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FEATURED EVENTS

Milk & Cookies with Santa at Adventure Aquarium

The World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree is back and is joined by 8 NEW whimsical miniature Christmas trees, including the World’s Smallest Underwater Christmas Tree. Scuba Santa and his el-fish helpers have been hard at work to bring you and your family the most immersive, magical Christmas experience.
Dates: 
12/15/2018
8 - 9:30 am
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Organization:

Adventure Aquarium

Location:

1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ, 08103
United States

Phone:

844-474-(3474)

Winter Special: Storytime at Tyler Arboretum

Gather around our majestic tree and listen to some favorite childhood tales. Storytime programs are for children and their favorite adult. These indoor programs include a story, craft and a snack.
Dates: 
12/20/2018
10 am - 11 am, 1 pm - 2 pm
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Organization:

Tyler Arboretum

Location:

515 Painter Road
Media, PA, 19063
United States

Phone:

610-566-9134, ext. 200

Music Theatre Philly Winter Camp 2018

MUSIC THEATRE PHILLY is thrilled to bring back our Winter Camp due to popular demand! Structured similarly to our sold out Summer Camps, our Winter Camp is a perfect place to spend the days during your child’s winter break.
Dates: 
12/17/2018
12/18/2018
12/19/2018
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Organization:

Music Theatre Philly

Location:

262 S. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
United States

Phone:

267-534-4975

School Day-Off Camps at Tyler Arboretum

A day of nature exploration and fun is the perfect solution when your child has a day off and you have to work! These easy-going days are filled with discovery, games, crafts, hikes and projects so engaging the kids won’t even know they’re learning.
Dates: 
12/27/2018
12/28/2018
01/21/2019
9 am - 4 pm
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Organization:

Tyler Arboretum

Location:

515 Painter Road
Media, PA, 19063
United States

Phone:

610-566-9134, ext. 200

The Polar Express Day at The Franklin Institute

Relive the magic and wonder of the timeless classic holiday tale "The Polar Express" with activities inspired by the award-winning book and beloved film.
Dates: 
12/15/2018
10 AM – 3 PM
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Location:

222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
United States

Phone:

215.448.1200

KWANZAA Celebrations at African American Museum in Philadelphia

Habari Gani?! The Kwanzaa season is upon us once more at The African American Museum in Philadelphia! Join us for celebration and ceremony as we welcome the first fruits of harvest into our homes.
Dates: 
12/26/2018
12/29/2018
10:00am - 2:00pm
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Location:

701 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
United States

Phone:

215-574-0308

Holiday Art Star Pop Up Market at Cherry Street Pier

The Art Star Pop Up Market will feature 30 Curated Art + Craft Vendors selling handmade goods perfect for holiday gift giving. Find something for everyone on your shopping list while supporting local makers.
Dates: 
12/15/2018
12/16/2018
Sat-11 AM - 8 PM, Sun-11 AM - 4 PM
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Location:

121 N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
United States

Phone:

(215) 922-2FUN

Polar Express Family Festival at The Please Touch Museum

All aboard for THE POLAR EXPRESS ™, next stop Please Touch Museum! Relive the magic of this popular children’s story and create special holiday memories to treasure forever!
Dates: 
12/15/2018
9 am – 5 pm
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Organization:

Please Touch Museum

Location:

4231 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA, 19131
United States

Phone:

215-581-3181

Xtreme Science Days at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Get Xtreme at the Academy this winter! Make super slime to take home, collect wild specimens on an enormous scale and taste the hottest hot sauce and the crunchiest bugs.
Dates: 
12/27/2018
12/28/2018
12/29/2018
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
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Location:

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
United States

Phone:

19103

Drop and Shop at Bounce U - Cherry Hill

Have some last minute shopping to do without the kids? We know you do and that is why BounceU is here for you! Drop the kids off for three hours of Safe and Supervised Fun at Bounce U!
Dates: 
12/21/2018
6 PM – 9 PM
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Location:

1205 Warren Avenue
Cherry Hill, NJ, 08002
United States

Phone:

(856) 429-6400

Science After Hours: Holiday Bizarre at Franklin Institute

Get into the spirit of the season with some strange science. From the fireplace mantle to the cabinet of curiosities, our halls will be decked with boughs of holly and folly.
Dates: 
12/18/2018
7 PM – 10 PM
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Location:

222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
United States

Phone:

215.448.1200

Macy's Christmas Light Show

A celebrated tradition! Watch the stories of Sugar Plum Fairy and Frosty The Snowman play out in our magnificent light show, narrated by Julie Andrews and topped off by a 40' tall magic Christmas tree. Don't miss this Philadelphia tradition of over 60 years!
Dates: 
12/14/2018
12/15/2018
12/16/2018
10 am - 8 pm (Every 2 hours)
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Location:

1300 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
United States

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical at Walnut Street Theatre

