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Events and COVID 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.

  • As of January 3, Philly’s new vaccine mandate is in effect for spaces where people are eating and drinking. Stay safe; get vaccinated.

Omicron has, er, renewed the appeal of outdoor events. Upcoming goings-on in Chestnut Hill, Franklin Square, and Dilworth Park celebrate the winter season, while Elmwood Park Zoo gives locals free entry. Wherever you decide to take the kiddos, don’t stress if they shake off their hats and mittens. To babies, it’s not that cold outside.

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Indoor Mini Golf at Linvilla Orchards ⛳

(Sports / in-person / ongoing) Media’s favorite agritainment center has reopened its environmental-educational putt-putt for the winter. Created years ago by the Academy of Natural Sciences, Linvilla’s 18 holes are dedicated to dinosaurs, butterflies, rainforests, and such. Timed tickets suggested. Ages 4-14. ($7-$8, through Mar. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 137 W. Knowlton Rd., Media, linvilla.com)

Free Admission for Kids, Adventure Aquarium 🐬

(Aquarium / in-person / multiday / free) On weekdays, kids can visit Buttons the hippo, that famous hammerhead shark, and hundreds more aquatic creatures for free — provided their accompanying grown-up pays their own way. Offer available for ages 2-12 only. ($25-$45 per adult, most weekdays through Feb. 4, 1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ, adventureaquarium.com)

Chestnut Hill on Ice, Chestnut Hill ❄️

(Seasonal / in-person / free, with some paid attractions) The chill on the Hill is back this weekend, meaning pop-ups along the avenue include ice-sculpting and an iceless ice-skating rink (reservations recommended, $15, Saturday only), fairytale snow queens (noon-2 p.m. Saturday), and a grand-finale ice bonfire (5:30 p.m. Saturday), both at 150 E. Evergreen Ave. Ages 2+. (Free, Jan. 28, 5-9 p.m., Jan. 29, noon-6 p.m., Germantown Ave. between Rex and Willow Grove Aves., chestnuthillpa.com)

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Ice Princess Weekend, Franklin Square ❄️

(Seasonal / in-person / outdoors) Disney descends on Franklin Square for two delightful hours each day this weekend. Headliner Elsa is not at all mad that she’s always branded as the winter princess and joins fellow royals Jasmine, Elena of Avalor, and Rapunzel. Like across town in Chestnut Hill, there will be ice sculpting too. Ages 2-12. (Free, Jan. 29-30, 5-7 p.m., 200 N. Sixth St., historicphiladelphia.org)

Lunar New Year, Dilworth Park 🧧

(Seasonal / in-person / free) It’s about to be the Year of the Tiger, and to celebrate, City Hall’s front yard hosts live dance, including lion dances, and offers good things to eat inside the ice rink’s cabin. Ages 3+. (Free, Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m., 1 S. 15th St., centercityphila.org)

Free Admission for Norristown Residents, Elmwood Park Zoo 🦒

(Zoo / in-person / ongoing / free) On the last Sunday of every month (and the second-to-last in December because of Christmas), the only zoo in 19401 lets Norristown residents in for free, all afternoon, for their jaguar, porcupine and sloth-viewing pleasure. Pre-registration required. Ages 1+. (Free, Jan. 30, noon-4 p.m., 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, elmwoodparkzoo.org)

Birdhouse Factory, Cirque Mechanics, Zellerbach Theatre 🎭

(Theater / in-person) Far from some cerebral reference to a little-known piece of live art, this circusy performance unfolds in a vintage onstage factory that makes birdhouses and employs comedy, gravity defiance, flashy lighting, and acro-dancing to tell the story. Ages 7+. ($29-$51, Jan. 30, 3 p.m., 3860 Walnut St., pennlivearts.org)

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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)

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)

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)

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, through May 28, mightywriters.org)

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