Whether you’re looking for things to do with preschoolers, teens, the whole family, or something for just the adults, there are loads of opportunities to have fun this weekend. Get out and enjoy a live performance or take in an exhibit from this list. You don’t have any excuses to be bored this weekend in Philly and the Southern NJ Shore!
January 5-6 (various times, see website)
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
An opportunity for you to see Daniel Tiger with your little cubs! This live action show will be a fun and educational time for the preschoolers in your life.
January 6 2:00 PM
Ventnor Branch- Ventnor Community Center
Ventnor City, NJ
Have your teens and preteens come learn basic cooking skills while having a blast! January’s cooking club will focus on mastering breakfast and brunch recipes.
Through January 7 (various times, see website)
Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
Calling all fans of Netflix’s hit show The Crown. This is the final weekend to view this replica of the gown worn in the episode titled “Smoke and Mirrors.” Take a look at the gown and delve deeper into this exciting moment in history.
Through January 25 Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Center Architecture/ Design
Throughout the generations, children have experienced the world by playing with building toys. Explore building toys throughout the ages at this exhibit while enjoying creation stations and family workshops.
Through March 18
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
This outdoor art installation showcases artist Jennifer Steinkamp’s stunning moving displays. Go for a drive and take in this installation sponsored by the Association for Public Art.
January 6 2:00 PM
Brigantine Branch Library
Enjoy a fun family outing to view this hilarious movie. Based on the book of the same name, follow Alexander’s hijinks on one pretty awful day. Popcorn and juice will be provided at this screening and it will be an exciting event for the whole family.
January 5 10:15
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Elevate your playdates this week! Take a unique opportunity to play and learn with your toddler in the art museum with special walks through the gallery, art creating, and music.
Tuesdays-Saturdays 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM
Clothes Pin Sculpture- 15th and Market Streets
Enjoy local beers while taking a walking tour through the city. Step into 3 iconic pubs to sample their brews while learning more about Philly!
As the temperatures take their dip into the territory of “uncomfortably cold,” you’ll want to ensure your home stays as cozy as possible. Don’t wait until the weather outside is below zero to tackle this list. A little bit of preparation will mean your home is warm and you’ll stay as cozy as possible as we settle into winter.
These five tips are a great start to ensure you’ll spend the winter as comfortable as possible.
- Replace Filters
By replacing the filters in your furnace or HVAC system regularly, you’ll ensure your home is being heated as efficiently as possible. It’ll save you some money on your energy bill, but more importantly, it will ensure your heating system can do its job without a struggle. Check your filters today, and begin a habit of changing them every 3 months in the future to keep things running smoothly.
- Check Doors
Take a look at your doors and ensure there aren’t drafts. Inspect your home’s exterior doors by taking a look at the seal around each door. Age causes these seals to deteriorate. Replace any broken seals with a quick trip to the hardware store and keep the heat in your home from escaping.
- Have Your Home Audited
Have a professional take stock of your home’s energy efficiency. By taking a look around your home for energy leaks, you can save on upcoming bills and help your home to stay warm more easily this winter. An inspector will not only find the causes of energy leaks in your home, but they will also give you practical advice to avoid future leaks.
- Cover Windows
You can add films to the windows around your home to ensure as little heat is lost as possible. Another solution is to add heavy window treatments to the windows. Some window treatments are even marketed to help assist with heat loss. Not only will you keep your home warm, but you can add a decorative element to a room.
- Seal Ducts
A tremendous amount of heat is lost while traveling through heating ducts. Take some time to seal these ducts, or hire a professional to do so. Sealing the ducts will make it easier for your heating system to heat your home and can ultimately save you money.
By putting these tips into practice you can ensure your home will stay warm and comfortable throughout the cold months. And, even more importantly, you might save a little bit of money in the process.
