A Pennsylvania Ballet holiday tradition for more than four decades, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker blends the sweet descant of the Philadelphia Boys Choir into the bounding melodies of Tchaikovsky’s ballet suite. An enduring holiday fantasy, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker captivates the eye and ear with toy soldiers who leap and lunge in battle with the giant Mouse King, sparkling snowflakes who twirl across the stage en pointe, and a medley of dancing confections in the Land of the Sweets. Unlike flipbook fairy tales found in wholesale crackerjack boxes, the ballet has outfitted their production with vivid costumes, complex choreography, and a talented cast to create a colorful rendition of the seasonal story.
During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place award of $200. Not only will participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned children's book detective, they'll need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning will ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees go toward the prize pool. The website offers a regular FAQ, as well as a Groupon FAQ detailing the intricacies of the race, what to wear the day of, why it's not okay to bring a boa constrictor, and more.
Not only does Moon Bounce Philadelphia deck out parties with more than 20 rainbow-colored inflatables, it also delivers peace of mind. Each of its bounce houses, water slides, obstacle courses, and combo units is registered with the state through the Department of Agriculture and cleaned before anyone sets foot on it. Large or toddler-size bounce houses meet the antigravity needs of a traditional birthday celebration, whereas specialty inflatables such as the pirate-ship combo unit—complete with a faux crow's nest—complement themed parties and train Navy recruits.
Interactive inflatables such as the basketball-shot model sharpen the aim of sports buffs, and a wet-dry slide safely catches fast-moving riders with a bumper wall. The 40-foot Ninja Jump obstacle course, meanwhile, challenges kids and adults to maneuver around horizontal and vertical pop-ups, through tunnels, and over rock walls to reach the end.