The inspiring story of an extraordinary girl comes to life in Matilda, the Musical. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda is the story of the courageous little girl with an unbounded imagination who proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to—and change your destiny. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by this Broadway hit and winner of 16 Best Musical awards!
Dates: 
12/14/2018
12/15/2018
12/16/2018
Times vary
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Organization:

Walnut Street Theatre

Location:

825 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
United States

Phone:

215-574-3550

Pajama Playgroup at Welsh Road Library

Preschoolers and caregivers, check out our cool manipulatives! Meet, talk, and play together with other families in the neighborhood!
Dates: 
12/19/2018
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Organization:

Welsh Road Library

Location:

9233 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA, 19114-2205
United States

Phone:

215-685-0498

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at The Walnut Street Theatre

The Walnut Street Theatre is proud to present Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Our holiday magic begins when a troupe of actors appear at the historic Walnut Street Theatre to set up and perform the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. We all know this grumpy old miser's response to holiday cheer is "Bah, Humbug." Scrooge is a bitter old man who can no longer feel joy or affection, even for his family. But on one remarkable Christmas Eve, he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. With their help, can Scrooge change his ways? You and your favorite kids are in for a treat with a special hour-long adaptation which uses original and traditional songs to highlight Dickens' powerful story. Deck the halls as our holiday spirits travel beyond the footlights, right into your very own heart.
Dates: 
12/14/2018
12/15/2018
12/16/2018
Times vary
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Organization:

Walnut Street Theatre

Location:

825 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
United States

Phone:

215-574-3550

Crafty Monday at Welsh Road Library

Afterschoolers, join us for a fun seasonal craft on the third Monday of the month! For ages 7 and above.
Dates: 
12/17/2018
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Organization:

Welsh Road Library

Location:

9233 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA, 19114-2205
United States

Phone:

215-685-0498

Kids Sip + Paint at Cherry Street Pier

Join us on Sunday, December 16 at The Cherry Street Pier inside our studio for another fun day full of Art, fun, and creativity!
Dates: 
12/16/2018
1 PM - 3 PM
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Location:

121 N. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
United States

Phone:

(215) 922-2FUN

Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium

Scuba Santa is back and ready to make the most underwater appearances in aquarium history! Visit him in Ocean Realm as he spreads the magic of Christmas to every child and animal and stops for underwater selfies with kids of all ages.
Dates: 
12/14/2018
12/15/2018
12/16/2018
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Organization:

Adventure Aquarium

Location:

1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ, 08103
United States

Phone:

844-474-(3474)

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia - A Cole Christmas

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) is dedicated to presenting the highest quality jazz to the greatest number of people designed to preserve, represent and continue Philadelphia’s unique, rich jazz sound and tradition. JOP aims to become the face of Philadelphia jazz, establishing the city as a nationally and internationally recognized destination for jazz performance.
Dates: 
12/15/2018
8 PM – 10 PM
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Location:

300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
United States

Phone:

+1 215-893-1999

Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party at Wells Fargo Center

Disney On Ice Brings the Magic Closer to You Than Ever Before!
Dates: 
12/24/2018
12/25/2018
12/26/2018
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Organization:

Wells Fargo Center

Location:

3601 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19148
United States

Phone:

(215) 336-3600

Homeschool Days at Tyler Arboretum

Visit the Arboretum for seasonal hands-on learning! Connect with other homeschool families in this program exclusively for you.
Dates: 
12/18/2018
01/15/2019
02/19/2019
10 am - 11:30 am
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Organization:

Tyler Arboretum

Location:

515 Painter Road
Media, PA, 19063
United States

Phone:

610-566-9134, ext. 200

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Winter Camp

We run camps for Summer, Winter and Spring breaks, as well as on some major holidays. Get your kids moving, climbing and going upside down in our amazing 26,000 sq/ft facility!
Dates: 
12/26/2018
12/27/2018
12/28/2018
9 AM - 3 PM
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Location:

6452 Greene St
Philadelphia , PA, 19119
United States

Phone:

215-849-1991

Toddler Jingle Bounce at Bounce U - Cherry Hill

This holiday event is for kids ages 7 years and under only. Join us for 60 minutes of bounce time, followed by cookies, drinks and a special craft in our Party Room. Each child will also receive a special souvenir from North Pole.
Dates: 
12/20/2018
10 am - 11:30 am
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Location:

1205 Warren Avenue
Cherry Hill, NJ, 08002
United States

Phone:

(856) 429-6400

Little Chefs: International Foods at Tyler Arboretum

Travel the world with our international cooking series as we prepare cuisine from different countries! Get your passport stamped at each class as we make and taste foreign fare.
Dates: 
12/19/2018
01/02/2019
01/16/2019
10 am - 11:30 am
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Organization:

Tyler Arboretum

Location:

515 Painter Road
Media, PA, 19063
United States

Phone:

610-566-9134, ext. 200

Welsh Road's Pajama Storytime at Welsh Road Library

Preschoolers and caregivers, come join us for some cozy stories before bedtime. Children, feel free to wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal (not required)!
Dates: 
12/19/2018
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Organization:

Welsh Road Library

Location:

9233 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA, 19114-2205
United States

Phone:

215-685-0498

The Philadelphia Orchestra - Christmas Kids' Spectacular

Kensho Watanabe - Conductor
Dates: 
12/15/2018
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Location:

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
United States

Phone:

+1 215-893-1999

Family Friendly New Year's Eve at Amis

Join us at Amis Trattoria for our annual Feast of the Seven Fishes! The traditional Italian-American dinner will feature classic seafood dishes, perfect for sharing with close friends and family on a special evening this Holiday Season.
Dates: 
12/23/2018
4:30 pm - 10 pm
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Organization:

Amis

Location:

412 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
United States

Phone:

215.732.2647

Day-off Camp: Winter Break at The Schuylkill Center

When schools are closed, we’re open! Bring your kids to the Schuylkill Center for a day of fun and exploration. Spend winter break in the outdoors, exploring our forest, climbing trees and rocks, tracking winter animals, making primitive shelters, even experimenting with snow and ice. Sign up for one adventurous day or all three.
Dates: 
12/26/2018
12/27/2018
12/28/2018
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Organization:

The Schuylkill Center

Location:

8480 Hagy's Mill Road
Philadelphia, PA, 19128
United States

Phone:

215-482-7300

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

You’re in for a treat this holiday season as Wild Lights transforms Elmwood Park Zoo into a bright and stunning winter wonderland! Millions of lights will illuminate all of our 16 acres. You’ll be dazzled by animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions.
Dates: 
12/14/2018
12/15/2018
12/16/2018
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Organization:

Elmwood Park Zoo

Location:

1661 Harding Blvd
Norristown, PA, 19401
United States

Phone:

800.652.4143

The Philadelphia Orchestra - Organ and Brass Christmas

The virtuosity of our amazing Philadelphia brass section joins forces with the magnificent Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ to celebrate the holidays.
Dates: 
12/14/2018
7 PM - 9 PM
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Location:

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
United States

Phone:

+1 215-893-1999

Holiday Garden Railway Nights at at Morris Arboretum

Bask in the glow of thousands of sparkling lights at these magical evenings that have become an Arboretum and family tradition. Snacks and light fare will be available at the Compton Café. These are ticketed events that sell out quickly.
Dates: 
12/14/2018
12/15/2018
12/21/2018
4:30pm - 7:30pm
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Location:

100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19118
United States

Phone:

215.247.5777

Brunch with Santa at Elmwood Park Zoo

Celebrate the holidays by enjoying brunch with Santa! Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch buffet, make holiday crafts and meet one of our beloved education animals. Share your holiday wishes with Santa, take photos with him the big guy himself and enjoy exploring the zoo.
Dates: 
12/15/2018
12/16/2018
12/22/2018
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Organization:

Elmwood Park Zoo

Location:

1661 Harding Blvd
Norristown, PA, 19401
United States

Phone:

800.652.4143

Jingle Bell Bounce at Bounce U - Cherry Hill

We have several dates scheduled in December so bring your cameras and your children for a great time at Bounce U! Santa will be in the lobby to greet the children, listen to their wishes and pose for pictures. Children will be able to bounce for 90 minutes followed by relax time in our party room with cookies and juice.
Dates: 
12/18/2018
4 PM – 6 PM
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Location:

1205 Warren Avenue
Cherry Hill, NJ, 08002
United States

Phone:

(856) 429-6400

Bouncing & Breakfast with Santa at Bounce U - Langhorne

Bouncing and Breakfast with Santa! Kids enjoy 1.5 hours of bouncing and a continental breakfast with Santa! A great way to tire your Little Elves out for the Big Night!
Dates: 
12/24/2018
10 AM – 12 PM
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Organization:

Bounce U - Langhorne

Location:

2221 Cabot Blvd., Suite C
Langhorne, PA, 19047
United States

Phone:

(215) 752-9728

Winter Workshop for Kids - Kathy Wickline Casting

For young aspiring actors and filmmakers, the camera never stops rolling. This is why Wickline Casting will keep it rolling during the holiday break!
Dates: 
12/26/2018
12/27/2018
12/28/2018
10 am - 12 pm
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Location:

1080 North Delaware Avenue Suite 501
Philadelphia , PA, 19125
United States

Phone:

(215) 739-9952

The Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

The Garden Railway is open for the season and is dressed in its wintery finest!
Dates: 
12/14/2018
12/15/2018
12/16/2018
10 AM - 4 PM
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Location:

100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19118
United States

Phone:

215.247.5777