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|December 2017 Market Update|
|According to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales picked up in October, overcoming ongoing inventory shortages. Healthy job growth and wage increases are fueling continued strong demand in much of the country.
|According to Freddie Mac, 30-year fixed rates rose from 3.88 percent to 3.90 percent. This rate remains well below the historical average of 8.90 percent.
|The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of approximately 5.5 million homes during the month of October. This was an increase of 2.0 percent from September and a decrease of 0.9 percent from October of last year.|
|The median home price decreased to $247,000 in October, which was down 0.2 percent from September and up 5.5 percent from October of last year. The median home price has increased by approximately $12,900 in the past year alone.|
|There was a 3.9-month supply of housing inventory in October, which was a 7.1 percent decrease from September. The total number of available homes for sale has decreased by 11.4 percent compared to October of last year.
|Real Estate Trends
Home prices have risen nationally three times faster than incomes since the turn of the century, which has made home ownership an impossibility for more Americans than ever before.
In many large cities, home prices have outpaced income. In Miami, for example, incomes have risen 16 percent, while home prices have increased 58 percent since early 1998. New York’s Long Island suburbs have seen just a 14 percent rise in incomes as compared to an 81 percent increase in home prices. Boston home prices have gone up 89 percent, while incomes have increased only 22 percent.
Even with a downturn in the real estate market looming on the horizon, home sales are still headed for another record year.
The first sector to show slowing is the high-end home market. Because of “overpersonalized” big-ticket properties, the pace of house auctions nationwide has surged.
Low interest rates are the only continuing positive trend of the housing market. Low rates average now less than 6 percent for 30-year fixed-rate loans, the lowest since the 1960s.
Real-estate analysts believe that if the housing market stalls, some areas will continue to grow modestly while other markets gradually go soft, rather than pop.
|Brought to you by KW Research. The opinions expressed in This Month in Real Estate are intended to supplement opinions on real estate expressed by local and national media, local real estate agents and other expert sources. You should not treat any opinion expressed on This Month in Real Estate as a specific inducement to make a particular investment or follow a particular strategy, but only as an expression of opinion. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., does not guarantee and is not responsible for the accuracy or completeness of information, and provides said information without warranties of any kind. All information presented herein is intended and should be used for educational purposes only. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. All investments involve some degree of risk. Keller Williams Realty, Inc., will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information contained in This Month in Real Estate.|
Get ready for an exciting holiday weekend! There are events happening in all corners of the area. You can pick from New Year’s Eve and Day festivities or fun family events to keep everyone occupied over the last few days of winter break. Enjoy this final weekend of 2017 and ring in a safe and happy 2018 with the help of these activities.
January 1 9:00 AM
Celebrate the new year with this Philly tradition. The Mummers Parade has been a staple of Philadelphia fun for 118 years and is the longest running folk parade in America. Enjoy music and entertainment at various locations along the parade route while celebrating 2018.
January 1 1:00 PM
Newport Avenue Beach- Ventnor City, NJ
Brrrr! Take the plunge into the icy cold New Jersey waters at Newport Avenue Beach. Celebrate the dawning of a new year by experiencing this exciting event alongside other thrill seekers. If you’d rather stay warm and dry, join the other spectators for a good laugh and fun time on dry land.
Through December 30
National Constitution Center- Philadelphia, PA
Learn about our nation’s history and enjoy some fun events at the National Constitution Center. Participate in Colonial dress-up, arts and crafts, guided tours, and hands on learning events going on throughout winter break. See just how much fun history can be at these events.
Through December 31
Colebrook Railroad- Boyertown, PA
Step back in time and hit the rails. Ride through the Secret Valley on a beautiful Edwardian-era train. Enjoy a meal and the gorgeous scenery on this two-hour round trip excursion.
Through December 30
The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University- Philadelphia, PA
Check out amazing fossils and unique specimens from the Drexel University collections throughout winter break. With a variety of events, you can see special shows, crafts, and exhibits throughout this weekend.
December 31 7:30 PM
Dominic A. Potena Performing Arts Center- Margate, NJ
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at this free concert. Soprano Lauren Snouffer will join the Bay Atlantic Symphony for this event. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be acquired at the Margate Library.
Through January 28
The Arden Theater- Philadelphia, PA
Join Peter Pan and the Lost Boys on this adventure on stage. Follow along with this classic tale of a boy who doesn’t want to grow up. Take a trip back to your own childhood while experiencing this play with the children in your life.
Check out this list of ice skating locations around Philly. Spend the last weekend of 2017 on the ice with your friends and family enjoying the holiday weekend with a side of wintry fun.
