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High Five! Philly and Main Line Family-Friendly Weekend Events, February 24 and 25

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Pop Up Holiday: Olympics and Family Performance Orchestra 2001

February 24-25

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

 

All weekend, there will be an Olympics themed pop-up play corner in Hamilton Hall with dress-up, props, and dramatic play, and each day will end with an Olympics-inspired “closing ceremony” filled with music and movement by the giant torch.

 

On Saturday, you can also explore how wind and string instruments produce their sounds with musicians from Orchestra 2001 who will demonstrate high and low sounds, and how special effects can express different moods.

Citizen Science Lab

February 24 and 25, 11 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm

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

 

The museum will host hands-on, interactive experiences centered around water, with a focus on the Delaware River’s biology, ecology and chemistry, plus language arts, history and basic engineering.

Camp-in at the Franklin Institute 

February 24, 6:15 pm — February 25, 9:30 am

The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 6-13 (and their chaperones) can spend an overnight at the museum with live science shows, hands-on workshops, IMAX and Planetarium shows, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore the entire museum. Sleep somewhere unique like near the Giant Heart or in the train room, then wake up for breakfast at the museum.

Saturday

Celebration of African Cultures

February 24, 11 am — 4 pm

Penn Museum, 3600 South St., Philadelphia

 

Local storytellers and artists will lead guests in an interactive exploration of traditions from across the African continent, set among the museum’s collection of textiles, sculpture, and masks in the Africa Gallery, and among statuary and tomb materials from 5,000 years of Egyptian culture in the Egyptian galleries. There will also be crafts activities for kids like creating African inspired masks and jewelry, modern African dance, traditional African music, an African marketplace with food and other items, games, puppetry, African Animal Yoga, and so much more!

Living History: Meet Harriet Tubman

February 24, 1 — 1:45 pm

Congress Hall, 5th and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia

 

Learn about the amazing life of Harriet Tubman in this inspiring performance by Millicent Sparks. Hear about Tubman’s story of enslavement, her work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and her espionage activities during the Civil War.

Maple Sugar Day

February 24, 11 am — 3 pm

Wissahickon Environmental Center, 300 W. Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia

 

Wissahickon Environmental Center hosts its annual Maple Sugar Day with ongoing maple sugaring demonstrations, pancakes with real maple syrup, a taste test of different pancake toppings, and freshly made maple candy to taste.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

February 24, 10 am — 4 pm

The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia

 

As part of National Engineers Week, the Franklin Institute joins the initiative to engage girls in all aspects of engineering and inspire them to consider careers in engineering and design with a day full of hands-on activities featuring multiple areas of engineering. Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet local female engineers.

Black History Month Celebration Finale

February 24, 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 a performance by Roger Lee Dance Company.

Winter Fare PHL

February 24, 10 am — 2 pm

Building BOK, 850 Dudley St., Philadelphia

 

Shop for local food, sip coffee, and meet the people behind local businesses and artisan products at this pop-up market.

Storytime at the Lodge at Winterfest

February 24, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

 

Come to the cozy Lodge at Penn’s Landing for musical storytelling and sing along with instruments!

‘The Song of Silence’

February 24, 1 and 7 pm

Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St., Philadelphia

 

This year’s Winter Sort of Thing original musical from Yes, and…Collaborative Arts is about a town without music. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and under and seniors; it’s $2 more at the door. Same-day rush tickets are $5 with a high school or college ID, if available.

‘Hidden Figures’

February 24, 1:30 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Lovett Memorial Branch, 6945 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

 

The library will be screening the film Hidden Figures, the incredible story of the brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch of John Glenn into orbit. The screening is intended for children ages 7 and older. Light refreshments will be provided.

Follow Along the Great Migration

February 24, 2 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Northeast Regional Branch, 2228 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia

 

Learn about the Great Migration through an interactive program in which participants move through different spaces in the library, each representing a city and each offering a unique activity and facts about different points in history.

‘Akeelah and the Bee’

February 24, 2 pm

Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust St. (lower level), Philadelphia

 

Watch the family-friendly and uplifting film Akeelah and the Bee, about a little girl’s journey to the National Spelling Bee.

Scientist Saturday

February 24, 1 — 4 pm

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

 

Discover current research and meet real scientists, who are happy to converse with you about their current research. See hands-on demonstrations of scientists’ exciting research, like examining rock scrapings and playing a matching game where you will learn how to compare specimens to published literature.

Seafarin’ Saturday

February 24, 11 am — 1 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia

 

Learn about the experience of early explorers in North America.

Bookworms: ‘Something from Nothing’

February 24, 10 — 10:45 am

Arden Theatre Company’s Drama School, Hamilton Family Arts Center, 62 N. Second St., Philadelphia

 

Kids ages 2-4 and their caregivers will hear the book Something from Nothing, then use theater games, music, and creative movement to bring the story to life.

