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September 12, 2014

philly kids: cirque du soleil, super WHY live and a monster jam giveaway!

Hope you are well back into the swing of things with back-to-school, carpools and fall activities! If you're looking to fill in some down-time or check out new classes for your pre-schooler, fall classes are still enrolling and there is no shortage of "perfect" classes for your budding artist, athlete, scientist, cook, or anything else! As always, if you know of a place not listed in our directory, please submit it here.

Today is the last day to enter our family four-pack giveaway to The Please Touch Museum, one of PPC's favorite toddler and preschooler spots. Let us know how you are settling back into fall routines for your chance to win. We're also giving away tickets to Monster Jam, coming to the Wells Fargo Center on October 3 and 4th! Tell us why you'd love to see these monster vehicles in action for a chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. All of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy Cirque Du Soleil, Super WHY LIVE, and Thomas The Tank Engine Fun! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Cirque du Soleil - Varekai, Wells Fargo Center

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world, a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, Varekai, will perform in Philadelphia for seven performances only.

Sept 10-14, Various Times. Tickets start at $45.

Rainbowtown, Two Ducks Theatre, Radnor

"Rainbowtown" is a hilarious, interactive, and touching play for kids, performed by professional actors and including original, live music. It's about emotions, colors, and a Queen's search for a new home. The play will conclude with a playtime celebration. Learn more and order tickets here. 

Sat/ Sun, Sept 19/20. $8/ ticket. Deal Alert! Use code CIRCLE2  for an additional $2 off.

Monster Jam, Wells Fargo Center

Monster Jam stars the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over - OR smash through. The 2014 touring season brings more Monster Jam tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. For $10 off purchase of $25 or $35 tickets for the 10/4 7:30pm show, enter code "BLOG."

Friday 10/3 and Saturday 10/4, 2pm/ 7:30pm. Tickets start at $15.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Monster Jam are giving away four tickets to the Friday 7:30pm show! Tell us why you'd love to go for a chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Music is Awesome! Tower Theater
 

The new live stage show marks the 5th anniversary of the live tour.  Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music is Awesome! will be directed by Yo Gabba Gabba! creators Christian Jacobs (The Aquabats) and Scott Schultz (Majestic). DJ Lance Rock, (Lance Robertson, St. Louis native and founding member of psychedelic electronic pop band The Ray Makers), the colorful cast of Yo Gabba Gabba! characters, fan favorite Leslie Hall and beat boxing legend Biz Markie will return together to perform at on October 29th.
 
Tickets are on sale now!

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September 4, 2014

Honey Festival, Grandparents Day, and a Please Touch Giveaway

Happy September! Hope you had a fantastic Labor Day weekend and are settling into new fall routines. Congratulations to all the parents and caregivers out there for getting those peanuts into the doors of their first preschools or waving (tearful?) goodbyes as they ride that big yellow bus for the first time. Cherish the moments - they seem to be going way too fast, right? Speaking of cherishing moments, we also want to wish the Grandparents and surrogate Grandparents a very Happy Grandparents Day. We are very lucky to have such special people in our lives.  Have a wonderful day!

For those who have little ones at home, it's the perfect time to explore the great indoor and outdoor venues now without those rambunctious "big kids" running around. Also, extracurricular classes are filling up fast and there is no shortage of "perfect" classes for your budding artist, athlete, scientist, cook, or anything else! As always, if you know of a place not listed in our directory,please submit it here.

Today we are celebrating back-to-school with a family four-pack giveaway to The Please Touch Museum, one of PPC's favorite toddler and preschooler spots. Let us know how you are settling back into fall routines for your chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. All of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy Honey Festival, Grandparents Day and Thomas The Tank Engine Fun! Enjoy the week!  

Weekend Highlights

Cirque du Soleil - Varekai, Wells Fargo Center

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world, a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, Varekai, will perform in Philadelphia for seven performances only. 

Sept 10-14, Various Times. Tickets start at $45.

