America’s Garden Capital Maze
Dec
1
Feb 26

America’s Garden Capital Maze

  • Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park’s Wintergarden opened in November with a new large-scale attraction, America’s Garden Capital Maze, to celebrate the horticultural heritage of the region. The festive maze on Greenfield Lawn, designed for both children and adults, features willow-branch archways, evergreens, trees, perennials, shrubs and topiary sculptures from 32 area gardens. On Saturdays and weekdays around lunchtime, the Rothman Institute Cabin will host free garden programs.

dilworthpark.org

Now through Feb. 26  
Free

Subaru Arctic Blast at Greensgrow Farms
Dec
2
Dec 11

Subaru Arctic Blast at Greensgrow Farms

  • Greensgrow Farms

Both of Greensgrow’s locations will be stocked with fresh-cut holiday trees, wreaths, greens and gifts, Dec. 2–4 and 9–11. Entertainment includes live music and activities for kids.

greensgrow.org

Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St; Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Ave.

Free

Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum
Dec
2
Dec 30

Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum

  • Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

Start a new holiday tradition and come enjoy the Holiday Garden Rail all lit up and decorated for the season during special evening hours, Fridays till Dec. 30. White lights sparkle along the rails and miniature greens adorn the buildings. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. 

morrisarboretum.org

Adult members $9, child members $3; adult nonmembers $16, child nonmembers $8  

Wreath-Making Workshops
Dec
2
Dec 9

Wreath-Making Workshops

  • Greensgrow Farms

Learn to make beautiful, fragrant holiday wreaths to take home. Greensgrow will supply the frames, various greens and decorations such as pods, pinecones, bows and ornaments.

greensgrow.org

6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 & 9 at Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St.;
Noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Ave.

$40

Holiday Pop-up Book Sale
Dec
9
Dec 10

Holiday Pop-up Book Sale

  • Institute of Contemporary Art

Join the Institute of Contemporary Art for a special 30 percent off, two-day holiday sale of exhibition catalogs and ephemera from the archive, including past ICA holiday cards designed by exhibiting artists. The pop up will be hosted in ICA’s main lobby with festive treats, coffee, holiday music and a wide range of books available for sale.

icaphila.org

Pay as you go

Winter Market and Christmas Tree Sale
Dec
10
Dec 11

Winter Market and Christmas Tree Sale

  • Germantown Kitchen Garden

Germantown Kitchen Garden’s market includes horticultural-themed gifts, workshops, letterpress goods, handmade wreaths and woodwork, with a bonfire for guests to enjoy. The Christmas tree sale will run every weekend through Dec. 24.

germantownkitchengarden.com

Pay as you go

Hand Crafted Holidays
Dec
10
11:00 am11:00

Hand Crafted Holidays

  • The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio’s second installment of its festive day of tastings, hands-on activities, talks and demonstrations is intended to spark creative ideas for holiday decorating and entertaining. Activities include clay ornament making, a holiday cocktail demonstration and more.

theclaystudio.org

Free

Introduction to Leatherworking
Dec
10
1:00 pm13:00

Introduction to Leatherworking

  • Cicada Leather Company

Learn about different types of leather and get hands-on experience with traditional tools and techniques as you make your own small leather goods.

This class will introduce you to the skills and methods needed for more advanced classes. You will learn about various leathers, how to construct, cut, rivet, dye, condition, edge and hand stitch. Tools and materials are provided.  Basic tool kits can be ordered after class.

eventbrite.com
cicadaleathercompany.com

$160

Winter Wonderland 2016
Dec
10
4:00 pm16:00

Winter Wonderland 2016

  • Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse hosts its annual Winter Wonderland celebration. Children 10 and younger and their caregivers are invited for festivities that include holiday lights, messy arts, an ice-carving demonstration, gingerbread house building, s’mores and live music.

smithplayground.ticketleap.com

$10; free for members

Jewish Food Festival
Dec
11
10:00 am10:00

Jewish Food Festival

  • Congregation Rodeph Shalom

Hazon Philadelphia’s day of learning, food and Jewish culture is themed “Waste Not, Want Not: Exploring Our Food Choices” and centers around the concept of bal tashchit—minimizing food waste.

People of all religious denominations and affiliations are welcome to take part in the community-building discussions, browse the market and dance to the madcap klezmer of West Philadelphia Orchestra. More than 20 workshops will offer insight into different elements of food, cooking, Jewish life, social justice, sustainability and community.

