The heat is on in Philly but there are lots of ways to stay cool both indoors and out with your family this weekend! Check out Flag Day celebrations, Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand and so much more!— Jennifer Oxenford
StrawBeary Surprise! & Nature in Art Festival
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Dr.
Don’t miss the fun at the Camden Children’s Garden this weekend at this celebration of one of summer’s sweetest fruits – the strawberry! And enjoy a double celebration to honor the Garden’s mascot, Mum Bear on her 8th birthday, too! Festival runs Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th from 1-4 p.m. $6.
Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand
Penn Wynne Elementary School
Go to the stand that started it all this Saturday, June 13th at Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand taking place at the school Alex Scott attended, Penn Wynne Elementary School in Wynnewood, PA. Learn why Alex Scott’s family, friends and supporters continue to hold lemonade stands to help end childhood cancer and to honor the legacy Alex left us all. The stand will feature plenty of festivities including games, crafts, raffles, food, music and a live butterfly release to celebrate the lives of kids fighting cancer as well as those who have lost their lives to the disease. Admission is free. Donations welcome. $25 donation gets an “All Access Pass”
West Park Arts Festival
Fairmount Park (School of the Future Campus)
4021 Parkside Drive
The 8th Annual West Park Arts Festival “Friends Across Cultures” is taking place this Saturday, June 13th starting at 11 a.m. This free family event presented by the West Park Cultural Center features two stages with multicultural performances by dancers, musicians, vocalists, and spoken word artists. Free.
Spruce Street Harbor Park & Blue Cross River Rink
Columbus Blvd. and Market Street
The fun on the river continues this weekend at Spruce Street Harbor Park Blue Cross River Rink June 12th – 14th open 11 a.m.– 11 p.m. Families can enjoy fun and food on the river as well as the new outdoor roller skating rink featuring roller skates and in-line skates for rent! Free admission. $3 skating, $10 skates rental.
Old Fashioned Picnic
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
200 W. Tulpenhocken Street
The annual Old Fashioned Picnic is happening this Saturday, June 13th starting at 12 noon and features fun and activities for all including a scavenger hunt, croquet, ring toss, face painting, jugglers, and more. Food popular during the Victorian era will be served such as root beer, hot dogs and more along with ice cream sundaes for dessert. Families are encouraged to dress in Victorian clothing for a keepsake photo opp! Free. Activities $1 per ticket or $10 for 12 tickets.
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Animal Grossology exhibit continues this weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Kids of all ages will be amused and educated with this fun exhibit highlighting the slimiest, stinkiest, and yuckiest creatures on earth! Exhibit entrance is $5.00 in addition to museum admission $15.95/adults, $13.95 kids ages 3-12.
Islamic Heritage Festival
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
101 S. Columbus Blvd.
The Islamic Heritage Festival takes place this Saturday, June 13th at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing from 2-8 p.m. Enjoy the 22nd Annual Islamic Hertiage parade and games, speakers, entertainment, crafts, food, global shopping bazaar and more. Free.
The Art of the Brick
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street
The Art of the Brick continues this weekend running Friday, June 12th through Sunday, June 14th at The Franklin Institute. The display of LEGO brick masterpieces explores the intersection of art and science and will delight builders and LEGO fans of all ages. Tickets $24-$29 and does not include museum admission.
Free Sundays at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA
Enjoy free admission to the beautiful Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sunday mornings including this Sunday, June 14th between 9:30 a.m.– 12 p.m. Free
Macy’s Family Day Celebrating the American Flag
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
The whole family can enjoy star-spangled fun at the National Constitution Center this Sunday, June 14th to celebrate the birthdays of the American flag and the U.S. Army. Enjoy a patriotic day filled with fun and special ceremonies, military demonstrations, flag etiquette as well as a new exhibit on the history of the American Flag and more! $5 admission courtesy of Macy’s.
PECO Family Jams: Suncatchers
Philadelphia Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
Welcome summer by making a one-of-a-kind suncatchers at the Philadelphia Magic Gardens this Sunday, June 14th as part of the PECO Family Jams series. Get inspired by PMG founding artists Isaiah Zagar’s faux “stained glass” mosaic technique and make your own too! And enjoy family friendly tours of the gardens at 1pm and 3pm. $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12.