Parenting Perspective: Holiday ideas

November 30, 2010

Here are some of my favorite ideas, mostly free, but a few that cost no more than $5.00 per person. I'm sure you'll find one or two you will want to try... in fact, bring the extended family along. These are truly for kids of any age! Enjoy:

Rittenhouse Tree Lighting: November 30 at 5pm. FREE! You can join in singing Christmas carols, meet Santa and enjoy free hot chocolate, then watch the stunning tree being lit in the city's prettiest park!

Macy's Light/Organ show: hourly in the lobby of the historic store. Bring your kids, sit right down on the floor and enjoy the delightful 10 minute show that's been entertaining Philadelphians for decades. 7 days a week during shopping hours at the Center City store at 12th and Market. FREE.

Peddlar's Village in Lahaska, Bucks County has a lovely Christmas parade with Victorian decorations and hot apple cider. FREE on Dec. 4 and 5.

Penn Museum-"Peace around the World" family day. Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1 to 4pm. FREE. Come enjoy music, stories, exotic face painting, games, crafts and treats celebrating the holidays all around the world. At the Penn Museum on the University of Pennsylvania Campus.

Check out The Children's Boutique's fun-filled music classes. Mondays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for just $5.00 per child (caregivers are free). 30-minutes of sing-alongs with musical instruments and fun props. A delightful way to get your little one into music. At 17th and Walnut in Center City.

Dickens Festival in Narberth, Montgomery County, Dec. 11 from 12-4pm. Join in with carolers, meet Ebenezer Scrooge and other characters from the classic "A Christmas Carol", take a horse and carriage ride, do candle-making, relive the feel of 1840's London for FREE.

Your teens might enjoy the Punk Rock Flea Market, Dec. 11 from 10-5pm. It's just $3.00 entrance fee at 461 N. 9th street. Just browse 200 tables of old records, art, clothes, stereo equipment, musical instruments and more.

Go to the Lighted Boat Parade for FREE at the Philadelphia's Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing. Enjoy free hot chocolate and watch the lighted boats go by on Dec. 18 at 5pm.

There are also FREE tree lighting ceremonies in most communities and lots of other things to do. So go have some holiday fun with your kids!

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