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Events and COVID-19 safety

  • The omicron and delta variants are both circulating in the Philadelphia area and throughout the country as a whole. 
  • Even if you're vaccinated, it's still a good idea to use caution, including wearing a mask, and doing as much as possible outdoors. 
  • Beginning January 3, Philly's new vaccine mandate goes into effect in spaces where people are eating and drinking. Stay safe; get vaccinated.

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As if you hadn’t noticed, it’s happening again: another wave of cancellations. We’ll miss the Mo Willems musical at the Merriam this weekend and are bummed that the Penn Museum is skipping its Lunar New Year festival. Instead, it’s back outside you go, maybe to Pennypack Park or Sesame Place. Or, stay in for virtual programming with the Brandywine and Mighty Writers. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has kept up in-person events, but, starting January 24, visitors ages 5 and up will need to show proof of vaccination to enjoy them.

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Elmo’s Furry Fun Fest, Sesame Place 🧸

(Amusements / in-person / multiday) Langhorne’s favorite theme park understands parents of young children will do anything, at this point, to escape the house and stay safe on winter weekends. For them, the carousel turns, dance parties and mini parades go on, and Elmo returns to the stage in his very own musical. Ages 1-5. ($30-$50, weekends through Mar. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, sesameplace.com)

At-Home Workshops with Maurice Williams, Mighty Writers ✏️

(Education / virtual / multiday / kid-friendly / free) Through dad jokes, real talk, and superb listening, Mr. Maurice connects with his students — and connects students to each other. Each workshop appeals to specific audiences: Black boys, young teens, future entrepreneurs, sports fans, home cooks and more. Workshops teach some writing and lots of life lessons. Ages 8+ (Free, Select dates, Jan 19-May 28, mightywriters.org)

Virtual Read-Aloud: The Lion and the Mouse, Brandywine River Museum of Art 📚

(Books / virtual) We may never get over the loss of illustrator-author Jerry Pinkney. If his Caldecott-winning, wordless The Lion and the Mouse picture book isn’t yet in your child’s library, then experiencing the classic over storytime will surely inspire you to make the investment. Ages 3-8. ($5, free for members, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m., brandywine.org)

Jurassic Quest, PA Convention Center 🦕

(Community / in-person / multiday) It’s about time the city’s convention center got in on the animatronic dino trend. A hundred huge, moving, moaning beasts backdrop lifelike dinos to ride, stand inside, pet, play with, bounce on, and, here’s hoping, learn from. Ages 3+. ($36 child admission with unlimited rides, $22 general admission ages 2 and up, $19 senior, free under 2, Jan. 21-23, 1101 Arch St., jurassicquest.com)

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Junior Scientist Workshop & Sensory-Friendly Vaccination Clinic, Academy of Natural Sciences 🔬

(Education / in-person / science) On Saturday, kids ages eight through 11 can learn what makes microscopic, photosynthesizing diatoms so powerful (lesson includes shrinky dinks). Sunday, the algae gives way to another sort of power: SunRay Pharmacy provides first, second and third doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to recipients on the spectrum (ages 5 & up; registration requested but not required). (Workshop: $25-$35, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, clinic: free, Jan. 23, 8-10 a.m., 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., workshop: ansp.org, clinic: app.acuityscheduling.com)

Warm-Up Walk/Stroll by the River, Pennypack on the Delaware 🍃

(Nature / in-person / free) Sometimes it takes having someone else organize a walk outdoors in order for you to get yourself, not to mention the kids in your life outdoors. This one has time slots every 15 to 30 minutes, so you can drop by and have a free hot cider with your free nature tour. Registration requested but not required. All ages. (Free, Jan. 22, 1-3 p.m., 7801 State Rd., letsgooutdoors.net)

Art Kids Studio: Around the Neighborhood, Philadelphia Museum of Art 🎨

(Art / in-person / multiday) Families ought to sign up early if they want their brood included in a Sunday morning tour group at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But any kid museum-goer can stop by the South Vaulted Walkway to collage throughout the remainder of the month. Starting Jan. 24, all visitors ages 5 and up must provide proof of vaccination to enter. Ages 3-10. ($25 adult, $23, senior, $18 students w/i.d., $2 ACCESS cardholder, free 18 & under, Jan. 23, 30, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 2601 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., philamuseum.org)


Holiday Light Show, Shady Brook Farm, Yardley ✨

(Seasonal / in-person / multiday) This Bucks County born-and-raised show charges more than its newer competitors, but also lets you leave the car to explore Santa’s Village, have s’mores by a campfire, stroll through smaller display, meet the big red elf himself (through Dec. 23, outside photos not permitted, photos packages available), shop, and, weather permitting, ride in a wagon (for an extra $15-$18 per person). Also, for an extra charge, limos and buses are permitted. All ages. ($45-$50 per vehicle, through Jan. 29, 2022, 931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley, shadybrookfarm.com)

Winter in Franklin Square ✨

(Seasonal / in-person / multiday / free) Visibly glimmery from the Vine Street Expressway, Franklin Square lights up to on-the-half-hour holiday music (daily from 5 p.m.). Guests should plan to put aside a few dollars for a carousel ride, mini golf ($8-$15), and cocoa, spiked or not. All ages. (Free, through Feb. 27, Sun.-Thu. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 200 N. Sixth St., historicphiladelphia.org)

Dilworth Park Ice Rink ⛸️

(Seasonal / in-person / multiday) It’s time to lace up your skates and welcome winter back at Dilworth Park. Skaters of all ages can enjoy sessions on the ice rink, and cozy up in the cabin for warm drinks and food. Reservations and masks are encouraged. ($5-$17, through Feb. 27, 1 S. 15th St., centercityphila.org)

Vintner Wonderland, Renault Winery ⛸️

(Seasonal / in-person / multiday) Delco isn’t the only place with a new skating rink this winter. South Jersey’s rink (bigger than last year’s) popped up in a winery with a slew of 90-minute sessions every day. Add-ons include: Firepits to reserve, dining, horse-drawn carriage rides, shopping, live music (select dates), and wine for those over 21. Ages 3+. (Admission $12, skate rental $10, rink open through Feb. 27, 72 Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ, renaultwinery.com)

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest ⛸️

(Seasonal / in-person / kid-friendly / multiday) Winterfest reopens for gliding (and wobbling) around the outdoor ice skating rink, playing carnival games, and spending time fireside. Ages 4+. (RiverRink: $5 admission, $10 skate rental, through March 6, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., delawareriverwaterfront.com)

Invisible World of Water, Academy of Natural Sciences 🚰

(Science / in-person / multiday) Water up super close and from way far away, as interpreted by scientists, artists, and artist-scientists give viewers new insight to the everyday magic of two-thirds of our earth and 60% of our bodies. ($20-$22 adults, $16-$18 children, free for members and under age 2, through Apr. 17, times vary, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., ansp.org)

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