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Baby Loves Disco Valentine's Day Party

Baby Loves Disco is celebrating family love this Valentine's Day featuring chocolate treats, make-your-own valentines cards, mommy-daddy slow-dances, arts and crafts,  dance lessons, contests, unlimited juice boxes, snacks, cash bar for non-driving parents and more! Par­ties will be taking place in New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. Ticket are on sale now!

About Baby Loves Disco

All across the coun­try, Baby Loves Disco is slowly but surely trans­form­ing the hippest night clubs into child proof dis­cos as tod­dlers, pre-schoolers and par­ents look­ing for a break from the rou­tine play­ground cir­cuit let loose for some post nap­time, pre-dinner fun. Baby Loves Disco is an after­noon dance party fea­tur­ing real music spun and mixed by real DJs blend­ing clas­sic disco tunes from the 70s, & 80s guar­an­teed to get those lit­tle booties mov­ing and grooving.

The fun spills out from all cor­ners of the club: bub­ble machines, bas­kets of  scarves and egg-shakers, a chill-out room (with tents, books and puz­zles), dia­per chang­ing sta­tions, a full spread of healthy snacks and danc­ing, LOTS of danc­ing. B




Philadelphia Open House

Philadelphia Hospitality, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to providing visitors with unique and distinctive travel experiences,  is putting out the welcome mat  for two spectacular weekends Friday through Sunday, October 5 through 7  and 12 through 14 by offering a variety of behind-the-scenes and special access tours and tastings focusing on more than a dozen historical and cultural treasures on and around  Broad Street--  from Temple University to the Avenue of the Arts to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. 
More than a dozen special tours include City Hall, Kimmel Center, the Wanamaker Organ, Union League, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and other iconic sites. Tours include meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs, local personalities and city officials. All tours are guided and offer an opportunity to see and experience places familiar and not so familiar with a behind the scenes look!  A full list of tours is available on the Philadelphia Hospitality website, tours include:

Philadelphia’s City Hall: Past, Present and Future

Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m. (City Hall interior tour)
Price: $15.00 (includes refreshments)
Description: Get an insider’s look at the country’s largest and most elaborate seat of municipal government. Completed 30 years after construction began in 1871, City Hall is still the world’s highest masonry load-bearing structure consisting of 88 million bricks and thousands of tons of marble. 
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (City Hall exterior and office of the Deputy Mayor)
The tour will continue across the street to 1515 Arch Street to the office of Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Director of Commerce for a view overlooking City Hall, Dilworth Plaza and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  

Wanamaker Organ

Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: Noon – 2 p.m.
Price: $20.00
Description: The Wanamaker Grand Organ at Macy’s has been thrilling shoppers every business day since 1911.  Built for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the organ has more than 28,000 pipes, which range from ¼ inch to 32 feet long and are located throughout the building – all controlled by the organist using six keyboards and 729 controls at the console above the Grand Court.

Kimmel Center/Academy of Music

Date: Sunday, October 7 & Sunday, October 14
Time: 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: Free
Description: Go behind-the-scenes at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the crown jewel of the Avenue of the Arts. Get a performer’s-eye-view from the stage of the magnificent Verizon Hall; learn about the architectural nuances of this home to the Philadelphia Orchestra and six other resident performing arts companies.  Then, walk a few blocks to the Academy of Music, “the oldest opera house in the U.S. still used for its original purpose,” where you will tour the grand lobby, Stage Door Canteen, Ballroom and Auditorium with its beautifully restored crystal chandelier.  

Septa Transit Museum

Date: Saturday, October 6 and Saturday, October 13 
Time: Museum and store hours are 10-3 p.m.
Price: Free (self-guided tour)
Description: This museum presents the heritage of the Philadelphia area's transit system. Among the many attractions are a 1947 trolley, transit memorabilia, and photographs. 

Wells Fargo Museum and Building

Date: Friday, October 5
Time: 4:00-5:00 Wells Fargo Museum/5:15-6:00 Montgomery & McCracken Law Library
Price: $10 (includes refreshments)
Description: Located in the historic 1928 Beaux-Arts Wells Fargo Building, this interactive museum connects the California Gold rush with the Philadelphia Mint, tying together the history of Wells Fargo and the rich heritage of the eastern United States. 

Union League

Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 11 a.m.- Noon
The Union League, one of the country’s leading private clubs, was founded in 1862 to support Abraham Lincoln and the Union during the Civil War. Explore this historic building and its extensive Civil War collection of books and rare editions, manuscripts and artifact. Note: Dress Code.
Tours are ticketed and vary in price. Some tours are free. For more information including tour description, times and tickets, visit Philadelphia Open House or call 215/790-9901.


Philly Getaway: Great Place to Stay





PHILADELPHIA, PA - - As winter settles in, The Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West, 4010 City Avenue offers an array of  overnight packages from family friendly to romantic that offer an affordable option to getting away without having to go too far.

Budget conscious travelers need to look no further than the recently renovated Crowne Plaza PhiladelphiaWest. Located in a premier location near some of the city and suburb’s best dining and shopping and a short drive from cultural and historical outlets, the hotel provides a reprieve from everyday life and an opportunity to see and taste some of the best things in the region.

Love to get away? Then, the Crown Plaza’s Valentine’s Day package is the perfect way to say I love you! The hotel is offering this spectacular package throughout the month of February! Spend an intimate night in the city with all the right touches, including champagne and strawberries upon arrival, plus a $40 gift certificate to Avenue Grill. Wake up the following morning and unwind, just the two of you, with a freshly prepared complimentary breakfast.

If you are looking to get away with the family, the Play & Stay package offers family fun with lots of extras! Enjoy deluxe accommodations, four general admission tickets to the Please Touch Museum, where since 1976, the Please Touch Museum has been the Children's Museum of Philadelphia. Their mission is to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play. Let your child be your guide through six interactive exhibit zones certain to thrill and teach! Also included in the package is a breakfast buffet in the hotels’ Avenue Grille and use of the hotel’s spectacular indoor pool.