February is in full swing and the fun is heating up with author events, pre-Valentine’s Day fun, Chinese New Year activities and much more for the whole family!
Parents Night Out – Pete the Cat
1301 Locust Street
NEST Philly is offering a fun Pete the Cat themed Parents Night Out for the kids this Friday, February 6th from 6-9 p.m. Moms and dads enjoy a night on the town while NEST takes care of the fun and will provide supervised open gym, games, activities, crafts and story-time including pizza from Santucci’s Pizza & popcorn! Children must be potty-trained and between the ages of 2 and 8 years old. Cost: $30/ single child; $45/ 2 children; $55/ 3+ children. Space is limited, please call Nest at 215-545-6378 to reserve or enroll online.
February First Friday: Chinese New Year
The Creative Living Room
15 S. Chester Road
Head to The Creative Living Room in Swarthmore for a First Friday Chinese New Year Celebration on Friday, February 6th from 6-7 p.m. Join Allison DeSalvo of World of Song and the Music, Art & Me to celebrate and learn about the customs of this annual Chinese New Year event. Geared for ages 2-7. Donations appreciated.
Temple University Symphony Orchestra
Temple Performing Arts Center
1837 N. Broad Street at Polett Walk
Families can enjoy a free concert by the Temple University Symphony Orchestra this Friday, February 6th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. featuring winners of the student soloist competition and Temple University Symphony Orchestra guest conductor, David Hayes. Free.
The Art of the Brick – Opening Day
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
The Art of the Brick opens Saturday, February 7th at 9:30 a.m. at the Franklin Institute. This new display of LEGO brick masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Opening Day fun includes LEGO Brick Building Challenges, special Star Wars character appearances, free screenings of The Lego Movie, more. $24-$29. Does not include museum admission.
Philadelphia Auto Show
The Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
The Philadelphia Auto Show wraps up for its final weekend running Saturday, February 7th through Sunday, February 8th. Auto fans of all ages will be able to explore over 700,000 square feet showcasing the top autos in the country with 700 vehicles on display. Adults $13, children ages 7-12 $6. Six and under free with ticketed adult.
Passport to Discovery: African Drum and Dance
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ
Head out to the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill this weekend Saturday, February 7th and Sunday, February 8th for their next Passport to Discovery series featuring African Drum and Dance. $12.95 plus tax.
Ramah Day Camp at the Please Touch Museum
Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
The Ramah Day Camp hosts a day of playtime and fun on Saturday, Feb. 8th starting at 12 p.m. Enjoy the afternoon at the museum and a visit from the Ramah Day Camp director, staff and families between 2-3:30 p.m. to learn more about RDC. Free with check-in at the RDC table.
Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park
Broad and Market Streets
West Side of City Hall
The wintery fun continues this February at the Rothman Skate Rink at Dilworth Park this Friday, February 6th through Sunday, February 8th. Philly families will enjoy outdoor public skating against the backdrop of our landmark City Hall. Adults $4, children 10 and under $3, skate rental $8.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest fun runs all weekend long with a magical winter landscape including a dazzling light show, winter garden and forest, shopping and refreshments in the new “Lodge” with indoor fireplaces, rustic décor and outdoor heat lamps plus shopping at ArtStar with gifts and handmade items. And of course, the outdoor ice skating rink as the centerpiece of all the fun. Admission to Winterfest is free. Skate admission $3. Skate rental $10.
Celebrate Love Your Pet Month
55 South Lansdowne Ave
Head to the Lansdowne Library on Sunday, February 8th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. as Skippyjon Jones author, Judy Schachner, reads from her new book Snow What at a celebration of pets sponsored by Animal Friends of Lansdowne and the Lansdowne Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing. All proceeds to benefit Animal Friends of Lansdowne. Come in costume and win a prize! Free.
PECO Family Jams: You-tensils
Philadelphia Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
This month’s PECO Family Jams happens Sunday, February 8th from 12-4 p.m. at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. This one of a kind family oriented programs will focus this month on self portrait sculptures made by families from silverware as well as family friendly tours at 1pm and 3pm. Free with admission. $7 for adults, $3 for ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under.
Second Sunday Family Workshop
Chinese Dragon Puppet
3260 South Street
The Penn Museum hosts this Second Sunday Famly Workshop on Sunday, February 8th at 1 p.m. Drop in and get hands-on as kids and their caregivers use paper-cutting to craft a puppet in honor of the Chinese New Year and get a special animal-themed tour of the China gallery, too. $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-17 and free for 5 and under.