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The winter blues are a real thing and super easy to catch. That’s why Kathy Romano created this list of ways to stay busy and, most importantly, stay safe. Introducing the Avoiding the Winter Blues Activity List full of local businesses hosting experiences designed to keep you smiling while we wait for Spring. Presented by ACME Markets

Feb 13th – Founder’s Freeze Out

Manayunk.com teamed up with Founders Brewing Company to turn Manayunk into a winter wonderland. Mask up and stroll Main Street to catch live ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures, Founders specials in restaurants and bars, giveaways, and more! This event is from 11am- 4pm and is family-friendly.  there will be a live ice carving at Main & Rector Streets (12:30pm) and at Union Tap House on Umbria Street (3:30pm). Listen to live music at Canal View Park from 11:30a-1:30p and again from 2p-4p. Link

*photo from previous event

Feb 13th – Ice Art & Warm Hearts

Enjoy beautiful ice sculptures and a live ice carving from 2-6pm as you walk through Suburban Square in Ardmore.  Elsa, Ana and Olaf will be there along with musical performances for both adults and kids. Link 

Multiple Dates – Bonsai and Beer Events

Slip Pot Bonsai is having an in-person event on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14th). “Couples Bonsai” will take place at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.  Attendees get a healthy two-year-old, dwarf jade, bonsai tree and ceramic pot as well and a draft beer to sip on while learning to style and care for your bonsai tree. Other in person events include Rec Room by Conshohocken Brewing Co in Phoenixville, PA (Feb 18th) and Moss Mill Brewing Co in Lower Southampton, PA (Feb 28th) Slip Pot Bonsai also offers a kids virtual workshop with the supplies delivered to your home or office anywhere within 15 miles of Drexel Hill, PA and a one hour Zoom at the scheduled time of your choice!   Link

Feb 12th – 14th – Valentine’s Day at Reading Terminal Market

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Reading Terminal Market in person or virtually.  Shop in store all weekend for sweets, treats, gifts and romantic dinner supplies.  They’re also live streaming Valentine-themed demonstrations via Facebook on Friday Feb 12th from 10:30a-3:30p.  Expect fudge making, sweet pairings, corn dog bouquet, frappe art, table scaping and Valentine’s pudding on the live stream. Full schedule of demonstrations on Reading Terminal Market’s Facebook page. Link

Feb 13th & 14th –  Brunch at Elmwood Park Zoo

Valentine’s Day Brunch at the Elmwood Park Zoo is for your entire loving family. The event will be held in the socially-spaced Canopy Gardens Pavilion and will be followed by an animal meet and greet. Guests who would prefer some quality alone time to enjoy their brunch can send their children (ages 4 and older) to the educational animal workshop. There are three brunch sessions each day: 10:00 AM, 11:15 AM, and 12:30 PM. Tickets must be purchases ahead of time and include admission to the zoo.  Link

Wednesdays – Mommy and Me Classes at  Mercantile at Doylestown

The Mercantile at Doylestown has weekly Mommy and Me classes every Wednesday at 10:00a. In February, they are featuring Cupcake and Cookie decorating. The Cupcake decorating is taught by Sweet Sisters Cupcakes and each class offers a different theme. The Mommy and Me pair will learn to pipe, spread and sprinkle. Each child will decorate and take home two cupcakes and mom/dad will have two of their own to decorate. All class materials are included. There is a 10 pair limit for each class in order to socially distancing and follow all CDC guidelines. Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Link

Anytime –  Girls Day Out at Terrain

I recently visited Terrain for the first time, it’s a perfect activity for you and your bestie. Make reservations at the terrain café in Devon or Glenn Mills and then do a day of shopping or browsing.  The price point on some of the items is high, but the store is mecca for craft and floral inspiration. This glorified greenhouse and shop is an excellent way to add a little sunshine to your day during the cold winter months. They also offer virtual informational workshops.  On February 17th you can get a behind the scenes tour of the Glen Mills nursery with some information on the newest houseplant trends.  On February 25th you can join Terrain’s senior buyer for more details about houseplant trends.  She’ll also be answering questions about incorporating new ideas into your home. A $10 donation is suggested with 100% of the proceeds going to Cloud 9 Community Farms, a Philadelphia based nonprofit dedicated to developing pathways to success for tomorrow’s leaders through urban farming.  Link

Feb 20th – Bluebird Nest Box Workshop

In addition to the weekly Saturday morning bird walks, the Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown is having a Bluebird nest box workshop on Saturday February 20th from 1-2:30p. Kids will learn about the bluebirds and why their nests are built before spring.  Link  

Beginning Feb 22nd – Abington Art Center Classes

Abington Art Center is holding online night and weekend classes.  Classes feature instructors skilled in various mediums, including Oil Pastel, Watercolor and Papermaking.  Classes are for both adults and kids.  Sessions range from 3-6 weeks and begin on February 22nd.  Admission is rolling so you can apply anytime online.  Link 

Feb 26thWooden Wreath Workshop

Sign up for the Wooden Wreath Workshop at Makers off Main in Doylestown.  On February 26th from 6:30p-8:30p you’ll paint, apply vinyl and decorate an 18 inch indoor/outdoor wooden door hanger.  You can choose between 2 designs when you register online and the workshop is BYOB optional!  Link

Want more? Revisit the first installment in this series, ‘Avoiding the Winter Blues’ New Activity List from Kathy Romano.

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