Weekend Planner: Oct. 3, 2014

Family-fun events and activities in Philadelphia, the suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware for Oct. 3-Oct. 5, 2014.

Top Picks This Weekend

A trio of area zoos deliver monstrous menagerie fun: 3 Palms Petting Zoo in Clayton, DE kicks off Boo! at the Zoo! in its (kind-of) spooky blackbird forest, Fri. & Sat. Fri., take a Night Walk in South Jersey's Cape May County Zoo to see what the animals do after the humans leave for the day. And on Sat. & Sun. at the Philadelphia Zoo's Beast Feast, watch the residents devour pumpkins and other yummy seasonal treats.

"Ghoulish grub and scary snacks" are on the menu Fri. at the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library's FREE Creepy Cooking Class. Class size is limited, so get those junior chefs, grades K-6, to the Norristown, PA library as early as possible before the 2pm start time. Allergen alert: Peanut butter may be used. (The pictured strawberry ghosts are an MK Pinterest pick.)

Ever want to camp out in an amusement park? You've got your chance this Sat. during Morey's Pier's 1st Annual Boardwalk Bunk Down in Wildwood, NJ. Before the outdoor sleepover on the actual boardwalk, participants can ride attractions and watch a movie under the Great White roller coaster. They'll wake up to a coffee station and morning beach fitness walk, with breakfast to follow. 
  

 

More Local Events the Kids Will Love

On your mark, get set, woof! Bark on the Boards Sun. is a dog-walk fundraiser for homeless pets on the Rehoboth, DE boardwalk at Lake Gerar Park

On Sun. Blackwood, NJ hosts the FREE Blackwood Pumpkin Festival, complete with food, games, hayrides, rides, pumpkin-carving & -painting and both costume & talent contests.  

Fun, social and educational, the FREE Fall Fest at Pottstown's Fellowship Farm Sat. is Pennsylvania's first-ever festival designed specifically for people with autism. 

Get a taste of autumn at Morris Arboretum's Fall Festival in Philly Sat. & Sun. Make scarecrows, paint pumpkins and sample local apple varieties from Weavers Way Co-Op. 

Stoke your family's creativity with an outdoor marketplace, exhibits, kids' rides and activities during the FREE Fall for the Arts Festival this Sun in Philly's Chestnut Hill neighborhood.

The FREE Family Arts Festival on Philly's Lensfest Plaza Sun. features FREE admission to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, plus kid-friendly performances, Greener Partners' Farm Explorer Truck and the chance to draw Benjamin Franklin and Jim the Horse from live models. 

Art-shop till you drop Sat. & Sun. at the Festival of Fine Craft at Millville, NJ's Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. Along with the work of 130 artisans, you'll find interactive craft experiences, hands-on activities and the popular "Glass Pumpkin Patch."

Dress in costume and groove to the tunes of Ratboy Jr. at the Groovin' in the Graveyard  Kids' Concert, Sun. at Philly's Laurel Hill Cemetery. Spend time after the show making arts & crafts or playing in the pumpkin patch.

A further feel for fall pervades the Harvest Moon Festival at the Delaware Nature Society's Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville, DE Sat. & Sun., complete with artisan demos, kids' activities, crafts, hayrides, music and food trucks. 

Philly's 9th Annual FREE Midtown Village Fall Festival Sat. has four music stages, a sumo-wrestling contest, 15+ restaurants, 40+ merchants and crafters, plus live street art creations.

Monster Jam, at Philly's Wells Fargo Center Fri. & Sat., revs fans' engines with popular trucks like Grave Digger, Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Captain's Curse and Spider-Man.

Toast German culture during Smithville, NJ's FREE Oktoberfest, complete with 100 juried crafters, an international food court, music and kids' activities.

Wheel over to Winterthur in Wilmington, DE Sat. for Truck and Tractor Day, a chance for kids to climb aboard fire trucks, wrestle a fire hose and check out 30+ big vehicles, from front-end loaders to windrow turners.

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