Sunday

Mummers Mardi Gras Parade in Manayunk

February 25, 1—7 pm (Parade from 1—3 pm)

Main Street, Manayunk

 

Get up close and personal with the Philadelphia Mummers String Bands as they parade down Main Street. After the parade, enjoy a full day of family-friendly activities such as photo opportunities, giveaways, and more. You can even meet the Mummers after the parade at their restaurant “clubhouses” for the day.

I Heart Modern Art

February 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.

Sundays on Stage: Two of a Kind

February 25, 2 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia

 

The award-winning musical duo Two of a Kind presents an interactive family concert featuring songs about reading, books, and the library, with lots of singing, movement, and puppets.

Early Childhood Megillah Experience and Purim Carnival

February 25, 10 am — noon

Beth Zion-Beth Israel, 300 S. 18th St., Philadelphia

 

The preschool-age party starts with a lively reading of the story of Purim—guests are encouraged to bring a noisy, boxed non-perishable food item to use as a grogger during the Megillah reading (and to donate to a local food bank). After the reading, the Purim Carnival will feature games, food, moon bounce, face painting, raffles, and more. And, of course, everyone is encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume!

Family Hamantash Bake Off

February 25, 1:30 — 2:45 pm

7334 Rural Lane, Philadelphia

 

Make your own dough, choose fillings, shape and bake your very own hamantashen at this family-friendly pre-Purim baking party by Chabad of Northwest Philadelphia.

PAFA Family Arts Academy

February 25, 2—4 pm

PAFA, 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia

 

Learn how artists create installations. Build your miniature family installation with found objects, lights and more.

Main Line and Suburban Events

Saturday

Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration

February 24, 8 am — 1 pm

Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media

 

Walk through maple sugaring stations to explore how sap is turned into syrup. Then have an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast, with all proceeds benefiting Tyler Arboretum.

Elmwood Park Zoo Workout at Penn Wynne Library

February 24, 11 am — noon

130 Overbrook Pkwy, Wynnewood

 

In this get up and go program, kids age 4 and up, along with their families, will exercise while learning about animal movement.

Instrument Petting Zoo

February 24, 11:30 am — 12:30 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

Come meet eight classically trained musicians who will explain how their instruments work, make their own unique sounds, and contribute to the orchestra. The Petting Zoo will conclude with a performance so everyone can hear how all of the instruments sound together.

Celebration of Black History

February 24, 10 am — 3:30 pm

Upper Merion Township Library, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia

 

Celebrate Black History Month with a day of live music, step dance demo, soul food samples, a historical interpreter, and more. There will be special activities and crafts for kids as well as vendors selling jewelry, clothing, and hand crafted items.

Enrichment Workshop

February 24, 1 pm

Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Join Elmwood Park Zoo General Curator Marina Haynes for a fun and educational program where you will create enrichment items enjoyed by the zoo’s animals. You’ll learn about the importance of enrichment programs and how they help engage and exercise an animal’s natural behavior.

Sunday

‘The Princess and the Pea’

February 25, noon

Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media

 

This Sunday is your last chance to catch this cute new musical based on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale.

Rock and Roll Playhouse: Phish for Kids

February 25, 11:30 am

Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore

 

Using the songs from the most iconic musicians in rock history, the Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience (typically kids ages 3-8 years old) games, movement, stories, and of course an opportunity to rock! This Sunday, it’s the music of Phish, featuring Uncle Ebenezer.

Purim Carnival

February 25, 11 am – 3 pm

Kaiserman JCC, 45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood

 

Celebrate Purim with a costume parade, music, inflatables, crafts, games, storytelling, face painting, and of course hamantaschen. A sensory friendly room with activities and games will also be open all day.

Kidpower People Safety Workshop

February 25, 2 – 3 pm

Haverford Township Free Library, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown

 

This free workshop provides an introduction to People Safety Skills for children ages 5-10 with their adult through storytelling and interactive role-plays. The one-hour training teaches everyday safety skills (not physical self-defense skills) such as how to handle unkind words, stop unwanted touch, set boundaries, and more.

‘Play it Safe’ Kids’ Self-Defense Workshop 

February 25, 2 — 4 pm

Main Line United Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 52 Greenfield Ave., Ardmore

 

Play It Safe teaches students to respond appropriately to challenges like bullies, friendship drama, conflict resolution, appropriate touch, stranger awareness and abduction defense. This two-hour empowering class teaches children to be aware of their surroundings, project confidence, set boundaries, use their voices and trust their intuition. This is reinforced with hands-on, repetitive training. Students will role-play with a mock “stranger” and a mock “bully” while being coached by an instructor. Recommended ages 6-11 years. Pre-registration is required.

 

PHILADELPHIA ASSISTANT EDITOR

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