Thanksgiving is almost here and the chilly temps sure do make it feel like the holidays have arrived! But before you start your turkey prep go make some family memories at one of these great fun events happening this weekend in Philly! — Jennifer Oxenford
Family Fun Night
International Sports, Skating and Fun Centre
650 Kresson Road
Cherry Hill, NJ
Enjoy the family fun night Friday, November 21st at the International Sports, Skating and Fun Center in Cherry Hill tonight for just $5 per person. Includes all you can eat pizza, admission to the skate floor, a bouncehouse and fun zone! $5.
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
601 N. Lansdowne Ave
Upper Darby, PA
You know it’s the holidays when The Nutcracker is in town as it is this weekend at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Upper Darby, right outside of Philadelphia. Shows run Friday, November 21st through Sunday, November 23rd tickets start at just $10. This family friendly performance will enchant even the littlest audiences (ideal for ages 4 and up.)
Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park
Broad and Market Streets
West Side of City Hall
Icy fun continues at the new Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park this Friday, November 21st – Sunday, November 23rd. Philly families can now enjoy outdoor public skating against the backdrop of our landmark City Hall. Adults $4, children 10 and under $3, skate rental $8.
Routes 202 & 263
Head to beautiful Lahaska for the Grand Illumination tonight in Peddler’s Village happening Friday, November 21sth at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy the festive countdown until all the lights get turned on in the beautifully decorated village as well as holiday fun like marshmallow roasting, specials from vendors and more. Free.
Montgomery Mall Children’s Play Area Grand Opening
Montgomery Mall – Sears Court, Lower Level
230 Montgomery Mall
North Wales, PA
Come out for the grand opening of the children’s play area at Montgomery Mall this Saturday, November 22nd at 10 a.m. and enjoy a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Santa, free kid friendly activities and complimentary breakfast provided by Wegmans. Free.
GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon Kids Fun Run
22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
2200 Ben Franklin Parkway
The Kids Fun Run, part of Philadelphia Marathon Race weekend, is a family friendly non-competitive, short-distance event geared for kids ages 6-12. The first 325 participants will receive a t-shirt, a finisher medal, post-race refreshments and more! $15. Parent or guardian must be present onsite.
Free Admission on Sunday Mornings
Brandywine River Museum
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum on Sunday mornings including this Sunday, November 23rd between 9:30 a.m.– 12 p.m. Free.
A Very Furry Christmas
100 Sesame Road
The seasonal festivities kick-off at Sesame Place this weekend with the return of ‘A Very Furry Christmas’ featuring all of your favorite furry Sesame Street pals. The park is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of lights, festive decorations, plenty of rides and fun, plus special visits with all your favorite Sesame Street characters and Santa in his Furry Workshop! Tickets $24 online, $29 at the gate.
Imagination Movers Reindeer Party
100 Sesame Road
The Emmy-award winning Imagination Movers perform their fan faves, along with some holiday classics with a twist at Sesame Place this weekend. Performances will run Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 23rd at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets $10. Park admission not included and is required.
Fairmount Park Gingerbread House Display
The Shops at Liberty Place
1625 Chestnut Street
Don’t miss the Fairmount Park Gingerbread House Display featuring 12 gingerbread houses handcrafted by Philadelphia chefs and made to look like historic sites in Fairmount Park including Strawberry Mansion, SMITH Playground and more. Free.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle
6th & Race Streets
Philadelphia’s oldest square, Franklin Square, is transformed into a magical holiday setting starting this weekend with the Electrical Spectacle holiday light show and more. Plus new this year, shop for handmade gifts at the Holiday Market and sample local beers and snacks in Ben’s Bites and Brews. Festivities are offered 4-8 p.m. daily. Entrance is free. Some attractions ticketed.
Jennifer Oxenford is a mother of two and the founder of phillyfun4kids http://www.phillyfun4kids.com your place to find free and mostly free things to do with your kids in and around this great city of motherly love. You can also follow phillyfun4kids on twitter at @phillyfun4kids and Facebook.Find. Fun. Fast. — Now you can download the FREE phillyfun4kids app (newly updated with 2013 seasonal attraction listings!) for your iPhone in the iTunes App Store here.