Family fun this weekend: Robots, Rock & Read

    March Madness- Robotics Style 

    Come check out the newest, high energy, hoop-shootin’ robotics basketball extravaganza at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy on March 9 -10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is hosting the city’s only FIRST Robotics District Competition featuring teams of basketball-shooting robots going 3-on-3 on the courts in the Vare Field House. High school students from 38 schools will be fielding their creations, which they have programmed to play offense and defense, and calculate distance and angle to sink baskets from as far as 30 feet away. Families can enjoy the friendly competition, grab a bite to eat at the cafe, and cheer on their favorite ‘bots. The winners of this competition will go on to compete at the Philadelphia Regional Championship at Temple’s Liacouras Center on April 12-14.   FREE and open to the public! 




    Rock Out!  Kids’ Corner/XPN


    This Saturday, WXPN is hosting the next Kids Corner Music Festival with an afternoon of music, crafts and fun for the whole family. Your little rockers can enjoy performances by Rolie Polie Guacamole (11am), The Fuzzy Lemons (12pm) and Roy Handy & The Moonshot (1pm). There will also be free make and take craft stations and creative balloon sculptures. Tickets are just $8 each and can be purchased at the door.  Doors open: 10:30 a.m., showtime: 11 a.m. at the Union Transfer 1026 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA 19123.




    Family Storytime: Free Book!


    Also this Saturday @ 11am, is the Family Storytime at the David Cohen Ogontz Library. Daddies, babies, even grannies in jammies are welcome! Stories, songs, finger-plays, and rhymes are presented for children ages one to five with their caregivers. Siblings are always welcome!  Each child who attends will receive a free book.



    Authors & Illustrators- Children’s Book Fair


    On Sunday, the Main LIne Art Center in Haverford is hosting its annual Children’s Book Fair.  This intimate event allows children to hear authors and illustrators speak, meet them in person, get books signed, ask questions and learn some tricks of the trade!  There’s even a pocket-book family workshop ($10 for non-members, pre-registration strongly encouraged) to awaken your own little author/illustrators.  The all-star lineup of illustrator presentations includes:


    David Wiesner (Art & Max): 11:30-11:50 am

    Brian Biggs (Eevrything Goes): 12-12:25 pm

    Amy Ignatow (The Popularity Papers): 12:30-12:50 pm

    Gene Barretta (New & Ben): 1-1:20 pm

    Monica Carnesi (Little Dog Lost): 1:30-1:50 pm

    Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn): 2-2:20 pm

    Robert Lisa Papp (P is for Princess): 2:20-2:50 pm


    When they’re not presenting, the illustrators will be available for meet & greet and book signings.  The event is free, but books are available for purchase at the event, so bring your wallet!

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