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Dec 20, 2013
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Weekend Planner: Dec. 20, 2013

Weekend Planner: Dec. 20, 2013

Philly & the ‘burbs

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen… but do you know the difference between reindeer, caribou and local deer? Kids will be able to add a few new lines to the familiar song when they attend the Reindeer Guide program at Norristown Farm Park in E. Norriton on Sun., where they will play reindeer games, make crafts and hear original stories.

Spend the longest night of the year around a blazing bonfire at the FREE Winter Solstice Celebration in Gladwyne’s Rolling Hill Park on Fri. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight to truly enjoy the evening’s activities: stories and snacks around the fire, candlelit walks and trail hikes and a meet-and-greet with King Winter.

Tis the season for Rock to the Future’s FREE 4th Annual Holiday Showcase in Philly on Fri. Students, ages 9-18, put their hard work on display with original songs, family-friendly cover tracks and a variety of holiday favorites, from traditional tunes to The Ramones. Stay after the performance and embrace the spirit of the season with a potluck meal, bringing something to share with the group.



Prepare for the longest night of the year at the Delaware Museum of Natural History’s Winter Solstice Celebration in Wilmington on Sat., learning about Winter Solstice cultural traditions throughout history with crafts and a “plant-a-wish” activity. If your kids are more the inquisitive type, head over to the Delaware Children’s Museum in Wilmington for a weekend Solstice Science workshop, where kids race objects down a luge run to discover friction and experiment with making ice cubes melt.

He may be prone to sleighs, but at the Wilmington & Western Railroad in Wilmington St. Nick rides the Santa Claus Express one final weekend before his big trip to visit (and take pictures) with all the little boys and girls on a 90-minute roundtrip to Ashland. You’ll also find Santa riding the rails at the B&O Railroad Museum’s Holiday Festival of Trains & Toys in Baltimore this weekend, along with a very special guest – Frosty the Snowman.


South Jersey

In celebration of the Winter Solstice, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association in Pennington is hosting a Candle Making workshop, appropriate for kids 8 and up, on Sat. Join the festivities to make your own hand-dipped sand and molded candles to keep you warm and your travels well-lit on the longest, darkest night of the year.

Christmas jammies went viral this week. On Fri., you can get in on the bedtime fun at the Pajama Party with Santa at The Pop Shop’s Party Room in Collingswood with a festive breakfast-for-dinner buffet, quality time with Old St. Nick and caroling, all while snuggled up in your favorite pair of PJs.

We know him for his shiny nose, but this weekend we’ll see him don the stage spotlight instead as two week-long productions of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer come to a close on Sat. At the Broadway Theatre of Pitman, the kid-friendly production takes the stage with creative sets, music and audience participation. A few towns over, kids in the audience help Ritzy the Wolf tell the beloved story at Haddon Township’s Ritz Theatre Company.

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