Jun 19, 2014
Weekend Planner: June 20, 2014
Top Picks for This Weekend
Spend the day on the banks of Philly’s Schuylkill River Sun. during Bartram’s Garden’s FREE Community River Fest. Families enjoy ferry rides, kid-friendly water activities, a boat parade and a floating ice cream barge in the middle of the river – you’ll have to row out there to get your sweet treat! Or stay on dry land for pony rides, a petting zoo and a local farmers’ market.
Water parks and pools around the globe join forces in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swim lesson during (what else?) the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, FREE on Fri. Head over to Breakwater Beach Waterpark in Seaside Heights, NJ, a host site for the record attempt, and join history-in-the-making while helping to spread the message that swim lessons can save lives.
Gather up the fishing poles and bait for the Annual FREE Youth Fishing Tournament at Wilmington, DE’s Bellevue State Park on Sat. Young fisher folk, ages 15 and under, test out their best hook, line and sinkers as they vie for a chance to win a variety of prizes – and bragging rights. In between the casts of their reels, they’ll be treated to lunch, too.
More Local Events the Kids Will Love
Venture to the waters surrounding Somer’s Point, NJ Sat. for the annual, FREE kid-friendly crabbing tournament, the Assault on Patcong Creek. Compete in the Largest Crab Contest and stick around for the after-tournament barbecue.
Move through the colorful, bubbled-filled 3-mile course at Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown, NJ on Sat. during Bubble Palooza, where bubbles, unleashed every 15 minutes, transform participants into moving works of art.
Stop by Clark Park in Philly with the family Sat. for live music, local vendors and a community feel at the FREE Clark Park Summer Music and Arts Festival.
Roll over to Strasburg Rail Road in Ronks, PA through Sun. to catch a ride on everyone’s favorite steam locomotive during Day Out with Thomas.
Millville, NJ’s WheatonArts transforms into the Kingdom of Wheaton Sat. & Sun. for Fantasy Faire, a festival where characters from folklore, fairy tales and fantasy come alive.
Interact with history Sat. during the French & Indian War Skirmish and Camp at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation in Newtown Square, PA, with reenactments, campsite visits and discussions with reenactors.
Celebrate the start of summer Sat. with FREE music throughout Philly as part of Make Music Philly Day. To anchor the day, the Race Street Pier and Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing offer a day of live entertainment, capped with a finale concert at night.
Watch skaters put their best board forward during the Philly Cup Series 2014, the city’s premier inner-city skateboard point series, at Pop’s Skatepark Sat.
Your dog has his day this weekend. On Sat., take the furry family member to Pups at Sea aboard the Olympia at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philly. On Sun., head to Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, NJ for the Doggies “DO AC” Dog Fashion Show, complete with categories like best gambler and best fisher-dog.
Dress the kids up as their favorite pop culture character and teach them the ways of the con during the Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philly through Sun.