Weekend Planner: November 7, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Nov. 7-Nov. 9, 2014.

Top Picks This Weekend

Let the kids learn through hands-on experimentation Sat. during the Science Expo at Wilmington’s Delaware Children’s Museum. Between making homemade Silly Putty & ice cream, setting off Alka-Seltzer bottle rockets, interacting with live birds of prey, examining a real cow’s heart and looking through a dissecting microscope, the whole family will explore and discover a whole new world through the lens of science.

All aboard! Chug-a-chug over to the Camden Children’s Garden’s Train Festival Sat. & Sun. in Camden, NJ and roll into the locomotive world with model train gardens, themed crafts, the garden’s own train ride and a meet-and-greet with friends from PBS’ Dinosaur Train (Sat. only). Head next door to Adventure Aquarium and add to the day’s fun with the World Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids, through Sun.

Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesDoes your family bleed orange and black? Take your hockey fanatics to Langhorne, PA’s Oxford Valley Mall to Meet Flyers’ Jakub Voracek and Zac Rinaldo off the ice Fri., when they make a special appearance at Dynasty Sports. Fans can opt to meet-and-greet one player or buy the combo option to meet and receive the autographs of both. It’s sure to be one win your family won’t soon forget! (Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

 

More Local Events the Kids Will Love

In between visiting the animals, stop by the resource fair during Autism Awareness Day at Norristown, PA’s Elmwood Park Zoo Sat. for information from local special needs organizations.

Arrrrrrrgh you ready for a high-seas adventure? Set sail Sat. for David Engel’s Pirate School at the Yardley, PA Community Centre and encounter a show filled with magic, sound effects, puppetry, props and audience participation.

Learn about November’s favorite bird during Fall Fun Fridays: Terrific Turkeys at New Hope, PA’s Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve via stories, crafts and an outdoor walk.

Take part in a naturalist-led family scavenger hunt, followed by a tree-planting, Sat. during the short Family-Friendly Hike at Ambler, PA’s Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.

Introduce the kids to charity with a day of projects to benefit the hungry, homeless, elderly, military, kids in need and animals Sat. during The Giving Tree’s 5th Annual Working Hands Project at Wissahickon Middle School in Ambler, PA.

Step into the world of those who lived here long ago Sun. during Lorimer Park’s FREE The Native American Way in Huntingdon Valley, PA, where kids touch animal pelts and walk to find plants once used as food and medicine.

Usher in the holiday season with Santa’s Arrival at the King of Prussia Mall Fri.; Lahaska, PA’s Kick Off to the Holidays at Peddler’s Village Fri.; Pet Photo Night at Whitehall, PA’s Lehigh Valley Mall Sun.; and plenty of shopping at the German Christmas Market in Chalfont, PA’s Byers’ Choice Ltd. and Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville, PA.

Use the force at Wilmington, DE’s Brandywine Zoo Sat. during Star Wars Day: Return of an Empire, where your little Jedis can meet-and-greet their favorite characters.

Partake in costumed storytelling as the audience becomes part of the Middle Earth fairy tales told at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Fri.-Sun. at Oaks, PA’s Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

Round up the family for a day of giving back to the environment during the FREE Tree-Planting Party at Media, PA’s Hildacy Farm Preserve Sat.

 

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