Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for January 12th, 13th, and 14th



Our top 10 picks for this weekend January 12th, 13th, and 14th

                




Friday

1.  Friday Morning Craft at Monkey Fish Toys 

2. 
Go on an adventure to Neverland during Peter Pan at the Arden Theatre



Saturday 


3. Peter Moses and the Musical Experience at the Phoenixville Public Library (registration required)

4. Head to Michaels to make a Snowman Page Marker

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5. Invention Convention at Hagley Museum

6.  "Paddington" storytime at Barnes and Noble Exton

7. 
Aladdin: A Musical Panto at People’s Light

8.  Second Saturdays: Music of the World at Penn Museum


Sunday  

9. 
 Star Wars meet and greet a
t Henrietta Hankin Branch Library


10.  Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club - Annual Model Railroad Open House


* Check out our calendar for more ideas

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for January 5th, 6th, and 7th

Our top 10 picks for this weekend January 5th, 6th, and 7th

                




Friday

1.  Friday Morning Craft at Monkey Fish Toys 

2. 
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: King for a Day! at the Merriam Theater



Saturday 

3. 
 
Go on an adventure to Neverland during Peter Pan at the Arden Theatre


4. Head to Michaels to make a Snowman Canvas

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5. Terrific Trains at Brandywine River Museum

6. "What Do You Do With a Chance?" storytime at Barnes and Noble Exton

7. 
Aladdin: A Musical Panto at People’s Light

8. Make a block calendar at Home Depot's Kids Workshop


Sunday  

9. 
 Free First Sundays at the Barnes


10.  Last weekend to catch Annie at the Walnut Street Theatre


* Check out our calendar for more ideas

Monday, December 25, 2017

What to do with the Kids Over Winter Break in the Philadelphia Area

The presents have been opened and toys have been played with and every parent fears the words "I'm bored" over Christmas break. Don't fret Fun Things has you covered with events to keep your family busy over break.



Catch a Show

Arden Theater

Go on an adventure to Neverland with Peter Pan at the Arden Theater

Dare To Dream with Disney on Ice at the Wells Fargo Center


Pennsylvania Ballet's George Balanchine's The Nutcracker


Aladdin: A Musical Panto at the People's Light 




Watch the Twinkling Lights



Herrs Holiday Light Display

Christmas at Longwood Gardens

Holiday Light Show and Dickens Village Macy's Center City

The Comcast Holiday Spectacular 2017



Visit a local Museum



The Academy of Natural Science 

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Franklin Institute 


Constitution Center


The Philadelphia Museum of Art




Go Ice Skating

Blue Cross River Rink




Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park


Ride some Rides


Sesame Place A Very Furry Christmas

Dutch Winter Wonderland

Hershey Park Christmas Candyland




Looking for a holiday event? Click here to check out our holiday event guide.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Tracking Santa





So the kids are making you crazy today asking you when Santa will arrive? So why not have them track Santa. 



The Norad Santa Tracker keeps children updated on Santa's whereabouts. Based on his current location, they know whether they should head to bed before he arrives. The website offers a Christmas countdown, games, activities, 2D and 3D training maps, Santa Camera videos and more.


The Google Santa Tracker takes you to Santa’s Village, which is filled with ways to follow Santa. Head to Google Santa Tracker to find a countdown clock to Christmas Eve and 24 different activities to pass the time before Santa arrives.


Happy Tracking!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 22, 23, and 24

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 22nd, 23rd and 24th

                





Friday


1.  Friday Morning Craft at Monkey Fish Toys 

2. Visit Longwood Gardens for a Longwood Christmas



Saturday 

3. 
 
Go on an adventure to Neverland during Peter Pan at the Arden Theatre



4. Experience A Brandywine Christmas at Brandywine River Museum

5.
 "Santa's Magic Key" storytime at Barnes and Noble Exton

6. 
Aladdin: A Musical Panto at People’s Light


7. Christmas Underwater at the Adventure Aquarium

8. RTC presents A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play


Sunday  

9. 
Disney on Ice "Dare To Dream"


10. Drive through the beautiful Herrs Factory Light Display


* Check out our calendar for more ideas

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New Year's Eve Family Events in the Philadelphia Area





Countdown til Noon at Chester County Sports Arena 

December 31st 11am-3pm
Come celebrate New Year's Eve and skate with us. We will have a balloon drop for all of our friends who do not normally get to stay up and celebrate!






Count Down 2 Noon at The Please Touch Museum
December 31st with Celebrations @ 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Want to take part in one of the most exciting New Year's Eve parties in the area, but don't want to keep the kids up late? Come to Please Touch Museum's annual Countdown to Noon® celebration on  December 31st, for a fun, festive alternative to keeping the little ones up past midnight. Countdowns will take place at Noon and again at 1 p.m. to accommodate all of the little party animals and their families.






Noon Year's Eve Celebration at Brandywine Zoo

December 31st  @11 am - 12:15 pm
Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at NOON! We'll have games, crafts, and a celebratory atmosphere and of course a sparkling apple cider toast as the clock strikes 12 (Noon that is!) 



“New Year's Rockin’ Noon” at Delaware Children’s Museum
Let the countdown begin! Ring in 2018 at the DCM with a special New Year's Eve countdown celebration that won't conflict with your kid's bedtime. Grab a bag of confetti, craft your own noisy "New Year's Eve Kazoo," and help us countdown to 12 PM with a rockin' DCM dance party. When the clock strikes 12-noon, brace yourself for a shower of confetti and a colorful start to a wonderful new year.




