Category Archives: Area Events

Olympic Rings and Valentine’s Hearts- This Weekend in Philadelphia and the Southern New Jersey Shore


Your own little athletes have plenty of opportunities to get into the Olympic spirit this weekend. Or, if you’re in the mood for something more romantic, take one of several opportunities to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the help of the many unique festive events in the area this upcoming weekend.

Olympic Fever

February 9 (all day)

Bucks County Children’s Museum

New Hope, PA

Get a case of Olympic fever at the Bucks County Children’s Museum. Come and enjoy Olympic themed crafts with your visit to the museum.

Toddler Olympics

February 9 10:30 AM

Ventnor Branch Library

Ventnor, NJ

Dress your toddler up for a silly-good time participating in these Toddler Olympics. With multiple events such as baby bowling, a teething ring toss, a toilet paper roll torch relay, and even an awards ceremony! Your toddler will love this chance to show off their own athletic ability.

Black History in Food and Folklore with Michelle Washington Wilson

February 10 2:00 PM

Pleasantville Branch

Pleasantville, NJ

Come and listen to stories of traditional African folktales, a slide show of notable Africans dating back over a thousand years, and delicious traditional food to sample. This event is the perfect way to kick off Black History month.

Toys R Us Heroes Needed Build and Play Event

February 10 12:00 PM

All Toys R Us Locations

Your hero loving LEGO fan will receive a free hero mask at this free event and will even receive a 40% off coupon for a LEGO set. For kids ages 6 and up, come and create while celebrating your child’s favorite heroes.

Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival

February 11 12:00 PM

Kennett High School Gymnasium

Kennett Square, PA

You get to enjoy chocolate treats all while raising money for United Way of Southern Chester County. Come and sample delicious chocolatey treats with your Valentine for a great cause

Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra- February Concert

February 11 3:00 PM

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center

Drexel Hill, PA

This month’s Landsdowne Symphony Orchestra Concert features work of Brahms, Bates, and Prokofiev. Enjoy an afternoon with the symphony with your sweetheart.

Free Family Sundays at the Delaware Contemporary

February 11 1:00 PM
Delaware Contemporary

Wilmington, DE

Create “Works of heART” with the help of the artists at the Delaware Contemporary. The theme for this week’s family Sunday is creating random-acts-of-kindness in honor of Valentine’s Day.

PECO Family Jams

February 11 12:00

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Philadelphia, PA

This week at the Magic Gardens, you can create paracord crafts with your family. The crafts at this event are inspired by the book This is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson.


Join Stage and Ice Adventures This Weekend in Philadelphia and the Southern New Jersey Shore

Whether you’re in the mood for a stage production, art and stories, or some calming craft time, there’s plenty to enjoy this weekend. Go explore all that Philadelphia and the Southern New Jersey Shore have to offer with these fun events. 

The Phantom Tollbooth

January 19-21 (Various Times)

Wolf Playhouse

Bryn Mawr, PA

Enjoy this play and watch young Milo on a whimsical adventure. Follow him as he’s tasked with saving princesses from the Land of Ignorance.

Disney on Ice Reach for the Stars

January 18-21

Boardwalk Hall

Atlantic City, NJ

See all of your children’s favorite Disney characters on the ice at this magical event. Join favorites like Rapunzel, Elsa, and, of course, Mickey at this breathtaking show.

Glory of Stories

January 19 10:30 AM

Delaware Art Museum

Wilmington, DE

Help your child fall in love with museums. Enjoy a story and then an introduction to a piece of art designed especially for children.


January 20 1:00 PM

Brigantine Branch Library

Brigantine, NJ

Keep the creative parts of your brain in good working order. Join this event to take part in multiple crafting opportunities in a group setting.

Finders Keepers

January 20 12:00 PM

PHIT Comedy at Second Stage

Philadelphia, PA

Kids love comedy too! Take the kids to this family-friendly improv show. The entire family will enjoy an afternoon of giggles and fun with PHIT Comedy.


January 20 9:30 AM

Mays Landing Branch Library

Mays Landing, NJ

Keep your body limber and toned with this Pilates class at the Mays Landing Library.  Participate in a fun strength and conditioning workout at this group event.

Build Your Own Terrarium

January 21 10:00 AM

Linvilla Orchards

Media, PA

Build a beautiful terrarium to view a world of plant life in your home. Create your own terrarium or add extra supplies and transform your creation into a fairy garden at Linvilla Orchards.

Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Through February 4 (Various Times)

Walnut Street Theater

Philadelphia, PA

Murder and intrigue abound in this play adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles by Ken Ludwig. View just 5 actors portraying 40 different characters in this hilarious stage production.




Dinosaurs, Dr. King, and a Daddy Daughter Hike- This Weekend in Philadelphia and the Southern New Jersey Shore

This Weekend in Philly and the Southern NJ shore is packed with events. Theater and music performances are scheduled alongside opportunities to explore what nature has to offer. There are even events to aid in reflection as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday. Enjoy all that the area has to offer this weekend.

Dinosaur Days Closing Weekend

January 13 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM

The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University 

Philadelphia, PA

Don’t miss out on the final weekend of this exciting exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Participate in an egg drop challenge, create a cretaceous craft, or learn about the perils of being a dinosaur homemaker with the Nest Sweet Nest event. Dino lovers will enjoy learning and participating in this event’s final weekend.

Beauty and the Beast Jr.

January 11-13

Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center

Margate, NJ

Eugene A. Tighe Middle School is presenting this beloved musical on stage. Come join the adventurous and bookish Belle on her journey to free her father from the clutches of the Beast. And witness a love story unfold in the process. 

Day Off Camp: Nature Ninjas

January 12 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Philadelphia, PA

Your kids will love an opportunity to learn the art of tracking and navigation at this camp. In addition, they’ll learn about animals that thrive in the winter weather while exploring the forest. This event promises a day full of adventure for your curious kiddos!

Dads and Daughters Hot Chocolate and Hike

January 13 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Tyler Arboretum

Media, PA

Take a trek through the arboretum and experience an unparalleled daddy-daughter bonding opportunity. Learn about animals as you traverse the grounds of the Arboretum then head back inside for a delicious cup of cocoa to finish the day.

Knitting Club

January 12 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Egg Harbor Township Branch Library

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

All ages are welcome to this knitting club. Bring your current WIP (work in progress) to engage in some lively conversation and a wealth of shared knitting knowledge alongside other yarn enthusiasts.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 15 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia, PA

Create art for MANNA to deliver alongside their meals for those in need. Join others as they honor Dr. King’s legacy at this event.

Create a Snowman Sign

January 13 10:30 AM- 11:15 AM

Brigantine Branch Library

Brigantine, NJ

Get crafty and create a cute snowman sign to adorn your door through the rest of the winter season! Just because Christmas is over, your home shouldn’t be without adorable décor. Craft alongside others at this workshop to create a hanging snowman sign you’ll cherish for years to come.

MLK Tribute Concert

January 15 1:30 PM

Girard College

Philadelphia, PA

Honor the prolific Dr. King and his legacy at this free concert. With works such as Barber’s Adagio for Strings performed along with lines from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Although the event is free, tickets are required.

Discovery Camp at the Franklin Institute

January 12 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia, PA

Participate in exciting hands-on learning opportunities. With an interesting theme for each camp, your kids will love a day away from school at this camp. (They might even learn a little something. But don’t tell them!)


Here’s What’s Happening This Weekend in Philadelphia and Along the Southern New Jersey Shore

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!

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: King for a Day

January 5-6 (various times, see website)

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia, PA

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.

Culinary Club: Second Helpings

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.

Eye on the Iconic Series Presents: Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown

Through January 7 (various times, see website)

Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library

Wilmington, DE

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.

Constructing Play: Classic and Modern Building Toys

Through January 25 Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Center Architecture/ Design

Philadelphia, PA

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.

Winter Fountains

Through March 18

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA

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.

Family Movie: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

January 6 2:00 PM

Brigantine Branch Library

Brigantine, NJ

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.

Baby Bird Playdate

January 5 10:15

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia, PA

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.

Philly on Tap Tours

Tuesdays-Saturdays 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Clothes Pin Sculpture- 15th and Market Streets

Philadelphia, PA

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!

Ring In The New Year This Weekend In Philadelphia and the Southern New Jersey Shore With These Events

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.

Philadelphia Mummers Parade

January 1 9:00 AM

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.

Polar Bear Plunge

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.

Winter Break Programming at the National Constitution Center

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.

Snowflake Special

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.

Dino-mite Winter

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.

Bay Atlantic Symphony- Free New Year’s Eve Concert

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.

Peter Pan

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.

Ice Skating

Various Locations

Philadelphia, PA

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.