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April 11, 2014

philly kids: easter round-up, pop-up playgrounds and spring time giveaways!

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 even a bunny by helicopter! And of course, we’ve included some notable non-Easter fun and wish everyone who celebrates Passover, a Happy Pesach.

Today is our last day to enter our Philadelphia International Children's Festival tickets so let us know how you promote a love for the arts in your home for a chance to win. This week we're also giving away four tickets to the Franklin Institute, a perfect place to visit during the upcoming Spring Break and tickets to the upcoming and exciting ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship at PPL Park! Head over to our facebook page to enter all the giveaways (and be on the lookout for more!). The more you share, the more entries you get!

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

Children 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!
 
Sunday, 4/20 12pm-2pm. Free.

Easter Bunny Flies into the American Helicopter Museum

The Easter Bunny flies in to West Chester's American Helicopter Museum at 11am and 1:30 pm to meet and greet children! Bring your own camera to capture this fantastic photo opp. Holiday snacks and activities on-site as well as all the helicopters on display. Helicopter rides offered at additional cost.

Saturday, 4/12, $10/ adult, $8/ child.

Watermelon Magic andKitchen Science, Franklin Institute

Franklin Institute is full of fun during Spring Break week! Head there for the premiere event of Watermelon Magic 3D, meet the cast and visit the Farm Explorer mobile truck, a living, hands-on-mobile farm, enjoy a watermelon slushy, watermelon carving and much more! Make sure you head back to the Franklin for Kitchen Science where this month's theme is Nuke It! Microwave Science. Come find out how microwaves heat food with experiments with marshmallow Peeps!

Watermelon Magic, Sat, 4/12 12pm-4pm
Kitchen Science, Sat, 4/12 11am-3pm

Giveaway Alert! 
Our friends at Franklin Institute are giving away 4 tickets good for regular admission. Tell us your favorite science experiment for your chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship, PPL Park

The 2014 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be the first under the new-look ACC with six teams (Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia) in the league. The four-team tournament will commence with semifinal action on Friday, April 25, with games at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The championship game will be played on Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m. The two teams that do not qualify for the championship will play in the ACC Showcase on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Fri, 4/25-Sun, 4/27. All session tickets start at $55.

Giveaway Alert: 
Our friends at the ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship are giving away 4 tickets! Tell us what team you are rooting for for a chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

 

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April 3, 2014

philly kids: fairmount art's birthday bash, baby loves disco and a children's festival giveaway!

Happy April! We hope there is no April Fooling about this warm-up and we hope you have been enjoying the glimpses of true spring. Don't forget to check out ourOutdoor Play section for great ideas on outside fun and if you have places to add, please do so here. Next week, we'll be bringing you our Easter round-up so make sure you add any egg-citing events here so we can include them.

Today is our last day for our giveaway of StoneBreaker Gloves. gloves that are Fit to Work StoneBreaker Glovesandfour-pack giveaway to the Please Touch Museum. This week we're giving away tickets to Opening Night of the Philadelphia International Children's Festival. Tell us how you promote a love for the arts in your children for a chance to win! Don't forget, all of our giveaways happen on our facebook page and if you share the posts, you get extra entries!

This week, enjoy Fairmount Art Center's 10th Birthday Bash, Baby Loves Disco and Dia Del Nino at the Please Touch Museum. Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Baby Loves Disco, World Cafe Live

Baby Loves Disco, the original family dance party, is the best time you will have with your little ones. Get out those snazzy outfits, get your face painted, make a sock puppet, grab a tattoo + more. Real Music for real parents, freeze dance, simon says and more with a real DJ and real MC. For all the non driving moms and dads it’s a cash bar along with snacks and juice boxes for all! So much fun in one place. The little one (s) will be zonked upon leaving (but don’t call us to babysit if that’s not the case!). Forget the mall, museum or movie, Come play with us!

Sun, 4/6 11am-1:30pm. $14/ walking human.

