6 winter weekend activities for the family

     Check out PECO Family Jams at Philadelphia Magic Gardens this weekend. (Courtesy of R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

    Check out PECO Family Jams at Philadelphia Magic Gardens this weekend. (Courtesy of R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

    Embrace winter this weekend. The temperatures are back on the rise and so are fun family activities. Enjoy the magic of music and nature all weekend long.

    Sounds All Around Strings at the Academy of Music

    240 S. Broad St.

    Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

    Nurture your kids’ passion by attending this interactive program involving members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston. Participants will listen to stories with music, pretend to play an instrument, and examine real instruments up close. Concerts last 45 minutes.

    Celebrity Penguin Weekend at the Adventure Aquarium

    1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ

    Saturday, Jan. 11 & Sunday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Cassie, an Adventure Aquarium penguin turns one and she is paving the way for her penguin chicks, Pumpkin and Patch, born in October. There will be special penguin photos and a celebration for everyone.

    January PECO Family Jams at Philadelphia Magic Gardens

    1020 South St.

    Sunday, Jan. 12 from noon to 4 p.m.

    Participants will create their own paper planter out of newspapers and decorate it with a stockpile of materials. Seeds and soil will be provided so participants can begin their own garden at home

    Winter Wonderland Exploration at the Wissahickon Environmental Center

    300 Northwestern Ave.

    Saturday, Jan, 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Children ages 6 to 12 are invited to hike the winter forest looking for signs of animals — footprints, scat, and homes. Bundle up and explore off-the-beaten path. Parents welcome. Register at wec@phila.gov.

    Kid-Friendly Hike with Trail Ambassador Marv Schwartz

    Valley Green Inn

    Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m.

    Enjoy the beauty of Forbidden Drive and its adjacent trails with someone who knows them like the back of his hands. Hiking families will discover the Livezey Dam, Gorgas Creek cave, the Fingerspan Bridge and much more. Ideal for children over 6 as the hiking difficulty is considered moderate. Bring snacks and drinks and wear sneakers or hiking shoes.

    Snowball Tournament at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy

    8891 Germantown Ave. 

    Friday, Jan. 10 through Sunday, Jan. 12

    The 41st Snowball Tournament sponsored by Norwood-Fontbonne Academy’s Parents Association features eight schools from the Northwest competing in a basketball tournament for 5th through 8th boys and girls. Special events include an NFA alumni game, a guest appearance by the St. Joseph’s Lady Hawks and Coach Griffin on Saturday and Matt Paul, Chief Sports Officer of Matt Paul Sports on Sunday.

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