By the second week of winter break, kids are getting frighteningly close to uttering those dreaded words no parent wants to hear- “I’m BORED!” As the newness of Christmas presents wears off and there aren’t as many activities to keep them busy, check out this list of fun things to do in Philly and the Northern New Jersey Shore during winter break.
A day trip to this local museum is a fun outing to fill a day during winter break. Stick around to enjoy some of the museum’s special winter break programming. Hear a wintry story time or check out their Daniel Tiger exhibit.
The Nutcracker is still on stage at the Kimmel Center. Plan a day to learn about Russian composer Tchaikovsky and then take in the ballet as a family. Boys and girls alike will love this time honored ballet full of adventure and excitement.
Everyone loves Annie! Follow along with this loveable redhead on her adventures to find a forever home in this production of the touching story of Annie.
Check out this video for some fun snow themed ideas to do indoors with kids. Make a snowman out of glittery snow dough. Get everyone off the couch for a fun game of snowball toss. These ideas are sure to keep everyone entertained for hours.
Watch your favorite Disney characters take to the ice at this event. Plan a family night out and delight every Disney fan in your household with this event combining storytelling and figure skating.
Vasilopita is a New Year’s cake that is eaten by children every year in Greece. A coin is hidden in the cake for one lucky member of each family to find. Have your children help bake this delicious cake recipe. Wrap a large coin (to avoid a choking hazard) with aluminum foil and place inside the unbaked cake. Your family will have fun anxiously awaiting the discovery of the coin with each piece of cake.
Join Aladdin and his friends for adventure when they happen upon a magical lamp. This funny musical will be a delight for your children.
Set aside some time to get out the supplies for this craft. Prepare for the upcoming New Year’s celebrations by making these cute wands. Your children can share their wishes for the new year while making these fun keepsakes.
We hope your winter break involves minimal boredom and maximum fun with the help of these ideas!
Keep yourself and holiday visitors entertained over the weekend. With musical performances, special museum exhibits, and seasonal events to offer, it isn’t hard to find fun both before and after Christmas day in Philly and the Northern New Jersey Shore.
Through December 31 various times 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Act II Playhouse- Philadelphia, PA
This play tells the sweet tale of a girl and her toy polar bear who isn’t a toy but real to her. Take the family to see this play about a Christmas present that transforms the life of a child.
December 24 8:30 PM
Atlantic City Comedy Club- Atlantic City, NJ
Ring in your Christmas celebration with a night of laughs. Hear multiple comedians at this special event at the Atlantic City Comedy Club.
Through March 2018
The Franklin Institute- Philadelphia, PA
Delight the archeology buff in your family by taking in this exhibit at The Franklin Institute. These life-sized terracotta figures on display date back to 210 BC. View these and other ancient Chinese artifacts at this exhibit.
December 24 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University- Philadelphia, PA
Learn more about butterflies at this exhibit. See the ANSP butterfly habitat turn snowy white as the Morpho Polyphemus butterflies turn the exhibit into a beautiful wintry scene.
Through January 7
155 Colonial Drive Langhorne, PA
Tune into 92.1 at this location to see a moving light display dance before your eyes. This is a great free event the whole family will enjoy!
December 21-22 7:00 PM
The Kimmel Center- Philadelphia, PA
See the Philadelphia Orchestra perform this time honored oratorio. Enjoy an evening hearing classics such as The Hallelujah Chorus performed to kick off your Christmas weekend.
December 22, 23, and 26 8:00 PM
Players Club of Swarthmore- Swarthmore, PA
Follow this tale of a local firefighter who is hired to play Santa Claus in a church production. The events that follow will forever change his life.
December 21 6:00 PM
The Viking Cooking School at Harrah’s- Atlantic City, NJ
Perfect your technique for the perfect winter dinner party in this class. Master recipes such as Oysters Rockefeller and Veal Oscar in this class at the Viking Cooking School.
The Kimmel Center- Philadelphia, PA
Stomp! is back! See the famous percussive stage production live at the Kimmel Center. You won’t be able to help yourself from tapping along with the beat to this exciting performance.
