5 weekend events for families

     The Children's March in Mt. Airy will be held on Saturday. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

    The Children's March in Mt. Airy will be held on Saturday. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

    From Mardi Gras to New Year’s, from Black History Month to Black Lives Matter, there’s much to do around the city this weekend.

    Thursday through Sunday: Chinese New Year

    It’s the Year of the Sheep, and Philly intends to ring it in with a big baaaaaash! Families can enjoy so many Chinese New Year Celebrations. From the party at the Please Touch Museum to the Asian celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Free Library performances to Lunar New Year at the Seaport Museum and and of course, the Lion Dance Parade, there are so many ways to enjoy the wonder of Chinese New Year in Philly.

    Saturday: Black Lives Matter – Meet & March in Mt. Airy

    Springing from the initial Children’s March, families will be meeting to explore racial justice. There will be a community meeting and mini-march. The meeting begins at Grace Epiphany church in Mt. Airy at 2:30 p.m. Families will get to know one another, then break into separate child and adult groups so that children can plan poster-making and chants while the adults brainstorm ideas for the future of the Philly Children’s March group. Childcare will be provided, but please RSVP on Facebook to let us know how many children will be coming with you.

    Saturday: African-American History Cyber Play Day

    A unique opportunity to celebrate Black History Month with a modern twist. Children and families work together to complete an online challenge, including history quizzes, puzzles and build your own video games. (BYOD) Bring your own device or use the bookstore’s (limited number available). Colorbook Gallery in Germantown from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday: The Tale of Desperaux

    Not quite in the city, but worth the drive out to Ambler to see this classic tale come to life on the big screen. Based on the book by Kate Decamillo, this tale has excitement, rodents, dungeons and princesses! Ambler Theater at 10:30 a.m. Free for members or $4 general admission.

    Sunday: Mummers Mardi Gras – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO FEB. 28

    Did you miss out on the New Year’s Parade this year? Manayunk has come up with the perfect solution to that dilemma. You can now celebrate Mardi Gras with the Mummers in Manayunk! The String Bands will strut down Main Street from Shurs to Green Lane between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday. After the parade, you can still enjoy Mummers music in various eateries until 4 p.m. 

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