Embrace (or escape) the holidays: 5 weekend events for the family

     (Courtesy of Longwood Gardens)

    (Courtesy of Longwood Gardens)

    Whether you want to embrace or escape he holidays, our weekend ideas have you covered.

    Saturday: Hit the Turf!If you’ve ever wondered what effects turf types have on sports performance you won’t want to miss The Franklin Institute’s Hit The Turf event. Explore various turf types and visit with friends from The Union. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with general admission.

    Sunday: Home Sweet HomeExplore household objects from homes around the world at The Philadelphia Art Museum. Family-friendly arts and crafts and tours of the galleries provided. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free with admission.

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Philly Pops SpectacularSwing to the sounds of the season with the Philly Pops at their Christmas Spectacular! With amazing featured performers and a special guest from the North Pole this show is not to be missed. See website for ticket information.

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday: A Longwood ChristmasDazzling lights and illuminated fountains are sure to light up your night at Longwood Gardens. The stunning visual display will get the entire family into the spirit of the season. Open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pre-purchasing tickets is recommended.

    Saturday and Sunday: A Very Furry ChristmasCelebrate the season with your favorite furry friends at Sesame Place. Boasting dazzling lights, Santa’s workshop and special programming throughout the day, A Very Furry Christmas is sure to please. Open 1 to 8 p.m. Christmas special tickets available.

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