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Phillie Phanatic & LEGO sculptures, a Hollywood costume display, imaginative shows for kids & more

A Phillie Phanatic statue stands at Citizens Bank Park, one of 20 sites where you can spot a painted Phanatic.

M. Edlow, GPTMC

A Phillie Phanatic statue stands at Citizens Bank Park, one of 20 sites where you can spot a painted Phanatic.

Check out what's new for families in April!

Don't miss these Editor's Picks:
Fragrance exhibit at Longwood
Life-size LEGO animals at the Zoo
Movie costumes at the Michener Art Museum
New kids' show on stage at Arden Theatre

Attractions and Tours

Can you find all the Phillie Phanatics? The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation & the Phillies have placed six-ft. statues of everyone’s favorite mascot throughout the city. The statues are painted by local artists & can be found at 20 popular sites, ranging from The Franklin Institute to the airport. For updates, visit www.uwishunu.com/tag/phanatic-around-town

April is Month of Pet Caring at The Crayola Factory in Easton. Bring a canned pet food item to benefit the Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley & receive $1 off admission. Regular admission: $9.75.

Learn about the history of the National Guard in a new permanent exhibit opening April 1 at the National Liberty Museum in Phila. Free with admission, $5-$7 or $15 per family.

The exhibit Work or Play: Childhood in the Early 1900s at Pennypacker Mills in Schwenksville, through Aug. 30, offers a glimpse into the working lives of kids of the past. Kids can also explore domestic life in a hands-on history area of the barn. Suggested $2 admission donation.

The view from a prison guard tower at Eastern State Penitentiary

Check out the perspective of a prison guard and see if you can spot Philadelphia landmarks through a new TowerCam! exhibit at Eastern State Penitentiary, opening April 10. Cameras are set up in the high guard towers on site & you can see the view on large TV screens. Free with admission, $8-$12. Ages 6 & younger are not permitted to visit the site.

 

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Beautiful aromatic plants are on display at Longwood Gardens starting April 10 during Making Scents: The Art & Passion of Fragrance. Learn about perfume & the science of smell. See if you can identify the types of perfume scents & mix your own fragrance on a scented card. Kids can also become “Scent Seekers” & follow a guide to learn more about the perfume industry. Through Nov. 21. Free with admission, $6-$16, ages 4 & younger free.

A giant LEGO polar bear is one of the Philadelphia Zoo's 'Creatures of Habitat', opening April 10

Life-size LEGO brick animals inhabit the Philadelphia Zoo during Creatures of Habitat, April 10-Oct. 31. Families can also learn about endangered wildlife through the new exhibit. Free with admission, $15-$18.

A dress from the 1932 film 'Shanghai Express' is among movie costumes on display at Michener, April 17-May 5

The Michener Art Museum in Doylestown premieres Icons of Costume: Hollywood’s Golden Era & Beyond on April 17. Movie & TV fashions on display through Sept. 5 include Dorothy’s gingham dress from The Wizard of Oz & the heart-shaped necklace from Titanic. On weekends, families can dress up & act out roles from The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind & Terminator 2 in a “Screen Test” portion of the exhibit. The short scenes will be uploaded to the Museum’s YouTube channel. Free with admission, $5-$10, ages 5 & younger free.

 

Performances

Plays & Players in Phila. presents Step On A Crack, a modern twist on the Cinderella story, as part of its Family Series of shows, April 2-18. $10-$15 or $30 family 4-pack.

The Delaware Children’s Theatre in Wilmington presents Jack & the Beanstalk, April 11-May 1. $10.

What happens If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? Arden Theatre Company’s children’s production, based on the book by Laura Joffe Numeroff, explores the chaos that ensues. April 14-May 30 in Phila. Ages 5 & up. $16-$32.

'Joseph' at the Players Club

Meet “dream-givers,” mystical creatures who gather memories & turn them into dreams during Gossamer, April 29-May 23 at People’s Light & Theatre Company in Malvern. Ages 9 & up. $20-$29.

Expect colorful costumes and rockin’ tunes during The Players Club of Swarthmore Theater’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, April 29-May 15 (pictured right). $10-$22.

Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor of MetroKids.

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