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  • 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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You always hear about parents who push their kids toward sports, academics, and the arts. What if grown-ups spent some time guiding children toward … kindness? Being kind is more than being nice. It’s active. It takes courage. Kindness is paying attention to the ignored person in the room, speaking up when others are afraid to, cleaning up someone else’s mess. It’s helping without expectation. So, take your kids to all the MLK events. Then, put what you learn into action.

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MLK Weekend, African American Museum in Philadelphia 📜

(History / art / in-person) Admission to the African American Museum is free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 17) and just $2 on Jan. 15 and 16. Advanced registration is required for in-person museum visits and its special weekend programming like art-making activities and a voter registration drive. Most holiday weekend events have been moved online, though, and include virtual events like a discussion with Robert Mayer, author of In the Name of Emmett Till, talks about the connection between art and activism, and more. (Free on Jan. 17, $2 on Jan. 15-16, 701 Vine St., aampmuseum.org)

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! Neighborhood Day, Merriam Theater 🎭

(Theater / in-person) The Mr. Rogers-inspired mantras of Daniel and friends may be more effective for grownups than preschoolers. “When you feel so mad that you wanna roar / Take a deep breath / And count to four!” Still, little fans will get a kick out of onstage versions of Miss Elaina, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, et al. Ages 2-5. ($29-$79, Jan. 15, 2 & 5:30 p.m., 250 S. Broad St., kimmelculturalcampus.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. 15-17, 21-23, 1101 Arch St., jurassicquest.com)

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, Betsy Ross House 📜

(History / in-person) A colonial landmark welcomes a colonial hero when a historic interpreter becomes Reverend Richard Allen, early civil rights activist and founder of the AME Church, on Saturday and Sunday. The special MLK programming is free and takes place in the house’s gallery. Ages 5+. (Admission: $7 adult, $6 senior, active military, student & child, Jan. 15-16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 239 Arch St, historicphiladelphia.org)

Superhero Skate, Rothman Ice Rink, Dilworth Park ⛸️

(Ice skating / in-person / outdoors) The only thing more fun than ice skating is ice skating while wearing a cape. Take-home crafts available while supplies last. (Before or after skating, pop into City Hall to view the new Harriet Tubman – The Journey to Freedom monument.) Ages 3-8. ($7 adult, $5 ages 10 & under, $10 skate rental, Jan. 15, 2-4:30 p.m., 1 S. 15th St., centercityphila.org)

MLK Day Family Program, Woodmere Art Museum 🎨

(History / art / in-person / free) Woodmere, site of frequent visits from Philadelphia-born children’s illustrator and author, Jerry Pinkney, honors the artist’s life by honoring his work. The Chestnut Hill museum offers a musical and narrative interpretation of a Pinkney-illustrated classic: Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman. Ages 4+. (Free, Jan. 17, 1 & 3 p.m., 9201 Germantown Ave., woodmereartmuseum.org)


Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit, Please Touch Museum 🪄

(Museum / in-person / multiday) Dorothy, Toto, and friends pay a three-month visit to Memorial Hall, bringing with them games to play and Miss Gulch’s bike to ride. Reservations required. Ages 1-10. ($19, free under age 1, through Jan. 12, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 4231 Avenue of the Republic, pleasetouchmuseum.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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