Weekend Planner: September 5, 2014
Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Sept. 5-Sept. 7, 2014.
Top Picks This Week
Honor your kids’ biggest fans and best storytellers this Sun. on Grandparents Day. In Philly, join the generations for music, crafts and a story walk at Morris Arboretum, or for themed crafts, outdoor activities and interactive exhibits at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Down the shore, grandparents ride free at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ. Gram and Gramps live a little farther away? Bring them to Reading, PA’s Berks County Heritage Center for a FREE scavenger hunt and an easy walk around the grounds.
Celebrate the grand opening weekend of Philly’s Dilworth Park during the super family-friendly FREE Playtime in the Park event Sat. The whole crew can enjoy live music, storytelling, arts & crafts and lawn games like giant checkers, giant jenga, hopscotch and hula hooping. Kids can even try their hand at broadcasting, standing in as a KYW News Anchor at the KYW Newsradio Kidcast Mobile Studio, with a downloadable copy of their news report to keep, share and brag about.
Foodies take your pick! Downtown Kennett Square, PA, the mushroom capital of the world, puts the fun in fungi Sat. & Sun. during the Mushroom Festival, where you’ll find the national fried mushroom-eating championship, balloon art, live animal presentations, kids’ entertainers and carnival rides. Or keep things sweet Fri. through Sun. at the FREE Philadelphia Honey Festival, with a new location in the city each day for “open hive” talks, bee bearding, honey extractions, tastings and cooking contests.
More Local Events the Kids Will Love
Introduce the kids to the best of theater, dance, spoken word and visual art with family-friendly performances in venues throughout Philly during the 2014 Fringe Festival, running Fri. through Sept. 21.
Help raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research at Philly’s Columbus Square Park during the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Event Sat., complete with moon bounce, gift baskets and raffles.
Visit the one-room school at Lambertville, NJ’s Howell Living History Farm Sat. during the FREE Back to School Day for period schoolwork, farm chores and recess games.
Construct a day of family fun Sat. during the William Jeanes Memorial Library’s Bricks for Books Lego Carnival Fundraiser in Lafayette Hill, PA by creating a life-size Lego sculpture and trying your hand at carnival games – built from Legos!
Journey back in time for Colonial demos, Revolutionary War reenactors and kids’ entertainment during Chadds Ford Days Sat. & Sun. at the Chadds Ford Historical Society in PA.
Hone your family’s sense of direction during the FREE Compass Course with L.L. Bean Sun. at Cranbury, NJ’s Plainsboro Preserve, learning how to use the instrument and then putting your skills to the test.
Tails will wag Sun. at Wildwood, NJ’s Raging Waters Water Park during the Goes to the Dogs event, where families can bring their dogs into the park to paddle the river, play in the fountain and compete in a dog swimsuit contest.
Get outside and learn about healthy living Sun. during the FREE Greenfest Philly at Headhouse Square, where kids play with clay, create Frisbee spin art, do kids’ yoga and dance to live music.
Make history with Westampton Twp. Emergency Services at the Burlington County Institute of Technology Sat. during the FREE Guinness World Record Attempt of the “largest group stop, drop & roll demonstration.”
Spend Sat. on the Delaware River during the FREE Pennsylvania Coast Day at Philly’s Penn’s Landing, where families enjoy ferry and pedal-boat rides, model ship races, face painting, crafts and a shuttle to the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center for more fun.
Let your little musicians get hands-on with jazz music during the FREE PNC Grow Up Great event Sat. at the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza in Philly.