Apr 14, 2011
Weekend Planner: Parkway Festivals
This Saturday, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will bustle with books and sizzle with science experiments during free festivals.
At a street fair finale for the week-long Philadelphia Book Festival, reading moves from printed pages to real life. Kids can go on a picnic with storybook characters Corduroy and the Berenstain Bears, make their own paintings based on the tale of Madeline and meet award-winning author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, responsible for famous titles such as Jumanji and The Polar Express. Other highlights: wacky music from the accordion ensemble Philly Squeeze, a Storybook Parade and “Teen Zone” workshops where middle and high schoolers can make original magazines or comics.
At Logan Circle, the Philadelphia Science Festival’s Science Carnival entertains left-brained folk. Drive a robot, make ice cream in 10 minutes, discover the chemical composition of Jell-O, play a Periodic Table version of the game “Twister” and participate in other hands-on science lessons. Even the most advanced fields are adapted for all ages. Kids can see their own cells in a microbiology demonstration, stitch up a stuffed animal to learn about veterinary medicine and voice their opinion on whether it’s right to clone animals from the Ice Age at a bioethics booth.
Celebrated nationwide on April 22, Earth Day arrives early to the Delaware Valley this weekend, starting with the Saturday morning 5K Run for Clean Air & Earth Day Celebration. At the Philadelphia Art Museum finish line, stop by Stonyfield Organic's Family Love Fest. There's a play space for crawling babies, and you can get tips on organic living, make a family photo book and sample Stonyfield's yogurts and recipes.
Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.