Now that you no longer have Santa brunches and latke lunches to fall back on, you’re pressed to find other ways to pass blustery winter. Cure cabin fever with these family escapes.
Pile the tater tots in the car and motor over to Herr’s Snack Factory Tour (20 Herr Drive, Nottingham; 800-637-6225). You’ll see how the brand’s potato chips are made and sample the goods.
Nice Ice, Baby
Strap on blades of glory (rental’s just $2) and practice figure eights at Rizzo Rink (1001 South Front Street; 215-685-1593). South Philly’s hidden gem offers open ice skating, hockey leagues, and lessons.
At The Wagner Free Institute of Science (1700 West Montgomery Avenue; 215-763-6529), housed in a Victorian building, your little beastie encounters a saber-toothed cat, fossils, and other oddities.
Stop at Comcast Center’s lobby (1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard; 215-496-1810), where a massive screen shows ever-changing content in hi-def (think nature scenes, space footage from NASA, sports games).
It’s all better than just chilling.
Chinese New Year Celebration
What: Ring in the Year of the Tiger with martial arts demonstrations, crafts, and a traditional lion dance.
Why: Chop to it.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South St. (215-898-4890).
Garden Sprouts: Kitchen Gardening
What: Make a plant buddy and learn to grow a teeny garden from leftover seeds and pits (ages 4-5).
Why: Put your roots down.
When: Tues., 1-2 p.m.
Where: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Rd., Media. Register (required) at 610-566-9134 ext. 215.
Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World
What: Author Katharine Beals offers strategies and practical advice for nurturing creative thinkers at home and school.
Why: There’s noggin to it.
When: Tues., 7-8 p.m.
Where: Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut St. (215-898-7595).
Photo: Courtesy of Herr’s