If you’re like us, you don’t have time to cook much in the final week before Christmas. We’ve rounded up some of the fastest meal ideas around for your weeknight dinners this week and even some that would be delicious on your holiday table on for big day.
If you have an Instant Pot, this pot roast recipe is ready in under an hour! With hearty carrots and potatoes, this meal only needs a side salad and a delicious wine pairing to make a meal worthy of any celebration.
Chicken thighs are almost impossible to overcook and full of flavor. This recipe with a sticky Asian inspired glaze can be paired with steamed broccoli and some fluffy rice for a full meal. If you’re short on time, find frozen steam bag broccoli and microwaveable rice pouches at your grocery store for two easy shortcuts to a full meal.
Panzanella comes together quickly and uses up stale leftover bread cubes. Toss in some fresh mozzarella chunks to make it a full vegetarian meal, or serve as a colorful side dish.
This tortellini and spinach soup is not only delicious, but it brings the colors of the season to your table. Full of green spinach and tomatoes, it will add to your holiday table beautifully. Pair with crusty bread and a salad for a complete meal worthy of company.
This stovetop meal brings bright flavors to the boring chicken breast. Serve this picatta on top of a bed of spicy arugula and with a side of buttered noodles topped with Parmesan. Pair with a crisp white wine and a restaurant worthy dinner is on the table in under 40 minutes.
Lighten up this holiday season with these Santa Fe lettuce wraps. Although they’ll stand alone as a full meal on their own, pair these with some corn and refried beans for a zesty holiday supper.
When you’re short on time, the ultimate dinner is a snack dinner. A charcuterie board (a mix of delicious cured meats) is a quick and delicious way to have dinner ready in a snap. Pair it with a few wines that will complement the meats you’ve chosen. This dinner will work for a fun weeknight supper and is nice enough for company.
Keep this super quick and simple recipe on hand for when you need a dish for a party this Christmas. You probably already have the ingredients in your pantry. Or just make a batch to enjoy with your family tonight!
We hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do. Have a joyful Christmas from The Silva Group.
There are events all over Philly and in the Southern New Jersey Shore area this week. Get into the holiday spirit with shopping and performances. Meet a preschool icon or see works of Revolutionary War-era art. There’s no reason not to have fun this coming week!
December 17 2:00-2:30 PM
Please Touch Museum Philadelphia, PA
Get to meet every preschooler’s hero, Daniel Tiger, at this event. Join Daniel Tiger at the Please Touch Museum in Philly to make your child’s dreams come true.
Thursday, December 14 –Sunday, December 17 2:30 and 7:30 PM
Walnut Street Theater Philadelphia, PA
With exciting radio style sound effects, this production of the classic It’s a Wonderful Life is a unique retelling. Skip your annual viewing of the black and white masterpiece to see the story of an angel who gets his wings told in a fun and different way at this production.
The Philly Holiday Festival
Through January 1 – Various Times
Dilworth Park Philadelphia, PA
With shopping, performances, and the ultimate Philly Holiday Tree, this event has something for everyone. Check out the website to plan your weekend visiting the festival.
Through December 31
Museum of the American Revolution Philadelphia, PA
Come and see these beautiful paintings from the Revolutionary War. Painted on glass and then illuminated by candlelight or sunlight, these historic paintings tell the story of early America.
December 18-19 at 7:00 PM
Zellerbach Theater Philadelphia, PA
See Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic performed by a Russian ballet company. An annual tradition for many families, add it to your list this year and be dazzled by the music and the art on stage at this production.
December 15 5:30 PM
6201 Atlantic Ave. Ventor City, NJ
Get into the holiday spirit around the Ventor City Christmas Tree. Join other members of the community to view the ceremonial lighting of the tree.
December 15-16 (All Day)
Ventnor City Cultural Art Center
6500 Atlantic Ave, Ventnor, NJ
Shop local this year and enjoy goods from area artists. With jewelry, mosaics, handmade pottery, and more. This show has something for everyone you’re shopping for this season.
December 15 7:00 PM
Bocca Coal Fired Bistro Margate, NJ
Enjoy live music while you have a bite to eat! Take a date night to see the acoustic duo, Mel and Tony at this local favorite restaurant.