best in the upcoming weeks! This week, we’ve changed the format to share (with your help) some of the best Easter fun in the neighborhood – from hunts to photo opps and visits from the Easter Bunny! And of course, we’ve included some notable non-Easter fun and wish everyone who celebrates Passover, a Happy Pesach.

Today is ourlast day to enter our giveaway to Please Touch Museum's Storybook Ball. Let us know what your favorite story book is for a chance to win. Due to popular demand we are giving away ANOTHER set of tickets to the Peking Acrobats coming to the Keswick Theatre on April 12-15 so if you didn't win the first time around, make sure you enter again. Tell us your favorite daring feat for a chance to win!  Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. Don't forget, all of our giveaways happen on facebook so make sure you like the page and share with your friends and families!

We’ll be taking off the next week to enjoy Spring Break with our families so we’ll see you again in two weeks! Enjoy the holiday week!


Weekend Highlights

Great Egg Hunt, Franklin Square

Kids 10 and under can come hunt for eggs filled with candy and other surprises at this annual event at Franklin Square playground! Stay for a carousel ride and mini golf!
 
Sat, 4/4 12-2pm. Free.

84th Easter Promenade, Center City

Hop on down for some free, egg-citing family fun! Parade down South Street and win prizes for best dressed children, families and even Fido too! Enjoy a visit from the Easter Bunny, treats, live music and Mr and Mrs Cottontail too!

Sunday, 4/5 12:30-2pm. Free

Peking Acrobats, Keswick Theatre

For over 30 years, the amazing performances of The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats have been the perfect high-energy attraction. Their multi-faceted and multi-cultural production features dazzling acrobatic displays, formidable feats of daring and balance, explosive Kung Fu, brilliant costumes, and even a touch of Chinese comedy.

4/12-4/15, 4/12 show is 120 minutes, weekday shows are 60 minutes. Tickets start at $18.50.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Peking Acrobats are giving away 4 tickets to a performance of your choice. Tell us what your favorite daring feat is for a chance to win! Tickets chosen via random.org and announced next week.

Get the best Philly events for families emailed to you directly every Thursday by signing up here. We include what's free, fun, and uniquely Philly for every day of the upcoming week. Our weekly events newsletter is free to all! 

March 20, 2015

philly kids: spring celebrations, egytomania and a storybook ball giveaway!

The official start of spring happens this weekend (despite the impending snow, grumble grumble) and we hope you are enjoying the longer days, brushing off those bikes in the garage and warming up those t-ball swings! Next week we'll publish our Easter Egg round-up so keep on sending those great Easter Egg hunts and happenings our way. We'll try our best to include them and spread the word!

Today is the last day of our giveaway for four tickets to the spectacular Peking Acrobats which comes to the Keswick Theatre from April 12 - April 15. Let us know why you'd like to attend for a chance to win.  This week,we are giving away four tickets to the much anticipated Storybook Ball at the Please Touch Museum coming on April 25th from 6-9pm. Tell us your favorite story book for a chance to win tickets to this magial event. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy Spring Celebrations, Easter Bunnies and Egyptomania! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Hayrides to Bunny Land, Linvilla Orchards


The Easter Bunny is back at Linvilla and invites you to take a Hayride to Bunnyland! Hope aboard a hayride as it carries you through the woods to the Easter Bunny’s house where you’ll have the chance to meet Linvilla’s Easter Bunny in person.

3/21 and 3/22, then again from 3/28-4/3. $8/person. 

Founder's Day, Academy of Natural Sciences

In honor of Founder’s Day at the Academy of Natural Sciences, pay what you wish to celebrate this anniversary and bring your friends and family to enjoy their fantastic exhibits - dinosaurs, butterflies and more!

Monday, 3/23, 10am-4:30pm.

Storybook Ball, Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum will dramatically transform its already amazing exhibit spaces to bring the 2015 Storybook Ball theme “Once upon a Time” to life!  Guests will be transported to the enchanting villages and make believe lands where their favorite stories and fairytales take place! You'll also enjoy dancing and music with Baby Loves Disco, guest appearances by Wild Thing, Ryan Lion, Curious George, Paddington Bear, Baby Mouse, games crafts, surprises and much more!

Sat, 4/25, 6-9pm. $45/ member, $55/ non-member

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Please Touch Museum are giving away 4 tickets to Storybook Ball. Let us know what your favorite story book is for a chance to win.Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

Get the best Philly events for families emailed to you directly every Thursday by signing up here. We include what's free, fun, and uniquely Philly for every day of the upcoming week. Our weekly events newsletter is free to all! 

March 13, 2015

philly kids: great leprechaun hunt, amazing machines and a peking acrobats giveaway!

It finally feels like Spring! We hope you are enjoying the first signs of spring and recovering from the after effects of Daylight Savings Time. If you are still having trouble adjusting (I know we are!), our friends at Sleepy Bug Sleep Coaching have offered some great tips to move that adjustment along. We're busy compiling our next holiday round-up so if you know of any Easter Egg hunts happening in your neighborhoods, let us know and we'll try our best to include them and spread the word!

