Swap, seek, cheer and celebrate: 5 family fun activities this weekend

     A scene from last year's FIRST Robotics Competition at SCH Academy in Chestnut Hill. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

    A scene from last year's FIRST Robotics Competition at SCH Academy in Chestnut Hill. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

    Here’s a look at what’s going on this weekend.


    Friday and Saturday: Robotics Competition 

    Springside Chestnut Hill Academy will be hosting 34 other area schools in Philadelphia’s only FIRST Robotics District Competition. Be prepared for lots of music, cheering high school students in amazingly creative team outfits and exciting competition on the field as life-size robots try to move on to the next level of competition.

    Saturday: Harry Potter and the Museum of Art 

    Muggles may be off for the day, but wizards have work to do! Watson Adventures is hosting a Potter-themed Treasure Hunt at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Work in teams to track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and more. For kids aged ten and up at 2 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance and include museum admission.

    Saturday: Pi Day 

    The best Pi Day EVER! Not just 3.14, but 3.14.15! So break out your inner math geek and head down to the Franklin Institute. And even better, the museum will open four minutes early so that… you guessed it, you can enter at 3.145926. It really doesn’t get better than that, but stick around for measuring, launching, reciting, and eating pi(e) from 9:26 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Sunday: Kid Stuff Exchange 

    The Germantown Jewish Centre will help you recycle your children’s outgrown toys, clothes, and items while picking up some new-to-you replacements. You can contribute as much kids’ stuff as you like, and take home up to three bags full in return. Admission is a $20 suggested donation to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of NW Philadelphia. Accepted items include clothing and shoes from infant to teens, toys, games, books, strollers, high chairs, cribs, etc. Donation bins are located outside the center for drop-off on Friday, but you can also bring donations with you to the event. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Sunday: St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Join in this Philadelphia tradition. The HUGE parade begins at noon this Sunday at 16th and JFK Boulevard. Irish or not, your family can enjoy marching bands, music dance groups, youth groups, floats, and flags

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