Fairmount Art Center's 10th Birthday Bash!

Celebrate with the Fairmount Art Center this weekend as they throw it down for their 10th Birthday Bash! Creativity will spill from tents up 25th street with hands-on art making for adults + kids, food trucks, face painting, pottery wheel demos, sewing, silkscreen, sculpture, painting and MORE! Special ceremony at 4:30pm will pack lots of surprises and end with cupcakes for all! In conjunction with the Fairmount Arts Crawl.

Sunday, 4/6 2-6pm. Free.

Philadelphia International Children's Festival

Mark your calendars - the 30th birthday celebration of the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival is arriving soon! Enjoy family-friendly theatre performances, as well as a host of fun and interactive activities in the FUN ZONE on the Outdoor Plaza including crafts, face painting, jugglers and more!

Weds, 4/30 thru Sun, 5/4. Various showtimes and performances. Tickets start at $10, Weekend Fun Pass available for $30.

Giveaway Alert: Our friends at the International Children's Festival are giving away 2 family four-packs for Opening Night (4/30) which includes a 5:40pm pre-show party and a 6:30pm performance of Me and My Shadow! Tell us how you promote a love for the arts in your children for a chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

Scooby Doo Live Musical Mystery, Tower Theatre

This family musical has a fun, familiar storyline in which Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang has been called upon to help solve an epic mystery. A trouble-making ghost is haunting a local theatre and Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby-Doo are on their way in the Mystery Machine to crack the case. 

Sunday, 5/18 2pm and 5pm. Tickets start at $45.

Deal Alert! From now through 4/18, enter codeSCOOBY20 for 20% off Orchestra tickets.

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March 27, 2014

philly kids: play-a-palooza, family fishing fun and a please touch giveaway!

We hope you enjoyed the first official week of spring (let's just ignore the snow). Hopefully it's finally time to pack up those winter boots and clothes and head towards warmer weather. It's a great time to focus on spring cleaning and spring deals so make sure to check out all the consignment sales going on in the neighborhood. Also, it's time to start signing up for camps! Make sure to take advantage of some great deals out there, including getting 1/2 off camps at the Fairmount and Queen Village Art Centers. We're also working hard on our Easter round-up so make sure youadd any egg-citing events here so we can include them.

Today is our last day for our four-pack giveaway to the movin' and groovin' Baby Loves Disco which comes back to Philadelphia on April 6th. Let us know why your baby loves disco for a chance to win! This week we're giving away gloves from StoneBreaker Gloves and a four-pack giveaway to the Please Touch Museum. Don't forget, all of our giveaways happen on our facebook page and if you share the posts, you get extra entries!

This week, enjoy Play-A-Palooza, Family Fishing Fun, and Sounds All Around. Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Play-A-Palooza, Smith Playground

Smith Playground is celebrating this season's Grand Opening! Enjoy crafts from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, games from Playworks, hands-on-science from the Franklin Institute, activities from the Arden Theatre Company and much more!

Saturday, March 29th 12pm-3pm. Free for Smith members, $10/ non-members.

StoneBreaker Gloves

Springtime means spring cleaning both inside and out! Whether you are out gardening or getting your yard play-ready, StoneBreaker gloves has the right product for you. Specially crafted with superior engineering, stronger materials and smarter features, StoneBreaker gloves are Fit to Work.

Giveaway Alert: Our friends at StoneBreaker gloves are giving away a pair of Landscape Pro(retail $27.99) or theRose Gauntlet (retail $44.99). Let us know what your hardest spring cleaning job is for your chance to win! Make sure you go to theStoneBreaker website to view the sizing chart and specify your choice of glove and size. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA

There is always fun to be had at the Please Touch Museum! We're getting ready to celebrate the Museum's 5th Birthday coming up on May 14th and in preparation for that we're giving away 4 tickets good for any visit! Let us know your favorite thing about spring for your chance to win!Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

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March 20, 2014

philly kids: sesame street live, flyers family fun and a baby loves disco giveaway!

