5 activities for Philly families this weekend

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    With school right around the corner, you have options to help prepare the kids to head back, or ways to hang on to every last breath of summer. Whatever you decide to do, enjoy!

    Saturday: Back to School Bazaar 

    Bring your gently used school supplies for a buy, sell or trade event at Smith Playground. This rain or shine event will help provide school supplies right before the new year begins. Have some backpacks and notebooks left over from last year? You can also donate gently used items to Cradles to Crayons. Get ready for school while the kids romp around the playground! Noon to 3 p.m. 

    Saturday: Passport to the Universe

    Passport to the Universe is the Franklin Institute’s museum-wide celebration of astronomy. Pick up a passport and go on an out-of-this-world adventure. Experience outer space at the Franklin Institute and enter to win your own space telescope. This event is completely free to adults, families, members, and the public. Runs from noon to 4 p.m.

    Saturday: Seafarin’ Saturday

    Seafarin’ Saturday is a chance for children and parents to participate in nautical activities and experience adventures of distant shores. This Saturday you can make your own pirate flag. This event is free with admission, and parents can participate as well as children. Arggggh!

    Friday-Sunday: Animal Grossology

    Experience the slimiest, slinkiest, and downright yuckiest creatures on earth in Animal Grossology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The exhibit is based on the best selling children’s book, “Grossology,” by Sylvia Branzel. Bring your young creepy bug-lover and crawl over to the Academy before Grossology’s run ends.

    Friday-Sunday: Art Splash

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers creative play for children and families all summer long with family workshops and tours, splash studio, a hands-on Art Cart in the galleries, and a guided alphabet tour you can navigate on an iPad (provided). Art Splash is fabulous, but like Grossology, it’s not around forever. This is one of the last weekends, so catch it while you can!

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