Jul 17, 2014
Weekend Planner: July 18, 2014
Top Picks This Weekend
There’ll be no shortage of pie at the FREE Pizza Underground Performance and Pizza Party Fri. at The Oval in Philly. Sing, dance and eat to the sounds of The Pizza Underground, a band that performs tunes about the fan-favorite food, fronted by former child star Macaulay Culkin. Stick around after the show for an outdoor screening of the pizza-obsessed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). But don’t worry – you’ll be dining outside the Philadelphia Art Museum, not down in the sewers.
Full steam ahead! The Delaware State Fair is in Harrington, DE through July 26, but the FREE Amtrak Exhibit Train is in-station only this Sat. & Sun. Climb aboard and discover the company’s history through trivia and interactive displays of railroad horns, workable signals and an engineer’s stand. From period uniforms and vintage advertising to modern sleeping accommodations, budding conductors will be taken for a memorable ride.
How high would you be willing to climb? Find out at Tyler Arboretum’s Tree House Festival Sun. in Media, PA, where kids and families can test their skills as they attempt to climb a tree with ropes and a harness. Then explore the arboretum’s tree house collection, learn what it takes to build one from the Woodmobile, make themed crafts and get up close with birds and their trainers before and after the Fabulous Falcons show.
More Local Events the Kids Will Love
Journey back in time during Fort Mifflin’s Civil War Saturday in Philly. Families partake in a scavenger hunt to discover the fort’s past, then check out musket drills, a living history encampment and battlefield “operation.”
Let the family don their favorite Phillies shirts, Flyers hats and Union jerseys Sat. for the Comcast SportsNet We Live Philly Sports Festival at the Please Touch Museum for themed games, inflatables, mascot appearances and a parade.
Feeling crabby? Head to The Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ on Fri. for Crabulous Crab Day, complete with crab races, themed games, cook-offs, trivia, a teaching tank and a crabbing tournament.
Celebrate National Hot Dog Month with Headhouse Square’s The Dog Days of Summer Cook-Off in Philly Sat. Twenty local restaurants and food trucks grill up their most inventive (and unusual) hot dogs, and 20 amateurs compete in a topping contest. Admission is FREE; food and drink tickets are pay-as-you-go.
Helicopter rides, face painting and an American Ninja Warrior Parkour show are just a few of the activities on tap Sun. for the second annual Help Henry See and Hear Family Event at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, NJ.
Part of this month's Five Minute Follies, Magician Sam Sandler, the country's premier deaf illusionist, brings his humor, magic, insight and experience with deaf culture to the Adrienne Theater’s PlayGround black-box space Sun. in Philly.
High-flying Frisbee fun comes to Chester, PA’s PPL Park Sat. during the Major League Ultimate Championship as the Washington DC Current face the Vancouver Nighthawks, complete with a pregame on-field kids’ clinic.
Watch a good World TeamTennis game, set, match during the Philadelphia Freedoms’ Kids & Family Night Fri. at the Villanova Pavilion, where Ronald McDonald, the Geico Gecko and mascot Nettie King will be in attendance in Villanova, PA.
Don’t stare straight at the sun without the highly specialized equipment of the Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers. Join the group at the Tredyffrin Public Library in Strafford, PA to see what’s going on 93 million miles away on FREE Solar Saturday.
Themed Maritime Day, this Summer Saturday by the Bay lets you explore local heritage with small boats, sea shanties and crafts at Port Norris, NJ’s Bayshore Center at Bivalve.