6 picks for weekend family fun: Final-ly Friday, Museum Day, National Public Lands Day and more

     A 2012 clean-up in the Wissahickon. (Courtesy of Friends of the Wissahickon)

    A 2012 clean-up in the Wissahickon. (Courtesy of Friends of the Wissahickon)

    Here’s a look at what’s going on this weekend for families in Northwest Philly and beyond. 


    Final-ly Friday, a straw maze and clean-up day in Northwest

    Final-ly Friday

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    7127 Germantown Avenue

    Sept. 27, 6:00 p.m.

    It’s the last Friday of the month, so come out and enjoy fun festivities in Mt. Airy. Local businesses stay open late and feature special items and events for Final-ly Friday. Guest vendors and performers contribute to the lively atmosphere in Mt. Airy’s main business hubs. Free performance by Jim Fogarty and Lindsay Gilmour.

    Dumbledore’s Straw Maze at Woodmere

    Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue

    Runs Sept. 20 to Nov. 3

    Fridays, 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Muggles and wizards alike are welcome to climb inside the walls of the straw maze and explore a world of magic and adventure. Discover Dumbledore’s powers as you make your way through the legendary Deathly Hallows of Harry Potter’s world. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Entrance to the Museum is free to parents and guardians whose children participate in the family event.

    $8 per child ($6 members); $20 ($18 members)

    National Public Lands Day

    Sept. 28, 9 a.m.

    Wissahickon Valley Creek

    The Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) and AIM Academy of Conshohocken invite volunteers to work with them in cleaning the Wissahickon Creek as part of National Public Lands Day. Volunteers will be removing debris from Wissahickon Creek from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at the Valley Green parking lot in Wissahickon Valley Park. Parking is very limited at Valley Green, so FOW recommends carpooling, hiking, or biking to this event.

    Museums, wizardry and concerts throughout the region 

    Museum Day

    Sept. 28

    Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, a Museum Day ticket provides free admission to one person, plus a guest. Participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket.

Philadelphia areas participating include Penn Museum, African American Museum, National Constitution Center, Academy of Natural Sciences, American Swedish Museum and more.

    Click here to download the Museum Day ticket.

    Fairies and Wizards Family Festival

    Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden NJ 08103

    Sept. 28-29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Celebrate these magical creatures with games, crafts and more. Children will make their own wizard hat or fairy wings. Children also make fairy wands and their own fairy garden to take home. Come to the Garden dressed in your favorite costume. Listen to an enchanted storybook reading by a fabulous fairy and enjoy a magical treat at the Faerie Fixings concession stand.$6 Admission, 2 & under are free

    40th Street Summer Series

    Walnut Street Free Library at 40th and Walnut streets

    Sept. 28, 6 p.m.

    The final neighborhood rocking outdoor concert of the series features fire artists and hoop dancers followed by Grammy Award-nominated trumpet-composer Steven Bernstein and his 12-piece ensemble playing their interpretation of the music of Sly and the Family Stone. Other free activities include face painting, jugglers, balloon art and more.

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