New Year's Eve Family Jam
Bring in the new year family style at The Ardmore Music Hall!
Ardmore Music Hall's New Year's Eve (Day) Family Jam
featuring Alex & The Kaleidoscope
The Ball drops at 12 (noon) so you can party with your whole family:
- Kids Zone Upstairs with a balloon artist, face-painting, arts and crafts + full kids brunch menu.
- Downstairs cash bar for non-driving parents, family photo booth and amazing music by Alex & The Kaleidoscope






Fireworks at Penn's Landing

December 31st at 6 pm and midnight. You can watch the fireworks from the PA or NJ side of the Delaware River.



New Year's Eve in Kennett Square

Young children and their parents are invited to kick off our NYE celebration at 6 pm. Enjoy entertainment, food & activities until 8. "Raising and Lighting" our Mushroom will take place at 8:45.






New Year's Eve Fireworks at Sesame Place

The night sky sparkles at Sesame Place, with our spectacular fireworks show, set to Sesame Street music, making the festivities on New Year's Eve truly memorable. Fireworks will begin immediately following their Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade on December 31st



New Year’s Eve Splash at Adventure Aquarium
Ring in the New Year among family, friends and fish at our family-friendly New Year’s Eve Splash on December 31 from 10 am - 6:00 pm – the perfect way to celebrate the start of 2018. Visit with favorite animals during twilight hours, dare to walk through the Shark Tunnel and end the evening with fireworks over the Delaware River.





Kids' New Year's Eve Countdown at Franklin Square  
Kids New Year's Eve Countdown at the Franklin Square Holiday Festival from 3-8 p.m. Enjoy craft making, a square drop off of square burger and view the New Year’s Eve fireworks.  The Pavilion offers a kids dance party and so much more.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Winter Break Camps














Are you looking for some fun for the kids during Winter Break? Here's some great Winter Break Camps for you to check out!




December 26-29

Please join us at The Center on Central for our In-Service and Holiday creative arts camp for children in grades K-5, as we continue our Summer Camp fun on selected school days off!

Full day, half day and extended day morning/afternoon options are available




 Dec 22, 26-29 & Jan 2. 

It’s always difficult to figure out what to do with your kids during those times when they are off from school during the year. We have the solution. Kids who love our summer camp are just as excited about our School Camp!!! School Camp is similar to our summer camp program and is held during the school year when school is not in session. At Chester County Sports Arena spring break camp, kids enjoy such activities as skating, sports, moon bounces, hamster balls, and gaga ball.


United Sports 

December 18th -- December 22nd
December 26th -- December 29th

Our United Sports Camp staff knows how important it is for parents to have quality care for their children when school is not in session. We are offering you a safe and fun environment for your school-aged children on these days.



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fun Things To Do With Kids in Chester County Top 10 Weekend Events for December 15, 16, and 17

Our top 10 picks for this weekend December 15th, 16th and 17th

                




Friday

1.  Friday Morning Craft at Monkey Fish Toys 

2. Visit Longwood Gardens for a Longwood Christmas



Saturday 

3. 
 
Head to Michaels to make candy cane decorations


4. Chick-fil-A Lionville Breakfast with Santa Cow and Elf Cow

5. 
" River Rose and the Magical Christmas" storytime at Barnes and Noble Exton

6. 
Aladdin: A Musical Panto at People’s Light


7. Skate with Santa at Chester County Sports Arena

8. RTC presents A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play


Sunday  

9. 
Brandywine Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker at WCU


10. Drive through the beautiful Herrs Factory Light Display


* Check out our calendar for more ideas

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Review of Arden Children's Theatre Presents Peter Pan





Are you looking for an adventure this holiday season? Maybe one that will take you to “where dreams are born, and time is never planned.  Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Neverland.”  I know just the place that will take you to Neverland. Arden Theatre Company celebrates the 20th Anniversary Season of Arden Children’s Theatre with Peter Pan.  


My family and I had the chance to see this amazing show.  If you have been to the Arden Theatre for a show before you know that they always add a different perspective to the original story.  With Peter Pan, the story is the same but it's brought to life in a new way.




The story starts out with Wendy as a mother raising her daughter Jane.  Some of my favorite characters from Peter Pan are also grown up.  Michael, Wendy's brother is there and so is Charlotte, Wendy, and Michael's mother.  Wendy's daughter asks for the family to tell her a bedtime story about Peter Pan.  The family recounts their past adventures with Peter Pan.  As Jane falls asleep the audience is taken back in time to when Wendy first met Peter Pan and how she and Micheal flew to Neverland with Peter.  Don't fret Captain Hook, Smee, the Lost Boys and even Tiger Lily are all part of the story.


I always love how creative the Arden Theatre is about how they tell a story.  It's always outside of the box, which I feel helps the children in the audience to encourage them to use their imaginations.  My two favorite creative effects in the story were the lights they used for Tinker Bell and the camper becoming the crocodile.






I grew up reading and watching the movie Peter Pan as a child but seeing it as an adult/mother, the story took on a whole new meaning.  As a child, I thought that going to a magical place with no responsibilities or parents meant a world of fun and adventure.  As a mom, I realized that when Wendy allowed Jane to go to Neverland with Peter Pan she was letting go as a mother and allowing Jane to grow up and spread her wings.  

Don't miss the chance to see an amazing show with your family this holiday season.  Peter Pan is now playing through January 28th.

Thursday, December 7, 2017