Rainbowtown, Two Ducks Theatre, Radnor

"Rainbowtown" is a hilarious, interactive, and touching play for kids, performed by professional actors and including original, live music. It's about emotions, colors, and a Queen's search for a new home. The play will conclude with a playtime celebration. Learn more and order tickets here. 

Sat/ Sun, Sept 6/7 and 19/20. $8/ ticket. Deal Alert! Use code CIRCLE2  for an additional $2 off.

Please Touch Museum

The "big" kids are back at school which means it's an even BETTER time to visit the Please Touch Museum. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, water play, story-times, puppet theater, character visits, a carousel and much more! It's also a perfect place to throw a memorable birthday party and one of the best memberships in town! Open M-Sat 9-5pm, Sundays 11am-5pm.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Please Touch are giving away a family four pack good for admission anytime. Let us know how you're getting back into fall routines for a chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

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August 22, 2014

Butterfly Festival, Star Wars Day and a Cirque Du Soleil Giveaway!

The summer countdown continues. Is it us or did this one feel particularly fast? Enjoy the great indoor and outdoor venues Philadelphia has to offer in these last days and don't forget, extracurricular classes are filling up fast. As always, if you know of a place not listed in our directory,please submit it here.

Today is the last day to enter our  Franklin Institute giveaway. Make sure you see the exciting Circus! exhibit before it leaves town on September 1st. This week we're giving away tickets to Opening Night at Cirque Du Soleil coming to the Wells Fargo Center Weds, Sept 10-14. Tell us why you want to go for a chance to win! We're also giving away 4 tickets to a performance of Rainbowtown, a sweet, hilarious kids' performance by the newly formed Two Ducks Theatre. Tell us your favorite spot to chase rainbows for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. All of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

There will be no newsletter next week but we will see you after Labor Day will some Back-to-School Fun!

This week, enjoy Butterfly Festival, Star Wars Day and Chocolate and Vanilla Festival! Enjoy the week!  

Weekend Highlights

Franklin Institute Kitchen Science

Have you been to the Franklin Institute lately? There is so much going on with the exciting Circus! exhibit (leaving on Sept 1 so hurry!), the new Your Brain exhibit and of course hand-on special events like Kitchen Science. This month's Kitchen Science theme is Gooey Gluten. Don't miss the chance to cook up some educational fun!

Saturday, Aug 23rd, 11am-3pm

Star Wars Day, Please Touch Museum

Calling all Princess Leia’s and Luke Skywalkers! Please Touch Museum is bringing you Star Wars Day where you can meet your favorite characters from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Hamilton Hall, operate a mechanic remote control R2D2 Unit, show us your moves in a far out dance party featuring danceable Star Wars tunes and favorite disco hits of the 70′s, dress up, play and enjoy Spacey Story Times!

Sunday, 8/23 12-3pm.

Cirque du Soleil - Varekai, Wells Fargo Center

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world, a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that its newest arena show, Varekai, will perform in Philadelphia for seven performances only. 

Sept 10-14, Various Times. Tickets start at $45.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Cirque Du Soleil are giving away a family four pack to opening night, Wednesday, Sept 10th at 7:30. Let us know why you want to attend for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

Rainbowtown, Two Ducks Theatre, Radnor

"Rainbowtown" is a hilarious, interactive, and touching play for kids, performed by professional actors and including original, live music. It's about emotions, colors, and a Queen's search for a new home. The play will conclude with a playtime celebration. Learn more and order tickets here.

Sat/ Sun, Sept 6/7 and 19/20. $8/ ticket.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Two Ducks Theatre are giving away 4 tickets to the Sept 6 11am show or the Sept 7 3pm show. Let us know your favorite spot to chase rainbows for a chance to win.Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

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August 16, 2014

Thomas the Tank, Pirate Fun and Tiny Fey Live!

