KID-FRIENDLY FEBRUARY EVENTS
Valley Forge & Montgomery County
February may feel like the dead of winter, but Valley Forge and Montgomery County are alive with family-friendly events. Check out our list of things to do with the kids this month in Montco:
Norristown Farm Park
Although central Pennsylvania has the most high-profile mammal on February 2, he doesn't have to overshadow the entire holiday. Celebrate locally with this informative and entertaining session (join in the groundhog games) at Norristown Farm Park.
CHILD'S PLAY: SCHERENSCHNITTE
Peter Wentz Farmstead
Scherenschnitte is an intricate German folk art that results in stunning decorations, putting those simple snowflakes made in kindergarten to shame. The February 3 session at Peter Wentz Farmstead includes some of the history and all of the technique.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Elmwood Park Zoo
Okay, monkeys! It's time to launch a new year. Elmwood Park Zoo's party on February 6 (noon to 1:30 p.m.) is a swinging good time in Canopy Gardens Hall, complete with crafts, live animal greetings and plenty of selfies to share while wearing a Dragon Mask.
VALENTINE'S WORKSHOP FOR KIDS
The Victorian influence on Valentine's Day is still felt to this day; it's the source of all those flowery frills and lacy streamers. On February 6 at Pennypacker Mills, kids get to try their hands at creating intricate cards and decorations.
ANIMAL TRACKS AND SIGNS
Green Lane Park
Those footprints in the snow on the lawn: Are they from the neighbor's cat on the prowl? Or something even wilder? Get on the right track on February 13 at Green Lane Park, in an indoor-outdoor program that will have attendees on the prowl.
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Tune up your best rendition of "Happy Birthday, General Washington" and your most enthusiastic "huzzah!" It's Valley Forge's infamous leader turning 284. The February 15 party at Valley Forge National Historical Park includes cake, crafts, games, dress-up and a chance to Join the Continental Army, a hands-on way to mark the centennial celebration of the foundation of the National Park Service. The day's programming runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
The fur will fly at this all-encompassing pet show, where retailers, rescue groups, performance dogs and animals ranging from reptiles to parrots are available for meet-and-greets. Among the stars taking center stage are Gail Mirabella and The Dynamo Dogs, who were befriended by our blogger back in 2014.
The North American variety of witch-hazel is more commonly called winter-bloom, owing to its seasonal buds in the January to March timeframe. Discover the fragrance and beauty of more than 70 varieties at Morris Arboretum on February 20 (1-3 p.m.). Children can create a witch-hazel related craft in the Upper Gallery of the Visitor Center.