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May 21, 2015

philly kids: superheroes, memorial day and a garden state discovery museum giveaway!

The unofficial start of summer is here! We hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend planned and if you are headed to the shore, Poconos, or anywhere else, we wish you tons of sun, fun and safe travels. If you stay in town, there are plenty of fun happenings in the 'hood!

Today is our last day to enter our giveaway of four tickets to Franklin Institute's Art of the Brick Exhibit which is here from now until the end of September. Let us know what you love to create out of LEGOs for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week! This week we are also giving away four passes to the Garden State Discovery Museum in honor of their upcoming Super Why Meet and Greet and Memorial Day Celebration. Tell us how you encourage your children to read for a chance to win. Don't forget, all of our giveaways take place on facebook so make sure you like and share the page! Winners will be chosen viarandom.org and announced next week.

This week, enjoy Superheroes, Memorial Day Fun and the Devon Horse Show! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Superhero Weekend, Please Touch Museum

The Please Touch Museum is honoring all Heroes during Memorial Day weekend so dress up as your favorite hero and head over! Throughout the weekend, they will honor medical, police, and even canine heroes and of course the Marvel Superheroes, Captain America and Spiderman will make their appearances. Enjoy crafts, make-your-own costumes, design-your-own heroes and, of course a fun parade!

Friday, May 22nd through Monday, May 25th.

Super Why Meet and Greet, Garden State Discovery Museum

Calling all Super Readers! Our favorite literacy fanatics are headed to the Garden State Discovery Museum for a special Meet and Greet. Don't forget your camera to capture this fun moment! Pre-registration is required. Also, on Memorial DayMonday, head over from11am-3pm for some patriotic crafts!

Saturday, May 23rd5-7pm.

Giveaway Alert! We are giving away four tickets to the Garden State Discovery Museum (for general admission, not limited to this event). Let us know how you encourage your child to read for a chance to win.Winners chosen viarandom.org and announced next week.

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May 14, 2015

philly kids: animal grossology, super hero fun and an art of the brick giveaway!

We hope you had a wonderful time celebrating Mother's Day this past weekend and are getting excited for summer time! Have you planned out all your camp activities? There is still room at a lot of camps and if you need more some ideas, make sure to check out our camp listings here.

Today is our last day to enter our giveaway of four tickets to the Please Touch Museum good for general admission. Let us know your favorite spring activity for a chance to win. We are also giving away tickets to Franklin Institute's Art of the Brick Exhibit which is here from now until the end of September. Let us know what you love to create out of LEGOs 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 opening weekend of Animal Grossology, Superhero Fun and Love Your Park Events! Enjoy the week!

Weekend Highlights

Animal Grossology, Academy of Natural Sciences

Animal Grossology is the slimiest, stinkiest, and downright yuckiest exhibit you will find inPhiladelphia in 2015! Based on Sylvia Branzei’s best-selling children’s book series Grossology, this hands-on 3-D exhibit oozes with disgusting science and provides a slightly off-kilter view of the animal kingdom. Learn why cows chew cud and why snail and slug slime might provide scientists with more insight into treating cystic fibrosis. From poop to pellets and scales to hairballs, check out all the things you aren’t allowed to discuss at the dinner table!

Opening Weekend, May 16-17th. Exhibit runs through 8/30/2015. Entry fee of $5

Art of the Brick, Franklin Institute

Have you had a chance to see Art of the Brick at the Franklin Institute yet? If not, move it to the top of the list! This exhibits features over 100 creations, assembled from more than one million LEGO bricks,including 20-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex made from over 80,000 LEGO bricks, interpretations of historic works such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Edvard Munch’s The Scream.

Runs through Sept. 30th, 2015

Giveaway Alert! Our friends at The Franklin Institute are giving away four free passes to the Art of the Brick which includes general admission. Tell us what your favorite LEGO creation is for a chance to win. Winners chosen via random.org and announced next week!

Hawk Talk Series: An Education Forum, Meadowbrook School

Join an expert panel on various topic including having your child assessed, gifted and talented students, learning challenges and much more. Panels include Michael Reardon (Meadowbrook School, Head of School), Jeffrey Nick (Center School, Head of School), Will La Valle, Psy.D. (Director at Greenridge Counseling Center), Hilary Waller (psychotherapist at The Postpartum Stress Center and Director of Congregational Programming and Youth Activities at Tiferet Bet Israel), Matt Paul (Director of Matt Paul Sports) and Jennifer Caso Toliver (Extern at Intercommunity Action, Inc.).

Wed, May 20th7-8pm. Scholarship Testing 6:30-7:30pm.

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April 29, 2015

philly kids fun find party!: without a cue kids productions

Take the mystery out of planning your child’s birthday party! Without A Cue Productions brings a full theatrical mystery production or mystery hunt  to your home - a fun find that is unique and memorable!
 
For ages 3-7, make your child's birthday magical as she becomes the hero of her own story with our Munchkin Mysteries! Our professional actors will stage a theater production at your home, of which  your birthday boy or girl becomes the star. Choose from four themes: Fairlyland Fantasy, Pirate Paradise, Superhero Adventure, or Princess Party.
 
For your 8-12 year old, the hunt is on - and your pre-teen has assembled his best detectives to solve the case! These mystery based scavenger hunts are guaranteed to engage and challenge, while still bringing the silly fun your party-goers want!  Choose from Secret Agent Hunt, Mystery in Gnomeland, Mystery at Macintosh Mansion, and "Girl Detective" Hunt.
 
Without A Cue has been providing quality interactive mystery entertainment for all ages since 2002.  Our experienced entertainers are dedicated to ensuring your child's party is a success. Without A Cue's mission is to ensure every single party guest has a blast - from age 3 to 90!  Email us , visit our website, or call us at 267.994.1056 for more information.
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!