5 family activities for the long weekend

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    This weekend offers an extra day for many families with more time to explore.

    Friday and Monday: History of Construction Play‘Constructing Play’ showcases how building toys have invited and evolved over the past 150 years. Appropriate for all ages, this exhibit allows your family to share some old favorites and find some new inspirations together. Legos? Erector sets? Tinker toys? What are your favorites? First floor of City Hall, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. free and open to the public.

    Saturday, Sunday and Monday Animal Mythology

    Dragons, Nessie, and Sasquatch, oh my! Explore mythical animals and the real animals that inspired them this weekend at the Academy Natural Sciences Museum. Special activities and programs throughout the long weekend. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with general admission.

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    Saturday Olympic Sports Theme DayIf you’ve ever wondered what helps Olympic athletes jump higher, run or swim faster, you don’t want to miss Olympic Sports Theme Day at The Franklin Institute. Discover the science of Olympic sports through special programs and hands on activities. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with general admission.

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday Wizard of OzThe Storybook Musical Theater presents The Wizard of Oz this weekend at St Joseph’s University Bluett Theater. Follow your favorite characters on their way to see the wizard. Tickets children $12, adults $15.

    Saturday and Monday Letter from Birmingham JailExplore the Letter from Birmingham Jail through readings and interactive activities at the Eastern State Penitentiary in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Family friendly readings and arts & craft activities offered throughout the day. Saturday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 7 and up. Free.

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