Weekend Planner: February 20, 2015


Top Picks for This Weekend

Ring in the Year of the Sheep (or Goat; they’re both right) with the Main Line Chinese Culture Center’s FREE Chinese New Year Gala, Sun. at Malvern, PA’s Great Valley High School. Watch a selection of Chinese folk dances, songs, theater and martial arts, then get hands-on with culture through traditional Chinese arts, games and crafts like calligraphy and a chopsticks contest. For more ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year, see the sidebar below.

The Yellow Brick Road’s new route leads directly to Wilmington, DE’s Delaware Children’s Museum: Its Weekend of Oz Fri. & Sat. includes a special sneak preview of the Delaware Children’s Theatre’s upcoming Welcome Back to Oz. Before the performances, meet-and-greet Dorothy, Scarecrow and other Emerald City faves.

Let the good times roll! Gather round Main Street in Manayunk and watch as 17 string bands from one of Philly’s favorite traditions parade through town for Mummers Mardi Gras. The parade and performances are FREE, but you can purchase an activities bracelet for $10 for access to face painting, pictures with the bands, silent auctions and raffles. Many storefronts and shops will also join in the fun with more family activities.


More Local Events the Kids Will Love

Get inspired by the collections and create a collage portrait of your (favorite) family during the ARTKids Workshop: Family Is… at Philly’s Barnes Foundation Sun.

Rock out with the Cat’s Pajamas, a high-energy kids’ band, to benefit MusicWorks music therapy at Rosemont College’s Rotwitt Theater in Rosemont, PA Sat.

All Delaware students can receive FREE EKG Screenings, as well as hands-on CPR training, healthy eating displays and drinking-and-driving presentations Sat. at Wilmington’s Salesianum School.

Little royals explore the woods of Gladwyne, PA’s Riverbend Environmental Education Center for fairies, giants and other mythical beings Sun. during the FREE Fairy Tale Day.

Celebrate artist Horace Pippin’s 127th birthday with a read-aloud storytime and themed art projects Sun. during the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s Horace Pippin Kids Crafternoon.

Keep your scouts busy Sat. Head to Philly’s Franklin Institute for fun with physics and technology during Scout Day: Engineering Day and Wilmington, DE’s Brandywine Zoo for live animal encounters and crafts during Girl Scout Workshop: For the Love of Animals.

Join kid-lit fave Skippyjon Jones, that always-imaginative Siamese kitten, for a 60-minute musical adventure at Drexel Hill, PA’s Upper Darby Performing Arts Center on Fri.

Help farmers render maple syrup with tree-tapping demos, firewood cutting, syrup- and butter-making and flour milling at Howell Living History Farm’s Sugaring Saturday in Lambertville, NJ.

Dive into something new! Head to Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Club’s FREE “Try SCUBA” Event in Wilmington, DE Sat. to learn from certified instructors.

Uncover the secret lives (and benefits!) of trees during the outdoor Winter Tree Exploration at Pennington, NJ’s Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve Sat.



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