5 weekend activities for families in Philadelphia

     Dilworth Park's ice skating rink opens for the season this weekend. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

    Dilworth Park's ice skating rink opens for the season this weekend. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

    We have a few beautiful fall weekends left with choices both indoors and out.

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Rothman Ice RinkIce skate in the heart of scenic downtown Philadelphia at the The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Opening on Friday, be sure to warm up with hot chocolate and treats in the new Rothman Cabin. Open Friday noon to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Adults $5; children $3. Skate rental is $9.

    Sunday: Sensory Friendly Day at the Franklin InstituteThis Sunday the Franklin Institute will modify some of its exhibits to make them more comfortable for people with sensory differences. The staff will also make quiet spaces available as needed for visitors throughout the day. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted rate for pre-registration and guests arriving between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

    Saturday: Chapter Books Picture Books and Magic!Join four local children’s book authors for story reading and fun at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore: Jacqueline Jules, Gary Bernard, Erin Nugent, Doreen Amster. Solve mysteries with Freddie Ramos, watch wishes come true through an artist and his sketchbook, travel through outer space, and get to know identical twins who are nothing alike! Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Free.

    Sunday: How the Sun was Returned to the SkyOpening on Sunday, the Please Touch Museum presents How the Sun was Returned to the Sky, their newest theater production. The first showing is at 11am and will repeat throughout the day. Open Sunday 11am-5pm.Free with museum admission adults and children $17 children under 1 free.

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday Autumn’s Colors and Chrysanthemum FestivalIt’s a beautiful time of year at Longwood Gardens. Bring your walking shoes and explore fall colors and the wondrous Chrysanthemum Festival. Don’t forget to check out the annual Garden Railway! Open 9  a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $27 for adults and $13 for children 5 and older. Children under 5 are free.

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