Please bring your own lunch or buy a $5 meal voucher to purchase a meal from the vendors.

From the website: “The word hazon means vision. We work to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all.”

hazon.org

$10 to $50

      Can the stars help you find where you are and where you’re going? What are compasses and what do they have to do with magnets? Find the answers to these questions and more by exploring human and animal navigation with Bartram’s Garden’s program for homeschooled students, ages 5 to 13. This group meets monthly with morning and afternoon sessions.     bartramsgarden.org    10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. $12; free for members
Dec
14
10:00 am10:00

  • Bartram’s Garden

Can the stars help you find where you are and where you’re going? What are compasses and what do they have to do with magnets? Find the answers to these questions and more by exploring human and animal navigation with Bartram’s Garden’s program for homeschooled students, ages 5 to 13. This group meets monthly with morning and afternoon sessions.  

bartramsgarden.org

10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
$12; free for members

A People's Jam on Justice
Dec
14
6:30 pm18:30

A People's Jam on Justice

  • Summit Presbyterian Church

Interact with each other in new ways—through story circles and instant improvisations about injustices you want to change, facilitated by the Just Act Ensemble

People's Jam on Justice will offer a participatory “refuel zone” to creatively pause and attend to tension and fractured relations around race, culture and socioeconomic disparities to reweave connections and grow empathy, understanding and action plans.

eventbrite.com

Free

Festive Tradition Trolley Tour
Dec
15
Dec 18

Festive Tradition Trolley Tour

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

This guided trolley tour visits Fairmount Park, though Lemon Hill, Cedar Grove and Laurel Hill. Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. Price does not include museum admission.

philamuseum.org

$40

Embroidery Workshop with Escape Threads
Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

Embroidery Workshop with Escape Threads

  • United By Blue

Danielle Conyers will lead an embroidery workshop in United By Blue’s flagship store. Attendees will be guided through basic stitching techniques to create their first piece on a wood hoop canvas. No previous stitching knowledge is necessary and all experience levels are welcome.

unitedbyblue.com

$25

Natural Inspirations: Classic Winter Centerpiece
Dec
16
10:30 pm22:30

Natural Inspirations: Classic Winter Centerpiece

  • Mt. Cuba Center

Imbue your dining room with the aroma of freshly gathered evergreen boughs using this classic winter centerpiece. Embellish it with assorted accents of magnolia, holly, pinecones and berry-filled branches. Finish it with a decorative bow for added holiday elegance.

mtcubacenter.org

$50 (materials included) 

Jingle Bell Rock GayBINGO
Dec
17
7:00 pm19:00

Jingle Bell Rock GayBINGO

  • Gershman Y

Hosted by the Bingo Verifying Divas, GayBINGO raises funds for HIV/AIDS services in the Greater Philadelphia region. This event is open to anyone who enjoys campy humor. Cash prizes will be awarded. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.  aidsfundphilly.org

Balcony $25; floor seats $30

Go West Craft Fest
Dec
18
10:00 am10:00

Go West Craft Fest

  • The Rotunda

Find unique, handmade holiday gifts by more than 80 creative makers and small businesses. Jewelry, home wares, ceramics, woodwork, art prints, stationery, ornaments, hand knits, candles, soaps, herbal preparations and more.

gowestcraftfest.com

Pay as you go

Winter Solstice Walk
Dec
21
10:00 am10:00

Winter Solstice Walk

  • Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Celebrate with a stroll through Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve with Education Coordinator Kelly Joslin. Walk along the trails at a time when the sun is lowest in the sky, then conclude in the visitor center with hot drinks and cookies.

bhwp.org

Members $5; nonmembers $7

All-Star Days at the Academy of Natural Sciences
Dec
27
Dec 30

All-Star Days at the Academy of Natural Sciences

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The academy presents four days of hands-on science activities and demonstrations. Themes include Bugs and Butterflies; Dinosaurs Unearthed; Fur, Feathers and Scales; and Weird Things in Jars.

ansp.org

$13.95 and up

New Year’s Day at the Academy of Natural Sciences
Jan
1
10:00 am10:00

New Year’s Day at the Academy of Natural Sciences

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Kick off 2017 with naturalist presentations, a stroll through the butterflies exhibit and a chance to catch the moving, roaring, animatronic Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit before it closes after Jan. 16. 

