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“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER” is a must-read for parents who want to foster a year-round love for the outdoors.

Linda Akeson McGurk doesn’t allow snow or the frigid cold stop her from venturing outdoors alone or with her children.

“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids” is McGurk’s lighthearted memoir. But read between the lines and you’ll find her beliefs and observations go a long way in opening our eyes to the cultural parenting differences she found while living in rural Indiana.

On the coldest days, McGurk, a Swedish-born, outdoor-centric Indiana transplant, quickly learned her parenting philosophy wasn’t embraced by many American moms or educators. She soon discovered American children spent days upon days hunkered down indoors watching television or attached to their electronics.

In Sweden, preschool-age children play outdoors year-round. Their parents cultivate a love for nature from birth and in fact, nature is regarded as essential to a healthy, happy childhood. Scandinavian moms add appropriate layers of clothing and set out on foot with their children in tow.

Is it possible “THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER?” is a prescription for a more fulfilling life? Consider the alarming rise in ADHD and other psychological disorders that could be prevented or treated with more time outdoors.

McGurk’s mission is to open our eyes to a lifestyle that has taken a backseat to all that keeps us indoors. It’s time we put down our smartphones, walk away from our computers, and rediscover the simple pleasures. I’m going outdoors now.

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Learn more about McGurk at rainorshinemamma.com or simonandschuster.com


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Winter in Philly

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Philadelphia New Year's Eve plans fireworks throughout the city.



Celebrate the coldest months Philly-style

The merriment will warm you!

2018 Philly New Year's Eve Fireworks
Fireworks Galore are planned at Philadelphia venues. Photo courtesy of visitphilly.com. 

Despite a cold snap, The City of Brotherly Love thrives year-round. Winter is no exception.

Some of the winter holiday highlights you won’t want to miss are an abundance of lights, embellished trees, parades, fireworks, top-notch entertainment and lots of LOVE to go around. 

Philly offers its residents and visitors everything from a festive New Year’s Eve countdown and spectacular fireworks gala and two shows at 6 p.m. and midnight at SugarHouse Casino on the Waterfront to the renowned Mummers Parade. The New Year’s Day procession runs along Broad Street featuring everything from feathers and sequins to music and merriment from City Hall to Washington Avenue. Catch the Fancy Brigade Finale indoors as clubs perform fantastical routines at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  

For a complete list of the Best Places in Philly to celebrate New Year’s Eve, click here. 

Overnight Guests Can See All Philly Offers


Philly Overnight Hotel Package offers overnight guests free parking and more perks. You can book your lodging at visitphilly.com.

New Year Celebrations:

  • Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party Franklin Square, home of the Electrical Spectacle, hosts a family-friendly 6 p.m. celebration—with a “Square Drop” and a view of the first fireworks show (see below). 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, org
  • SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront – This annual pyrotechnics extravaganza blasts beautifully over the Delaware River in two shows—one at 6 p.m. and another at midnight. The RiverRink gets in on the action with entertainment, favors, outdoor seating and great views. December 31. Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, (215) 925-7465, com
  • January 1. com. Tickets for bleacher seating at City Hall and for the Fancy Brigades available at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets, (215) 965-7676, phlvisitorcenter.com

Holiday Traditions:

  • Philadelphia City Hall – Dilworth Park’s fountains give way to the twinkling Rothman Institute Ice Rink, the cozy Rothman Institute Cabin, magical America’s Garden Capital Maze, the local artisan-filled Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market, the city’s official tree and a carousel in the Courtyard. New this year: the Deck the Hall Light Show, a nightly KLIP Collective creation for Dilworth Park and Craft House, a tented beer garden specializing in smoked meats and artisan baked goods. Ice Rink and Garden: November 10-February 25, Market: November 18-January 1, 2018, light show: November 20-January 1. 
  • Christmas Light Show – The Grand Court of the historic Wanamaker department store—now Macy’s—offers a free show of dancing lights, set to the famed Wanamaker Organ. Performances every two hours during store hours. November 24-December 31. 1300 Market Street. (215) 241-9000, com
  • The Comcast Holiday Spectacular – The Comcast lobby’s super high-res LED display combines the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a magical sleigh ride over the city—with a bird’s-eye view of the new Comcast Technology Center—and a sing-along in 15 minutes of fun. Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays), November 23-January 1. 17th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, com
Philadelphia Ice Skating Rink
Indoors/Outdoors – Experience everything Philly offers year-round. Photo courtesy of visitphilly.com. 

Plenty of Outdoor Fun:

  • Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show – Amid 50,000 lights, park-goers visit Santa, ride a carousel and miniature train, play mini golf, snack, and, if so desired, have a local beer or two. November 9-December 31. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, org
  • A Longwood Christmas – Thousands of poinsettias, Christmas trees and flowers transform a heated four-acre Conservatory; 500,000 lights glitter in trees; and spectacularly restored fountains and fire pit flames dance to winter music, including live carols. November 23-January 7. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, org
  • Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest – Winter wonderland along the Delaware River features fire pits, a game room, a chalet-style lodge, confectionary cabin, 12 nights of Christmas movies and Saturday Skates with Santa in December—all centered around a regulation skating rink with a view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. November 24-March 4.
    Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, (215) 925-7465, com

 Ring in the New Year in classic Philadelphia style. Read more and discover additional events planned: http://www.visitphilly.com/holidays-in-philadelphia/new-years-in-philadelphia/?utm_source=VisitPhillyEmail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VPE_NewYears2017

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