Today is the last day of our give away of four tickets to the Academy of Natural Sciences which features floors and floors of family-friendly fun. Enjoy dinosaurs, looking for fossils, butterflies, outdoor exploration that happens indoors and various special events throughout the year. Let us know your favorite exhibit (or what you think it might be) for a chance to win four tickets! We're also giving away four tickets to the spectacular Peking Acrobats which comes to the Keswick Theatre from April 12 - April 15. Let us know why you'd like to attend for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy St. Patrick's Day Fun, an Amazing Machine Contest, and Annie the Musical. Enjoy the Week!

Weekend Highlights

The Great Leprechaun Hunt, Narberth

The much anticipated annual scavenger hunt through downtown Narberth is back! Kids collect their black pot-o-gold from the NBA "Blarney" Booth and then search the town to find ten hidden leprechauns. Once they have all ten (and fill their pots with chocolate coins), they can return to the NBA booth for their shiny golden US dollar coin prize. It's a great way to connect with friends and local businessese. Free.

Saturday, 3/14, 1-4pm.

Peking Acrobats, Keswick Theatre

For over 30 years, the amazing performances of The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats have been the perfect high-energy attraction. Their multi-faceted and multi-cultural production features dazzling acrobatic displays, formidable feats of daring and balance, explosive Kung Fu, brilliant costumes, and even a touch of Chinese comedy.

4/12-4/15, 4/12 show is 120 minutes, weekday shows are 60 minutes. Tickets 

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Peking Acrobats are giving away 4 tickets to a performance of your choice. Tell us why you'd like to attend for a chance to win! Tickets chosen via random.organd announced next week.

Get the best Philly events for families emailed to you directly every Thursday by signing up here. We include what's free, fun, and uniquely Philly for every day of the upcoming week. Our weekly events newsletter is free to all! 

March 6, 2015

philly kids: friends school open house, harlem globetrotters and an academy of natural sciences giveaway!

Happy first week of March! Stay safe and warm in the snow today and catch up on your rest since we have the dreaded Daylight Savings Time this weekend (set your clocks forward). As we gear up for our next round of holiday celebrations let us know if you know of any Easter Egg hunts happening in your neighborhoods, and we'll try our best to include them and spread the word!

This week we're giving away tickets to the Academy of Natural Sciences which features floors and floors of family-friendly fun. Enjoy dinosaurs, looking for fossils, butterflies, outdoor exploration that happens indoors and various special events throughout the year. Let us know your favorite exhibit (or what you think it might be) for a chance to win four tickets! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy the Harlem Globetrotters, Tangelwood Marionettes and Star Wars Day!  Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Friends School Haverford Open House

Friends School Haverford is a coeducational Quaker school for students in preschool through grade 8. They offer an intellectually powerful curriculum that is beautifully designed and exquisitely implemented in a community where everyone is known. Some of the hallmarks of the program include small class sizes that promote individualized education, student-tended gardens and a micro farm with egg-laying chickens, exceptional fine arts and music opportunities, travel- and study-adventures to culturally rich locations such as Costa Rica and more.

Open House, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Tanglewood Marionettes, Please Touch Museum

For the first time ever, PTM welcomes the award winning Tanglewood Marionettes for a special performance! Tanglewood puppeteers will perform Cinderella, a 45 minute production set in the 18th Century, and featuring a dozen lavishly dressed 30” marionettes. Best for children in grades K-6.

Friday, 3/6, 7pm. Tickets in advance (thru 3/5): $8/ members, $10/ non-member
At the door: $10/ members, $12/ non-member

Harlem Globetrotters, Wells Fargo Center

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family!

Sunday 3/8, 12pm and 5pm. Tickets start at $21. Use code HGBLOG for a $5 discount!

Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia

There is something for everyone at the Academy! You can wander among towering dinosaur skeletons or discover an indoor tropical butterfly garden. Explore ecosystems from around the world through the historic dioramas or be transported to the great outdoors through the hands-on discovery center for children. Visit the Special Exhibits Gallery, or watch scientists at work in Science Live or Fossil Prep Lab. There’s always something new happening at the Academy—plan your visit today!

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Academy of Natural Sciences are giving away four tickets! Let us know what your favorite exhibit is (or might be) for a chance to win. Tickets chosen via random.org and announced next week.

Get the best Philly events for families emailed to you directly every Thursday by signing up here. We include what's free, fun, and uniquely Philly for every day of the upcoming week. Our weekly events newsletter is free to all! 

February 27, 2015

philly kids: pirates and princesses, tanglewood marionettes, happy purim, and a globetrotters givewaway!

Welcome March (snow, that's your hint to go away!)! This week brings Purim Celebrations, the start of outdoor festivals, and hints of springtime fun. We are gearing up for upcoming spring break fun and the next round of holiday celebrations. As always, we'll be putting together our list of Easter Egg Hunts in the area so if you know of any happening in your neighborhoods, let us know here! 

