Weekend Planner: January 16, 2015

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Jan. 16 - Jan. 19, 2015.




Top Picks for This Weekend

With the long weekend come many opportunities to honor the holiday’s namesake: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A family favorite is the FREE Sharing the Heritage Celebration and Day of Service Mon. at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, where families enjoy equal rights-inspired crafts, storytellers & re-enactors; drum & dance performances; food & book drives; and a Selfie Station with Phillies’ outfielder Ben Revere. To find more MLK Day events and Monday mini-camps, click the sidebar below.

 

Camden, NJ’s Adventure Aquarium goes prehistoric as its latest exhibit, Dinosaurs of the Deep, opens Fri. Discover more than 20 life-size replicas of these sea monsters, including a 34-foot full-scale Liopleurodon, and a coral reef filled with ancient fish. Along the way, handle horseshoe crabs at the “Touch a Living Dinosaur” stop and become a paleontologist-in-training with close-up views of shark and sea turtle fossils.

 

Round up your happy snowmen, funny-looking donkeys, love experts and ice princesses and head to Philly’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Sat. for the FREE Celebrate the Movies: Frozen program. Ushering in the cinematic theme of this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show (Feb. 28-March 8), festivities include a sing-along movie screening, Frozen giveaways and raffles, a royal photo booth, Flower Show prize packs and Frozen-themed flowers. Ice-skating and skate rentals available for a fee.

 

More Local Events the Kids Will Love

Celebrate the 158th birthday of Abby, the country’s third-tallest lighthouse, with FREE climbs and birthday cake Sat. at the Absecon Lighthouse Birthday Celebration in Atlantic City, NJ.

Prove truth is stranger than fiction during Animal Mythology Weekend at Philly’s Academy of Natural Sciences Sat.-Mon., with live animal shows, interactive storytimes, critter crafts and a hands-on look at tools monster-hunters use.

Tweens and teens can see the collections in new ways on the interactive ArtSee Activities: Family Tour Sun. at the Barnes Foundation in Philly.

Join the city’s favorite Founding Father for kids’ crafts, storytelling and birthday cake during Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Celebration at the Historic Philadelphia Center Sat. & Sun.

Test your skills in the field after learning how to use a compass for recreation and rescue Sun. during the FREE Compass Course with L.L. Bean at Cranbury, NJ’s Plainsboro Preserve.

Escape to warmer weather by crafting a Hollywood-style set with art activities and games during FREE Family Sunday: Making a Scene at Wilmington’s Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.

Get creative during Hagley Museum and Library’s Invention Convention: Lights and Lasers, where families build their own inventions and tinker with and take apart others, Sat.-Mon. in Wilmington, DE.

Venture into the FREE Winter Wonderland YogAmi Storytime for kids’ yoga, songs, games, storytelling and crafts at Media, PA’s Media Arts Center Sat.

 

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