Happy Spring! It's hard to believe that it's actually here! We hope you are enjoying the extra light, the warmer temps and kids exhausted from running around outside! If you are looking for great spots to burn off that winter energy, check out some great outdoor options and if you have other suggestions that you don't see, please add them here.

Today is our last day for our family four pack of tickets to the Philadelphia Flyers game this Saturday, March 22nd as they take on the St Louis Blues. The game's theme day is Family Fun and Literacy Awareness. We're alsogiving away tickets to the much loved Baby Loves Disco which comes back to Philadelphia on April 6th. Let us know why your baby loves disco for a chance to win! Don't forget, all of our giveaways happen on ourfacebook page and if you share the posts, you get extra entries!

This week, enjoy Sesame Street Live, Waffle Day and Flyers Family Fun Day! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Sesame Street Live, Elmo Makes Music, Liacouras Center

Mark your calendar for this once-in-a-lifetime event—monsters becoming musicians! Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie and all their funny and furry friends are taking to the stage to share the magical world of music with children. Get your tickets now.

Thurs, 3/20 - Sun, 3/23 Tickets start at $18.

Baby Loves Disco, World Cafe Live

Baby Loves Disco, the original family dance party, is the best time you will have with your little ones. Get out those snazzy outfits, get your face painted, make a sock puppet, grab a tattoo + more. Real Music for real parents, freeze dance, simon says and more with a real DJ and real MC. For all the non driving moms and dads it’s a cash bar along with snacks and juice boxes for all! So much fun in one place. The little one (s) will be zonked upon leaving (but don’t call us to babysit if that’s not the case!). Forget the mall, museum or movie, Come play with us!

Sat, 4/6 11-1:30pm, $12/ walking human

Giveaway Alert: Our friends at Baby Loves Disco are giving away a family four pack to Baby Loves Disco! Let us know what your favorite love song is for your chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. St Louis Blues, Wells Fargo Center

Come cheer on the Philadelphia Flyers as they take on the St. Louis Blues. This game also features Family Fun Day and Literacy Awareness. Tickets available for games for the remainder of the season. Buy them now!

Sat, 3/22, 1pm, Wells Fargo Center. Tickets start at $10.

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March 14, 2014

philly kids: story book ball, happy purim and happy st. pat's!

Oh what a taste of spring we had! We hope you got to soak in the gorgeous sunshine and warmth earlier in the week and we hope you are adjusting well to Daylight Savings Time (rushing around in the morning, anyone?). We truly hope that "real" spring is right around the corner so make sure you check out some great outdoor options and enjoy some of the outdoor activities happening this weekend in the neighborhood.

Today is our last day for our family four pack of ticket vouchers giveaway for Sesame Street Live, Elmo Makes Music, which comes to the Liacouras Center from March 20-23. Tell us why you love Sesame Street for your chance to win!  We're also giving away four tickets to the Philadelphia Flyers game on Saturday, March 22nd as they take on the St Louis Blues. The game's theme day is Family Fun and Literacy Awareness. Don't forget, all of our giveaways happen on our facebook page and if you share the posts, you get extra entries!

This week, enjoy St Patrick's Day Fun, Purim Celebrations, and Storybook Ball! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Storybook Ball, Please Touch Museum

Come as your favorite storybook characters and enjoy themed entertainment, fanciful fare, story-times, character appearances, dancing Baby Loves Disco style, book signings and much more!  Make sure to buy your tickets soon, this event typically sells out.

Sat, March 15th, 6-9pm $45/ ticket, $35/ member ticket, $160/ Family Four pack.

Philadelphia Flyers vs. St Louis Blues, Wells Fargo Center

Come cheer on the Philadelphia Flyers as they take on the St. Louis Blues. This game also features Family Fun Day and Literacy Awareness. Tickets available for games for the remainder of the season. Buy them now!

