6 weekend activities for the family

     Elves on the Avenue. (Courtesy of the Chestnut Hill Visitors Center)

    Elves on the Avenue. (Courtesy of the Chestnut Hill Visitors Center)

    Here are some of the holiday activities going on this weekend to keep your family entertained and full of holiday spirit.

    Smith’s Wonderland at Fairmount Park

    3500 Reservoir Dr. Philadelphia, PA

    Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon

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    It’s a magical white wonderland at Smith Playground. Enjoy an ice-carving demonstration, hot cocoa bar, characters and magic by Enchantment Theatre Company’s Aladdin, as well as toy and gift-making. The playground and playhouse is open all day. $10/free for members.

    Bill of Rights Anniversary at the National Constitution Center

    Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    525 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA

    Celebrate the anniversary of the Constitution’s first 10 amendments at the National Constitution Center where children can play “Who wants to be a bill-ionaire?”, take a Signers’ Hall tour and enjoy other interesting programs such as “The Press, the Pulitzer Prize, and the First Amendment in Action.” Free with Admission ($5 on Saturday)

    Chestnut Hill Holiday Parade

    Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9 a.m.

    Come enjoy a fun morning with a holiday parade featuring Santa Claus, the Phillie Phanatic, fire trucks, bands, and many community groups. The parade runs on Germantown Avenue, from Chestnut Hill Avenue to Southampton Avenue with a post-parade celebration at Market at Fareway. There will be musical performances including RUMBLE, the University of the Arts drum ensemble and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir. Enjoy music, cocoa and cookies and treats at the firepit.

    Outdoor Artisan Glass Blowing Demonstration

    As part of the Chestnut Hill Holiday Festival on Saturday, Dec. 14, “Be Enchanted!,” the Missoula School of Hot Glass will be giving glass blowing demonstrations throughout the day on the 8400 block of Germantown Avenue for free.

    Enchanted Elves on the Avenue

    Friday, Dec. 13 through Sunday Dec. 15

    Chestnut Hill’s very own Enchanted Elves will bring their holiday magic to restaurants up and down Germantown Avenue. Be on the lookout and be prepared–they come with presents & prizes!

    Animal Mask Workshop and Victorian Holiday Card Making Workshops at the Woodmere

    Saturday, Dec. 14 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    9201 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA

    Two wonderful workshops for your family to enjoy at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. Inspired by Jan Brett’s classic story “The Mitten,” the Animal Mask Workshop offers children an opportunity to create masks of their favorite animals. This is at 12:30-2:30pm and is $10/$5 (members). The Victorian card making workshop is from 2:30-4:30pm and is FREE. Children will discover the beauty of creating their own holiday designs and messages.

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