Camps are winding down and new September schedules and routines are just around the corner! In the last camp-less, unstructured weeks before school, hopefully you are enjoying all the great indoor and outdoor venuesPhiladelphia has to offer. If you are busy scheduling fall activities, make sure to use our class directory to find that perfect karate, art, music, tumbling, or anything else for your little ones! If you are still trying to choose the best activities for your child, give karate a whirl! Bryn Mawr Pro Martial Arts is giving away two free karate classes for your child AND two free kickboxing classes for you! And, if you know of a place not listed in our directory, please submit it here.

Today is the last day to enter our giveaway of four tickets to the always exciting Garden State Discovery Museum which features amazing children's hands-on activities, performances and special events (like the upcoming Groovin' and Grubbin') throughout the year. Let us know what your favorite groove and grub combination is for a chance to win. This week, we're giving away four tickets to the Franklin Institute which recently added a fantastic Your Brain exhibit along with an exciting Circus! exhibit which lets you experience first-hand life under the Big Top. Look out for special events like Kitchen Science as well.  Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. All of our giveaway take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy Thomas the Tank Engine at Please Touch, Pirate Fun and Tina Fey in Upper Darby. Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Daisy: A Hen in the Wild, PFS Roxy Theater

The Philadelphia Film Society presents Saturday Morning Specials and Sensory Friendly Screenings, an affordable monthly screening series of unique family-friendly films for the young and young at heart! Kid tickets are just $1! This month's feature is Daisy: A Hen into the Wild, based on the popular children's book and most successful S. Korean animated feature film since the country's first animated film in 1967.

Saturday, August 16th 11:45am, Sensory Friendly at 10am.
$9/ adult, $1/ kids under 12

Franklin Institute Kitchen Science

Have you been to the Franklin Institute lately? There is so much going on with the exciting Circus! exhibit (leaving on Sept 1 so hurry!), the new Your Brain exhibit and of course hand-on special events like Kitchen Science. This month's Kitchen Science theme is Gooey Gluten. Don't miss the chance to cook up some educational fun!

Saturday, Aug 23rd, 11am-3pm

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Franklin Institute are giving away a family four pack good for admission anytime. Let us know what your favorite gooey treat is for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

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August 8, 2014

Peachy Fun, Bug Fest and A Garden State Discovery Museum Giveaway!

And just like that, it's the countdown to the start of school, schedules and fall fun! In the meantime, make sure you check out all the great indoor and outdoor venues Philadelphia has to offer and use our class directory to start filling those fall schedules! Whether it's soccer, art, cooking, karate, swimming or something else, we have it listed!

This week we're giving away four tickets to the always exciting Garden State Discovery Museum which features amazing children's hands-on activities, performances and special events like the upcoming Groovin' and Grubbin' throughout the year. Let us know what your favorite groove and grub combination is for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. All of our giveaway take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy Peach Festival fun, Bug Fest, and National S'Mores Day! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Daisy: A Hen in the Wild, PFS Roxy Theater

The Philadelphia Film Society presents Saturday Morning Specials and Sensory Friendly Screenings, an affordable monthly screening series of unique family-friendly films for the young and young at heart! Kid tickets are just $1! This month's feature is Daisy: A Hen into the Wild, based on the popular children's book and most successful S. Korean animated feature film since the country's first animated film in 1967.

Saturday, August 16th 11:45am, Sensory Friendly at 10am.
$9/ adult, $1/ kids under 12

Groovin' and Grubbin', Garden State Discovery Museum

The 2nd Annual Groovin’ & Grubbin’, a FREE outdoor concert series, continues this week and it will feature grub from gourmet food trucks and groovin at 7pm with the Lara and Joe Show! Don’t forget general admission into the museum is only $5 after 5pm!

Wednesday, August 13th, 5-8pm

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Garden State Discovery Museum are giving away 4 tickets good for admission anytime. Let us know what your favorite groove and grub combination is for a chance to win.Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

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July 26, 2014

Christmas in July, Marvel LIVE and a Please Touch Giveaway!

Happy last week of July! We hope you are spending the time relaxing at the shore, traveling to see family and friends and/ or just sticking around and enjoying all the great things Philadelphia has to offer. If you get stuck for ideas, make sure you check out our directory of great Outdoor Fun spots which includes playgrounds, parks and other sun-shiney fun!