ansp.org

$13.95 and up

 

Night in the Museum: Dinosaurs Unearthed After Dark
Jan
7
Jan 8

Night in the Museum: Dinosaurs Unearthed After Dark

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

See the special exhibit Dinosaurs Unearthed on a flashlight tour, then roll out your sleeping bag under the dinosaurs and get some shut-eye before breakfast.

ansp.org

Members $50; nonmembers $55; VIP $80

Art Exhibit: Prelude to Spring—Botanical Paintings
Jan
17
Apr 13

Art Exhibit: Prelude to Spring—Botanical Paintings

  • PHS McLean Library

This art exhibit features small works from members of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, a group of artists who have exhibited at the Philadelphia Flower Show for several years. Runs through April 13.

phsonline.org

Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free


3-D Printing Workshop
Dec
8
6:30 pm18:30

3-D Printing Workshop

  • The Franklin Institute

Learn how to turn your designs into physical formations with just the click of a button. This workshop is appropriate for adults and children over the age of 15. Children ages 11 to 14 may come if paired with a supervising adult. Participants may bring their own laptop or rent a laptop for $20. To register, please call 215-448-1200 (option 4).

fi.edu

Members $40, $25 for an additional member participant; nonmembers $50, $30 for an additional participant

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners
Dec
8
6:30 pm18:30

Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

  • United By Blue

Taught by Lichen Ink Calligraphy, this beginner’s workshop in modern calligraphy will teach participants about the tools of calligraphy, basics in brushstrokes and technique, and will cover the full alphabet.

unitedbyblue.com

$100

Sustainable Sips
Dec
7
6:00 pm18:00

Sustainable Sips

  • Double Nickel Brewing Company

Talk with like-minded, sustainability-oriented residents from Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties. Sponsored by the Tri-County Sustainability Alliance.

tcsahub.org

Pay as you go

Winter Waterfowl Field Trip
Dec
7
8:00 am08:00

Winter Waterfowl Field Trip

  • Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Many birds make migratory stops at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on their way south. Education Coordinator Kelly Joslin and birders Chris and Gerry Dewaghe will guide the group as they look for brants, teal, scaup, peregrine falcons, bald eagles and winter sparrows along Wildlife Drive. Spotting scopes and snacks will be provided.

bhwp.org

Members $25; nonmembers $30

Jennifer Murphy: The Enduring Stigma of Drug Addiction
Dec
6
6:00 pm18:00

Jennifer Murphy: The Enduring Stigma of Drug Addiction

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

In her study “Illness or Deviance?” Jennifer Murphy, associate professor of criminal justice at Penn State Berks, investigates society’s various perspectives on addiction. She will speak about the myriad ways American courts handle addiction—incarcerating some drug users while putting others in treatment. This event is part of Eastern State Penitentiary’s ongoing Searchlight Series, which takes place the first Tuesday of every month.

easternstate.org

Free

Abundant Access: Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom
Dec
5
6:00 pm18:00

Abundant Access: Public Transit as an Instrument of Freedom

  • Meyerson Hall, B1, University of Pennsylvania

International transit consultant Jarrett Walker will give a lecture on what he believes is public transit’s core power: to give people freedom. Walker is the author of the blog humantransit.org and the book “Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking about Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives.” Registration is requested.

septa.ticketleap.com

Free

Visit with Santa
Dec
4
2:00 pm14:00

Visit with Santa

  • The Highlands

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit The Highlands, and kids are invited to make craft projects, enjoy snacks and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Reservations are recommended, and each child must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own camera.

highlandshistorical.org

$8

Master Gardeners Holiday Greens Workshop
Dec
4
1:00 pm13:00

Master Gardeners Holiday Greens Workshop

  • East Bradford Township Building

Attendees will learn how to make a gorgeous swag to hang on their door or use in planters and window boxes using fresh, locally sourced greens and plant materials complete with ribbon and holiday-themed ornaments. All materials will be provided, and other garden-themed items will be available for purchase. Advanced registration is required.

