Dec 24, 2013
Weekend Planner: Dec. 26, 2013
Philly & the ‘burbs
This weekend, take time to reflect, recommit and keep festive with FREE Kwanzaa Celebrations. Enjoy African storytelling, drumming and arts and crafts at the Johnson House in Philly on Fri. On Sat. and Sun., venture over to The African American Museum in Philadelphia for music, dance and the lighting of the kinara.
From Thurs. through Tues., the National Constitution Center in Philly continues the magic of the holidays with its Holiday Week & New Year’s Celebrations. Families are invited to make their own holiday confetti crackers, take part in a period costume runway show and learn New Year’s traditions from around the world.
The kids won’t stay nestled all snug in their bed for too long during holiday break. Keep them entertained with Great Valley Nature Center’s three-day Winter Break Camp in Devault, Fri., Mon. and Tues., where they’ll enjoy the season with winter-themed games, crafts and the chance to build a snow sculpture and go sledding.
It’s a weekend of snow and ice at the Delaware Children’s Museum in Wilmington. On Thurs. and Fri., kids listen to snowy stories and icy crafts in preparation for the big event on Sat.: the Snowflake Festival. There, families can enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, a snow pit, a performance of The Nutcracker by First State Ballet Theatre and marshmallow igloo and snowflake ornament crafts. The can’t-miss event of the night will be the unveiling of the outdoor ice skating rink. Rent skates or bring your own!
Need somewhere to send the kids as you head back to work? Let them close out the year with new experiences and new friends at Elite Climbing’s Mini Rock Climbing Camp on Fri. in Maple Shade, where they will zip-line, rock climb and partake in team-building activities.
Queen Nur takes the stage at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill to lead the festivities at the Kwanzaa Celebration on Thurs. and Sat. Her interactive storytelling and song will honor the symbols and principles of this African American tradition and keep the holiday spirit close at hand.