Where to celebrate African American History Month in the Philadelphia area
National Constitution Center, Phila.
Learn about famous African American leaders, the Emancipation Proclamation and historical moments throughout history.
FREE on Sun., Feb. 3 & 24, regularly $8-$14.50 per person.
21st Annual African American Children's Book Fair, Phila.
FREE Meet with authors and illustrators from the African American Children's literary community, play games, win prizes and purchase books on Feb. 9.
African American Museum in Philadelphia
The museum's main exhibit, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876, tells the history of African Americans in Philadelphia through interactive timelines, image galleries and life-size video projections of notable Philadelphians. A Children's Corner lets kids explore the lives of children during the time period. On Feb. 9, enjoy special storytellers, and on Feb. 16, high school students can meet with a representative from Cheyney University, one of Pennsylvania's historically black universities. $8-$10 per person.
Kimmel Center, Phila.
American Theater Arts for Youth presents Black Journey, Feb. 13-15, a musical celebrating black heritage and tradition. $8.95-$13.50 per person.
Chester County Historical Society, West Chester
Visit on Family Day, Feb. 18, for crafts, dress-up activities and stories. Meet with children's book author Jen Bryant, who'll discuss A Splash of Red, The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, her new picture book about an African American who overcame many obstacles to become an accomplished artist of the 20th century. $10 per family.
Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford
On Feb. 24, guided tours and coloring activities follow a reading of A Splash of Red, The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. $6-$12 per person, ages 5 & younger free.
Win a copy of A Splash of Red, The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and a family 4-pack of tickets to the Brandywine River Museum. Enter to win Feb. 1-28.