With the vernal equinox — aka spring — about two weeks away, winter may be ready to bow out of the picture, but March and early April often feature blizzards and bouts of frigid temperatures. In other words, there is still time to go out and experience the snowy season in the Philadelphia area. Ski and other winter resorts continue to operate as long as weather permits. Go snowboarding or skiing, ice skating, take a chilling refreshing winter hike or look for signs of the first spring plants that will transform the landscape from gray to green.
Bear Creek Mountain Resort
101 Doe Mountain Lane
Macungie, PA 18062
(610) 682-7100

Well-known for its skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing facilities, Bear Creek Mountain Resort features 21 ski trails and more than 86 acres of ski-able terrain. The resort provides options for all skill levels, from beginner to experienced. There are five lanes for snowtubing, too. If temperatures have closed down the ski areas, there are more than seven miles of hiking and biking trails that traverse the forested mountain. Depending on the season, boating on the five-acre lake is permitted as well.

Philadelphia Flower Show
Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 988-8800

Date: March 2 to March 10, 2013

There is no better way to bid farewell to winter and welcome in spring than by being surround by the sight and scents of flowers in bloom at the Philadelphia Flower Show, running from March 2 – 10 and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Learn how to do-it-yourself in the Flower Show’s new Make and Take Room. Enjoy the Garden Tea, offered twice a day, and experience a slice of British culture surrounded by flowers and an assortment of fine teas, sandwiches, pastries and fruit desserts. Learn from the experts, view the displays and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature in bloom.

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Philadelphia International Festival Of The Arts
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
1500 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 546-7432

Dates: March 28 through April 27, 2013

Winter may be officially over when the Philadelphia International Festival of The Arts comes to Philadelphia (March 28 – April 27), but early spring may still have some cool surprises. Sponsored by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, this art festival first graced the city in the spring of 2011. During the course of 30 days, you’ll take a trip back in time and enjoy the artistic creations and presentations from more than 150 arts partners. On the last day of the festival, Broad Street from Chestnut to Lombard will be closed to vehicles for PIFA Street Fair. Featuring hundreds of food vendors, arts and crafts and street performers, the Street Fair is one of the most anticipated spring events in the city.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Pennsylvania Ballet
1819 JFK Blvd. Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 551-7000

Date: March 7 through March 17, 2013

Summer and winter may reside at opposite ends of the calendar year, but both claim either the longest night or longest day of the year. As winter says adieu and spring is waiting to take center stage, the Pennsylvania Ballet will be celebrating deep summer with its performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by George Balanchine with the music of Felix Mendelssohn, running from March 7 to 17 at the Academy of Music. Based on the comedy of the same name by William Shakespeare, the ballet follows the fantastic encounters between a group of mortals and members of the ‘fae’ (or fairies), who are all in a quest for love.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 229-1000

Celebrate the 200th birthday of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University through March 24. The commemorative exhibit offers a view of discoveries made by Drexel scientists and researchers during its history and offers a peek at what may lie in the future. Discover how scientists search for new species, or learn how human activity is transforming the environment. Inspect the Academy’s collection of rare plants and animals, such as the freshwater vampire fish and the giant condor. Ponder what the cosmos was like when a four-billion-year-old meteorite formed in the solar system. Take a turn dressing up as a scientist and assemble a skeleton in the bone lab. Fun!

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