It’s a new year and there’s always something fun to do and learn at Parks & Rec sites. Our dedicated staff and partners host dozens of events and programs at locations across the city each month. This month we’re highlighting: 

  • Free public ice skating. 
  • Free skating lessons. 
  • A game night and campfire. 
  • A screen print workshop. 
  • Dance and theater performances. 

Check out these activities and others below.


Free Public Skating  

Admission for public skating is FREE at all five ice rinks. You are encouraged to bring your own skates. You can rent ice skates for $3-4 (price varies by rink). Staff will sanitize rental skates after use.  

Ice Skating Lessons 

Simons Recreation Center – 7200 Woolston Avenue, 19138
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 

Come learn how to skate. Lessons are open to the public and free.  

Read more details about Parks & Rec’s free skating lessons, hockey camps, and public skate time.  


Full Moon Hike 

January 6, 2023
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Pennypack Environmental Education Center – 8600A Verree Road, 19115 

Join us for an evening hike during the full moon. Enjoy the peaceful sounds of a winter forest. See the silhouettes against the moonlit sky, and the crisp air of the season. Learn more about it. 

Reverb Dance Collective presents “The Beast Within.” 

January 7, 2023
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center –  1 Rector Street, 19127 

Reverb Dance Collective presents its first annual Resonance Showcase. The theme of the show is “The Beast Within.” It shines a spotlight on our most primal selves. The story of how our deepest, darkest beasts turn from inner demons to the forces that fuel our ambition. “The Beast Within” is a celebration of the human experience told through a passion we all share: dance. Buy tickets now.  

In Color Birding Club Bird Outing 

January 7, 2023
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Discovery Center –  3401 Reservoir Drive, 19121 

Join In Color Birding Club for their first outing of 2023. The birding club and Audubon are hosting a bird outing to see some waterfowl and welcome each other into the New Year. Come enjoy some hot cocoa and snacks. Afterwards enjoy a sit near the docks or a light stroll on the trail. View more details on In Color Birding’s Facebook page.  

FDR Park Member Game Night and Campfire

January 14, 2023
3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
FDR Park –1500 Pattison Avenue, 19145 

Crack open your new board game gifts at FDR’s Member Game Night. As a thank you to its members and to welcome new ones, Friends of FDR Park is hosting a Game Night.  A few board games for kids and adults will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own board games. There will also be campfires outside, hot drinks, s’mores, and a crafts station. Join Friends of FDR Park to register.  

Patriots, Torries, Taverns and a Gold Mine 

January 14, 2023
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Valley Green InnValley Green Road, 19128 

Join Stan Kozakowski and Jim McClory for a 3-mile hike in Wissahickon park. Sites along the trail include a failed gold mine, historic mills, the Fingerspan Bridge and more. Register now.  

Screen printing workshop 

January 14, 2023
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Glen Foerd – 5001 Grant Avenue, 19114 

Join Tacony Community Lab Art Center for a screen printing workshop. Participants will select will select a design based on images in Philadelphia. Then, attendees can print on a choice of paper, tote bags or t-shirts. Register on Evitebrite.  

EgoPo’s “The Ways of White Folks” 

Show times vary
January 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22
Glen Foerd – 5001 Grant Avenue, 19114 

This world-premiere theatrical staging of Langston Hughes’ 1934 American classic presents powerful portraits of race relations in America. Told with unparalleled candor, each short story offers a private view into the absurd and tragic interactions between White and Black people across systemic divides. Buy tickets now.  

Nature Moves

January 18, 2023
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wissahickon Environmental Center – 300 W. Northwestern Avenue, 19118 

What are the mathematical principles behind how living things move? Why do they move the way they move? Are there patterns in their movement as individuals or in a group? Sign up at Eventbrite. 

Winter Weeds and Tin Art 

January 28, 2020
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Pennypack Environmental Education Center – 8600A Verree Road, 19115 

Come create with the beauty of winter plants. Register at Eventbrite.