Top Picks This Weekend
Take advantage of the culture, science and history at your fingertips for FREE Sat. during Museum Day Live! Honoring the admission’s-always-free spirit of Washington DC’s Smithsonian Institute, museums across the country offer FREE admission (ticket required). Our area’s participants include Philly’s Academy of Natural Sciences; Jenkintown, PA’s Abington Art Center; Camden, NJ’s Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial; Wilmington, DE’s Delaware Museum of Natural History and many more. Be sure to download your ticket for complimentary access.
Celebrate the world of fantasy during the Faeries and Wizards Family Festival at NJ’s Camden Children’s Garden Sat. & Sun. Kids make their own wizard hats, fairy wings, wands and gardens to take home, play games and listen to stories while dressed in their favorite magical costume. On the road Fri. or Sat? Stop by the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival at Chestertown, MD’s Garfield Center for the Arts for more wizarding fun.
As Major League Baseball’s regular season comes to a close this weekend, journey back to the 19th century for a historically accurate “Base Ball” game between the Diamond State Base Ball Club and Excelsior Base Ball Club of Arundel during Hagley Museum and Library’s All-American Day in Wilmington, DE Sat. Be sure to come out to the game early and participate in “batting practice,” hoop-and-stick & tug of war, then learn the physics of the sport.
More Local Events the Kids Will Love
Take a close look at the shape of things around you and use the work of Renoir and other gallery artists to inspire your own masterpiece Sun. during ArtKids Workshop: Profile a Pot at Philly’s Barnes Foundation.
Spend Sun. at Medford, NJ’s Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. Meet live animals, make crafts and enjoy music & educational programs during Autumn with the Animals; then lace up your shoes for the first annual Hoot, Waddle and Stroll 5K and 1-Mile Walk.
Complete with pony rides, arcade games and “selfie” photo & kids’ pumpkin-decorating contests, the FREE Camden County Fair at Blackwood, NJ’s Camden County Lakeland Complex Sat. & Sun. is rife with family fun.
Take the ferry over at twilight Sat. to Delaware City’s Fort Delaware State Park and participate in the Delaware Outdoor Family Campout, with a flashlight scavenger hunt, nighttime nature hike and s’mores around the campfire.
Let the music move you when Native American performers and dancers come to Philly’s American Swedish Historical Museum for the Drums Along the Delaware Powwow Sat.
On your mark, get set, go… to Cherry Hill, NJ’s Jake’s Place to join Jake’s Run4Play, a 5K run and 1-mile family walk for all abilities Sat.
Be a zookeeper for the night during the Philadelphia Zoo’s KidZooU Snooze Sat., when kids meet the animal ambassadors, help prepare the animals’ diets & enrichment and enjoy a night hike & an indoor sleepover.
Experience the magic of Italy during a number of Jersey festivals, including the FREE Old Time Italian Festival at Wildwood’s Fox Park Fri. & Sat; the Mercer County Italian American Festival at W. Windsor’s Mercer County Park Fri.-Sun; the FREE Smithville Italian Festival at Historic Smithville & Village Greene Sat; and the FREE Gloucester County Italian Heritage Commission at W. Deptford’s RiverWinds Community Center Sun.
It’s double the fun at Pumpkin Palooza, when families visit both Cherry Hill, NJ’s Garden State Discovery Museum & Springdale Farms Sat. & Sun. for pony rides, fall crafts, a hayride and corn maze.
Get active and learn something new during the FREE Rec Fest! at Philly’s Carousel House Recreation Center Sat. Individuals of all abilities try out activities including tennis, martial arts, wheelchair rugby & basketball, rock climbing and gardening.
Kids with special needs jump around during Lancaster, PA’s Sky Zone 60-minute Sensory Friendly Jump Sat. The music will be turned off and distractions dialed down.
Decide your fate: Choose to be a human or zombie in the Zombie Mud Run on Wildwood, NJ’s Morey’s Piers Sat. The course includes natural and manmade obstacles – and a coaster ride on the Great White. A junior run for kids 12 & under starts in the afternoon.