Family activities for the long Columbus Day Weekend

    Friday is Philly Photo Day throughout the city. (Charlie Gerlach/for NewsWorks)

    Friday is Philly Photo Day throughout the city. (Charlie Gerlach/for NewsWorks)

    The long weekend in Philadelphia offers a smorgasbord of fun and unique ways to explore the city.

    Here are just a few offerings:

    Friday: Philly Photo Day

    In its fifth year, this wonderful tradition invites shutterbugs of all ages to take photos during the day and submit their favorite shots to the Philly Photo Arts Center. Then, the Center will create an exhibition with every single submitted photo which will be displayed in a gallery exhibition, on billboards in November and December and at a groundbreaking, inaugural outdoor exhibition in the newly revitalized Dilworth Park at City Hall next April. Invite your child to make their mark on the city!

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    Saturday: Fun Day at Smith!

    Saturday will bring even more fun than usual to our very favorite play space, Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse. The playground will celebrate David Pincus Fun Day with a circus performance from Philadelphia Circus Arts, face-painting, hot dogs, ice cream and popcorn free to all visitors. Join in the Pincus tradition to put a smile on every child’s face; 3500 Reservoir Drive.

    Friday through Sunday: Old City Seaport Festival

    The Old City Seaport Festival kicks off with the Parade of Boats at 5 p.m. Friday. But if you can’t make it then, don’t worry: The slew of Tall Ships, river tours, boats of all kinds, vendors, face painting and kids activities run all weekend long along the waterfront. While you’re there, check out the amazing “Tides of Freedom” exhibit detailing the African presence along the Delaware River. Click for Funsavers half-price tickets for Friday here.

    Friday through Sunday: County Fair at The Oval

    The ever-transforming Oval will once again morph into a landscape of fun. The entertainment kicks off Friday night with rides on the Ferris Wheel (can you imagine the views?!) and continues all weekend long with food trucks, carnival games, live music, face-painting, crafts, petting zoo and a barn dance.

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