Sat, 3/22, 1pm, Wells Fargo Center. Tickets start at $10.

Giveaway Alert: Our friends at the Philadelphia Flyers are giving away a 4 pack to the 3/22 game. Tell us what your favorite Family Fun activity is for your chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week! 

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March 6, 2014

philly kids: harlem globetrotters, american girl and a sesame street live giveaway!

We hope you are enjoying this first week of March and gearing up for more sunlight (albeit one hour less sleep... groan). It looks like it's going to warm up momentarily this weekend so make sure you check out some great outdoor options!  If you want more structured fun, there are plenty of events happening in the 'hood.

Today is our last day for our Please Touch Museum’s Storybook Ball giveaway which promises an enchanted evening celebrating your favorite storybook characters on March 15th from 6-9pm. Tell us what your (or your child’s) favorite storybook is for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets.  We're also giving away a family four pack of ticket vouchers for Sesame Street Live, Elmo Makes Music, which comes to the Liacouras Center from March 20-23. Tell us why you love Sesame Street for your chance to win!

This week, enjoy the Harlem Globetrotters, an American Girl Fashion Show and an Instrument Zoo! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Harlem Globetrotters, Philadelphia Area

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling families and millions of fans for 88 years, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways.  Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment, letting fans vote on new rules to be used in actual games.  It was so much fun, they are doing it again with tons of cool new rules to choose from on the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour. Use code HGMOM for $7 off Sunday tickets!

Fri, Mar 7, 7pm Liacouras Center
Sat, Mar 8, 2pm and 7pm, Sun National Bank Center
Sun, Mar 9, 2pm and 5pm, Wells Fargo Center

Sesame Street Live, Elmo Makes Music, Liacouras Center

Mark your calendar for this once-in-a-lifetime event—monsters becoming musicians! Elmo, The Count, Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Bert & Ernie and all their funny and furry friends are taking to the stage to share the magical world of music with children. Get your tickets now.

Thurs, 3/20 - Sun, 3/23 Tickets start at $18.

Giveaway Alert: Our friends at Sesame Street Live are giving away a family 4 pack of ticket vouchers to this show. Tell us what you love about Sesame Street for your chance to win. Winner chosen via random.org and announced next week.

What's Happening at Arden Drama School

It’s always warm inside the Arden Drama School! This Saturday enjoy:

Antsy Pants (ages 2-4, 10am) - music and movement through song, dance, games and instruments! $15/ class
Crafty Critters (ages 2-4, 11am) - learn about theatrical design with your favorite storybooks. This week’s book is More. $15/ class
Treasure Hunters (Grades K-2, 2pm) - Participate in a scavenger hunt adventure throughout the building, decode a problem and discover a prize! $20.
Sat, March 8th, 10am-4pm
 

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February 27, 2014

philly kids: peking acrobats, happy birthday dr. seuss and a storybook ball giveaway!

One spring, two spring, how much more snow will it bring? Happy first week of March and Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss! We hope you enjoyed last weekend’s beautiful warm weather and even though we won’t be so lucky weather-wise this weekend (get bundled up for some cold), there is tons of fun going on in the neighborhood this weekend!

Today is our last day for our Harlem Globetrotters Giveaway and our Peking Acrobats Flash Giveaway sohead over to our facebook page and make sure to enter. Don’t forget, if you share the post, you get extra entries!This week we’re giving away tickets to Please Touch Museum’s Storybook Ball, an enchanted evening celebrating your favorite storybook characters coming on March 15th from 6-9pm. Tell us what your (or your child’s) favorite storybook is for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets.

This week, enjoy the Peking Acrobats, Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebrations! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Peking Acrobats, Keswick Theatre

Twenty of China’s most talented tumblers, cyclists, jugglers and contortionists celebrate their 26th anniversary tour with all new treacherous feats of daring with their tricks, twists and special effects.

Sun, March 2nd - Weds, March 4th, Tickets start at $9.50, Weekday performances are abbreviated 1-hour performances.

