Aug 20, 2014
Weekend Planner: August 22, 2014
Top Picks This Weekend
Have you ever seen a “soda geyser”? Visit the End of Summer Bash on the streets outside Wilmington’s Delaware Children’s Museum Fri. and you’ll see 300 instances of the museum’s signature experiment – as families drop rolls of Mentos candy into 2-liter bottles of diet soda, resulting in 30ft high eruptions. But the fun doesn’t end there! Watch as hot dogs explode from electricity, meet reptiles from the Brandywine Zoo and strut your stuff at the dance party.
The age-old question: vanilla or chocolate? Cast your vote for your favorite ice cream flavor during the Camden Children’s Garden’s Chocolate & Vanilla Festival Sat. & Sun. in Camden, NJ and maybe you’ll finally decide on an answer. Pay homage to the plants these delicious flavors come from with themed crafts & activities, a tropical smell test and an interactive activity where kids become mini-scientists, learning about natural remedies and medicine.
Celebrate Obon, a Japanese summer gathering held to honor the spirits of the dead, at Philly’s Clark Park on Sun. during the FREE Philadelphia Obon Festival. With Japanese-themed activities that include listening to taiko drumming, trying teas and treats, sampling street food and playing traditional games, there’s fun for the whole family. But the showstopper comes when it’s time to learn the traditional folk dance Bon Odori, with easy steps perfect for group participation.
More Local Events the Kids Will Love
Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Teen Vogue and Langhorne, PA’s Oxford Valley Mall team up to bring your fashionistas exclusive style guides and live music Sat. during the FREE ABC’s of Style.
Get up-close with live butterflies, watch Monarch-tagging demos and explore other insects via a hands-on farm on wheels during Tyler Arboretum’s Butterfly Festival Sat. in Media, PA.
Don your cowboy boots and head over to Country Fest at Norristown, PA’s Elmwood Park Zoo Fri. for live music, mechanical bull riding, petting barns, dancing and a live 92.5 XTU broadcast.
Watch as artificial crabs overtake the Revolutionary River at Breakwater Beach Waterpark in Seaside Heights, NJ Sat. during the JDRF/FAAN Crab Race. Pick the lucky crab and you could win, too!
Ribbit, ribbit. Experience Wilmington’s Delaware Museum of Natural History from an amphibious perspective during Movie Night at the Museum: The Princess and the Frog on Fri.
Discover everything that’s unique about the Northeast through historical landmarks, community organizations and kids’ activities during the FREE Northeast Celebration at Philly’s May Myers Playground.
Honor one of Delaware’s native trees during the Pawpaw Folk Festival at Wilmington’s Alapocas Run State Park Sat. with storytelling, live music, demos, pawpaw fruit tasting and the Brandywine Traveling Zoo.
Got mini history buffs in the family? Visit Horsham, PA’s Graeme Park Sun. to tour the house with costumed actors presenting scenes of the Revolution and owner Elizabeth Graeme’s life during Revolutionary Graeme Park.
Bring the whole family to the FREE Tomato & Pear Festival at Media, PA’s Linvilla Orchards Sat. for pick-your-own fun, tomato tasting, a juggling jester, a Radio Disney Road Crew appearance and costumed characters.
Shopping this weekend? Head to your local Macy’s to donate $5 to benefit The Autism Society and receive a 25 percent off coupon to use all day Sat. during Macy’s Shop for a Cause event.