Wee Bits: Free Ice Skating, Chestfeeding, Diggerland Sales, T-Giving Shopping Guide, and Top Night Creams

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This is not a new infographic, but I believe I missed it the first time it was published in the NYT in March. It shows how insanely easy it is to buy a gun in the U.S. — where there are almost no barriers — ¬†compared to, like, every other place. (Except Yemen. Yemen’s gun laws suck as much as ours. But everyone else’s? Way better.)

Ah! It’s officially the time of year we start bombarding you with a million things you guys should be doing this holiday season. (There’s always SO MUCH GOOD STUFF!) First up? The Family Day at Lemon Hill Mansion on Sunday, December 2. Santa will be there, ready for pictures, and Gritty will be there (in the form of a cheese sculpture). There will also be kid-friendly activities … and it’s free admission for kids under $12. ($10 for everyone else.) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Speaking of holiday stuff… the PFS Roxy Theater is doing a family-friendly matinee screening of Elf on December 9. Tickets for kids are discounted to $4; regular tickets will be $9. Check out details here!

Also, OMG, this is the Macy’s Christmas Light Show and holiday window unveiling happens THIS WEEKEND. (Saturday, November 17th.) Santa will be there, and in the kids’ department, you can also find balloon art, face-painting and more. (If you can’t swing holiday spirit quiiiiiite yet, don’t worry: The light show runs through December 31st.)

Er … chestfeeding? (Via Parents.com.)

Oh, what a good roundup: Stories for kids about heroic young refugees. (Via NYT.)

Interesting, and so sad, from NPR — the horror that the opioid crisis has unleashed on people’s lives seems boundless. Childbirth in the age of addiction: New mom worries about maintaining her sobriety.

Helpful T-giving shopping guide from Foobooz.

Hey, y’all! There’s FREE ice skating (including skate rentals!) on the opening day of the River Rink — that’s November 23rd! Details here!

Actually, you could make a day of outings on the Delaware — first, the skating, and then, a trip to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is debuting on November 23rd its cool-sounding River Alive! exhibit, focusing on the “wonders and challenges of the Delaware River watershed.” There are 15 digital and hands-on activity areas designed to immerse kids and grownups in the fascinating parts of the region’s waterways.(Read about it here — it looks way more interesting than how I just described it, I think.)

SALE ALERT! Diggerland is launching its Black Friday sale on November 21 (and will continue to run until the end of Cyber Monday). There will be one more sale for the holidays — 72 hours only — starting December 14th.

One last thing to put on your calendar, and it’s a great one if you’re a little apprehensive about shelling out for the PA Ballet’s Nutcracker, but still want to introduce the patented Nutcracker Magic to your little ones: The Philadelphia Dance Academy’s Philadelphia Youth Ballet does a lovely annual production of the Nutcracker with Dance Academy students, Youth Ballet members, and professional guest artists. Performances are Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16. The show is at the Mandell Theater, and you can get tickets here.

A trashcan outside every home? Philly is evidently trying it. (Via Billy Penn.)

And hey, we’re also getting more trees. (Philly Mag)

WHOA. (WHYY.) Someone make a lifetime (or Netflix?) movie out of this, ASAP.

The best night creams, according to dermatologists, according to the Strategist.