This week we're giving away tickets to the Tanglewood Marionettes performance of Cinderella at PPC favorite Please Touch Museum next Friday, March 6th at 7pm. Tell us your favorite fairy tale for a chance to winWe're also giving away 4 tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters coming to the Wells Fargo Center next Sunday, March 8th at 12pm and 5pm. Let us know why you'd like to attend for a chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy the Purim Celebrations, Pirates and Princesses and Maple Sugar fun!  Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Pirates and Princesses Day, Please Touch Museum

Dress up in your favorite princess or pirate costumes and come to the Please Touch Museum for themed shows, games and activities all day long! You'll meet puppet pals, decorate a crown or pirate’s hat in the program room, enjoy princess and pirate themed story times and more!

Saturday, 2/28, 9am-5pm. Free with General Admission ($17/ person)

Harlem Globetrotters, Wells Fargo Center

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

Sunday, 3/8, 12pm and 5pm. Tickets start at $21. Use code HGBLOG for a $5 discount!

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Harlem Globetrotters are giving away four tickets to the Sunday 3/8, 12pm show. Let us know why you'd like to see the Globetrotters in action for a chance to win! Tickets chosen via random.org and an announced next week.

Tanglewood Marionettes, Please Touch Museum

For the first time ever, Please Touch Museum welcomes the award winning Tanglewood Marionettes for a special PTM performance! Tanglewood puppeteers will perform Cinderella, a 45 minute production set in the 18th Century, and featuring a dozen lavishly dressed 30” marionettes. Visitors will delight in the ornate setting of Tanglewood’s elaborate scenery, featuring a rustic kitchen, a magnificent ballroom, and many more. Best for children in grades K – 6.

Friday, 3/6, 7pm. Tickets in advance (thur 3/5): $8/ members, $10/ non-member
At the door: $10/ members, $12/ non-member

Giveaway Alert: Our friends at the Please Touch Museum are giving away 4 tickets to this special show. Tell us your favorite fairy tale for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next MONDAY.

Get the best Philly events for families emailed to you directly every Thursday by signing up here. We include what's free, fun, and uniquely Philly for every day of the upcoming week. Our weekly events newsletter is free to all! 

February 19, 2015

philly kids: lunar new year, fairy tale day and a please touch museum giveaway!

Hope you had a wonderful long weekend and bonus snow day! This week we wish you Gong Xi Fat Cai (Happy Lunar New  Year) as we ring in the Year of the Sheep. It may not feel like it but summer is actually around the corner and summer camp sign-ups are in full swing! There are so many camps in our area to choose from and if you have a favorite that isn't listed, please add it here!

PPC favorite Please Touch Museum invites you to Pirates and Princesses Day coming up on February 28th at PPC favorite Please Touch Museum and we are giving away four tickets in honor of this event (good for any day, not just the 28th). Let us know what you love most about the Please Touch Museum for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced Monday. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy the Lunar New Year Celebrations, Fairy Tale Day, and honoring Horace Pippin. Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Lunar New Year, Independence Seaport Museum

Discover East Asia-Pacific Cultures and Celebrate Lunar New Year! Discover an afternoon of culture at this Lunar New Year event. The celebration will pay tribute to the year of the goat which represents good fortune and prosperity. Visitors will enjoy cultural activities, crafts, dancing and more from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam

Sat. 2/21, 11am-3pm.

Fairy Tale Day, Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Explore the woods looking for fairies, giants and other mythical creatures. Build fairy houses, set traps for giants and let your imagination run wild. Pre-registration recommended. Donations welcome.

Sun, 2/22, 2-4pm.

Pirates and Princesses Day, Please Touch Museum

Dress up in your favorite princess or pirate costumes and come to the Please Touch Museum for themed shows, games and activities all day long! You'll meet puppet pals, decorate a crown or pirate’s hat in the program room, enjoy princess and pirate themed story times and more!

Saturday, 2/28, 9am-5pm. Free with General Admission ($17/ person)

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Please Touch Museum are giving away four tickets good for any day at Please Touch Museum (not just Pirates or Princesses Day). Let us know what you love most about Please Touch for a chance to win! Tickets chosen via random.org and an announced on MONDAY.

Friends School Haverford, Open House

Friends School Haverford is a coeducational Quaker school for students in preschool through grade 8. We offer an intellectually powerful curriculum that is beautifully designed and exquisitely implemented in a community where everyone is known. 

Some of the hallmarks of our program include:

• Small class sizes that promote individualized education
• Student-tended gardens and a micro farm with egg-laying chickens
• A school lunch program that offers fresh, locally-sourced, and organic menu options 5 days a week
• Exceptional fine arts and music opportunities
• Travel- and study-adventures to culturally rich locations such as Costa Rica
• Interscholastic sports like soccer, cross country, basketball, softball, and tennis
• Extracurricular activities like horseback riding, ice skating, mountain biking, and fencing

Open House, Come Visit! 
Monday, February 23, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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