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Weekend Planner: July 11, 2014

Weekend Planner: July 11, 2014

Darryl Moran

Top Picks This Weekend

Relieve the French Revolution – with a Philly twist! – via song, dance and a famed beheading Sat. during the FREE Bastille Day Celebration, an annual family-favorite festival at the Eastern State Penitentiary. History comes alive with appearances from Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Benjamin Franklin and a life-size French Baguette. What’s more, confetti cannons, stilt walkers, a cardboard horse and the raining down of 2,000 Tastykakes from the towers keep the crowd engaged and entertained.

The competition is on this Sat. in Wildwood, NJ for land- and sea-lovers alike! Grab your buckets and shovels to create works of art during the 2nd annual FREE Amateur Sand Sculpting Festival on the Wildwood Crest Beach, complete with horseshoes, corn hole and live music to keep you going throughout the day. Or take to the water during the Boogie Board Races on the 15th Ave. Beach and see if you can catch the best wave. Prizes will be awarded for both competitions.

Indescribable, indestructible… The Colonial Theatre’s BlobFest — the annual, eccentric, family-friendly festival in Phoenixville, PA celebrating the locally filmed 1958 classic sci-fi movie The Blob — rolls into town Fri.-Sun. Sat.’s FREE StreetFair features plenty of monster-themed fun with a joinable Fire Extinguisher Parade, costume, tattoo & trivia contests, storytelling, a hot rod car show and (for a fee) movie screenings & meet-and-greets with the “real” Blob and its caretaker. 
(Photo Credit: Randall E. Scott)

 

More Local Events the Kids Will Love

Join your fellow knights in gallery programs, tours and Splash Studio projects through Sun. at this week’s ArtSplash, themed Arms and Armor, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Honor New Jersey and the state’s official fruit during the Camden Children’s Garden’s BlueBeary Blast & Celebrate NJ Festival in Camden on Sat. & Sun. with interactive presentations, hands-on activities and trivia.

Go on a culinary adventure with Pippi Longstocking at Philly’s American Swedish Historical Museum on Sat. during Cooking with Kiddos, where mini chefs cook up some of the mischievous red-head’s favorites.

The Freedom Fest State Fair at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown, NJ goes strong through Sun. with racing pigs, daredevil riders, magic shows, pony & camel rides, a carnival midway, pie eating contests and a petting farm.

Get a taste of Latino culture at the FREE Hispanic Fiesta on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing in Philly Sat. & Sun., where families enjoy music, dance, crafts and food from around the world.

Get animated during this weekend’s FREE Moonlight Movies in Mt. Airy with family-favorite flicks in Philly. Catch Despicable Me 2 on Fri. at Lovett Library Park and The Incredibles on Sat. at the Trolley Car Diner.

Avast! Newtown Square’s Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is under attack Sat. during Pirate Splash Day, where kids must help defend the land via rubber ducky races, water balloon tosses, apple bobbing and throwing wet sponges at captured pirates.

Familiarize the kids with the wonders of ’90s music, slap bracelets, Pop Rocks and Tang during Pretty Fly for a 5K, a ’90s throwback dash, Sat. at Philly’s Memorial Hall.

Are you ready to square dance? Try your hands – and feet – at a variety of dances during the Summer Barn Dance at Lambertville, NJ’s Howell Living History Farm on Fri. Beginners especially welcome.

Everyone’s favorite steam locomotive and his friends take over the tracks at Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway in Philly for Thomas the Tank Engine Weekend Sat. & Sun.

Explore the power of water through creative mapping, art projects and take-home repotted native plants at the FREE Water Moves Family Workshop at the Brandywine River Art Museum in Chadds Ford, PA on Sat.

See your favorite WWE Superstars in action when the WWE Live: Summer Slam Heatwave Tour comes to the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, NJ on Sun.

 

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