Giveaway Alert: Our friends at the Keswick Theatre are giving away tickets to the Monday and Tuesday performances! Let us know what your favorite acrobatic stunt is for your chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced this evening.

Read Across America, Elmwood Park Zoo

Celebrate this important day celebrating literacy by enjoying a book fair, concessions, animal shows, readings, and special appearances by the Berenstain Bears and WHYY’s Daniel Tiger and the Y Kids Club. Free with zoo admission.

Saturday, March 1, 11am-3pm. Free with zoo admission.

Dr. Seuss Birthday, Nest

Celebrate the beloved children’s book author with some of your favorite Dr. Seuss stories, a photo meet and greet with the Cat in the Hat, balloon artist and fun games!

Monday, March 3rd, 3:30-5:30pm. $10/ member family, $20/ non-member family

What's Happening at Arden Drama School

It’s always warm inside the Arden Drama School! This Saturday enjoy:

Antsy Pants (ages 2-4, 10am) - music and movement through song, dance, games and instruments! $15/ class
Crafty Critters (ages 2-4, 11am) - learn about theatrical design with your favorite storybooks. This week’s book is More. $15/ class
Stage Makeup (Grades K-2, 2pm) - learn the fundamentals of how to apply stage make-up and turn your face into a fascinating character! $30/ class
Sat, March 1st, 10am-4pm
 

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February 20, 2014

philly kids: philly kids rock fest, kitchen science and a harlem globetrotters giveaway!

We hope you weathered (pun very much intended) the mounds of snow, ice and children cooped up during this last round of snow days! This week we're finally seeing a little warm up and there are plenty of activities and events that will keep you busy. If you know of any others for this week or next, make sure to add them to our events calendar so we can share them with our community!

Today is our last day of the Adirondacks Phatoms vs Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey Game giveaway taking place at the Wells Fargo Center this Saturday at 7:30pm. as well as the Curious Critters Volume 2 photo book giveaway so make sure to get those last minute entries in. This week we're giving away tickets to the ever entertaining Harlem Globetrotters, who are heading into town with their hoopin' antics from March 7th-March 9th. Don't forget to share the posts for extra entries!

This week, enjoy Philly Kids Rock Fest, Kitchen Science and Pancake Fun! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Philly Kids Rock Fest, Union Transfer

Come enjoy great music, delicious foods and refreshments, the opportunity to make musical instruments, dress up like a rock star, go crazy in the moon bounce, rock out in a dance party, play carnival games, enjoy activities from The Franklin, Arden, Soccer Shots and so much more! This rock carnival for kids ages 2-7 features DJ Jon Gill, The Lara and Joe Show, Nate and Kate's Kids Show and Metro Kids Show. Get your tickets here!

Sat, 2/22, 10:30am (early entrance at 9:45am). $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Early admission are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Adirondack Phantoms, Wells Fargo Center

See the Flyers of tomorrow when the Adirondack Phantoms return to Philadelphia for their second of two games! Come cheer them on as they take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Tickets are on sale now!

Sat, Feb 22nd, 7:30pm. Tickets start at $10.

 

Kitchen Science, Franklin Institute

It's Kitchen Science time at the Franklin Institute! This month's theme is Cuckoo for Cocoa where you'll learn about the incredible bean behind our favorite sweet treats. Touch and taste the cocoa bean, learn fun facts and of course, sample some delicious chocolate treats!

Sat, Feb 22nd, 11am-3pm. Free with admission.

Harlem Globetrotters, Wells Fargo Center

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling families and millions of fans for 88 years, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways.  Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment, letting fans vote on new rules to be used in actual games.  It was so much fun, they are doing it again with tons of cool new rules to choose from on the 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour. Use code HGMOM for $7 off Sunday tickets!

Fri, Mar 7, 7pm
Sat, Mar 8, 2pm and 7pm
Sun, Mar 9, 2pm and 5pm

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