Weekend PhillyFun Picks For Kids

January 20, 2013 7:58 PM

January is flying by and while the weather is still a bit dreary there is much to be cheery about with opportunities for service in honor of a man and his dream this weekend. Get out with your families and enjoy one of these great events, free and discounted admission to many area museums and attractions, or take part in the local MLK Day of service activities on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King. – Jennifer Oxenford

Philadelphia Auto Show

The annual Philadelphia Auto Show rolls into town this weekend at The Pennsylvania Convention Center. Come out for one of the top auto shows in the country featuring more than 700 vehicles plus great auto-themed events and activities for all ages. $6-$12, ages 6 and younger free.

18th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service

All around greater Philadelphia

Join over 100,000 volunteers from around the region for the 18th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, January 21st. Choose from an array of community projects to get involved in and support or add your own project if you prefer. Whatever you do, enjoy this day of service to the community in honor of our national hero, Martin Luther King, and his dream. Free.

MLK Family Day

The MLK Family Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History on Monday, January 21st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by exploring the challenges and blessings of freedom through sharing and activities including Drop-In Art and a documentary entitled From Swastika to Jim Crow. Free.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Inauguration Day Celebrations

The National Constitution Center celebrates this “double holiday” of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the 57th presidential inauguration on Monday, January 21st from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with special performances, live readings, activities, service projects, and crafts. Free admission all day courtesy of PwC.

FORE! the Planet Indoor Mini Golf

Linvilla Orchards’ indoor mini-golf attraction “FORE! the Planet” continues this weekend and offers 18 holes of serious fun. This highly interactive and playful exhibit features info on environmental issues paired with the kid favorite fun of mini-golf. $6.95 for ages 11 and older. $4.95 for ages 10 and under.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, families can enjoy Pay What You Wish admission all day at the Philadelphia Art Museum on Monday, January 21st. Free.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

The Philadelphia Magic Gardens celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community service on January 21st from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. by beautifying the neighborhood through public art following artist Isaiah Zagar, who has been inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. Families can create tiles reflecting their own dreams for change in the community and the country using Zagar’s method of reverse-painted glass tiles and “dolly” tiles to take home as souvenirs. Gardens tours also available. Free with admission, $3-$7. Agees 5 and younger frree. $12 per adult/child, $2 each additional family member or $15 per family of up to two adults and three children.

MLK Tribute Concert

This free community concert on Monday, January 21st at 4 p.m. is an annual tribute to a legendary man. Families will enjoy this unique opportunity for a free live performance of The Philadelphia Orchestra in celebration of Dr. King’s life and work as newly-inaugurated Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this afternoon of music, readings, and reflection. Tickets are limited. Four free tickets per person. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. Free.

Jennifer Oxenford is a mother of two and the founder of phillyfun4kids, www.phillyfun4kids.com, your place to find free (and mostly free!) things to do with your kids in and around this great city of motherly love. You can also follow phillyfun4kids on Twitter at twitter/phillyfun4kids.
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