In honor of Fire Safety Day at the Please Touch Museum this Saturday, we are giving away a family four pack of tickets to the beloved Please Touch Museum (good for a visit any time!). Let us know your best fire prevention tip for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. All of our giveaway take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page!

This week, enjoy Christmas in July, Storybook Festival, and Marvel Live! We will be closed for summer vacation next week so we'll see you back in two weeks with the best events in the hood and some brand new giveaways! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Marvel Universe LIVE! Wells Fargo Center

Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers - Iron Man, Hulk, and more, and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza.  You’ll feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.

Enter code BLOG for a 50% discount on select shows. Click here for a 50% discount.

Thurs, 7/24 thr Sun, 7/27

Fire Safety Day, Please Touch Museum

Come meet some of Philadelphia's finest and enjoy visits from an Engine Truck (11am) and a Ladder Truck (1pm) as well as opportunities to learn about fire safety and even try on some genuine firefighter gear.

Saturday, 7/26th 11am. Free with museum admission.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Please Touch Museum are giving away a family 4 pack of tickets good for admission any time. Let us know your best fire prevention tip for your chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week. Note: this giveaway is NOT for Fire Safety Day specifically.

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July 10, 2014

philly kids: thomas the tank, blueberries, and a hippo haven giveaway!

Hope you stayed safe (and dry and with power) from the storms and enjoyed the long holiday weekend. Now that we're into the second half of the summer (gulp), make sure to take a look at all the fall class options. Things fill up fast and many fall class registrations are open.

Today is our last day of our kickin' karate giveaway from Bryn Mawr's Pro Martial Arts! Head over to facebook and tell us how you like to stay fit with your family for a chance to win 2 trial classes for your child and 2 kickboxing classes for you! Two more giveaways this week: First, tell us what you love about tennis to win a four-pack to the Kids and Family Night of the Philadelphia Freedoms TeamTennis tour at Villanova University July 15th-July 23rdWe're also giveaway a family four pack to visit the new amazing Hippo Haven exhibit at the Adventure Aquarium. Let us know what your favorite underwater animal is for a chance to win!

This week, enjoy Thomas the Tank Engine, Blueberries and Pirate Fun! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Replay America - 80's Music Festival, PPL Park

Parent's Night Out Alert! Replay America showcases the very best of 80s music, including stars The Go-Go’s, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels, Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes featuring Pete Byrne. Together they offer numerous hits from the unforgettable decade. The Replay Festival has become one of the most anticipated festivals of the summer abroad, and the American version is sure to follow suit. Click here for tickets.

Friday, July 11th, 6:30pm. Tickets start at $25.

Philadelphia Freedoms, Villanova University

The Philadelphia Freedoms will make their 2014 home debut on July 15 when current world no. 4 singles player Victoria Azarenka faces former world no. 5 Daniela Hantuchova and the San Diego Aviators. This match kicks off a stretch of seven high-octane Mylan World TeamTennis matches over the course of ten nights. Get your tickets here. For $10 off your tickets, enter codeMOMBLOG2014.

Tuesday, July 15 thru Wednesday July 23rd. $15-75.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Philadelphia Freedoms are giving away 4 tickets to Kids and Family Night on July 18th at 7pm. Tell us what you love about tennis for the chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

Hippo Haven, Adventure Aquarium

Have you had a chance to visit Adventure Aquarium's newest exhibit, Hippo Haven? Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos and they've invested a million dollars in to bringing guests an unparalleled hippo viewing experience while creating a habitat that caters to Button and Genny’s natural instincts as semi-aquatic mammals. Come be treated to intimate face-to-face viewing experience of the third-largest mammal on earth, an encounter made even more exciting by a brand new, vibrant theatrical environment that evokes a day in the life on an African River. 

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at the Adventure Aquarium are giving away a family four-pack to visit Button, Genny and all their underwater friends. Let us what your favorite underwater animal is and why for your chance to win! Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.

