Fall activities for the family this weekend downtown and in NW Philly

     (Courtesy of Germantown Avenue Parents)

    (Courtesy of Germantown Avenue Parents)

    It’s fall and festivals abound. Take a trip out to an orchard or farm outside the city but come back to enjoy great activities right here in Philly and the Northwest!

    Robotics, apple pressing and outdoor challenges in Northwest Philly

    girlPOWER Robotics Competition

    Saturday, Oct. 12 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Mt. Saint Joseph Academy, 120 W. Wissahickon Ave.

    Enjoy robotics demonstrations from the The Montco Bomb Squad Robot, Sea Perch: The Navy’s underwater robot. There will be fun activities for kids of all ages, including the opportunity to drive a robot. 

    Apple Pressing on Forbidden Drive

    Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Forbidden Drive & Northwestern Avenue

     An annual celebration of autumn. Help make fresh apple cider using an old-fashioned cider press. Toss an apple in, take a turn at the crank and watch as the cider pours out. Enjoy a taste of the finished product… fresh and delicious apple cider!

    DayOff Camp: Outdoor Challenge Games

    Friday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The Schuylkill Center

    Day off of school? Send your kids into nature for teamwork, exercise and fun. An action-packed day that has it all including kids v. adults in outdoor races, games and challenges. (Extended day available)

    A pirate festival and harvest time in Downtown PhillyOld City Seaport Festival

    Friday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 13

    Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street

    The second annual festival is a weekend-long blowout celebration of the Delaware River waterfront bringing together a wide array of family-friendly happenings — a parade of Tall Ships, a Pirate Battle, shopping from local vendors, music, and rowboat races along the Delaware River. Kicking off at 5 p.m. on Friday, the riverside festivities continue on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. through around 6 p.m.

    General admission: $16, Children ages 3-12: $13, Children under 2 Free

    Harvest at the Oval, Eakins Oval

    Friday, Oct.11 through Sunday, Oct. 13

    26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    A festival with each day offering fall-themed community programming, ranging from autumn food and beverage vendors, a PHAIR open air market, a petting zoo, costume party and much more. See each day’s schedule for specific details.  These activities complement the Oval’s oversized chess, checkers and chalkboard, bean bag toss and bocce ball.

    FREE *weather permitting, check website for cancellations*

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