Sep 27, 2013
Weekend Planner: Sept. 28
From Seuss to the Smithsonian, racecars to tinfoil boats, powwows to pumpkins, we've got your family covered this weekend.
Philly & the 'burbs
Wanna hear a Who? Saturday's your last chance to catch Horton, lazy Mayzie, the Cat in the Hat and the whole of Whoville in Seussical Jr. at Philly's venerable Walnut Street Theatre. Curtain's up at 11am.
A pair of family-friendly Native American events align with elementary-age Colonial history lessons and kick off high harvest season: Drums Along the Delaware Powwow, Sat. at the American Swedish Historical Museum, is a full-fledged powwow, with dancing, drums, song and crafts, part of the 375th anniversary of the New Sweden Colony. Native American Day, Sun. at Norristown Farm Park in E. Norriton, celebrates Lenape culture with dancing, flint-knapping demos and artifact displays and appraisals.
Dover Downs shifts into high gear Fri.-Sun. with three days of NASCAR action. Beyond the races, Monster FunZone events (including a rock wall, obstacle course, virtual racecar laps and face-painting) will rev kids' motors.
If cars don't float your boat, maybe it's time to get literal: During Float Your Boat at Wilmington's Hagley Museum and Library, families build tinfoil boats, then fill the vessels with marbles to see how fast their models can sail without sinking.
Double the fun on just one ticket: The Garden State Discovery Museum and Springdale Farms join forces for their annual Pumpkin Palooza on Sat. and Sun. A host of autumnal family activities will be joined by a traveling Paws Farm exhibit that features exotic animals, including a chinchilla and a bearded dragon.
The opportunity to pelt pies at adults is a main attraction of the jam-packed KidsZone at Woodstown's 10th Annual Fall Festival on Sat. After they've had their fill of magic shows, pony rides and moon bouncing, stroll around downtown to shop vendor wares, munch on kettle corn and spy all the scarecrows lining the street.
Museum Day Live!
Visitors to D.C.'s Smithsonian Museums are spoiled by the always-free admission. This Saturday, the Institution spreads its complimentary mission to museums nationwide. Click here for a coupon link and all the details, then visit the following area museums gratis.