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July 3, 2014

4th of July Fun, Ice Cream for a Cause, and an 80's Music Festival Givewaway!

And just like that, it's July 4th! We hope you have lots of fun plans and whether you are staying put or headed out, please be safe! As a reminder, make sure to read some great summer tips from our friends at Kidproteq

Today on our facebook page, we are giving away tickets to the much anticipated 80's Music Festival - Replay America coming to PPL Park on July 11th. Tell us your favorite 80's hit for a chance to win! Also, we're back with another kickin' karate giveaway from Bryn Mawr's Pro Martial Arts! This time, tell us how you like to stay fit with your family for a chance to win 2 trial classes for your child and 2 kickboxing classes for you! All giveaways happen on facebook and the more you share, the more chances you have to win!

This week, enjoy Drum Corps, All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream for a cause, and tons of 4th of July fun! Happy 4th! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Drum Corps, PPL Park

An American Tradition returns to PPL Park an Independence Holiday Celebration. This unique, family-friendly event features high octane musical performances as DCI and DCA corps perform on the same field in celebration of Independence Day. This show is sure to entertain and amaze! Get your tickets here.

Sunday, July 6th, 6pm. Tickets start at $25.

Replay America - 80's Music Festival, PPL Park

Parent's Night Out Alert! Replay America showcases the very best of 80s music, including stars The Go-Go’s, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels, Cutting Crew and Naked Eyes featuring Pete Byrne. Together they offer numerous hits from the unforgettable decade. The Replay Festival has become one of the most anticipated festivals of the summer abroad, and the American version is sure to follow suit. Click here for tickets.

Friday, July 11th, 6:30pm. Tickets start at $25.

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at Replay America are giving away 4 tickets to this awesome show! Tell us your favorite 80's hit (or not hit!) for your chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week.Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion Opening, Franklin Institute

Friday, July 4th

Wawa Welcome America is the signature event of Philadelphia and throughout Philadelphia, you’re invited to celebrate. Start at the Steps of Independence Hall for the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony. Vice President Biden will join the program and deliver remarks! Then, from 11am-12:30pm witness more than 5000 participants march through the nation’s most historic square mile. Then Let Freedom Ring at Independence Square, a ceremony that will conclude with the symbolic Liberty Bell tapping. And then last but most certainly not least, head to Eakins Oval for Party on the Parkway where you’ll enjoy blocks and blocks of activities, music, games and food. 10am-7pm.

Narberth hosts the biggest Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display on the Main Line. From 10am-2pm, the park becomes a carnival of fun family activities with food, parades, races, contests, dunking booth and games (including Diaper Derby, pie-eating contests, races, baby parades and more!) and then at night, enjoy an amazing fireworks display.

Also in the Main Line, Ardmore hosts the South Ardmore Independence Day Celebration where you’ll enjoy a parade of bikes, strollers, and wagons and have a chance to compete in the “best-decorated” contest and participate in field events and other activities. 11am-1pm.

Franklin Square also hosts a day of Independence Day Family Fun today and throughout the weekend. Enjoy carnival games, the Lightning Bolt Express Train and being in the heart of historic Philadelphia! 12pm-3pm.

Historic Germantown invites you to celebrate July 4th in Freedom’s Backyard where there is free Independence Day programming at six Historic Germantown member sites that were all here at the original Declaration signing in 1776. Enjoy free tours, activities for children, live music, reenactors, farmer’s market and more! 11am.

Valley Forge National Park celebrates the 4th with artillery demonstrations, historical games, an All-American cook-out, music and more. You’ll have the chance to meet one of the founding fathers, sign the the Declaration of Independence (not the real one but you can also view one of two copies of the “real thing”), and join the Continental Army! 11am.

Celebrate America is appropriately the theme for Longwood Garden’s Fireworks and Fountains. You’ll ooh and ahh at glittering fireworks and colorful fountains as they light up the night sky and dance to exciting well-loved patriotic selections. 9:15pm.

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