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High Five! Philly and Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events, February 17 and 18

Looking for weekend plans? Check out our picks.

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Philadelphia Events

All Weekend

Presidents Day

Check out our roundup of Presidents Day events around town, from Saturday through Monday!

Carnivore Capades

February 17 — 19

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Explore the ways that meat-eaters are special while you meet live animals and touch real specimens. There will be live shows, crafts, discussions with animal experts, hands-on discovery, and of course an opportunity to check out the new Crocs exhibit.

Hippo Awareness Weekend

February 17 — 19

Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, New Jersey

 

It’s all things hippopotamus at Adventure Aquarium this weekend, as they celebrate their fourth annual hippo conservation festival. There will be a special meal, a photo booth, and the opportunity to learn about hippos and watch them up close, including hippo feedings and workout trainings. Kids can do hippo crafts and play games like Hungry Hippos, Watering Hole, and hippo-themed mini golf; or they can spin the prize wheel for the chance to can win a unique hippo prize. There will also be special hippo T-shirts, paintings, and other items for the occasion. All donations made will help save hippos in the wild and benefit the Turgwe Hippo Trust, a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe.

‘Marvel Universe Live!’

February 17 — 19

Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Watch your favorite Marvel superheroes and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena experience. You’ll feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more.

Saturday

‘Nonna Makes a Salad’ Book Launch at Joan Shepp

February 17, noon — 4 pm

1811 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Come for the debut of this super stylish and imaginative book created by local author Hunter Fike, local artist Denise Fike, and Philly Current publisher Eddie Keels. The party will feature readings, a fun family photo booth, light bites, and live one-of-a-kind fashion illustrations by Denise Fike. Best of all you can pick up a signed copy of the new book to take home and enjoy over and over!

Read + Make: ‘Ada Twist, Scientist”

February 17, 10:30 am — noon

Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Read + Make Workshops feature a reading of a creative tale and a project which solves a design challenge related to the reading. After reading Ada Twist, Scientist, you and your kids will do some experiments of your own to figure out what makes buildings and bridges stand up. Best for kid ages 5-8. Pre-registration is required.

Black History Month Celebration Saturday @ AAMP

February 17, noon — 3 pm

African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate Black History Month with a historical reenactment by Noah Lewis at noon, followed by an art workshop. These interactive art workshops are meant for kids age 5 and up.

Lunar New Year

February 17, 11 am — 3 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and learn about the heritages of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese cultures. There will be lots of crafts for kids to do like creating dragon puppets, lanterns, and a Year of the Dog drum. Throughout the day there will also be storytimes on the Schooner Diligence. Best of all, in honor of the Year of the Dog, PAWS (Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society) will be there with adoptable dogs.

Chinese New Year

February 17, 10 am — 2 pm

Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia

 

Reading Terminal Market’s celebration features cultural performances, including a traditional Lion Dance around the market by the Philadelphia Suns. There will also be cooking demonstrations in City Kitchen, children’s art activities, and Chinatown vendors.

Lunar New Year Family Festival

February 17, 10 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

Practice ancient Chinese calligraphy, make a New Year’s wish, and dance with a lion at this joyful family festival.

‘As Fast As Words Could Fly’ Reading at Strawberry Mansion

February 17, 1 — 3 pm

2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia

 

Visit Historic Strawberry Mansion to hear a special reading of As Fast As Words Could Fly by author Pamela Tuck. Guests will receive a copy of the book and can have it signed after the reading. Stick around after the reading for a free guided tour of Historic Strawberry Mansion.

Nature Exploration

February 17, 10:30 — 11:30 am

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

 

Gather in the Discovery Center for storytime and then hit the trails for naturalist-led exploration and discovery with your little ones.

Puppet Making Workshop at Arden Theatre

February 17, 2 — 5 pm

Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Learn the basics of theatrical design process.  Your kid will be guided through the process of “page to stage” as they take an idea and then bring it to life in this crafty class.  At the end of the workshop, students will leave with their very own puppet! For school-age kids. Pre-register in advance.

Storytime at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

February 17, 10:30 am

551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia

 

As part of “One Book, One Philadelphia,” children ages 0-6 are invited to join a read aloud of Jacqueline Woodson’s This Is the Rope and Show Way.

Bat Demo Day

February 17, noon — 3 pm

Phield House, 814 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia

 

Phield House has partnered with The Run Around, a local sporting goods store, to offer at a discount bats that meet the new standards set this year by USA Baseball (and adopted by all Little League programs). Come to Phield House to try out the new bats and get yours before the season starts.

Sunday

Lion Dance Parade in Chinatown

February 18, 11 am

10th and Spring streets, Philadelphia

 

Chinatown’s New Year parade features the Philadelphia Suns’ Lion Dance with lots of drums, firecrackers, and colorful excitement. Note: this parade might be difficult for small kids or those with sensory issues because there is a lot of smoke and loud noise from the firecrackers.

I Heart Modern Art

February 18 and 25, 11 am—3 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia

 

Play with color, shape, and line and make a modern Valentine. There will be family friendly tours of the museum in the morning, and the Family Art Cart will be out in the afternoon so you can drop by to play games, sketch, and make art together.

Breakfast with George Washington

February 18, 10 am and 11 am

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia

 

Celebrate George Washington’s birthday in Liberty Hall with a meet-and-greet with a Washington historical interpreter, as well as a delicious breakfast buffet and a cup of Thomas Jefferson’s drinking chocolate.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

February 18, 2 — 4 pm

118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Bead it! Using beads, glue and your imagination, bedazzle everyday objects like the artist Liza Lou in the “Beyond Boundaries” exhibition.

Main Line and Suburban Events

Saturday

Chinese New Year Parade

February 17, noon — 1 pm

Margaret Kuo’s, 6 W. State St., Media

 

The Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy will be there performing the Lion Dance, and leading the parade down State Street.

Chinese New Year

February 17, noon — 1 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

This event takes place in the zoo’s Canopy Gardens, and includes crafts, live animal greetings featuring “animals of the zodiac”, and educational program, and the chance to try on a dragon mask!

Valentine’s Day Kid’s Night Out

February 17, 5:30 — 9:30 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Your kids (ages 4-10) will play games, make crafts, explore the zoo at night, and see some special animals up close, while you enjoy a night out. Note: the zoo will provide a snack, but you need to pack dinner.

‘Pink Panther’ Cartoons

February 17, 11 am

Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

 

The cartoon panther with the unforgettable theme song finds himself in the zaniest of situations in this medley of animated shorts including the Academy Award-winning “Pink Phink.”

Sunday

George Washington’s Birthday at Washington Crossing

1112 River Road, Washington Crossing

February 18, 10 am — 2 pm

 

Celebrate with $1 admission and children’s activities throughout the park and visitor center. Children are encouraged to bring homemade birthday cards to present to George Washington. At 1 pm, visitors will sing “Happy Birthday” to Washington and enjoy cake that he will cut…with his sword!

Main Line Chinese Culture Center’s Chinese New Year Free Community Gala

February 18, 1 — 5 pm

Great Valley High School, 225 Phoenixville Pike, Malvern

 

This free celebration starts with a show featuring Chinese folk dance, traditional Chinese music and poetry, and martial arts. Following the performance is a fair with games, crafts, food,  and more.

 

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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