5 family-friendly activities for the weekend

    This well-rounded weekend list offers families in Philly events in theater, outer space, sports, and nature. Enjoy the cooler and drier weather!


    Bring your little sports fans on Saturday July 19 from 9 a.m. to noon to the Please Touch Museum’s We Live Philly Sports Festival. Kids can wear their favorite team gear, join the sports parade and play around with the Phanatic. Kids under 14 get a free backpack while supplies last. Discount code CSNFest will give you $2 off up to four tickets if purchased online.

    Help the ecosystem and maybe bake a pie! Kids and their grownups can pick wineberries at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Gathering those yummy berries helps curb this invasive species. Eat the berries right off the branch, or save them for delicious treats at home. Explorers will gather at the main building before hitting the trails. Saturday July 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. 

    Freak the kids out with an under the stars viewing of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (cue those famous five musical notes anyone from the 70s can recognize). Bring a blanket and chair to the Trolley Car Diner and enjoy this old-school outta this world thriller outside at night. Saturday July 19 at 8:30 p.m. 

    Ever heard the expression, “grist for the mill?” Come learn what it’s all about on Sunday, July 20 from noon to 3 p.m. when the Morris Arboretum demonstrates how corn was milled on their authentically restored Springfield Mills. Free for members, $5 for non-members or free with regular garden admission.

    Take the kids to see some seriously talented local kids perform on Upper Darby’s famed Summer Stage. This week’s musical is an original production of “Elliot and the Magic Bed,” a journey to a land of pirates, mermaids and sorcerers. Ages four and up. Friday July 18 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $7 to $10. 

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