Aug 8, 2014
Weekend Planner: August 8, 2014
Top Picks This Weekend
Master the perfect balance of graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow Sun. for National S’mores Day! Celebrate the ooey-gooey summer classic with hikes and explorations, campfires and make-your-own s’mores at one of two PA nature venues: Gladwyne’s Riverbend Environmental Education Center’s hosts a FREE Summer and S’mores event and New Hope’s Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve puts on the National S’mores Day Celebration.
Mix up your usual movie-going routine with a bevy of FREE outdoor screenings this weekend. Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy’s selections will appeal to little foodies: Fri. in Lovett Library Park is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Sat. at the Trolley Car Diner is Ratatouille. Fri. also brings an Apollo 13 screening as part of the rescheduled 2nd Annual (Kevin) Bacon Fest at The Oval in Philly, and Sat. brings Despicable Me 2 to Media, PA’s Barrall Field for Family Movie Night. Still want more? Head inside to Newtown, PA’s Newtown Theatre for a Children’s Saturday Movie Matinee of Zookeeper and Sun. for a Family Movie Sing-Along of Mary Poppins. The Sandlot also takes to the big screen Sun. during the Family Films series at Philly’s National Museum of American Jewish History.
Face your fears! Experience Shark Week Live! Sat. through Aug. 17 at Camden, NJ’s Adventure Aquarium, where you’ll be surrounded by sharks in the 40-ft. Shark Tunnel, get hands-on at the Touch-a-Shark exhibit and go on top of the tank with exclusive tours. Or venture over to Philly’s Academy of Natural Sciences Sat. & Sun. for Bug Fest to sample insects in food, see hundreds of live bugs, watch insects make art and root for your favorite cockroach in the Roach Race 500.
More Local Events the Kids Will Love
Teen Vogue and Whitehall, PA’s Lehigh Valley Mall join forces Sat. for the FREE ABC’s of Style, complete with interactive activities including styling and makeup tips, informal modeling sessions and an exclusive style guide.
Spend Sat. at Wilmington, DE’s Hagley Museum and Library with two programs. During By Kids, For Kids: “Nation of Innovation,” interact with changes from the 19th century; then, explore the area’s geology and take home a piece of Delaware Blue Rock during the “Rocks and Roll Mills” Walking Tour.
Get back to your roots Fri. during Peace Valley Nature Center’s FREE Campfire Music Night in Doylestown, PA and learn how nature has inspired music from Lenape-influenced songs to modern rock tunes.
At the shore? Drop by Cape May, NJ’s Emlen Physick Estate Sat. for the Craft Beer & Crab Festival, which includes the Give & Take Little Circus, jugglers, acrobats, craft vendors and a farmers’ market to keep families entertained.
Take part in a hands-on Honey Harvest at Lambertville, NJ’s Howell Living History Farm on Sat. where families can help uncap, spin and extract honey and see the insides of working beehives.
Whether the kids are prepping for next week’s release of The Giver or always debating whether the book or movie was better, stop by participating Barnes & Noble stores Sat. & Sun. for raffles and giveaways during the FREE Page & Screen Weekend.
August is National Peach Month! Stop by Peddler Village's FREE Peach Festival and Sidewalk Sale in Lahaska, PA Sat. & Sun. for live music and peach pie-eating contests; visit Media, PA’s Linvilla Orchards on Sat. for themed activities and peach-picking during the FREE Peach Festival; and head to Camden Children’s Garden in Camden, NJ, Sat. & Sun. for crafts, a treasure hunt and planting activity at the Peach, Pirate & Princess Festival.
Get inspired by your surroundings and decorate your own treasure jar with colorful glass gems during the PECO Family Jams at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens on Sun.
Back for its 25th year, the Pennsylvania Dutch Festival comes to Philly’s Reading Terminal Market through Sat., complete with an outdoor country fair (only on Sat.) featuring Amish buggy and horse-drawn wagon rides, live music and a farm animal petting zoo.
Take a train ride out to Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove for food, games and seasonal activities during the Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Summer Fest in Wilmington, DE.