Facebook: Chester County Master Gardeners

$10

Sensory Friendly Sunday at The Franklin Institute
Dec
4
8:00 am08:00

Sensory Friendly Sunday at The Franklin Institute

  • The Franklin Institute

Families, adults and groups with members on the autism spectrum as well as other differing needs are invited to explore the museum in their own way and at their own pace. This Sunday’s activity: Diggin’ Dinos.

fi.edu

Adults $12.50; children $9.50; ACCESS cardholders $2 per person, up to four people per group

Holiday Greens Sale and Open House
Dec
3
1:00 pm13:00

Holiday Greens Sale and Open House

  • Francis Cope House

Enjoy free light refreshments, holiday music, kids’ crafts and more while shopping for holiday greens and gifts. Proceeds support Awbury Arboretum’s mission to preserve the historic house and landscape and provide the community with free access to nature and history.

awbury.org

Pay as you go

Empty Bowls at Perkins Center
Dec
3
12:00 pm12:00

Empty Bowls at Perkins Center

  • Perkins Center for the Arts

The sixth annual Feed the Body/Feed the Soul Empty Bowls fundraiser helps fight hunger in the community. In exchange for the meal and handmade bowl, guests contribute a minimum donation of $15. All proceeds will be divided equally between the Food Bank of South New Jersey and the Perkins Center Scholarship Fund.

perkinsarts.org

$15

Visioning and Creating a Moral Economy Conference
Dec
1
Dec 4

Visioning and Creating a Moral Economy Conference

  • Pendle Hill

Join thought leaders, intellectuals, on-the-ground activists and others working to build a sustainable economy. This conference will include plenary sessions with speakers, open forum discussions, workshops and group sessions. 

pendlehill.org

Check-in starts at 4 p.m. Thursday
Sliding scale, $300–$600

Black Friday Celebration
Nov
25
10:00 am10:00

Black Friday Celebration

  • Bucktoe Creek Preserve

Skip shopping this Black Friday and join The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County for an outdoor hike. Bring your friends and family to make craft ornaments from natural items you find along the hike. 

tlcforscc.org

Members $5; nonmembers $10

Wild Wizarding Weekend
Nov
25
Nov 27

Wild Wizarding Weekend

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Explore the Academy of Natural Science with a weekend of spellbinding, hands-on activities. Wear a costume and get a $2 discount at the door or through the website.  

ansp.org

$13.95 and up
 

Is the Constitution Judeo-Christian?
Nov
21
12:00 pm12:00

Is the Constitution Judeo-Christian?

  • National Constitution Center

Professors Menachem Lorberbaum of Tel Aviv University, Mark Silk of Trinity College and Suzanne Last Stone of Cardozo School of Law discuss the development and context of the Constitution to explore its relationship to the Jewish and Christian traditions. 

constitutioncenter.org

Free

Sustainable Tree Pruning Workshop
Nov
20
2:00 pm14:00

Sustainable Tree Pruning Workshop

  • Cherry Hill Library

Paul Schmelzer, arborist with Bartlett Tree Experts, will discuss and demonstrate sustainable practices for young trees including pruning, tools, mulching and soil care. Learn to identify and correct problems and develop a long-lasting, healthy tree.  

sustainablecherryhill.org

Free

Kitchen Science: Cookie Lab
Nov
19
11:30 am11:30

Kitchen Science: Cookie Lab

  • The Franklin Institute

Baking is a science, and every step is crucial—especially when making the classic chocolate chip cookie. Come and learn how one little recipe adjustment can make a big difference to the quality of a cookie.  

fi.edu

Free with general admission

Thanksgiving Farmstand at Greensgrow Farms
Nov
19
10:00 am10:00

Thanksgiving Farmstand at Greensgrow Farms

  • Greensgrow Farms

Gorgeous harvest season produce for your favorite Thanksgiving recipes at both of Greensgrow’s locations. If you would like to preorder from Greensgrow’s Thanksgiving menu, shop online here to pick up on Nov. 22. The deadline to preorder for Thanksgiving is Nov. 11.

greensgrow.org

Pay as you go 
Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St. 
Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Ave.

Philadelphia Marathon
Nov
18
Nov 20

Philadelphia Marathon

  • 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, Pa.

This 26.2 mile race covers areas from Old City to Fairmount Park near the Schuylkill River and is attended by 30,000 runners and thousands of spectators. Half marathons and a “fun run” for kids are also available.  

philadelphiamarathon.com 

Schedule varies by day. $15 to $280