5 picks for weekend family fun

     Aug. 28, 1963 file photo. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. (AP Photo)

    Aug. 28, 1963 file photo. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. (AP Photo)

    With a long weekend for some, it’s a good thing there’s plenty to do. This week’s themes seem to be nature and service to others.


    Friday Night: Owl Prowl 

    Though it may be a wee bit cold, this might be cool enough to brave the elements. Head over to the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education and go on a “listening walk” for the wise ones. Just in case the owls hide during the walk, kids and their grownups can meet and learn about Screech and Great Horned Owls beforehand. Free.

    Friday through Monday: Dinosaurs of the Deep 

    Greet the newest exhibit at the Camden Aquarirum when water-logged dinos arrive on Friday! The exhibit opens with life sized replicas of BIG dinosaurs, some measuring up to 42 feet long. Visitors can also touch a “living dinosaur,” visit interactive stations, and check out the giant prehistoric reef. Don’t forget to check out the 4D screening of Great White Shark while you’re there.

    Friday though Monday: Animal Mythology Weekend 

    If your little one enjoys mythical creatures they will enjoy Animal Mythology Weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Explore cryptozoology (look that one up!) and discover the truth about the real animals that inspire mythical beasts from around the world. Bugs, more dinosaurs, cryptos and crafts all weekend long.

    Friday through Sunday: Pay it Forward 

    This “event” can be done anywhere! the concept is simple and fun to do with kids. Over the weekend, do one “pay it forward” random act of kindness for someone. Kids can think of for whom and what to do. We’d love to hear what they come up with!

    Monday: MLK Day at the African American Museum

    Celebrate the life of Dr. King with activities, learning, service and celebration at the African American Museum! Enjoy the Sister Cities choir, craft-making, face-painting, drum ensemble, scavenger hunting, storytelling, and even a break dance workshop. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    You can also check out our previous listing of kid-friendly MLK Day opportunities here.

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