5 family-friendly activities for the weekend

    This weekend is a bit calmer than last weekend, but still offers some exciting opportunities for escaping or engaging — depending on what you’re looking for.

    Friday: Parents’ Night Out

    Need a night out, but don’t have a sitter? Let your kids have a blast enjoying an evening of open gym, games, activities, crafts, story-time, and pizza from Santucci’s Pizza. Children must be potty-trained and between the ages of 2 and 8 years old. 

    Saturday: Meet “Polar Express” Author, Chris Van Allsburg

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    This Caldecott-winning author and illustrator of over 20 beautiful children’s books will be at the Free Library of Philadelphia at 1pm to share his newest book, “The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie.” The book chronicles the plight of a pet store hamster who longs to stretch her paws. 

    Saturday: Cirque Peking

    This acrobatic troupe from Beijing is sure to delight kids and adults alike. A fantastical show that pushes the bounds of human physical abilities. Edge-of-seat and breath-taking tumbling, spinning and dancing. 2 p.m. at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall.

    Saturday: Free art class

    Kids aged 5 to 14 can enjoy a free art class at Project Learn on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Painting, drawing, ceramics and nourishment will be available for your little artist’s soul. 

    Friday through Sunday: Mary Poppins

    If you grew up anytime near where I did, Mary Poppins was likely a childhood entertainment staple. Want to share in the “Spoonful of Sugar: with the next generation? The Walnut Street Theatre’s production runs from November 4 through January 4. 

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